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  1. Teams named for Brands

    IHL Muskegon Zephyrs come to mind. Their logo is the same as that for the chain of gas stations. Forgot about the ABA Denver Rockets - *facepalm* Not sure we can count the National Industrial Basketball League or not. With company sponsored teams like the Akron Goodyears, Bartlesville Phillips 66s, Peoria Caterpillars, and Wichita Vickers.
  2. Teams named for Brands

    The Flint Generals have a similar relationship with Oshawa, though I don't think they ever used the GM logo or ownership. As for the Colonels, it's was a traditional name for Louisville clubs, having been used by baseball teams there for nearly a century. A USHL ownership group I was associated with explored Louisville with some interest, going so far as to have some concepts developed for a team. My suggestion was to give the Colonels name a promotion and call them the Generals. I still have the commissioned concepts from Keith Flynn.
  3. Pics where the players look cool

    Eric Hosmer's 14th inning sac fly bat flip in WS Game 1 was the Royals' answer to Bautista...
  4. 16-17 Soccer Kits

    They won't at Carrow Road...
  5. Teams In The Wrong Stadium

    Here are some Arena League oddballs I mined... I only have the locations, the venues can probably be reasonably inferred... Sat Jul 15 1989 at Mar Detroit 39, Maryland 7 at Baltimore, MD Fri Jul 28 1989 at PiG Detroit 61, Pit Gladiators 34 at Richfield, OH Sat Jul 29 1989 at Mar Chi Bruisers 61, Maryland 27 at Cincinnati, OH Fri Aug 04 1989 at Den Denver 41, Chi Bruisers 40 at Atlanta, GA Sat Aug 03 1996 at Mem Minnesota 50, Memphis 25 at Tupelo, MS Sat May 17 1997 at Flo Florida 44, NJ Red Dogs 28 at Kanata, ON Sat May 31 1997 at Flo Arizona 48, Florida 25 at Los Angeles, CA Sat Jul 12 1997 at Flo Florida 52, NY CityHawks 12 at Boston, MA Sun Jul 05 1998 at Flo Orlando 53, Florida 44 at Lakeland, FL Sat Jul 25 1998 at Flo Nas Kats 57, Florida 39 at Kansas City, MO Sat Apr 28 2001 at Hou San Jose 62, Houston 57 at Charleston, WV Sat May 12 2001 at Hou Houston 62, Toronto 43 at Madison, WI Sat May 26 2001 at Hou Nas Kats 49, Houston 46 at Bismarck, ND Sat Jun 09 2001 at Hou Det Fury 48, Houston 45 at Fresno, CA Sat Jun 16 2001 at Hou Oklahoma 78, Houston 52 at Lubbock, TX Sat Jun 30 2001 at Hou Arizona 77, Houston 67 at West Valley City, UT Sat Jun 08 2013 at Chi Chicago 67, Utah 43 at Rockford, IL Sat Jun 15 2013 at Chi San Antonio 61, Chicago 54 at Rockford, IL Sat Jul 13 2013 at Chi Chicago 68, Cleveland 32 at Rockford, IL Sat May 30 2015 at Phi Philadelphia 51, Las Vegas 43 at Atlantic City, NJ Sat Aug 22 2015 at SJ San Jose 70, Arizona 67 at Stockton, CA
  6. Perfect name if you know your Red River history. I'm lukewarm about their badge though...
  7. NHL Baseball Crossover - Update: Atlanta Flames

    Love the Scouts look. There was a full wordmark for the club using that angular font for the KC, you can see it on their second season media guide (along with Wilf Paiement and Eddie Gilbert celebrating the first Scouts goal scored at Kemper Arena). I'm guessing it was unofficial and didn't see much use. So there could be potential for an arched road jersey, similar to what the Royals had on their powder blue roads during that time. Similarly, the Scouts lettering could go on the homes...
  8. Teams In The Wrong Stadium

