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  1. ItDoesntMatter

    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2535 Postseason

    Little bit late to the party, but I think Io's logo would look better if you shifted the I up so that the bottom hammer was centered in the middle of the O. It looks a little bit off-balanced and cramped as it is, especially with an outline. Apart from that, all four of these sets are pretty much perfect.
  2. Oh man, that wordmark-logo is spectacular. I will say, though, I'm not as big a fan of the new helmets as I was of the old, although I do feel like the black helmet works better overall. Just out of curiosity, what would a color-flipped helmet look like?
  3. Yeah, while I'd love to see your take on a Sea Lions identity, that would be cutting it a little close I'm not really feeling the first three as much as I am the last three, so I'd go with either Dragons or Vultures.
  4. Yikes, good catch. Fixed now.
  5. The atmosphere before Game 1 in Dallas was a nervous one. The Redbacks had needed six games to beat the underdog Chargers, while the Sawyers had dispatched a talented Hogs team in just five. Those fears were assuaged early on, as Seattle couldn’t get anything going against the Redback defense. W/C Elide Amigazzi was elite as always, and combined with B/C Tiziano Torres, held the Sawyers out of the 2-point zone almost completely. B/K Ares Preciado was stellar in net as well, and B/ZB’s Thomas Ridley and Amando Thomas helped lock down the end zone. Seattle could only manage 96 points to Texas’s 142. Two days later, the second game looked like a replay of the first, to the point where it became a bit of a meme. The Redbacks would pull away a bit more at the end, taking Game 2 by 53. Suddenly, Redback fans were very comfortable with their team, and for very good reason. A lot can change when a series moves, though, and for a time, it looked like the Sawyers had turned things around. Their defense was much better in Game 3, in large part due to some stellar defense from their two 32-year old B/ZB’s, James Terry and Will Mitchell. They would hold the Backs to just 119, their second-lowest output of the playoffs. Unfortunately for them, their offense still couldn’t get anything going, and while they would crack the century mark for the first time this series, it would come in garbage time with only 11 seconds left. Finally, in Game 4 Seattle would get some offense going, with B/C Aciscio Castañeda putting up 19 points and 23 points assisted and B/ZB Curtis Blue adding 15 and 24. Unfortunately, the Redbacks were not in the mood to wait around, sweeping the finals for the second year in a row and taking home the First Trophy. image
  6. Just happened to notice in the Bulldogs-Concordes series, the first two games were in Boston but game 7 was in Long Island. Hopefully that doesn't mess up the results Hyped for the Finals though. Go Dogs!
  7. Toronto Hogs vs Seattle Sawyers With both of these teams finishing with identical records this year, many felt this was primed to be one of the best series the league had seen in a while, and the first game did not disappoint. Neither team was ever down by more than 7 points and the game stayed within a single score for nearly 61 out of the 64 minutes of gametime. Seattle B/ZB James Terry and Toronto W/ZB Michael Lawler both put up excellent performances, each finishing with 53 points contributed (a term coined this year to mean points scored plus points assisted). While both would finish the game on defense, both would have the chance to make their mark. Down one with 29 seconds to go, Sawyers B/C Aciscio Castañeda threw a long pass intended for F/ZB Walt Duncan in the end zone. Lawler knocked it down, but it found its way to W/ZB Zebedeo Perilla, who managed to sneak it past B/K Gregg Larkin for a 2-point score. The Hogs now found themselves down by a point, but a few quick passes got the ball to W/K Rufo Torrez inside the 5-point line. Torrez tried to find F/ZB Fabiano Cordova, but it was a little bit behind him and Terry was able to pick it off to preserve a Sawyers victory. After that, it just seemed to slip out of Toronto’s hands. Game 2 would institute a theme that would recur throughout the series, and that was Seattle’s role players. B/ZB Horace Yazzie, B/ZB Curtis Blue, and F/C Ben Bowman stepped up big, while it seemed Michael Lawler seemed to be dragging the rest of his team with him at times. Game 3 was faster-paced than Game 2, but things still seemed to be going the same way. The Hogs would pick up a home win in Game 4 to avoid the sweep, but found themselves completely outclassed in Game 5 back in Seattle. The Sawyers had 8 players with at least 15 points and would be moving on to the NDLCS for the first time in their history. image New York Chargers vs Texas Redbacks After what some considered a fluky win over Los Angeles in the new best-of-3 quarterfinals, New York now faced a “real” test in the top-seeded Redbacks. If you watched Game 1, though, you might’ve been confused, as the Chargers not only kept