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  1. Some thought that Texas’ Game 3 loss to Toronto in the first round was a sign of weakness, that the Redbacks could be “solved” somehow. Those people found themselves eating their words almost immediately. F/C Tim Edwards won the tip, and within six seconds, W/ZB Joe Day found him in the end zone for 5 points. After a save by B/K Semarias Garcia, Edwards found Day for a 5-point goal, and the Redbacks had built a double-digit lead in just 21 seconds. They couldn’t keep that pace up for the entire game, but it kinda seemed like they did. They ran away with a 66-point win, with Edwards, Garcia, and B/K Ares Preciado scoring 31, 26 and 25 points respectively. Texas wasn’t quite as hot in Game 2, and allowed the Sea Lions to hang around a little bit. California B/ZB Steve Gibson played well, scoring 21 points and assisting on 15 more, but as well as he played, he couldn’t counter the entire Redback offense, who put up 135 points and won comfortably despite looking a bit off, at least compared to Game 1. The rest of the Lions’ offense finally came alive in the Bay Area for Game 3, with Gibson adding 24 points to B/ZB Kenton Snowberger’s 27 and B/C Thomas Notz’s 22, and California finally took their first lead of the series in the third inning. Unfortunately for them, this was also the game in which W/C Elide Amigazzi, who had been quiet for most of the series thus far, finally showed up. He scored 16 points in the sixth inning alone, with W/ZB Phil Puster assisting on 11 of those, and the Redbacks would eventually pull away with a 23-point win. In last year’s Finals, Texas was playing Game 4 looking to avoid being swept by the Hogs. Now, they would be trying to complete the sweep. The Sea Lions would keep it close for an inning or so, but the Redbacks seemed more and more unstoppable as the game went on. Surprising absolutely nobody, the Redbacks would finish off the first sweep in NDLCS history, losing only one game all season and winning their first NDL championship.
  2. I apologize in advance for the incredibly long post ahead. If you are actually going to read through it, you’re probably in the minority. If you want to skip to the really exciting stuff for now, go to the last paragraph; there’s plenty of bold text, so you shouldn’t be able to miss it. Either way, I’ll see you at the finish line. I have always liked the threads on these boards, such as the AFA and the PHL, that documented and simulated the history of a fictional sports league. Even before I joined the forums, I had thought of doing this myself, and had, for a very brief time, simulated a baseball league with my brother (we ended up stopping because we kept making it way too detailed to the point where it took forever to simulate even one game). Reading those threads further inspired me to make my own league, and gave me a better idea of how to do it. However, every major sport has been done at this point to some extent, so I decided to make my own sport. I present: dashball. Dashball is a sport I based heavily on a game I played in gym class called speedball. I would have kept that name, but after some research, there’s already a sport with that name with similar, but slightly different, rules. I decided I should name it something different, and the game I came up with was different enough from the version of speedball I played and the ones I found online, so I felt a different name was justified. Rules (and a basic court) are spoilered below: The name of the league will be the National Dashball League, which isn’t very creative, but I was going for realism on this one. The league logo and division logos are shown below: There’s a lot of weird, abstract, fluffy meaning to this one, but you probably don’t care very much about that. If you do, here’s a spoiler. The league logo will be recolored on each team’s uniforms. I’ll be using raysox’s soccer template for the uniforms because they look the same. The uniforms will be made by SandStorm Sports, a fictional company, which is mostly because I wanted to have my own ideas without having them be constricted by a real life designer. Here are some all-star uniforms so you can see what they look like: Initially, the league will be composed of eight teams, split into East and West Divisions. As there so often is with start up leagues, there will be a bit of drama concerning the first batch of teams to enter the league, so stay tuned for that. I will also, of course, be simulating seasons, keeping track of players, relocating/renaming/rebranding teams as necessary, expanding, etc. I will probably do expansion counsels because those are fun, but I sort of have a direction I want the league to go, so they might not start from the beginning. The league will run a 40-game schedule in which each team plays 8 games against each team in its division and 4 games against each team in the other division (split equally home and away). The season will run from mid-March to late June, immediately followed by the postseason. The winner of each division will make the playoffs along with two wildcard teams, which will be seeded from 1 to 4 based solely on record. Now here are the things that should make you excited about this thread. First, since it’s a fictional sport, it takes place in our timeline (technically, the point of divergence would probably be a few years ago, so that the sport and the manufacturer can gain enough footing to create a professional sports league, but who’s counting). There is no dashball league in this universe (at least as far as I know of), so there’s no need to replace anything. Second, the league’s first season will be in 2017. Yes, this league and its storyline will take place almost entirely in the future (assuming I can keep things moving faster than time itself), and if you’re smart enough to put two and two together and get five, you’ve figured out that that means I am attempting to predict real life future logo and uniform trends. In no way do I expect to be right about this, but I figured it would be a fun path to take, and I like to be unique. I won’t announce these either; you’ll just have to come along for the ride. It should be a fun one. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, concerns, critiques, or general excitement. The first team should be up ... soon.
