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    Well, if you don't know/care about Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, and Bill Laimbeer mugging Michael Jordan on the way to two championships and then being the final obstacle to Jordan's greatness, maybe you're a lousy basketball fan and deserve your crappy teal shirt.
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    But didn't players wear really baggy uniforms in the 1990's? The style of the uniforms are going to likely change constantly, so that would mean you'd have to constantly change the logo... which would be super tedious to always do.
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    I still think of them as the Indians, probably because their shirts have the word "INDIANS" on them in big letters.
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    If Miami wants to keep a vice set as an occasional alternate, I’d be fine with that. But they shouldn’t switch to it full-time. There’s nothing really wrong with their identity in my opinion and a switch to vice would reek of “just ‘cause”. Besides, if some people (somehow) confuse Miami with Toronto? That’s not Miami’s problem; they beat Toronto to black and red a long time ago. If anybody has to “fix” that problem, it’s Toronto.
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    Half of MLB was formerly an "alternative baseball league". The American League is the most successful alternative league ever. It just happened to start 108 years ago.
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    This thread will be full of revisionist history. Some teams existed past the 1960 date, and have influenced my concepts slightly. I justify this because not every team has all 4 phases into history. The longer a team was around, the less I'm inclined to create concepts for. Some good examples are the Buffalo Bisons, and Portland Beavers(RIP). The Sacramento Solons are named after the Greek senator Solon, which was a reference to the California senators in the city. I took that as a sign to lean into the Greek symbolism. The Mets started the racing stripes trend in baseball in 1982. The MLB Solons would follow with a Greek pattern running all over the god damn place. The mascot logo of a bearded Solon is a bastard of if the Swinging Friar was the Orioles bird. The S logo is from Wikipedia. It's the first thing you see when you look into this team, and I cannot find the source outside Wiki. The 1970s Solons wore a block S logo, but I really liked the english S as the cap logo for Sacramento. Next: Sacramento Solons Phase 2.
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    It’s been nearly 40 years. Let it go, people.
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    Oh c'mon: It's Fiesta Baby!
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    Yes folks, IT, IS HAPPENING!
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    I hate this notion that the Yankees own pinstripes and are the only team that can wear them.
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    You should watch the 30 for 30. One of the things that makes His Airness so great is the fact that he overcame the Bad Boys. They're such an important, major piece to league history. Maybe at least try some YouTube clips?
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    Yeah of course, but you’re pretty much describing the very history of the United States. “Manifest Destiny” was awful for natives, but so was the very founding of this country by European settlers. While there are some negative connotations to representing that history, the nickname isn’t overtly racist like the others people have issues with. I mean, :censored:, vikings were known for being brutally violent and destroying entire villages of innocent people. Raiders/Buccaneers/Pirates commandeered ships and threw the passengers overboard into the ocean. Cowboys have been depicted in popular culture as slaughtering groups of Indians for over a century now. Bengal tigers have killed people at zoos before. Point is, where do you draw the line on what’s acceptable and what isn’t? If you’re going to take issue with a name like 49ers, you’re also going to have to re-evaluate a lot of other names that probably come across as rather innocuous.
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    The fundamental problem at the core of the Chargers uniforms remains the striping on the bolt. It ought to be reversed. Putting the powder blue next to the gold doesn't contrast enough, creating a green effect when viewed at a distance. Compare:
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    But... We have actual photos of what the Rams would look like in yellow jerseys. And they look nothing like those Saints uniforms at all.
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    At best, the yellow is a fine alternate look. I don't want it as the primary. The Los Angeles Rams are royal blue, then yellow. *chef's kiss*
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    How is there any negative comments about this? It's completely innocuous. They simply saw an opportunity to get their primary logo on a jersey in a way that didn't alter waht has become their signature look. From a branding perspective, it's smart. From an aesthetic perspective, it didn't do any harm. It's at worst a lateral, and at best... a lateral. "Cash grab"? Really? They just figured out a way to get their mark out there on consumer's backs without it intruding on the aesthetic of their uniform. Seems pretty smart to me, and as sleeves continue to shrink, I'd expect more of this in the future.
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    There's nothing beautiful about a world in which NFL teams look as disjointed and ridiculous as some second tier college program so desperate for attention you never know what they'll be wearing from one week to the next. No thanks.
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    If I never see the painting of 80 and 40 in yellow Rams uniforms on this stupid board again as long as I live it'll still be too soon
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    The Titans have a look that’s oddly underrated in just how terrible it is. It’s maybe a quarter step above what Tampa is currently wearing. The last look wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but it’s head and shoulders above their current garbage look.
