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  1. ItDoesntMatter

    Seattle Sounders Logo Refresh (Updated: Secondary Logos)

    The logo looks better, and this presentation looks great. Kudos.
  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. I intentionally made the primary green and red because the other two colors contrasted well with it. Neither white nor red contrasts as well with the green and gold stripes as the white and gold do with the green and red. It also allows me to make the secondary be basically the opposite, with green/red on one and white/gold on the other. Here's a mockup of the primary in green and gold so you can see it for yourself, but I don't think that's a way I'm gonna go. The red is darker than the green right now, so I'm not sure brightening the red is the solution, and none of the shades I tried seemed to make it any better. I did try a lighter green, and while I think it solves the muddiness, I definitely like the green (and most of the rest of the set) better as it is. I also tried to make the red darker, but you can't go much further before you get to brown.
  4. ItDoesntMatter

    Seattle Sounders Logo Refresh (Updated: Secondary Logos)

    I'm also a big fan of B2. The one thing I would say about the A and B sets, though, is that one wave on the bottom that kinda rubs up against the bottom of the hexagon. I would move the waves either up or down a little bit so that's not happening. Other than that, this is great.
  5. ItDoesntMatter

    Professional Football League Open Branding- NYC Colored Logo Vote!

    Personally, I think it looks stronger with the black, but I think it definitely looks good with no black as well.
  6. I have to admit, I had to read this twice to hash it out. Thanks for the kind words, though! I tried to make green>yellow>red>white the hierarchy, although I did want to balance them out as much as possible and I can see how it might not come off that way, especially when the primary jersey is mainly green and red. (For the record, I see the Sawyers as silver>green>brown and the Chargers as bronze>cream>green.) As for the bear claw, I definitely didn't intend it, but let's pretend I did .
  7. Any more comments on Colorado? In the meantime, I've updated the league signatures. As always, if you want a team-specific one, just let me know.
  8. ItDoesntMatter

    Winnipeg Blues (MJHL) rebrand concept

    What if you flipped the notes upside down? Right now the W is sort of interfering with the note heads and complicating things, and I think you'd be able to avoid that problem by moving the heads to the tops of the stems.
  9. Last but not least, we have the Colorado Pinnacles, a name suggested by @~Bear. I went with Pinnacles largely because I liked the way it sounded, but also because it has the dual meaning of reaching the top, which obviously they hope to do. The Pinnacles are the first team to really have four primary colors, and the logosheet reflects this. The primary logo is a mountain with the sun just behind it, and hopefully enough of a cannabis leaf to be obvious without being too obvious. The secondary goes much simpler and bolder, with a more explicitly defined pinnacle of the mountain. The tertiary logo is a gold pan modeled after the ubiquitous state flag, and the wordmark likewise follows the example of that C. I bet y'all thought that uniform from the teaser image was gonna be an alternate. Nope, that's their primary uniform, and they get a matching secondary in the other two colors to boot. There's kind of a lot going on, but I feel like it all works together. They also get a green alternate and a flag alternate, because we know how much Coloradans like their green and their flag. All the shorts have matching stripes, and they also go all the way around the shorts (kind of like the Celtics or Rangers). Given that the uniforms were pretty over-the-top, the court is relatively simple. The primary logo is stained inside the 5-point lines and the secondary gets center court. They also get a "Climb Higher" tagline, which also helps add a little more color. The offseason post is up next, but first, what do you guys think? Let me know.
  10. ItDoesntMatter

    Professional Football League Open Branding- NYC Colored Logo Vote!

    That photo does make it look like the bull has no back legs, lol. The statue does, though, and if you look really closely, you can still see its feet (hooves? I think bulls have hooves) sticking out. Your logo has only two legs, and it's kind of off-putting to see the bull's backside just sort of floating there, at least to me.
  11. ItDoesntMatter

    Professional Football League Open Branding- NYC Colored Logo Vote!

    This. I think you definitely could (and should) use all three logos. I do think the bull needs back legs, but other than that it looks great.
  12. ItDoesntMatter

    Professional Football League Open Branding- NYC Colored Logo Vote!

