Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Favorite jersey number?

    Number 10. My birthday is October 10, so it's 10/10 no matter whether you use the month/date method or the date/month method. Also, I really dig the metric system; and 10 is the basis of that system, and, by extension, the symbol of rationality itself. When I became a fan of soccer later in life, I discovered that no. 10 is associated with legendary players. Most important, the number 10 was worn by the coolest-looking player of all time, the Mighty Mustachioed Mediterranean Marvel.
  2. As long at the Sixers fans think that Dr. J is theirs instead of ours, they can go jump in a lake. There is a beautiful statue of the Doctor down in Philly. And at the foot of that statute is a plaque that lists his accomplishments. They list the ABA championships of 1974 and 1976, but they don't mention the Nets. Scumbags. I get that Julius is a beloved Sixer. Rightfully so. But he is first and foremost a Net. It was with the Nets, his hometown team, where he became a superstar. The failure to recognise this on his statute's plaque is a disrespect to his legacy. So get out of here with the Sixers. For me the Nets' only divisional rival that is not offensive is the Raptors, who took the place of the equally non-offensive Bullets/Wizards.
  3. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    New York City is big; therefore every place in it is going to be far from someone. If a stadium is located right off a subway stop, then it is accessible. And the PATH certainly counts as an extension of the subway; so Red Bull Arena is just as accessible as Yankee Stadium, Citi Field, or the Brooklyn Cyclones' ballpark in Coney Island that the Cosmos used. Speaking of Coney Island, maybe an AAF team could play there. That park has already hosted American football, when the Brooklyn Bolts of the FXFL played there. Anyway, if the AAF were willing to pay enough in rent, perhaps the Red Bulls would allow them to use their stadium. But there is presumably a ceiling past which paying rent does not make sense for a team that could realistically draw only a couple of thousand fans at most. The prestige of having a New York team goes only so far. Still, it's only a handful of dates; so maybe the Red Bulls would go for it.
  4. When I was a Yankee fan as a kid, I hated the Red Sox. And that feeling contrasted strongly with the admiration that I felt for the Orioles. In English football, I support Chelsea, which brings with it a hatred of Man United. (This is very difficult to deal with considering that United's current manager is my favourite figure in all of sports.) But I have a tremendous amount of respect for Manchester City, a feeling which began when the club was first purchased by a its previous owner, and which only intensified when the club's current owner became the owners also of my main team, NYCFC. I also kind of dig Tottenham; and I liked them an awful lot in the Harry Redknapp days.
  5. Ferdinand Cesarano

    MLB Unveils Uniforms for 2018 Players Weekend

    It's good to see the Padres using brown. And I love that Pirates cap! The Yankees' use of the wordmark doesn't look good at all. That thin script is not appropriate for a jersey. But I don't mind that cap. For me the best-looking uniform and cap combo is the Astros. The A's set looks good; but it's a missed opportunity to use the "A's" logo on the front of the jersey. Will these jerseys not have numbers on the front? If not, then the Mets' jersey will look pretty awkward.
  6. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Popular Defunct Teams

    Could be! I often think that I would have grown up a Giant fan if the team had still been here during my lifetime. I'd love to find a 1920s Giant cap, similar to the one shown here on Babe Ruth, when he suited up for the Giants in a 1923 exhibition against the Baltimore Orioles. Anyway, the Oakland A's have done a some very good throwbacks to Philadelphia uniforms, both at home and on the road. Considering this alongside the A's many throwbacks to Kansas City uniforms and earlier Oakland uniforms, that team might be the champions of throwback uniforms. By the way, I found a great Phillies cap in the 1925-1933 design for about $15 at a Forman Mills in Northeast Philly. I don't have a picture of myself in it; but it is this design: Maybe you can pick one up.
  7. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Popular Defunct Teams

