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    Buffalo Bills, Indiana U., Everton FC, NYCFC, Real Oviedo, NY Islanders, Fantasy Football (30 years in the same league)
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  1. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    They have promised names and identities for all teams, but have not given us a timeline on that. If they are going the "fan input" route, they would need to do it soon in order to make a choice and then have designs created and uniforms made. I suspect they are already working on both identity and uniforms and they will hold a "guess the name" rather than a "choose the name" competition in the 8 cities. Selfishly I wish they would come out with them already, but I suspect we are looking at Sept. or later before we start to learn the team identities.
  2. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    So we have the 8 AAF cities, how long for the name and branding to be announced? They have said they want fan influence on this, but it takes time to design and then get helmets, uniforms and items to sell ready. What do you see as the timeframe? I would hope for full identities revealed by early September. That would give them 5 months to promote and push for season ticket sales.
  3. WideRight

    2018 FIFA World Cup

    I am watching on Telemundo instead (Yeah for being bilingual) because the Fox commentators are not always the best. They have 1 good team, 1 adequate team (Meola) and that weird team of 2 Spanish speakers who are so partisan that it is painful to watch them cover a game that has any Latin country in it because they are rooting, not discussing. Even on Telemundo, the commentary is more balanced. And as to the big question, following England means never having to wonder why they aren't better. They just never are. Great league, horrible national team. BTW, I am not rooting for Mexico. I liked that Germany lost, but it would have been the same had they lost to Sweden or Korea for me. Since the USA is not in it I am rooting for La Furia Roja. ¡España!
  4. WideRight

    Colleges In Need For A Logo Rebrand

    Basically I am saying their "cleaned up" brand, is boring. I am all for having a single brand over all sports, but this is all there is and it is not enough. Of course they should have a coherent brand, and the IU monogram needs to be a big part of it, but it is not enough. They can and should expand on the brand to offer people more to work with.
  5. WideRight

    Colleges In Need For A Logo Rebrand

    I am going to have to go with my alma mater, Indiana U. because all they have is the monogram. Sure, there is the striped pants thing, and they have a script "Indiana", but with no mascot and only a flat, 1-color monogram, they need to do more. Even adding beveling would be an improvement. I still argue that they need to modernize the Buffalo mascot they used briefly in the past, or develop a new one. This is not enough. Even Penn State, known for minimalist design in uniforms, has more of a logo package than IU.
  6. OK, I'll ask, why is the Alabama State team located in western Mississippi?
  7. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Yeah, my big suggestions to them would be: 1. Avoid anything that smacks of "kewl", so no use of -z instead of -s, no deliberate misspellings (Xtreme, etc.) 2. Don't be afraid of a "boring" name like Wildcats, Tigers, Mustangs if it is appropriate to the area. 3. Do try to pick names that mean something to the region/city. What is the local history, culture, industry, character, etc. 4. Avoid anything that deals with Native Americans, the Confederacy or other hotbutton historical elements. 5. Nothing wrong with animals, weather, professions, etc. 6. Don't try to mimic the colors of local colleges or lost pro teams. Go a new direction. 7. It is ok to have a non-plural name if it is a word that has meaning and is not too conceptual (Thunder, Lightning, Rampage, Forge, etc.)
  8. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    Based on what we have seen so far design-wise, I expect they will get a good designer. I expect Ebersol is keyed in on the marketing/branding side of things. The league logo, wordmark and website use pretty decent design elements. They have also said that they want each team's name to reflect the local region, culture, tradition, etc. which is a good sign to me. This is one aspect of the league that I feel good about. Still a bit dicey on them choosing Birmingham, as I think St. Louis, New Orleans or Louisville would have been better team to finish the Eastern division with. Hoping they go with either San Antonio or San Jose for the final city.
  9. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I am actually surprised they went with Birmingham. First off they are stuck in Legion Field for 2 seasons, which is far too big (will look bad on TV) and while their USFL attendance was solid, they did not do as well in the XFL or CFL expansion, which makes me think that folks there are not too keen on yet another attempt at a non-NFL league. It makes more sense to me for them to go to St. Louis (still in pain after NFL departure) or New Orleans (nice outdoor 30,000 seat stadium at Tulane). My guess is that the next team has to be either Texas (San Antonio, Dallas or Houston as you list) or Northern California (San Jose or Sacramento).
  10. WideRight

