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

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10 hours ago, Darknes said:

I noticed alot of New England area schools are producing Dashball players!

How does that work into the potential of a Boston area team? Is there any cities trying to grab the Palms?

Boston's definitely high on the list of cities looking to get a team, whether it's expansion or relocation. As for the Palms, there's really nobody in particular vying to buy them, but cities like Atlanta, Raleigh, and Salt Lake City, which all did well in the expansion vote, are all seen as likely. It just seems like nobody has wanted to take them on yet.

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Without further ado, here are the Sabertooths. They didn't change much, but I'll run down the highlights for you:

 

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The most prevalent change across the board is a brighter shade of orange (would this be considered a Browns move?). Both logos remain the same, but some minor adjustments were made to the wordmark; most notably, the R is now lowercase. The wordmark is now displayed on two lines on the logo sheet, but can be displayed as either one or two lines depending on the application.

 

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The most notable change in the uniform department is with the tertiary. The idea remains the same, but the zig-zaggy flag piping has been replaced with thin horizontal stripes, sort of emulating the stripes on the primary. The white uniform now has a thinner sash as well as white shorts, and the shorts design has been corrected to remove a weird inconsistency that I didn't notice until I went back to change things (namely, the stripe on the left was always on top, meaning the design wasn't symmetrical).

 

EDIT: totally forgot to mention that they've removed the designs from the backs as well.

 

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The only change on the court is that the text on the sideline now uses the NOB/number font instead of the obsolete one the team was going to use for their wordmark and then scrapped.

 

Not a very big change but I'd still like to know what you think! C&C appreciated 🙂

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Good minimal upgrade for LA, I love their uniform set! Especially the black, can’t wait to see California!

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Haven’t been in this thread since last year because I had issues with the photos, but they’re here again! This has been fantastic work.

 

I love LA’s new uniforms, but that primary logo still hasn’t grabbed me. I guess I’m just so used to more detailed animal logos this one throws me off.

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1 hour ago, Lee Noire said:

Haven’t been in this thread since last year because I had issues with the photos, but their here again! This has been fantastic work.

 

I love LA’s new uniforms, but that primary logo still hasn’t grabbed me. I guess I’m just so used to more detailed animal logos this one throws me off.

Good to hear the pics are working again. Thanks for the compliment!

 

The Tooths logo was initially based off this pretty minimalist statue at the George C. Page Museum, which is why it's kinda simplistic and abstract. If and when they do change their logo and look up, it'll probably be something more detailed, but I think the minimalist logo fits with the kind of modern vintage look I tried to give LA.

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It's time for the Sea Lions. When owner Valiant LeRay announced he would be giving the team a total rebrand, it garnered - well, it garnered backlash from the few people who both a) followed dashball and b) cared what its players were wearing. Even so, the team had undeniably the biggest brand in the sport, winning the first two championships, appearing in four out of six Finals, and having yet to miss the playoffs at all. Fortunately for people like us, LeRay recognized this, explaining, "The Sea Lions are big, which I get, and they've built up a great brand over the last six years. We've been playing in the twenty-first century, but we haven't really been looking like we are. I wanted to bring us into 2023 and hopefully into the future while staying true to the past."

 

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So yeah, at first glance, it's a pretty significant departure, what with two purples and all. The darker one is the same they've always used, though, and it remains the single largest thing tying this brand to the previous look. The sea lion remains as the primary, but gets an upgrade from sitting up on a pier or something to swimming in the sea (which, as you probably guessed, is where sea lions live). Added bonus: it still keeps a letterform, this time as a C for California. They also still have a roundel logo and a straight letter logo, though both look somewhat different than they did before. The wordmark is in the same font that got limited usage in the last identity; LeRay liked it, so he kept it around and elevated it to primary status.

 

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The jerseys have an asymmetrical split look, which LeRay admitted was pretty arbitrary, but it shows off the double purple pretty well. The shorts have five tapering stripes that are meant to represent whiskers, and they also create a cool gradient effect from a distance without actually being one. LeRay also kept a version of the old purple alternate around, now with the new roundel and no white. The number and NOB font also get to stick around.

 

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The court carries over the asymmetrical pattern, including two different-colored end zones, but carries over the C shape between the 3- and 5-point lines.

 

Well, there you have it - what I'd consider to be the NDL's first full rebrand. I'm excited to hear what you all think!

