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    Memphis Grizzlies Appear to be Tweaking Logos

    The bear claw forming a loose M over the basketball is a nice touch.
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    NHL 2018-19

    That’s what happens when you design a logo in-house.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    I can make out most of the Adidas numbers. I can only make out a few of the Puma numbers.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Dafuq is this Puma?
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    Pittsburgh Steelers Unveil 1979 Throwback Uniform

    Juju had his bike infamously stolen and returned last year... it was a big story at the time.
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    International Football 2017-2018

    Ramos absolutely knew what he was doing when he “crocodile death-rolled” with Salah’s arm locked under his own.... anyone who says otherwise has never played the game. I feel for Liverpool supporters today. To lose on a wonder-goal and two howlers with your MVP taken out by injury is heartbreaking.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    The wrong gold is highlighted on the logo. How can they get something like that wrong?
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    Single-A Giants to play as San Jose Churros

    1. Ohhhhh. 2. Are we sure that’s much better? Why do churros gain sentience and not cinnamon sticks? Was the cinnamon stick once alive and now the churro is swinging its corpse?
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    Single-A Giants to play as San Jose Churros

    A churro swinging a churro bat raises all sorts of questions I’m not sure I want answered.
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    NFL 2018 changes

    We’re on the same page:
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    NFL 2018 changes

    Plus, they paired it with the normal helmets:
  12. Justin Boren played OL for Michigan and then transferred to Ohio State... he’s the only player I can remember who has played for both football programs.
  13. Wieners vs. Crop Dusters in the Most Midwest Classic, aka Lake Michigan’s Great Barrier Queef. (I regret this post immediately)
  14. Never said it was perfect or totally consistent... I can’t speak for the lack of a cut on the T or Z, but you can’t cut the upper diagonal of the K because that angle is too tough. Also, using an inner cut on the A, B, P, and R (I would have liked to have seen a similar cut on the Q) is another way to continue the one-angle motif and also keeping the integrity of the letters. The K naturally lends itself to that sort of composition. I’m not going to defend the number font, because there’s a whole batch of contradictory decisions that make no sense there (WHY IS THE 3 CUT THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION FROM EVERY OTHER CHARACTER)... but as a typeface I think it’s visually appealing.
  15. It may not be consistent from letter to letter, but there does appear to be logic to the angles... Any overhanging element to the right, the highest section gets the angled cut. So the H gets nothing, the L gets an angled cut, and the E also gets an angled cut, but it’s on the highest bar instead.
  16. As a typeface alone, it's a very nice remix of United Italic... Very similar to what the Miami Heat use, but executed better. I'm a fan.
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    2018 NFL Offseason

    We're talking about prospect ceilings. Tom Brady was absolutely not a blue-chip prospect. Revisionist history is fun, and we all want to look back and say that if Brady were in the draft today, he'd be scouted as a late first round QB, So for a sixth-round pick, he absolutely realized every ounce of his potential. Peyton Manning, on the other hand, was the #1 pick in the draft and projected to be an All-Pro QB. His ceiling was naturally high. But even then, Ryan Leaf was the QB in Manning's draft that was given the title of the highest ceiling. So to be clear, a ceiling is not a projection... so yes, I'll make the case that Lamar Jackson has the highest ceiling for a quarterback prospect ever. Jackson is one inch shorter than Brady and Luck and two inches shorter than Cam and Peyton (which really means nothing because height is overrated at QB). But he's tall enough as a prospect. He weighs as much as Mayfield and Darnold and can add still add a little weight to his lean frame (he's not maxed out). Scouts will tell you that while his arm strength is not Josh Allen, it's plenty strong enough for the NFL success. Let's start with his greatest asset (athleticism) and then I'll address his biggest concern (accuracy). His athleticism is unmatched by any NFL prospect, ever. Michael Vick is the only comparable. Consider, Michael Vick ran for 1299 yards over his entire career at Virginia Tech. Jackson ran for over 1500 yards twice and had two seasons of 5,000 total yards. Granted, Frank Beamer had no clue what to do with Michael Vick, and if he were in a spread system today, his numbers would be just as gaudy. Robert Griffin never ran for more than 699 yards at Baylor. If you were building a Madden player and bumped those athletic traits like speed, acceleration, and balance to 99, it would look like Lamar Jackson. Now, let's talk about that accuracy. Yes, it obviously is the biggest hurdle for Jackson's NFL success and it needs to get better, but let me make a case for why I think he might be able to improve it: 1) He's already getting better. His completion percentage improved from 54.7% to 56.2% to 59.1%... That 59% is higher than any completion percentage Michael Vick had in his time at VT or in Atlanta (Vick got over 60% a few times after his comeback). Josh Allen has never shown that sort of improvement in his accuracy at this point in his career. 2) Volume. Jackson attempted 403 passes in 2016 and 430 passes in 2017. Josh Allen attempted only 350 passes in 2016 and a meager 270 attempts in 2017. To improve in completion percentage while also raising the number of times throwing the football is exactly what you want to see. But let's compare him to some other players: Cam Newton completed 66% of his passes at Auburn, but only threw the ball 280 times. Josh Rosen completed 62% of his passes this season on 450 attempts. Better than Jackson, yes, but not by that much and no one questions his accuracy. Tim Tebow completed 66.9% in 2007, 64.4% in 2008, and 67.8% in 2009. However, he never attempted more than 350 passes in a season. Russell Wilson never completed more than 60% of his passes at NC State. But when he transferred to Wisconsin, he jumped up to 72%. 3) Age. Jackson declared as a true junior, three years out of high school. To frame this another way, he's only a little older than the age Baker Mayfield was when he started playing at Oklahoma. 4) System. Bobby Petrino's offense at Louisville is highly complex and not suited for padding QB accuracy stats. It's all about isolating routes and making throws downfield, passes which naturally complete at a lower percentage. This is not the spread/air-raid Baylor offense that allowed RGII to complete 72% of his 402 pass attempts or the up-tempo spread offense Deshaun Watson was in at Clemson... those offenses are built on getting easy throws and yards and taking your deep shots when they are presented to you. Here was Jackson's passing chart at Louisville: Compare the amount deep passes of 20+ yards down the field as there are intermediate throws 10-19 yards downfield. Also, only 38 attempts behind the line of scrimmage. Now look at Kelly Bryant's chart from Clemson's offense this season: Jackson attempted to 107 intermediate passes compared to 72 deep passes (almost a 4:3 ratio). Bryant attempted 81 intermediate passes to 43 deep passes (2:1 ratio) and 69 behind the line of scrimmage. Again, this is not a comparison between Jackson and Bryant, but a comparison of the systems they were in and how it affects accuracy stats. So while he does need to work on his accuracy, his age and a better offense at focused on getting him easier throws will also help his accuracy improve. When you take in all those factors, I don't think it's crazy to look at Lamar Jackson and potentially see a better-passing of Michael Vick or a more-explosive Cam Newton... I believe that he does have all the tools to have the highest ceiling of any QB prospect, ever. My projection is going to be Atlanta-era Michael Vick. An absolutely electric playmaker at QB, but will struggle with accuracy and fitting into an offense that may be a poor fit for his gifts. Here's the main point, so read carefully: I don't have a problem with you projecting him to produce stats at a Tyrod Taylor level. You obviously have your doubts about Jackson and his accuracy, like myself, scouts, and many teams do, which is why he was picked at the end of the first round. Do I believe Lamar Jackson will produce a season of 5000 total yards and 50 TDs in the NFL like he did in college? Most likely, no. However, Tyrod Taylor's best season he threw for 3000 yards, ran for 500 yards, and had 24 total TDs. What you're saying is that if everything breaks Lamar Jackson's way, if his accuracy continues to improve, if the Ravens' coaching staff develops an offense to his unique talents and surround him with playmakers, if he stays healthy, and if he develops mentally to run an offense like a Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers... his statistical ceiling is Tyrod Taylor. That's absolutely bat:censored: crazy to me! If everything breaks Lamar Jackson's way, he'll break the NFL as we know it. Your projection is fine, but projections are about likelihood. Ceilings all are about potential, and no one I can remember has more natural potential than Lamar Jackson. Hey, now you're catching on.
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    2018 NFL Offseason