    Totally fine with it. I'm sure I'm not the first to have that idea and I wasn't expecting to be the last either. It seems like the direction you're going is different enough, too (although I was a bit suspicious when I saw that @Darknes suggested green and bronze for the colors ).
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    Professional Football League Open Branding- NYC Colored Logo Vote!

    Ooh, that looks good. If that's a rough sketch, I can't wait to see the final product.
  14. I spent quite a bit of time looking into this today and I still couldn't figure anything out. I have some suspicions as to the cause of the problem, but nothing I've found so far seems to fix it. In the meantime, all the images are in this Google Drive folder, if you don't mind digging a bit.
  15. If there's nothing more on Nashville, here are the Orlando Orbits! Thanks to @Darknes (again) for the name, and to @TekkogsSteve for (sort of accidentally) providing me with the direction. I don't think the name needs a ton of explanation, so let's get right to it: As you can see, their primary logo is heavily inspired by that of nearby Universal Orlando; Universal actually owns a minority stake in the team and saw this as a way to counter Disney's sponsorship of the Magic. The globe is actually centered on Orlando (or at least as close to it as I could get), so I guess in this sense, the world does revolve around them. The rocket from the primary becomes the secondary logo, and the colors are taken straight from the (relatively) new city flag, plus a sparingly-used darker blue. Orlando's uniforms are pretty simple, with a loop around the left shoulder and right sleeve intended to act as an orbit path of sorts. I put the primary logo on the sleeve to balance things out. The rocket is taking off from the bottom of the shorts, and if the smoke trail looks familiar to you, you're absolutely right, because I ripped it off from the flag. They also get a "deep space" alternate in the darker shade of blue which has a field of stars on the front (Leo and the surrounding stars, as lions have some history with Orlando, and Leo also happens to be my zodiac sign). The court doesn't have much going on, although it does use the same parquet floor as the Magic. I added the rockets in with the wordmarks in the end zone for something interesting, and added a Go For Launch tagline on the apron since it looked kinda empty with nothing there. C&C welcome and appreciated! Just one more to go before we can get back into things.
  16. I've been considering doing something different with the Palms, especially if they don't start winning soon, since they're not doing too hot right now.
  17. Thanks everyone! Re: the second white uniform - I actually had a very different pattern on that uniform until about thirty minutes before I posted the team last night. I like this a lot better than what I had before, so I'll call it a win. As to your question, @BellaSpurs, the idea was to have the design sort of emanating from the side, and there's not much room on the back, especially if you have a two-digit number.
  18. First team up: the Nashville Fugitives! Shoutout to @Darknes for the idea, although I went with Fugitives over Bandits for a few reasons. The Fugitives was the name of a group of poets and scholars at Vanderbilt which I had found digging around on Wikipedia, and also I just thought it sounded cooler. It might have been a little inside-the-box to make a gray and black raccoon, but it seemed like a logical way to go, and plenty of gray/silver and black teams are out there. The primary is a raccoon with a mask, which I think is pretty self-explanatory. The secondary is a combination treble clef and raccoon tail set on top of a set of staff lines inside a guitar pick, cuz you know, music. Like the staff, the tail has 5 black stripes. The wordmark also plays on that idea, with the letters cut out of alternating gray and black stripes. I kept the staff motive going on the uniforms, as the Fugitives' top three uniforms have the same striped sleeves and socks. Other than that, I kept those uniforms simple, and gave them a matching pair of shorts for each. In theory, they can combine the tops and bottoms in different ways, but these will be the most common. I decided to give them a whiteout quaternary with no gray and a funky pattern on the side which kind of reminds me of both an abstract poem and a graphic equalizer. It's also got five stripes down the shorts, a recolored secondary logo, and plain white socks. Not a whole lot to say about the court, either, but I thought the stripes going out the side of the end zones was a cool touch. Let me know what you think!
  19. I guess I didn't make that very difficult, lol. Anyway, the first team should be up in the next day or two, but I won't tell you which cuz that wouldn't be very fun, now would it?
  20. hopefully this will rekindle some interest in this thread
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.