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  1. Apathy is the rule of life up here. You just kinda mull around from one day to the next hoping you won't wake up with stupid humidity in the summer causing the city to boil or randomly 10 feet of snow showing up overnight for the hell of it. You just get used to it after a while and it's the norm. The pajama thing probably comes from a "why the hell bother" aspect of trying to dress up for travel or whatever. especially through Logan.
  2. Let's hope the Two-Pennant-on-WS-Logo thing is still a weird and real thing. '04, ;07, '13, and now '18 have all had 2 pennants in the logo and all of those times have had the Sox in the World Series. I will say it's been an odd road to be on the receiving end of scathing hatred that used to be towards...well everyone else. On a personal note though, it would be pretty awesome if the year I took my son to his first game also turned out to be the year that they won the Series as well! How's that for impacting memories! Now if only they could do something about these start times so my 6-yr-old could actually WATCH these games.
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    is there some sort of ironic twist of fate that the owners of the BROWNS are the ones that are preventing the Crew from moving out of state?
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    Looks like an official announcement will be at 4:15
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    North American Pro Soccer 2018

    Great news for Columbus and the Crew! Hope it all works out
  6. They never took "New Orleans" of the uniform for the year. At home they wore the white "Hornets" with an OKC patch, and on the road they continued to wear "New Orleans" The Oklahoma City uniforms, both the red Valentine's day one, and the white variant (which was worn in their final home game in Oklahoma city) were done as a way to "Thank" their temporary home and the fans who supported the team there after the events of Katrina. You can see that the OKC patch was then swapped for a NOLA patch As a note, those Red jerseys were auctioned off and raised $22,000 for the American Heart Association and Hornets Charities
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    2018 NFL Season

    Quick, while the family is distracted, move the team back to San Diego!
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    USL New Mexico is... New Mexico United

    Here’s our templated explainer for all the details that don’t immediately make sense
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    The USL Restructures & Rebrands

    Wow this thing has taken a complete sidetrack and wound up in an entirely different town. Regarding the rebrand, I like that they're going back to a unified theme throughout the levels like they did back in the early Oughts The one thing that bothers me overall is the Primary Branding for the umbrella USL organization. The soccer ball with motion lines looks extremely amateur. Like some rinky dink baseball league or team that phoned it in for the graphics and used "moving ball" as a justification for the design. This looks really bad honestly. Not even the standard hexagons and pentagons to denote that it's a soccer ball? it's very basic. Along with the horizontal versions of the new branding, there appears to be a "stacked" variant that will likely be used on the uniforms due to being easier to apply to arms I don't think it's a bad rebrand and restructuring, but is very soulless in the designs. having just USL, (whatever the D3 was intended to be called), and PDL gave them some insight as to where they stood. Obviously this dips into the whole Pro/Rel aspect which i'm actively trying to avoid in the LOGO DISCUSSION THREAD. It's unified yes, but it's bland at the same time. The stenciled font that USL has been using for a few years now never grew on me and looked out of place, and now it's even more prominent.
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    Train Themed Team Names

    FC Lokomotiv Moscow Montpelier (OH) Locomotives Bloomington Thunder (SPHL) (2011-2014) Fullerton Flyers Macon Trax (SPHL) (2002-2005) Bethesda Big Train (CRCBL) Reading Express (AIFL/IFL) (2006-2012) Coquitlam Express (BCHL) Jacksonville Express (WFL) Evansville Express (NWFA) Southern Minnesota Express Owatonna Express Jersey Express (ABA) Jersey Express (PDL/USL League 2) Eau Claire Express I have to EXPRESS that there seems to certainly be some common naming theme with some teams
  11. Why couldn't the Titans adopt more of a Greek motif again?
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    NHL 2018-19

    Could almost make the argument that what happened to the WHL Canucks during the offseason of 1970 (where the team was no longer with the WHL and there was a new NHL expansion with the same roster) is similar to the "promotion" aspect of USL teams moving up to MLS. Looks like it happened with the Seals from the WHL as well in 1967 during that initial expansion. But it's not some wackiness like the Senators being on a six decade hiatus. There's no direct lineage there as compared to the Seals (WHL)->Seals (NHL)->Barons->North Stars->Sharks where there are documented mergers and splits in ownerships and such.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    A lot of these look like someone just selected a layer and clicked "Delete" I also feel the "alternative" logos from the 90s were far superior to these. The only one I can easily find is the Patriots NE. Some day we should try to compile all of them from that era
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    Fun With Flags!!!!

