Balu the Bare

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  1. Congrats to the Guardians on the win. Now Detroit needs to build on their current roster and push further into the playoffs next year.
  2. My Prediction: The Guardians' inability to put teams away costs them against the Canes, whose inexperience works in their favor as they don't realize that they're supposed to cave to the pressure of having to come from behind to win a championship. Houston rallies and Chokenati loses late 42-39. That being said, here's hoping the Guardians win.
  3. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    I didn't change the colors (I really, really, like them and am having a hard time letting them go), but I think they work better for diamonds presented this way. I went with a new secondary as well. I think this one works a lot better.
  4. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    I think you're right on all accounts here. I really want to keep the green, so I'll see if I can get it to work as maybe an accent color, but I think a color change has to happen. Either way a rework is coming and I think I'm just going to drop the secondary. It's not needed at all and I didn't really like it to begin with. Thanks for the feedback!
  5. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    Still trying to figure out why I can't edit uniforms without crashing Inkscape, but in the meantime... After a lengthy battle with the CHL's Dayton Gems over the rights to the name (the teams were created in the same year and announced days apart) team owner Peter Stauffer, who wasn't very happy with the name anyway, agreed to change the name of the GLA franchise. Stauffer and the GLA settled on the Gem City Diamonds and simply rotated the logo and removed the black outline. The secondary logo, the old "D-gem" with an altered version of the new woodmark below, would only be used for pre-season merchandise and always be accompanied by the new logo.
  6. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    And by get to the unis I meant redesign the Defenders. I went with a more military insignia style than the old, "slap some letters onto a vaguely fort shape. Kept the fort shape and drew some inspiration from the Indiana Army National Guard insignia and heraldry. Kept the colors the same, though. Going to get some more work out as soon as I figure out why my uni template keeps crashing.
  7. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    I kept looking at it and kept finding things about it that I didn't like, so I went and updated it again. I think this one is better and more along the line of what I was going for. I'll get to the unis now that I'm not obsessing over this anymore.
  8. Aaaaaaaaand with one statement I officially hate Darryl Byrd. edit: how did I miss that?
  9. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    New look for Columbus. I tried to incorporate the Spirit of Columbus, the plane after which the team is named, into the logo this time around instead of going with generic flight. Unis to come soon! I'm not really sold on the woodmark, though. Does it work with the logo? The Spirit have also become my first RWB team. I change the red a bit, kept the white, swapped the black for a navy blue and added a silvery gray. Red is still the dominant color for the team and both the navy and gray will be used sparingly for the jerseys and any promotional material.
  10. I see what you did there. Go anyone but Texas!
  11. 2017-18 NCAA Football Thread

    Caught the end of the Battle for the Victory Bell (Miami vs Cincinnati) after work. A pretty epic collapse by Miami leads to two touchdowns in less than 3 minutes and a 4 point loss for the Redhawks. They can (and probably will) say something about the officiating at the end of the game (there were a couple of pretty questionable decisions), but when you're up 11 with less than three minutes left, you should win that game. If you're up 4 with less than 2 minutes left, have the ball, and need a first down to seal the game, you should also probably win that game. Instead, Miami took a delay of game penalty because the HC told the ref he was going to call timeout and then didn't actually do it, I guess? 3rd and 2 becomes 3rd and 7. Miami throws a pick 6. Even with that, Miami had a chance to win it right at the end. The refs waved off a PI call in the endzone that was questionable (the defender had his arm around the receiver long before the ball got there.) The Bearcats have won this thing for 12 straight years.
  12. If you limit what teams can spend, you limit what a player can make. If Burns can get $7 million dollars to play, why shouldn't he? I'm all for parity and competition and level playing fields and all of that, but again, I have a hard time being in favor of a player salary cap if there's not also a salary cap for much money an owner can make off of the team. Limit everyone or limit no one. ...That position is the more idealistic side of me, though. I do understand that a cap will likely come and will ultimately benefit the league and without a cap teams are likely to overspend on top talent and go under because of it. I understand the need for a cap. I understand the benefits of a cap. I get it, but I don't have to like it.
  13. I have trouble agreeing with limiting how much a player can make if there isn't also a limit on how much the owner or owners can make. I get that smaller markets would suffer and nobody wants to see a city lose their team, but a cap doesn't prevent a team from moving should the owner decide that the team would be better off in a larger market so I don't fully buy into a salary cap as a way to protect smaller market teams.
  14. Ah, that's too bad =( What font is that for Turrif, btw?
  15. Those sigs are pretty good, particularly the Lions (because go Lions) and the Raiders. I don't know if you do, but I really like how that update turned out. What do you play 2k on?