B-Rich

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    If You Ruled The World of Sports

    Eliminate offsides in soccer (MLS, worldwide, etc.).
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    2018 NFL Season

    Seriously? Brady-- maybe in this generation, but he's been the beneficiary of a coach that is levels above anyone else in the NFL, as well as a great team full of talent around him. Put Brady in Tampa Bay or Cleveland and he's not half what he's been. Rodgers? Can't carry Drew Bree's jockstrap.
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Aww, hell no...
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    Forgotten Rivalries

    Completely agree. You can also throw in longtime ACC member Maryland. And SEC fans still wonder why in the hell we wound up with Mizzou. Were the St.Louis and Kansas City TV markets worth having a team that in no way fits the SEC?
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    What is the rarest color in sports?

    Tulane University (supposedly with school colors of Olive Green and Sky Blue), take note. THAT military shade is "Olive Green" (a.k.a. 'olive drab'). THIS is not:
  6. ??-- seriously, tears were coming out of my eyes I was laughing so hard....
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    Forgotten Rivalries

    The two schools temporarily renewed the rivalry in 2006, agreeing to alternate home fields every year for 10 years. (https://lsu.rivals.com/news/lsu-and-tulane-to-play-home-and-home-series). LSU-Tulane played at LSU in 2006, then at Tulane in 2007. Prior to the 2008 season, Tulane agreed to move the 2009 game to LSU due to an LSU scheduling conflict. It was to be (in principle) LSU in 2008 and 2009, then Tulane in 2010 and 2011. The 2008 and 2009 games were played in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, AD Skip Bertman ( who signed the original contract) retired and was replaced with current AD Joe Alleva. Alleva pushed to shift all remaining matches to Baton Rouge's Tiger Stadium. "It makes no financial sense for us to ever play Tulane in New Orleans," he said at the time. The contract was cancelled after the 2009 game, with the two sides promising to play one game, at an unspecified future date, in New Orleans. That game has yet to happen.
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    Forgotten Rivalries

    I'll give you one: Tulane-LSU in Football The teams had a rivalry going back to 1893. Up until the 1990s, they played each other EVERY year, almost always on the LAST game of the season. But they haven't played each other since 2009. Historically, there was an almost classic juxtaposition of factors in that rivalry-- the private, "high-class" urban school (Tulane) vs. the big, public "working class" state school (LSU). New Orleans vs. the rest of the state. Uptown snobs and Yats vs. Cajuns and rednecks. Sort of like Tennessee/Vandy, it was always a kind of one-sided rivalry -- LSU dominates the series record 69-22-7, and Tulane won only four times in the teams' last 52 contests. But it was in all respects, still a VERY BIG in-state rivalry game. In many locales, there was a tradition of the "wheelbarrow parade"-- fans of the losing team getting the dubious honor of pushing the winning team's fans in a wheelbarrow: Like many rivalries, there was also an interesting game "trophy" -- in this case "The Rag", an banner originally made back in 1940 to be given to the winning school each year: It wasn't always a friendly rivalry, either. In the early days, brawls which carried into the stands were common. I remember reading about such a brawl in the early days, which carried on between fans for more than an hour after the game was