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  1. Even though I'm a Judas Priest fan, I find myself preferring the Fleetwood Mac original of "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown):" The slower tempo, softer guitar solos, and more haunting vocals really boost it. This song feels special in comparison to the Judas Priest version, which kind of gets lost among the rest of Killing Machine/Hell Bent for Leather's excellent track list.
  2. I like what you've done with the Twins! I'm glad you implemented the redone cap logo, I like the "consistent" sock stripe, your color scheme is fantastic (I've been a fan of blue/green for the Twins for some time), and your "white wordmark with green outline" update really helped the road uniform and the overall color balance. My one complaint would be that the white front panel should be a full panel design (i.e. Orioles and Blue Jays), and not the "Taco Bell" look (i.e. Padres). Minor quibble aside, nice work!
  3. I'd keep the powder blue as the away, and have royal be an alternate. I like the stuff you kept from the tweaks series on the Brewers, and the gold front-paneled cap makes a fine addition to the set. The latest revisions to the Marlins, with the "muting" of the yellow uniform and the promotion of the "Marlins" script really complete the set. I love the Art Deco aesthetic you went for here, and your number/NOB font selection and color distribution really help it out. Kudos!
  4. Somehow it's ahead of To Kill a Mockingbird, Apocalypse Now, and The Godfather Part II. I'm a Buster Keaton fan, but The General is way too high on the list. Hot take, but movies like Intolerance, Titanic, and E.T. shouldn't be on the list. I don't take the AFI lists all that seriously.
  5. It's good to know that Disney/Lucasfilm keeps its creative staff on a tighter leash than in the prequel era (mostly because people back then - including several famed directors - assumed George Lucas to be a "visionary artist" who didn't need their help, even when he asked for it), but this whole thing will either turn out to be a mess of executive meddling or a clusterbleep of bad film-making. I look forward to more stories about the trainwreck. Either way, it'll probably make its money back and be a big hit. The Star Wars brand has been kinda "too big to fail" for about two decades.
  6. Yeah, that ignores the whole issue of the red "C" on the navy background clashing with the white letter. It doesn't look nearly as good as interlocking logos that are all the same color: Having the logo be one color with a single outline unifies the shape and makes it easier to project the team's desired color balance (Red first? Navy first? Are Red/Navy co-dominant? - the Twins sorta have had a problem with this). There's also my desire to bring back the "M" cap logo in a modernized form: It's still unique (a cursive "M" as a cap logo), it's more closely tied to the two World Series championships, and it's less of a pain to use on a navy or red background.
  7. While I like the idea behind the Twins' "TC" logo, the actual logo is not a well-designed mark. The "wishbone C" is overused (and should have been dropped in the 1987 redesign), the width difference between the "T" and "C" is a little distracting, and the red doesn't stand out enough from the navy background of the caps. I wish the team had touched it up during the 1987 redesign and tweaked it again during the move to Target Field. Basically, turn it into @the admiral's top-notch concept: The other thing that makes me despise the current "TC" logo is how defensive Twins fans get about it (look at the response to Admiral's redesign). They swear that it's "untouchable" and that it can't change because "it's been there from the start." Guys, if other teams can change up classic logos without sacrificing their "spirit" (i.e. Cardinals - football and baseball, Orioles, Blue Jays, Vikings, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Blues, and a whole host of college teams), then so can the Twins.
  8. What's your favorite hot sauce? If you had to pick a CCSLC member to fight alongside you in a tag team match, who would you select? Do you guys have any "guilty pleasure" movies? What are your favorite pieces of architecture? Greg: When did you start riding motorcycles? Mike: As a teacher, do you have any funny stories about papers you've graded? Zach: What do you say to people who call Anaheim a "suburb?"
