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  1. The second season got off to a poor start when the top 3 draft picks (Seattle’s F/ZB Ray Terrell, Toronto’s B/ZB Anthony Bennett, and Phoenix’s B/K Will Baker) all went down with season-ending injuries in the second week of the season. W/ZB Wil Perez, selected 4th overall by the Redbacks, also missed a good chunk of the year with a shoulder injuries, furthering perceptions that the draft was “cursed.” Texas still had excellent young talent left over from last year and Phoenix benefited from excellent years from many players, including second-round draft pick B/ZB Yash Savarn and third-rounder B/ZB Kris Brantley. However, the Hogs and Sawyers suffered greatly from the loss of those players, with each finishing 4-36 and combining to win a single game within their respective divisions. The rest of the teams sorted themselves out into the elite and the mediocre. California looked unstoppable throughout the season, going 37-3 and never losing by more than 7 points or to a team with fewer than 30 wins. Their offense was even more prolific than last year, led by repeat Offensive Player of the Year B/C Thomas Notz and young trio W/ZB Justin Smith, B/ZB Steve Gibson, and W/K Josué Flores, and their roster was by far the deepest in the league. LA was also excellent again; W/ZB Dwight McCann had a breakout year, running away with the MVP race, and basically carrying the Tooths to second place in the West. However, the biggest surprise to many was Philly. The Row ran away with the East, partly because of a slew of injuries to both teams, but also because of excellent defense. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year B/ZB Maurice Caumont failed to recapture the award, but still put up excellent numbers, and B/K LaVarius McCargo and W/ZB Gregorio Gentile emerged on both sides of the ball. The Row would win 34 games and go 23-1 within the East Division, taking the second seed. That left one playoff spot between three teams, and it would come down to the final game of the regular season. Chicago came into game 40 with a 17-22 record, with Phoenix and Texas each a game behind. The Redbacks needed a win and a Phoenix loss to win the tiebreaker with the Frost, while the Palms needed to beat the Sawyers and a Redbacks win against Chicago. Phoenix easily took care of business, but unfortunately for them, so did the Frost, who took the 4 seed and will travel to California for Game 1.
  2. NFL “Gridiron Gals” Logos (22/32)

    I'm pretty sure she's throwing a football, but it does seem kinda confusing given that the football has an eye and a beak. I think it looks really good given the distinctly nonhuman starting point you were working from, and I think the more creative ones we're seeing lately have been some of your best, so keep it up.
  3. There will be an expansion draft for New York, taking place the day before the 2018 Entry Draft. Each team will be able to protect 12 players, and NY will pick two players from each team for a total of 16. Hey, it's not as unlikely as you might think. Since dashball is a relatively new sport and schools haven't really been recruiting for it, smaller schools are much more represented in the dashball landscape than, say, college football, so it's hard to say where the best prospects will come from, and colleges and universities most people have never heard of are much more likely to get mentioned.
  4. "High 60s, Little Wind" Anyway, always good to see the Miners fall, and especially pumped for Guardians-Imperials next week. Hoping for a Houston-Cincinnati Victory Bowl.
  5. I also noticed this and I'm holding out the somewhat irrational hope that that tie was supposed to be a win and the Caps made the playoffs.