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Logos are a big upgrade, the double purple looks good, maybe a throwback cream and pinstripes Uni? Not the biggest fan on the striped on the first three ones, I like the alternate dark purple one, maybe base it around that?

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14 hours ago, BellaSpurs said:

Logos are a big upgrade, the double purple looks good, maybe a throwback cream and pinstripes Uni? Not the biggest fan on the striped on the first three ones, I like the alternate dark purple one, maybe base it around that?

1 minute ago, TargetToad said:

The Sea Lions logo is tight. The uni is weird, but the logo is great.

Thanks guys! I'm much happier with this logo than the last one, so I'm glad you agree. As for the uniforms: they're supposed to be a little out there. Personally, I like them, but I've had some time to warm up to them (also I made them, so that might have something to do with it 😄). I think I'm gonna stick with it for now, but it's definitely controversial, and if they come out and win 15 games next year, people are gonna be clamoring for them to change things back.

 

Speaking of throwbacks: the whole point of this change was to move on from the cream look, but I can guarantee that the Sea Lions will eventually wear the purple and cream again, whether it's in a throwback capacity or as a full set.

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As they had been for the past few years, most of the eyes on the league were focused on the two-time defending champion Texas Redbacks. Texas were heavy favorites to three-peat, and started the season looking like it. In just their fourth game, though, B/K Ares Preciado tore his ACL trying to make a save and would be out for the season. They would find his replacement in second-round pick Phil Carey, who was drafted as a B/ZB but switched to keeper and far outplayed W/K Max Schenk (who Texas drafted in the same round). Carey was no Red Planet (Ares? Mars? Get it?), but he plugged the gap adequately. The Redbacks got excellent play as usual from W/C Elide Amigazzi and B/K Semarias Garcia, got a career year from F/ZB Omaro Rubio, and benefited from a historically weak division (more on that later), but for the first time in four seasons, failed to grab the top seed.

 

That spot instead went to the new-look California Sea Lions. It seemed like half the starting lineup was having a breakout year, including B/ZB Kenton Snowberger, W/ZB Jay Moth, B/C Jasper Jansen, and especially B/ZB Dewitt Golf, who had been a role player with the Lions for a few years but suddenly turned into a top-tier player almost overnight. B/ZB Joel Moth, who missed a few weeks with a broken finger, still made a big impact as well. The Sea Lions had 7 players with over 30 points contributed per game, which led them to a 46-4 record, even in a West Division that once again sent three teams to the playoffs.

 

Nearly everyone expected the Sawyers to be back, but not many people expected the Palms to be in the mix. Not only were they in the mix, but they were one of only three teams to beat California, as well as the only team to beat them twice and the only team to beat them in San Jose. After trading F/K Ray Thomas and losing W/ZB Bruce Pointe to an ankle injury, Phoenix seemed to be heading for a tank season, but nobody told the players, who all seemed to be playing above their paygrade. The team lacks a real star, which can be a bad thing at times, but has also been beneficial, as they’ve been able to hurt opposing teams from pretty much anywhere. Eventually, the Palms found themselves battling with the Sawyers for the 4 seed and home court in the inevitable quarterfinal series between the two. With four of the first five matchups between these teams having gone to the road team, Phoenix went into KeyArena for their second-to-last game and squeaked out a six-point win to clinch the higher seed.

 

You might have read that last paragraph and thought that Ray Thomas was the problem. There was probably some negative chemistry in Phoenix, but Thomas certainly didn’t hurt his new team, as he would win his second MVP and fourth Defensive Player of the Year award in his first year in Philly. With Thomas sharing duties with B/K LaVarius McCargo, many teams would avoid the goal entirely for long stretches of time, which is how Thomas ended up with stats such as 4.3 goals allowed per game and 11.6 points against per game. As a team, the Row only allowed 103.8 points per game, second-best in NDL history behind only the undefeated 2021 Redbacks. They were in a battle with those same Redbacks for the 2 seed, and managed to lock it up in the second-to-last game of the season against the Fugitives.

 

Speaking of the Fugitives, I told you we’d get back to the Central. After notching 21 wins in their first season, there were high expectations for Trashville, but they failed to live up to them. After B/ZB Alvin Milling left for Orlando, their defense, which had held them in many close games last year, just wasn’t as good, and their offense couldn’t keep up. Chicago also had a down year due to little depth behind B/ZB Ed Maxwell, W/K Nico Boyer, and F/C Michel Blanchard, dropping from 23 wins to 19. Nobody, however, had as down a year as the Colorado Pinnacles. Their fourth-overall pick, W/C Daniel Oman, and F/K Wayne Carey fell to season-ending injuries in training camp and lost the entire year, and before the first week of the season was over, W/ZBs Perham Jahanpour and Henry Morrow had joined them. They got off on rocky footing (pun absolutely intended) and stayed there, setting an unbreakable record for fewest wins in a season, losing all 50 games.

