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  1. Jericho is the ultimate case of peak versus longevity, I think. Jericho never really had that great peak that the likes of Hart and Michaels had, though he had considerably more longevity. Jericho's been turning out great work for almost 2 decades, with some intermittent hiatuses mixed in. Personally, I'd take Hart and Michaels over Jericho, since they were unquestionably superior wrestlers, and were both aces of their promotions (which Jericho never has been). Jericho never carried a promotion on his back, nor was he ever the number one draw - HBK and Hart both did so. To say HBK and Hart carried mid-90s WWF on their back is an understatement - I'm not sure WWF would've made it to the Attitude Era as a financially viable promotion if it weren't for those two. Jericho's incredible longevity, and wide breadth of work, is certainly a tremendous accomplishment, but I can't put him on the level of guys who consistently put out some of the greatest in-ring work of all time, and who kept the WWF above water during an awkward transitional phase when they faced an existential threat from a dominant WCW.
  2. If Shaq in Orlando is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (I admittedly have watched very, very little of the NBA in the past ~15 years, but I still think of Shaq and Penny Hardaway when I hear of the Magic. It's a shame that they ran into literally the greatest team of all time in 1996, because that team was incredibly stacked and really fun to watch.)
  3. They could've very easily moved the entire ballpark about 20-30 feet toward that back street with the trees, and completely avoided the need for contrived dimensions in left field. Add that to the fact that the "Crawford Boxes" are a completely unnecessary add-on that takes away further space in left field, it becomes pretty clear that the fault for the super-short left field porch and stupidly contrived dimensions lays entirely at the feet of the architects. Either moving the ballpark 20-30 feet or not adding on pointless "box seats" would've rectified the issue. I actually really enjoyed visiting Minute Maid Park when I went, since the rest of the ballpark is actually really well designed and inviting for fans. But left/center field is a jumbled, pointless mess that negatively impacts the game.
  4. Here's my map of states visited (red for brief visits, amber for overnight or one-time visits, blue for "places I've spent a lot of time in," and green for spending a "great deal of time on multiple visits" (I've lived in New York and Connecticut): On top of these, I've also visited Ontario (on multiple occasions) and Baja California (briefly). Never been outside of North America. Within the US, the top destinations I'm interested in that I've yet to visit: San Francisco Napa Valley New Orleans Seattle Grand Canyon Savannah Portland Memphis Charleston, SC Miami (been to West Palm Beach, but didn't make it down to Miami) Twin Cities Maine, especially Bar Harbor
  5. In terms of location, Flushing >>>>> Belmont >>> Hempstead. Flushing has the trifecta of great subway, LIRR, and highway access from both the city and Long Island. Belmont has decent LIRR and highway access (better from Long Island than the city), and no subway access, while Hempstead is limited to extremely congested highways, and is incredibly difficult to access from the city (doubly so if you don't have a car). The ideal scenario would be for the Islanders and NYCFC to both build venues at Flushing (or within a redeveloped Willets Point). We know from experience with the Mets (and the US Open) that Flushing is extremely accessible for both city and suburban residents, whether by transit or by car. There's space to build on there, whether it's the Citi Field parking lot (build a garage or two to replace capacity), Willets Point, or within the park. There's already two successful venues there - Citi Field and the USTA center - make it a true sports complex. And it's a hell of a lot better for everyone involved to be in a place with subway access, rather than way out at Belmont relying on special LIRR trains to get city fans to the venue. At the end of the day, either Flushing or Belmont would be preferable to continuing the untenable situation at Barclays, or to the Islanders moving out of town entirely (which I find quite unlikely). But the Isles should absolutely pursue Flushing as their first priority (and NYCFC would be wise to try and partner with them).
  6. Balor is the perfect Raw after Mania surprise. It seems almost guaranteed that we see him there, given that he's unofficially cleared now.
  7. The tough thing with the White Sox is that actual white socks generally don't look great with baseball uniforms aesthetically (especially with gray pants). They'd need to have very prominent striping to work, which would generally conflict with the White Sox's pinstripes. I always thought a decent compromise would be a sock that's black on top and white on the bottom, maybe separated by a gray stripe. It'd probably look somewhat similar to an NFL sock, all told. The White Sox did make actual white socks look pretty good in the 1959 World Series, but I'm not sure it'd work as a full time look (or on a more modern cut of uniform). And likewise, it'd look terrible with their away uniforms:
  8. I am a big soccer fan, but I have to admit - soccer jerseys are, on the whole, less visually attractive than those of most North American sports. The advertisements are the biggest culprit there, obviously, but the constant need to debut new jersey designs annually causes lots of problems as well. Both clubs and designers frequently go off-the-wall with designs to differentiate them from previous years' designs, and wind up creating visually jarring, ugly looks. From a uniform nerd perspective, it's incredibly fun to track, since there's a glut of new jerseys for every team every single year, as if MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL had all their teams debuting updated jerseys every single year. But on the whole, most are not visually attractive, and many are eyesores due to ugly piping, jarring advertisements, unnecessary patterns, etc. The varying clash jersey colors did bother me as well when I first started following soccer, but you quickly get used to it. Many teams have traditional clash colors (Arsenal's navy and yellow, United's white and black, etc.) which become familiar to both fans and rivals. I do generally prefer when teams use their primary colors on their clash kit, but I can certainly appreciate that certain clubs have developed unique traditions around their clash jerseys. What I can't stand is when teams choose completely random colors with not historical connection or relevance to their team for their third kits.
