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  1. 8BW14

    2018 MLB Season

    So the Cardinals are fun to watch again. They're 17-9 since Mike Shildt took over, haven't lost a series in two weeks and have won six games in a row now. Matt Carpenter is hitting like Albert Pujols, the bullpen is pitching well with the new guys, they've cleaned up the errors (mostly) and the young guys like Harrison Bader have given the team a real shot in the arm. They've also managed to play their way back into contention for the wildcard and still have a chance, however small, to catch the Cubs. Considering the crap baseball the team has been playing for the last 3-4 years, even if they don't sneak into the playoffs, I'll be more than happy if they can keep playing well and finish the season on a high note.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Yeah...not really feeling this. It looks great, don't get me wrong but Rutgers should only wear red helmets for one thing. Also, using the striping pattern named for a school in the same conference is a questionable decision at best.
  3. In an alternate timeline where the National Football League never came to fruition, the American Football League (creative, I know) became the premier professional football league in the United States. Founded after World War II, in 1946, the AFL was formed from the remnants of the Midwest Professional Football League and the Eastern Football Association. Spearheaded by the Chicago Lions owner, Rupert T. Anderson, the AFL originally consisted of eight teams spread throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboard and added two more teams, to bring the league to 10 members in 1948. Initially, the AFL struggled, but in 1950, attendance began to pick up as football fans realized that the AFL was playing quality football and the League took off, going on to expand 9 more times until 2002, when it reached its current state of 32 teams. Unlike the NFL, in our reality, the AFL does not have conferences. Instead, the league consists of 8 divisions: East, West, North, South, Pacific, Great Lakes, Atlantic, and Central. Each division has four member teams, which allows the 16 game schedule to break down like this: 6 division games (2 against each team) 4 games vs another division (yearly rotation) 6 games vs one team in remaining divisions (yearly rotation) The playoffs are an 8 team tournament consisting of division winners, culminating in the American Bowl (once again, very creative). Playoff teams are seeded 1-8 based on overall record, head-to-head, and playoff points (sum of opponents wins), as a tiebreaker. Now that I have gotten through some basic background of the league, let's move on to the meat of the project, the teams themselves. As far as uniform standards go, the rules are very similar to the NFL. One alternate or throwback uniform is allowed to be worn one time during the course of the regular season, but never in the post season. No manufacturer's mark is allowed on the uniform either, but the league does have a single uniform supplier, Apex Athletics, this Alternate Universe's equivalent to Nike or Adidas. The first division that I'll be presenting is the Great Lakes Division, home to three of the oldest teams in the American Football League. The Chicago Lions are one of the Charter members of the AFL and have been one of the most historically successful teams in the league. Having fallen upon hard times in recent years, the one bright spot in recent memory for Lions fans has been Randall Walker, perennial All-Pro running back and future Hall of Famer. The uniforms are a classic design in classic colors and have remained essentially unchanged for over 50 years, aside from an update to the logo in 2007. The Lions don't wear an alternate uniform and wear only one pair of pants. Another Charter member of the AFL, The Detroit Panthers derive their team logo and colors from the automotive industry. The Panthers sport a rather traditional uniform with simple striping and no embellishment. The Milwaukee Chiefs wear black and orange and are represented by a Native American Indian chief on their helmet and a drum logo on the sleeves. the uniform features a consistent, traditional striping pattern across all elements and colors. The alternate uniform is a throwback to the uniforms the team wore in its early years with legendary Head Coach, Chip Hansen. Todd Wolters is the Chiefs' star veteran quarterback who lead the team to American Bowl Championships in 2009 and 2011. The Minnesota Bruins are the youngest of the teams in the Great Lakes Division, being established in 1977. The team recently removed its northwester stripe from the sleeves and added their iconic bear paw logo to the sleeves. Mark Denton is the Bruins star Middle Linebacker, one of the more popular players in the league, known for his mullet haircut and extensive use of eye-black. Well, Tha'ts it for the Great Lakes Division. Thanks for taking a look and I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone has to say. Any and all comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    I know someone else mentioned this before, but this pic really makes Indiana's crimson?( I think that's what they call their shade of dark red) look too much like a true red. Maybe it's just the studio lighting and or materials but the red needs to be darker again, IMO.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Not really. Iowa would wear gold pants and have stripes on the sleeves, plus a block number font. Both are black and gold but distinct from one another.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    I kinda like it. What I'd really like to see Iowa do is get rid of all of the white on their football uniforms, Black and gold with the northwestern stripe would be really sharp and different enough from the Steelers for Iowa to really have their own look.
