kroywen

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  1. In fairness, the Red Sox have been in the World Series far more recently than the Yankees, and have won three World Series to the Yankees' one so far this century. The "Yankees win all the time" trope hasn't really been accurate since the mid-2000s, which (hate to say) is a long, long time ago now.
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    2019 MLB Changes

    That's the absolute ideal Cubs road uniform. Perfect color balance, an attractive font, and historical relevance.
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    Which MLB Playoff Team Has the Best Uniform?

    1. Yankees . . . . . . . . 2. Dodgers 3. Red Sox 4. Athletics 5. Cubs 6. Astros 7. Indians 8. Braves 9. Rockies 10. Brewers If the Brewers went back to their rightful royal blue and athletic gold, they'd at least shoot up to #7 on this list. Pretty solid crop of uniforms there. The Rockies' Times New Roman font bothers me a ton, and the Brewers are painfully dated at this point. Outside of that, all strong sets.
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    The 2018 MLB Tiebreaker Logos

    From a branding perspective, you're absolutely right, but I have to admit, the pedant in me is annoyed by the fact that these logos are part of the postseason package, but are for what's technically a regular season game.
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    Minor League Baseball News

    With all these changes in AAA affiliations, I tried to create a 'platonic ideal' of AAA affiliates, with the intent of minimizing distance from each ML team to their AAA affiliate. Think I did pretty well with it. AAA Team ML Affiliation Albuqueque Arizona Buffalo Toronto Charlotte Miami Columbus Cleveland Durham Washington El Paso San Diego Fresno Los Angeles (2) Gwinnett Atlanta Indianapolis Chicago (2) Iowa Minnesota Las Vegas Los Angeles (1) Lehigh Valley Philadelphia Louisville Cincinnati Memphis St. Louis Nashville Chicago (1) New Orleans Tampa Bay Norfolk Baltimore Oklahoma City Kansas City Omaha Milwaukee Pawtucket Boston Reno Oakland Rochester Pittsburgh Round Rock Texas Sacramento San Francisco Salt Lake City Colorado San Antonio Houston Scranton New York (1) Syracuse New York (2) Tacoma Seattle Toledo Detroit The Florida teams, by necessity, get a bit screwed, since there's no AAA teams anywhere close to them. The San Diego/El Paso combo is by far the worst, but some southwestern ML team was inevitably going to draw the short end of the stick. Other than that, almost every affiliate would be a few hours drive or a couple hours flight away, tops. No Fresno-to-DC affiliations, at least. ?
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    Sports Graphics Packages, Historically

    Good lord, these MNF graphics on ESPN are hideous. Way too bright, reads very blurry from a distance, and commands way too much attention. Whoever designed this didn't get the "flat graphics" memo from like, 8 years ago, did they?
  7. Yeah, Real never makes sense for an American club. There's no royalty in America. It wouldn't make any more sense in Miami than it does in Salt Lake. "International" actually fits Miami to a tee. Having the name in Spanish does too. It's the unofficial capital of Latin America and has a huge Hispanic population. This name actually fits Miami like a glove, unlike most MLS names.
  8. I don't think that "Pigeons" or "Reds" are meant to fill the same functionality as "Sounders" or "Timbers." The latter are the official names of those clubs; the former are just nicknames that have been adopted informally over the years. It's like the difference between "Yankees" and "Bombers," "Canadiens" and "Habs." No, the average person in NYC will have no clue what you're talking about if you ask about the "Pigeons," but they'd probably also do a double-take if you ask them about the "Bombers" without first referring to the Yankees (and might promptly have you arrested in our post-9/11 world ?). But most New Yorkers with even a passing knowledge of MLS would know what you're talking about if you said "N-Y-C-F-C," just like anyone in NYC knows exactly who the "Yankees" are.
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    Unpopular Opinions

    The Panthers should move to the blue jerseys full time, and make black a trim color only:
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    Soda/Pop/Branding Discussion & News Thread