  3. Toronto Hogs vs Texas Redbacks For a matchup between last year’s finalists, this series was over before it began. When it began with the most lopsided game in playoff history, that really only confirmed what most people thought going in. W/C Elide Amigazzi and B/K Ares Preciado dominated both sides of the ball, and defensive standouts B/ZB Thomas Ridley, F/C Tim Edwards, and B/ZB Amando Thomas pitched in to hold the Hogs to a playoff record 86 points. Texas likely would’ve won by more than 73 had both teams not decided to rest many of their starters, and even after they did, it was still pretty ugly for the visitors. To Toronto’s credit, they fought back, and Game 2 was much closer. Despite their best efforts, though, they couldn’t seem to solve Amigazzi or Preciado, and the Redbacks still made it look easy, securing a 21-point win and a 2-0 series lead. Something changed for Game 3 in Toronto. W/ZB Michael Lawler, who had struggled with injuries most of the year, started to look like himself again, B/ZBs Kris Brantley and Ax Nilsen helped lock down the end zone, and W/C John Gray stepped up as well. Lawler and Gray both scored 11 points in the sixth inning on the way to 27 and 24 overall, while the Hogs’ defense stepped up in a big way. Texas was held to just 119 points, their lowest offensive output of the season (though only by one point), and their record dropped to 42-1. Unfortunately for Toronto, that was about all they had left in the tank. The Redback offense came back alive, and Games 4 and 5 went much like Game 1. To nobody’s surprise, the Texas Redbacks had advanced back to the Finals. California Sea Lions vs Seattle Sawyers On paper, these teams matched up pretty well, and they did so in the regular season as well. However, the playoffs are a different animal, and one of the biggest differences between these two teams was playoff experience. As a team, this would be the Sea Lions’ eighth playoff series; in fact, there has only been one round of the playoffs they haven’t been in. The Sawyers, on the other hand, had never been in the playoffs, and only two of their starters (F/ZB Omaro Rubio and W/ZB Zebedeo Perilla) have any significant postseason experience. This showed in Game 1, in which the California offense laid 164 points on the home team and took a commanding 26-point win. B/ZB Steve Gibson put up 24 of those, and rookie W/ZB Jim Choate scored 21 in his first ever playoff game. Seattle’s defense, especially B/ZB Will Mitchell and breakout W/K Gordie Northern, would step up in Game 2 to earn the split, but the Sea Lions would still have home-court advantage heading to San Jose. California flipped the switch back the other way, as their offense came alive once more and their defense stepped up as well. F/K Chris Gray’s 27 was the highest of five 20-point games from the Sea Lions, and he made some pretty excellent saves on the other end. Game 4 had slightly less offense, but was more of the same, and the Lions would have a chance to close out the series at home in Game 5. The Sawyers played admirably with their backs against the wall, however. B/C Aciscio Castañeda scored 9 times, all goals, on his way to 29 points, and B/ZB Curtis Blue stepped up off the bench with 19 points and 7 assists, including a 3-point pass to F/ZB Walt Duncan to bring the lead to 4 with just 0.8 seconds left. Unfortunately, the Sawyers couldn’t keep the momentum going after the trip back home, and had their worst offensive performance of the series. They just seemed off the whole night, and what runs they did have were too little too late. For the fourth time in its five year history, the NDLCS would feature the California Sea Lions.