  9. And I'd bet if they went with a brown/yellow color scheme full time, they'd sell a ton of home jerseys and alternates, in addition to keeping up strong sales of the 70's/80's brown/orange/yellow throwback stuff (both among older fans nostalgic for that era, and younger fans who wear throwback gear as a fashion statement). Perhaps I'm wrong, but I can't imagine the super-generic blue gear is selling all that well, except for the blue cap. It didn't seem well-received by Pads fans, and was terribly derivative from their other recent uniforms (lessening the "need" to go out and buy updated gear). FWIW, this is emblematic of the problems with continually changing a team's identity and color scheme, and diluting the brand by having transient and overlapping identities. The Padres will never be able to satisfy all their fans in terms of their identity. There's always going to be a very strong contingent who want to bring back the brown (who themselves are divided into brown/yellow and brown/orange camps), fans who want to bring back the navy and orange, fans who want to settle on navy/yellow, fans who want pinstripes back, fans who want to go back to the blue/red PCL days, fans who inexplicably love camo, etc. The Pads can wear 10 different jerseys with 10 different designs/color schemes, and leave every segment of that fanbase unsatisfied, since it isn't their preferred identity that's front and center. Or they can choose one that seems the most popular (or has the best potential to win over the entire fanbase), and at least try to satisfy the largest share of fans possible. But we'd never even be having this discussion if they stuck with a single color scheme for most or all of their history. I can say the same for the Brewers, Rays, Astros, and Diamondbacks as well (albeit to a much lesser degree than the Pads).
  10. I'm also seeking to visit all 30 major league parks. So far, I've been to: Current (20): BOS, NYY, NYM, PHI, BAL, WAS, ATL, PIT, TOR, CLE, CIN, DET, CHC, CHW, MIL, STL, HOU, LAD, LAA, SD Former (5): NYY (Old Yankee Stadium), NYM (Shea), PHI (Vet), WAS (RFK), CIN (Riverfront) So obviously, Minnesota, Seattle, SF, Oakland, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Miami, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and the new park in Atlanta are all travel priorities for me. I've only been to one of those cities in my life (Tampa/St. Pete, last summer) - ironically, the Yankees were actually in town at the same time I was, but I was there very briefly and couldn't squeeze in a ballgame, much as I wanted to. I was also a stone's throw from Miami, in West Palm Beach, but the Marlins weren't home at the time. Outside of baseball, there's a few different places that are very high on my bucket list: London. That's my ultimate dream destination. Paris (and Versailles) Rome Amsterdam San Francisco/Napa Valley/Sonoma Valley - I have a feeling SF would be my favorite American city outside of the Northeast. I also would love to tour Napa and Sonoma and do wine tastings while enjoying the beautiful views. Montreal (I've lived my entire life well within driving distance of Montreal, and somehow never made it up there. A Habs game in Montreal is my top hockey bucket list item.) Vienna/Prague/Munich (all within driving distance of one another) Ireland in general, especially Dublin and the Atlantic coast Istanbul Tuscany French Riviera I also really want to take a road trip across America, and would actually be really interested in doing a road trip across Western Europe as well (especially the Netherlands, Rhine/Rhur region, France, down through Spain, etc.). I love the feeling of being out on the open road, seeing a variety of sights, villages, meeting all sorts of people along the way, etc.
  11. Sounds good to me. Surprised Jericho is beating out the Rock in the Monday Night Wars vote. Jericho's work in that era (and since) was tremendous - his in-ring work definitely eclipsed that of the Rock - so I certainly understand the reason. Just interesting to see that result, so far.
  12. I really like the updated color scheme! I much prefer the white cap logo to the silver, personally - I think the white provides a much better contrast against both the navy and the green. Two changes I'd make, if you go with the white cap logo: eliminate the unnecessary double outlines. The logo would look even better with a simple green outline around the white. The green and white certainly contrast enough to make it work well. Likewise, I'd eliminate the silver outline from the wordmarks. It just gets lost among the navy and green, and just makes the wordmark look a bit bloated. I'm generally not a fan of double outlines (as you can likely tell), and never liked it on the M's uniforms, but I think it really gets lost here. A blue wordmark outlined in green would look perfect. (Or white outlined in green on a navy alternate.)
  13. Of course it's driven by nostalgia, but if you want to give the fans what they want, then update the old look within a contemporary and cohesive identity. Build a brown-and-gold identity for the Padres, and royal blue-and-athletic gold identity for the Brewers, etc. Rather than digging your feet in with an unpopular color scheme or identity, while selling throwbacks on the side, a truly effective identity would incorporate the colors and designs to which fans feel an attachment. I'm guessing that some teams feel that they can sell more merch if they essentially have two different identities (for instance, the Pads can sell both navy and brown/gold merch now), which may sometimes be true, but I do think that a well-designed primary jersey incorporating a team's historical and traditional look would sell amazingly well, in most cases.
  14. Over in the NHL thread, someone had mentioned allowing home-and-road alternates, which I said would inevitably lead to teams creating two separate identities, usually one throwback, and the other their primary "current" identity. Baseball, with its lack of limits on quantity of uniforms, is exemplary of this. The White Sox, Brewers, Mariners, and Padres (and arguably the Diamondbacks) have all created two separate parallel identities, trying to be all things to all people at all times. It's one thing to wear a throwback for a couple one-off games (or maybe even as a full-time alt if it doesn't conflict much with the full-time identity). It's another to carve out multiple identities. Baseball has a huge identity crisis problem right now thanks to this absurdity.
  15. To be honest, I despise these uniforms. I find purple and black to be a terribly muddled and dark color scheme, and honestly, I can only take purple and orange in limited doses. I love purple-and-gold, but think orange should be limited to use as a trim color against purple (which is more or less is here, fortunately). The incredibly gaudy sun, clip art wordmark, gradients, text on shorts, and unnecessary BFBS, all make this a textbook example of terrible uniform design. It might evoke nostalgia, but the design is much better left in the past.