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  1. Yeah, it'll almost certainly be either that layout or the one with four divisions you posted before. I like the 4-divisions-of-3 alignment better in a vacuum, but three-team divisions have caused problems and the consensus seems to be that having larger divisions makes things a lot less wonky.
  2. Thanks! Keeping the BB&T Center logo red was a conscious decision. I figured the people at BB&T would probably want to keep things more visible. It's sort of like NBA jersey ads in that way. As for the jerseys, I did sorta want to make them simple and plain to emphasize the unique colors and design elements it does have, and also keep the color balance at like 90% black (or white in the case of the third jersey). You did give me an idea for a tweak I might play around with though, so keep an eye out and you might see it down the line. There will be an expansion draft, but the rules haven't been decided yet. Atlanta will also have 14 players who were formerly under contract with the Pinnacles, so it'll probably just be a couple of players anyway.
  3. The 2024 regular season saw the codominance of a pair of teams, one which was becoming quite familiar to NDL viewers. The return of B/K Ares Preciado and a record-breaking offensive performance from B/K Semarias Garcia - to the tune of 35.3 points per game - led the Redbacks to a 50-2 record. Meanwhile, the Seattle Sawyers, always-dominant B/ZB James Terry, and their slew of Pinnacles castoffs finished at 49-3. To put those records in perspective a little better, remember that those teams played each other four times, meaning they combined for one loss against everyone else in the league. Ultimately, a 2-point loss at California would be the difference for Seattle, and a late injury to W/ZB Pacífico Ugalde will leave the Sawyers weakened come July. The Sea Lions, to their credit, finished 34-18, good enough for the four seed. That’s pretty impressive, given that they had to play the Sawyers 10 times, but they also had to play the Sabertooths just as often. Just one year after the Pinnacles finished the NDL’s first ever winless season, the Tooths nearly one-upped them, with a 12-point road win in Toronto the only thing standing between them and 0-52. Making matters worse, LA won’t even get to pick first, with an Atlanta expansion team all but confirmed for next year. The Palms’ first season in Miami wasn’t as disappointing as the Tooths’, but it didn’t do much to inspire confidence. Playing in the same division as the Redbacks never helps, but B/C Steve Locke had to battle a hip injury for much of the season and wasn’t super effective. Miami also had to go up against two other playoff teams in their division. The Orlando Orbits claimed the sixth seed for the second year in a row, thanks in large part to solid performances by W/ZB Zebedeo Perilla and B/C Andi Effendi. This year, though, they were one-upped by their expansion cousins in Nashville, who recaptured the magic from their inaugural year. New addition F/C Michel Blanchard had one of his best seasons yet, and along with B/C Sora Matsuѕhita, the team had the 2-point ring locked down for much of the season. Meanwhile, if anyone’s wondering about the defending champs, so are most Philadelphians. The Row finished at a more-than-respectable 35-17 and won the East Division handily, locking up the third seed with a too-close-for-comfort win over New York in their final game. Home fans, though, are concerned they may simply be a product of a weak division, as none of the other East teams finished with more than 21 wins. With a sub-.500 record outside of the division and a disappointing 0-10 record on the road against playoff teams, Philly may be in trouble come playoff time. image
  4. You can't tell me that D'Angelico moving from the Angels to Los Angeles wasn't a conscious decision on your part.
  5. First off, thanks for all your comments on Miami. I'm really happy with the way this turned out, and I'm glad y'all are too. Second, I wanted to post the signatures folder again in case anybody wants to use one (or request one), and also say that I'm not gonna keep around old versions of the league ones, because I don't know why I was doing that before. I'll be able to update the images automatically because Google Drive is very good at its job.
  6. I worked on thickening up the primary logo, and I think it looks much better and is more in line with the rest of the identity (I didn't change anything else). I've updated the images above. I put them in the BB&T Center because according to what I've seen on the internet, American Airlines Arena isn't really built well for hockey, and since dashball uses the same configuration as hockey, they're up in Sunrise.