  7. This thread isn't quite dead yet! Okay guys busy spring/summer so I'm way behind. Thanks for checking in every once and a while. Anyway, here's the scoop on what's been going on during the offseason in the American Football League. Franchise Moves/Stadium News: The Baltimore Admirals signed a two year lease agreement to stay in Baltimore with the stipulation that the team will negotiate with the city and state to come to terms for building a new stadium. The New York Falcons will not be changing their name the Brooklyn upon the completion of their new stadium before the 2019 season. No word on whether any uniform or logo changes will coincide with the move. Ownership groups in Portland and Salt Lake City have both made strong pushes for expansion or relocation to their respective cities. At this point, expansion isn't really on the table for the AFL, but look for the Admirals to use either city as leverage in Baltimore. AFL Awards MVP-Todd Wolters, QB MIL Wolters lead the Chiefs to the playoffs yet again and was the epitome of MVP for his team last season, passing for 5016yds and tossing 48 TD passes in Milwaukee's pass-happy offense. Rookie of the Year- Alfred Romo, QB ATL Romo led the Titans to the franchise's first playoff berth since the 2009 season Coach of the Year- Pete Mullen, ATL With a rookie QB, Mullen turned the Titans around and brought them back to the post season in his second year as Head Coach Defensive Player of the Year- JuWan Richardson, DE NYE This man is a freak: 22 sacks, 1 INT, 4 FF, and 1 TD return Uniform/Logo News: The LA Knights will be debuting a fauxback look of sorts, returning to royal blue and gold Birmingham Copperheads: The Copperheads will be making some subtle tweaks to their logo and colors, while completely overhauling their uniforms. New Orleans Pirates: The Pirates will be moving on from their dated logo and color scheme to something more traditional and contemporary. Full unveils for each update will be coming shortly. The AFL Draft took place on April and a full review of the 1st round will be coming shortly. Notable Player/Coach Retirements: Julio Lewis-LB Washington Federals Lewis was the heart and soul of the Feds for 16 prolific years where he racked up 10 All-AFL nods and won the Defensive Player of the Year Award. Todd Wolters- QB, Milwaukee Chiefs. Wolters surprised everyone, including his team, by ending his hall of fame-worthy career at age 36, when it appeared he still had plenty in the tank back in April. Randall Walker-LT, Dallas Oilers A perennial All-AFL player, Walker has decided to hang up his cleats and move on to the broadcasting studio for NBC. Notable Hirings/Firings -The San Diego Destroyers fired their head coach after his third consecutive losing season. He was replaced with Seattle's DC, Bill Graham. Hopefully Graham can turn things around for the lowly Destroyers. -The Houston Comets and head coach Marty Ball decided to part ways at the end of the season as Ball's contract expired. During Ball's tenure the Comets could never quite get over the hump and make it to the post season consistently. Houston promoted well-regarded Offensive Coordinator, Mack Jennings to helm the squad. -After a disappointing season, the Cincinnati Hawks decided it was time for a change and brought in former Comets coach, Marty Ball to turn things around for the franchise. Spring Meetings/Rule Changes -In the Spring Owners Meetings, the AFL owners discussed adding a Wild Card round to the playoffs, by expanding to either 10 or 12 teams, giving the top 2 or 4 seeds a first round bye. More research will be done and a decision could be reached before the 2019 season. In Other News Around the AFL -Indianapolis Stars veteran QB, Nathan Turner is tired of fielding questions about his retirement. The QB, who will be 41 when the season begins, says "As long as I feel good and and I can help the team win, I'll play. That's all I'm going to say on the subject". Training Camp for all 32 teams starts Monday, July 30. Thanks for hanging in there and look for the Draft review and some uniform in unveilings/template updates to come in the near future. Thanks again.
  8. St. Louis Cardinals: Make the blue cap the primary road cap again-or get rid of the cream "St Louis" alt. Either one would satisfy me. Atlanta Braves: Use a single stroke around the tomahawk so it matches the wordmarks on the white and gray jerseys. The double outline is stupid. Also, I would bring back these pants for the Giants-full time, with both jerseys
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    MLB changes 2018?

    This photo isn't from last night, but for the first time I noticed that the Angels have a white outline on the wordmark but not on the numbers of their gray jerseys. I've never been a big fan of the Angels' look but now I like them even less after noticing that little detail. Either outline them both in white or neither.
