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  1. Yeah, to be honest, I was kinda relieved that the Frost won just because I didn't want history to start with a three-peat. The Expansion Council will be starting up soon, but I realized I should probably make sure enough people are interested before I jump into it (I figure most of you probably will be, but it never hurts to make sure). Like or reply to this post if you would like to participate. Yes, that name was in fact Matsuѕhita. That's really annoying, and I'm going to see if using "small roman numeral one" instead of "latin small letter i" (or some other substitute if I can find a better one) will subvert the censor there. Thanks for pointing that out.
  2. For the first time in Finals history, Game 1 would not be played in San Jose. California still held a 6-point lead as late as the seventh inning, but simply could not seem to hold it together down the stretch. They couldn’t seem to find an answer for B/ZB Ed Maxwell in the seventh or F/C Michel Blanchard in the eighth, as the two would combine for 29 points in the final quarter to lead the Frost to a 9-point win. Game 2 was the opposite, as the Frost defense looked sloppy in the late stages of the game, turning the ball over and leading to big scores for the Sea Lions. The Lions looked much more like themselves and would steal home-field advantage with a 14-point win. Game 3 started out well for California, but quickly turned sour, as W/K Josué Flores was hit hard from behind by Chicago B/ZB Mitch Beetle. While many in attendance thought it looked intentional and excessive, no fouls were handed down and ultimately no action was taken by the league. Helping Beetle’s case was that he, like Flores, was removed from the game with concussion-like symptoms, and neither would return to the series. However, this provided much more impact to the Sea Lions, as they would have to play young, unproven B/K Mark Williams. Chicago went after Williams all game; nearly half of the points they scored while he was on defense came via the goal. Additionally, things would get testy later in the game, and Sea Lions W/ZB Bakhtiar Zarabadi would be ejected and later suspended for one game for elbowing B/K Gregg Larkin. Not having Zarabadi certainly hurt the Sea Lions, as they now only had three eligible wings on their roster and had to turn to F/ZB Elenio Field to fill in at the position, but it wasn’t the only thing that affected them in Game 4. They mainly just got outplayed; Blanchard turned in one of the best performances of his career, with 47 points and 22 points assisted, and the Frost defense continued to lock down the vaunted California offense. Mark Williams continued to be a liability on defense, so much so that with the game out of reach in the seventh inning, head coach Sasha Ponce pulled him and replaced him with Sora Matsuѕhita, who normally played back and center. Game 5 was less of a disaster for the Sea Lions, but the matchup of Blanchard against Williams was simply too much. For the third straight game, the Frost would win on the road by more than 30 points, and would take their first NDLCS trophy home to Chicago.
  3. Toronto Hogs vs Chicago Frost After a season where almost nothing made sense, Game 1 went much as expected. The Frost, led as always by F/C Michel Blanchard, hung 172 points on Toronto, who looked as out-of-place as they should have. Blanchard himself accounted for 44 of those points and assisted on 21 more, and undrafted F/ZB Glenn Johnson put up 31 of his own. After this, Chicago let their foot off the gas a bit, and Toronto was able to make Game 2 much closer, losing by only 13. As the series moved north, the Hogs looked for anything to get themselves back in the series. Billie Arsenault shuffled the lines a bit and tried substituting late in the game, but nothing seemed to be working. Finally, in Game 4, the Hogs’ defense got itself together, squeaking out a 5-point win, but it wouldn’t be enough, as the Frost would finish off the gentleman’s sweep in Game 5 with a 154-134 victory. Los Angeles Sabertooths vs California Sea Lions With Chicago bullying Toronto out east, most eyes in dashball were on this series. Even after a 50-point blowout by the Sea Lions in Game 1, most people weren’t all that concerned, citing the last time these two teams met in the playoffs, when the Lions beat the Tooths by 62 and the Tooths came back to win the next three games. Unfortunately for them, Game 2 looked about the same, and California looked very much in control of the series moving to the Staples Center. However, their offense came out in Game 3 looking flat. LA was able to hold them to 123 points and take a much-needed win at home, and were up at halftime in Game 4, but the Sea Lions’ defense came up huge in the second half. The Lions would get the W to go up 3-1, and unlike the 2017 Sabertooths, they wouldn’t let that go, taking an uneventful Game 5 by 30 points to advance to the NDL Championship Series for the third consecutive year.