  6. Sorry this has been so dead for so long; real life and technical difficulties got in the way, as they often do. No uniforms or coaches changed this offseason, although Toronto’s Nicolas Stroke is squarely on the hot seat. Roster Changes: Free Agents - PHX B/ZB Silvestro Sole to TEX - Having started and completed nearly every game for the Palms in 2017, Sole moves to Texas, where he looks to have the same role but on a younger, more competitive team. CHI B/ZB Freddie Hayley to CAL - The Sea Lions might be stretching a bit for the 36-year-old, but he proved last year he could make an impact down the stretch for the Frost. Trades - PHI receives F/ZB Alexander Burkhardt, B/ZB Hank Union, TEX 2018 4th round pick TEX receives F/C Ben Bowman, F/ZB Walt Duncan, PHI 2018 1st round pick In what looks like the most lopsided trade of the offseason, the Redbacks give up a 37-year-old Union and their (albeit very talented) backup forward in exchange for two 20-year-olds and moving up 3 rounds in the draft. TOR receives B/C Román Ortiz CAL receives B/C Jasper Jansen, B/C Roosevelt Hall, TOR 2019 2nd round pick California trades the 21-year-old Ortiz to a Toronto team that struggled at center for two Hogs centers and a pick. Draft - 1. SEA (from TOR) - F/ZB Ray Terrell - Wisconsin-Milwaukee 2. TOR (from SEA) - B/ZB Anthony Bennett - Cincinnati 3. PHX - B/K Will Baker - Lipscomb 4. TEX (from PHI) - W/ZB Wil Perez - Loyola (IL) 5. SEA (from TEX via TOR) - B/C Andi Effendi - Indonesia 6. CHI - F/ZB Orville O’Connor - Central Connecticut 7. LA - F/ZB Vit Kraina - Czechia 8. CAL - B/C Howard Dixon - Long Beach State As you can see, quite a few picks changed hands here. Seattle gave up two picks in addition to their second in order to trade up and take Ray Terrell, who is projected to be one of the best offensive talents in the league almost immediately. Toronto met more of their needs with Bennett anyway, who was the clear #2 behind Terrell. Offense continued to be a theme throughout the rest of the first round, with Baker, Perez, and Dixon all rated much higher offensively than defensively. News - Two days after game 7 of the NDLCS, Commissioner Justin Rose announced that a deal had been reached for a team in New York City to start in the 2019 season. After the debacle that took place before the season, Rose expressed what to many seemed like a sense of relief that things were back on track. New York will join the East Division, with Chicago, Texas, and Phoenix moving from their respective divisions to create the Central Division. In terms of scheduling, not much will change: each team will still play 8 games against their division rivals and 4 games against every other team, which will still result in a 40-game regular season.
  7. The new font looks much better. I only have one tiny nitpick: the two horizontal lines on the F aren't quite parallel. I just can't unsee it. Other than that, I think the Firebirds are perfect, and the Destroyers and Bobcats look great as well.
  8. NFL Aussie Rules Jumpers 2

    Ok, that Rams mark is amazing.
  9. Ok, that makes sense. I think the main problem I have with the font is not its "Greek-ness" but more its "ancient Greek-ness," if that makes any sense. Your logos and uniforms have a lot of sharp, clean points, as does Greek lettering; but this font is, like you said, jagged and harsh, and doesn't seem to mesh with the logos any better than the previous font. I think if you used a font that was more inspired by Ancient Greek instead of actually looking like it was carved into a stone tablet, it would look better (consider this returning a favor ). On other notes, the new secondary is great, and I like the white helmet better than the red, but I like the concept of the red helmet better. Just throwing things against the wall here, but have you tried a black helmet?
