Saint Zephyr III

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  1. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Just off the top of my head... Before Tom Benson took over the ownership of the team, there was extensive flirtation with moving the team to Jacksonville. And I don't know if you were called it a "failed" relocation considering the circumstances, but there was the possibility of the Saints simply staying in San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina. For the Spurs, before moving into the Alamodome and in that awfully dark post-Gervin/pre-Robinson period, the Spurs were potentially moving to either Minnesota or New Orleans. Speaking of San Antonio, Red McCombs also did a prolonged song-and-dance with the Vikings potentially moving to the Alamo City, even doing preseason games to "gauge interest". And back to Minnesota, there was an effort to move the Minnesota Timberwolves to New Orleans in 1994, just four years into their debut, with the names New Orleans Rhythm and New Orleans Angels being thrown around. However, the bid was rejected due to questions about where Top Rank, the investment group that sought to move the team, was actually getting their money. Also for the Sacramento Kings, remember the Maloof Brothers were eyeballing Las Vegas and even Virginia Beach. There's of course the now legendary overnight move committed by the Colts moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis, but remember that if it wasn't for Jim Irsay Sr. being a belligerent drunk, the Colts had an initial deal with Phoenix but the city backed out due to the perceived backlash. There's the infamous move by the Seattle Seahawks in 1996 where they announced they were moving to Los Angeles (well, Anaheim specifically)...before actually informing the league about it. If I recall, they were even drawing up a new identity. And I think just about any MLB team in the seventies and eighties used Tampa Bay as a threat, with I believe the Giants going as far as actually making caps with "TB" on it.
  2. The XFL may be making a comeback

    So if they're blatantly and transparently capitalizing on anger over the anthem protests, I take it they're going to go for more conservative big cities right? Jesus Christ, there's going to be a team like the "Cleveland Grit" or the "Birmingham Bootstraps" isn't there?
  3. NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    They'll be lucky if a third of the ticketholders are even Raiders fans; at least half are going to be vagabond tourist fans from LA, San Diego, and Phoenix or any of the cities that can fly to Vegas on the cheap.
  4. Las Vegas NHL Expansion

    A Jewish superhero who may in fact be out of his damn mind? I LOVE IT.
  5. NBA Changes 2016-17 Season

    I'd only say if there's a city/market where it's actually appropriate, it would be Toronto since it has one of the biggest Chinese communities in North America.
  6. NBA Changes 2016-17 Season

    Seems the similarities won't stop there since if the Clippers move out of Staples Center and head to the Westside, you'd have a scenario where the "Los Angeles" teams (Lakers, LAFC) would be playing at or near Downtown LA while the "L.A." teams (Galaxy, Clippers) would simply be playing in the LA area.
  7. 2016 NBA Offseason thread

    To be fair, he is the first professional athlete to complete the Dick Move Hat Trick (being a dick, hitting a dick, and showing his dick). Quite an accomplishment!
  8. 2016 NBA Offseason thread

    Not only that, but due to the terms of the lease, they're actually technically third fiddle to the Kings. I just have no earthly idea where they could put the damn thing. It would be a good angle for the LA2024 bid since having a basketball arena in Westwood or Santa Monica would be a good compliment to the Olympic Village at UCLA. Not to mention it could be built in relation to the Purple Line.
  9. College Football Uniforms - 2016 Season

    Would love to see the Titans do this type of get-up.
  10. AT&T rebranding DirecTV

    Well, they've already introduced the Death Star next to the name whenever you sign up for your TV provider respectively. But AT&TV doesn't make any sense since they've been trying so hard to encourage U-Verse.
  11. 2015-16 NBA Thread

    I think the important thing to keep in mind too is that even the past five years have been something of a miracle. After the injury-ridden 2010 campaign and the bust of the 2011 campaign, there was serious contemplation about starting from scratch (trading Parker/Ginoboli was seriously on the table) or doing what other franchises do and blow up the team and aim for high draft picks for three years. Instead, we stuck with the Big 3, traded for Leonard, picked up a healthy mix of new blood and old, and translated that to a Finals win and 28 seconds from two of them. I can't express how happy I am that we had the season we did, and it's a lot of credit to OKC for exploiting our weaknesses. Sticking Kanter and Adams in the paint blocked any chance of us getting to the hoop, completely dominated the rebound game, and our de-emphasis on the three pointer/sharpshooting bit us in the butt. Fortunately, we have things set up for the future. I mean for God's sake, we won 67 games this year. We'll have Year 2 of Aldridge/Leonard. Conley would be a big catch, getting more guards like Lin or Anderson would work, and pursuing a proper Duncan replacement, be it Whiteside or Ezeli, is another option.
  12. NBA Changes 2015-16 Season

    Wrong thing to take a stand on...Abe Pollin changed the name because he grew uncomfortable with the increasing death rate due to gun violence in DC and also the assassination of his longtime friend Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He wasn't pressured to do anything, he just didn't like his team being associated with gun violence.
  13. New Rochester Rhinos logo?

    Fascinating thing with that first article is that Jacksonville isn't even mentioned among the cities vying for an expansion team. They really were under the radar, weren't they?
  14. 16-17 Soccer Kits

    Someone brought up a fun point though: that with the red line, it'd be hilarious and very San Antonian if the sponsor for the jersey turns out to be Big Red. Frankly, Big Red FC would be a fun name. Apparently though, the five stripes represent the five military branches in the city, which is a cool touch.
  15. 16-17 Soccer Kits

    Nice touch with the gray line around the banner being a subliminal "S" at least.