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  1. I actually have planned for him to be on San Antonio although I will say he probably did not end up playing much this season given the fact that he has had plenty of reasons to be suspended. Once I get started on this again, we will see who else they have on the roster and if the Nightmare can get through the season with their troublesome QB!
  2. Thanks for the comments guys, I completely understand @29texan this entire fall semester has really kicked my ass as well and I just haven't had the time I had this past spring and summer to work on stuff like this. I am going to pick this back up over Christmas time though because I will have a break from school and work. I have too much done for the project not to finish it but I may have to figure out a way to streamline everything a little bit better, I may also try using some system to create rosters for each team off of Madden 17 similar to how the original Minor Football League was run. @GFB Good question, I played around with the gradients in those two areas so much that it kind of just led to a design flaw on my part. When I come back to this I'll just flip the red and orange to match the helmet!
  3. That is a good point! If this were the case, certain players would not have a patch at all (like Trent Richardson on Alabama). Makes sense though, I like it, I'll probably just go with a patch of the logo on the jersey and keep the small helmet decals, the patch would look just like the primary logos in showing at the bottom of the presentation.
  4. Good idea, I can make them bigger and also show a zoomed in image of what they look like on the back. That is kind of what I was going for by posting the NFL logos at the bottom but the decals are not exactly the same as they are in black and white. Really appreciate the comments, I've put a good bit of time in this project and even though it is moving a little slow at the moment I've begun to fear that it is just dead in the water with no interest. What does everyone think of the actual design behind the logos and uniforms though? There hasn't been much feedback on that kind of stuff which is what I was really looking forward to.
  5. There are helmet decal stickers on the back. I stated earlier the reason I haven't included a NFL team's logo as a patch specifically on the jersey is because I don't want two large patches of each logo on the jersey, makes it too bulky and takes away from the design. However, I may have a compromise, the best idea I can come up with for this at the moment would be to include both logos in a roundel styled patch and include on the jersey similar to how college teams like the SEC include an SEC patch. I may give this a shot but the patch would have some negative space inside it since two logos have to be included and I don't know just how identifiable it would be to viewers and scouts. Only other thing I could do is include the AFC's team logo on one sleeve and the NFC's team logo on the other but my fear is that it would clash with the design too much especially with teams that feature sleeve stripes.
  6. Was really hoping for some more feedback but maybe another set will get the ball rolling. I'm still going to hold on how this current season will unfold until I get all of the teams posted so for now here is the next team the Albuquerque Green Chilies. ALBUQUERQUE GREEN CHILIES (Arizona Cardinals/Indianapolis Colts Affiliate): Logo Sheet Albuquerque's roster consist of players who were not resigned by their former minor league teams for the upcoming season but it also includes all of the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals practice squad members. The starting QB position is a key question mark for the Green Chilies this season as they have former Miami (OH) QB Zac Dysert (Cardinals PS) and former Miami Hurricane QB Stephen Morris (Colts PS), they also brought in the University of Alabama's National Champion QB Jake Coker on a minor league deal after he spent training camp with the Cardinals. One of the most notable players from the practice squad includes former University of New Mexico WR Marquis Bundy who is apart of the Cardinals and is playing in the same state in played college in. The team has a decent core group of players but will have a lot of developing throughout the season. Primary Uniforms: The Green Chilies have one of the most unique names and uniforms across the league. Nike decided to take inspiration from their former Minor League club, the Albuquerque 47's with the uniforms (ignore the undershirt/gloves/cleats) by bringing back a shoulder yoke. The Green Chilies have the most unique helmet in the league using the "fire" from their logo on the helmets. The uniforms utilize a black/neon green color scheme with touches of red/orange gradient also seen in the primary logo. This uniform set is extremely modern, I wanted to be creative with it and I feel like it works for a minor league team fairly well but it was one of the toughest teams to come up with ideas for so I'd love to hear any feedback y'all have! This is the first team posted that has completely original logos and uniforms created by myself. I went with all-black and all-white for the primary uniforms because the green color is so "loud" that I felt it worked better as a secondary color on the primary sets. Alternate Uniforms: The neon green becomes the focus of the alternate sets as they get an all-green set for the alternate home uniform and have the options of using the neon green pants with their away uniforms. The Green Chilies decide not to include alternate socks/undershirt/gloves with their sets because of the balance with all of their logos/colors used on all of those pieces. So there is the first expansion team of the 2016 season, we will go back to one of the original teams with the Boise Grizzlies being up next!