  7. The Palms' move to Miami was a controversial one, but it did allow them to keep their name. That said, their color scheme of purparoon, copporange, and athletic yellow wasn't really gonna work in South Florida. Here's what they came up with for the move east: image Local teams had been dancing around the "Vice" color scheme for years, with Inter and the Marlins going with similar colors and the Heat using them as an alternate. The Palms really wanted to embrace Miami culture, so they went full black, pink, and blue, with lots of influences from the city's history with neon and Art Deco. As a result, most everything is black with outlines in pink and blue. The general shape of the palm tree is similar to the Phoenix edition, but is smoother in order to be more easily rendered in neon. The secondary logos are based on vertical neon signs, and the hexagonal shape seemed to work well for that, so they used another hexagon (regular this time) to encapsulate the tree in the primary logo. image The uniforms are also very black-heavy, with the double striping adorning the collar of the jerseys as well as the shorts and socks, making Miami the first team to incorporate striping into their collar. Apart from that, the primary uniform only includes color when absolutely necessary. The secondary is obviously more bright, and uses a split down the middle in order to keep the balance between blue and pink. They also included a white uniform as a tertiary, which is basically the primary with no black. image Yeah, they did that. With no basketball or other hardwood teams playing in Sunrise, they had a blank slate, and they painted it all black. There have been some concerns voiced about the Palms wearing all-black uniforms on an all-black court, but if Boise State can do it, why can't the Palms? Just a side note: the court looks smaller because it is. I noticed that I had gotten the relative dimensions between the court and the boards wrong; there's supposed to be a lot more space in between. I've gone back and fixed all the old courts, so everything should be in line now.
  8. I seriously underestimated y'all's ability to make weed puns Anyway, the format for this season is already locked in (I've already simulated and everything). I'll definitely take a look at going back to two divisions come 2025, but it'll probably just be three divisions of four again. @JG36 was definitely right in saying yours would work better if the twelfth team was in the west, but it's looking pretty likely that that team will be in Atlanta. As for Cincy, they're on the list, but it's a pretty sizable list and there are quite a few markets that the league wants to get into before southwest Ohio. You'll probably get to at least vote on them, but it might be a few expansions down the line. I sort of addressed the Palms' uniforms, but vaguely (these are intended to be snippets of news articles, and it wouldn't make sense for them to know everything that I know), so I'll confirm: yes, the Palms will be rebranding. You'll get to see their new look in a few days. I also really like those divisions you've laid out; the league is a little wary of going back to three-team divisions after 2021, when the .500 Hogs won the East Division and made the playoffs ahead of Chicago and LA, who both had winning records. That said, they've also been thinking of expanding the playoffs to 8 teams, so that may be less of a problem.
  9. Here's the offseason! I tried to keep things shorter than last year's, but there's quite a lot I needed to pack in. It's not exactly short, but hopefully, it'll be interesting enough to keep your attention. Let me know what you think! August 4, 2023 After going 4-96 over two seasons and recording the first winless season in NDL history, the Colorado Pinnacles have announced their intention to fold. As you could imagine, it was pretty hard to convince people to show up and watch a team that lost by an average of 61 points every night, and while some opposing fans showed up knowing they could see a guaranteed win, the Pepsi Center was almost completely empty more often than not. NDL Commissioner Justin Ross has said he is already in talks to have a replacement expansion team by next season, though he has not given any hints as to where that team will be located. August 6, 2023 Things are really shaking up in the National Dashball League. Just days after the Colorado Pinnacles folded, the Phoenix Palms have finally been sold. New owner Frank Richardson led the Miami expansion bid in 2019 (a bid that got no votes on the Expansion Board) and has announced that he plans to move the team there. Richardson has said the team will likely keep their name but will almost certainly undergo a total rebrand. GM Scott Ivory has also retired; rumor has it that Richardson may not have kept