  4. Hi y'all! Just wanted to check in with an update real quick. Normally I probably would've had the first round of the playoffs up by now, but I just got back from Round Rock, Texas for the US Quidditch Cup, so I've barely been thinking about this for the last four days, let alone doing anything about it. That said, I had it pretty close to done before I left, so I just have to finish writing it up and it should be posted within the next day or two. As always, thanks for following along and supporting this project!
  5. 2021 was the year of the Redback. Fresh off a Finals upset to the Hogs, Texas went on an absolute tear this season. Led by a defense that only gave up 93.1 points per game, annihilating the record of 110.7 previously held by the 2017 Sabertooths, the Redbacks completed the league’s first undefeated season, going 40-0. The Redbacks’ season was highlighted by the play of B/K Ares Preciado and W/C Elide Amigazzi, the latter of whom took home MVP and DPOTY honors. Most of their games weren’t even close; only one was decided by under 20 points and their average point differential was 65.7. For the record, that one team that kept it close with the Redbacks was California. The Sea Lions kept up their streak as the only team to make the playoffs every year of the league’s history, but for the first time, they did not win the division title. The Seattle Sawyers finally worked their way up to a 26-14 record, good for the second seed. B/ZB Will Mitchell cemented himself as a top player in the league, but apart from him, the Sawyers’ success was very much a team effort; just about everybody performed better than expected and nobody really stood out that far ahead of anybody else. California performed well for most of the year and actually got the better of Seattle in the season series but slipped to 24-16 and the third seed after a rough road trip where they lost four straight games to Chicago, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Texas. Los Angeles, meanwhile, joined Chicago as the two teams to finish with 22 wins but still miss the playoffs. Had either of them been in the East, they almost certainly would’ve made it. Toronto and New York battled it out for the division most of the year, and while they were guaranteed a playoff spot, it wasn’t clear whether either team would make it to .500. Ultimately, the Hogs did, earning the 4th seed with a 20-20 record, but leaving two teams with better records out of the postseason altogether. Most of the grumbling about this was abated by expansion next year, which will add more teams to each division and in all likelihood add more teams to the playoff picture as well. Regardless, we’ve got a Finals rematch and a West Division rivalry in the first round, so it’s not all bad.
  6. I use Gravit designer for everything I make here. I don't think I've seen anyone else on the site who uses it, which is a shame. It's totally free and completely cloud-based, it's pretty easy to pick up, and it can even be accessed directly from your browser. I was actually introduced to it during a high school web design class, and I've used it for a wide range of projects since.