    Jackson’s purely physical tools are better than both Manning and Brady (Tom Brady is the one QB who I think maxed out 100% of his potential)... so no, I don’t think it’s crazy to say he has the highest ceiling of any QB, ever. He has more potential than RG3 did as a rookie when he lit the world on fire. It’s going to be the mental aspect of the game (plus his health) that’s going to determine how close he gets to his ceiling. If both Josh Allen and Josh Rosen reach 100% of their potential, Josh Allen will be the better QB because he has better traits, which is why he was drafted first. However, Josh Rosen has the higher floor and is much more likely to reach his ceiling, despite it not being as high as Josh Allen... So Tyrod Taylor is a fine, average to maybe above-average NFL QB, but to suggest that if Lamar Jackson does in fact realize every last ounce of his potential he’ll at best be average to above-average is so mind-numbingly wrong I’m actually impressed.
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    2018 NFL Offseason

    Lamar Jackson’s ceiling is not Tyrod Taylor. His ceiling is higher than any QB in this draft with his athleticism and arm. He could be the real-life incarnate of Madden 04’s Michael Vick. Is it likely he reaches those heights? Who knows... but that’s why it’s a CEILING.
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    Favorite Goalie Masks of All Time

    I’ll take almost any mask from the 80s over the airbrushed graffiti you see today. Back then: Now:
  21. Look at that... after all the knee-jerk reactions, people are starting to come around. However... WHY ARE YOU HIGHLIGHTING THE WRONG GOLD WITH SOME DECAL EFFECT?
  22. This is so excellent... The only thing that slightly irks me is that the new darker shade of orange doesn't compliment the current shade of aqua as the old (Tennessee Volunteer) orange did. Don't get me wrong, the moving back to a more red-orange color was far and away the right move; I just would have liked to have seen them go a shade lighter (like 1645 instead of 1655) so the aqua and coral have a little more contrast. On the throwbacks with the darker aqua jerseys (at least, I think they are slightly darker, maybe @BrandMooreArt can confirm that for me), the new/original orange looks phenomenal... but maybe that's the road the Dolphins go down next time.
  23. Good catch. That’s not the most coherent set of tweets.
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    Tradition Evolved: Tennessee Titans Unveil New Uniforms

    It’s really hard to butcher a block font. It’s a solid and safe option, especially if the look you are trying to go for is more conservative. It also ensures that the numbers are immediately identifiable for fans, coaches, refs. Custom fonts can be better than block fonts or add unique character to the uniform. However, there’s also the potential for being unreadable, confusing, or poorly designed. So ultimately it depends on which custom font you’re talking about... I think the majority of people here are cool with fonts like the Texans, Falcons, Bears, Seahawks, Vikings, etc... but if you’re going to argue that the Bucs, Titans, or Browns numbers are better than block numbers ONLY because they are unique, then that’s not a wise position to take.