him around anyway, though neither chose to comment on it. September 3, 2023 It’s been confirmed: the city of Atlanta and Michael Wisk are suing the National Dashball League. Here are the important takeaways from the Commissioner’s press conference today: -Ross said the league had been in talks with Wisk, whose 2019 expansion bid lost by only one vote, about granting the city an expansion team in the event the Pinnacles folded. The Palms moving to Miami, though, had Ross concerned about overloading the Southeast, a region that had just a few years ago been completely devoid of an NDL presence. Ross abruptly ceased talks in Atlanta, hoping instead to rush things through in a more western market (Salt Lake City is the popular speculation). Unsurprisingly, Wisk decided to sue. -The league will be moving forward with 11 teams in 2024, with expansion postponed to 2025 (probably in Atlanta). Divisional alignment will be as follows: Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto in the East; Miami, Nashville, Orlando, and Texas in the Central; California, Los Angeles, and Seattle in the West. -The schedule will be similar in format to previous years, but with some adjustments to fit the unbalanced divisions. Divisional play will be expanded, with the West playing 10 games and the East and Central playing 8 games against each divisional opponent and all teams playing 4 games against each team outside their division. This will result in a 52-game season. The playoff format will stay the same. -Former Pinnacles players still under contract will have those contracts delayed for a season and will become eligible to sign one-year deals with any team for 2024. Assuming there is a new expansion team in 2025 (which Ross seemed convinced of), that team will pick up their original contracts where they left off. September 29, 2023 For the second straight offseason, the New York Chargers and California Sea Lions have agreed to a major trade. California will send B/K Gregg Larkin and F/C Robby Wheeler to Manhattan in return for F/C Billy Moses and W/K Larry Dal. The Sea Lions will also receive New York’s second round pick in next weekend’s draft. Moses has spent the last 5 years with the Chargers and led the team’s defense during their only playoff run in 2022, but missed much of last year with a torn ACL. Larkin, meanwhile, has spent most of his career between Chicago and Toronto, and won a ring with each as a starting keeper in the 2019 and 2020 Finals. October 6, 2023 Here’s our wrap-up of NDL Draft round 1: 1. TOR (from NY) - F/ZB Osi Isaac (Nigeria) 2. SEA (from LA) - B/C Wesley Wallace (North Carolina) 3. NY (from NSH via TOR) - B/K Tobias Bischoff (Cal State Bakersfield) 4. CAL (from CHI) - B/K Rick Delaney (Boston College) 5. NY (from TOR) - W/ZB Chung Song (China) 6. ORL - W/ZB Brian Roe (Cornell) 7. MIA - B/ZB Stan Gotta (Florida International) 8. SEA - B/ZB Ben Bingham (UC Davis) 9. TEX - W/ZB Aureliano Armenta (North Carolina State) 10. CAL - B/ZB Donny Harper (Colorado State) 11. PHI - W/ZB Rolland Allen (Oklahoma State) With all of Colorado’s picks getting thrown out, New York got the first pick, but traded down with Toronto. The Hogs selected Osi Isaac, a good call for a team with a need at forward; no other forwards were taken in the first round and the second round is projected to be completely forward-less. For their part, the Chargers got two players who should see starting roles this year. Seattle seems to be the other winner of this draft, picking up a pair of solid (and alliterative) players in Wallace and Bingham. November 19, 2023 After floating through a sea of rumors for over a year, 2-time NDL MVP Michel Blanchard has left the Windy City and has signed an 8-year, $72 million deal with the Nashville Fugitives. Said Blanchard, “it was starting to feel like I wasn’t as important anymore in Chicago, with all the money they were giving out to my teammates. I also wanted to get off the doorstep and into the playoffs again. I think a change of scenery was the right way to go.” Head Coach Leonard Fisher seemed surprised, saying “it didn’t cross my mind” that the forward/center might sign elsewhere. “We’ll just have to work a little extra this year.” January 5, 2024 One of the last former Pinnacles to sign with a team, F/K Chris Gray has signed an $8 million deal with the Seattle Sawyers. Seattle has signed the top three Colorado players this offseason; Gray will join former Pinns teammates W/ZB Pacifico Ugalde and B/ZB Jack Odom. Is it a coincidence that all three of those players went to another state with weed culture? Probably; both Gray and Ugalde started their careers in Seattle, but it's worth thinking about. Anyway, if the Sawyers are going to make a run, this will need to be their year, since none of those players will be back in 2025.
