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    God those socks are ridiculous... ly awesome!
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    I have no idea what to say. None of my teams in the Big Four have been a game away from a title since 1993. And yeah, I don’t exactly remember that one. I’m just in shock. Win one more Raptors. One more. We the North!
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    He is cleared for practice, but before last night's game, Kerr indicated that there will be no more updates on his status. Ramona had a great point last night during the post game podcast. The Warriors (specifically Curry) don't have any idea who is going to play game to game and it shows in their performance and lack of flow offensively and lack of switching defensively. Meanwhile, Nick Nurse used to coach in the G League and is really familiar with the constant lineup changes
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    We can’t all be Boston.
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    This would be a top 10 nba set
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    A purple uniform would be nice, but I think it needs more black.
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    That Bears throwback is amazing. However, it's a huge mistake they won't wear it against the Packers who could wear throwbacks of their own. It's the 100th Season man!
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    It’s really not that big of a deal. The uniforms are the same minus the small swoosh, so, whatevs
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    The team was named after a common slang term for "Canadian", and Johnny was made to be a visual representation of that term. Orcas are Canadian fauna and culturally prominent in the PNW, just as a lumberjack is a Canadian occupation with a strong foothold in BC. They're not specifically the "Vancouver Lumberjacks" or "Vancouver Timber Kings" or something that would make Johnny the obvious best choice...but nor are they the "Vancouver Seawolves" or "Vancouver Orcas" that'd make the Orca the obvious choice. They're the "Vancouver Canadians", essentially. Anything commonly tied to Canada can work with a name like that; be that an orca, a lumberjack or anything else. I could suggest them become a completely beaver-themed team and could anybody call that an unfitting thing? After all, beavers are one of this country's most famous symbols, so a team named the "Canadians" would totally fit having a beaver identity as much as a lumberjack identity, an orca identity, a flying skate identity or a stick-in-rink identity. That's the issue with this team; the name is so vague that everybody has their own idea of what is "best" for their identity. I think the orca works, VancouverFan is a huge Johnny Canuck proponent, there's flying skate proponents, SiR proponents and even a few Flying V supporters here and there, and these identities are all so disparate that nobody can seem to universally agree on anything, even the team's colors. You see people who want them to go back to the West Coast Express look, you see people who want the 90's scheme, there's people who want the 80's scheme, the 70's scheme...essentially nobody can seem to agree on one basic set that fits the majority because so many people want so many different looks for the same team. This team's identity is a complete goddamn mess already, I don't think it's wise from a marketing or branding perspective to mess with it yet again. No, but they're a franchise with an already-extensive identity crisis that seriously does not need more division in the fanbase as to what the hell their identity is supposed to be. The absolute worst thing a brand can do is change constantly. They have a set which merges the old and current, they've got a distinct and recognizable brand that works. They shouldn't change again unless there's a good reason to beyond "some fans want Johnny Canuck/the Stick in Rink/the Flying Skate to be our primary logo". Otherwise, it's perpetuating the same cycle of constant reinvention for reinventions' sake that got this franchise into this mess in the first place.
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    Stephen A is bad for your health. Resist.
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    George would have paid what it took to make that not happen.
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    You got that right. Steinbrenner had plenty of flaws. His absurd attachment to Billy Martin probably cost the team at least one division title, perhaps more. And I hate him for his contemptable treatment of Dave Winfield, who ranks amongst the greatest players in team history (which, when it comes to the Yankees, is saying plenty). However, Steinbrenner would surely have resisted this sort of thing. At the time of the Turn Ahead the Clock promotion, he was asked why the Yankees didn't participate in it. He replied: "We did." In this case Steinbrenner would have just paid whatever fine that Major League Baseball would have levied; and the Yankees' uniforms would have remained intact.
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    How quickly we forget about the mighty Toronto FC.
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    Asymmetrical designs on nba shorts like why? Why would you want only one side of the shorts to have a stripe it bugs me so much
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    I think he’s more seriously hurt than the Warriors have been letting on.
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    I was hoping they would wear it vs Detroit on thanksgiving
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    I'm still soaking it in. From being a fan from watching Mighty Mouse to living in this moment, now. Its truly special. Its overwhelming. Its hard to believe its even real lol. Yet it's truly a good feeling.
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    It'll be really cool to see Toronto get one.
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    Toronto is also one win away from visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Prime Minister's residence sometime within the next year.
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    I didn't think I was going to like the socks, but I actually love them. This is a great throwback for them.
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    Yeah... is it a Nike jersey with a Yankees logo, or a Yankees jersey with a Nike logo, or are they affiliated in some way and it's co-branded? Complete rubbish. To the bin with it.