  7. These are great! Love the template too, I doubt you have it in psd but if you do I'd like if you could send that my way. Both looks are very strong though, really love the fauxback for the Cardinals and I could see the Falcons doing something like this especially after the release of the Color Rush uniforms, looking forward to the rest of the teams.
  8. I'll give it a shot. Might be awhile before I get around to posting my school though!
  9. Two things here, Firstly, I don't disagree with the logo on the jersey. That was actually what I wanted to do but I felt like having both would be too bulky, I don't want to overload the jersey with patches. If I ever expand to where all 32 teams have their own minor league I would put a patch of the parent team's jersey on there but I don't like having two at the moment which is why I opted for the helmet decals instead. Secondly, no they don't need or have to match either one of the parent teams. Since the league was already existing as it's own semi-pro league, they already had these logos and colors. It just so happened that the Gladiators had similar colors as the Falcons. I would rather go for uniqueness for a team than just matching them to an NFL team.
  10. Okay so the moment is finally here, starting off the NFL's new Minor Football League uniform reveal is the Alabama Gladiators! ALABAMA GLADIATORS (Atlanta Falcons/Tennessee Titans Affiliate): Logo Sheet Before I get into the uniforms, I'll talk about the roster and post a link to the logo sheet once again. 29Texan was working on the stadium for me but unfortunately was unable to finish it, I may still post what he did send me at some point but for now I'll wait. The Gladiators are the official affiliate of the Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans. They will feature all of the Titans and Falcons practice squad members for the 2016 season. Some of notable guys from each team include QB Matt Simms and HB Blake Sims. Michael Vick announced that would play one more season of football and since no NFL team has signed him yet, he decided to sign a one year contract with his former minor league team in hopes of staying in shape for a possible NFL signing. The team also includes former Gladiator stars at defensive line in Kevin Basped and Derrick Harvey as well as defensive backs Tyrell Johnson and David Pender. The team took a numerous amount of Alabama, Auburn, UAB and Troy alumni in the Regional draft that includes college standouts like HB Trent Richardson, WR Roddy White (playing with his former teammate Vick), WR Kodi Burns, OL Barrett Jones, LB Nico Johnson and FS Brandon Condren. At some point I will make each team's roster available to view but for now I will just do a write up summarizing some of the players. Primary Uniforms: The Gladiators have decided to modernize the look that they wore from seasons 2-7. Nike came up with a design similar to the Cleveland Browns in having the sleeve stripe extend to the collarbone with the sword point. Two-toned stripes are back as they have been a key design element for the Gladiators throughout their history. They also feature a new custom two-toned font to match the striping pattern and for the first time the sword stripes adopt a two-toned red pattern on the white jerseys. I went monochrome for the primary looks, as the all-red and all-black looks were always popular for the Gladiators in season's past. I should also note that the NFL logos seen at the bottom are from my NFL series and are featured in black and white circle decals on the back of the helmet. Alternate Uniforms: Although White and Red pants would likely be options for the primary uniforms to mix and match, the primary away uniforms focus on using black as a nod to the Gladiator's first uniforms. Next up will be Albuquerque!
