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National Dashball League: A Fictional Sport, A Fictional Future - 2023 Quarterfinals

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3 hours ago, Cardinal said:

Orlando wizards, Nashville Pitch, Denver peaks

 

I like the Pitch for Nashville. Unfortunately, I liked it a little too much and I've already given that name to the MLS team. Once I realized the double meaning there, I couldn't resist XD

 

Anyway, a couple of teams are making tweaks this offseason, and I should have those up by Tuesday at the latest, and then we can get moving again.

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Two teams adjusted their looks in 2020. The Sea Lions and their fans were never fond of their reverse-pinstriped alternate, and their 48-point loss while wearing them in NDLCS Game 4 last year was the final nail in the coffin. However, they did not want to give up on the idea of a purple alternate jersey:

 

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The second team up is the Philadelphia Row, who made two important changes to their identity. Most obviously, they promoted (a slightly modified version of) their script wordmark to the primary, and placed it on the primary and secondary uniforms and in both end zones. They also lightened up their shades of brick; their main shade is now redder and the darker shade (to this point only used for some outlines on the seahorse logo) has been replaced by the original shade.

 

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As mentioned, both of their two main uniforms carry the script, but those stay pretty much the same. The other two uniforms are very different, though: the tertiary has dropped white and added some of the secondary brick color, and the quaternary switches from gray to red with a chest stripe inspired in parts by Union's home kit, the city flag, the Schuylkill Navy, and Elfreth's Alley.

 

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The court, meanwhile, stays just about the same, other than the aforementioned changes. I had the tail of the script extend into the goal since it was way too small if I didn't.

 

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Let me know what you think!

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Hey! Hi. Me again. Sorry about the wait; moving back into school and starting up a new semester threw me off a bit. Hopefully I'll be able to get into more of a rhythm now that I'm through a week or so. Anyway, here's the offseason:

 

Coaching Changes:

After three subpar years in the league and no playoff appearances, the Phoenix Palms have fired head coach Joseph Johnson. They will replace him with Robert Morris University head coach John Fuller, who led the Colonials to a national championship in 2018.

 

Roster Changes:

 

Free Agents -

LA W/ZB Perham Jahanpour to TOR - Toronto is looking to build on the success they saw last year, and proving they aren’t afraid to go out and sign top free agents. Jahanpour, one of the highest-trending players over the last few years with the Tooths, should add veteran leadership to a very young Hogs team.

 

PHI B/ZB Alvin Milling to NY - Milling had mostly flown under the radar for the past two years, but took a big step up during the past year, when he helped carry a Philadelphia defense that had been hit hard by injuries. The Chargers are hoping the 23-year-old can keep that role up in the Big Apple.

 

CAL W/ZB Justin Smith to CHI - Smith was one of the best players for the Sea Lions over the first two years in the league, even at 19 and 20 years old. However, it doesn’t appear that he has fully recovered from the Achilles injury that had him on the IR all of last season, and the Sea Lions let him walk to the defending champion Frost.

 

Trades -

LA receives W/ZB Raymond Johnson (PHX)

PHX receives B/ZB Maurice Caumont (PHI), PHI 2020 2nd round pick

PHI receives B/C Branco Bonilla (LA)

Not much exciting going on in this trade, just three teams swapping role players. Johnson was one of the Hogs’ more exciting players before getting picked up by the Palms this offseason; Caumont was one of the Row’s best players before dropping off after the last few years; and Bonilla has spent the past few years sharing a starting role in LA. All three of them should see plenty of playing time this season.

 

CHI receives F/ZB Peter Schmid, B/K Ronnie Northern

TOR receives B/K Gregg Larkin, CHI 2020 2nd round pick

Toronto sends their top zone back and their top keeper in order to upgrade to Gregg Larkin, who has worked his way up from solid backup to one of the best keepers in the league. Chicago, for its part, moves down a bit at keeper, but picks up an excellent replacement in Northern and adds major defensive talent with Schmid.

