Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Ferdinand Cesarano

    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    Looking at Sweden's away kit, my only thought is: "this is how the Brewers and the Rams should look".
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    Blandest Uniforms in Modern History

    Nets. [/thread] Complared to that artless tripe, every other uniform is a masterpiece.
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    CFL to bid adieu to Adidas after this season (2018)

    Exactly right. The Argos look beautiful. What's more, they and the Ti-Cats stand as great examples to throw in the faces of anyone who asserts that sleeve stripes cannot be done anymore.
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    Unusual Team Branding Ideas

    [cheerily] Yes!
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    2018 FIFA World Cup

    The league with the best video review system is the Arena Football League. The audience sees exactly what the referee is looking at on the screen, and hears him asking the truck for various angles. The referee describes out loud his thought process in reaching a decision. And also to the U.S.'s 1-1 draw with England in the 2010 World Cup, which some outlets described as a "win".
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    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

     Agreed, though sometimes revolution rather than evolution is necessary. The NFL took 36 years to adopt the 2-point conversion after the NCAA, and just added the concept of the Defensive Return and one-point Safety within the past two or three. Those are minor, but in their own way, revolutionary changes. I'm not sure if eliminating kickoffs is good or bad to tell the truth, but at least it isn't nibbling around the edges (which the NFL is doing with their recent change to kickoff rules). The only issue I have with what either is doing is that in most games, punts outnumber kickoffs and are, save one minor factor (the running, unimpeded start vs. impediment at the LOS) just as dangerous. Radical suggestion: get rid of punts, too, as well as extra points. On 4th down, teams would have to go for it or try a field goal. And, after each touchdown (worth 7), the other team would just start from the 20. At first I imagined eliminating field goals as well (and just living with the snarky comments about football no longer having anything to do with the foot). But leaving only one way to score (apart from the rare safety) would produce too many tie games. I think plenty of people would enjoy a game that consisted almost entirely of plays from scrimmage, even on 4th-and-long when outside of field-goal range. And you could make those plays from scrimmage a lot safer by adopting the CFL's one-yard buffer, and also by outlawing the three-point stance.
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    Unusual Team Branding Ideas

    In keeping with the food theme sweeping the minors, I would re-brand the Tri-City ValleyCats as the Albany Steamed Hams.
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    IHOP Name Change Coming 6/11

    I think it's in just about every drug store. I think the brand name is well known, while its logo is not.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    Anyone who attacks any player's decision to join any team is an idiot. Every player is entitled to take the job that is most attractive to him, for whatever reason. By the way, in England they have the opposite idiocy to the criticism of Durant. Harry Kane just recently signed a contract extension with Tottenham. And people are criticising him for not making himself available to join one of Europe's biggest clubs such as Barcelona or Real Madrid.
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    Does your significant other share your love of sports?

    I am happily divorced for more than 20 years, after a bad decision to get married. During our relationship, which lasted about five years, I was lucky that my ex-wife had an interest in baseball (the only sport I really followed before my 1997 retirement). She wasn't as into it as I was; but she was eager to learn, and she actually liked me to teach her stuff. I told her how my friends and I used to challenge each other by opening the Who's Who or the Baseball Encyclopedia (pre-internet days, kiddies) and listing a player's teams and years; and the other guy had to guess who it was. Once she opened the Who's Who, and, before she had named a team or a year, she said "he has a cool beard". Without missing a beat, and with an excessively confident tone, I replied, "Steve Bedrosian". Actually I wasn't at all sure that it was going to be him; but I decided to take a chance. And that chance paid off; it was indeed Bedrosian that she was looking at. She was never more impressed at anything I said or did than she was at that moment. One time she was going to a game with one of her friends, and she asked me to give her a little rundown of keys to the game, so that she'd know what to look for and so that she would have some sensible things to say during the game. It was a Yankee game against Cleveland; and one of my first notes was "you gotta keep Lofton off the bases". For some reason she found that funny, perhaps just how I phrased it, in announcer-cliche-speak. She said that she enjoyed delivering that line with bravado, and impressing her friend with her "expertise". Even now, decades later, when we talk (we're still friends — we should have stayed friends in the first place instead of becoming husband and wife!), if the topic of baseball comes up in any way, she will often say "Steve Bedrosian", or else, in a mock-serious tone, "you gotta keep Lofton off the bases". So, even though we should never have gotten married, and even though our marriage was not a good one, we did have some nice moments that we can still laugh about.
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    2018 NBA Post Season

    I love Hinkie! Anyway, for me the emergence of a set of elite teams is good for a league's identity. It helps cement an era in history. In the 1980s the NBA was defined by the Lakers, the Celtics, the Pistons. The NFL when I was growing up in the 1970s was always going to come down to battles involving the Cowbows, the Vikings, the Steelers, the Dolphins, the Raiders. And baseball in the 1970s (the best sport in the best period) was a battle of the elites such as the A's, Reds, Dodgers, Pirates, and Orioles, joined in the decade's latter half by the Yankees, Royals, and Phillies. Too much parity is not a good thing; it makes the whole competition seem suspect. I root for NYCFC; Toronto FC are one of our biggest rivals. So I should be glad that they are having a bad season. But actually I find it embarassing for the league that that team, after its dominating campaign last year, could be doing so badly this season. For the sake of the league, I wanted Toronto to do well again, and for NYCFC to attain something by reaching their level. So, when the same set of teams dominate a league for years on end, don't knock it. That's how a golden age is born.
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    IHOP Name Change Coming 6/11

    IHOP is just a diner. So getting burgers there seems perfectly reasonable. And this is a good idea for a campaign. It is similar in concept to campaigns reminding people that you can get chicken at McDonald's, Burger King, White Castle, or any other restaurant that's known primarily for burgers.
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    West Michigan Whitecaps to play as Beer City Bung Hammers

    I'm waiting for the Cleveland Steamers.
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    Staten Island Yankees now the... Pizza Rats?!

    It's about as current as "Chocolate Rain".