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    So the sports fan fiction sub form is closing down and this thread is being deleted. It’s unfortunate that it’s come to this. I understand why it’s being done. I wouldn’t want to moderate a forum of this size, and if the subforum has become more of hassle than its worth to the moderators, I completely respect the decision. Moreover, I recognize that it wouldn’t be possible to move any threads from SFF to Concepts, even if an objective standard could be determined and the authors of those threads strictly stick to pure design moving forward. It would be impossible to guarantee that followers of the thread would keep the storytelling aspects off-site, and a change in the nature of the thread would not prevent readers going through the back log from trying to start their own multimedia threads. So I agree completely that nuking everything is the only way to move forward. That said, I am, with all due respect, both disappointed and more than a little pissed to see something that I’ve poured hundreds of hours into be destroyed in a way that gives me no recourse or appeal, even as I grasp the necessity of the move. I’m proud of both the graphic and written work that I’ve posted here. I’m proud of the growth I’ve made as a designer over the past 5 years. I’m proud of the following that I’ve had, with nearly 100 members signed up for notifications, over 5600 replies, and nearly 900,000 views (really wish I had hit a million, lol). I appreciate the support that followers of the thread have given me over the years, and the contributions that you’ve made to the league, from characters who have been inserted into the story to team names and feedback on designs. I’ll have some catching up to do, but I’ll continue the story on the history blog, which can be found here: http://afahistory.blogspot.com/p/archive.html I’m not yet certain how I’ll handle the design elements. CCSL would be the obvious place, but I’m hesitant to start a new, logos and uniform exclusive thread here, as it would exist under the everpresent possibility of being locked or deleted if I were to insert a few sentences deemed unrelated to the designs by the moderating team. Either way, I’ll find a way to keep it going and will post an update on the blog. If I have time after archiving the thread, I’d like to post the new Atlanta Rebels logos and uniforms here. The change has been a long time coming, and I think it would be a good farewell to the site.
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    Damn those football players and their *shuffles cards* legally given names at birth
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    LAS VEGAS LIZARDS - What’s eating Gilbert Gila? (Father Ted .gif's are here) This proposal had a surprising amount of longevity to it. Not only did Las Vegas express interest in receiving the Expos, but the city was also in Jeff Loria’s extortion/relocation talks in 2006. But how did Vegas get in that position? Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, a former mob attorney, networked with Democratic financier Lou Weisbach in 2003. Weisbach used connections with several influential MLB figures (e.g., Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone, relocation consultant Corey Busch, and Michael Shapiro - former general counsel of the Giants and Braves) to get baseball’s attention. Thanks to a letter from Shapiro, the Vegas group immediately got interest.1 However, Goodman’s original plan for a publicly-financed downtown stadium (as advertised to MLB) gave way to a privately-funded proposal in the parking lot of several casinos (e.g., the Aladdin, Paris, and Bally’s) on the Strip. This would have been a $420-$500 million park with a retractable roof and several event configurations (e.g., boxing and concerts). Because of this change of plans and a lack of clarity in securing funding, the plan did not get all that much serious consideration. It was clear that there were too many obstacles in the way of a viable stadium plan.2 Still, Goldman and Weisbach expressed interest in swooping up the team after DC’s funding negotiations hit a snag. During Loria’s attempts to get a new stadium in Miami, the Marlins reached out to Las Vegas. Goodman met with Marlins executives in 2004, with talks continuing into 2006. Since the Marlins got their stadium and Vegas never got a competent stadium plan together, Sin City remained without an MLB team.3 TL;DR: Harold Howard as Goodman/Weisbach, with Steve Jennum as MLB.4 While Vegas might one day support an expansion team, the tourism-based economy would discourage an 81-date schedule. Add in the economic downturn following the 2008 recession, the need for realignment, and the long-term desire for a team in Washington/Northern Virginia, and you’ve got a messy proposition. Also, Cashman Field would have made for an inadequate temporary venue. However, what if either MLB or Loria went all-in on Vegas? What would have happened? I turned to local fauna for the inspiration, namely the Banded Gila Monster. This lizard was the inspiration for the sore losersGolden Knights’ mascot and is certainly a fierce creature. The color scheme is black/yellow-gold/red, akin to the coloration of the team’s namesake. The primary is a top-down view of the lizard’s head within an ace of spades. The insignia is a cursive interlocking “LV” (Beaverton Script modified) while the tertiary is the primary in a roundel. The lettering is the Atlanta Hawks’ 2007-15 font since it reminded me of the Golden Knights’ wordmark lettering. EDIT: I've adjusted the script and tertiary to incorporate @vtgco, @coco1997, and @AstroBull21's C+C. Linked here are comparisons