Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2019 MLB Changes

    The lack of names is a good thing, as the sport will be showing one of its greatest traditions. The lineups will be posted on the scoreboard; and every hitter will be identified as he comes to the plate. No one in the stadium will have any trouble figuring out who is who. This is an excellent point! I would not be surprised if this was part of the reasoning for taking this decision. White-versus-white could look glorious, especially considering the fact that both games will start in sunlight (6pm and 3pm starts), and that the second game will be played entirely during the day. Considering that both of these players played in Japan, the Babe with barnstorming teams in the 1930s, and Mantle with the Yankees in the 1950s, I have no doubt that both would be very proud to be part of presenting the game to a wider audience in yet another country.
  2. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

     Only 56% of households get the NFL network.  Plenty of people don't want any sports-related channels, and so don't subscribe to the sports tier of their cable service. And some people elect not to have cable (an unwise decision in my opinion; though that is a topic for another thread). But if a cable TV subscriber has purchased the sports tier, then the NFL Network is sure to be part of that subscriber's service, is it not?
  3. Or for any team of adults. This singular name trend is one that is so overdue for death. (That said, I will admit that "Birmingham Iron" is not so bad.) Yes, it would. For some reason that mitigates (though does not completely eliminate) the terribleness of the singular name. This is correct. The Islanders' identity is purely Long Island; this identity is defined in strong contrast to New York City. Some support for the Islanders can be found in eastern Queens (as I discovered to my great annoyance while growing up there with a burgeoning identity as a proud New Yorker); but it is entirely absent elsewhere in the City. This is what makes the team's presence in the Barclays Center so uncomfortable. Yes, from a geographical standpoint, Brooklyn and Queens are located on Long Island. And for a long time the geographical meaning of "Long Island" was the only meaning. The American war for independence had a Battle of Long Island that took place in Brooklyn; the city of Long Island City was established in Queens in the 1870s; Long Island University was founded in Brooklyn in the 1920s. As late as the 1950s, people would routinely refer to "Jamaica, L.I." and "Flushing, L.I." But that began to change in the 1960s. As a result of federal policies that hurt the interests of cities, people of means began to move en masse out to the suburbs; and there occurred an emergence in American society of a distinctly "suburban" identity that was openly hostile to cities, which were regarded as dirty and dangerous places to be avoided. It was in this context that the term "Long Island" acquired a separate meaning — a socio-political one rather than a geographical one. Since the late 1960s, the term has referred exclusively to Nassau and Suffolk counties. Indeed, the map in the logo that the Islanders have used since their inception in 1972 shows only those two counties, and not Brooklyn and Queens (which has the remarkable result of the logo excluding the place where the team plays its home games). The Islanders may use the locality name "New York"; but their brand identity is "Long Island as opposed to New York City", just as the Devils' brand identity is "New Jersey as opposed to New York City". The assumption is that the use of the name "New York" will make the team and the league look more prestigious, and will allow for greater advertising and broadcast revenues. Blue and orange are also the colours of the Nassau County flag. And Nassau makes an even greater use of these colours than New York City does, as the Nassau police cars are adorned with blue and orange stripes. Exactly. And this is why the NLL is making a mistake here. The NHL might have had to use "New York"; but the NLL, which is not in the running for any national TV contracts, would be better off with "Long Island". That naming would give the new team a better chance of connecting with its core audience. Likewise, the owners of the MLL's Long Island Lizards, who play at Mitchel Field near the Nassau Coliseum, gained nothing when the team's owners (including lacrosse and football legend Jim Brown) changed its name to "New York Lizards". I mean, the New York Lizards' logo is great; I like wearing the hat. But there was no good reason to de-emphasise the fact that it is a Long Island team whose fans come overwhelmingly from Long Island, as opposed to from New York City. This new NLL team has gone down the same erroneous path as the MLL team, but without the MLL team's good nickname and cool logo.
  4. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Wait a minute — your cable company's sports tier does not include the NFL Network?
  5. Ferdinand Cesarano

    NLL Expansion 2018

    Come on, man! How cheesy.
  6. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Alliance of American Football - Team Names and Logos

    The B in the football is a perfect helmet logo. Why they aren't using it on the helmet is baffling. At least they should fix that awful stripe. With a normal straight stripe the blank helmet would not look so bad.
  7. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Dang. It's almost like being sentenced to attend an AAF game.
  8. Ferdinand Cesarano