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    2018 MLB Season

    Here comes a long winded, rambling rant: I've been waiting for the moment the Cards would finally move away from Matheney for four years. Honestly I never thought they would actually fire him, let alone in the middle of the season. Hate to see somebody fired but it wasn't working out. He was not a good in-game manager, couldn't figure out a double switch and always seemed to make a pitching change one batter too late. He had seemed to have lost the clubhouse, which was supposed to be his strong suit. I think the whole Bud Norris/Jordan Hicks debacle was blown out of proportion a bit, but still not a good look for Matheny to endorse Norris's behavior. The fundamentals in St Louis have been terrible the last 3-4 years. Way too many errors and baserunning mistakes. I think the 2013 World Series run with an unstoppable Michael Wacha "earned" Matheny some extra time. This year has been particularly rough,with all of the injuries and a couple solid players having the worst seasons of their careers. Apparently it's gotten really bad if the perpetually supportive front office didn't think it was a good enough reason to give Matheny another season. It's particularly frustrating this year when the team is seriously underachieving, way less than the sum of its parts. I wonder which direction the Cardinals will go now. I'm interested to see if they will have a fire sale and try to move veterans like Matt Carpenter or Carlos Martinez or do a soft reboot and try to make it big again next season with some free agent signings or moving some prospects/young players To to be fair, I'm of the opinion the front office is just as much to blame for he Cardinals recent mediocrity, so I don't trust them to do the right thing and I fully expect another yes-man manager that can be the scapegoat for Mozalick? I know, I know I'm spoiled as a Cardinals fan and I shouldn't be so bitter about the team missing the playoffs three years in a row because it's not that bad in the grand scheme of things, but it still sucks when they should be better than they are. I'll stop rambling now. God bless you if you read the whole damn thing.
  11. Not how I would have done it, but not bad. Assuming the leaks are relatively accurate, I'm not crazy about the numbers being the same color as the wordmark on the purple and gold jerseys, but that's probably because I'm so used to seeing contrasting colors and it's just different, not necessarily bad. I'd prefer the shorts have wider panels instead of the piping but I can live with it, they should have the piping on the jerseys too, though. Overall, it's a nice upgrade for me. I was beginning to get tired of the dated collar and overall 2000's feel of the current/outgoing uniforms.
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    Blandest Uniforms in Modern History

    I would argue that a lot of these uniforms are simple and clean, not bland. The Blue and white Padres uniform-probably bland is a good word to describe it, especially considering some of the other color combos from the past they could work with. Same goes for that Canucks uniform and the Rays, boring and bland. I'll never get the hate for the wine and gold Cavs uniforms. The colors are bright and the design is classic. I hardly see how it's bland
  13. I've never really liked the pinwheel caps to begin with. Feels very bro slow pitch softball league to me and it doesn't work with every logo/color combo. I'd like to see the All Star Game caps just be the teams' regular caps with gold stars around the eyelets. I think maybe they have done that in the past? Go crazy for the Homerun Derby and change that design every year according to the host team if you must. I don't think that's a bad idea really, but I'd like the game caps to be a little more subdued.
  14. Pretty much perfect. It's all the bengals should do and 1000 times yes to the orange socks and only orange socks. They can't be trusted to wear the correct socks/pants combo if they have more than one option.
  15. Although there are has been an influx of baseball concepts on here lately, I thought I would finally throw my hat into the ring. I have been working on this project in my free time for a while and I finally have something to show you guys. Basically, I wanted to reign in the alternate overload in baseball and give each team a great look, some will get pretty drastic changes and some teams will get some pretty minimal changes. Each team will get a home uniform, road uniform, alternate uniform/jersey, and a batting practice jersey where I chose to have some fun and go outside of the box or look back at some historical looks. I have the National League done and I'm going to start with a team from the NL West today and I'll do my best to get a new team up every day or two. So without further ado, I have the Arizona Diamondbacks. I think most of us would agree the Diamondbacks uniforms are a big mess with way too much going on, to say the least. One thing I think they did get right was the great red, black, and turquoise color scheme, it definitely has a Southwestern feel to it. My concept for the Diamondbacks is simple and modern, drawing inspiration from past Diamondbacks' uniforms. The primary home uniform is white, the road is gray, the alt is red and BP is black. So here it is. As always, Id love to hear what everyone thinks an C&C is definitely welcome. Thanks for taking a look and the Padres are on the way tomorrow.