  7. Coaching Changes: This offseason saw the retirement of Chargers head coach Dick Peters. New York will elevate assistant coach Brandon Church to the position. Roster Changes: Free Agents - CAL B/ZB Lyle Brown to SEA - Brown’s role on the Sea Lions was somewhat redundant, and with multiple big free agents on the market, they couldn’t make space for him. He will look to take on a leadership role with the Sawyers and should help pick up some of the slack on their defense. PHX F/ZB Zoilo Estrada to LA - Unlike their former divisional rivals, the Tooths were more than willing to spend on Estrada, who has been a marquee player for the Palms over the last two years. Hopefully, he can help Los Angeles distance themselves from their 3-win campaign last year. TOR B/ZB Clyde Kamai to LA - The Sabertooths continued to load up with newly minted champion Kamai, who had a breakout year in 2020 for the Pink and Brown. He will join a powerful group of zone backs in LA, which already includes Estrada, W Dwight McCann, B Louis Burbage, and F Vít Kraina. Trades - PHX receives F/ZB Peter Schmid CHI receives B/ZB Maurice Caumont, PHX 2021 2nd round pick Both of these players find their names listed under “Trades” for the second straight offseason. Phoenix fills the hole at forward left by Estrada’s departure, and Chicago beefs up their defense with former Defensive Player of the Year Caumont. NY receives B/K Thorsten Winkler, B/C Jeff Siegel PHX receives B/C Steve Locke, B/K Joel Drain In a relatively straightforward trade, the Palms and Chargers swap equivalent players at both center and keeper. The Chargers get an upgrade in Winkler over Drain while downgrading a bit at center, while the Palms get an upgrade in Locke over Seigel while getting rid of a talented backup keeper. Draft - 1. SEA (from LA) - W/ZB Pacífico Ugalde - TCU 2. TEX (from SEA) - B/ZB Charlie Friedman - Northwestern 3. CAL (from PHI) - W/ZB Jim Choate - Idaho 4. NY - B/ZB Tim Morris - Wake Forest 5. CHI - W/ZB Howie Garrett - Virginia Tech 6. PHX - B/ZB Ricky Smith - Drake 7. CAL - B/K Gene Martin - Fordham 8. TEX - B/ZB Pompei Garcia - Georgetown 9. TOR - B/C Jamie Smith - Western Michigan There weren’t many surprises in this draft. Ugalde was rated as the second-best player to enter a collegiate draft, so it was pretty much a no-brainer for the Sawyers to take him at #1. The only player that was “out of order” was Tim Morris; while most if not all analysts believed that Garrett was a better player, the Chargers just didn’t need much help at the wing, and took the less-talented back instead. This draft was also notable for its almost complete lack of forwards; the first, Pegaso Aldrete, was taken by Phoenix with the 15th pick, and only four forwards were selected throughout the draft.
  8. As you can see, plenty of teams wear pink. Granted, I don't think any team has used pink as their primary uniform color, and regardless, it's still a rare color in sports, which is why I went with it. Yup! Like @Darknes said, there are three new teams coming after the 2021 season. I have Orlando and Nashville just about finished, but I'm kinda stuck on Denver. On the one hand, I like @Dan O'Mac's suggestion of a mountain-themed team with subliminal ties to the legalization of cannabis, as I think in a few years it'll have become a lot more acceptable, but I want to avoid being too weed-focused (plus I think the perfect name for that might have already been taken). On the other hand, I kinda feel like mountains for Denver is kinda cliché. I do have an idea that is neither of those things, but I'd also like your ideas, so I'm gonna keep quiet for now on what that is.
  9. I'm gonna join the chorus of G's. To me, light blue is the only one that lets the orange really shine too, although I'd understand if you want them to move away from the orange.