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    1980s NBA. Remember when the Cleveland Cavaliers were possibly going to become the Toronto Towers? https://www.thescore.com/nba/news/1588411
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    mods please delete my shame pizza
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    So, I agree generally with the idea that all-white kits are a safe but reliable bet for aesthetically pleasing matchups, with these caveats: 1. I don't love white against light blue. Luckily NYCFC uses the navy shorts and a pretty saturated light blue, so this isn't too bad. But I always remember being the hardest game to follow my life was LA Galaxy at SKC, in the latter's all-sky-blue era, at sunset. 2. FCC's white away kit is so cheap looking as to never look good. 3. I think what gets to me about MLS's current change kit era is that it does strip clubs of their identities to some extent. As it stands, there's very little distinction between Atlanta and Minnesota and Colorado for kits that they're each wearing half the time. It's the mix of American-style all-white with global-style standardized league numbers and shared manufacturer templates that leaves little room for team-specific traditions. Like, everyone in the NBA wears an all-white jersey but no one is going to get the Celtics and T'Wolves and Rockets all mixed up. We've talked many times about how the crests and colors make MLS well-designed on the whole, but this jersey trend of recent years I think lets that somewhat down, and lends to the feeling that individual teams don't have a lot of identity, and you're just kinda seeing Generic Atlanta MLS vs. Generic DC MLS or whatever other cities.
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    Right. You play the teams in front of you, but as I've detailed in this thread previously all of the opponent injury luck Golden State has faced. The turntables have turned.
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    Thank you. Thanks! I'll only be doing one of those, due to it's special connection to the city. Thanks. Thanks! I like the Hannibal vibe as well, even though the elephant species are different, AFAIK. William "Bill" Collins III really does look like a midlife crisis made manifest, doesn't he? "Singular names that refer to emotions are in! THIS IS WHAT THE KIDS LIKE! I'm cool now, right?" Thanks! The Rainiers is a top-five concept for me, as I like the color balance and the region-appropriate design (not to mention how it would get rid of my least-favorite MLB name). The whole "colorful but tasteful" angle has been a big driving force for the series, showing the diverse ways in which the color schemes of the sport could be remarkably less boring. I found that Twins scenario funny as well! I am curious what you thought of the 1987-2009 Senators/Nationals design, if only for its "uncanny valley" nature. Anyway, for the one-year celebration of this thread, here's the next concept! PORTLAND STAGS – Wish upon a whitetail The Rose City’s recent push for an MLB team (AKA the Portland Diamond Project) has been all the rage on these forums, with the group apparently gaining traction at the Terminal 2 site.1 However, this is not the first time that Portland has come up for MLB relocation/expansion discussion. The first attempts to bring baseball to Portland involved both the Expos and the Marlins. Rumblings started in about 2002/early 2003, when former Portland Mayor Vera Katz and the Oregon Sports Authority/Portland Baseball Group/Oregon Stadium Campaign (website here) – led by former Pacers GM David Kahn, Drew Mahalic, and Steve Kanter – met with MLB officials in New York. With Portland being the second-biggest market among the many cities listed at 2.86 million people (compared to the first-place 5.9 million of the District of Columbia).2 (from left: David Kahn, Drew Mahalic, and Steve Kanter - a law professor at the law school branch of my alma mater) These groups were able to lead the charge for Senate Bill 5 in Oregon, which passed in September 2003, allowed for the city to use $150 million of athletes and team executives’ income taxes to fund part of a stadium. This controversial bill went through several phases before its final passing. Around the time of the bill passing, things were looking up for Portland as a baseball destination. If they weren’t going to get the Expos, they could easily get another team.3 The groups even had a variety of sites outlined in their plan (link in the citations).4 However, trouble was brewing within the bid. Local interest among the business community never fully materialized and the group went through internal struggles. By April 2004, Portland was left off of the finalist list for the Expos (DC, Northern Virginia, Norfolk, Monterrey, and Las Vegas). While the Portland forces completed a financing plan to supplement Senate Bill 5 for the $350 million stadium proposal, it did not revive MLB’s interest in the market. Portland, like Las Vegas, had a minor hope spot during the DC City Council’s funding snag. However, that conflict’s resolution put Portland baseball on hold.5 The Marlins were quick to revive interest, during the extortion proceedings that resulted in Marlins Park’s construction. Portland was one of the most popular speculation sites for baseball to land, with famed Red Sox player/executive Johnny Pesky coming out in support of the initiative. Plans