    Which has hosted NFL preseason games as recently at 1976. 8/29/1953 Chicago Cardinals v Green Bay Packers 13-7 8/21/1954 New York Giants v Chicago Cardinals 26-0 8/13/1955 Green Bay Packers v New York Giants 31-24 8/19/1961 Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders 48-21 8/28/1971 San Francisco 49ers v Denver Broncos 33-17 8/31/1974 Denver Broncos v New England Patriots 27-21 8/07/1976 Chicago Bears v Seattle Seahawks 27-16 Some of these have already been listed, but here are the oddballs since the Texans played in the Rubber Bowl (excluding the well-documented games in London and Toronto). Designated home team is listed first. Detroit, MI Ford Field 12/13/10 Mon Minnesota Vikings New York Giants L 21-3 Minneapolis, MN TCF Bank Stadium 12/20/10 Mon Minnesota Vikings Chicago Bears L 40-14 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium 9/19/05 Mon New Orleans Saints New York Giants L 27-10 Mexico City, Mexico Aztec Stadium 10/2/2005 Arizona Cardinals San Francisco 49ers W 31-14 Tempe, AZ Sun Devil Stadium 10/27/03 Mon San Diego Chargers Miami Dolphins L 26-10 Stanford, CA Stanford Stadium 10/22/1989 San Francisco 49ers New England Patriots W 37-20 East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium 9/25/1977 New York Jets Baltimore Colts L 20-12 Berkeley, CA Memorial Stadium 9/23/1973 Oakland Raiders Miami Dolphins W 12-7 Evanston, IL Ryan Field 9/27/1970 Chicago Bears Philadelphia Eagles W 20-16 Tampa, FL Tampa Stadium 11/30/1969 Miami Dolphins Boston Patriots L 38-23 Atlanta, GA Grant Field 10/5/1969 Atlanta Falcons Baltimore Colts L 21-14 Minneapolis, MN Memorial Stadium 10/5/1969 Minnesota Vikings Green Bay Packers W 19-7 Birmingham, AL Legion Field 9/22/1968 Boston Patriots New York Jets L 47-31 Chestnut Hill, MA Alumni Stadium 10/15/1967 Boston Patriots Miami Dolphins W 41-10 Chestnut Hill, MA Alumni Stadium 9/27/1964 Boston Patriots New York Jets W 26-10 Denver, CO Denver U. Stadium 9/7/63 Sat Denver Broncos Kansas City Chiefs L 59-7 Chestnut Hill, MA Alumni Stadium 9/8/1963 Boston Patriots New York Jets W 38-14 Denver, CO Denver U. Stadium 9/7/62 Fri Denver Broncos San Diego Chargers W 30-21 Boston, MA Harvard Stadium 9/16/1962 Boston Patriots Houston Oilers W 34-21 Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Stadium 9/24/1961 Pittsburgh Steelers New York Giants L 17-14 Pittsburgh, PA Pitt Stadium 10/9/1960 Pittsburgh Steelers New York Giants L 19-17 Buffalo, NY War Memorial Stadium 9/28/1958 Chicago Cardinals New York Giants L 37-7 Philadelphia, PA Phila. Municipal Stadium 1954 9/26/1954 Philadelphia Eagles Cleveland Browns W 28-10 Akron, OH Rubber Bowl 11/27/52 Thu Dallas Texans Chicago Bears W 27-23 There's a more complete list at, though it hasn't been updated in a few years. It also has neutral exhibitions at
  9. Footy as Football - EPL Crossover Series

    I really need to get into the concepts forum more often... and of course you started with my team!!! I love the look for Norwich, but I can't disagree that the helmet needs more green. Perhaps making the helmet base green with a yellow facemask. Also, and I know Mockba can speak to this as he's done some redesigns of the Norwich City badge in the last few years, there's not a lot of uniformity with club's use of the green tone. Sometimes it is lighter, sometimes darker. Mockba's redesigns went darker, and the club's green shirts over the years (including this season) tend to trend darker. I personally prefer a darker green to increase the contrast with the yellow. One simple suggestion... put "OTBC" on the back of the helmet. Other than that, I'm cool with it... except perhaps the Aviva patch should be about 20x larger.

