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    The artist formerly known as Turner Field, retrofitted for Georgia State football.
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    The MAC has announced they have given each team a Jolly Roger flag to hang up after wins. Meanwhile the Sun Belt has created the Championship Game MVP Belt given to the Championship Games MVP
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    For those who are unaware, last night PBS aired an excellent documentary in their American Masters series on Ted Williams. The link to this can be found here. Its a little under an hour long, so don't expect anything too immersive, but PBS crams a lot of information into the hour, and there's a lot of stuff included in the doc that most people may not know about him. All in all its one of the best sports docs I've ever seen. This humanizes one of the most mythical figures in sports and should give the audience a great sense of who he was as a person. No punches are pulled in this documentary either, and it lays out all of his pros and cons for all the world to see. Here are the biggest takeaways I got: Ted Williams was half-Mexican I only learned this about Williams roughly a year ago, but it's understandable when you consider the lengths Williams went through to hide this. He almost never spoke of his childhood which was quite troubled. His mother worked tirelessly for the Salvation Army to help others, but more or less ignored her son. No question Williams was ashamed of or at least embarrassed by his heritage and probably was a big reason why he became such an advocate of Negro Leaguers being in the Hall of Fame, which Williams helped open the door for. Ted Williams was kind of a dick This is not nearly as much of a secret to anyone that knows his story, but Williams is definitely in that category of athlete that is best appreciated from afar. He seemed to have a need always to be the alpha in any relationship which would help explain why so few of his friends were fellow teammates and why he was married and divorced three times. He really couldn't handle criticism of any kind, which was more what led to his rocky relationship with the media than anyone "having it in for him" which did come about but only later in his career. He had a very short fuse and would constantly complain to anyone who would bother to listen about how he had been screwed over by the media and how the fans underappreciated him. Ted Williams tried to get out of serving in the military People often romanticize about how eager the greatest generation was to serve in WWII and defend our country's honor, but the reality of the situation as you would expect is entirely different. Ted did everything he could to try to get out of serving in WWII and only relented when the Navy gave him a deal to finish out the 1942 season before joining. They didn't have high expectations for Williams, but as everyone knows Williams surprised people with his piloting skills and quickly became an instructor. Williams never saw any combat duty in WWII but was set to be deployed to the Pacific for his first tour right as the War was coming to a close. Ted Williams served in Korea because he tried to make money out of being in the reserves Again what history has said about this and the reality of the situation are two entirely different things. After the War, Williams found out that he could make a few extra dollars by staying enlisted as a reserve without having to see any active duty. This worked for several years until the Korean War came about and the reserves were called into action. Like WWII Williams did everything he could to get out of it, even penning a letter to then-Senator John F. Kennedy asking him to have his deployment revoked. Kennedy refused, and Williams was forced to serve. Unlike WWII, Williams did see combat action in Korea and performed spectacularly in duty, flying dozens of combat missions and successfully crash-landed his plane in one mission. Ted Williams was the Albert Einstein of hitting Like Einstein, his genius can only be appreciated in hindsight. The "launch-angle" philosophy of hitting originates with Ted Williams. He was the first hitter ever to figure out that you were more likely to get a hit out of a hard-struck ball hit in the air than putting the ball on the ground and prove it through the numbers. The idea of a lighter bat and the importance of hand speed also originates with Williams as does virtually every other modern hitting technique being taught today. In a lot of ways, you can also consider him one of the pioneers of the sabermetric revolution. He was utilizing stats in ways to refine his hitting that teams didn't start doing until the late 90's. He was decades ahead of everyone else’s approach to the plate. Ted Williams was a terrible manager Not really touched too much on in the documentary, but this can be attested to anyone that played under him or knew anything about his time as a manager. As knowledgeable as Williams was when it came to hitting, he was virtually clueless when it came to understanding or explaining any other facet of the game and reflected his one-dimensional approach to the game during his playing career. He didn't know how to handle players well. Like a lot of great athletes, he struggled to understand why everyone wasn't as dedicated of a player as he was during his playing career and didn't know what to do with players of that ilk. If Williams had come up today he would have insisted on playing in the American League and being a full-time DH. Anything about baseball that didn't involve hitting was seen as a waste of time through Ted's eyes. Ted Williams was an extremely charitable person He would frequent hospitals with sick children, show up to fundraisers to raise money and donate money to retired ballplayers who had fallen on hard times. Williams did not want this to be made a big deal of, which is why so little has been written about it, but for every story written about how wonderful and charitable Babe Ruth was with kids, one could have been written about Ted Williams. There's much more to uncover in the documentary and I'll be happy to answer any questions people may have about Williams as best I can.