  10. Not sure exactly when, but probably pretty soon.
  11. *knock knock* anybody still here? So yeah, it's been a minute. I was having trouble focusing on schoolwork towards the end of last year and complicated things were happening both in real life and in the NDL universe. This project was kind of dragging me down, so I decided the best thing to do would be to put it aside for a bit. Anyway, I'm back now and I should be able to get this back on track. The 2023-24 offseason will be up in the next few days.
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    NCAAF Playoff - 8 Team Bracket

    This is a really intriguing concept, and I like a lot of the thinking behind it. The only thing I would say is it seems like 2 seeds get kinda shafted. While I think it's great that say, Alabama has a harder road because they didn't win their conference, it seems unfair to Oklahoma that they get stuck playing the #1 ranked team in the country despite being the second seed in the tournament. Obviously, last year was kinda flukey in that the top two ranked teams were in the same conference, but none of those 7 seeds have been lower than #4. I'd much rather be a 3 seed and play a #15 or #16 than have to face a top-4 team.
  13. The way I simulate things is pretty complicated, but I'll try to keep things as simple as possible. Every player has an offensive rating and a defensive rating, which were originally supposed to be between 0 and 10 but some of them have ended up outside of that range. Each player also gets what I call a yearly rating modifier, which accounts for how much they overperform or underperform in a given year, as well as injuries and whatnot. Each team gets a total offensive and defensive rating calculated from those numbers, and those numbers get plugged into the spreadsheet with the games template. As for the games themselves, I wrote a script that more or less plays through a game and calculates the score based on each team's ratings. Hopefully that was detailed enough. If you have more specific questions, feel free to ask.
  14. image California-Philadelphia would give the NDL its first Finals rematch in its young history, with the two teams having met here in 2018. While quite a lot had changed in the past five years, Game 1 looked like a pair of teams that knew each other well. The game started slow and sloppy, as the Sea Lions went into halftime with a 44-41 lead. Despite the low score, the game wasn’t without excitement, as no team had led by more than 6 points during the first half, meaning just about every possession was hugely important. The game would stay quiet for most of the second half, but a couple minutes into the final inning, the pace increased dramatically, though the game would stay just as back-and-forth as it was before. Finally, with the Row up 1 and just 12 seconds left, Philly W/ZB Benny Ochoa intercepted a pass and would find F/ZB Elenio Field upcourt. While Field’s high-arcing shot was off the mark, it wasted most of the clock, giving the Row a win to start off the series. The teams would keep up the quick pace heading into the second game. After struggling to score 40 points in the first half of Game 1, Game 2 saw both teams in the triple digits early in the second half, a rarity for two defenses that both allowed under 107 points per game in the regular season. With the fear of going down 0-2 at home starting to set in, the Sea Lions would pull ahead late, winning 171-161 and tying up the series. Unfortunately for fans of scores like that, the defenses would return to form in Game 3. The trend of tight games would continue, though. California would stick in the dagger when W/K Will Orleans’ three-point toss to F/C Robby Wheeler put them up 6 with just 17 seconds to go. Now it would be Philadelphia looking to avoid a two-game deficit in the series, but with their home crowd behind them once again in Game 4, their defense would get in the zone. F/K Ray Thomas and B/K LaVarius McCargo were their usual dominant selves, but 38-year-old B/C Patrick Sanders Jr. really stepped it up, with the trio only allowing 31 of the Sea Lions’ 114 total points. California’s defense wouldn’t make it easy, but the Row would tie the series up heading into an all-important fifth game back on the West Coast. Game 5 started out innocently enough, and was, like every other game in the series thus far, really tight during the first half. The second half, though, would completely change things. California was rolling while Philadelphia couldn’t seem to convert any of their scoring attempts. They would score only 7 points in the whole fifth inning and the Sea Lions would take a 20-point lead when W/ZB Jay Moth opened up the 7th with a long 3-point bucket. When B/ZB Howie King returned the favor on the other end, it seemed inconsequential, but it was anything but. The Philly D-squad put on an offensive show, completely erasing that deficit by the time they switched to defense, and when they did, the O-squad would pick up right where they left off, giving the Row a statement come-from-behind win. With the First Trophy in the Wells Fargo Center two nights later, they would keep the momentum up on a deflated Cali team, throwing the knockout punch in the form of a 40-point victory and winning their first ever NDL Championship. image