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  1. ARMY

    The. Worst. Sorry, Buc (I assume this is a self-portrait), but service academy rivalries can know no weakness, no relenting, no compromise. It is one of the few constants in life and I will take it to my grave. However, if we move beyond ARMY WEST POINT, to just the real Army and things change. Love those guys, especially their helo pilots. Bunch of cowboys... Air Force is an historical footnote. It's like having a baby brother when you're 24 and then trying to pretend to be interested in his life. He's technically part of the family but..... The more I contemplate ARMY WEST POINT as the name, the more it drives me crazy. It's not like Navy is suffering from a lack of symbols, U.S Naval Academy, Navy, Midshipmen, goat mascot... But they keep it simple, it's the Navy Midshipmen, no Annapolis, no NAVY ANNAPOLIS, etc., etc. I'll be interested to see if they still do something special for Army-Navy and Army-Air Force or if they try to keep the focus on the new look. UA went for it in a "rebranding" year, so maybe Nike will follow suit (NPI). Also, Go Navy.
  2. ARMY

    What an ARMY WEST POINT way to ruin it with too many rules! I know for a fact that Navy uses patches sent in from around the Fleet, which allows people to send stuff in that's been flown in a jet, or worn in Afghanistan, or been to the ISS or something else awesome. Honestly, I don't know how they're divvied out, but it seems pretty random, because Navy understands that college sports are supposed to be fun. At Navy they prize intellectual creativity, improvisation, independence, and not being miserable living in a lifeless gray castle surrounded by nothing but the freezing cold.ARMY WEST POINT is the WORST. The. Worst. Unlike ARMY WEST POINT, Navy typically only wears patched against Air Force and ARMY WEST POINT. And bowl games. Which, obviously, ARMY WEST POINT doesn't do. Ugh. Just thinking about ARMY WEST POINT makes me mad. They're the worst. Go Navy. (PS, aside from the name confusion, I like the rebrand overall. I like the use of the USMA crest/unit insignia and the unified typeface. I love consistency in typefaces and colors across a college's sports teams, love it.) (PPS, Beat Army.) (PPPS, They. Are. The. Worst.)
  3. ARMY

    Actually, those patches are sent in from active duty Army/Navy units all around the world and then added to the players' jerseys. There may occasionally be some individual connection for some of the players (maybe a sibling or parent was in that unit, or the player spent time training with that unit during their summer training, etc.), but the patches come from front line combat units to the Academies in the hopes that your patch gets some screen time on national TV.
  4. Jaker52's Club Soccer Kit Project (LA Galaxy)

    One major problem on that away uni, you've got three big diagonal stripes across the front of a Nike kit...
  5. LOGOLYMPIAD - EVENT 1 - Crossover

    Just to make sure, if a color is included in the team's color scheme (a jersey or uniform color, for example) but isn't included on the primary logo or other logos on the site, including that color is okay, right?
  6. 2014 FIFA World Cup

    FYP. Arguments sound awfully familiar don't they? After Qatar, I won't be surprised at anything FIFA does. I hear the climate is pretty stable on the moon, no worries about heat stroke there... Or maybe North Korea will bid!
  7. What Are You Reading?

    PART 2 (of 2)!!! Mentioned this one a while back. Rickey is an amazing person and possibly the greatest baseball mind in history, but the author gets bogged down in details. In a book about a baseball visionary, don't cover each season, hit the highs and lows and talk about how and why he changed the game. I had trouble making it to 1947, honestly. There's another bio on him that I might give a try. 6/10 Interesting, but not as sweeping or fundamentally impactful as Moneyball, mostly just a series of observations on soccer stuff that doesn't carry a whole lot of real implication for the practice of soccer as a business. Maybe I read it wrong, but Moneyball was all about a different approach to evaluating baseball players, running a team, using the market, etc. This was mostly statistical analysis on who soccer fans are, which nations tend to win World Cups, and whether or not penalty kicks are a fair.way of deciding games. A good read, but falls a little short of what it portends to be. 8/10 Pretty good. Not very in depth, and it reads like it was written by a real admirer who writes at a basic level. But Gehrig was such a great ballplayer, so simultaneously undervalued and adored, anything written about him is pretty good. 7/10 Yikes. This took a while to read, but I'd heard great things about the series. I really enjoyed them. Not as visceral or gritty as "A Song of Ice and Fire" ("Game of Thrones"), it reads much more like a classic fantasy series, but with enough real danger, politics, and character development to make it worth the read. The growth and development of the characters is excellent and the whole series feels as though it really was written with a concrete ending in mind (based on the fact that the final three books were finished by another author, after Jordan's death, based on Jordan's extensive notes and drafts), it probably was. There are so many characters and the plot spirals in so many directions at once (without the help of a recap or a set pairing of POV with chapters (a la "ASoIaF"), means that you can really forget about people who started out minor and grow to become more important ans time goes on. Not having the Internet at my disposal during my trek through these books didn't help. 9/10 I read some others... Something about Venice (maybe not finished, gotta check), which was pretty good, and some print books that I can't find (mailed them home to my wife... disappeared). Next up, finishing the "Temeraire" series by Naomi Novik (so far, pretty entertaining), then some books you guys have recommended.
  8. What Are You Reading?