over. Many combatants left Tiger Stadium (which was an open bowl at the time), went across the street to the LSU Ag Center's sugarcane fields, and took cane stalks as clubs to beat their counterparts.... But one I thing I do remember and was present for was the bench-clearing game-ending brawl in the 1984 game when I was a junior. Apparently things had been chippy all night long, and as soon as LSU kicked an extra point to make it 33-15 with less than minute to go, it was ON. I had never seen anything like it before, and haven't since. This wasn't a 'tussle', this was a street fight, pure and simple. Kicking players on the ground, taking off helmets and swinging them as weapons, guys jumping up onto crowd fights, players holding other players and viciously punching them in the face. Both benches cleared; there were individual pockets of fighting all over the field for several minutes. At LSU Coach Bill Arnsparger's suggestion, the referees simply gave up and called the game with about 27 seconds left, and the refs went inside, leaving the teams to finish their business... See below video, which only gives you a taste of what went on (the extra point is kicked and the brawl starts at about 1:49): So what happened to the rivalry? It actually started going downhill in the mid-1960s, when Tulane University made a decision to "de-emphasize" athletics and correspondingly left the SEC (a REALLY stupid decision in hindsight; if they stayed in they would be the Vandy of the SEC West-- and probably Vandy's permanent cross-division opponent). This made the game a non-conference game for LSU, which was not a big deal at the time, but became a big deal much later. Tulane moving to the Superdome in 1975 also didn't help; it was not the same "rah-rah" college atmosphere for such a storied rivalry. The one-sidedness of the rivalry didn't help; although Tulane won a few times in the 1970s and early 1980s, the game was seen as kind of an additional task by LSU, who had always just run their whole SEC schedule gamut by the end of November, then had to pay a team who saw this last game often as their "bowl game". But the primary killer came with the big growth in Power 5 college football in the 90s and 2000s. Arkansas joined the SEC and was added to LSU's schedule as a permanent opponent in the early 90s, and wound up taking the place of Tulane at the end of the season (they tried to make the Arkansas game a new rivalry game, with "The Boot" trophy and a day after Thanksgiving matchup for a while, but it really didn't catch). Later, with the addition of Texas A&M, that game became LSU's final, Thanksgiving weekend game. The Tulane games got moved to other, earlier dates in the season, and it just wasn't the same as Thanksgiving weekend. It also didn't make financial sense for LSU to split a home-and-home series with Tulane-- LSU would regularly fill 95,000 seats at LSU, and then the following year would fill the majority of seats in the Superdome for the Tulane home game, but not make even half of the money. The powers that be at LSU eventually decided to treat Tulane the way they treated the other college teams in the state (ULL, UL-Monroe, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, SLU, Northwestern-- essentially the level that Tulane has fallen to)-- "yeah, we'll play you, but only in Tiger Stadium. Come play for a payout; we'll give you some money." Tulane won't go for it, and offered things like a 2 for 1 deal home-home series, but just like Alabama won't play Citadel at their house, or Georgia won't play Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, LSU will NOT agree to play Tulane in New Orleans.
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    2018 NFL Season