 

Anyway, if that got you down, let’s talk about the feel-good story of 2023: the Orlando Orbits. After going 2-48 last season, they got busy over the offseason, picking up Alvin Milling from Nashville and W/ZB Zebedeo Perilla from Seattle. Despite the second-worst scoring offense in the league, they were able to ride a top-5 defense to a playoff berth thanks to a down year in the rest of their division. With New York suffering from injuries throughout the season and Toronto not playing up to their potential, the Orbits climbed to 25-25 and the sixth seed. Interestingly, they knew they were in the 6 spot for nearly three weeks at the end of the season and didn’t really have anything to play for, so they got a lot of time to try things out for the postseason, and they’ll need it going up against the two-time reigning champs.
 

 

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Winless Colorado. How does that happen in a 50 game season. They didn't just suck. They didn't just fail. They didn't just tank. They perfected ineptitude.

 

Either that, or they got high before every game.

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Fans are probably burning all their Pinnacles stuff right now. Maybe they should change uniforms to erase the memory of that season from hell?

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25 minutes ago, Bomba Tomba said:

Fans are probably burning all their Pinnacles stuff right now. Maybe they should change uniforms to erase the memory of that season from hell?

It's only been 2 season of existence for Colorado. They didn't change the unis for the Bucs after a winless 76 (or at least the colors) and a near winless 77

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Yeah, the Pinns aren't in a very good spot right now. The '76 Bucs comparison is pretty apt, since both teams got clocked with injuries and couldn't pull anything together the rest of the season. That said, 50 losses is a lot worse than 14, and football was way more popular than dashball is (the Bucs were consistently getting 40-50 thousand people to show up during their first two seasons, even as they went 0-26), so Colorado might be in more trouble than Tampa was. Guess you'll just have to stay tuned to find out 😉

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Seattle Sawyers vs Phoenix Palms
The predictions for Game 1 usually boiled down into one of two arguments. The first was about the regular season matchups between these two teams, which as mentioned, resulted in 5 out of 6 games being won by the away team. The other, more serious, point was that Phoenix’s lack of a star would hurt them going up against the Sawyers, who were led (maybe carried) by B/ZB James Terry. The latter argument would prove true, as nobody on the Palms could stop Terry, who scored 21 of his team’s 136 points and assisted on 33 more. Phoenix would hang in there, thanks in large part to 20 points each from B/C Steve Locke and B/K Joel Drain, but Terry was also clutch on defense, recording 17 passes defended plus 5 more knocked down while on offense. The Sawyers would hold onto a two-score lead for most of the game before pulling away a bit in the final minutes. With the possibility to advance at home in Game 2, Seattle would keep up that momentum, and while both defenses would show up more, it would look quite a bit like Game 1, as the Palms just couldn’t seem to pull a run together. Terry would pick up another 39 points contributed as the Sawyers would earn the 2-game sweep.

 

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Orlando Orbits vs Texas Redbacks
This one was supposed to be easy, and the Redbacks would not disappoint in Game 1. W/C Elide Amigazzi and B/K Semarias Garcia led a Texas offense that saw 5 score at least 20 points and all but one starter finish with double digits. Orlando’s defense, which got them into the playoffs, was off their game, while the Redbacks defense stepped up as well, holding the Orbits to just 99. Everything seemed to be clicking for the ‘Backs, which made it all the more surprising when Orlando was ahead by one after the first inning of Game 2. They wouldn't quite hold onto the lead, but would stay within range; their D was working again and they got some unlikely offensive contributions from sophomores F/ZB Chuck Johnson and B/ZB George Hodge. The crowd would be in it as the Orbits would keep it close through the first three quarters of the game, but the defending champs were just too much to handle. While they lost, the 20-point margin was by far the smallest of the year between these two, and it left Orlando feeling hopeful and Texas feeling a pit in their stomach as they moved on to face Philadelphia.
 

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Wow, the sea lion have changed. Also, why don't the new Sabertooths' unis have stripes on the back?

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