  4. Welp, I was an idiot. I'm just gonna lump all of these responses into one, because it mostly boils down to "Toronto definitely shouldn't be here." Granted, they did improve over the offseason and they played well together this year, but in any other division, they likely would've been eaten alive. New York's poor play was partially due to the expansion draft rules; since each team could effectively protect their entire starting lineup, the Chargers ended up with a roster made up almost exclusively of bench players and draft picks. Their 2-38 record is the worst in the league's history, but that's a history of three years, and it's only a game and two games worse than the Hogs' previous two seasons. The Row's situation, meanwhile, was almost unfair. Five of their top seven players lost significant time to injury, and a few of them tried to play through anyway, which only served to hurt them further. Toronto's playoff hopes are very slim going up against the Frost, but an upset would certainly fit the theme, wouldn't it? In other news, just one season was enough to convince Commissioner Justin Ross that the 3-division, 3-teams-per-division format does not work. He and the team owners have put together an expansion committee to meet this offseason, with the goal of adding three new teams to the league for the 2021 season. I will have the bid information and bio guidelines up after the Finals; at that point, you may start posting your responses. To reiterate: do not post your bio now, post it after I have posted the expansion bids and opened the voting.
  5. Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Hopefully, your holiday went well, or at least was less of a mess than this season. Let’s get to it! We’ll start with the East Division, which was supposed to be a cakewalk, and it was - just for the wrong team. Of course, the expansion New York Chargers weakened the division considerably; they were about the only thing that made sense this year, finishing 2-38. Philadelphia was supposed to run away with the division and was looking to make a playoff run on the backs of their NDLCS appearance the previous year, but were so ravaged by injuries that they had trouble fielding a team at times. This allowed Toronto, who had only won three divisional games in their entire history, to run the table in the East, going 16-0 against their two divisional opponents and winning the division by 14 games. However, they went 7-17 in intradivisional matches, finishing 23-17, and nobody is giving them any chance in the playoffs. Meanwhile, the newly-formed Central Division was expected to be hotly contested. It featured three teams that, while all mediocre at best the season prior, finished within two games of each other, and there wasn’t really a consensus pick as to which team would come out on top this year. As it turns out, Phoenix and Texas were both bit by the injury bug, though not as bad as Philly, and Chicago seemed almost totally immune. F/C Michel Blanchard looked better than ever, winning his first Offensive Player of the Year award and his second MVP, and B/ZB Ed Maxwell, W/C Jaroslav Zahradník, and B/K Gregg Larkin continued to produce on defense, allowing a league-best 121.5 points per game. They would go on to finish 34-6 and will have the top seed in the playoffs, hosting former division rival Toronto in the first round. In contrast, the West wasn’t really all that surprising; the Sea Lions won the division, the Sabertooths finished a few games behind them, and the Sawyers came in last (I swear I didn’t intend for all of the West Coast teams to start with the same letter). What was surprising about it is how close all the teams were. Seattle, very much planning for the future (as one should be with both California and LA in one’s division), finished 21-19; this will still give them the fourth pick in the upcoming draft, but was a much better season than anyone would have reasonably expected. The success of the West Division was partially due to the relative lack of success of the other six teams (the division combined for a 54-18 record when they didn’t have to play each other), and partially due to the teams themselves just being really good. Lions B/C Thomas Notz had the best season of his career at age 35; Tooths W/ZB Dwight McCann was still excellent despite being hampered with an ankle injury, and W/ZB Perham Jahanpour stepped up to help fill the hole at both positions; and young B/ZBs Horace Yazzie and Keith Grice came out of relative obscurity, having huge years for the Sawyers. In the end, when all things were said and done, we were given a Sea Lions-Sabertooths semifinal, so maybe all is well in the universe after all.
  6. ACCL American-Canadian CrashBall League

    Hey, no worries. Keep on keeping on. While I'm here, I'll say that I appreciate your creativity with the conference logos, but they're pretty busy and are hard to read as the letters they're intended to be. I think simpler logos with fewer elements would help your case here.