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    Easy. I'd bring back the Packers' original road jersey stripes. Such a small detail, but such a big difference.
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    Except the Blue Jackets 3rd jersey debuted in 2010 when the Jets were still the Atlanta Thrashers so...
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    There was an obscure thread from a few years ago where dagreco arrived admitting to being DomTheAthlete. Another member connected the two based off of someone with Dom’s name commenting on a file sent from “Chris Clement.” An IP check confirmed the link. It took as long as it did due to me getting access to the admin section relatively recently and that thread not getting the attention of the moderators in place at the time. My replenishing of the Goldmine made me stumble on the thread which prompted the IP check.
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    If that's angled then it's really slight. So slight that it looks more like a mistake than an intentional decision.
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    wordmark looks the same to me, is it slanted slightly more?
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    I like your (and I mean this sincerely) thoughtful response, and mild snark. It's refreshing. Thanks for the explanation of your objectives - it makes sense. Laziness is often underrated. I agree with you that the pullover era had some of the best uniforms of all time (the Phillies powder blue and maroon road unis, and the Astros Tequila Sunrise jersey come to mind right away), so my thoughts on the piping weren't meant to be complete condemnation of the era, just that I didn't feel like they fit with the Cardinals look. I also think the jerseys from that era, more than any other uniforms from any other era, have designs and stylistic elements that just don't work outside of a throwback uniform night. For example, I dig the powder blues, the racing stripes/piping/arm trim, but I can't imagine a modern team returning to that look with the way current uniforms are worn in the big leagues. They just don't look good if uniforms aren't skin tight, and as I'm sure you've notice, that is not how players wear them these days. Obviously, there are no blue Cardinals, but the navy cap has been a part of the Cardinals catalogue since the early 1940s. Blue, be it navy caps or the uniforms themselves, was a primary part of the Cardinals road uniforms every year from 1942-2012, with the exception of 1965-1973, and 1985-1991, and of those years without navy/blue being part of the road uni, only six seasons did not feature SansABelt Pants and Double Knits. Now, like I said, for the navy cap to work, it must be worn with red sleeves. A hastily compiled/unedited set of examples: http://www.imagebam.com/image/49d9f9927859034 I think the navy cap and belt is a fantastic balance to the amount of bright red the Cardinals wear. I also really like the distinction between "Home" and "Road" caps/uniforms. A lot of the current Cardinals have taken to wearing navy sleeves when they do wear the navy caps, and it's just not a look that works for me. Example: http://www.imagebam.com/image/1f766d927858974 I don't know. I'm tired and rambling. Keep up the good work, though. I have enjoyed the series, and will keep my eyes peeled for the rest.
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    Here's a new one. Started out using this for a different team, but it wasn't working, so I went this way. Ducks using Sabres' set.
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    I mentioned this in the NFL top 5....Block numbers for the Steelers.
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    Lions. I am doing this despite the crap they put on their sleeves. I still think the Sanders-era uniforms are best but they are back to looking great. Raiders Saints Cowboys. Yep, I can deal with the inconsistencies. Bills Just miss: Dolphins. Chiefs (I think they'd get in if they'd use yellow on their helmet) 20 years ago it would probably be: Bengals Lions Vikings Sehawks Colts (grey facemask makes that big of a difference)
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    What's with the wordmark in the end zones facing out, rather than toward the field? Never seen that on a football field before.