    the 24 stars represent all of the cities, towns, and incorporated villages (unincorporated villages are not represented) that were amalgamated into the City of Greater New York in 1898 The inner circle of three stars represents the cities: New York City, then already including what is today the Bronx. The City of Brooklyn, which had by then absorbed the whole of Kings County. Long Island City in Queens County. The middle circle of nine stars represents the towns: In Queens County, Newtown, Flushing, Jamaica, and the Rockaway Peninsula of the Town of Hempstead. In Richmond County, Castleton, Northfield, Southfield, Westfield, and Middletown. The outer circle of twelve stars represents the incorporated villages: In Queens County: In Flushing, the Village of Flushing, College Point, and Whitestone. In Jamaica, the Village of Jamaica and Richmond Hill. In the Rockaway Peninsula of the Town of Hempstead, Far Rockaway, Rockaway Beach, and Averne-by-the-Sea. In Richmond County: Coterminous with Castleton, New Brighton. In Northfield, Port Richmond. In Middletown, Edgewater. In Westfield, Tottenville.
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    Fun With Flags!!!!

    NYC Police Department
  16. Your suggestion truly was the cream of the crop.
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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    I really love that OKC uniform. They could really embrace that design aspect and run with it. it's a good way to honor the Native American Tribes in the area and they can still keep the Thunder name as well. I really hope this is testing the waters for a rebrand down the road. My only issue from what I've seen is the lack of any sort of design on the arms and neck. They could easily put the waistband design on there and I think they'd really be onto something.
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    Chief Wahoo’s Last Season

    I think it would be interesting if they just blew the whole thing up and start fresh with Spiders. I do find it odd there isn't a true red/black team in MLB right now. They could really own that color scheme and actually tie into some history of the game too. Ok so the name after 100 or so years is associated with "the worst MLB team in history". Ok. Last year a professional football team went 0-16. a few years back another one did too. Don't think those teams scrambled to change their names to disassociate with those bad seasons. if anything, it can be used to showcase the early early early years of the National League and become a connection to the pre-MLB days There's some really good traditional style concepts that can be done for Spiders that doesn't dip into the "wacky" of MiLB. Richmond is the Spiders and they seem to keep it pretty tasteful. It'd be a unique name in the majors and could really set the stage for a "new era" type of rebirth for the franchise.
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    Fun With Flags!!!!

    Just poking around on some flags and I stumbled across a neat thing that's done in Timor-Leste. All the municipalities utilize the Hoist emblem on their flags! Some look good. Others...could've been done differently National Flag Municipalities
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    Blackhawks, Bruins Release 2019 Winter Classic Logos
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    Soda/Pop/Branding Discussion & News Thread

    I can't believe the story got picked up by Reuters. I only saw it on my local news facebook feed. I hope they don't change the branding. After the 90s Swirl debacle they seem to have found their branding niche with the Moxie Guy. Hopefully Coke won't mess with it too much. If anything they may finally put it in other supermarkets and not just the 2-3 I frequent. Also makes me wonder if Coke and Pepsi will start going after other "regional" sodas to get an additional foothold in the markets.
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    Austin FC

    If I could use another example of trees and local imagery found within MLS: The Revolution has begun heavily weighing on the New England flag that contains a Pine Tree. This is an extremely local symbol that features a tree that is found in high abundance throughout the country. It's a fricken pine tree. HOWEVER, the Revolution have made a point to come forward and give the actual meaning to tie in the usage by the club They weigh heavily on the historical meaning of the flag, that it represents the region as a whole, and has come to symbolize the supporters as well. They don't skirt about it saying the red is for whatever and the shape of the tree is meant to invoke dumb nonsense. It's straight and to the point. This is the FLAG of NEW ENGLAND and it has a long history in the region because of the past 200 someodd years of history. They even make reference to the Battle of Bunker Hill, a very important battle early in the Revolution! If honestly that was the same justification used by PSV to justify the tree on the crest "Stephen F Austin signed a treaty under the Treaty Oak that still stands majestically in the city that bears his name" (I can Nike-speak too, can I be paid thousands of dollars to do this?) then a lot of the blandness and status-quo aspect that was thrown out there wouldn't exist because it gives actual meaning to it, not faux marketing speak that means nothing overall. As said before, you could replace "Austin" on the crest for nearly any other city and the meanings given behind the design choices and jargon used to justify the choices could still be true.
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    Austin FC

