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  2. For the record, as a huge LeBron fan, I hate all of this. Even with the most charitable of reads, it's still his dumbest move since the Decision and we're going to hear about it for years. Hopefully the start of the actual season changes focus. The NBA isn't going to solve broader issues or US business and entertainment entanglement with China, though I hope everyone learned something this month.
  3. Pewter is a metal, yes. And depending on the source of the coloring, it does have that tan/brown hue in it. You can argue that the old color is more metallic or a more accurate pewter or simply that it looks better. In some lighting, I do see what you mean in terms of the new fabric also looking like a dark brown. But in terms of which looks more brown/tan, the pictures speak for themselves.
  4. The XFL assigned their QBs today
  5. It's a throwback.
  6. Next we will be heading to the east for the Atlantic 8, which I never finished in the first iteration. Up first are the Baltimore State Blues named after the Blue Crabs popular in the region. Baltimore State University Location: Baltimore, Maryland Type: Public University Founded: 1913 Major Rivals: Maryland State, DC Tech
  7. On that note - Let's get back to actual NBA discussion and stop diving into the Chinese Political landscape.
  8. “Fighting oppression is the same as imperialism” is definitely one of the stranger takes I’ve seen regarding anything ever.
  9. If I were ever able to get in touch with the Chinese consulate, I would denounce their government for its counter-revolutionary policies, from the treacherous snake Deng through to the cult leader Xi. But if they want to give me money, you can have some.
  10. Nada. The old dazzle fabric gave it that metallic look that's inherent in pewter. It is a metal, after all. The matte not only looks brown, but it's not even properly pewter. It can be if it's matte, as pewter is a metal. It has a nature reflectiveness and a degree of shininess to it.
  11. 1). Only when dealing with you, my friend 2). I'm, literally, from Nevada. I say this from a lifetime of dealing with the fallout that city has created 3). I'm more of a Dominion guy, myself. 4). You do realize this is, like, 75% in jest, right?
  12. Need to see the full uni with side view but looks like the right side has red accents while left side uses blue.
  13. STUNNER of WEEK 7: Titans wearing light blue over navy vs. the Chargers I believe this is their first home game on Sunday in light blue since 2013
  14. "They should not have let the refs be in position to decide it" is OK in the "bad calls are part of the game" sense. But when "bad calls" drift into "one-sided officiating" it's a cop-out. What would be the reaction to this game had the Lions been on the good end of calls like this. We'll never know because this would never, ever happen that way.* "Bad calls" tend to go in the favor of the more "important" teams and the high-profile players. Particularly in the NFL and NBA. *Packer fan: "The Fail Mary!!!!" No. That wasn't one-sided. It was pure garbage both ways. And what "happened" to the Packers led to the end of the replacement refs.
  15. They finally got it right by using their ACTUAL colors. College football teams, your turn. P.S.: I like the new number font, probably a good change of pace from the Serpentine font.
  16. Your life seems like a dark void where fun goes to die. Sorry you lost a bunch of money your first time in Vegas playing blackjack like a tourist and have decided to use that as an excuse to harbor grudges against not only an entire city, but people who enjoy said city. Maybe stick to Settlers of Catan.
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  18. I suppose we just have to agree to disagree, because the post right above yours illustrates my point exactly. The matte looks far more like a dark gray while the old look has a tannish brownish hue.
  19. Shut it down...we have a winner folks snap nevermind yall fast as hell
  20. Every single week I see these "Well, they should've just scored more/stopped them/gone for it on 4th/kicked a field goal/etc if they didn't want the refs to ruin their chances" arguments, and it's precisely why I don't watch this league any longer. If that's the :censored:ty standard that has been set, then this league is trash and isn't worth following.