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    Idk about Ladanian. Those Chargers uniforms weren’t terrible imo.
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    It's soon to be a new day and age here in Dallas. We are rapidly approaching the end of the Dirk era and last season was the worst season for the Mavericks in 20 years. After a period that included 12 straight playoff appearances, 2 Southwest Titles, 2 Conference Championships and finally hoisting the Larry O' Brien with some revenge over the Miami Heat, it's time for the rebuild (whether Mark Cuban is willing to be fined to be so upfront about admitting it or not) With a new core of Dennis Smith, Jr , Harrison Barnes and Luka Dončić setting up the future for the Mavericks, now is a perfect time for the Dallas Mavericks to rebrand for the next chapter in our franchise's history The primary logo keeps the horse iconography but the horse is now holding his head high. This fixes the issue of the "emo horse" look for the current primary and distinguishes the team from other horse logos that are either charging forward (Denver Broncos) or have their head down midbuck (Boise State / 90s Detroit Pistons) The off center roundel wordmarking for the primary was inspired by the Boston Celtics and was done to give the primary logo a feeling of motion. Green returns as the primary color for the team at a slightly brighter green than from their inaugural season. The Navy used is the same shade as the current. The font, Melma Black, was chosen for its balance between solid shapes and slight western feeling. While I was tempted to modify the old M-hat logo, I wanted the secondary to use a capital D. The logo is inspired by 47Brand's hat which is too strong of a look to be left as an unofficial logo any longer. The new Association uniform brings the wordmark bold and out front. The Icon Uniform returns the Mavericks to a Green base team to unify them with their co-tenants at the AAC. Additionally using green as their primary dark uniform helps distinguish them from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The side striping takes inspiration from the logo of the jersey sponsor, American Airlines. Our current city uniform has "DAL" out front which is a name we never refer to ourselves by unless you're talking about Love Field. Of course, for obvious reasons, you can't put "Big D" in front of a NBA uniform. To compromise you have a modified version of the secondary logo alluding to this nickname. The striping for the logo and numbers take inspiration from the green neon lights in Downtown Dallas against the night sky. CC welcome
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    Astros need to bring back the orange cap. Orange with home and alternate orange uniforms. Navy cap with the away. The Astros looked good with an orange cap, it made them unique.
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    Being from Atlanta, I'd like to see The Flames or Thrashers name revived. Something unique I thought of, would be the Phoenix bird as the imagery, but due to Phoenix being an opposing team, we could call it the Atlanta Spirit. The Phoenix represents the official symbol/seal of Atlanta, and it's fun to say" The Atlanta Spirit"
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    Those look like practice uniforms for ASU
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    St. Louis Cardinals: Make the blue cap the primary road cap again-or get rid of the cream "St Louis" alt. Either one would satisfy me. Atlanta Braves: Use a single stroke around the tomahawk so it matches the wordmarks on the white and gray jerseys. The double outline is stupid. Also, I would bring back these pants for the Giants-full time, with both jerseys
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    I believe it has something to do with the left arm being reserved for tattoos in traditional Hawai'ian culture
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    Strange how that's really the best helmet that the Vikes have ever worn. The shiny purple is just the right shade (compared to the dull historical helmets from before and zany new matte ones) and looks just right with the purple mask. This comparison shot that they did back when they revealed the new ones actually makes me like the 2006 lids more.
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    Frankly, if you act like that at a sporting event you should be banned from all sporting events (I know it's not possible to enforce). Don't ruin it for everyone else.
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    Could do this with about 15-20 NHL teams to be honest.
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    Yeah the italicized numbers aren't great. Hopefully their new alternate is step 1 of them moving back to block number font. If that is the case I'd bump them higher than 4
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    Here is what they would wear at home. There are some Colonel elements to this set without it being a direct rip. I know that the Pacers also wear navy and gold and are a border state, but the identity here is different enough that they wouldn't get mixed up. I'm definitely looking for was to improve on this.