for the scripts and tertiary, and the original is here. The uniforms follow a fairly traditional template, with a black/yellow-gold co-dominance. The scripts draw inspiration from the Las Vegas Wranglers’ uniforms of the 1950s. Three-layer stripes are on the sleeves and pants, which pair well with Northwestern stripes on the socks. The Hawks’ font makes up the numerals, while the primary is on the sleeves. The original is here. The alternates include a yellow-gold jersey with a yellow-gold-crowned cap. The black jersey features the team insignia on the chest and the tertiary on the sleeve. I've replaced the insignia with the "Las Vegas" script and tweaked the home alt script. My initial rendering is here. Additional alternates include a pairing of the yellow-gold headwear with the home uniform, while also featuring a racing stripes uniform. Inspired by the Expos’ similar design, this one has a white front-panel and the primary on the chest. The original is here. The jacket features the road script. Here's the first variant. Whether they were the Expos or the Marlins, a relocated team in Vegas could look fantastic. C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, oh deer-y me! 1 AP, “The Dreamers in Las Vegas Awaken and See the Expos,” The New York Times, May 23, 2004, sec. Baseball, https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/23/sports/baseball/the-dreamers-in-las-vegas-awaken-and-see-the-expos.html; Steve Fainaru, “Las Vegas Rolls the Dice on Expos’ Move,” The Washington Post, August 13, 2004, sec. Sports, https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/2004/08/13/las-vegas-rolls-the-dice-on-expos-move/984a032a-6a15-4047-a913-66fa455b4565/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fa52463fec9d; Rob Miech, “Long Shot Ready to Run Again,” Las Vegas Sun, September 23, 2004, sec. Sports, https://m.lasvegassun.com/news/2004/sep/23/long-shot-ready-to-run-again/. 2 Ibid. 3 Charles Elmore, “Stadium Roulette Opening-Day Ritual,” The Palm Beach Post, April 12, 2006, sec. Sports; Barry Jackson, “Marlins Considering Move to Las Vegas,” Houston Chronicle, December 9, 2004, sec. Sports, https://www.chron.com/sports/astros/article/Marlins-considering-move-to-Las-Vegas-1654331.php; Michael McCarthy, “Vegas Makes Play for Team - Mayor Leading Push to Lure Big-League Franchise to Desert Says Don’t Bet against Sin City,” USA Today, November 30, 2005, sec. News. 4 There’s something about early UFC that’s just so endearing, especially pre-insanity Harold Howard. Crime in Sports did a fantastic episode on him.
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    Those name plates falling below the color line annoy me to no end.
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    What does "hipster mod" even mean? What are we doing here?
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    Oh Bucs, why did you change from those beauties... CLOCK NUMBERS!
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    Thought about waiting a bit, decided to just post now. On to the next: San Francisco 49ers Overall, I think the classic set is better than the 2000s, but there were a couple things from that version that I wanted to incorporate. Let’s get to it. Helmet: Immediately jumping to one of those 2000s carryovers, the only tweak is a red facemask. I’m not anti-gray facemask, but I feel like there’s better alternatives for most, like in this case. Jerseys: Just the two. Both have the standard block number font and the third stripe returns to the sleeves. The second 2000s carryover is the logo on the sleeves, bet with a minor tweak: instead of the SF monogram, the oval contains the players’ numbers. Pants: One pair of gold pants with a red-white-red stripe. Combinations: I ain’t no math magician, but two jerseys and one pair of pants is pretty simple. Only thing to note is a pair of striped white socks for the white jerseys. And yes, stripes are on the red pair too. And the second in this pair of teams: Detroit Lions I really like their recent redesign, so I kept the base intact, only making a couple adjustments. Helmet: Most noticeably, the facemask is now blue. The second change that might slip the radar is the addiction of white to the stripe, replacing silver to match the logo (blue outlined in white outlined in blue). Jerseys: Just the two, the gray alt is killed. Just like the helmet, white is added to the stripes on the home jersey and silver is added on the roads. Numbers drop the outlines and at home they become white, since I felt like the blue is so light it can blur with the silver at times and cause legibility issues. One of the more controversial details on the redesign was the sleeve wordmark. I actually like it, so I kept it and put it on both sleeves, replacing the WCF memorial patch because, no disrespect to anyone, no memorial patch should be permanent, at least in such a prominent place. Pants: I kept both pairs, with the same changes to the stripes as all other elements to match. Combinations: I’d keep silver pants at home for most games, maybe, juuuust maybe, all blue can be worn sometimes, but not often at all. Road should probably be an even split between pants. Two pairs of socks, both with stripes matching the jerseys of the same color. So that’s that. How do we feel about those two tweaks? I’m all ears. PS: I’ve got a lil something I’ve been working on that should be up in a couple days, kinda just something for fun related to the concepts
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    The Browns’ Color Rush is beloved because it’s the least worst jersey they have right now. That doesn’t mean Cleveland fans actually prefer it to any other Browns uniform in history.