  21. Also, Photobooth-hosted pictures are previewed as blurry, so I recommend steering away from that too.
  22. Dude, I have been to Tropicana Field four times in the last 15 years, always driving as a side trip from Walt Disney World or Universal Studios. NOT ONCE was either the trip there (or back) even CLOSE to 3 or 4 hours. Always about an hour and a half via I-4; the half hour was usually getting from downtown Tampa to the stadium in St. Pete on I-275. Not sure what kind of unusual traffic situation you might have had (accident?, construction?) but there's no way that trip should have been 4 hours. Did you take a detour to Sebring or Ocala? Were you driving this?:
  23. I like it, but the normal number font they use doesn't mush very well with it. But it's a small ting. Considering that changing the # and NOB to match might cause legibility issues if it matches the font.
  24. I lived in the Nashville metropolitan area during the last few years of my childhood and all of my adolescence, and my time as a teenager happened to overlap with the first serious attempt (in the late 1980s and early 1990s) to bring a Major League Baseball franchise to Nashville, so, naturally, I have long wanted and still want to see Nashville have its own MLB team. Here, then, are my views regarding Nashville's and other cities' potential futures as homes of MLB clubs: Nashville's latest bid I think that the Music City Baseball initiative is off to a good start with its proposals and is composed of a solid team of leaders and advisors (former United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the chairman, respected MLB figures Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart as advisors, the participation of at least one local music industry executive and at least one commercially successful country music artist, etc.). Also, I admire the organization for its realistic outlook on how much time and effort will need to be spent on luring an MLB team to Nashville, its ambitious proposal to build a major-league-capacity ballpark with a retractable roof and without using any tax money, its desire to brand an MLB club under its control as the Nashville Stars so as to pay tribute to at least one of the Negro League baseball teams that played home games in Nashville, and its goal of partnering actively with the Kansas City-based Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. However, I think also that we need to keep a very careful eye on (a) whether or not those in charge of Music City Baseball can and will follow through on their stated goals of helping the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum substantively and especially spending only private funds on a venue for a Nashville MLB team (particularly one with a retractable roof or even a fixed full roof) and (b) how well the powers that be at Music City Baseball can attract investors with both enough money and a strong enough desire to bring an MLB franchise to Nashville (through either a move of an existing club or a successful expansion bid) and especially to build the proposed MLB park with their own money. Furthermore, I can think of two ways that Music City Baseball's "master plan" (as I would describe it) could be even better. First, while Stars is a catchy nickname and a good allusion to the many music "stars" based in and around Nashville and to the Tennessee flag's three stars, my preferred name for a Nashville-based MLB team is the Nashville Elites -- an identity that pays homage to Negro League baseball's Nashville Elite Giants of the 1920s and 1930s, avoids sharing a nickname with a divisional rival of an existing Nashville professional sports team, and would certainly be more unique than a Nashville Stars brand. Second, the group is currently proposing an MLB venue that would be east-northeast of downtown Nashville (next to the NFL Titans' Nissan Stadium) and have a field whose line from home plate to center field would run south-southwest -- a recipe for the sun getting in the eyes of most spectators, the home plate umpire, the catcher, and the batter, even when a retractable roof above the stadium is fully closed. Therefore, I believe strongly that if, for whatever reason, the ballpark absolutely must be built at the presently proposed location and have a south-southwest or other westerly field orientation, then a tall, retractable, partially transparent "sunglass" wall behind the outfield stands -- which, if I had my way, could be extended or retracted either concurrently with or independently of any retractable roof -- would go a long way toward reconciling a great view of downtown Nashville from the stands with a minimization of glare from the sun during day games and the early innings of many night games. Montréal As I see it, the best hope for a future Montréal MLB franchise to flourish over the long term is if (a) the economy of the Montréal metro area and of Québec as a whole is generating demonstrably more wealth per capita now than in 1995 (when a slight majority of voters in Québec answered "non" in a referendum on independence from Canada), (b) a high enough percentage of the French-speaking residents of Québec who were alive during the Expos' existence have come to regret not supporting the team more than they did*, and (c) a large enough number and percentage of those Francophones in Québec who are too young to remember the Expos are