  16. I think the Eagles have a great logo and I'm a big fan of their midnight green color, but I think they just have too much going on with black, charcoal gray and silver accompanying the green. In my opinion, the Eagles look best when they are wearing only green, silver and white, so this concept is more of a clean-up than a full on rebrand. I was also inspired by what the Detroit Lions did with their logo an uniforms this past season. Those are not perfect, but I really like the idea of what the Lions did. Here's my take on the logo: nothing too exciting, the green is a touch more green and the black is gone. The new wordmark is my take on a simpler, less "XTREME" version of the current wordmark and is more in line with the contemporary branding in the NFL: bold, single color lettering with some serifs and a bridge shape to give it some character. Here are the new home and road uniforms. Less is more as the uniforms are reminiscent of the current duds but are without the needless clutter of superfluous colors and embellishment. The Color Rush uniform is gray in the same style of the primary uniforms and the regular alternate uniform is a midnight green version of the classic throwback uniforms thanks to the one-helmet rule. So, thats it. Thanks for taking a look and I'm definitely open to any and all C&C and feedback.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You're right. I misinterpreted the rule, I think the charge call was wrong but they were also wrong to change it the way they did. I was only able to watch the second half, but I thing both teams got their fair share of missed/bad calls and Lebron got an unfortunate string of 2 or 3 bad ones at the endorsed of the game.
  18. Yeah fire engine red and yellow, like the KC Chiefs and Calgary Flames. I don't like that color scheme. USC looks good. I do like burgundy/maroon/garnet with yellow, just not bright red and yellow
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    You're right, I misunderstood the rule, actually the only thing they should have been able to review was whether he was in the restricted area. I thought a block was the right call, but they probably did get there the wrong way.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    I don't know. That rule about being able to review a block/charge was implemented correctly, I think. Apparently that rule is a little unclear. I thought it was a pretty obvious block in the first place. Durant didn't initiate the contact and Lebron was still leaning/sliding/hadn't established his position,but I'm not sure how I feel about using replay to review and overturn a judgement call. That's a situation where the refs need to get together and make the right call. I think they got the call right, but the way they got there wasn't exactly kosher. Tossing Thompson was weird. Green should have gotten a tech too, but there was no reason for Tristan Thompson to take a swing at him. He should probably be suspended. On on another note, I don't know how Lebron restrained himself from dropping JR Smith at the end of the 4th. No wonder he has to score 50 if he has to deal with teammates like that.
  21. I don't like red and yellow. Ketchup and mustard comparison aside, it's just a garish color scheme, imo. Both colors are too bright to work well together.
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    Eh...why bother? Most people probably won't even notice a difference between the throwback and regular black jersey. Besides, if you wanna see the Steelers with block numbers, just watch Iowa on saturdays. I'm kidding, mostly, but the batman jerseys would have made a much cooler alternate.
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    NFL | Cleveland Browns Primary Logo Rebrand

    I think I would beef up the brown stripes in the football, especially if you're trying to mimic the Browns' helmet stripes which are all the same width, or at least pretty close, the white may be a bit wider. You'd have to make the wordmark more squat, but the stripes would be more like what the Browns actually wear.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    NBA officiating is garbage. It's frustrating to watch as a basketball fan and I know it has to be hard on the players too. Having said that, I'm also tired of seeing the star player constantly talking at the refs, just play.
  25. Why can't we have nice things? As far as I'm concerned, MLB uniforms are about as good as can be expected right now. The material is nice, most of the teams look good. The piping goes all the way around the sleeves and the pants stripes run the full length of the pants. Hell even stripes socks and stirrups are making a comeback. I didn't want the New Era logo on the caps, or the UA logo on the front of the jerseys and I don't want the Nike logo on the chest of the uniforms either. Money makes the world turn though and the old white guys who run MLB have research that shows kids love #fire uniforms in every color under the sun with Nike logos plastered all over them and they are losing kids watching and playing baseball to other sports wearing Nike branded uniforms so pasting Nike logos on every thing will fix that. Well it won't, I love baseball and I'll never quit watching it but people perceive baseball as boring because the way it's being played, with an emphasis on analytics and #launch angle, with a disregard for strikeouts by hitters has made for some very slow moving, boring baseball. It has nothing to do with the fact that the players are wearing nice clean uniforms. Not to mention every batter needs to call time twice and step out of the box to adjust his batting gloves and kiss his gold chain between every pitch. Baseball needs to eliminate unnecessary dead time in games, not bring in Nike to get the kids excited about buying their favorite team's jersey with a Nike logo. On top of that rant, I don't really like Nike's baseball templates all that much. They are cut weird and have unnecessary seams and vents all over the place. I'm only 24 but get off my lawn with your hip new materials and ventelation systems and yes, the sky is falling. Nike will ruin every MLB uniform and change is always bad.