  11. Season 5 Results (SPRING 2013): 1. Boise Grizzlies: MLF Champions, Western Conference Champions, Finished season 1st in West. Quincy Carter rides high in what would be his final season as he retired a champion and was arrested after the season concluded for off the field issues. Grizzlies featured most consistent team overall in the entire league. 2. Orlando Orchards: Lost MLF Championship, Eastern Conference Champions, Finished season 1st in East. Orlando comes one step closer to winning a championship and finished the East with the best record for the second year in a row. 3. Las Vegas Aces: Finished season 3rd in West, Defeated Lincoln in Divisional Round, Lost Western Conference Championship. QB John Parker Wilson has comeback season after dealing with injuries in previous seasons. Stronger defense led to more victories. 4. Louisville Shockers: Finished season 2nd in East, Defeated Alabama in Divisional Round, Lost Eastern Conference Championship. Shockers return to the playoffs led by QB Jevan Snead who finished 2nd in OPOY voting. 5. Lincoln Pioneers: Finished season 2nd in West, Lost Divisional Round. Continued previous success during season but could not beat out the surging Aces and superior Grizzlies. 6. Alabama Gladiators: Finished season 3rd in East, Lost Divisional Round. Minor injuries to the defense and star HB Rudi Johnson gave team difficulties defending their championship from 2012. 7. Hawai'i Tropics: Finished one spot out of playoffs in tight race with Las Vegas after finishing last place in the West in season 4. 8. Quebec Polaires: Did not reach playoffs for the first time since season 1 when the team was located in South Carolina. 9. San Antonio Nightmare: Losing LaGarrette Blount and injuries derailed San Antonio's season, finished last in the West. 10. Connecticut Navy: Youngest team in MLF shows signs of optimism but young mistakes cause them to finish last in the league. Season 6 Results (SPRING 2014): 1. Hawai'i Tropics: MLF Champions, Western Conference Champions, Finished season 3rd in West. Led by a fast speedy offense full of weapons like QB Colt Brennan and HB Ian Johnson, the Tropics not only returned to the playoffs for the first time since season 3 but made it all the way to the Championship and won. WR Freddie Barnes became the second non QB/HB to win the MVP award. 2. Louisville Shockers: Finished season 1st in East, Defeated Orlando in Eastern Conference Championship. Shockers return to their second ever Championship game as the favorite to win but their powerful air attack could not match the Tropics. Defensive improvements led to the Shockers de-throning Orlando in the East. 3. Lincoln Pioneers: Finished season 1st in West, Defeated Boise in Divisional Round, Lost Western Conference Championship. Pioneers overpower Boise as best team in the West during the regular season, consistency continues to be a big part of the team's winning formula. 4. Boise Grizzlies: Finished 2nd in West, Lost Divisional Round to Lincoln. Boise turned to MLF journeyman Jason White to lead the team after his contract ran out with Connecticut. White proved to be a good game manager but could not win the playoff game for Boise. 5. Orlando Orchards: Finished season 2nd in East, Lost Divisional Round. The team struggled to play well in playoffs because of injuries and loss of key players on defense. 6. Connecticut Navy: Finished season 3rd in East, Lost Divisional Round. Navy finally break the playoff seal beyond their young team but are well over-matched by Orlando. 7. San Antonio Nightmare: Nightmare showed signs of improvement but could not get back to the playoffs.. 8. Alabama Gladiators: Gladiators fail to reach the playoffs for the first time ever in the history of the MLF. QB Pat White suffered two concussions throughout the season which would ultimately lead to his early retirement after the season. The defense went into a rebuilding year as well. 9. Quebec Polaires: After numerous retirements including veteran star QB Jake Plummer, Quebec went into a rebuilding year and finished last in the East. 10. Las Vegas Aces: Like the Polaires, the Aces lost numerous starters to retirement and John Parker Wilson once again dealt with injury. The Aces would decide to move on from Wilson and decided they would rebuild at season's end. Season 7 Results (SPRING 2015): 1. Connecticut Navy: MLF Champions, Eastern Conference Champions, Finished season 2nd in the East. After years of building up young players the Navy broke through the playoffs and went on their first Championship run. They would be the final Champions of the former Minor League Football before the NFL officially bought out the league to become an instructional farm system. It should also be noted that in 7 seasons the MLF never had a team win more than one championship! 2. Hawaii'i Tropics: Finished season 1st in West, Defeated Boise in Western Conference Championship. The Tropics had the chance to repeat as MLF Champions but in one of the greatest MLF championships ever, the Navy defeated the Tropics. 