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  1. Other Soft Drink Brand Logos

    Dr. Brown's is rather easily acquired in NC, usually from delis/grocery stores, rarely gas stations/convenience stores. Their Diet Black Cherry is the business.
  2. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Hampton leaves the MEAC to join the Big South: Hampton will be the second HBCU in D1 that is not in a traditional HBCU conference (MEAC or SWAC) - Tennessee State (OVC) is the other. However, Tennessee State did not leave one of the traditional HBCU conferences (they were independent before joining the OVC in 1986). So, this is still groundbreaking as Hampton is the first HBCU to leave the MEAC or SWAC to join another D1 conference. I'm not sure if this has happened at the D2 level, but it has happened "in reverse" - a non-HBCU joining a traditional HBCU conference (Chowan University joined the CIAA in 2008, Spring Hill College joined the SIAC in 2013). Personally, I'm a fan of the move. Hampton fits well within the Big South's footprint and I'm certainly a fan of geographically-compact conferences. The Big South should be confined to the Carolinas, southern Virginia, and possibly East Tennessee/North Georgia/GA-SC border. However, I'm interested to see HBCU sports fans' reactions. I can see fans liking the move - HBCUs are often left out of conference realignment discussions because they tend to be assumed to sticking with the MEAC/SWAC, so this could be seen as an opening up of new opportunities for individual schools. On the other hand, I can easily see HBCU fans viewing this as "abandoning their roots" and potentially having a negative effect on the survival of HBCU conferences - the larger conferences "plundering" smaller ones for members, a pattern we've seen over and over among major coferences/mid and low-majors. However, it is worth noting that Hampton is not a founding member of the MEAC (formed in 1970, Hampton joined in 1995 after moving up from D2/CIAA), so the MEAC is losing a 22-year member, not a 47-year member. If Florida A&M, North Carolina A&T, or Howard were making this move, I think the "abandoning their roots" viewpoint would predominate. Of course, I'm also intrigued to see if this has an effect on other conferences as well.
  3. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    For now, Liberty football is going FBS independent and its non-football sports are staying in the Big South. The second move should be announced tomorrow.
  4. Whatever happened to that "middle bar"-style facemask?

    Weird, because I always associated it with mobile quarterbacks. Some have that extra bar toward the top, but still have the middle bar and long "cow-catcher" style.
  5. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Well, here's one: As the article states, this move makes a lot of sense, primarily from a travel standpoint. Upstate fits the geographic footprint of the Big South well. The Big South and Atlantic Sun do, however, have a football partnership - so it's interesting that a non-football school is jumping from one to another. This... is the "less interesting" of the two moves.
  6. Other Soft Drink Brand Logos

    Welcome to the Carolinas! Cheerwine is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and all of the cans you see are previous logos (no fauxbacks). From left to right, the logos date to: late 1970s-1980s, pre-1970s, 1990s (this is the one I remember fondly), and 2009-present. If you haven't tried it yet, it's a real treat. It's sort of a 75% Cherry Coke/25% Dr. Pepper, but better than the sum of its parts. It's very carbonated but also goes flat rather quickly, so drink it fast. I think I'm going to go have one now!
  7. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    I would like to point out that I did not mention (or confirm) that one of the schools is a for-profit. Liberty, yes - they're leaving in football but remaining an associate member in other sports. Campbell is transitioning to scholarship football and will join the Big South (along with associate/transitioning member North Alabama) in 2018. Presbyterian moving to non-scholarship football is all but confirmed - I honestly don't know how they're surviving in D1 in the first place.
  8. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Yes. Simon Fraser (Burnaby, British Columbia) is a D-II member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. While not "international," the University of Puerto Rico has 3 campuses (Bayamón, Mayagüez, and Río Piedras) listed by the NCAA as D-II independents (and they play a handful of games on the US mainland every year), but I'm not entirely sure how all of it works since the rest of their conference (LAI) are apparently not NCAA members. Presumably this is to allow these teams to play on the U.S. mainland and have the games count for both teams. The University of Vancouver, University of Victoria (British Columbia) and the University of the Virgin Islands are all listed by the NAIA as member institutions. I can neither confirm nor deny that this is a red herring. Both members are also pending approval by their individual university presidents, but they're expected to announce Wednesday/Thursday.
  9. Division 1 College Conference Realignment

    Big South will add 2 full members this week. Can't divulge who they are, but one move involves what I'm pretty sure is a first for NCAA D1 athletics. [edit] Did some research and it'll be the second.
  10. Bizarre Athlete Endorsements

    Incorrect, sir. An Arnold Palmer is non-alcoholic. An Arnold Palmer with alcohol added is called a John Daly.
  11. Bizarre Athlete Endorsements

    I think this might win the thread. Lock it up!
  12. The "Inverted Bowl" arena

    Or, albeit on a much larger scale, tons of high school/community gyms built in the early 1900s, with the seating above the court - like this one: The old Peabody Gym on Winthrop's campus (built in 1916) had an arrangement like this.
  13. I miss "Authentic jerseys"

    NFL game jerseys tend to be extremely tight around the stomach (because players tend to want a tight fit), loose in the shoulders (y'know, shoulder pads and such), and very long (to tuck in the pants) or very short (with elastic around the bottom hem). This has been the case for a very long time. Off the top of my head, I know that HOF defensive end Bruce Smith wore a size 42 jersey for most of his career: See how tight it is around the numbers and chest? Bruce Smith is listed at 6'4" 265. I'm 5'11" 170 and wear a size 40-42 suit jacket and prefer a size 44 jersey. Some players smaller than Bruce obviously wore smaller jerseys - I have a 2002 game-worn 49ers jersey of DB Jason Webster (5'9" 187) that is a size 40 (it's barely big enough for me to fit in - a few beers and some nachos and it feels uncomfortable). I've seen NFL gamers in a size 38 (possibly even 36) but I can't recall any specific players. To put this into perspective, the current smallest size Nike makes retail NFL "authentics" in is a 40 (roughly equivalent to a men's small, but again, a retail "authentic" 40 isn't the same as a game-worn or game-issued 40). Some early Russell NFL authentic jerseys (late 80s-early 90s) mimic this cut - personally, I'm not a fan because it's not flattering for the average person to wear. Point is, NFL "authentic" jerseys have been far from what the players wear on the field for a long time. This is nothing new.
  14. Portland Beavers is the clear and obvious choice. However, if for some reason they can't secure that name, something lumberjack/timber related has to be involved. And they can have a subtle plaid pattern on their jerseys. It's been done before...
  15. I miss "Authentic jerseys"

    They weren't. Hold an NFL gamer from the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s against a retail "authentic" and you will spot the differences easily. I don't have as much experience with NBA, MLB, or NHL gamers vs. authentics, but there are differences there as well. The term "authentic" has always been a marketing tool. Jerseys and materials have, and will continue to, evolve. I'm a big fan of late 1990s-early 2000s authentic jerseys as well, but asking for players to return to those materials just because it's more in-tune with what you* want to wear is like asking for baseball or hockey players to start wearing wool again. It's not happening. *the royal "you" directed at participants in this thread, not you in particular, Gothamite.