  10. It's funny you mention the Palms, because they're the next team up, and they're doing something very similar to what Seattle did. (Granted, you mentioned over half the league, but still.) Phoenix also has a new primary logo; I didn't like the odd shape of the palm tree over the sun on its own, so I put it in a box. There was no particular reason for this particular quadrilateral; I just thought it would look good. Additionally, the tree (and by extension, the wordmark) becomes monochrome, only using purple/maroon or yellow/gold (I can never decide what colors this team actually is; I think the team would call it maroon and gold). The main uniforms don't change much, at least from the waist up. The shorts and socks on the primary and secondary switched colors, so the socks are now copper and the shorts are now the opposite of the jersey. They also wanted to change up their tertiary, and like Seattle, went gradient-themed; unlike Seattle (or anyone else in the league so far), they continued that down onto the shorts. What do you guys think of the nickname "Tequila Sunset"? The court is also mostly the same, although the lines have been changed to copper to compensate for the almost complete lack of the color anywhere else: Let me know what you think, and also feel free to let me know what you would call these colors 'cause I'm still on the fence
  11. The only original team thus far to not make a playoff appearance, the Sawyers have decided to switch things up. Mainly, they wanted to de-emphasize brown, since Toronto also uses brown and New York now has bronze as a primary color. It will now be used mostly as an accent color on the uniforms, and will not get a uniform of its own. Oh, and they have a new primary logo that I don't know how I didn't think of before. The S-saw will still be used on most applications, especially on a non-silver background, but it always seemed better suited as a secondary logo to me. As mentioned, the uniforms are mainly silver and green now. The primary stays almost the same; only the collar and NOB have changed at all. The secondary is slightly more different, with the back and sleeve numbers now silver instead of brown. The third goes a little bit more outside the box, with a sublimated gradient saw pattern from top to bottom and quite a bit more green. The court stays the same, but here it is again anyway:
  12. Sorry it took so long to address this. In all honesty, the website isn't all that impressive, but just the fact that you made it is cool on its own. It's a pretty awesome feeling that something I've made is inspiring others too. Yeah, three for three over the course of a postseason isn't bad. Out of curiosity, why'd you pick Toronto over Texas? Everything I'd seen so far would've led me to pick against them.
  13. Coming into this season, the Texas Redbacks and Toronto Hogs had combined for one playoff win in their histories; now, they would be competing for the NDL Championship Trophy. If you thought that would make anything less exciting, though, you would be wrong. Both teams came out swinging in Game 1, and it would be a classic. The lead went back and forth most of the game and was never higher than 14 for either team, and it looked like it would come down to the team who had the ball last. It would. B/ZB Wayne Jones hit a 3-point basket to put the Redbacks up by one, but left 12 seconds on the clock for the Hogs. With time winding down, B/ZB Dan Kirkpatrick found W/ZB Michael Lawler just inside the 3-point line. Lawler went up for a jump shot, drawing Texas B/K Ares Preciado just enough for Lawler to pull down the shot and slip the ball to F/ZB Derick Lee Jr., who tapped it into the wide-open net for a one-point Hogs victory. Vitalized by their Game 1 win, Toronto’s defense stepped up in Game 2, holding the Redbacks to just 110. In particular, B/K Gregg Larkin had a big game and made a few acrobatic saves, and the combination of W/ZB Perham Jahanpour and B/ZB Ax Nilsen only allowed three touchdowns over their four periods. Texas’s offense would show up again in Game 3, and they kept it close for most of the first half. When W/C John Gray and F/ZB Jerry Miller led the team on a 22-5 run in the fifth inning, though, the Redbacks had no answer, and the Hogs would keep the lead at about 20 for the rest of the game. The Redbacks were now down 3-0 and would have two more games to play in Toronto before moving back home, if they even made it that far. Game 4 started out well for Redback faithful, as Texas was able to push the lead to 21 as late as the sixth inning. However, it would quickly become a nail-biter, as the Hogs brought the lead back down to just a single point over the last few innings. B/K Semarias Garcia found the back of the net with 11 seconds left to push the lead to four, and Dan Kirkpatrick’s 5-point heave would deflect harmlessly off the backboard, allowing the Redbacks to avoid the sweep. Game 5 looked like the mirror image of Game 4 for the first three quarters or so: Toronto spent the majority of the game building up a solid lead, but the Redbacks caught fire in the last quarter. W/C Elide Amigazzi put up 17 points in the seventh inning on his own. The Hogs frantically tried to keep up, and managed for the most part, though Amigazzi and Ares Preciado held strong at center and keeper respectively during the final frame. Texas had a chance to put it away with 10 seconds left, but B/ZB Carl Goldstein’s pass to W/ZB Phil Puster was knocked down in the end zone by Ax Nilsen. Nilsen found Michael Lawler, who was quickly double-covered by the Redback defense. Lawler passed to Derick Lee, who passed to B/K Clyde Edwards, and Edwards’s shot from 31 feet out banked in at the buzzer. The Toronto Hogs, only two years removed from a 4-36 regular season, were now NDL champions.