    Hall of Very Good

    I guess I can agree to that, but add Phil Simms to your QB list.
  11. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I still hold to the idea that the Feb. start removes any chance of the Northeast or Midwest getting teams. It is crappy weather for the most part at least into early April and that is the entire season. The USFL had enough big name players and a long enough season to make it work. I don't see an 8 team 10 week season taking that risk. If domes are not out out of the question, then St. Louis and San Antonio seem the top choices for teams 7-8. If not then I would be looking at Sacramento, San Jose, Portland, Albuquerque and maybe Dallas as a long shot in the west. Louisville, New Orleans, Birmingham, Raleigh or A 2nd Florida team in the East.
  12. WideRight

    New Amarillo baseball team announces name finalists

    Wow, those are all horrible. They all reek of trying to hard to do something new and cutesy. And maybe It is because I am not from Texas but "boot scooting" is a reference to a dog dragging its ass across the floor because it has irritated anal glands. Not a great name, to say the least, though the logo could be hilarious.
  13. WideRight

    Choking / Cursed Franchises

    As a Bills fan since 1979 I am going to have to agree with this. Here is the litanny of woe. --Won AFL championships but only in years prior to the Superbowl. Had the merger happened 1 year earlier Bills would have been in Super Bowl I. --Biggest star of the 1970's could not produce winning seasons and then is widely believed to have committed double homicide. --Best player on the team in the early 80's leaves to play for the USFL and is never the same again (Joe Cribbs) --Savior QB picked in 1983 draft also opts for the USFL, so Bills lose 2 seasons of play that might have helped them peak sooner. --Wide right, the name says it all. --0-4 in consecutive Super Bowls --After Kelly retires, they find a lost gem in Doug Flutie, who takes them back to the playoffs in 1999 only to be benched in favor of Rob "He Sack Me" Johnson. --They of course lose that playoff game in the Music City Miracle --17 years of bad, but not bad enough to get top draft picks seasons. So so many 7-9's. --Countless 4th quarter lead games vs. the Patriiots where Brady just brushes himself off and crushes the dream in the 4th. --Could not even be featured in a mediocre Kevin Costner movie about the draft. It was meant to be the Bills, but got switched to the Browns in pre-production. I think the Bills are definitely a contender. They, Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland are all in bad, bad shape.
  14. WideRight

    Wideright updates the NFL

    Still not sold on the idea that the Powder Blue and white unis are better than the Fouts era navy and yellow. But, I went with the powder blue anyway. But, that said, I kept in some navy and I changed up quite a bit.
  15. WideRight

    Introducing the Alliance of American Football

    I think the "big" name coaches will help to provide a sense of legitimacy to the league. Quality of play will matter quite a bit. That is where the XFL failed. They had no preseason and very short camps and the teams were just not ready to play. I think if the leaguewide average is 20,000 they are in great shape. The issue most of these leagues have, and I include WLAF in this, is that by the very nature of the game you are going to have some team(s) that goes 2-8, 1-9 or 0-10 and how do you get fans to go to those games late in the year. People will rally around a winning team, even if it is a minor league team, but to be minor league, with no name players and only a coach's reputation to sell tickets, that is the issue. I think a single-entity system helps with this, because every ticket sold in Orlando helps to keep Atlanta afloat, but in the end, if the games are close and the play is good, and a few names come out of the league and make it to the NFL and are successful there (a la Kurt Warner) the league can draw in a range that will keep it afloat (20-30k). But they better plan for there to be a few stinker teams with bad records and worse crowds, and not jump on the relocation/contraction bandwagon too soon. Commit to those markets so fans can commit to the teams, even when they are bad in season 1 or 2. By the way, i still wish they were open to having 10 teams instead of 8, because someone in the St. Louis, Sacramento, New Orleans, Louisville, Oakland and San Antonio pool is going to get left out, and I think all of those markets could work for the AAF. Maybe they do well in year 1 and add 2 teams in year 2.