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    Les Miles' Kansas team was wearing a more traditional (late 2000s) helmet today. The KU logo is on both sides of the helmet.
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    They could have at least photoshopped the Seahawks logo off the glove haha
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    just created this for my desktop,
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    While the Bulls, Heat and Blazers are all red/black teams, I don't feel like they step on each other's toes at all. They all have really well established, distinctive looks.
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    Hey everyone, I'm excited to share this refresh for my hometown Seattle Mariners! I think the Mariners have an outstanding identity (compass rose, beautiful colors) but currently have lots of execution issues (endless outlines, disjointed elements, and strange line weights). I tried to combine the current and retro wordmarks, and keep it all a bit simpler. The main uniforms have wave striping on the sleeves, and drop shadows on the text. The arched lowercase "Seattle" on powder blue is inspired by early Mariners road jerseys. The Sunday alt is based on the inaugural uniform. The jersey template is by rsaline. Here's a quick edit of the Mariners website: Please, let me know what you think! Thanks for looking!
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    A complete 180. 360 puts you back where you started.
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    The Heat already have an established look. Their uniforms are pretty close to modern classics. If anything, wear the vice jerseys less. I don’t think the Heat look anything like Toronto.
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    Because their primary logo is clearly their best logo.
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    Every time someone says the rams home jerseys should be yellow, an infant dies.
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    Since it belongs to Tennessee, I'd be against Houston wearing anything Oilers related.
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    The Texans helmet looks pretty awesome in that photo, TBH.
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    I can't quite place the genesis of this idea. For years I've kicked around an a spreadsheet with what the MLB would look like if the AAA Pacific Coast League, known for it's skill level in the 50s, evolved into a 3rd major league in 1958. The idea is fun because so much would be different if that ever happened. You'd have names like the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels still around, but then the Seattle Rainiers, Portland Beavers, and Sacramento Solons would continue to exist. The Dodgers wanted to move west to LA, and brought the Giants with them, ultimately ending the possibility. A few weeks ago, i got lost in the thread about a third major league in the sports in general board. I didn't know this, but the Continental League was starting to form in 1960. Houston, Dallas, New York, Denver, Minnesota, Toronto, and Atlanta would all have team names that existed for decades, and Buffalo would have a Major League team. This was bound to happen, but didn't before MLB approved expansion to Los Angeles(Angels), and DC(post Twins move). The Mets(owned by William Shea, the leader of the Continental League), and Houston Colt 45's joined the next year. The team names have been dead for about as long as they existed in the first place. But what if the Continental League of Pacific Coast League ever formed to major league level? So that's where I come in. I noticed a trend with the expansion era MLB teams. It came and went with trends in graphic design, fashion, merchandising, and nostalgia. PHASE 1: A strong brand in the 70s and 80s. Establishes for decades without change, as teams create fans. Noticeable cartoony logos, bright colors, and simple design. PHASE 2: The world became dark, and extreme. Teams ditched their brands for expanded merchandise options and better t-shirt printing. PHASE 3: Turns out the 90s were rough on design, and it might be worth completely adjusting what defines your team. PHASE 4: People miss the simple design, and we can sell much more merchandise than we had been. Now, i'm certainly simplifying things. Not every team can fit into this formula. The Twins and Royals have refined their Phase 1. The Mariners need a refresh from their Phase 2 set. The Angels are in Phase 3 and I wish they'd bring back the California Angels branding. The Rockies are holding strong in Phase 2. The Marlins are sprinting towards this pattern. The Diamondbacks just love playing with colors. There's also this. How is this a concept? Well sit tight and continue reading.
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    Two games into the Reds throwbacks, and I am really liking it. Should be fun to watch as the season goes.
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