  14. Phoenix Palms vs Texas Redbacks Nobody expected this series to be particularly exciting, as the Redbacks had not only beaten the Palms all eight times they met, but had never even allowed them within 11 points. Game 1 was more of the same, with the Redbacks cruising to a 46-point win, and, as they had six times during the regular season, holding the Palms offense to double digits with only 97 points. However, the Palms stepped up on both sides of the ball in Game 2; while they never held the lead, they were able to keep it close enough all game to make things exciting, losing by only 10. Phoenix looked even better in Game 3 than they did in Game 2, and actually held a lead for most of the game, growing to as big as 17 in the fifth inning, but the Redbacks wouldn’t go away. With 15 seconds to go, Redbacks B/K Semarias Garcia found F/C Tim Edwards in the end zone to bring the Palms lead to 1. All Phoenix had to do was control the ball across midcourt and run out the clock. Texas played tight defense, though, and rookie B/C O’Landry Compass’s pass was picked off by B/ZB Carl Goldstein. Goldstein found Edwards breaking towards the net, where he pulled off a ridiculous, acrobatic layup while falling to the ground to beat the buzzer and give the Redbacks the win. That took all the wind out of the Palms’ sails, and Texas coated to a 43-point win to complete a 12-0 season sweep of their division rivals. California Sea Lions vs Toronto Hogs Two years ago, the prospect of the Hogs being favored over the Sea Lions, in a playoff series no less, would’ve been laughed at. (The uniform matchup, pink against purple for every one of these games, probably would’ve been laughed at too.) Game 1 was a shootout, with both teams looking nearly unbeatable at times. There would be 24 lead changes throughout the game, the last coming with just under a minute left in the game, when B/ZB Kenton Snowberger sank a three-point basket to give the Sea Lions a two-point lead. A nearly identical shot by F/ZB Reece Lugg would make the lead five with just four seconds left, and B/C Joel Beetle’s half-court heave went well wide as time expired as the Lions would hold on for a road win in Game 1. Both defenses would respond in Game 2, but Toronto would still put up 131, thanks in large part to a 38-point showing from W/ZB Perham Jahanpour, while holding California to just 107. The Sea Lions still had home-field advantage heading out west, but unfortunately, it would only get worse for the two-time champs. Toronto seemed to find their stride in the second half of Game 3, a game they would go on to win by 37, and would absolutely obliterate the Sea Lions by 72 and 66 in the next two games to advance to the NDLCS.
  15. Ran into the same problem with one of my players and found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dze While I'm here, this is a really cool idea for a series and you've executed it really well so far. Props.