    I'd hope - and guess - that they won't change the branding much. They have to know that part of Moxie's niche appeal is its historic branding.
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    New Library Of Congress logo / branding

    Feels like they're trying to mimic the Whitney's incredible branding, and failing miserably at it:
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    Watching that video makes me extraordinarily happy that I wasn't alive in 1985. Can't say I realized that Kiss had already ditched the makeup by that point though.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    That might be the most overrated color scheme on this board. It's possible (though not easy) to make a two-tone green look good, if one is strictly a tertiary trim color. But the Irish rainbow? It's rightfully consigned to the same 1980s dustbin as gigantic hair, Reaganism, and KISS.
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    MLB changes 2018?

    The Orioles' Players Weekend jerseys are nothing short of blinding. I thought it was bad last night, but seeing these in the daylight is even worse. I think I might go blind watching this game. I also don't like how the black wordmark against the orange background - the black wordmark becomes blurry at any sort of a distance. Needs a white outline to set it off.
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    New York Jets are confirmed to be getting new uniforms in 2019

    It's New York... more like a white collar fanbase that pretends to be working class by swilling beer and tailgating 8 times every fall. I totally agree with emphasizing New York more than the Jets. There's a reason why all the other "New York" named teams do it, as @SFGiants58 detailed above. Anything else is too gimmicky for a New York fanbase.
  16. I'm a Yankees, Jets, and Rangers fan. MLB (AL East): Rays. They're annoying little gnats that have this pernicious tendency to beat the Yanks at the Trop even when they're not good, but they're ultimately not a very hate-able team. Very little success in their history, and a mausoleum of a ballpark. And I do like that they knocked off the Sox in both 2008 and 2011. (I've never been happier for the Yankees to lose a game as I was during Game 162 in 2011.) NFL (AFC East): I guess the Dolphins. They're just kind of there. They also don't have the Bills' annoying "we're New York's only team!!!" crap going on (the Jets play 6 miles from Times Square, FFS). The AFC East is so lopsided toward the Pats that I think the other three teams kind of take the attitude that "the enemy of my enemy is... mildly tolerable." I don't like the Bills or the Dolphins one bit, but nothing matches the writhing hatred that I (and everyone else) have for the Pats. NHL (Metropolitan): Blue Jackets. I hate all of the leftovers from the old Atlantic Division (that was a division where every single team hated each other - it was incredible), and I hate the Hurricanes for having been stolen from my native Connecticut. so that leaves the Blue Jackets, who I frankly couldn't care less about one way or another.
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    MLB 2019 All Star Game

    I hate that the entire logo is slanted, and all the white space is going to look terrible in patch form. Also probably the sparsest All-Star Game logo in decades. Not in a good way, either. That reveal video was strange too. They showed all these elements of the city skyline, guitar strings, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Jacobs Field... and then used exactly none of them in the logo. I was thinking while watching that video "how many elements can they possibly cram into this logo?" and was surprised when the answer was... none. The video teased something dramatically different than the end product. The baseball seams forming a guitar is rather inspired, but I really liked what they had going with the guitar string motif, and it wasn't leveraged at all.
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    MLB Relocation? Naw...