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    Tuesday morning musings...The Patriots had a 2-year uniform (1991-92) followed by two one-year uniforms (1993 and 1994). Is that an NFL record for changes in such a short period of time? On another note, I think the NFL's 5-year rule on changing jerseys (which must have come after the Patriots switched again in 1995) is far too conservative compared to other sports leagues. No wonder the Rams are in such a predicament, but I get that most of it is their own fault.
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    I liked this for the first few years, when the roundel, vintage white and double blue trends were all en vogue. It was a really nice, short-term alternate look. I just think it's aged awfully, and they should've taken this chance to fix the problems (dump vintage white, move to navy and red).
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    It'll probably just have imagery from the stadium or city. I can't imagine them using anything to do with _____ _____.
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    Wow - that Laker set could actually work as a legitimate alternate or something. It’s abstract enough to work without coming off intentionally cheesy like the other unis in this series. Well done! of course if you wanna make it cheesy, just throw in a bunch of palm trees and an orange sun and some sailboats.
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    yooooooooooooou dooooooooooooo realiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiize.............whooooa ohhh ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.............
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    If they were smart, they would keep these as a permanent alternate, bring the orange jersey back as the home jersey (not just as the third) and come up with a white version of that. Switch out the numbers and they would have a pretty sweet set. Their current home/away is pure garbage.
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    Thanks, not dead. Ran into a wall of what team to do next and then time issues. I have a couple of alternate uniforms though! Here is Chicago, throwing back to a previous, using the Florida Panthers' jersey.
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    Ugh, the removal of the stripes makes this another cookie cutter bland uniform.
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    The only thing I don't like is the Bruinsy yoke. Other than that I think it's sexy as hell. Reminds me of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks black alternates that were super sharp. I hear the complaints that this is trying to be too many things at once, a foot in each era, "tried to please everyone and pleased no one". Those criticisms make sense to me and yet I'm not bothered by them because I think it works so well on its own.
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    The Washington Nationals can suck my dick. The Lerners are worth billions and billions. You pay for it.
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    They néed to lose the ‘s and just use an A.
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    And Lakers third Jersey will never be as great as Heat's alternate red jersey.
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    I - I really like these. Like a lot. I think they’re infinitely better than the previous set with the huge side panel. I think it’s cause I’m in love with the Heat throwbacks and it’s basically the same design.
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    The Brooklyn Cyclones are have unveiled jerseys for their annual Seinfeld Night. And in 2019 news, the Cyclones are also letting fans vote on their one-day name change for the next year's Seinfeld Night. They will be the Brooklyn Marble Rye, Double Dippers, Long Island Dingos, or Rockaway Whales. And they're selling t-shirts with each of the four names, which give us our best look at the logos. I don't know enough about Seinfeld to know if those are clever or not.
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    First and foremost, I could not support alternates for the designated home team. It's bad enough when the Angels and Rangers square off in red vs. blue. I don't want to see white/green/blue vs. gray/red/blue/black or something. Given that all the players wear their team uniform (as they should), I think gray vs. white works best, but if just the designated road team is allowed alts, I can deal with that.
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    Loving this series so far. The Pistons is quite provocative lol.
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    I feel as though I’ve seen Brian Urlacher wearing his NFC champions ring during interviews. Some players are still proud of how far they got and how close they came. If I ever got a 2nd place ring I think I’d wear it too
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    Next up is the Carolina Hurricanes using the Winnipeg Jets jerseys. I liked this one as I was able to blend elements form all of Carolina's jerseys into this, and thought it came out well. The hem stripes match their old arm stripes up until their second Edge set, and the arm stripes on the road carry on the silver and black matching the numbers from their current road. I know it will be said, but I tried sublimating the warning flag design but it looked good on the red stripe on the road, but not as good on the white stripe on the home.
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    Louisiana-Monroe Home Away Camo Alternate's New Mexico State Home Away South Alabama Home Away Alternate
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