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  1. So, AL Central's definitely the Twins. I don't have strong feelings against the White Sox either, though. AFC North is the Bengals by a country mile. On the balance of life, it's probably the Bucks in the NBA Central, but with LeBron gone now, I'll probably be able to root for the Pacers again, which'll be nice? I'd have always said the Capitals for the Metropolitan, but now that they've won their Cup, it'll probably become the Islanders. I don't think this exercise expands to other leagues/sports very well, but I don't really have anything against Wake Forest in the ACC. I like Brentford's approach to the world in the Championship; I've had a soft spot for 1. FC Köln in 2. Bundesliga.
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    Member has been suspended two weeks for trolling, insulting other members and derailing threads. Suspension may increase as moderators complete voting.
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    International Football 2018-2019

    This is a huge improvement for Serie A rights in the U.S. -- ESPN+ is pretty solid from my (albeit limited) Championship experience with it so far.
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    2018 MLS Kits

    Alright, guys, this chat's been interesting, but let's please get this thread back to discussing MLS kits.
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    Memphis Grizzlies Unveil New Logos and Uniforms

    I think this set is very Memphis, which is extremely good. The lack of collar striping on the white and navy jerseys cheapens the look a bit, as does the small wordmark and front numbers. Those kinda make these seem like cheap high school jerseys. The overall design is really nice though, and the light blue jersey is wonderful. I might have to pick up a pair of those shorts at some point.
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    2018 MLB Season

    The Phillies are a contender in the sense that (a) they play in a generally awful National League and (b) baseball is an odd game where the better team doesn’t necessarily win each series, particularly the five-game LDS.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    I think kits typically look better with an a good sponsor than they do blank. *ducks for cover*
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    Portland Herons MLB Expansion Concept

    I really like this concept. It's great. I appreciate the striping style on the jerseys -- baseball could use a couple different types of designs, and I think yours strike a balance of being unique without being over the top. Well done.
  9. Yep, slid this over to the main Concepts forum -- the emphasis here seems a lot more on the design, so it's a better fit there. I really like this idea, like these designs. They're solid and clean -- good stuff.
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    the admiral

    So, coming in with a few thoughts from a different moderator: I personally agree with many posters in this thread that the moderating team should primarily act in the best interests of the forum. Personally, I don't think banning @the admiral or @CRichardson was in the best interests of this forum -- both have been members in good standing since they (re-)joined the forum, and IMO, the CCSLC isn't better off with moderators digging through years of prior history to find IP matches for members who haven't put a foot wrong. I've directly alluded to this before -- lay low, don't draw attention to yourself, don't break the rules, and we generally don't have a reason to go after you. That said, the forum rules dictated that we ban both members. However, in the same way that enforcing that forum policy has triggered discussion here, it's also triggered a discussion through the moderating team (as well as with Chris) as to what the appropriate protocol should be in this situation and what action would best serve the forum. This discussion has led to the reinstatement of the aforementioned members, and we're in the process of revising our rules around these situations and hope to announce a new policy soon. We want to strike a positive balance between rules that keep the CCSLC one of the most civil and intelligent message boards on the whole internet, while at the same time recognizing that it's an internet forum that shouldn't be taken so seriously.
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    Blue Jackets Bringing Back The Cannons In 2019

    I liked this for the first few years, when the roundel, vintage white and double blue trends were all en vogue. It was a really nice, short-term alternate look. I just think it's aged awfully, and they should've taken this chance to fix the problems (dump vintage white, move to navy and red).
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Some updates to the EFL lettering/numbers: That’s a revised numeral 1 at the least, but the charity tie-in is neat.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    Pursuant to @Crabcake47's question in the Ask a Moderator forum, the World Cup's big enough to get its own topic.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    The Griezmann slip/dive being given as a foul was a lot more bad luck than either or the situations you've pointed out here. I'd very much dispute that France was "clearly the better team" on the day. In the second half, sure, I thought France were the better side, but they took 0/1 shots in the first half (depending on your definition). Their only two first-half scoring opportunities were a dubious free kick that turned into an own goal and a penalty (that was the correct decision) that came from a cross that wasn't in the slightest bit dangerous -- if Perišić lets that go through, there's another defender behind him. It's not like France's great quality of play created either of those opportunities; they caught two great breaks in an otherwise awful half of football. Again, second half I thought France were great, but it's also a tactic they were only able to use because being awful in the first half somehow paid off for them with a 2-1 lead. So it goes, and that's this sport for you, but to say that France was "clearly" the better team Sunday feels really off the mark.
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    2018 NBA "Off"Season-Because It's Always On