  7. Coaching Changes: With a 7-73 record over the first two years, the Toronto Hogs fired head coach Nicolas Stroke. In a move that would be controversial both within the organization and without, general manager Billie Arsenault moved to take on the coaching role as well. This was partially due to Arsenault’s ego and perfectionism, and partially because nobody wanted to come coach the perennial pink bottom-feeder that Toronto seems to be becoming. The team’s success this season will be a large determining factor in whether Arsenault, and potentially even the team itself, sticks around. Roster Changes: Free Agents - CAL F/ZB Erik Franz to LA - Franz jumps from a starting spot on the national champion Sea Lions to their biggest rival thus far, the Tooths, where he will likely have a backup role. This looks to be a money-driven move, as LA clearly wanted him more than California did. CAL B/C Roosevelt Hall to TOR - The Hogs gain championship experience from the big man, who spent 2017 with the pink and brown before winning it all last year with the Lions. Hall will also see an increase in playing time after being the fourth center on Cali’s roster last year. TOR B/ZB James Terry to CHI - Terry was one of the Hogs’ best players last year, but was clearly unhappy with the situation there. He will sign with the Frost, who hope that he will put them over the top in what looks to be a very competitive Central Division. Trades - PHX receives W/K Zechariah Bailey, F/ZB Ernie Roberts CAL receives F/K Jim Burns, F/ZB Elenio Field, W/ZB Gary Ceja California was looking to shop one of its keepers, and Phoenix gave them the best offer for Bailey. The trade enabled the Palms to solve their keeper problem and the Sea Lions to add depth at forward. PHI receives B/ZB McAllister Pleasant PHX receives F/ZB Zoilo Estrada In a straight-up star-for-star trade, the Palms pick up another forward to replace Field and Burns, while the Row get an excellent two-way player in Pleasant who can take some pressure off their younger, less-experienced starters. Expansion Draft - 1. B/ZB Brandon Walter (LA) 2. B/ZB Scott Rose (LA) 3. B/K David Jones (SEA) 4. B/K Joel Drain (CHI) 5. F/C Billy Moses (TOR) 6. F/ZB Alexander Burkhardt (PHI) 7. B/C Ralph Rashke (TEX) 8. W/ZB Terry Rothgeb (CHI) 9. B/ZB Freddie Hayley (CAL) 10. W/ZB Charles Lee (CAL) 11. W/C Kyle Simpson (PHX) 12. B/ZB Kristian Wagner (PHX) 13. W/ZB Jay Moth (SEA) 14. W/K Will Orleans (TEX) 15. F/ZB Steve Owens Jr. (PHI) 16. B/ZB Joel Moth (TOR) The Chargers were allowed to pick two players from each team’s list of eight unprotected players. Notable picks include: Walter and Rose, both of whom started for the Sabertooths last season; Burkhardt, who started the season for Philadelphia but didn’t live up to expectations and wound up on the bench; Hayley, who, despite being the oldest on the team, is also one of its best players, and has said that he wants to play into his 40s; and two of the Moth brothers (their older brother Charlie was released by Philly, where both he and Jay started their careers, and joined Jay in Seattle just two weeks before Jay was taken by the Chargers). Draft - 1. NY - W/ZB Tom Gross - Portland State 2. TOR - B/ZB Charley Parker - LSU 3. SEA - F/K Chris Gray - MD-Eastern Shore 4. PHI (from TEX) - B/ZB Curt Rouge - New Brunswick 5. PHX - W/ZB Gary Ceja - UC-Santa Barbara 6. CHI - B/ZB Mitch Beetle - North Florida 7. LA - B/ZB Willy Tipton - Sacramento State 8. PHI - W/ZB Lawrence Davis - Cal State Northridge 9. CAL - F/ZB Dale Maxwell - New Orleans Unlike last year’s draft, there was no consensus #1 pick. Ultimately, New York decided on Tom Gross, whom they will look to for speed at the wing position, over bigger, more powerful back Charley Parker, who went to Toronto at #2. Seattle looked a little further down the draft board for Chris Gray, the only non-zone back drafted in the first round, and the second UMES player Seattle has drafted in the first round in three years (they took Tom Reyes-Moore in 2017). The rest of the draft was highlighted by smaller schools in California, who have picked up the sport relatively quickly, possibly due to the success of the Sea Lions and Sabertooths.