    Wow... where have I been to have missed this thread? Incredible stuff here... When Mockba did something like this for Minnesota, I decided that Texas needed a four division system. So for that last nine months or so I've been putting together a spreadsheet of cities with the team name, iconography (I can't design worth a damn, but I'm decent at determining elements), colors, nicknames, and sponsors. There's a few common elements to what's been presented so far - I had Gulls for Corpus and Whataburger as the sponsor, since many of these are just flat out nobrainers... Some elements generated a smile but a word of caution - El Paso sponsored by Old El Paso is right out. Old El Paso is what Pace is pointing at when their commercials say "This stuff is made in New York City. NEW YORK CITY?!??? Get a rope"... but I'm loving the work done so far. A lot of gaps in my data... it's one of those idle mind projects I work on when afflicted with bouts of inspiration. There's probably too many nicknames with local parallels in the (historical) minor league baseball world. Part of this is because I'm planting the teams with a birthdate circa 1910-1930, and duplicated names wouldn't have been uncommon then... and so if the name works today, I stuck with it. Obviously I've bitten off more than I can chew, but Texas is a decent sized state/nation so I figured four divisions would be needed to capture the depth and breadth of Texas culture. Edit: Fine, whatever. There's no intention to hijack. More than anything it's a demonstration that a much larger project is possible.
  11. High school MULTIPLE logo ripoffs

    My kids' middle school uses K-State's wildcat helmet logo, but has a painted logo on the wall of the entry that's from the defunct WPHL Arkansas GlacierCats. Their fight song? On Wisconsin. The band fight song thievery is a theme in the school district (Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, which is north Fort Worth). Boswell H.S. uses Notre Dame, Saginaw HS uses Michigan State, and Chisholm Trail uses something that sounds mostly like Iowa's. I think one of the other middle schools uses Michigan's. I can sorta get Wayside and Boswell using Big10 region songs. Both schools are 50+ years old and when they were built in the middle of a rural landscape far removed from a civilization that might recognize the songs. But the rest of the schools are less than ten years old, and the district is well within the bounds of an urbanization that includes a lot of transplants from that region. Oh well, I guess they don't care. My wife and I have fun and draw stares at Boswell games when we sing our own alternative Notre Dame lyrics (We never falter, we never fall. We sober up on wood alcohol...)... and when we play Saginaw we have alt lyrics for them as well (my wife grew up 20 minutes from East Lansing).
  12. Ask, and you shall receive...
  13. Teams In The Wrong Stadium

    The Lightning (and a couple other NHL teams that season) regularly got outdrawn on the same night by the Oklahoma City Blazers. No pics that I can find, but similar to Celtics->Hartford, Jazz->Vegas, and Hawks->New Orleans was the Kansas City Kings in St. Louis. Of course, the Kings also split time in Omaha their first couple of seasons. You also had the Houston Rockets doing a tour of Texas in the early 70s. San Antonio (pre-Spurs), Waco, El Paso... along with Houston homes in the Astrodome, AstroHall, and Hofheinz Pavillion. The Cavs had a few games in the Cincinnati Gardens, and the Bucks would play in Madison. I believe the Celtics were in Providence a fair bit, the Braves were in Toronto, and of course Philly played in Hershey (and also Pittsburgh)... The Minneapolis Lakers played some games in LA in 1958-59 as a vanguard to gauge interest. Golden State at the Cow Palace for the '75 NBA FInals... and about a dozen games in San Diego after the Rockets moved to Houston. Seattle Supersonics in Clarence S. "Hec" Edmundson Pavillion at UWashington... as well as in Portland, Eugene, and Vancouver. Chicago Bulls had some early games in Kansas City. I'm guessing that's because Lamar Hunt had an interest in the team. Suns playing in Albuquerque and Las Cruces... as well as in Salt Lake (pre Stars/Jazz). ABA had a lot of games like this. Too numerous to mention really. I could go on... but I don't have pics from any of these games or others, either.
  14. 2015-16 Soccer Kits and News

    You beat me too it... I'm going to be sick... just shoot me now... There's so much fail in this... 1 - Two tone yellow is just nasty. 2 - It doesn't come close to matching Aviva's "yellow box" branding guidelines, which require an exclusive zone (buffer) perimeter equal to the height of the letter A in Aviva - and it's clearing sitting too high in the box here.... So as much as everyone wants to blame Aviva, this (and the home shirt) is on Errea. 3 - The hoops just don't look good. Oh BTW, they also released their Christmas shirt...
  15. 2015-16 Soccer Kits and News

    Fair enough... I thought somewhere along the line I'd seen you express a wish for a white shirt. I could easily be mistaking the source from someone else in my Twitter feed.