    I mean, the Raptors won 59 games last season. They're really good, and with LeBron heading west, a window opened up for them. That said, Kyle Lowry is 32, the Celtics, 76ers and even Bucks should continue to improve -- even if Toronto hung on to DeRozan, I'm not sure the 2019/20 season and beyond would actually have offered them a good chance to genuinely contend. If everything works out for Toronto (e.g. Kawhi is healthy, still one of the top 5-10 players in the league, and actually wants to be there), they'll be the favorites to get out of the East. Do I think they'd beat Golden State or Houston in the Finals? No, but I think they've improved their chances of doing so from "snowball's chance in hell" to "snowball's chance in Hell, Michigan in April." It's worth the risk. The Raptors have played a lot of really good basketball for a few years. This might be a one-year gamble on everything, but they were never going to have a better chance than this year anyway.
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    First MLB Game Memories

    This feels like a good time for a “Kenny Lofton got absolutely screwed by the BBWAA and all the steroid guys never getting off the ballot” rant, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m sure my first MLB game was an Indians game, but I would’ve been too young to remember it. I think I went to a game at Three Rivers, too, but again wouldn’t remember it. The first MLB game I really remember going to was a Reds game in the final year at Riverfront (well, Cinergy Field then) when the left- and center-field seats were gone due to the GABP construction. Don’t remember much about the actual game, but I remember thinking the setting was so cool with the stadium a quarter demolished. That was the summer I turned 7, which feels right for a true first memory.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    VAR was, on the balance, really good at this World Cup. I think that at some point, it’s going to be worthwhile to have a discussion as to whether or not fouls outside the box, but in the attacking third, should be subject to any sort of video replay — personally, I think that everything should be subject to video replay, in the sense that the referee should be able to talk to the VAR room and discuss what they see in the same way that the referee can talk to his assistant and see what he’s seen. Referees are praised for taking 30 or 45 seconds to walk over and have a chat with the A/R to get a call right, and brining a VAR official into that conversation would (IMO) be beneficial for the game. If it’s a big play, or a key subjective decision, then bring him to the monitor. Certainly bad luck for my guys on the free kick, because it came entirely against the run of play and never should’ve been given. But Croatia were really bad all tournament defending from free kicks and it hurt them again. So it goes. Penalty was the correct decision on France’s second, but it shows what the biggest impact of VAR has been and will be: How will the Laws of the Game change to reflect the VAR world? I’d venture to say that most fans don’t want that to be a pen — it seems particularly harsh, and it’s the type of play that’s let go all the time. VAR will necessitate that a play like that results in a penalty unless the Laws are altered/clarified. On the balance of the tournament, France were the best side IMO, so it’s very fair to see them win the tournament. Really proud of my Croatian guys this whole month. Today was just such a surreal day, watching Croatia in a World Cup final in a packed bar of people (Croat-Americans and neutrals) almost all cheering for Croatia, it was super, super neat. This generation finally delivered on all the promise. Ajmo!
  18. Huh? Mexico has made the quarter-finals of the World Cup exactly twice, in 1970 when they hosted and in 1986 when they hosted. They’ve never gotten past the round of 16 outside home soil. Sure, Croatia is a small country, but it’s a small country that’s now made two semi-finals in the six years it’s been an independent nation eligible to compete in the World Cup, and before that, it was part of Yugoslavia, which reached two semi-finals itself and six quarter-finals (well, technically five quarters plus the second group stage in 1974, which consisted of the last eight teams). Croatia in the final is a lot more natural than Mexico in the final would be.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    The back of that Betis shirt is pretty good, too -- not the full stripes through, but at least they carry over. I love some thin stripes.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    That green Wolfsburg kit is especially stunning. I really like the new Wigan home shirt, which is a bit of a faux-back for them:
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Socks cannot be the same color -- that regulation isn't for us, it's for the referee. They should've done navy/white/navy for France over what they did, though. (Or just have Belgium change to yellow socks.)
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    2018 NBA "Off"Season-Because It's Always On

    Honestly, I think that's the biggest reason why it's necessarily complicated.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Yeah, I'm part of the chorus of Villa fans that don't mind going away from the blue sleeves at all -- the club didn't wear them from 1983-89, 1993-95, 1999-2000 or 2001-02. I wouldn't want it to be a regular thing, but it's so much better than the home kits Under Armour served up.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Please keep conversation about the on-pitch action in the World Cup in the thread in Sports in General, please. This thread is to discuss the kits and other aesthetics of the WC.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    They had this at one point, called it golden goal — the issue was that teams were overly defensive, willing to take the match to penalties in an aim to avoid a match-losing mistake. Kinda like how the NHL ended up with the OT loss point, with teams being defensive in an aim not to lose.