 

Draft -

1. NY - B/ZB Anthony Wallace - Marist

2. PHI - B/ZB Kurt Watts - George Mason

3. PHX - B/ZB O’Landry Compass - Bishop’s

4. CAL (from SEA) - B/ZB Junior Butterfly - Santa Clara

5. TEX - W/ZB Joe Sweitzer - Virginia Tech

6. TOR - F/K Wayne Carey - Texas Tech

7. LA - W/ZB Viktor Ilić - Serbia

8. SEA (from CAL) - W/ZB Patrick Ryan - Southern Illinois

9. CHI - B/ZB Nick Phipps-Joseph - North Carolina

 

With back/zone backs taken at the first four picks, this draft was relatively unexciting. After some deliberation, New York went with local prospect Anthony Wallace at #1. California traded up to select the last of these, Junior Butterfly, at #4, though in hindsight, this may have been a mistake as the next B/ZB went to Chicago at #9. Notably, this was the second straight year in which eight ZBs were selected in the first round, Texas Tech’s Wayne Carey (TOR) being the lone exception.

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So Wayne Carey comes out of retirement of Australian rules football to play Dashball? He looks headed to Canada :lol:

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15 hours ago, Goran The Man said:

So Wayne Carey comes out of retirement of Australian rules football to play Dashball? He looks headed to Canada :lol:

Haha, different Wayne Carey :P

 

Side note (as this seems like a good time for it): I don't look up any of these names or anything; every character I present here is fictional (unless I make it blatantly obvious that they're not).

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Tim Chen a businessman from Minneapolis that started Jr and Sr coffee in 2008 in Woodbury Minnesota decides to try to get a team in the Twin Cities after seeing dashball on Youtube. He also wants dashball to be a bigger thing and imagines it selling out the Xcel Energy Center or Target Center. He knows that dashball is only going to major markets and probably won't get into the mid sized markets for a few years.

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12 minutes ago, wildfan2440 said:

Tim Chen a businessman from Minneapolis that started Jr and Sr coffee in 2008 in Woodbury Minnesota decides to try to get a team in the Twin Cities after seeing dashball on Youtube. He also wants dashball to be a bigger thing and imagines it selling out the Xcel Energy Center or Target Center. He knows that dashball is only going to major markets and probably won't get into the mid sized markets for a few years.

I... don't think that's how this works.

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3 hours ago, wildfan2440 said:

Tim Chen a businessman from Minneapolis that started Jr and Sr coffee in 2008 in Woodbury Minnesota decides to try to get a team in the Twin Cities after seeing dashball on Youtube. He also wants dashball to be a bigger thing and imagines it selling out the Xcel Energy Center or Target Center. He knows that dashball is only going to major markets and probably won't get into the mid sized markets for a few years.

Yeah, the expansion board finished up a few weeks ago, but even then, you wouldn't have been able to lobby for your own team. That said, I don't think it'll be too long before the league expands again, so keep that on the back burner.

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13 minutes ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

Yeah, the expansion board finished up a few weeks ago, but even then, you wouldn't have been able to lobby for your own team. That said, I don't think it'll be too long before the league expands again, so keep that on the back burner.

Ok Mr. Itdoesntmatter it was just my way of saying "I WANT MINNEAPOLIS"

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Ok, I noticed that you have website URLs on the sides of the court...

By any chance could you make those websites real?

 

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On 1/29/2018 at 6:02 PM, iCriEvryTiem said:

Ok, I noticed that you have website URLs on the sides of the court...

By any chance could you make those websites real?

I did check these, and at the time that I created the courts, all of those websites and twitter accounts were available. Most of the URLs link to something like this, though, which means I would have to buy them, and I'd prefer not to spend money on this. If enough people are interested, I could mock up what the websites might look like and/or create the teams' twitter accounts, but I'd personally prefer to stick to what I'm doing now.

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The 2020 regular season was perhaps the most boring season in the NDL’s short history. The three divisions were all decided with over two weeks left in the regular season, and all three division winners combined for three losses within their respective divisions. Most of the games weren’t close either; only 17 games all year were decided by 5 points or less, and not a single one went to overtime. Sure, there were some exciting games, like on June 10th, when Seattle’s W/ZB Dan Williams hit a full-court buzzer-beater off the rim and into the net to beat New York 116-115, but for the most part, there wasn’t much to talk about.