    The only public monument commemorating the Philadelphia A's is the Connie Mack statue that formerly stood at Shibe Park / Connie Mack Stadium and now stands across the street from the Phillies' current park. On this statue is a plaque listing the members of A's Wall of Fame. (Logo-lovers' note: the "A's" logo on the plaque is an Oakland mark, not a Philadelphia mark.) There is also an historical marker at the site of Shibe Park. There was once a Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society; but it is now defunct. Still going strong, however, is a store called Shibe Sports, which specialises in old-time Philly sports, including the A's. It is located about a block away from the Mitchell & Ness store. I picked up a nice Philadelphia A's cap there. (I suggested to the guy in the store that they should sell Connie Mack-style straw hats.)
  8. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 MLS Kits

     No, you don’t. You really, really don’t. Oh, indeed I do, as evidenced by, well, lots of things (only a very few of which have been touched upon in this discussion). Yes, we lost bad that day. But our guys looked sharp in the photos. That's usually good enough for me. I have accepted that I care more about teams' uniforms than about their results. Of course, it is helpful when teams in nice uniforms win, so that no one can argue against a good uniform on the basis of its being associated with bad results, as you have done here, and as many people do when talking about the Tampa Bay Bucs' original uniforms.
  9. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 MLS Kits

    Who said anything about pride in one's city? I am quite clearly a New York City chauvinist. How many people do you know who have written and recorded a song in tribute to New York in which the City is called, in translation from the original Esperanto, "the most civilised place in the world"? (Song available upon request.) No doubt here is where you emit an "Aha!" worthy of Clouseau, and begin making accusations. To which I say that I am at once New Yorker and a global citizen, just as I am at once an individual and a prolerarian (for any fellow Esperantists out there: I am at once a finvenkisto and a raŭmisto); and I see no contradictions in this. While I embrace the guiding role of ideology in morality and in developing a worldview, I reject dogma. I have already admitted that I support England in international football competitions, even if I would prefer that these teams and these competitions did not exist. Alas, every person confronts the fact that the real world refuses to arrange itself according to his or her preferences, and makes adjustments accordingly. The one thing that I admire about national teams is their uniforms. How nice it would have been if the categorical rejection that you express towards extra television ads had been expressed by fans in general towards uniform ads. Club teams would look as good as national teams do; and we'd have a far more beautiful visual universe in the sporting world.
  10. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 MLS Kits

    The idea that there is some meaningful distinction to be made amongst patriotism, nationalism, and racism is laughable. These are various names for the same foul ideology. National teams certainly contribute to this ugly phenomenon. Every time England play Germany, every time Germany play Poland, every time the U.S. play Mexico, people feel free to say the most heinous things, things that would otherwise qualify as hate speech. For evidence look at the vitriolic and unaoplogetically racist responses to Landon Donovan's good-natured television commercial during this year's World Cup in which he wished Mexico success. Still, I won't claim to be pure. I root for England in international football and I possess several England hats; I also have an Italy hat from the World Baseball Classic. Me, neither. The socks should be sky blue, no matter whether the shorts are navy blue or white. The only way that white socks look good is with an all-white kit, such as the cool one that they wore on Earth Day.
  11. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Wrong on both counts. 1. I advocate no change to the structure of the game. If someone suggested stoppages of play for commercials, that would constitute advocacy for altering the game. Delaying the broadcast a few minutes does not alter the play on the field one bit. 2. Anticipating the inevitable rebuttal that shirt ads bring revenue, I mentioned other ways to achieve that goal. (Also, there were two other — and possibly better — suggestions: split-screen ads or picture-in-picture ads.) The sad thing is that this is true — and it is the very basis of the fundamental opposition to uniform ads. Even if most fans are not bothered, we, the tiny sliver of fans who care about aesthetics, should presumably have no problem in denouncing uniform ads as pollution and as a cultural crime.
  12. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018/19 Soccer Kits