pace with the Redbacks, they outpaced them. New York’s scrappiness kept them one step ahead of Texas and they would go on to win by 10. Texas rebounded and would pick up a pretty convincing win in Game 2 with major contributions on both sides of the ball from W/C Elide Amigazzi, but the series would still be tied moving to Manhattan, and if you thought the Backs had figured things out, you were wrong. The Chargers faithful came out strong at Madison Square Garden, and the support seemed to help. Despite multiple attempts by the Redbacks to put the game out of reach, they battled back and refused to lie down. In the end, though, the talent was just too much, and Texas would win by 7. Game 4 went similarly, though New York had a chance to steal it at the end, but 41-year-old B/ZB Hank Union’s three-quarter-court heave missed between the hoop and the goal. Despite being up 3-1 with a chance to clinch a Finals berth at home, multiple Redbacks, including Amigazzi and head coach Josh Hunter, seemed very concerned with how they were “squeaking out these wins” and “letting such an inferior team hang around.” While nobody really questioned Amigazzi’s comments, as Texas was really supposed to be much better than New York, the Chargers seemed to take it personally. Their defense was rock solid, especially that of F/C’s Billy Moses and Tim Edwards, the latter of whom was playing against his former team, and they would hold the Redbacks to just 113 points in a 38-point road win. Their hopes of a comeback were soon dashed, however, as B/K Ares Preciado, B/K Semarias Garcia, and B/C Tiziano “Tizzy” Torres helped Amigazzi and the Backs to a 47-29 lead through the first quarter. Texas would hang 160 and advance to their third straight NDLCS. image
  8. New York Chargers vs Los Angeles Sabertooths Things started to look bad early for New York when O-squad B/K Phil Tarrant went down with a sprained ankle just five minutes into the first inning of Game 1, forcing Will Baker to come in to replace him. Fortunately for them, Baker stepped into Tarrant’s shoes adequately, and while he wasn’t the greatest in net and let a couple relatively easy shots go by, he made up for it on offense, picking up 22 points assisted on the night, good for third-most on the team, and showing incredible hustle. Hustle was a theme all night for the Chargers, as they won nearly 70% of loose balls; this scrappy play allowed the youth-led Chargers team to keep up with the more established veterans in LA as the game went back and forth. It would be one of those hustle plays which would decide the game. Up by two with just 14 seconds left, Sabertooths B/ZB Oziel Duran passed to fellow rookie B/ZB Rick Ingram III, but New York W/ZB Mason Shale dove and was able to deflect the ball past Ingram and towards the sideline. Will Baker dove out of bounds and managed to punch the ball back into play (punch is really the best word to describe it; he didn’t have a whole lot of time to catch and throw it, so he just treated it like a volleyball). The ball found its way into the hands of F/C Tim Edwards, who found Shale just inside the 5-point line, and Shale would bury a jump shot with 3 seconds to go to give the Chargers a road win in Game 1. Back in New York, they would capitalize on that momentum in a game Tooths fans would rather I not describe. The Chargers would go on to win by 55 points and complete the upset in style. image California Sea Lions vs Toronto Hogs Even as the sixth seed, a full 15 games back of the Hogs, it was hard for people to count out the Sea Lions. If nothing else, they surely didn’t count themselves out, because they went into Toronto for Game 1 and started balling. Specifically, B/ZB Joel Moth was balling; scoring 33 points and assisting on 28. B/ZB Steve Gibson, F/C Don Toomey, and B/ZB Kenton “Snowy” Snowberger also put up 20-point performances, and the Sea Lions had a comfortable 30-point lead going into the seventh inning. All hope seemed lost for the Hogs until an errant pass from Joel’s brother, W/ZB Jay Moth, caused Gibson to collide with W/C Steve Idol. Both players would be taken out of the game with concussion-like symptoms, and neither would return for the rest of the series. Suddenly Steveless, the Lions just couldn’t get their offense going. They would hold onto Game 1, but the lead would slip nonetheless, and in San Jose for Game 2, Toronto held California to 128 points, picking up a convincing road win of their own and pushing the series to a decisive third game. The game started out with more of the same, and the Hogs would go up 17 at halftime, but the Sea Lions refused to die. They slowly started to crawl their way back into the game, eventually cutting the lead all the way down to three with under half a minute left when W/K Josué Flores beat B/K Gregg Larkin with a perfectly placed kick. Within ten seconds, though, Hogs W/C John Gray had found F/ZB Fabiano Cordova in the end zone for five, and that would finish things off. Toronto would add another deuce for good measure to eliminate California for the second time in three years. image