interested enough in baseball to want Montréal to have an MLB club again and to be willing to support such a team financially. * With regard to the possibility of older Francophone residents of Québec lamenting how little support they might have given to the Expos, just imagine Peabo Bryson's 1984 hit ballad "If Ever You're In My Arms Again" if its lyrics were in French and the song were directed at Major League Baseball instead of at a former significant other. The Rays' future in the Tampa Bay area I concur with anyone and everyone who believes that the Rays' chances of long-term success in the Tampa-St. Petersburg metro area are far higher if they can gain a suitable home ballpark in Tampa -- or at least in a part of the region that is closer to the largest possible concentration of residents than St. Petersburg seems to be. Unfortunately for anyone wanting the Rays to stay in their current market, I do not envision St. Pete's government becoming more merciful toward the Rays than it has been with regard to the team's lease of Tropicana Field, the government of any jurisdiction on or near Tampa Bay being willing or able to commit hundreds of millions of tax dollars on a new venue for the Rays, or any obvious cadre of private investors in the Tampa Bay region who are willing and able to try to buy the Rays from Stuart Sternberg and then spend their own money on a new home for the team within the Tampa-St. Pete area. Charlotte vs. Nashville As much as I crave a Nashville-based MLB club, I am willing to recognize that Charlotte has at least a few tangible advantages over Nashville as the home of an MLB franchise. When I look at Charlotte's and Nashville's respective drawbacks as MLB host cities, I get the impression that the two cities have more or less the same downsides, but Charlotte seems to have less extreme versions of most of those flaws than does Nashville. Meanwhile, the Charlotte area's current upsides over the Nashville area are a more populous metro area (if not a more populous central city), a large banking industry that would seem to provide a steadier source of heavy financial support than do the industries that appear to dominate the Nashville area's economy, the Charlotte area's lack of a Major League Soccer team (for now), and the fact that, according to certain studies, an NBA team can be profitable with a lower amount of total personal income than what an NHL team needs. If Nashville has any tangible edge over Charlotte regarding an ability to support an MLB club, it is -- to my surprise -- a higher income per capita; however, even as a Nashville partisan, I have been taking that finding with the proverbial grain of salt, as I have seen that statistic only in a study commissioned apparently for Raleigh's MLB campaign group. What cannot be denied, though, is that Nashville now has a group campaigning actively, and trying a lay a tangible and feasible groundwork, for an MLB team in that city to the point of proposing a new major-league-specification ballpark because of the supposed lack of expandability -- and despite the newness -- of the current home of the local Minor League Baseball team. Are those desiring a Charlotte-based Major League Baseball club able to claim to have such a group yet? Charlotte vs. Raleigh ... vs. Baltimore ... and D.C. If the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro areas had the exact same number and kind of major-league professional sports teams -- or at least if those two areas had portfolios of major-league pro teams that each required the same amount of total personal income to support -- then the Charlotte area's edge in population (if not in any other metric) over the metro area that contains Raleigh would enable a Charlotte-based major pro team to earn more money than would a Raleigh-based major pro team in the same sport. However, as long as Raleigh and its metro area are represented in the realm of major-league pro team sports by only an NHL franchise while the Charlotte area hosts teams in both the NBA and the NFL (and especially also as long as Charlotte is likely to land an MLS club before Raleigh does), then people living in Raleigh and nearby cities and towns might be collectively able to spend more money on tickets to a local MLB team's home games than could those residing in and around Charlotte. I say "might" only because my impression is that studies comparing metro areas' collective abilities to spend money on tickets to major-league pro team sports events rarely, if ever, take competition from the athletic programs of local colleges and universities into consideration ... and Raleigh's NHL club has to contend with more nearby universities with more popular sports teams than do Charlotte's major pro sports franchises. Unfortunately for MLB backers in both Charlotte and Raleigh, the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals could prove to be formidable foes of a campaign to bring an MLB franchise to anywhere in North Carolina -- the southernmost area in those two teams' mutual, MLB-commissioner's-office-defined television territory. I can see the Orioles objecting to a North Carolina MLB club for at least some of the reasons why they did not want MLB to have a team in Washington, D.C. again -- or even in any area closer to the District than to the Charm City -- in the decades after the American League's second Washington Senators