     No, stop americanize football, ok? Get out of here with that "Americanise football" nonsense! I am simply addressing the crisis in football aesthetics by making suggestions to replace the revenue that uniform advertising brings is. One could assert that the ads on NBA uniforms are unobtrusive. While those ads displease me philosophically, at least they are small enough not to dominate the uniform. But on football shirts the ad overwhelms everything else. Here in a forum devoted to the aesthetics of uniforms, we should be able to regard as fact the notion that the advertising that appears on football shirts is an aesthetic disaster. What's more, the people here who are concerned with branding ought to, if they are going to be perfectly honest, acknowledge that the only logo or mark that belongs on a team's shirt is its own.
  13. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 MLS Kits

     That is hardly a compelling argument.  It's not meant to be an argument; it's just a little historical context. An argument would entail elaborating on the moral and ideological equivalence between nationalism and racism — which, alas, would be way off topic here. Instead, I threw in a brief historical aside with a personal connection, and then got back to sports. Mi tiel faris por konduti laŭ la reguloj.
  14. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 MLS Kits

    Aside: You have some amazingly weird ideas. Just really out there. Being opposed to nationalism is not a "weird idea"; it is a moral principle. Furthermore, anti-nationalism was a deeply held position of Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. (His opposition to nationalism was why he broke with Zionism.) It is certainly not necessary to adopt that viewpoint in order to speak Esperanto; there are people of all ideologies who use the language. But the recognition of nationalism as a great evil was one of the many things that drew me 30 years ago to this international language that I use daily and that has become a core part of my identity as a mondcivitano (global citizen). On the practical level, better than national teams would be international competitions amongst league all-star teams: rather than England playing Germany, we'd have the Premier League all-stars playing the Bundesliga all-stars, and so forth. For some leagues the teams would be made up almost entirely of players from that country anyway. But the Premier League team would have a huge advantage in that it has players of so many different nationalities. And this would inevitably accelerate the process in other European leagues of bringing in players from various countries. By contrast, in poorer countries this arrangement would provide the opportunity for their players to play at home. Brazil struggles with the outflow of its great players; Pele had to make an appeal to Neymar to stay with Santos for an additional year before he left for Barcelona. Under this plan, he'd likely spend his entire career at Santos, as Pele did until he came to the Cosmos at age 35. As another example, right now Ivorian players have to play in England or France or elsewhere else in Europe in order to get experience and be picked for their national team. But, if we had league all-star teams instead of national teams, then companies would be falling over themselves to sponsor a top-level league in the Ivory Coast; and players would know that playing in that league was the way to get to the World Cup. The closest that we ever got to this was in 1976 when an NASL all-star team took on the national teams of England, Italy, and Brazil. Here are Pele and Bobby Moore kitted out for Team America. (Should have been "Team NASL"; but whatever.) This is obviously a dream that has 0% chance of ever happening. But it would be a much better arrangement, from the standpoints both of morality and of competition. The Houston Dynamo do not have an ad on their shirts. And they look fabulous. The problem with that Kansas City uniform was not the wordmark but the crest. The shirt would have looked better without the crest (which was pretty disastrous). Even still, the shirt as a whole looked rather nice. Anyone seeing that will know for sure that it is a Kansas City shirt. By contrast, anyone seeing the team's current shirt would see the large Ivy ad, and not the (vastly improved) crest, which is barely noticeable alongside it. But having the team name on the front works beautifully when you have a really nice wordmark, as exemplified by the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the original NASL. (This also illustrates the correct size of a crest on the Cosmos' shirt, so that there is no big space in the middle.) Having an advertisement on the uniform is a relatively recent phenomenon in English football, dating only from the late 1970s. Before that, the uniforms were comparable to the Cosmos shirt seen on Beckenbauer above, with a crest and that's it. And don't forget that Barcelona had a policy against shirt advertisement until as recently as 2006. And they always looked great. We need a fundamental understanding that the only logo that belongs on a team's shirt is the team's own.