 

Speaking of New York, the Chargers looked pretty good during their sophomore season. They actually finished second in the Eastern Division, ahead of the Philadelphia Row, who struggled to come back from a 2019 season filled with injuries. The Chargers were technically still in the wildcard hunt until that Seattle game, but neither New York nor Philly was ever really in the divisional race, which once again belonged to the Toronto Hogs. Unlike last year, however, the Hogs won the East in style, running away from the pack over the second half of the season. They ultimately finished 29-11, clinching the second seed, and should be dangerous in July with the offensive play of W/ZB Michael Lawler and W/C John Gray.

 

Toronto will host California, who won the West for the fourth consecutive season. However, it was clearly the weakest division of the three. The Sea Lions went 16-0 within the division, replicating the Hogs’ feat from last year, but like those Hogs, they didn’t look very impressive outside the division, going 10-14 against the East and Central. Seattle, meanwhile, regressed quite a bit from last year, winning only 12 games, and LA took its turn at the injury carousel, losing B/ZBs Lucas Nagel, Marino Reyes, and Michael Courtney for most of the season and leaving their backfield very depleted and leading to a dismal 3-37 season for the Tooths.

 

That leaves the Central, which was clearly the strongest division this year. Unfortunately, that didn’t mean it was competitive. The Chicago Frost looked like favorites to repeat their championship this season, but lost star F/C Michel Blanchard to a broken nose on April 1st. Chicago was deep enough to stay in the playoff race, but the door was left wide open for the Texas Redbacks, who ripped through the league, going 37-3. Everybody on the team seemed to be having a career year, which led to multiple trades and one of the most interesting weeks in history. Texas was in trade talks with both Toronto and Seattle in mid-April, and dealt backup B/C Aciscio Castañeda to the Sawyers for B/K Clyde Edwards, F/C Don Toomey, and a first-rounder. Once the Hogs caught wind of the trade, they immediately expressed interest in Edwards, and within a few days, Edwards was playing for his third team in less than a week. Interestingly enough, he played two games with star Redbacks F/C Tim Edwards, so both had to wear their first initials on their backs for a few days; look for these jerseys to become big collectors items for uniform nerds.

 

Anyway, with the top 3 all but set and most of the other teams out of it, Phoenix and Chicago were fighting for the final playoff spot, and unlike everything else this season, it would come down to the end of the season. The Palms were in Chicago playing their final game; the Frost had one more game against Texas the following day, but this game would determine the wildcard team regardless of that result. It was a tight game all around, with 32 lead changes, and ultimately, the Palms staved off a few desperation plays by the Frost to win by 6. As exciting as that game was, however, it likely won’t matter much, as the two teams combined for a 1-15 record against the top-seeded Redbacks.

 

 

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Holy cow LA has just went downhill from the first season! Red backs I believe are gonna get their first championship

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I'm gonna guess a Toronto - Texas Final, giving us our first championship without the Sea Lions

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On 1/30/2018 at 10:36 PM, ItDoesntMatter said:

I did check these, and at the time that I created the courts, all of those websites and twitter accounts were available. Most of the URLs link to something like this, though, which means I would have to buy them, and I'd prefer not to spend money on this. If enough people are interested, I could mock up what the websites might look like and/or create the teams' twitter accounts, but I'd personally prefer to stick to what I'm doing now.

OK, I made a website for the Philadelphia Row.

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Phoenix Palms vs Texas Redbacks
Nobody expected this series to be particularly exciting, as the Redbacks had not only beaten the Palms all eight times they met, but had never even allowed them within 11 points. Game 1 was more of the same, with the Redbacks cruising to a 46-point win, and, as they had six times during the regular season, holding the Palms offense to double digits with only 97 points. However, the Palms stepped up on both sides of the ball in Game 2; while they never held the lead, they were able to keep it close enough all game to make things exciting, losing by only 10. Phoenix looked even better in Game 3 than they did in Game 2, and actually held a lead for most of the game, growing to as big as 17 in the fifth inning, but the Redbacks wouldn’t go away. With 15 seconds to go, Redbacks B/K Semarias Garcia found F/C Tim Edwards in the end zone to bring the Palms lead to 1. All Phoenix had to do was control the ball across midcourt and run out the clock. Texas played tight defense, though, and rookie B/C O’Landry Compass’s pass was picked off by B/ZB Carl Goldstein. Goldstein found Edwards breaking towards the net, where he pulled off a ridiculous, acrobatic layup while falling to the ground to beat the buzzer and give the Redbacks the win. That took all the wind out of the Palms’ sails, and Texas coated to a 43-point win to complete a 12-0 season sweep of their division rivals.