    A shame too, because that might be the best stadium in the entire NFL, non-Lambeau division. Amazing sightlines, attractive design, fans on top of the action, and louder than a 747 at full blast. I wish all stadiums were designed with similar principles to Century Link.
  19. That would work. As I said, the plane itself would work as a standalone logo. Honestly, I think it'd look better at midfield than the roundel (small text may not translate well at midfield - there's a reason why roundels are rarely done there either).
  20. It's mostly the fact that basketball is so superstar-driven, but exacerbated by NBA salary cap rules. The way salary cap rules are designed, teams vying for a prominent free agent are generally going to offer similar contracts to one another (all well below open market value, FWIW), so the free agent will decide not based on how gives them the most money, but on other factors. The biggest is usually "can I win a championship here?" It's how you saw the top three free agents flocking to Miami in a single offseason with the express purpose of creating a superteam, or why KD chose the Warriors over other teams. It's ironic that a policy that's in part designed to promote parity actually decreases it, since teams are largely competing for top free agents based on their ability to deliver a championship (rather than on the best salary). Of course, the biggest purpose of the salary cap is to contain payroll costs, which it is insanely effective at doing (part of why the NBA is so financially healthy).
  21. I love the idea of a "Redtails" identity. Have to go with a depiction of a Tuskegee airman's plane if you do that, which that concept does well. The one area where I think this concept fails is the use of a roundel with text on it. This would make an incredible logo in baseball, and a very good one in basketball as well. But there's a reason you virtually never see that format in football - it doesn't translate to a helmet at all. The text would be completely lost. But the plane itself is great and can probably stand alone as a football logo. But the roundel needs to go - it doesn't work in football.
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    NY Jets

    I love it! I much prefer the white helmet to a green helmet, so I'm a definite fan if that. Like some others, I think I'd put an updated version of the "jet" logo on the helmets. The oval has never really lent itself well to a helmet logo (too detailed, too indistinguishable from a distance), and I'm not a big fan of wordmarks on a helmet. Having a jet on there fits the team's name perfectly, and would also provide an actual logo for the helmet (as opposed to a blob with overlappping writing, or just a wordmark). Could go with a better rendered version of the 1960s logo (much like the Orioles' revival of the cartoon bird), or go with a rendering of a fighter jet (though that may be too close to the Winnipeg Jets' logo). Given that the team's name was derived from the planes flying into and out of LaGuardia, I'd prefer a rendering of a jumbo jet, myself. (Yes, I know that there aren't any jumbo jets flying into LaGuardia. But they play near Newark now, so there you go.)
  23. In terms of stability and popularity? Yes. In terms of quality of competition? Not at all. You can count of one hand the number of realistic contenders for the title at the beginning of the season - it's like an American version of a European soccer league. (The EPL has been more wide open than the NBA in the 2010s.) And the East doesn't have one serious contender for the title now that LeBron is in LA. That said, I don't think that'll affect the long-term financial health of the Association. Dare I say, that lack of competitiveness might be the reason that the NBA is the financially strongest league. People are attracted to great players, and superteams get incredible ratings (and something for the entire nation to either root for or root against). Dynasties bring in cash, and the NBA has had plenty of both recently. Where is becomes risky is if a dynasty goes on too long, like an entire decade where other teams barely have a chance at winning. I think - and it pains me to say this as a Yankee fan - that happened in baseball everywhere outside of NYC after WWII. TV created a gigantic opening for pro football to popularize, but I'd guess that the Yankees' dominance helped further that in most other parts of the country. Might be part of the reason why baseball is still the dominant sport in NYC, but football is dominant in most other longtime NFL cities (which explains Boston, St. Louis, and Cincy). But anyway, the Warriors are pushing that limit, but having LeBron right in their division should help create drama.
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    Panthers to Replace NFL Shield with Logo at Mid-Field

    About time. I wish the Jets and Giants were able to put their logo at the 50, though obviously it's not practical (they tried; it failed). I assume the Rams and Chargers will face a similar issue once they're sharing a stadium. If you have your own stadium, though? Put your own logo at the 50.
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    MLB Relocation? Naw...

    It always seemed so painfully obvious to me to have a portion of revenue generated from streaming in-market games be apportioned to those teams' RSNs. So, for instance, MASN would hold broadcast rights for the Orioles within the Baltimore area, and if a person in Baltimore streams an Orioles game through MLB.tv, MASN would receive a percentage of the revenue generated from that. Basically, make up for the revenue "lost" by not having that person watch on cable, rather than online. Seems like something anyone who's taken a few classes in economics could figure out, but what do I know? ?