  10. In a series expected to be defined by the battle between the Sea Lions’ offense and the Sabertooths’ defense, it was the Lions’ D that dominated the first matchup, only allowing 89 points in a 62-point home win, the largest margin of victory in the playoffs by far. The huge win seemed to assert California’s dominance in the series, and just about everyone was counting the Tooths out - everyone except the Tooths themselves. Game 2 was a much closer affair, and partly due to an injury to Lions starting F/K Sean Jackson, the Tooths actually held the lead for much of the eighth inning before a pass from B/C Thomas Notz to W/K Josué Flores tied the game with just 4 seconds remaining. However, defending W/ZB Ferdinando Guerra picked up the ball and found W/C Henry Crawford for a buzzer-beating 3-point shot. In this game, only the second in the playoffs to be decided by one score, the Tooths proved that they were not to be taken lightly. They also picked up some momentum moving back to LA for Games 3-5. In Game 3, the Sabertooths’ lauded defense was finally able to slow down the Sea Lions’ offense, holding them to just 119 points as LA picked up a convincing home win to go up 2-1. Game 4 was much more offense, as the teams combined for 307 points. Surprising many, the Sabertooths were able to hold up down the stretch, and with some clutch plays from B/ZB Scott Hoffman on offense and B/C Bill Lacy on defense, held on for a 9-point victory to go up 3-1. The Sabertooths now had a chance to close out the series at home in Game 5. Most were skeptical, though, that they could pull out four straight wins against the Sea Lions, and they came out in Game 5 looking pretty juiced. California would pick up another convincing win, this time by 41 points, and carried that momentum back home for Game 6, which they would win by 27 in a game that was only slightly closer than it looked. Los Angeles was now looking to avoid becoming the umpteenth team in just over a year to blow a 3-1 lead in a best-of-7 series and would have to do it in San Jose. They were able to keep it close until the 7th inning, when B/ZB Steve Gibson led the Sea Lions’ offense on a 24-9 run. The Sea Lions never looked back and became the first champions of the National Dashball League.
  11. Well, it's not exactly what I expected, but it still looks great, especially for the late 80s. I'd feel very redundant saying the secondary logo doesn't really work, so I won't. I will say that the font used for the wordmark is a little strange; it looks very Greek and doesn't really say "Arizona" or "Firebirds" to me at all. The uniforms look really nice, though.
  12. Yeah, I'm kinda surprised by all the Firebirds hate. While it may not be the ideal look for them, I think it could definitely work, and I for one am excited to see how Veras goes about this.
  13. Texas Redbacks vs California Sea Lions The Sea Lions came out strong in Game 1, putting the Redbacks on their heels right out of the gate. The game got out of hand quickly, with California going up 24 after just two innings and ultimately winning by 36. The Redbacks did cause a bit of a stir in Game 2, ultimately keeping it to a ten point game, but what little momentum they may have had was lost quickly. While they were able to keep it close again in Game 3, Texas just couldn’t seem to figure out the Lions’ offense, and they couldn’t keep up with the pace they had to run. By Game 4, it was clear the ‘Backs were out of juice while California refused to take their foot off the gas. The Redbacks were blown out of their own building, falling behind by 38 by the end of the fifth inning. Before long, both teams had pulled their top players, and the Sea Lions coasted to an easy 30-point win to become the first team to advance to the NDL Championship Series. Los Angeles Sabertooths vs Chicago Frost This series was expected to be very close, and there was no consensus pick as to who would win. However, this didn’t stop many in the media from putting the series on “upset alert” after the visiting Sabertooths won by 22 to steal home-court advantage in a convincing fashion and then went up by 12 at halftime of Game 2. Chicago was determined not to lose both of their first two home games, and went on a 21-8 run to start the half, including 11 points from regular season MVP F/C Michel Blanchard. The game stayed close until the game’s final minutes, when the Frost pulled away to win by 8. Still, the Tooths looked to be in control of the series headed back to LA, and they added to that perception with a 15-point win in Game 3 to take back the lead in the series. Chicago looked to respond once more in Game 4, and once again, it was a close one, as the Flakes just managed to stave off a comeback thanks to a hot B/ZB Ed Maxwell and a clutch goal by little known W/ZB Rhys Mather with only 6 seconds left. Game 5 would be pivotal, and both teams’ defenses stole the show, as neither team was able to score 100 points. LA would pull away late, winning 98-87 to take a crucial 3-2 lead. The Tooths were confident with the Frost against the wall going back to Chicago for Game 6. The game was over almost as soon as it began; the Tooths were in control from the get-go, winning by 23 on the road to join their in-state rivals in the Finals.