3. Alabama Gladiators: Finished season 1st in the East, Defeated Orlando in the Divisional Round, Lost Eastern Conference Championship. After Pat White's retirement, The Gladiators brought in former Ace's QB John Parker Wilson who played in his hometown Hoover for his final MLF season and he led the team to a strong season overall but could not lead the Gladiators back to the championship. 4. Boise Grizzlies: Finished 2nd in West, Lost Divisional Round to Lincoln. Boise continues their consistent playoff run but failed to reach the Championship losing to Hawai'i in the playoffs for the second year in a row. 5. Orlando Orchards: Finished season 3rd in East, Lost Divisional Round. Since Memphis relocated to Orlando they have made the playoffs every season and what looked to be a strong finish to the season was stopped short as the Orchards fail once again to get a win vs rival Alabama in the playoffs. 6. Lincoln Pioneers: Finished season 3rd in West, Lost Divisional Round. Like Boise the Pioneers have created a tradition of making the playoffs each year but once again fell short. 7. Las Vegas Aces 8. Quebec Polaires 9. San Antonio Nightmare 10. Louisville Shockers MLF Champions: Las Vegas Aces (2009), Quebec Polaires (2010), Lincoln Pioneers (2011), Alabama Gladiators (2012), Boise Grizzlies (2013), Hawai'i Tropics (2014), Connecticut Navy (2015) Teams to never win a Championship: Louisville (2 appearances), Orlando (1 appearance), San Antonio (0 appearances) And with that, the entire history recap of the MLF previous seasons is officially over. I have Alabama's uniforms ready to post, I may try and get to them tonight. Still hoping for some more interest once the uniforms are posted. I will post each team's Primary Home/Away Uniforms as well as two Alternate options. Each team will have retro uniforms this season as well but I will not post those until retro week comes up. I still have to work on rosters for all of the teams a little bit but I am going to do that some throughout the rest of this week and I will start posting weekly match-ups and game results throughout the season. A couple of more notes, I have looked into the Pro Football Coach app, unfortunately there is not an app for iOS at the moment. I downloaded the college version but there isn't much customization to it unless I am just unfamiliar with app. If anyone knows of an app that would allow me to pick the number of teams and customize the ratings and such myself I would love to do the simulation that way but I have yet to find something as user friendly as I am describing.
  12. Here is a quick preview for the 2016 season and things to come! And yes that is Alabama's very own NFL bust Trent Richardson!
  13. Season 4 Summary (AT: JAN 2012-MAR 2012) · Season Play: Heading into season 4 saw some big storylines. Alabama lost MVP QB Michael Vick and replaced him with the Alabama native and former West Virginia Quarterback Pat White who would be playing his rookie season. The story of this season however would be Boise and Orlando. Memphis packed up their bags and relocated to Orlando to become the Orchards, while this team had been on the brink the previous 3 years, they had never been able to make the playoffs. However they built their defense to become the best in the league and drafted JaMarcus Russell number 1 overall which turned out to be a successful move for the Orchards. The Boise Grizzlies saw Shaun King retire but continued to ride the late season success of the comeback player of the year Quincy Carter and had the most consistent team in the western conference. Former conference champions Louisville and Lincoln started out strong enough to stay in the hunt for most of the season but with the injury of star runningback Najeh Davenport and the re-emerged Polaires, the Shockers would fall from grace and the Polaires clinched for the final East playoff spot at the end of the season. The Gladiators suffered a bump in the road during the middle of the season but were able to finish on a tear jolting them into 2nd place while the new look Orchards became dominant enough to finish the season at with the league’s best record. The Grizzlies hung on to win out the West despite a late season surge from the Nightmare and Lincoln held off Las Vegas for the final playoff spot. Hawaii proved to be the worst team with a bland defense and the concussion problems suffered by Colt Brennan who tried playing despite an off-season injury due to a car wreck. Connecticut also saw a lost season as Jason White could not recapture the magic he had in season 3. · Playoffs: The playoffs saw a rematch between last season’s divisional round between Quebec and Alabama. Despite the history of the rivalry, Alabama’s continued their strong finish to the season with a dominant performance against Quebec and won easily behind the