    Looking over it again and trying to dismiss the now-impossible to see Broccoli aspect of the crest, it does try to certainly play it safe. It's a shield, to go with the other 18 shield crests in the league. Basic imagery that then tries to nike-speak its way into drawing connections. It It's very unremarkable. it doesn't really stand out too much. Now, when paired with a potential green/black hoops or stripes design? it may look decent. but on it's own it feels very generic and bland. it doesn't stand out. As others have said, you could literally swap out "Austin" for any other city and you could draw the same conclusions and connections if you tried hard enough. But you could break down each descriptor that they gave and mix it for anything else. Ignore the soccer-based descriptions, so no Eleven Leaves or FC, that's a third of the reasons given removed The city name "proudly positioned at the top": of the 18 current crests that feature the City Name on them, Eleven of those have the city name at the very top. So not exactly a unique expression Bright Verde is a "signature color". Ok so they want to own a specific shade of green. As discussed with the other teams that use green, not a unique color even if it is different. the Crew's Yellow, Orlando's purple, Houston's orange...THOSE are signature colors. is green considered a color associated with Austin? let alone this specific green? so that's 2/3rds of the choices given dismissed as they are just nonsense to fill up reasons to pick design choices. Austin isn't going to go at the bottom of the crest with the shape chosen, and the choice of green isn't exactly given. So now let's focus on the contending parts: the broccoli Intertwined Oaks. Ok so Austin has an important tree left over from the other 13 that have been destroyed that is supposedly where Stephen F Austin met with local tribes to set up a boundary due to raids. Even though "No historical documentation exists to support this event actually taking place". Not denying that this is or isn't an important tree. But as mentioned before there are many many many towns and cities that have their own historical "tree" where the town charter was signed, or the land was purchased by the local tribes for pocket change. It's not a unique and identifiable image. It's a tree. Now, someone mentioned how Nottingham Forest FC has owned a decent tree crest for a long time. Well, yeah, it works. Nottingham is forever tied as the location of Sherwood Forest. It makes sense! But back to this crest, none of this is even used to justify the choice of the broccoli. No mention of the Treaty Oak, no mention of the abundance of Oaks...when you start talking about Oaks, unfortunately there's another city that springs to mind: OAKland! Literally meaning "Land of Oaks". And the "bond between club and city" well, how long has the club been bonding with the city? is it engrained in the local populace and synonymous in the sporting world with each other? The Roots: Why even use this as a reason. Roots take years to grown and become...well, rooted into the ground. Somehow they are meant to symbolize the 4 directions, not being rooted into the city. and a Foundation for the club sounds more of the same crap they were using to justify the intertwined trees earlier. the badge itself is okay at best. but not something to say is in the top 5 of the league. It's very mediocre for a professional club to want to wear. The FC should definitely be white to match with the Austin. it blends in too much. And it really doesn't matter who made it or what their portfolio is or how great they have been. If they produced something mediocre, it's mediocre. It honestly feels like something that would fit in USL or USLD3 with how bland and generic it feels looking at it. Anyways, that's my $0.02 on the subject. It's not inspirational or outstanding or anything like that. It's just...there. and no amount of nikespeak or doubletalk or justification that isn't explicitly stated by the group who paid to have this done can make their reasoning or choices better.
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    Blackhawks, Bruins Release 2019 Winter Classic Logos

    I like how both are using their modern versions of the logos for their WC logos. But I agree that we gotta start mixing in some other teams. This'll be Chicago's 4th appearance and Boston's 3rd. While I don't mind seeing the Bruins, there needs to be some variety. Montreal, St. Louis, and Toronto have only appeared once. Why not see if the Blue Jackets can host in Ohio somewhere. Or do a Rangers/Islanders matchup in NYC. MINNESOTA. Have the Wild host the Stars in a confusing mishmash of North Stars conjuncture. I get the need to push the special WC merch with unique logos based on historic marks but it's become stale. Pittsburgh hasn't even been in it since 2011! Anyways, I do like the Bruins B and will be interested if they go with the football style design or just a giant B in the chest.