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I think it’s one of the best so far in terms of a set of unis that look really professional and that stick to a motif. Those shorts are so good I would buy in an instant irl

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I haven't checked this thread out since the beginning, and for some reason I still can't see any of the photos

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9 hours ago, CodeG said:

I haven't checked this thread out since the beginning, and for some reason I still can't see any of the photos

 

I spent quite a bit of time looking into this today and I still couldn't figure anything out. I have some suspicions as to the cause of the problem, but nothing I've found so far seems to fix it. In the meantime, all the images are in this Google Drive folder, if you don't mind digging a bit.

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8 hours ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

 

I spent quite a bit of time looking into this today and I still couldn't figure anything out. I have some suspicions as to the cause of the problem, but nothing I've found so far seems to fix it. In the meantime, all the images are in this Google Drive folder, if you don't mind digging a bit.

ok, I know when you first started there was a way I could view the photos but I don't remember how. Thanks for trying and the Google drive so I can see the teams and stuff

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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.

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Any more comments on Colorado?

 

In the meantime, I've updated the league signatures. As always, if you want a team-specific one, just let me know.

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1 hour ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

Any more comments on Colorado?

 

That design really shows that your creativity is more than budding. That design sort of lights up the league and I hope that this team doesn't go up in smoke this year.

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I like the idea but the colors ruin it, I’d maximize the green and yellow as it hasn’t been used yet, or brighten the red more. Reminds me too much of Seattle or New York. Green and yellow is a combination you’ve yet to use so I think it would make them stand out more! I like the design but the weed looks more like a bear claw mark to me personally but I think that makes sense too.

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On 6/13/2018 at 5:29 PM, Red Comet said:

That design really shows that your creativity is more than budding. That design sort of lights up the league and I hope that this team doesn't go up in smoke this year.

I have to admit, I had to read this twice to hash it out. Thanks for the kind words, though!

 

On 6/13/2018 at 6:15 PM, BellaSpurs said:

I like the idea but the colors ruin it, I’d maximize the green and yellow as it hasn’t been used yet, or brighten the red more. Reminds me too much of Seattle or New York. Green and yellow is a combination you’ve yet to use so I think it would make them stand out more! I like the design but the weed looks more like a bear claw mark to me personally but I think that makes sense too.

I tried to make green>yellow>red>white the hierarchy, although I did want to balance them out as much as possible and I can see how it might not come off that way, especially when the primary jersey is mainly green and red. (For the record, I see the Sawyers as silver>green>brown and the Chargers as bronze>green>cream.) As for the bear claw, I definitely didn't intend it, but let's pretend I did :P.

Edited by ItDoesntMatter
slight correction on the Chargers

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I think you could easily make the stripes on the home uniform yellow or something. I’d leave the red as an accent. Also forgot to mention that I’m lovin the pant stripe. Just realized that.

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I dig the Pins' but I do think the Red needs to be brightened up some, the mix of the dark green and that shade of red, makes it come off very muddy.

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1 hour ago, BellaSpurs said:

I think you could easily make the stripes on the home uniform yellow or something. I’d leave the red as an accent. Also forgot to mention that I’m lovin the pant stripe. Just realized that.

I intentionally made the primary green and red because the other two colors contrasted well with it. Neither white nor red contrasts as well with the green and gold stripes as the white and gold do with the green and red. It also allows me to make the secondary be basically the opposite, with green/red on one and white/gold on the other. Here's a mockup of the primary in green and gold so you can see it for yourself, but I don't think that's a way I'm gonna go.

 

1 hour ago, Darknes said:

I dig the Pins' but I do think the Red needs to be brightened up some, the mix of the dark green and that shade of red, makes it come off very muddy.

The red is darker than the green right now, so I'm not sure brightening the red is the solution, and none of the shades I tried seemed to make it any better. I did try a lighter green, and while I think it solves the muddiness, I definitely like the green (and most of the rest of the set) better as it is. I also tried to make the red darker, but you can't go much further before you get to brown.

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I actually think that the green and gold primary looks better than the original, but that's just my 2 cents. I may be influenced by being a fan of the Packers

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Coaching Changes:
The Philadelphia Row parted ways with head coach Millan Gonzales after going 26-94 over the past three seasons. They will make a somewhat controversial decision in bringing in former Hogs head coach Nicolas Stroke. General manager David Flight said they believed Stroke had been limited by Hogs GM Billie Arsenault and wanted to give him a second chance “outside the pigsty.” Coincidentally, the signing also fits well with the team name; Flight joked that the incidental pun “didn’t factor into the decision at all, at least not that much.” The three expansion teams all picked from the college pool, with Orlando hiring Anthony Simmons out of North Carolina, Nashville taking French transplant Olivier Six from North Dakota, and Colorado picking up Erik Bryant out of Indiana.

 

Free Agents:
TEX F/C Tim Edwards to NY - The Redbacks couldn’t quite keep their superteam together over the offseason. While B/K Semarias Garcia took a pay cut to stay with the team, the 31-year-old Edwards took a 12-year deal to play in the Big Apple instead. Combined with the expansion draft, this should nerf Texas somewhat, though they’re still in excellent position to make a deep run.

 

CHI B/ZB James Terry to SEA - Terry had been flying under the radar a bit in Chicago, with the likes of F/C Michel Blanchard and B/ZB Ed Maxwell running the show. In a contract year in 2021, though, he stepped up, and was rewarded with a much better contract with the Sawyers. He will also be one of the bigger names in Seattle, where they have very few true stars.