  9. They did, but they only got about half a sentence: It was a pretty forgettable year for the Orbits. The only notable thing that happened this year was the fact that they lost four games by over a hundred points, which is a record, including one game that they lost to Texas by 117, which I thought would be a record, except Texas beat Phoenix 200-62 last year. Colorado was in the same boat, but at least they managed a couple of meaningful wins.
  10. After the Redbacks’ dominance last year, the buzzword around the league this year was parity. Most eyes were once again on the ‘Backs, who won their first five games and nine out of their first ten, but would settle into mediocrity for a while, winning just 12 out of their next 19, including two losses to Nashville. While Texas wasn’t playing their best during that stretch, the Fugitives were having an excellent season, by far the best from any expansion team. The team was quick to embrace the “Trashville” taunts from opposing fans and nearly as quick to refute them, finishing at 21-29. B/ZB Alvin Milling and B/C Thomas Notz filled the star roles well, leading the team on defense and offense respectively, but Nashville also got contributions from unlikely sources like W/ZB Isaaq Davis and mid-season pickup B/K J.D. Gilley. The other two teams didn’t fare quite as well; the Pinnacles would beat Chicago in just their second game but failed to win another divisional game all year, while the only wins the Orbits managed at all were their two home games against Colorado. Speaking of Chicago, one of the biggest worries this year was that the unbalanced placement of expansion teams would advantage certain teams like the Frost and disadvantage others. Playing in a division with two expansion teams probably helped Chicago on the whole, but on its face, it seemed to hurt them, as that loss to Colorado coupled with two home losses to Nashville left them two games behind California for the final playoff spot. What really did them in was injuries to F/C Michel Blanchard and B/K Ronnie Northern. B/ZB Ed Maxwell and W/K Nico Boyer both had excellent seasons and young players like B/ZB Frank St. Peter and F/ZB Diogo Marana stepped up as well, but they had trouble filling the forward and center positions when Blanchard wasn’t available to play. On the other side of the coin, the West became the first division to send three teams to the playoffs. California limped into the postseason with a .500 record, extending their run as the only team to make the playoffs every year, but spent much of the season watching the Sabertooths and Sawyers battle it out for the top spot. LA benefited from another MVP season from W/ZB Dwight McCann, who led an offense that scored 144.6 points per game (second in the league behind Toronto), while Seattle had the top defense in the league thanks mostly to B/ZB James Terry. The Tooths actually got the better of Seattle, taking four out of six matchups, but slipped up in interdivisional play, taking losses to teams like Philadelphia, Nashville, and even Colorado, and would finish three games back of the Sawyers. Meanwhile, in the East, New York and Philadelphia battled it out for second place in a division that was once again run by the Hogs. The two teams split the season series, but the Chargers had the edge, pulling away down the stretch and finishing four games ahead of the Row. New York made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history while Philly was left watching at home for the fourth straight year. The Hogs took the division lead early on and never gave it up, and so were focused on jockeying with the Redbacks and Sawyers for the top seed. Texas was on fire since that shaky midseason stretch, winning 19 out of their next 20, culminating in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from B/K Semarias Garcia to beat LA and clinch the first seed. Toronto and Seattle would still be fighting for the second seed and a first-round bye on the final day of the regular season. The Hogs did their part, taking down Philadelphia with relative ease, but Seattle took care of business in Phoenix, and took second place in the three-way tiebreaker that resulted after Texas lost. image
  11. ItDoesntMatter

    Solar League Baseball - A Future History: 2535 Postseason

    So I don't really have many concrete ideas for this, but for Io, I keep coming back to computers - I/O stands for input/output and IO also looks like binary. Similar to how the .io TLD was used by open source programmers and video game designers, I feel like Io could be a technology hotspot. I'm not sure how technology has evolved over 500 years, but maybe something like Circuits or Cyborgs could be a place to start? I also wouldn't shy away from using Uranus as a place name. At this point, humanity has lived with that name for over 750 years, so I don't see why you couldn't use it for a baseball team. Plus, maybe people have started pronouncing it - well, I guess more like "urine" than "anus" (maybe I'm not helping here). Just thought I'd throw my two cents in.