    Just got home from nine months on the high seas... Lots of time to read, here's a rundown: (PART 1!!!!) Incredible read. . I'd read the first two before, but read them again before finishing out the third. Excellent, excellent stuff. 10/10 Both pretty good. Similar subject matter, obs, but I think I preferred Ellis, whose previous stuff I really liked. More of a broad-brush, political history than the other, which is a military history that explores some of the more local political events that fed the battle of Bunker Hill. 8/10, 7/10 Meh. 1/10 Pretty good, actually. An interesting twist on the father-son baseball book. 7/10 Loved it. Especially because in the version I read, the word "ADVENTURE" was written just like that every time it appeared in the text. So much fun, especially since I was watching Benedict in "Sherlock" at the same time. 10/10 Never really knew much about the Bros before I read this one, aside from the obvious. Pretty interesting read through the first half as they mess around with the design and fight through the host of legal, professional, technical, and personality-driven conflicts behind inventing powered flight (including a lot of good detail on just how ahead of everyone else these guys really were). After the first flight, things kind of tail off into patent fights and stuff, but it was interesting to read about two guys who have high points for name recognition and little else. 6/10

    I told myself that this thread couldn't possibly get weirder. I apologize to myself, I was wrong.

    I love this thread.
  11. Redoing the MLB... With a twist

    I know it's a concept and thus you can do whatever you want, but numbers weren't included on baseball jerseys until much later, some time in the Babe Ruth era if I remember right. Again, in the Griffin-Universe you can introduce numbers at the first baseball game ever if you want, but in the early years of the Prime Universe game there were no names or numbers (this is another reason why dropping a whole team at a time might be fun, because a blank white shirt with a letter or word on it is hard to C&C). But this idea is great! I'm looking forward to seeing which teams maintain a coherent identity throughout history and which ones change looks often.
  12. Uefa Euro 2016 logo

    "The hexagon" is a pretty common name for mainland France among the French. I would have liked to have seen the whole logo more hexagon-shaped rather than the cluttered mess they settled on. It looks like they borrowed elements of the Korean flag in this logo. Which would be great if the tournament were in Korea. I'm not the biggest soccer fan in the world, but I know that that doesn't make much sense.....
  13. The DC Comics Movie & Television Thread

    Matter-Eater Lad: The Motion Picture. I was thinking a Legion of Super-Pets movie, a la "Air Bud" or "Homeward Bound." Lots of awesome movie ideas waiting in the Silver Age...
  14. Secrets of the Airline Industry

    I don't know what the rules are in other countries, but supersonic flight in the US is pretty controlled. Over land there are several supersonic ranges that are part of huge aerial training facilities, such as at Nellis AFB and Naval Air Station Fallon, both in Nevada. Those ranges are open to supersonic flight in certain areas, and are constrained both laterally and vertically. There are other places that have temporarily available supersonic airspace on an as needed basis. Edwards AFB and China Lake NAS, the primary flight test bases for the USAF and USN, there's a supersonic corridor that can be used from time to time. Like I said, these areas are pretty closely controlled and monitored. Over water, the military has huge sections of airspace called warning areas. Supersonic flight is basically fair game any time there. Civilian routes generally go around warning areas, so military aircraft can light the burners and break the number out there if they want. The alert scenarios you mentioned are pretty rare, and a military pilot who breaks the barrier during that situation is probably not in any trouble, provided the situation merits supersonic flight. Of course, sonic booms happen by accident from time to time. A couple of years ago, a student fighter pilot wasn't paying attention to his airspeed and boomed the local mall. He was pretty high, so it didnt do much more than rattle windows and make a big noise. The news went crazy about it, the student failed the flight, and I think he got a new callsign out of it, but it wasn't as bad as most people think it would be. Oh, and the Blue Angels solo sneak pass is awesome. And he's not even supersonic when he does it. Look for videos of Tiger Cruise air power demonstrations. They're done at sea for the families of aircraft carrier sailors and they almost always have an actual supersonic pass for the crowd.
  15. What Are You Reading?

    Let me know how that one is... I've heard good things, but I've also heard it's a dense read. Hey dude, finished this one a few days ago. I really liked it. It's a big book, but I don't think it read that way. The plot moves along at a decent clip and there are plenty of extraneous details to make you feel like the book's subject matter could somehow be real. Stuff actually happens (my gripe with Stephenson), it doesn't go too heavy on the trippy other-world stuff (my gripe with Gaiman), and disparate plot lines all end up tying together in a very interesting way that I really liked. Definitely check it out.