  16. Holy bananas, the Spiders are gorgeous. Amazing work as always.
  17. The 2020 regular season was perhaps the most boring season in the NDL’s short history. The three divisions were all decided with over two weeks left in the regular season, and all three division winners combined for three losses within their respective divisions. Most of the games weren’t close either; only 17 games all year were decided by 5 points or less, and not a single one went to overtime. Sure, there were some exciting games, like on June 10th, when Seattle’s W/ZB Dan Williams hit a full-court buzzer-beater off the rim and into the net to beat New York 116-115, but for the most part, there wasn’t much to talk about. Speaking of New York, the Chargers looked pretty good during their sophomore season. They actually finished second in the Eastern Division, ahead of the Philadelphia Row, who struggled to come back from a 2019 season filled with injuries. The Chargers were technically still in the wildcard hunt until that Seattle game, but neither New York nor Philly was ever really in the divisional race, which once again belonged to the Toronto Hogs. Unlike last year, however, the Hogs won the East in style, running away from the pack over the second half of the season. They ultimately finished 29-11, clinching the second seed, and should be dangerous in July with the offensive play of W/ZB Michael Lawler and W/C John Gray. Toronto will host California, who won the West for the fourth consecutive season. However, it was clearly the weakest division of the three. The Sea Lions went 16-0 within the division, replicating the Hogs’ feat from last year, but like those Hogs, they didn’t look very impressive outside the division, going 10-14 against the East and Central. Seattle, meanwhile, regressed quite a bit from last year, winning only 12 games, and LA took its turn at the injury carousel, losing B/ZBs Lucas Nagel, Marino Reyes, and Michael Courtney for most of the season and leaving their backfield very depleted and leading to a dismal 3-37 season for the Tooths. That leaves the Central, which was clearly the strongest division this year. Unfortunately, that didn’t mean it was competitive. The Chicago Frost looked like favorites to repeat their championship this season, but lost star F/C Michel Blanchard to a broken nose on April 1st. Chicago was deep enough to stay in the playoff race, but the door was left wide open for the Texas Redbacks, who ripped through the league, going 37-3. Everybody on the team seemed to be having a career year, which led to multiple trades and one of the most interesting weeks in history. Texas was in trade talks with both Toronto and Seattle in mid-April, and dealt backup B/C Aciscio Castañeda to the Sawyers for B/K Clyde Edwards, F/C Don Toomey, and a first-rounder. Once the Hogs caught wind of the trade, they immediately expressed interest in Edwards, and within a few days, Edwards was playing for his third team in less than a week. Interestingly enough, he played two games with star Redbacks F/C Tim Edwards, so both had to wear their first initials on their backs for a few days; look for these jerseys to become big collectors items for uniform nerds. Anyway, with the top 3 all but set and most of the other teams out of it, Phoenix and Chicago were fighting for the final playoff spot, and unlike everything else this season, it would come down to the end of the season. The Palms were in Chicago playing their final game; the Frost had one more game against Texas the following day, but this game would determine the wildcard team regardless of that result. It was a tight game all around, with 32 lead changes, and ultimately, the Palms staved off a few desperation plays by the Frost to win by 6. As exciting as that game was, however, it likely won’t matter much, as the two teams combined for a 1-15 record against the top-seeded Redbacks.
  18. I did check these, and at the time that I created the courts, all of those websites and twitter accounts were available. Most of the URLs link to something like this, though, which means I would have to buy them, and I'd prefer not to spend money on this. If enough people are interested, I could mock up what the websites might look like and/or create the teams' twitter accounts, but I'd personally prefer to stick to what I'm doing now.
  19. Yeah, the expansion board finished up a few weeks ago, but even then, you wouldn't have been able to lobby for your own team. That said, I don't think it'll be too long before the league expands again, so keep that on the back burner.
  20. Haha, different Wayne Carey Side note (as this seems like a good time for it): I don't look up any of these names or anything; every character I present here is fictional (unless I make it blatantly obvious that they're not).
  21. 76'ers Betsy Ross Logo

    Gonna echo what just about everyone said, although I do think you need some flag imagery in there because, let's face it, Betsy Ross is not as iconic as Ben Franklin is (side note: the Betsy Ross Flag is the one with the stars in a circle). In terms of the balloon problem, I think all you need to do is move the ball over to her finger.