    Drew Brees breaks Peyton Manning's all-time passing yardage mark before halftime, in perfect fashion-- with a 62 yard play for a touchdown. Quite an honor for a great guy.
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    2018 NFL Season

    True, funny story about my first experience seeing Patrick Mahomes. In 2015, LSU played Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl in Houston. I went to that game and knew absolutely nothing about Texas Tech's team other than their record. Very early in the game, a Texas Tech fan sitting next to me, quite a few years younger (just past college student age, and much more urban-hip and street-smart than I), starting cheering on his home boys when they were on offense: "Come on, my homes! Let's go, my homes" Which of course, by the end of the game I found out that he was was cheering on his QUARTERBACK, Patrick Mahomes....
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Well, other than some VERY minor details (stripes going all the way around sleeve) the uniforms ARE essentially the same:
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    College Football uniforms- 2018

    Because it's Tulane....?
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    Throwback Jerseys to Prior Franchise Cities

    Yeah, but they didn't actually PLAY in those unis. It was just a photo op thing on April Fool's day...
  14. Man, I just went through all eight of those videos. They were (in general) SO BAD. But the worst had to be the one for the Express. It opens up with, "To say that Memphis is fast" , while using ridiculously sped-up footage of highway traffic, trains, airplanes, AND A TROLLEY CAR. Man, Memphis is one of the most Southern, laid-back places in America. Then it includes the ubiquitous few seconds of FedEx loading planes, talking about "teamwork, precision, and execution". Almost a FedEx commercial.
  15. Few more observations: No one has said anything about the "S" in the horse's neck in the Stallions logo (maybe because it is so obvious, like they-are-hitting-you-in-the-head-with-it level of obvious) The use of just "Salt Lake" for the place identifier. This puts the team in the same realm as Tampa Bay, in naming it for a body of water. It's not Utah; it's not Salt Lake City; it's Salt Lake. I think it was obviously done for the alliteration with Stallions, but I think it's also an inclusion thing (like it is in Tampa Bay), not just Salt Lake City but the whole Great Salt Lake Basin including Ogden and (although it's further away from Great Salt Lake and on its own Utah Lake), Provo. Not sure how I feel about the Arizona Hotshots. Had really high hopes for the green-orange-yellow color scheme, but we get what is (to me) a Chicago Fire rip-off named after a cool/heroic, but VERY specific job. I mean, it'd be like calling a team the Seals, and not after the animal, but after the Navy special forces units. San Diego Fleet-- like the logo; just can't get past the name. 'Armada' seems too archaic with the modern ship imagery; 'Destroyers' might have been okay; I think 'Admirals' would have been better, but to make it perfect you would have had to throw the diamonded four stars in the logo or somehow use four stripes in there (which could have been done).
  16. San Antonio Commanders-- with the sabre (old weapon) and Alamo imagery-- are obviously going for that 1836 event for inspiration. But the use of "Commanders" as a name with that is a fail. The actual military rank of commander is only present in the Navy and Air Force, neither of which had anything to do with the war for Texas independence. The leader of a garrison is colloquially referred to as a "commander"; okay, and the Alamo actually had two: Travis and Bowie. "Co-commanders.", if you will. So, it's sort of like "San Antonio Two Guys at the Alamo". It would have been so PERFECT and EASY to get it right and call the team the DEFENDERS. Why, oh why, didn't they?
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    2018 NFL Season

    Not sure who caught this, but during the exciting overtime game between Atlanta and New Orleans yesterday, the Falcons provided a video tribute on their halo board screen to late Saints owner Tom Benson, who passed away during the offseason. It was a nice and classy gesture, and was much appreciated by all Saints fans, but it was funny because Falcons gonna falcon-- they misspelled the word RIVALRY for all to see: Link with video
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    Minor League Baseball News

    Technically, it IS also south of the river. The City of New Orleans/Orleans Parish has a jurisdictional section on the west bank of the river called Algiers. Directionally, it is mostly south of the river:
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    Minor League Baseball News

    New Orleans is also east of the Mississippi River, as is the AAA baseball stadium in Metairie.
  20. Really liking that green, yellow, & orange scheme. Have a feeling that may be Orlando (citrus-y colors) Also liking that dark gray/yellow combo. I saw a backpack in college with those colors, thought, "what a cool combo" and promptly designed a logo with those colors for a team called the Utah Owls.
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    Minor League Baseball News

    That team name will NOT be missed. After that name was announced, an (unscientific) response poll was done; 91% of respondents were opposed to the name. From my experience living here, that's about correct. Hell, no. That stupid idiotic made-up name needs to be gone YESTERDAY. The main thing is to get away from any involvement with Schwechheimer, who says he wants to be involved in bringing in a AA team to replace the AAA franchise. That guy ruined the AAA franchise here so he could move them on to greener pastures. The Board of Commissioners of the Louisiana Sports and Exposition District (colloquially referred to as "The Superdome Commission") has jurisdictional authority over the baseball stadium and will be to entity to do this.
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    Minor League Baseball News

    Schweichheimer as a minor league ballclub owner was so cheap, he kept the previous Nutria mascots, Boudreaux and Clotile, and just stuck Baby Cakes jerseys on them. Never had a baby mascot.
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    Minor League Baseball team names

    I disagree as well. That "CR" cap for the Rockies has bugged me since it was introduced. It just looks and feels WRONG. No other MLB team did or does that. The California Angels cap did not, as "CA" is a well-defined and common abbreviation for California (even designated by the postal service) and I always saw it as such, rather than standing for California Angels.
  24. Please, god, no. Lease expires after 2020 season. State (stadium owner) can (and should) say to Schwechheimer, "NO LEASE FOR YOU! Hit the road, jack, and don't let the door hit you on the way out." Concurrently, get Gayle Benson to acquire the AA Southern League franchise and give the lease deal to her (word 'round these parts is those wheels are already turning). The state owns the entire site, and the Saints and Pelicans training/practice facilities are already right next door: And the late Tom Benson had actually bought an AA team to move here in '93, but was trumped by the AAA Denver Zephyrs deciding to move to the market.
  25. Feel free. You may want to use the original 2016 post for reference to BaseballHavana, etc.