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National Dashball League: A Fictional Sport, A Fictional Future - 2022 Quarterfinals

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10 minutes ago, BellaSpurs said:

I’m currently using safari on my IPhone and it works fine I see everything, weird!

Well then I have no idea what's going on. I really want to figure this out but I have a lot of other things to devote my time to right now. I'm still blaming Apple until proven otherwise 😂

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10 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

I’m currently using safari on my IPhone and it works fine I see everything, weird!

I think that it worked when I used my iPad when he first started this thread, but RIPmyiPad. But ever since I started using my computer I haven't been able to see any photos he posts for some reason. Its probably just apple problems

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Great stuff so far. I really dig the leaf inside the Pinnacles logo, it's a nice touch. Also like the color scheme, the contrast with the yellow/white on the red/green and vice versa is dope. Looking forward to teams to come!

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On 6/11/2018 at 11:03 PM, ItDoesntMatter said:

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.

 

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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.

 

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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).

 

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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.

Lol I thought I saw the weed in there somewhere

 

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After the Redbacks’ dominance last year, the buzzword around the league this year was parity. Most eyes were once again on the ‘Backs, who won their first five games and nine out of their first ten, but would settle into mediocrity for a while, winning just 12 out of their next 19, including two losses to Nashville. While Texas wasn’t playing their best during that stretch, the Fugitives were having an excellent season, by far the best from any expansion team. The team was quick to embrace the “Trashville” taunts from opposing fans and nearly as quick to refute them, finishing at 21-29. B/ZB Alvin Milling and B/C Thomas Notz filled the star roles well, leading the team on defense and offense respectively, but Nashville also got contributions from unlikely sources like W/ZB Isaaq Davis and mid-season pickup B/K J.D. Gilley. The other two teams didn’t fare quite as well; the Pinnacles would beat Chicago in just their second game but failed to win another divisional game all year, while the only wins the Orbits managed at all were their two home games against Colorado.

 

Speaking of Chicago, one of the biggest worries this year was that the unbalanced placement of expansion teams would advantage certain teams like the Frost and disadvantage others. Playing in a division with two expansion teams probably helped Chicago on the whole, but on its face, it seemed to hurt them, as that loss to Colorado coupled with two home losses to Nashville left them two games behind California for the final playoff spot. What really did them in was injuries to F/C Michel Blanchard and B/K Ronnie Northern. B/ZB Ed Maxwell and W/K Nico Boyer both had excellent seasons and young players like B/ZB Frank St. Peter and F/ZB Diogo Marana stepped up as well, but they had trouble filling the forward and center positions when Blanchard wasn’t available to play.

 

On the other side of the coin, the West became the first division to send three teams to the playoffs. California limped into the postseason with a .500 record, extending their run as the only team to make the playoffs every year, but spent much of the season watching the Sabertooths and Sawyers battle it out for the top spot. LA benefited from another MVP season from W/ZB Dwight McCann, who led an offense that scored 144.6 points per game (second in the league behind Toronto), while Seattle had the top defense in the league thanks mostly to B/ZB James Terry. The Tooths actually got the better of Seattle, taking four out of six matchups, but slipped up in interdivisional play, taking losses to teams like Philadelphia, Nashville, and even Colorado, and would finish three games back of the Sawyers.

 

Meanwhile, in the East, New York and Philadelphia battled it out for second place in a division that was once again run by the Hogs. The two teams split the season series, but the Chargers had the edge, pulling away down the stretch and finishing four games ahead of the Row. New York made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history while Philly was left watching at home for the fourth straight year. The Hogs took the division lead early on and never gave it up, and so were focused on jockeying with the Redbacks and Sawyers for the top seed. Texas was on fire since that shaky midseason stretch, winning 19 out of their next 20, culminating in a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from B/K Semarias Garcia to beat LA and clinch the first seed. Toronto and Seattle would still be fighting for the second seed and a first-round bye on the final day of the regular season. The Hogs did their part, taking down Philadelphia with relative ease, but Seattle took care of business in Phoenix, and took second place in the three-way tiebreaker that resulted after Texas lost.
 