  12. Well then I have no idea what's going on. I really want to figure this out but I have a lot of other things to devote my time to right now. I'm still blaming Apple until proven otherwise
  13. If you're using Safari, @CodeG had the same problem earlier on the page. I'm not sure why that problem exists, but the images seem to work in every browser except Safari. If Safari is your only option and you're willing to put in a little effort, you can look at everything here.
  14. Coaching Changes: The Philadelphia Row parted ways with head coach Millan Gonzales after going 26-94 over the past three seasons. They will make a somewhat controversial decision in bringing in former Hogs head coach Nicolas Stroke. General manager David Flight said they believed Stroke had been limited by Hogs GM Billie Arsenault and wanted to give him a second chance “outside the pigsty.” Coincidentally, the signing also fits well with the team name; Flight joked that the incidental pun “didn’t factor into the decision at all, at least not that much.” The three expansion teams all picked from the college pool, with Orlando hiring Anthony Simmons out of North Carolina, Nashville taking French transplant Olivier Six from North Dakota, and Colorado picking up Erik Bryant out of Indiana. Free Agents: TEX F/C Tim Edwards to NY - The Redbacks couldn’t quite keep their superteam together over the offseason. While B/K Semarias Garcia took a pay cut to stay with the team, the 31-year-old Edwards took a 12-year deal to play in the Big Apple instead. Combined with the expansion draft, this should nerf Texas somewhat, though they’re still in excellent position to make a deep run. CHI B/ZB James Terry to SEA - Terry had been flying under the radar a bit in Chicago, with the likes of F/C Michel Blanchard and B/ZB Ed Maxwell running the show. In a contract year in 2021, though, he stepped up, and was rewarded with a much better contract with the Sawyers. He will also be one of the bigger names in Seattle, where they have very few true stars. TOR F/ZB Jerry Miller to ORL - It didn’t take very long for the Orbits to make a splash, signing Jerry Miller to the highest contract in NDL history. Miller signed for 11 years and $117 million, nearly $20 million dollars higher than California B/ZB Steve Gibson signed for in 2019. At 25 years old, Miller should be able to make an impact in Orlando for a while. Trades: COL receives F/K Chris Gray CAL receives COL 2022 1st round pick, COL 2022 4th round pick Gray was also a free agent this year, and was able to re-sign with California for 10 years, $110 million, thanks in large part to Jerry Miller’s contract. With Steve Gibson’s big contract also on the books, though, the Sea Lions weren’t able to keep Gray around, trading him to Colorado. Most people around the league agree that they only signed Gray so they could trade him and get more value, and they now own what should be a very high draft pick next year because of that. NSH receives F/K Chuck Vaughn, B/ZB Alvin Milling NY receives B/K David Jones, NSH 2022 1st round pick The Fugitives weren’t able to land names as big as their expansion cousins, but they were able to pick up some quality pieces from New York in this deal. Milling has produced big on defense in two years with the Chargers, and in moving to Nashville, he becomes a headline piece. Also included in the deal are two quality keepers, although Jones does have the upside of being nearly 7 years younger than Vaughn. Expansion Draft: The expansion draft occurred on October 1, 2021. It lasted 12 rounds, with each existing team losing 4 players. Teams were each able to protect 8 players initially and an additional 2 players after each player they lost. Here are the highlights from each expansion team’s draft: NSH - Nashville picked first, and took