arm and legs of rookie QB Pat White as well as their defense. San Antonio hosted the defending champions in Lincoln which led to an instant classic. The teams matched each other blow for blow until the Nightmare were able to take a late 7-point lead and hold off the Pioneers to advance to the Conference Championship. In the Conference Championship, Orlando and Alabama played what was easily considered the best game of the year. The Orchards took an early lead intercepting Pat White at halftime leading to a 17-14 lead. The two teams continued their shootout in the second half as the Gladiators were able to tie the game with seconds ticking off in regulation to push it to Overtime with a score of 27-27. Both teams scored in the first overtime with Alabama scoring first in the second overtime and picking off Russell to advance to the Championship. Boise hosted San Antonio in another close match-up, they were able to go down to the wire with the Nightmare as Quincy Carter drove the team into scoring position to win 27-24. In the Championship game, Boise took an early 17-10 lead at halftime but the Gladiators proved to be too much in the second half outscoring the Grizzlies 20-3 on the legs of Rudi Johnson who led the Gladiators to their first ever Championship in 4 seasons. · Standings: EAST: AL 10-3 (5-3) (3-0), ORL 8-3 (7-1) (0-1), QUE 5-6 (4-4) (0-1), LOU 3-7 (3-5), CON 2-8 (1-7) WEST: BOI 8-4 (7-1) (1-1), SA 7-5 (6-2) (1-1), LIN 5-6 (4-4) (0-1), LV 4-6 (3-5), HAW 2-8 (2-6) ASG: WEST 34 – EAST 31 PLAYOFF RESULTS: WR1: SA 27-20 LIN ER1: AL 44-14 QUE WCC: BOI 27-24 SA ECC: AL 41-34 ORL 2 OT MLFC4: AL 30-20 BOI · Notable Players LEAGUE MVP: Orlando WR Marvin Harrison Offensive POY: San Antonio QB David Carr Defensive POY: Alabama DE Kevin Basped Comeback POY: Boise QB Quincy Carter ROY: Alabama QB Pat White PLAYOFF MVP: Alabama HB Rudi Johnson I simulated every game with a ratings system and a coin flip system. The way this worked went like this. I rated each teams positions and averaged those together to create a rating for the team’s Overall, Offense, Defense and Special Teams. If they had a higher rating than their opponent they would win that “coin flip” automatically. A lot of teams tied in these ratings and the tie braker would be an actual coin flip. Teams were also awarded 1 coin flip for having home field advantage. The only games that this rating featured an actual coin flip was the Globe Game between Lincoln and Louisville in week 1 and Boise and Alabama in the Championship. I then flipped a coin 5 more times and who ever won the most flips out of 10 won the game. As I would flip a coin, I would come up with a story to go along with it. If the coin flip was tied at 5-5. I would flip for overtime, if a team won 2 flips in a row, they would win in 1 overtime, if the teams split the first two times, they would enter a second overtime. Notable overtime games featured a late season game where Boise officially knocked Las Vegas out of the playoffs and ended in 4 Overtimes with a final score of 51-48 in Boise’s favor and the Conference Championship between Alabama and Memphis which ended in 2 Overtimes in Alabama’s favor 41-34. I figured I might as well post this one as well since I wrote it up. Season's 5, 6 and 7 will all just be posted results as I do not want to continue bogging this thread down with the write-ups for now. I could revisit that at some point but I will at least post the results which have already been simulated so everyone can see the official history. With that being said, I can finally get to this season and the uniforms as well as the new faces of each franchise! I will try my best to post some of this stuff this weekend but we will see what happens.
  14. That is 3 seasons worth of summaries, I have one written up for the 4th season, I will post it if this generates any interest....if not, I will just post the results from Season's 4, 5, 6 and 7 without a summary. It is probably too much writing as is and to be honest I just want to go ahead and get to the uniforms and the team designs which is what I should have just started out with in the first place. I do still plan on posting Season 2's uniforms. I have most of them done I believe but after that I am going to go ahead and start on this season and if I decide to go back and work on the old ones I will do that after. School, work and the new madden have been taking my time completely away from concepts but I am ready to dive back in after a little hiatus. I will be posting logo sheets and uniforms periodically throughout the NFL season along with a base roster for each team (already have Alabama's done). I will post week by week uniform match-ups and game results as well. I think I said I would start in Week 2 of the NFL but I might wait till Week 3. I had plans to revisit my NFL thread from the summer as well and I will likely end up doing that with the color rush uniforms released. So stay tuned!