Gothamite

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  1. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Yeah, as is demanding $30 million with a week’s notice.
  2. Well, the Sounders lift the MLS Cup, and its time to look to the next season. So what to expect? Will the NASL survive? Will the USL take over D2? Will Seattle fans be incredibly insufferable? Will the Cosmos ever pay all those players and staffers their back wages?
  3. MLB changes 2018?

    Here’s the pic for anyone who doesn’t want to click the twitter link. I don’t like the Reds cap - too much black, and for the whole compromising the wishbone-C thing. Have long wanted the White Sox to use that style of C, though.
  4. Derivative specifically requires something to derive from, though. It means an imitation of another work. That's why I was confused by the word choice. By itself, I don't love the O. But when they put the red and black bars behind it, it's a really solid logo. Simple yet distinctive, reads well at small sizes for social media.
  5. I understand "blah", but "derivative"?
  6. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Only in the minds of fans. The USL has never said that, and it wouldn't make any sense. MLS clubs want their developing players to work against the best possible competition. Keeping them all in the third division kind of kills the entire point. I understand that some fans don't like the optics of their team playing against Timbers 2. But they don't seem to have a similar problem with their club playing the Bethlehem Steel, which means their objection is superficial, and really just something they have to get beyond. Then there's the subset of NASL fans who complain that no serious footballing nation would let reserve sides play in its second division, perhaps forgetting that Spain does just that.
  7. Football and CTE

    That is an interesting question. We as a society already have a structure to deal with such a scenario. I would presume that those players, once so adjudicated, would be treated like we already treat someone suffering from a similar degenerative mental conditions like Alzheimer's. At the moment, insurance companies are not allowed to refuse coverage for pre-existing conditions. Hopefully that will not be changed by this current (or any future) Congress. Again, I think we have a framework in place to deal with this. Players can already be forced out of the game by injuries - Sterling Sharpe comes to mind. He was the best receiver in pro football, and looked to be on pace to challenge Rice and Hutson as the greatest of all time, when he suffered a spinal injury and needed surgery. Sharpe wanted to keep playing but the Packers cut him, not wanting to be responsible for the continued damage. Sharpe couldn't find another team willing to take him on, and was forced to retire. I would suspect that players who are found to be a significant risk will find themselves in a similar situation. Or at least I hope that is the case.
  8. I don’t understand the love for the profile logo. It’s clearly less dynamic than the 3/4 version, and it’s not timeless enough to claim a kind of classical dignity.
  9. Football and CTE

    Be careful, somebody might take you seriously without a s/ tag or winky face.
  10. Football and CTE

    That is exactly what Goodell and the owners would like us to believe, but “logic” and “reason” are hardly on their side. This is indeed momentous, because it has the potential to put the lie to the notion that the game can ever be played safely in its current form.
  11. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Why do you think that? This is the same league that expanded to Vancouver/Portland/Seattle in rapid succession. They value regional rivalries perhaps more than any other pro league in the country.
  12. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Miami is happening. Beckham has cleared every hurdle in front of him so far, and he's almost set. I don't think that automatically rules out Tampa Bay, though.
  13. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    That's a great summary - thanks!
  14. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    That's a great summary - thanks!
  15. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I don't think Wahl is exactly going out on a limb with that prediction; they're certainly the three clear front-runners. Cincy better settle on a location, the best one they can. If there's anything holding them back, it's the "we have a stadium site, just not a good one" approach. And then we'll see what happens next year. San Diego will be in the mix, and if they can grab the Murphy land they'll be hard to top. Saint Louis's billionaire may have had a change of heart by then as well.
  16. MLB changes 2018?

    Unless I misread, he’s talking about caps. New Era, but Majestic.
  17. Bizarre Athlete Endorsements

    Glad to see Joe Montana’s pantyhose commercial is in here, but can’t believe nobody’s mentioned the long-running Mr. Coffee campaign featuring Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio, the Yankee Clipper himself. Also available in analog clock model! The Greatest Living Yankee will forever be associated in my mind with Old-Timers Games and primitive coffee machines. Even though he apparently never drank coffee himself.
  18. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I gladly stand corrected on the EFL playoffs. I only remembered the final game, not the semifinal legs. I’m still not a fan of a playoff system with pro/rel, because it rewards temporary form over true excellence. And FWIW, I don’t like split-seasons either.
  19. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I’d tend to think “no”. The only justification for promotion and relegation is that it lets the best teams move up and sends the worst teams down. Playoffs muddle that picture, and you’re into the luckiest or unluckiest clubs. England has a one-game playoff for the third promotion spot into the Premier League, but that still leaves two spots earned by overall season performance. I wouldn’t want that expanded, and if pro/rel was introduced here I’d want to see any playoffs severely curtailed.
  20. 2017/18 Soccer Kits

    Wasn’t that star added to the MNT shirt in the 2000s? For some reason the tradition of championship stars just never caught on in England.
  21. 2018 MLS Kits

    No worries. All gone, you still look great.
  22. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Cincy can vault back into it by actually committing to any one of their stadium sites. This “we have a site but we don’t really love it” thing looks really bad. If they do, I wonder if MLS might announce three teams in December, even if one will start a year later than the others. That would mean a mad scramble for the final spot to be announced in a year.
  23. 2018 MLS Kits

    Yeah, I loved that. Brown and Columbia blue look great together.
  24. 2018 MLS Kits

    Not shirts, shorts. Toronto doesn’t have white shorts; they have their primary reds and alternate blues. Now, you could say that MLS should have made them anticipate this match-up and add contrasting shorts to their kitbag. But MLS obviously doesn’t care much about a clash between the shorts.
  25. strange NY Jets cap from 1974

    Yeah, but look at those letterforms. No way would that clear MLB's lawyers.