  14. This year's draft was a bit of a crapshoot, as teams had to fill their entire rosters, and just about anyone who wanted to declare for the draft could. (I also just sort of assigned players to teams when I created them without any sort of a draft process.) That being said, I should have realized someone would ask for the draftees, so here they are (spoilered because I find it hard to be concise): I sort of explained the positions under the rules spoiler in the first post, but I probably didn't do a very good job, so I'll try again. Hopefully this helps: Offense: Forward (1) - Primary scorer for the offense. Expected to be involved in nearly all offensive plays. Not as responsible for defense. Similar to a striker in soccer. Wings (2) - Secondary scorers for the offense. Expected to either score or assist on most plays. Somewhat responsible for defensive pressure. Similar to a wing in hockey. Backs (3) - Split between attacking and defending. Expected to be active on offense, but also be prepared to get back on defense at any time. Similar to a defenseman in hockey or back in soccer. Defense: Center (1) - Primary defender of the rim. Also expected to help defend any players within 3-point arc if needed. Similar to a center in basketball. Keeper (1) - Primary defender of the goal. May be expected to apply extra presence near the rim or in the end zone if needed. Similar to a keeper in soccer or in hockey. Zone Backs (4) - Primary defenders of the end zone. May be placed near goal or rim in certain situations if needed. Similar to a cornerback/safety in football or an outfielder in baseball.
  15. After all the drama leading up to the season, everyone was relieved to watch some dashball. (OK, maybe not everyone, the sport doesn’t have much of a following, but it certainly got some publicity, and as they say, all publicity is good publicity.) The first game took place on April 20, 2017, and featured the Sea Lions hosting the Sabertooths in what seemed destined to become a rivalry. It certainly lived up to the hype, with California mounting a comeback in the final minutes to win 141-139 on a last-second goal from W/ZB Justin Smith. It was believed at the beginning of the season that those two teams were the frontrunners of the West, and those beliefs were confirmed very quickly. Led by Offensive Player of the Year B/C Thomas Notz and 21-year-old standout B/ZB Steve Gibson, California’s offense was nearly unstoppable at times. The Blueberries and Cream, as they came to be affectionately called, would go on to win their first 10 games before falling to Chicago 191-185 in the first ever overtime game in NDL history. After that, they slipped a little, losing home games to Seattle and Philadelphia, but recovered, finishing 33-7 and locking up the first seed and home-field advantage. The Tooths, meanwhile, didn’t get off to the same hot start as their upstate counterparts, but over the course of the season, it didn’t take them long for them to find their stride. Their defense, led by ZBs Dwight McCann (W), Scott Hoffman (B), and Omaro Rubio (F), gelled into the best in the league by far, holding opponents to just 110.7 points per game, over 10 ppg better than second-place Philly. While they weren’t able to catch the Sea Lions, they finished at 29-11, which tied them for the second-best record in the league. Phoenix overachieved, though they still finished the season with the worst offense in the league by far, and Seattle wound up in the cellar of the West with only 11 wins. However, neither of those teams were near the worst in the league. Toronto finished at an abysmal 3-37, only beating Philly, Phoenix, and Texas (their only road win). Rumors have already begun circulating that the team is likely to fold or be sold and move to New York instead of the league expanding, but so far there has been no word from the league. Regardless, they will get the top pick unless a New York team joins the league next year, which is still up in the air. The rest of the East Division was much more entertaining. Chicago, Philadelphia, and Texas were expected to be in a dogfight from day 1, and they did not disappoint. Thanks in part to a blockbuster three-team deal which saw them pick up B/ZB Ed Maxwell from Philly and F/C Robby Wheeler from Phoenix, Chicago was able to gradually pull away from the other two teams and clinch the division, but the race between the Row and Redbacks would come down to the final game of the season. Fortunately for the Row, they had a game advantage over the ‘Backs. Unfortunately for the Row, they drew Chicago, who would still be playing to clinch the second seed over LA, while Texas would be playing the lowly Hogs. Predictably, Texas and Chicago both won, with the Redbacks taking the 4 seed on tiebreakers.