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  1. Well, no, but the USFA cities that have showed strong support for their franchises will presumably have a strong argument in favor of their bids.
  2. Texas will undergo a full rebrand next season. I'm not sure if it will be a downgrade or a lateral move, but it's more 49ers than Dolphins/Broncos.
  3. I was getting ready to post the new Indiana Warriors look and then the offseason post when I realized that I screwed up the tiebreakers, and thus the seeding, for the 1990 playoffs. I had to re-simulate every game after the wildcard round, which naturally led to a different champion, and me having to completely redo virtually the entire postseason. I'm working on it, but it's slow going. I hadn't really thought about the Wasp helmet. Technically, in Illustrator it's a gold shell with black stripes, though I supposed that practically speaking, since there are four black stripes to three gold, it would make more sense to use a black shell. Milwaukee actually probably won't go full 1990s. They've been wearing brown and gold with the checkerboard pattern for 30 years. If they were going to change it, it would have happened already. Los Angeles, Seattle, and Portland, on the other hand, are very likely to undergo a radical change. The Comets undergo a major redesign every decade, so that's sure to happen. Seattle's design is already finished, though I'll hold it until a little later in the decade. Portland will almost certainly scale up the use of black. They're another likely candidate. If nothing else, the AFA's 50th season will be in 1995, and teams will wear a lot of throwbacks. Their 1952 uniforms are likely to be extremely popular in the mid-1990s, and will at the very least become a permanent part of the rotation, if not inspire a complete redesign. I'll probably go to 32. The move to 30 will happen within next 5 years, and 32 will be in 10-15.
  4. With the dawn of a new decade, there was a significant movement toward the new, lighter uniform template, with 7 teams making the change. With this, 17 of the league's 28 teams will be wearing the v-neck collar and shorter sleeves. Most teams made no or extremely minor changes to their looks. Since so many teams have made the change, I'm not going to post all of the old ones, but if you click the team name, it will take your to their uniform history folder. Cincinnati Guardians - no change, though the stripes now cover the entire sleeve. Colorado Centennials - No change Los Angeles Comets - No change Milwaukee Wolves - TV numbers moved from sleeves to shoulders as they no longer fit on the sleeves. Portland Dragons - Black outline added to the numbers, sleeve stripes narrowed to be more like cuff stripes, white socks will now be worn with both the green and white jerseys, and the white jersey will now have a green collar. Seattle Grizzlies - The numbers on the home jersey will be white instead of gold, and gold outlines will be added to the names and numbers on both jerseys. Washington Wasps - no change, other than proportionally shrinking the sleeve stripe pattern to fit the shorter sleeves.
  5. I like the orange collar. It really does break up the black. There are going to be a lot of minor changes to AFA uniforms, as more than half a dozen teams switch to the new jersey template. For the most part, that won't result in significant changes, though some teams will need to make some modifications to the TV numbers and/or striping pattern to accommodate the shorter sleeves. And the Indiana Warriors will go full 1990s, and make a grab at the wildest jersey in the USFA (which is saying something). I actually like the orange more, but the black feels more 1990s to me. Honestly, what I really want to do is go mono black with them, but it's just too early. In the late 1990s or early 2000s, they'll almost certainly adopt an orange alternate and go with black pants full-time. However, he is the final draft of the New Jersey Sharks. I'm also showing the logo set with the orange eye on the helmet, because I forgot to make that update earlier. Insomnia sucks, and I have a solid hour before I need to be up, so I may or may not make another post this morning, depending on whether or not I think I can grab an extra hour of sleep.
  6. I forgot to explain, the secondary is meant to be a branding iron. The execution probably could've been better though. I'll play around with it and see if I can come up with something better. Oh, I wasn't criticizing the logo, I love it as part of the set. It's clearly a branding iron, and the execution is perfect in a set containing the RoboBull. If Denver's lack of success continues - and I now hope that it does for this specific reason - I want the dumpster fire logo to be part of that. Also, the Generals look great. I'm particularly impressed that you managed to fit that much symbolism into the secondary. Why isn't there a green on white version of that logo, though?
  7. The secondary makes me think dumpster fire, even though it’s round. But I’m not sure that isn’t what you were going for.
  8. I vehemently object to Vancouver’s move away from the red gradient.
  9. It’s supposed to be black. I use it on the uniforms because black blots out the template. There isn’t really a place to add orange. I don’t like it on the pants and that’s really the only place that it could go.
  10. Maybe, but I'm not feeling the orange pants with the black helmet.
  11. Hey, sorry for my immediate and unexpected absence after coming back. Took a step backwards because it turns out that I married the worst person in the world, but now that I've realized that and have started taking the proper steps to get as far away from her as humanly possible, I expect to have a much faster and more even recovery. Anyway, thanks for all the comments on the Sharks. Nope. The helmet is one of my favorite. The shark fin will be a rarely-used alternate. I can see it. I've always thought that the Crows look in general and their wordmark specifically looks like a classic metal or hard rock logo. I can see it. That wasn't my inspiration, though. I totally cribbed it from the Flying Tigers nose art. A few people asked for an orange helmet and a black jersey. I had actually tried that originally, but didn't care for it. The helmet looks off to me with black in the mouth, but here it is. I did, however, like @Steelman's suggestion to change the pupil to orange. It definitely pops better.
  12. The New Jersey Sharks are changing their look, putting even more distance between them and their time in Buffalo. Old Logos: New Logos: New decade, new colors. Most people assumed that the Sharks would eventually move away from the Stampeders' maroon and orange color scheme, and would probably adopt some shade of blue. Instead, they ditched the maroon for black and went with a bolder, darker shade of orange. "Maroon and orange is a fine color scheme," team owner Sean Cooper explained, "but it's not right for sharks. Sharks are dangerous and powerful. Orange and black does a much better job of conveying that." The team eliminated the old primary logo, replacing it with the vastly more popular helmet alternate (recolored, of course). To replace it, the introduced a shark fin alternate. The biggest change, however, was the wordmark. Rather than the fairly generic original that they adopted after moving from Buffalo to New Jersey in 1982, the team will use perhaps the most unusual mark in the league. Old Uniforms: New Uniforms: The new uniforms are certainly bolder than the old ones. The should and pant stripes are all vaguely triangular, which is meant to imply both shark teeth and dorsal fins. They are also bringing back the drop shadow jersey numbers that the Stampeders used over their last decade in Buffalo.
  13. I'm back! Or at least I will be in the next couple of days. Before the story resumes, I want to take a moment to thank everybody for their patience and words of support, empathy, and kindness as I've dealt with a lot of stuff in my personal life that has kept me away from the boards over the past few months. I've posted about it elsewhere on the forums, so I'm not going to go into any great detail here, except to say this. I've been struggling with crushing depression and anxiety over the past six months (and really most of the past two years). At the same time, a lot of things in my personal life have imploded or are in the process of imploding, which only exacerbated an already bad situation. In spite of all of that, I feel better than I have in years. I feel like myself again for the first time in a long time. It's coming back slowly, but I've found myself starting to plot out stories and consider logo and uniform changes for the remainder of this project. A lot of things are still in flux and my world is extremely uncertain and chaotic right now, so I'm not at all certain how quickly I will be progressing. I don't doubt that progress will be uneven, especially at first as I ease myself back into this. But I've come to understand that I love designing and writing, and doing those things are an important part of my ability to maintain my mental health. So I hereby commit to posting new content no later than Sunday night. We'll be starting with a complete overhaul of the New Jersey Sharks.
  14. Veras