  9. Thanks! I'll have you know that giving the Yankees a navy alt is one of those few lines I won't cross, alongside having the Giants in royal blue and the like. Wait until part two! Also, if you are posting in my threads, please use proper punctuation. It's just good conduct. Thank you. Spoilers, but that's pretty much going to be my primary color scheme/hierarchy for Minnesota. Navy, white, then red (because of the "frosty" feeling it gives off). Now, onto Tampa Bay! TAMPA BAY STINGRAYS - A stinging touch of green Now that you've had your ASMR fix, let's let our good buddy @FinsUp1214 describe my problems with the Rays' identity: I'll add to it that while the "sun ray" idea has grown on me a little bit (in part due to the Padres ripoff fauxbacks), there are still many things I don't like about it. The font looks bland, they don't have a "Tampa Bay" wordmark, they still have the old ray on their sleeve (despite phasing it out of the rest of their brand - what @hockey week called the "'just kidding' ripcord of branding"), they still use ****ing nameplates (along with the Indians), and all of their uniforms are literal palette swaps (thanks, @Silent Wind of Doom). Back in ye olden days of 2013, I had the idea to rename the team "Stingrays." The resulting concept is one of the trashiest things I have ever put up on here (a shoddily modified version of the Judas Priest font, a poor take on double green, and the visual issue of renaming the team "Stingrays" alongside the image of a Devil Ray). Cardinals superfan/jabroni McCall rightfully called me out on it (a rare occurrence for him), and I managed to refine the current set to a solid point. However, I still found myself liking the name "Stingrays." It was unambiguous (unlike "Rays"), sounded appropriate for a sports team (despite stingrays having the nickname "Puppies of the Sea," and had only two syllables! With the colors, I knew I had to bring back the dark green and light blue (Deep Green and Columbia Blue). I tweaked the shades (a lighter dark green with more blue and carrying over the light blue from my Pilots concept) and added lime green (just Lime Green) as a small accent. I thought that the lime green worked well as an accent for the Emerald Green/Light Blue Daytona Tortugas, so I added it to the Stingrays. Now, Tampa can have a look to call its own and finally leave the navy hegemony. Using this photo from Monterey Bay Aquarium's website, I managed to draw a Southern Stingray (which live in the area around Tampa Bay) that carried over the old ray's stylistic points while representing the flowing lines of Dasyatis americana. The font is a modified version of Seren Script by Type Faith Fonts, which I liked as a modern, flowing script style (to fit with the Stingrays' age and the smooth aesthetic of the identity). The uniforms are classic, but with some modern twists. The scripts feature small teal highlights in their short tails and the sleeves feature curved stripes - to accentuate the curves found throughout the identity. These styling points are a way to do modern stuff without straying too far from the traditional visual language of the sport (i.e. the original Carolina Hurricanes' warning flag stripes, the Milwaukee Bucks' Irish Rainbow, the Bengals' 1981 redesign, etc.). A "Tampa Bay" script returns to the road uniform. The number/NOB font is the former font of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as it is still a good modern block font. NOB's are direct-sewn, so no more nameplate gunk! The sock stripes come from the 1933-50 St. Louis Cardinals' sock stripes - a pattern too attractive not to use somewhere in the majors. The alternates are both standard and unorthodox. The light blue alt comes with a blue-billed cap, so as not to infringe too much on the Pilots' identity. The green alternate is something I've wanted to do for a while - a simplified and unified take on the Rays' inaugural set. Featuring the "TB" as a crest and the "Stingrays" wordmark on the sleeve, this uniform uses a two-color gradient of light blue and lime green (simpler than the old one - Colorwerx notes four shades). The cap is tribute to the (rarely-worn) alternate cap from 1998-2000, The sock stripes also receive an overhaul, to match the gradients in a knitting-friendly way. The NOB has no gradient, because of legibility reasons. The second set of alternates pairs the light blue jersey's cap with the home uniform. The other alternate is a fauxback to the 1961 Tampa Tarpons because I like the idea of fauxbacks to teams that have some regional connection. A classic-cut vest bears powder pinstripes and a cartoon image of a smiling Southern Stingray (based on this photo from Pinterest) holding a bat in his tail. It tributes the long history of baseball in the region, while not ripping off another team! I'd like to think that the Stingrays have come a long way since 2013. Instead of me being all "edgy" and lazy with the design, I've done my research, found an eye-pleasing color scheme, and made a modern (yet still using traditional visual language) identity for Tampa Bay that could look in the Trop or in a retractable roof stadium. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, my take on the "Ray of Light" and double blue + yellow! P.S. the number model for this one is #18, for 2016 World Series MVP/Joe Maddon's BFF Ben Zobrist. Also, this is my first concept with green (my favorite color) since I switched avatars to my favorite green senshi from Super Sentai - Hayate from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman!
  10. I'm enjoying the re-emphasis of purple in the Suns' identity. It'd be lovely for it come to back to the home uniform (seeing as how its the main paint color of their court and all over their website).
  11. Angels: The spike-free look is pretty nice, and is a good way to make them look less like the Rangers/Red Sox. However, the spike-free numbers look too weird. Maybe a block font would well in this situation. The new color scheme fits them pretty well, but it could use a bit more of the navy accent color (maybe the belts/on the socks - I know the latter would mess with the "halo" hats, but it would make the set more "grounded"). I'd dump the halo caps, as they didn't look all that good on-field. Other than that, good work. Dodgers: Exchanging the red for powder was a good move! I also like that you brought back the arm/shoulder striping. My only complaint is that the sock striping looks terrible, even when combined with the striping of the rest of the set. A single, horizontal white stripe would be better (or blue stripe on a white sock, in the case of the road uniform). I still like the set.
  12. @ren69 did a bang-up job of modernizing it: I'm cool with whatever logo the Dolphins want, just as long as it only uses one aqua shade and one orange shade.