    MLB officially partners with Nike

    You have framed the matter perfectly. I can agree with everything you have written. It is particularly pathetic when soccer fans make excuses for advertisements that dwarf the team's logo. That practice should offend even someone who doesn't mind uniform ads on principle, simply because it compromises the team's own branding. The bedrock principle is that the only logo that belongs on a team's uniform is that of the team itself. Paul Lukas, who knows nothing about soccer, once referred to either a Chivas shirt or an América shirt, I don't remember which, as a "Bimbo jersey" (this was before the Philadelphia Union brought that embarassing advertisement to MLS); and it's hard to blame him, as that big gawking ad is the first thing that anyone looking at that shirt would see. While the practice of ads on jerseys is inherently offensive, one can nevertheless recognise an example that is, given the prevailing standards, relatively tasteful. The 2009-10 road kit of Manchester City looked like this: If an ad is going to be there, then this is the way it should be presented, as subordinate to the the team's crest. But that type of presentation is rare. Man City currently uses a sash on its third kit; and this time the ad not only overwhelms the team's logo (as ads typically do on all football shirts), but it also mars the sash by cutting right through it. To defend this is to exhibit symptoms of having been brainwashed. I realise that I tend to get worked up about this topic. But the visual culture means a lot to me (which is why I am on this board in the first place); and so its degradation really cheeses me off. The best way that I can express this is by means of a lament that I have made a few times before. I ask you to close your eyes and think of Magic Johnson. What do you see in your mind? You see him wearing a shirt with the word "Lakers" on it. Think of Tom Seaver. You see him dressed in a unifrom bearing the word "Mets". Now think of David Beckham. What word do you see this time? "Sharp". "Herbalife". Think of Thierry Henry. What you see is "O2". And that is the point of these ads. What these companies are really buying is not space on a team's shirt, but space in our very memories. This practice represents a particularly insidious form of pollution.
  9. Ferdinand Cesarano

    New Western Union Logo

    They should have just let it connect with the cross of the T.
  10. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    There will be no merger. My assumption is that McMahon would not be part of something that he is not unilaterally in charge of. The experience with the first version of the league, when NBC pulled out after a season, would only harden his position of not relying on partners for anything.
  11. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2019 MLB Changes

    Well, they'll see "Royals" and be all "Jolly good show, old chap!" and "Pip-pip, cheerio, and all that sort of rot!" Exactly right. Whereas basketball has become a mainstream sport in Britain, and American football is now well known, baseball remains a curiosity. Basketball and gridiron football have plenty of British fans who can be counted on to turn out for every game held over there. But baseball needs to present its absolute top match-up in order to have any chance at making an impression on the British public's consciousness. This exposure is good for both teams, and for baseball overall. It's worth losing a couple of home games for (even if we might have expected that it would be one home game for each team).
  12. Ferdinand Cesarano

    NFL Merry-Go-Round: Relocation Roundelay

    The Maestro says that nothing is available there. Well, don't get too giddy, because the Raiders will have the last laugh when they sell out whatever stadium they eventually land in next season. That team has one of the largest nationwide fanbases; and it would be a big one-year hit in just about any city in the U.S. (or Mexico).
  13. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2019 MLB Changes

    Just as they wore their home uniforms when they played Tampa Bay in Japan in 2004, even though Tampa Bay were the home team. Such is the power of baseball's most iconic uniforms.
  14. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Logically I suppose you could. But it would take a very long time before that turn of phrase would ever enter the language as a normal term.
  15. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    While I appreciate the elimination of the kickoff in as a means to protect players' health, I wonder if keeping the kickoff only to open the halves might be worthwhile. Having exactly two kickoffs per game would still be a big improvement over having one after every score. It is weird to not be able to say "tonight's game kicks off at 8pm". (Though I suppose that saying that is technically still possible, as "to kick off" can be used as a synonym for "to begin", and we say that for an event that has no kickoffs, such as a concert or a party.) In return, perhaps the punt could be eliminated. On fourth down, teams would have to go for it or attempt a field goal. (And no returning of short field goals; on any unsuccessful field goal the opposing team would take over at the line of scrimmage.)