    My Ideal Life - Forward Spiral

    I appreciate the empathy and the kind words. It's been a struggle for sure, but I feel better than I have in a long time (not that that's a high bar to clear, lol). I'm looking forward to writing and designing again. That's an interesting through. I wouldn't want to rotate the whole thing, because it would just look off. I could modify it slightly so that, instead of spiraling toward the center, the top of the shape stays level and the lows just don't go as low. It would have a shape kind of like this: Even though I did talk about ups and downs being part of the process, I had also thought about moving toward the center as finding balance, and going where I'm aiming for. I did consider an upward spiral at one point, but I preferred ti going forward. Either way, thanks for the insight. I'll definitely play with the shape when I have some time.
  15. Veras

    My Ideal Life - Forward Spiral

    Thank you for the kind words. Things are definitely improving. In fact, I only have one week of intensive outpatient therapy left. I also have a 40-hour per week job now, so hopefully it will free me up to start writing and designing again once I'm not doing 9 hours of counseling every week. I hadn't thought of that, but I like it. I don't take any offense to the suggestion, but I'm not LGBTQ+ (okay, I'll admit to a slight attraction to Taye Diggs, but that's about it). I used rainbow colors because I wanted to add an element of change to the spiral, and the colors are arranged the way that they are for a reason, other than the fact that I only had like 10 colored pencils. This is the original drawing, which I think will make what I was going for much more clear: I wasn't just going for change, I also wanted to show going from cool, dark colors to warmer colors as the spiral moved forward. The purple to blue downward transition actually has special significance. When I drew this, I was absolutely certain that my wife and I were splitting up (whether or not that happens is still up in the air, but it looks better now than it did then). Purple is her favorite color. More than that, she is also an artist (much better than me), and she has frequently used that same deep purple color to represent herself in her work. So the beginning of the spiral is me moving away from her, and falling into a low, blue point. I don't want my marriage to end, and if it does, it will be pretty tough for me to get through. But I know that, even if worst comes to worst, I'll eventually bounce back. It may take me a while to heal, but I know that eventually, that coldness will dissipate, things will turn around, and someday I'll feel warm again. As for getting a copyright... I'm not sure. I mean, I think this is an interesting illustration, but I don't think it's that good. Plus, I wouldn't even begin to know how to go about doing that, much less promoting and spreading it. It's not like I'm qualified to speak at conferences or anything like that (well, not in the mental health field, anyway). I definitely appreciate the extraordinary praise that you've given me and it, but that's all a little grand. I'm just looking for something to remind me to avoid stepping backwards and losing myself in depression and anxiety again.