  8. Yeah, I'm pretty glad that's in the future right now.
  9. Before we get to the offseason post, I've got one uniform update to show you guys. Like some of you, the Frost noticed that their second and third uniforms were pretty much redundant, and have effectively combined the two into one uniform, which will become the new secondary. The primary and blackout have not changed. I don't know for sure how often the league will expand, but I think it'll be relatively quickly. I absolutely plan to do Expansion Councils when I do, though, and I will be looking at projected growth and such of cities (it wouldn't be very exciting if I used 2017 data for 2030s councils, now would it ).
  10. Thanks! That was definitely the goal; I wanted to really emphasize bronze, since no other teams really use that color. Awesome! Good to hear. I definitely like the Central logo too in a vacuum, just white isn't a great color to have to "own." I still think it worked, though. Thanks a lot! The South is wide open, so the league definitely wants to get a team there as soon as possible. I can't say where yet, but the league will be looking to get into smaller markets with fewer teams, so Nashville is definitely an option.
  11. Love that helmet. I think we might've found this universe's Michigan Panthers (unless of course you have something else planned ). Great work as always.
  12. I've got a few housekeeping things to drop before we move on, and I'd also like to bump to see if I can get more feedback on the Chargers. First off, now that we have three divisions, we need three division logos, so I've adjusted them accordingly. I tried to keep roughly the same color scheme and balance for the East and West, which meant that the Central Division gets stuck with white, but oh well. I've also updated the signatures to reflect the new team and alignment. While I haven't seen anyone other than myself using them, here they are again just in case:
  13. Count me a Utah fan That, and green and orange are my two favorite colors, and they look great together here. I like that you didn't go too wild with them otherwise because that seems like it could get out of hand real fast. Great job.
  14. Wow, it's been a while. I haven't forgotten about this, I've just been busy and a bit under the weather. I haven't forgotten about those of you with technical difficulties either, but I haven't found any solutions. Anyway, without further ado, here are the New York Chargers (finally): It seems like every NYC team today has a pretty generic identity, which is fine; they’ve all been around for a while, and New York is a really big, really diverse city. However, I wanted to focus in more and create a team with a little more personality. I decided to focus on the iconic Charging Bull sculpture located in Lower Manhattan, and went with the name Chargers because “New York Bulls” would cause too much confusion. I created a minimalist bull logo based heavily on the sculpture as well as the obligatory NY monogram. I ended up marking the NY as the primary, though both logos will get similar exposure. I used bronze as the primary color to represent the statue, green to represent money and the stock market, and an off-white that I thought looked good with the set. I also threw a little red in there for some color, but since it has pretty negative connotations, there’s not a whole lot of it. I’m not sure @Darknes intended that to be so literal, but I put bull horn-esque stripes on the shoulders of the main uniforms, which also feature asymmetrical stripes on the shorts. It may be hard to tell, but the numbers on those two are outlined in red, which also appears in the middle of the shorts striping. I decided to go a little crazy on the tertiary, which is inspired by stock market graphs and features metallic bronze on the jersey. It’s a little bit Redbackish, but I think it’s pretty distinct. I also went a little crazy on the court, bronzing the whole playing surface. It’s not quite Smurf Turf, and it’s not the craziest wood floor I’ve seen either, but it’s different (also if anyone can come up with a catchy nickname for it, feel free, because I’ve tried and failed). I tried diagonal wordmarks in the end zones too, which might be completely unpopular, but I wanted this team to try things. Let me know what you think; I’m definitely open to criticism here.
  15. I've looked into this before; I think @CodeG had the same problem earlier in the thread. If y'all don't mind me asking, what platforms/browsers are you using? That might help me get a lead on it. For the record, I'm linking the images directly from Google Drive. In the meantime, all the images should be accessible here; you'll just have to do a little searching.