 

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California Sea Lions vs Toronto Hogs
Two years ago, the prospect of the Hogs being favored over the Sea Lions, in a playoff series no less, would’ve been laughed at. (The uniform matchup, pink against purple for every one of these games, probably would’ve been laughed at too.) Game 1 was a shootout, with both teams looking nearly unbeatable at times. There would be 24 lead changes throughout the game, the last coming with just under a minute left in the game, when B/ZB Kenton Snowberger sank a three-point basket to give the Sea Lions a two-point lead. A nearly identical shot by F/ZB Reece Lugg would make the lead five with just four seconds left, and B/C Joel Beetle’s half-court heave went well wide as time expired as the Lions would hold on for a road win in Game 1. Both defenses would respond in Game 2, but Toronto would still put up 131, thanks in large part to a 38-point showing from W/ZB Perham Jahanpour, while holding California to just 107. The Sea Lions still had home-field advantage heading out west, but unfortunately, it would only get worse for the two-time champs. Toronto seemed to find their stride in the second half of Game 3, a game they would go on to win by 37, and would absolutely obliterate the Sea Lions by 72 and 66 in the next two games to advance to the NDLCS.

 

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Coming into this season, the Texas Redbacks and Toronto Hogs had combined for one playoff win in their histories; now, they would be competing for the NDL Championship Trophy. If you thought that would make anything less exciting, though, you would be wrong. Both teams came out swinging in Game 1, and it would be a classic. The lead went back and forth most of the game and was never higher than 14 for either team, and it looked like it would come down to the team who had the ball last. It would. B/ZB Wayne Jones hit a 3-point basket to put the Redbacks up by one, but left 12 seconds on the clock for the Hogs. With time winding down, B/ZB Dan Kirkpatrick found W/ZB Michael Lawler just inside the 3-point line. Lawler went up for a jump shot, drawing Texas B/K Ares Preciado just enough for Lawler to pull down the shot and slip the ball to F/ZB Derick Lee Jr., who tapped it into the wide-open net for a one-point Hogs victory.

 

Vitalized by their Game 1 win, Toronto’s defense stepped up in Game 2, holding the Redbacks to just 110. In particular, B/K Gregg Larkin had a big game and made a few acrobatic saves, and the combination of W/ZB Perham Jahanpour and B/ZB Ax Nilsen only allowed three touchdowns over their four periods. Texas’s offense would show up again in Game 3, and they kept it close for most of the first half. When W/C John Gray and F/ZB Jerry Miller led the team on a 22-5 run in the fifth inning, though, the Redbacks had no answer, and the Hogs would keep the lead at about 20 for the rest of the game.

 

The Redbacks were now down 3-0 and would have two more games to play in Toronto before moving back home, if they even made it that far. Game 4 started out well for Redback faithful, as Texas was able to push the lead to 21 as late as the sixth inning. However, it would quickly become a nail-biter, as the Hogs brought the lead back down to just a single point over the last few innings. B/K Semarias Garcia found the back of the net with 11 seconds left to push the lead to four, and Dan Kirkpatrick’s 5-point heave would deflect harmlessly off the backboard, allowing the Redbacks to avoid the sweep.

 

Game 5 looked like the mirror image of Game 4 for the first three quarters or so: Toronto spent the majority of the game building up a solid lead, but the Redbacks caught fire in the last quarter. W/C Elide Amigazzi put up 17 points in the seventh inning on his own. The Hogs frantically tried to keep up, and managed for the most part, though Amigazzi and Ares Preciado held strong at center and keeper respectively during the final frame. Texas had a chance to put it away with 10 seconds left, but B/ZB Carl Goldstein’s pass to W/ZB Phil Puster was knocked down in the end zone by Ax Nilsen. Nilsen found Michael Lawler, who was quickly double-covered by the Redback defense. Lawler passed to Derick Lee, who passed to B/K Clyde Edwards, and Edwards’s shot from 31 feet out banked in at the buzzer. The Toronto Hogs, only two years removed from a 4-36 regular season, were now NDL champions.


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