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About gbasalmon

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  1. New Rochester Rhinos logo?

    It is artificial turf and there was standing water on the field, so player safety won out. At least my girlfriend and I eventually got our money back.
  2. New Rochester Rhinos logo?

    Random personal connection: I was supposed to go to a Rhinos game last year versus Toronto FC II but the game got rained out. I'm sure everyone needed to know that. On the logo front, I like the update - it's a definite improvement.
  3. Adidas Lands NHL Uniform Contract for 2017-18 and Beyond

    Not to be a Western New York homer (but I guess I will anyway), but Buffalo might very well rank higher on this list than people think. There's got to be something behind Sabres games being on NBC Sports even when they've been complete crap the past few years.
  4. Major League Soccer 1996

    Club is the traditional way of referring to professional soccer teams. In soccer, team is more general than club--e.g., if you were to ask a player which team he/she plays for, the answer could be a professional team or a national team. On the other hand, if you were ask a player which club he/she plays for, the answer will always be a professional team. Soccer is short for association football, so I don't care if Major League Soccer teams prefer to call themselves football clubs instead of soccer clubs. Soccer is an international sport, so it makes sense to adhere to the conventions like FC and club. The difference being that many (maybe even most) soccer teams around the world don't have official nicknames, their nicknames have been given them by media, fans, and opponents. Several teams have multiple nicknames, for example-- City, the Citizens, the Sky Blue for Mancester City Villa, the Villans, the Lions, the Claret and Blue for Aston Villa los Blancos, los Merengues, or los Galicticos for Real Madrid los Groguets or el Submarino Amarilla for Villareal And these unofficial nicknames are never used in combination with the team name--Mancester United Red Devils or Real Madrid Merengues, which is why it's feels weird for many soccer fans to use team name plus nickname combination when referring to MLS team. Sorry for the huge quote, but I'm responding to both "halves" of it. You're exactly right, "soccer is an international sport". And part of that in my opinion/aesthetic preference should be that we embrace each country's language and naming conventions. I just made a logopack on Football Manager 2015 for the top 5 leagues of Hungary's soccer pyramid. Here's a list of abbreviations just the clubs in the first division use: SC: Sport ClubotTC: Torna ("Gymnastics") ClubETO: Egyetértés Torna Osztály ("Concordance Gymnastics Department")FC (x5): Futball ClubotTE: Testedző Egyesület ("Gymnastics Club")SE: Sport Egyesület ("Sport Club")MTK: Magyar Testgyakorlók Köre (Hungarian ? ?)So many names, all accurately capturing each club's origins, whether they started out as a general sports/gymnastics club or purely football. Abbreviations should (1) be localized to each nation's language and (2) authentically capture what that club (or team) is about. In the MLS's case, each team was formed exactly as that: to be a typical American team in a typical American pro sports league. And it doesn't matter that soccer is short for association football, because we don't call it football (F[C]) or association football (AF[C]) for that matter. Soccer Team (ST) is the most precise way to describe what each of those original 1996 MLS teams were. My biggest problem with giving an MLS team FC or SC is it's inauthentic. It's trying to capture something the MLS isn't about. There's a very specific reason why international football clubs were originally called clubs: because that's exactly what they were. The MLS was born long after that ceased to be the case. As for your point that "many (maybe even most) soccer teams around the world don't have official nicknames, their nicknames have been given them by media, fans, and opponents", you're onto a point that I completely agree with. A major problem (or at least difference) with the MLS is that it did NOT form organically. It was pre-planned (as raysox's article shows, even the teams were planned years in advance) and controlled by the league in a very deliberate manner, to try and show that the U.S. was worthy of having hosted a World Cup and to try and re-develop our game so that we could qualify for more. So yeah, all the MLS teams starting out with nicknames seems very inauthentic, corporate, lame, etc. But 2001mark brings up a good point, that it's still possible for MLS teams (even one of the most recent MLS teams) to organically develop a nickname. So there is hope. In my ideal 1996 inaugural season of the MLS, each team would have been given the full name of [city/state/region name] [sT/other authentic American identifier] and allowed to organically develop its own nickname over time (a la Toronto FC). Of course that's way too idealistic for an American pro sports league. Regretfully I can't quite figure out how to only quote one small part of it, but interestingly, a quick Google Translate trip revealed that the MTK stands for Hungarian Physical Exercise Circle. Hmm... American Physical Exercise Circle Miami for Beckham's new team has a nice ring to it - APEC Miami.
  5. The Detroit News ranks the uniforms of the NHL

    Homer alert: Sabres at 27? Even with the piping, it should rate much higher than that!
  6. LA Clippers New Logos & Uniforms?