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Who the hell did Orlando beat? They didn't even appear in the recap.

Also, having Nashville and Colorado in the same division with Chicago really reminded me of the Mid-2000s Arena League's Central (although I doubt Grand Rapids is ever getting a dashball team)

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On 7/16/2018 at 6:47 PM, TargetToad said:

Who the hell did Orlando beat? They didn't even appear in the recap.

They did, but they only got about half a sentence:

On 7/16/2018 at 10:36 AM, ItDoesntMatter said:

the only wins the Orbits managed at all were their two home games against Colorado.

 

It was a pretty forgettable year for the Orbits. The only notable thing that happened this year was the fact that they lost four games by over a hundred points, which is a record, including one game that they lost to Texas by 117, which I thought would be a record, except Texas beat Phoenix 200-62 last year. Colorado was in the same boat, but at least they managed a couple of meaningful wins.

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New York Chargers vs Los Angeles Sabertooths
Things started to look bad early for New York when O-squad B/K Phil Tarrant went down with a sprained ankle just five minutes into the first inning of Game 1, forcing Will Baker to come in to replace him. Fortunately for them, Baker stepped into Tarrant’s shoes adequately, and while he wasn’t the greatest in net and let a couple relatively easy shots go by, he made up for it on offense, picking up 22 points assisted on the night, good for third-most on the team, and showing incredible hustle. Hustle was a theme all night for the Chargers, as they won nearly 70% of loose balls; this scrappy play allowed the youth-led Chargers team to keep up with the more established veterans in LA as the game went back and forth.

 

It would be one of those hustle plays which would decide the game. Up by two with just 14 seconds left, Sabertooths B/ZB Oziel Duran passed to fellow rookie B/ZB Rick Ingram III, but New York W/ZB Mason Shale dove and was able to deflect the ball past Ingram and towards the sideline. Will Baker dove out of bounds and managed to punch the ball back into play (punch is really the best word to describe it; he didn’t have a whole lot of time to catch and throw it, so he just treated it like a volleyball). The ball found its way into the hands of F/C Tim Edwards, who found Shale just inside the 5-point line, and Shale would bury a jump shot with 3 seconds to go to give the Chargers a road win in Game 1. Back in New York, they would capitalize on that momentum in a game Tooths fans would rather I not describe. The Chargers would go on to win by 55 points and complete the upset in style.

 

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California Sea Lions vs Toronto Hogs
Even as the sixth seed, a full 15 games back of the Hogs, it was hard for people to count out the Sea Lions. If nothing else, they surely didn’t count themselves out, because they went into Toronto for Game 1 and started balling. Specifically, B/ZB Joel Moth was balling; scoring 33 points and assisting on 28. B/ZB Steve Gibson, F/C Don Toomey, and B/ZB Kenton “Snowy” Snowberger also put up 20-point performances, and the Sea Lions had a comfortable 30-point lead going into the seventh inning. All hope seemed lost for the Hogs until an errant pass from Joel’s brother, W/ZB Jay Moth, caused Gibson to collide with W/C Steve Idol. Both players would be taken out of the game with concussion-like symptoms, and neither would return for the rest of the series.

 

Suddenly Steveless, the Lions just couldn’t get their offense going. They would hold onto Game 1, but the lead would slip nonetheless, and in San Jose for Game 2, Toronto held California to 128 points, picking up a convincing road win of their own and pushing the series to a decisive third game. The game started out with more of the same, and the Hogs would go up 17 at halftime, but the Sea Lions refused to die. They slowly started to crawl their way back into the game, eventually cutting the lead all the way down to three with under half a minute left when W/K Josué Flores beat B/K Gregg Larkin with a perfectly placed kick. Within ten seconds, though, Hogs W/C John Gray had found F/ZB Fabiano Cordova in the end zone for five, and that would finish things off. Toronto would add another deuce for good measure to eliminate California for the second time in three years.
 

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