  22. Hey! Hi. Me again. Sorry about the wait; moving back into school and starting up a new semester threw me off a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to get into more of a rhythm now that I'm through a week or so. Anyway, here's the offseason: Coaching Changes: After three subpar years in the league and no playoff appearances, the Phoenix Palms have fired head coach Joseph Johnson. They will replace him with Robert Morris University head coach John Fuller, who led the Colonials to a national championship in 2018. Roster Changes: Free Agents - LA W/ZB Perham Jahanpour to TOR - Toronto is looking to build on the success they saw last year, and proving they aren’t afraid to go out and sign top free agents. Jahanpour, one of the highest-trending players over the last few years with the Tooths, should add veteran leadership to a very young Hogs team. PHI B/ZB Alvin Milling to NY - Milling had mostly flown under the radar for the past two years, but took a big step up during the past year, when he helped carry a Philadelphia defense that had been hit hard by injuries. The Chargers are hoping the 23-year-old can keep that role up in the Big Apple. CAL W/ZB Justin Smith to CHI - Smith was one of the best players for the Sea Lions over the first two years in the league, even at 19 and 20 years old. However, it doesn’t appear that he has fully recovered from the Achilles injury that had him on the IR all of last season, and the Sea Lions let him walk to the defending champion Frost. Trades - LA receives W/ZB Raymond Johnson (PHX) PHX receives B/ZB Maurice Caumont (PHI), PHI 2020 2nd round pick PHI receives B/C Branco Bonilla (LA) Not much exciting going on in this trade, just three teams swapping role players. Johnson was one of the Hogs’ more exciting players before getting picked up by the Palms this offseason; Caumont was one of the Row’s best players before dropping off after the last few years; and Bonilla has spent the past few years sharing a starting role in LA. All three of them should see plenty of playing time this season. CHI receives F/ZB Peter Schmid, B/K Ronnie Northern TOR receives B/K Gregg Larkin, CHI 2020 2nd round pick Toronto sends their top zone back and their top keeper in order to upgrade to Gregg Larkin, who has worked his way up from solid backup to one of the best keepers in the league. Chicago, for its part, moves down a bit at keeper, but picks up an excellent replacement in Northern and adds major defensive talent with Schmid. Draft - 1. NY - B/ZB Anthony Wallace - Marist 2. PHI - B/ZB Kurt Watts - George Mason 3. PHX - B/ZB O’Landry Compass - Bishop’s 4. CAL (from SEA) - B/ZB Junior Butterfly - Santa Clara 5. TEX - W/ZB Joe Sweitzer - Virginia Tech 6. TOR - F/K Wayne Carey - Texas Tech 7. LA - W/ZB Viktor Ilić - Serbia 8. SEA (from CAL) - W/ZB Patrick Ryan - Southern Illinois 9. CHI - B/ZB Nick Phipps-Joseph - North Carolina With back/zone backs taken at the first four picks, this draft was relatively unexciting. After some deliberation, New York went with local prospect Anthony Wallace at #1. California traded up to select the last of these, Junior Butterfly, at #4, though in hindsight, this may have been a mistake as the next B/ZB went to Chicago at #9. Notably, this was the second straight year in which eight ZBs were selected in the first round, Texas Tech’s Wayne Carey (TOR) being the lone exception.
  23. Two teams adjusted their looks in 2020. The Sea Lions and their fans were never fond of their reverse-pinstriped alternate, and their 48-point loss while wearing them in NDLCS Game 4 last year was the final nail in the coffin. However, they did not want to give up on the idea of a purple alternate jersey: The second team up is the Philadelphia Row, who made two important changes to their identity. Most obviously, they promoted (a slightly modified version of) their script wordmark to the primary, and placed it on the primary and secondary uniforms and in both end zones. They also lightened up their shades of brick; their main shade is now redder and the darker shade (to this point only used for some outlines on the seahorse logo) has been replaced by the original shade. As mentioned, both of their two main uniforms carry the script, but those stay pretty much the same. The other two uniforms are very different, though: the tertiary has dropped white and added some of the secondary brick color, and the quaternary switches from gray to red with a chest stripe inspired in parts by Union's home kit, the city flag, the Schuylkill Navy, and Elfreth's Alley. The court, meanwhile, stays just about the same, other than the aforementioned changes. I had the tail of the script extend into the goal since it was way too small if I didn't. Let me know what you think!
  24. I like the Pitch for Nashville. Unfortunately, I liked it a little too much and I've already given that name to the MLS team. Once I realized the double meaning there, I couldn't resist XD Anyway, a couple of teams are making tweaks this offseason, and I should have those up by Tuesday at the latest, and then we can get moving again.