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  1. 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.
  2. 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:
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Holy bananas, the Spiders are gorgeous. Amazing work as always.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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).
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. I really like all of these, especially the raccoon idea for Nashville, though I might do something a little different with the name. Orlando Orbits might also work with @TekkogsSteve's Universal Studios idea, sort of playing off of their logo (or their old logos). Feel free to keep the suggestions coming though; I don't want to have to use all three of @Darknes's ideas
  17. Thanks again to all of you who voted! The Expansion Board has reached a conclusion, and has selected Nashville (12 points), Denver (10), and Orlando (9) as the newest National Dashball League franchises. In case you're wondering, the rest of the standings played out like this: Nashville (12) Denver (10) Orlando (9) Atlanta (8) Raleigh (6) Salt Lake City (5) Houston (3) Miami (0) I will be welcoming name suggestions for each of these teams, which will begin play in 2022. I should have the offseason post up in the next few days.
  18. Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks to all who have already submitted their votes. I just wanted to bump this in case anyone else wanted to throw their hat into the ring. I'll probably leave this open for another day or two, and then we can get moving again.
  19. Welcome, everybody, to the 2019 National Dashball League Expansion Board. This board will determine the locations of the three expansion teams that will enter the league in time for the 2022 season. A few ground rules before we begin: - You will cast three ranked votes for three unique cities. A first place vote will be worth three points, a second place vote will be worth two points, and a third place vote will be worth one point. - You may optionally vote with a persona. Note that the NDL universe is only recently deviated from this universe, so you may vote as a real person. If you do opt to create a fictional character, you may submit a short biography along with your votes. Regardless, this person should be influential and important, but should not be affiliated with any of the potential expansion cities in any way. - I will allow rumors, but if you do post a rumor, please try to make it clear that it is a rumor. When reading, keep in mind that unless I say it, it isn't necessarily true (or false either). With all that in mind, I now declare expansion voting open! Here are the eight finalist cities (I know I said seven, but I changed my mind): Atlanta, GA Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 6,542,667 Major League Presence: Braves (MLB), Hawks (NBA), Falcons (NFL), United (MLS) Arena: Philips Arena (capacity 17,624), currently home to the Hawks and WNBA Dream Atlanta has the largest population of any of the Southeastern cities (unless you consider Houston to be in the Southeast). The city has been a bit suspect of new teams, however; while United FC have enjoyed record attendance in their first few years, smaller sports such as lacrosse and rugby have only managed to draw a few thousand fans per year, and the city famously couldn’t hold on to either of its two NHL teams. Denver, CO Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 4,151,819 Major League Presence: Rockies (MLB), Nuggets (NBA), Broncos (NFL), Avalanche (NHL), Rapids (MLS) Arena: Pepsi Center (capacity 17,809), currently home to the Nuggets, Avalanche, and NLL Mammoth The largest city in the Rocky Mountains, Denver would fill another big hole for the league geographically. The main concern with Denver is its five major league teams; we’ve yet to really see how expansion teams fare in such cities, and it may not be a problem at all, but it’s certainly a concern. Houston, TX Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 7,170,370 Major League Presence: Astros (MLB), Rockets (NBA), Texans (NFL), Dynamo (MLS) Arena: Toyota Center (capacity 17,800), currently home to the Rockets As the largest city in the US without a team, Houston had to at least make the list. However, a Houston team may find itself playing second fiddle not only to the other pro teams in the city but also to the Redbacks, who already claim all of Texas; no other expansion candidate has an existing team in the same state. Miami, FL Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 4,907,768 Major League Presence: Marlins (MLB), Heat (NBA), Dolphins (NFL), Panthers (NHL) Arena: BB&T Center (capacity 19,250), currently home to the Panthers While there are only four teams on the list, David Beckham and company have been in the process of landing an MLS expansion team since 2014. While the length of time shouldn’t necessarily be a knock on the city itself, it will very soon join Denver with five Big 5 teams. The city would certainly bring more diversity and culture to the league, though, and it has the third-highest population on this list. Nashville, TN Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 2,542,514 Major League Presence: Titans (NFL), Predators (NHL), Pitch (MLS) Arena: Bridgestone Arena (capacity 17,298), currently home to the Predators Nashville Pitch FC, who beat Miami to the 24th MLS expansion slot, will field a team beginning next spring (2020), but the city has certainly responded well to the team, and has proven to be very supportive of the Titans and Preds when they’ve made playoff runs. Downsides: it is the smallest city on the list and now has three teams for the NDL to play behind. Orlando, FL Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 3,909,164 Major League Presence: Magic (NBA), City (MLS) Arena: Amway Center (capacity 17,353), currently home to the Magic and ECHL Solar Bears Orlando beat out Tampa for a spot on the final list, largely due to less competition from more established leagues. While it is certainly smaller than most of the cities around it, it worked as the only Southeastern city in the MLS for a few years, so there’s certainly potential for the city to work in the NDL. Raleigh, NC Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 2,888,471 Major League Presence: Hurricanes (NHL) Arena: PNC Arena (capacity 18,680), currently home to the Hurricanes and NC State men’s basketball With only one major league team in the city, Raleigh is another likely candidate to bring in a lot of tickets. It is a smaller, less traditional sports city and wouldn’t entirely fill the “Southeast void,” but it has emerged as somewhat of a dark horse for NDL expansion and certainly has a lot of potential. Salt Lake City, UT Metro Population (2019 Estimate): 2,906,134 Major League Presence: Jazz (NBA), Real (MLS) Arena: Vivint Smart Home Arena (capacity 14,000), currently home to the Jazz Salt Lake City is sort of playing Denver’s younger cousin in this expansion, as they are the only two cities outside of the South to make it this far. With a smaller population than Denver, it may not have as many fans to bring in, but with only two professional teams in the city, it may bring in more of those fans.
  20. I appreciate the enthusiasm, everyone, but as I said, we're still not voting quite yet. I'll make a much bigger post with much more information when that time comes.
  21. Yeah it was tough for me to leave them out. I (the league) really wanted to focus on getting as many eyes on dashball as possible, so due to the five other pro teams in the area and its proximity to NYC, it didn't quite make the cut. You'll see it before long, though, don't worry.
  22. Hi! Me again. Sorry for the long break (again); this whole looking-into-the-future thing has proven a whole lot more difficult than I expected, and between that and the finals I have coming up, I've been delayed a bit. However, I'm happy to announce that the league has narrowed down the list of bids to one from each of the following 11 cities: Atlanta Denver Detroit Houston Miami Montreal Nashville Orlando Raleigh Salt Lake City Tampa This list will be further narrowed down to seven; the Expansion Council (that's you guys) will then be brought on to choose the three cities that will receive teams. To clarify and restate: this is not the beginning of voting, and I will have much more information when voting actually opens; this is more of a bump than anything. I should have all that up soon, though, so stay tuned.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.