 

TOR F/ZB Jerry Miller to ORL - It didn’t take very long for the Orbits to make a splash, signing Jerry Miller to the highest contract in NDL history. Miller signed for 11 years and $117 million, nearly $20 million dollars higher than California B/ZB Steve Gibson signed for in 2019. At 25 years old, Miller should be able to make an impact in Orlando for a while.

 

Trades:
COL receives F/K Chris Gray
CAL receives COL 2022 1st round pick, COL 2022 4th round pick
Gray was also a free agent this year, and was able to re-sign with California for 10 years, $110 million, thanks in large part to Jerry Miller’s contract. With Steve Gibson’s big contract also on the books, though, the Sea Lions weren’t able to keep Gray around, trading him to Colorado. Most people around the league agree that they only signed Gray so they could trade him and get more value, and they now own what should be a very high draft pick next year because of that.

 

NSH receives F/K Chuck Vaughn, B/ZB Alvin Milling
NY receives B/K David Jones, NSH 2022 1st round pick
The Fugitives weren’t able to land names as big as their expansion cousins, but they were able to pick up some quality pieces from New York in this deal. Milling has produced big on defense in two years with the Chargers, and in moving to Nashville, he becomes a headline piece. Also included in the deal are two quality keepers, although Jones does have the upside of being nearly 7 years younger than Vaughn.

 

Expansion Draft:
The expansion draft occurred on October 1, 2021. It lasted 12 rounds, with each existing team losing 4 players. Teams were each able to protect 8 players initially and an additional 2 players after each player they lost. Here are the highlights from each expansion team’s draft:

 

NSH - Nashville picked first, and took F/K Wayne Carey from Texas. The Redbacks had also left F/ZB Sean Perez unprotected, but the Fugitives thought Carey was more valuable, as he’s younger and plays a rarer position than Perez. They also grabbed Sea Lions legend B/C Thomas Notz in the second round; at 38 this year, Notz isn’t quite the talent he was during the Lions’ championship runs in 2017 and 2018, but is still a solid piece who should give them some leadership for the next couple of seasons. Other notable picks include W/ZB Joe Sweitzer (TEX) and B/ZB Tommy Meeks (SEA).

 

ORL - Orlando took quite a risk by taking free agents with their first two picks. They took B/C Andi Effendi from Seattle with their first selection and nabbed B/ZB Evan Smith from the Tooths in the second round. They were able to sign Effendi to a four year deal, but Smith decided to resign with LA instead. Other notable picks include B/ZB Charley Parker (TOR) and W/ZB Mason Shale (PHI).

 

COL - The Pinnacles’ first pick of the expansion draft was Hogs W/ZB Perham Jahanpour, who at 32 years old, is likely past his prime, but his talent was high enough for Colorado to take him first. After that, though, they focused on youth, taking 24-year-old B/ZB Vachel Vardon from Chicago in round two, and all but two of their remaining picks were under the age of 25. Other notable picks include B/C Jeff Siegel (NY) and W/ZB Pacifico Ugalde (SEA).

 

Entry Draft:
1. COL - B/ZB John Thompson (Mississippi State)
2. ORL - W/C Marshall Hall (Houston)
3. NSH - B/ZB Jamie Stearns II (Northern Colorado)
4. TEX (from PHX) - W/K Xarles Forget (Wake Forest)
5. PHI - B/C John Evans (North Carolina)
6. NY - W/ZB Will McLaughlin (VCU)
7. LA - B/ZB Oziel Duran (Oklahoma State)
8. CHI - B/ZB Frank St. Peter (Indiana)
9. COL (from TOR) - F/ZB Dennis Conway (IUPUI)
10. SEA - B/ZB Anthony Brady (Missouri State)
11. CAL - F/K Freddie Jones (Tulane)
12. NSH (from TEX) - W/ZB Allan James (Stephen F. Austin)

 

Colorado got the short straw in the expansion draft, but they got rewarded by picking first here, and they got a gem in John Thompson. At only 19, Thompson was clearly the best player on the board and can really only go up. They, along with Nashville, also traded up from the top of the second round to the bottom of the first round to pick again. Additionally, after quite a few drafts with not a lot of variety in position, this one was more evenly spread out; in fact, the first round could play together as a lineup if they were all on the same team.

 

News:
The league will stick with the three-division alignment, with Orlando joining the East, Colorado and Nashville joining the Central, and Phoenix moving back to the West. While there was some concern about putting two expansion teams in the same division, this alignment won out on practicality. Additionally, the league will shift to a 50-game schedule, with each team playing 6 games against its division rivals and 4 games against each of the teams outside its division. The postseason will expand to 6 teams, and will function like the NFL. The first round will be a 3-game series, with games 1 and 3 hosted by the higher seed. The semifinals and finals will also move to a 2-2-1-1-1 format (games 1, 2, 5, and 7 will be hosted by the higher seed, like the NBA and NHL).

 

In other news, Sea Lions owner Joshua First passed away of cardiac arrest in December at the age of 61. In honor of his influence and success with the Lions, the NDL Championship Trophy will be (rather aptly) renamed the Joshua First Memorial Trophy. His son Jim will take over ownership of the team, and in doing so, he will become the youngest owner in the league at age 35.
 

Edited by ItDoesntMatter

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On 6/26/2018 at 8:54 PM, PowderedWater said:

All the pictures have disappeared?

If you're using Safari, @CodeG had the same problem earlier on the page. I'm not sure why that problem exists, but the images seem to work in every browser except Safari. If Safari is your only option and you're willing to put in a little effort, you can look at everything here.

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1 hour ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

If you're using Safari, @CodeG had the same problem earlier on the page. I'm not sure why that problem exists, but the images seem to work in every browser except Safari. If Safari is your only option and you're willing to put in a little effort, you can look at everything here.

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

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