  13. Now that dust has settled on the NHL reveal thread, here we go with the alternate take! NEW YORK YANKEES, PT. II - Going back to the "dugout" with a dash of red. The 1930's were a time of codification for many classic looks. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Tigers, and Giants all debuted looks that would be the precedent for their uniforms for the next eighty years (with few exceptions). In our timeline, the Yankees missed the World Series from 1933-35 and released Babe Ruth. Ownership, trying to change up the team's aesthetics for the post-Ruth years (I guess), opted to reintroduce the "NY" to the pinstripe uniforms. With World Series victories in 1936-39 (in no small part due to San Francisco Seals outfielder Joe DiMaggio), the "NY" was there to stay. However, what if there was an alternate timeline, where management went a few steps further in differentiating the Ruth-era and DiMaggio-era looks? What if the Yankees, seeing the trend towards cursive script wordmarks (the Tigers' road uniforms, this Phillies script, the Cubs' brief flirtation in the early-1930's, the Reds' mini-script, and the Dodgers' upcoming introduction of the classic script in 1938), decided to hop on the script bandwagon? Also, what if the team introduced red into their color scheme before 1946? How could they have incorporated into their color scheme in a way that'd still be considered classic today (the navy-only being Ruth's look, and the red scripts being DiMaggio-present day's look)? Well, let's find out! Basically, my proposal was to take these classic dugout jackets: ...and the 1973-present script: ...and build a uniform set out of this look! Obviously, the classic primary logo would remain (as its script fit far more with the set). The "NY" now has a red outline (a benefit of the new "NY" being the ease of adding a good outline to it), and the tertiary logo changes accordingly. The uniforms have been adjusted to accommodate the new color scheme and logos. The scripts use tails based off of the 1990's jackets (with the font maybe changing a bit in the 1970's with the introduction of double-knit, like in our timeline), and incorporate a red outline like the jacket DiMaggio is modeling above. The primary logo appears on the sleeve, as it now doesn't look as jarring with the rest of the set. Stripes on the road uniform appear, for the sake of adding more color. I kept the number font from my main concept, as this timeline's Yankees would never have used Wilson as a uniform manufacturer (it might have been Rawlings, Goodman & Sons, or McAuliffe who made the uniforms - read Game Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era if you want to know more). These Yankees, having less of an "affixed" look, would be more open to conservative alternates that would be worn once per season. The pinstripe cap throws back to the 1921 team, while also being a pretty hat. The road pinstripes would be a throwback to the 1912-16 uniforms (as they'd be the only uniforms with the "NY" as a crest), and a fun look to wear against throwbacks of similar vintages. In reality, I wanted to do a road pinstripes look for the Yankees, and the "alternate takes" are a perfect venue for it! As for throwback alternates, we have two 1927 throwbacks! These uniforms would be nice looks back at the team's pre-1936 aesthetic history, without any red and in the case of the home uniform, without a logo! The set has more "throwback" gimmicks, with a creme home uniform and faux-flannel road uniform. While the Yankees were smart to limit their 1936 changes to the reintroduction of the home uniform crest, this alternate take shows how they could have gone further to create a different classic look. I would never want the Yankees wearing something like the above in real life, but it made for a fun experiment. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, the Tampa Bay _____rays (you'll see)! P.S. How could I leave the Yankees behind without these clips?
  14. I'll wait until seeing them modeled on people, but my thoughts so far: Sharks: Like they would actually fix the problems with their set! I'm used to this team being as inflexible as Joe Thornton's lower body, so it's neither surprising nor disappointing. Canadiens: These better have straight sleeve stripes. Rangers: The red patch in the tie-down looks silly, especially when compared to the other tie-down teams. Other than that, it's the Rangers looking like the Rangers. Penguins: It's amazing how much the new template helps the hem stripe not look like arse. Bruins: I like that they didn't try to reinvent the wheel. The cleaned-up NOB's/numbers will look nice. Avs: Perfection! I've long advocated for them to go in a completely new direction (see me trying in vain to make peace between Rollins Man and the traditionalists), but going back to the classics is fantastic. I never liked the Yeti patch, so having a correctly-colored "Colorado flag" patch is nice. Let's hope they don't give into that Colorado flag/weed tourism cash next season. Sabres: I like the lack of piping. I'm not thrilled with the front number, but baby steps. Carolina: It's markedly better! I still don't like their look that much, but they're better! Capitals: A lateral move, to put it best. Devils: They're a downgrade, yes, but I'm glad they resisted the temptation to go back to green. Now to pull a New Coke with the classic set... Predators: A second blue stripe above the white would've been nice, but oh well. The minimalism (compared to the crest) is kind of refreshing. Minnesota: It's OK, better than the red but still not as good as the originals. Blues: I like the white numbers! Leave the yellow-centric blue/yellow look for Nashville and Buffalo. Besides, I'm sure they'll be back soon enough (resurrected Winter Classic alternate). Golden Knights: I find that I rather like these! Kudos for using a proper hem stripe and a primary grey base. Ducks: It's a lateral move, but I kind of like the current set, so eh. Edmonton: I strangely like these uniforms. I don't mind that the navy stripes touch the orange base. Flames: Just bring back the retros next year. Columbus: I want to see the new number font in full, before I pass judgement. As for the template, it's a lateral move. All in all, it isn't the mess I was worried about.
  15. What happened was a gestalt of a complacent front office, an infield that regressed on offense, an aging/barely-capable outfield that can't hit or field, pitching that is all over the place, and a lack of a solid farm system. They may have been a good team on paper, but glaring issues from the past few years weren't fixed and things simply haven't aligned properly for the team.