Balu the Bare

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  1. So here is my first original concept for the boards! Feel free to give any pointers or tips and any suggestions to help improve my work. I'm currently using Inkscape after sketching my ideas out on paper. I would appreciate any feedback on any part of this concept. Particularly a good/better team name for Lexington. from the wikipedia page The Gridiron League of America (GLA) is a professional women's indoor American football league played in the spring and summer months. The GLA was announced in 2007, but did not have it's inaugural season until 2010. The League is somewhat similar to the Arena and Indoor Football Leagues, the only major differences being the lack of rebound nets and the slight variations on the uniforms worn by the players [think Starship Troopers, not LFL]. As of 2010 it is the only professional women's arena style football league in the United States. History The concept of the GLA originated from the popularity of the Lingerie Bowl in 2006 and the overwhelming number of amateur and professional level 11-on-11 women's football leagues operating nationwide. In 2007, a meeting was held by former players and coaches from the USFL, the NFL, and the Independent Women's Football League to discuss the feasibility of a professional women's indoor football league akin to the popular Arena Football League that would not only be more family friendly than the Lingerie Bowls, but would also "raise the standard of professional women's football in every way possible." This meeting resulted in the formation of the North American Gridiron Association. A subsequent meeting renamed the organization to the Gridiron league of America, hired Makenna Carr as league president, and finalized the 8 teams that would make up the new league. The 14 week, round-robin style season was scheduled to begin in 2010. The three years would be used to train players, coaches, and referees for the league, to gain sponsorship deals, to secure facilities, to draft players teams, and to build hype for the new league. Teams The First 8 teams were chosen for their proximity to each other and their smaller venues for play, not for their market size. Columbus Spirit Fort Wayne Defenders Memphis Blues Kentucky Racers Gals of Kalamazoo Dayton Gems Lexington Fillies Knoxville Hounds
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Aaaaaaaaand with one statement I officially hate Darryl Byrd. edit: how did I miss that?
  8. 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.
  9. I see what you did there. Go anyone but Texas!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Ah, that's too bad =( What font is that for Turrif, btw?
  14. 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?
  15. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    Among the changes for the 2012 season, the first was the league's overhaul of its identity. PlayGLA.com, the league's official website, noted that, "the new logo better represents who we are and what we're trying to accomplish." None of the elements from the previous logo were carried over, instead the league wanted a logo that was "unique to the GLA." The shape of the shield, the silhouette of a player running with the ball, and the colors were all reportedly chosen with that goal in mind. The league also unveiled logos for their newly created Northern and Southern conferences.
  16. Wow Chokeinatti is back already...hopefully the team'll stay together and they can bounce back next year, but wow. Congrats to the Angels. Looking forward to Detroit's offseason. Hoping for a turnaround soon.
  17. Sunday Champions League (#19 Detroit Lancers)

    This looks interesting. I look forward to seeing more. A few questions: -Is that Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati? -what kind of collegiate universe is this? Are there multiple levels (division 1, 2, 3, etc.), bowls? -echoing ItDoesntMatter, what -does- 06,10,15 mean? Good stuff so far!
  18. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    I think we have a winner here. Thanks everyone for your responses and suggestions!
  19. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    Seems to be a lot of love for the teal and purple option, which my girlfriend appreciates. That combination was her idea. It is definitely the bolder choice, so I think I'll go with that. The question now is... ...which purple and teal? I personally am a fan of the darker purple, but the lady likes the original. I have one, the other, and combinations of the two.
  20. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    I'm not completely sold on the way I originally posted the logo so I'm looking for suggestions. I have few variations here, which one is the better option for a re-brand? I threw in a couple of non red-white-blue options, too. Let me know what you think!
  21. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    The 2012 off-season began almost immediately after the 2011 postseason ended. Just one week after Memphis' win over Kalamazoo, the GLA unveiled a new logo in an effort to improve brand recognition and marketability. The Unveil would be the first of a league-wide rebranding that would include a name change for one team and the relocation of another.
  22. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    In a game that was not as close as the final score would indicate, the Memphis Blues Queen B defensive unit simply dominated the game. They would intercept Carlie McCall three times in the first half and managed to hold the Gals to just three points at the break. The Blues' offense recovered after an opening miscue and would find the endzone on 6 of their next 8 possessions. Halfway through the fourth quarter Memphis pulled all of their starters and the Gals scored on their next 2 possessions. The lone bright spot for Kalamazoo's defense came when Lineman of the Year award winner, Delonda Cross, tipped and intercepted a pass thrown by Memphis backup QB Arianna Hubbard. Cross returned the interception for a touchdown. It was the last score of the game. Rebecca Calhoun's five touchdown pass performance won her Finals MVP. With the 2011 Jefferson-Hodge Cup Final in the books, teams look ahead to the 2012 season.
  23. These are some pretty great updates! Especially Turrif and Asuka. I'm not sold on Hikaru's double orange, but that's more of a personal preference than a design critique. Good work here!
  24. Lights Out's NBA 2017: What-If? Dallas Express (p. 4)

    The Suns set is amazing! I am loving the Warriors and the Kings sets and I'm digging switching the Wizards colors back to the late 90s-early 2000s scheme. I also like the LA set, but I think the Clippers white alternate is well executed but the wrong look for them. I know it's inspired by the flag, but it has too much of a Caribbean vibe to it for it to work for the Clips IMO. One thing I can't be on board with, though...Unless you're going to return the whole scheme to the late 90s, adding black to the Pistons just seems like BFBS the way you've done it. If you added it to maybe the outside of the blue and red stripes instead of in the middle, that could maybe work, but I don't think you need it at all to have a solid set. Keep up the good work!
  25. Gridiron League of America: 2012 Gem City Diamonds

    This was an interesting match-up as the teams split the regular season series with the visiting team winning both games. Columbus was one of two teams to score more than 40 points against the Blues' defense and Queen B's were determined to limit the effectiveness of QB Shaquira Ray and take advantage of the newcomer's mistakes. It was the Blues' offense that set the tone as QB Rebecca Calhoun completed 16 of her first 18 passes, including two touchdowns to help give Memphis a 16-0 lead, while the defense pressured Ray into a shaky start. It was a full quarter before she completed her first pass of the game, but it was a 30 yard bomb to a wide open Evie Collins who walked into the endzone with the nearest defender five yards away. After throwing an interception that led to a Memphis field goal, Ray executed a near-perfect one minute drill that ended with a 7 yard touchdown pass to Collins just before halftime. Memphis led 19-14. The Spirit adjusted to the Queen B defense and mixed up their play calling enough to start the third that Ray orchestrated a full field drive that ended in a QB Keeper for a 5 yard touchdown. Columbus took their first lead of the game, but it would be short lived. RB/LB Danica Ellis would bulldoze her way to a 3 yard touchdown run on Memphis' next drive to retake the lead, 26-21. Columbus was on the brink of answering right back, but WR/LB Christine Saunders would catch Ray on a blitz and cause her to fumble. The ball was picked up by Specialist Iris Hill and returned for a touchdown to extend Memphis' lead to 33-21 near the end of the third quarter. Ray hit TE/DL Rachel Hutnik for an 8 yard touchdown to start the fourth and cut the lead to 5. After the Spirit defense held Memphis to a field goal, Ray brought the offense out to try and possibly tie the game. The drive started off well, but then WR/DB Rose Noir intercepted a pass intended for Specialist Kayla Harper and ran 20 yards for the Queen B's second defensive touchdown of the game. RB/LB Hazel Mills would score on a two yard run after an impressive answering drive, but time would run out and Memphis would take the win 43-35.