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  1. Fun With Flags!!!!

    When the unified Korean team enters the Olympic opening ceremony, they'll be using the Korean Peninsula flag, as they did in 2006:
  2. Agreed - it also makes it easier local fans who might be put off by the parent club (particularly in the case of a polarizing team like the Yankees) to buy in to their hometown team. A Tampa resident who wants a local minor league team to pull for, but isn't fond of the Yankees, might have trouble getting on board with a team that looks like this:
  3. The Tampa Yankees are now the Tampa Tarpons: A great step toward making the Yankees farm system more interesting, identity-wise.
  4. 2018 FIFA World Cup

    Is there some kind of FIFA regulation that all crests have to have some kind of English on it (or at least have something spelled out in the Latin alphabet)? It's weird to me when a crest or uniform representing a country and its people doesn't have any representation of the language that at least a plurality of its people use on an everyday basis, and is part of their country's culture, history, and heritage (or has it subordinate to another language like Israel's crest). That said, I like the improvements to the rendering of the crow, and I'd love to see them use it without the shield the way Liverpool does.
  5. https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2017/09/vtnews-intro-main.html Virginia Tech has introduced its new school logo, which is very much inspired by the athletic logo but also is not replacing the similar athletic logo: Brand New has a good breakdown here: https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_for_virginia_tech.php
  6. NBA Changes 2017-18

    GLeague Icon (are they doing that too?) jerseys revealed:
  7. Football and CTE

    Mass hysteria, no, but there's more than enough information out there about the effects of playing football at every level for people to act on it, from active NFL players to the parents of young athletes.
  8. Football and CTE

    I don't know if the alternative is any better, but it feels like it'd be a damaging long-term decision for the NFL to go on record in a court of law pinning a severe, high-profile, and tragic (for all parties involved) CTE case on its feeder system. The headline parents would see coming out of the trial, regardless of how the case itself is resolved, would be "NFL: Youth Football Causes CTE."
  9. Football and CTE

    I had the same reaction to the lawsuit initially, but reading this breakdown piqued my interest in the way the suit could unfold, rather than the end result. There are a few interesting scenarios that could play out, including the NFL/Patriots having to consider throwing youth football under the bus to save themselves from having to surrender damning documents and put Goodell on the witness stand.
  10. Football and CTE

    Aaron Hernandez was found to have had had "such a severe form of the degenerative brain disease C.T.E. that the damage was akin to that of players well into their 60s" despite only being 27 when he took his own life earlier this year. Dan Wetzel has a good piece on Yahoo! exploring the likelihood that a lot of this damage occurred in Pop Warner and High School given his short collegiate and professional career and the trajectory and timing of his personal decline.
  11. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I don't think this was picked up in here at the time, but Sweden changed their crest in March (link is in Swedish). It looks like the SvFF logo will represent the federation, while the teams will wear the one that says Sverige. New Federation, Team crests: Old:
  12. NBA Changes 2017-18

    First look at the Nets: At least the poorly cut-off trim distracts from the sponsor patch!
  13. NBA G-League Still Needs to Expand

    Wizards make it official: https://wizardstoday.monumentalsportsnetwork.com/2017/06/21/washington-wizards-purchase-nba-g-league-team
  14. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Subjectively, I'd take every primary kit and about half of the away/change kits they got from UA over these (with the caveat that we haven't seen the actual jerseys yet). Aesthetics aside, I'd rather have hit-or-miss jerseys designed specifically for the team over consistently dull jerseys that look the same as half the clubs and national teams in the world. To me, these templates emphasize the manufacturer's identity over the team's.
  15. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    I had months to prepare myself to be underwhelmed by a bland, templated jersey, and yet I was somehow still disappointed by this. I hope the cash upgrade from Under Armour to Nike is enough to help keep the team on the field growing together, but it's a shame* that this "upgrade" comes at the cost of the (by-and-large) quality, bespoke designs they received as UA's premiere franchise. * A very, very small shame compared to having to sell off this fun team of talented, young players.