team became the Texas Rangers. Meanwhile, I would not be surprised at all if the Nationals are still insecure enough about their popularity in general and their games' TV ratings in particular that they would be reluctant at best to tolerate an MLB franchise in the Old North State. Finally, I suspect that both the O's and the Nats have long been livid over the refusal by both Time Warner Cable (which was North Carolina's largest cable TV provider) and Charter (who bought Time Warner Cable and thus, via the Spectrum brand, became that state's predominant cable company) to carry those two teams' common TV outlet, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, on systems anywhere in North Carolina. The Raleigh MLB advocacy group, via its website, has been playing up MASN's absence from Spectrum systems in Raleigh and nearby areas -- in contrast to the ability of Spectrum subscribers in and around Charlotte to see regional cable telecasts of Atlanta Braves games -- as evidence that Raleigh and its metro area are together the most populous part of the United States without regional TV coverage of any MLB team, and such a situation thus strengthens the case for a Raleigh MLB club. However, what the Raleigh group does not seem to want to admit is that the city of Charlotte proper and the rest of the North Carolina segment of the Nielsen-defined Charlotte TV market are in-market for both the Orioles and the Nationals as well as for the Braves, so Spectrum subscribers throughout the North Carolina part of the Charlotte market are every bit as contractually and legally unable as their peers in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill market to circumvent their lack of access to MASN by watching regional telecasts of O's games or Nats games via MLB Extra Innings or To make matters worse for either that Raleigh group or any actual or hypothetical group calling for a Charlotte MLB team, I would not put it past the Orioles or even the Nationals to have the gall to argue that MLB would be rewarding Charter/Spectrum's unwillingness to carry MASN on its North Carolina systems by putting an expansion franchise in North Carolina and/or allowing an existing club to move to anyplace in that state. Las Vegas Seriously ... an MLB team in the Las Vegas metro area ... in addition to the NHL team playing there now, the NFL team with a deal to move there next year, and maybe an MLS team in that region in the future? Even setting aside whether or not the Las Vegas area is environmentally sustainable in its current level of development or even in its present number of human residents, I doubt very strongly that the region has enough residents and/or a high enough income per capita to enable an MLB franchise -- let alone one that would compete directly with at least two other major-league pro sports teams -- to be a financially sustainable enterprise. Sure, some people in high places may be looking at the many travelers that the Las Vegas area attracts annually and all of the money that those visitors shell out during those vacations and are thus believing that a local MLB club would be a veritable silver mine in the Silver State's most populous region by inducing those tourists to spend time, and especially spend dollars and cents, at the old ball game in Sin City. However, along with the issues that I have already mentioned, I fear that such would-be owners of a Las Vegas MLB club might be underestimating both the degree to which local casinos might discourage their respective patrons from going off property -- particularly for something as potentially expensive as a major pro sports team's home game -- and the percentage of tourists in and around "Lost Wages" who end up gambling away too much money during their vacations to be able to afford even the least costly of tickets to a local major pro team's home game. Portland All that I can think of saying about Portland's MLB prospects for now are that (a) I think that the Portland Diamond Project's leaders are taking a smartly methodical approach to putting their city in a favorable position to secure an MLB franchise; (b) to me, the PDP's overall vision for a major-league-level ballpark in the City of Roses is well thought out; (c) either Beavers or Pioneers might be a great nickname for a Portland-based MLB team in a vacuum, but both of those nicknames are tainted by being used already by institutions of higher learning within the state of Oregon; and (d) I therefore think that Herons would be the best choice for a nickname for a Portland MLB club, with Stags being a close second and Pines being a surprising -- and surprisingly close -- third.
  25. Interesting that those Clippers jerseys say “Los Angeles.” Aren’t they otherwise pretty specific in their branding that they are the “L.A. Clippers”?
  26. Yeah, NFC North is at NFC West for same-finish games, NFC South is at NFC North. I didn't know that until I looked at the schedule announcement this year and put it together for myself. They don't really promote it; I figured it was just alternating home and road from whenever you saw the team last.
  27. No clue, but that is one UGLY look. Also is it just me or do the helmets of pre-1980's NFL look like they were extremely uncomfortable? Like it looks as if you are wearing a hard plastic shell on your head without any padding. lol
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