F/K Wayne Carey from Texas. The Redbacks had also left F/ZB Sean Perez unprotected, but the Fugitives thought Carey was more valuable, as he’s younger and plays a rarer position than Perez. They also grabbed Sea Lions legend B/C Thomas Notz in the second round; at 38 this year, Notz isn’t quite the talent he was during the Lions’ championship runs in 2017 and 2018, but is still a solid piece who should give them some leadership for the next couple of seasons. Other notable picks include W/ZB Joe Sweitzer (TEX) and B/ZB Tommy Meeks (SEA). ORL - Orlando took quite a risk by taking free agents with their first two picks. They took B/C Andi Effendi from Seattle with their first selection and nabbed B/ZB Evan Smith from the Tooths in the second round. They were able to sign Effendi to a four year deal, but Smith decided to resign with LA instead. Other notable picks include B/ZB Charley Parker (TOR) and W/ZB Mason Shale (PHI). COL - The Pinnacles’ first pick of the expansion draft was Hogs W/ZB Perham Jahanpour, who at 32 years old, is likely past his prime, but his talent was high enough for Colorado to take him first. After that, though, they focused on youth, taking 24-year-old B/ZB Vachel Vardon from Chicago in round two, and all but two of their remaining picks were under the age of 25. Other notable picks include B/C Jeff Siegel (NY) and W/ZB Pacifico Ugalde (SEA). Entry Draft: 1. COL - B/ZB John Thompson (Mississippi State) 2. ORL - W/C Marshall Hall (Houston) 3. NSH - B/ZB Jamie Stearns II (Northern Colorado) 4. TEX (from PHX) - W/K Xarles Forget (Wake Forest) 5. PHI - B/C John Evans (North Carolina) 6. NY - W/ZB Will McLaughlin (VCU) 7. LA - B/ZB Oziel Duran (Oklahoma State) 8. CHI - B/ZB Frank St. Peter (Indiana) 9. COL (from TOR) - F/ZB Dennis Conway (IUPUI) 10. SEA - B/ZB Anthony Brady (Missouri State) 11. CAL - F/K Freddie Jones (Tulane) 12. NSH (from TEX) - W/ZB Allan James (Stephen F. Austin) Colorado got the short straw in the expansion draft, but they got rewarded by picking first here, and they got a gem in John Thompson. At only 19, Thompson was clearly the best player on the board and can really only go up. They, along with Nashville, also traded up from the top of the second round to the bottom of the first round to pick again. Additionally, after quite a few drafts with not a lot of variety in position, this one was more evenly spread out; in fact, the first round could play together as a lineup if they were all on the same team. News: The league will stick with the three-division alignment, with Orlando joining the East, Colorado and Nashville joining the Central, and Phoenix moving back to the West. While there was some concern about putting two expansion teams in the same division, this alignment won out on practicality. Additionally, the league will shift to a 50-game schedule, with each team playing 6 games against its division rivals and 4 games against each of the teams outside its division. The postseason will expand to 6 teams, and will function like the NFL. The first round will be a 3-game series, with games 1 and 3 hosted by the higher seed. The semifinals and finals will also move to a 2-2-1-1-1 format (games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be hosted by the higher seed, like the NBA and NHL). In other news, Sea Lions owner Joshua First passed away of cardiac arrest in December at the age of 61. In honor of his influence and success with the Lions, the NDL Championship Trophy will be (rather aptly) renamed the Joshua First Memorial Trophy. His son Jim will take over ownership of the team, and in doing so, he will become the youngest owner in the league at age 35.
  15. ItDoesntMatter

    Seattle Sounders Logo Refresh (Updated 07-21: Jerseys)

    The logo looks better, and this presentation looks great. Kudos.