    Pipe dream homer scenario: Ballmer catches so much flack for this decision that he is forced to sell the club to Terry Pegula, who moves it to Buffalo for create the Buffalo Braves v.2.0. There is less than no actual chance of this happening, but a guy can dream, right?
  7. American Premier League - All done!

    Loving this so far, maybe FC Buffalo or something of that sort could make an appearance in APL2. Just like the NPSL club has, maybe you could take some inspiration from the city flag...
  8. 2015-16 Soccer Kits and News

    Maybe they just wanted to show their support for all of the Lantern Corps. Sorry, bad comic book joke...
  9. NFL Changes 2015

    By this do you meant that most teams don't put the NFL logo at midfield? If so, I wonder if they are all going to do it this year (and whether teams like Minnesota and Pittsburgh, who share stadiums with college teams will). I could see the NFL asking/telling all teams to do it. Yes. MetLife Stadium does the NFL logo because they don't want to change out midfield turf every game, and that's understandable. But the Panthers do it because the owner says dumb like "We want to honor the NFL because we are just so grateful to the NFL for giving this fine city a team." To my knowledge, the 29 other teams all use their logo at midfield. The Vikings painted their logo at midfield last season, and I think Heinz Field now alternates between the Steelers logo and a white circle with PITT during the Panthers' season. Wow, the owner is kind of out of touch. Found this article on it : http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=3223598 They also don't have a public address announcer or hype music. There is, however, a pregame prayer. Say what you will. Sure, it's great he doesn't budge, but you gotta play up the crowd for a home field advantage. That's why Seattle cleverly designed their stadium in a way that traps sound (sorry to break it to you Seahawks fans, you're not ACTUALLY that loud). Wait, this is a bad thing? OK...
  10. 2014-2015 College Basketball

    Except it was a crappy patch, which looked even worse That looks even worse. Not sure why they're trying to emphasize the New York part of the school's name when almost everyone just calls them Buffalo. You can definitely tell the administration has no idea about marketing and branding since using the full name just doesn't roll off the tongue smoothly. This is what happens when the Athletic Department is trying to position itself as New York's State University. I can affirm that no one calls them the State University of New York at Buffalo unless they're trying to be funnily ironic. (If funnily isn't a word, it should be.)
  11. 2015-16 CHL uniform/logo thread

    Aren't the Bulldogs moving? That opens up the Hamilton market...
  12. Cleveland Cavaliers Unveil New Court

    I love it how Buffalo always becomes the default comeback for nondescript (INSERT HERE).
  13. Kinda looks like a result of a torrid love affair between the UConn logo and the proposed Nordiques logo that they would have had if they hadn't moved to Denver.
  14. College Football 2014 Season

    That is about as stupid as the people cheering for the deaths of military soldiers. A cross is the best way to honor a fallen person as it represents love and honor to that individual and this is just another case where the left minded people are offended by everything. Jeez, people need to grow up and realize the reason behind this memorial sticker and not be so petty! Thankfully a good portion of the population disagrees with that. If you must memorialize individuals on uniforms do it tastefully either with a player number patch or initials that's it. This is sport nothing more, so keep it that way. There's no need to bring arcane symbols of bronze age superstition into the mix. So a cross isn't tasteful? Correct. Keep sports agnostic from the senseless tributes to religion and military. Things are better off that way. I could get into a discussion about the separation of church and state and how it's been co-opted, but since it would likely doom this thread to the Graveyard, I'll err on the side of caution and just simply agree to disagree and drop it.
  15. College Football 2014 Season

    That is about as stupid as the people cheering for the deaths of military soldiers. A cross is the best way to honor a fallen person as it represents love and honor to that individual and this is just another case where the left minded people are offended by everything. Jeez, people need to grow up and realize the reason behind this memorial sticker and not be so petty! Thankfully a good portion of the population disagrees with that. If you must memorialize individuals on uniforms do it tastefully either with a player number patch or initials that's it. This is sport nothing more, so keep it that way. There's no need to bring arcane symbols of bronze age superstition into the mix. So a cross isn't tasteful?