were ready to expand Providence (then PGE) Park to 25,000 seats to accommodate the team, while Marlins’ top brass (e.g., David Samson) toured the groups’ desired sites. However, this interest was merely a ruse to get a stadium deal done in Little Havana. While the Portland Baseball Group would continue informally, interest died down until the recent Portland Diamond Project started in 2017.6 TL; DR: Hans (Udo Kier doing his usual weird guy schtick, which is appropriate for the movie) as the Portland boosters, and Mike Waters as MLB.7 I’d like to throw a big shout-out to John Hunt of The Oregonian for his beat reporting on the Expos’ relocation saga. His articles were an excellent resource in following the story. Portland gaining either the Expos or the Marlins, had they gotten a more concrete stadium plan, would have probably been beneficial for the league. They could have either given the NL a Pacific Northwest presence or with an AL flip, given Seattle a bit of a breather when it comes to travel time. Having gone to college in the area, I’d have loved to see a game or two. This concept should cover both the Expos and Marlins’ attempts to move to the area, as well as potential moves by a new team (as explained by Craig Cheek, founder of the Portland Diamond Project – although he had some reservations about a name change with the A’s).8 I’ve long been a fan of the name “Stags” for a Portland team. This is hardly a new name for a prospective Portland team, but it’s one that fits. The whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) is native to the state and represented on one of the most recognizable signs in the city. Besides, they’d be the only deer team in MLB! Using this picture of a posed whitetail deer and the work of @Section30 (thanks for the help!) on his Saskatchewan Whitetails as a base/inspiration, I crafted a deer logo that’s both dynamic and a little playful. The colors are Forest Green/Sky Blue/Yellow-Gold, my adaptation of the Portland flag. The balance of these colors sets them apart from both the A’s and the Mariners. The primary is the deer head on its own, while the secondary is the cap logo (a modified version of Hanley Pro Block Inline). The tertiary features the deer inside a roundel with the sock stripe pattern and the full team name. EDIT 6/23: I have tweaked the deer to be yellow-dominant, while also lightening the blue, removing the back antler, and adding a blue spot into the ear/new eye shape. Here is a comparison, and here are the original logo sheet render, home & road, alternates one and set two, and the dugout outerwear. The uniform design is fairly traditional, with open type Buinton as the base font for the cursive scripts. The tails have gold inlines, for an extra punch of color. Hanley Pro Block numbers also appear alongside the scripts. The sleeve and pants stripes are B/G/Y/G/B, as the light blue and yellow-gold never touch. The alternates include a Sky Blue jersey and a Forest Green one. The green outfit features the “P” insignia, while the blue employs the tertiary patch. Additional alternates include a Sky Blue-crowned cap for the blue jersey and a fauxback. Said uniform homages the 1957 Portland Beavers’ cap logo and Cardinals-style wordmark and template My method for this was to simplify the deer from an old Milwaukee Bucks concept of mine and show it leaping over the bat (itself from the Cardinals’ 1940s logo, recolored). The jacket uses the home script and blue shoulder inserts. While Portland will have to wait to get their team (PLEASE don’t build on speculation, remember what happened to St. Petersburg and arguably San Antonio), I would consider this concept my supposition for what a Portland team could look like. It’s got my favorite name, color scheme, and design style for a Rose City squad! C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, we revisit Northern Virginia, for a little bit of horseplay. 1 Zach Spedden, “New Portland Ballpark Renderings Unveiled,” Ballpark Digest (blog), April 11, 2019, http:// https://ballparkdigest.com/2019/04/11/new-portland-ballpark-renderings-unveiled/. 2 AP, “Portland Makes Pitch for Expos,” Los Angeles Times, January 26, 2003, https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2003-jan-26-sp-dogportland26-story.html; Population figures from Sales & Marketing Management, “Relocation Revisited,” The Oregonian, January 18, 2004, sec. Sports. 3 John Hunt, “Can You Say Portland Twins, A’s or Marlins?,” The Oregonian, September 14, 2003, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “‘Plethora’ of Potential Baseball Owners - A Consultant Says Potential Owners Are ‘Very Interested’ If Financing Can Be Finalized,” The Oregonian, September 17, 2003, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “Enthusiastic Kulongoski Signs Stadium Finance Bill,” The Oregonian, September 25, 2003, sec. Sports. 4 Eric Okurowski, “StadiumPage.Com - 2004 Portland Concepts,” Stadium Page, 2012, http://www.stadiumpage.com/concepts/Portland04_R.html. 5 John Hunt, “Portland Omitted, but Only from List,” The Oregonian, March 30, 2004, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “Stadium Finance Plan Finished,” The Oregonian, August 6, 2004, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “Stepping up, Striking Out,” The Oregonian, April 3, 2005, sec. Sports; John Hunt and Erin Hoover Barnett, “Expos Might Be on Road Again,” The Oregonian, December 16, 2004, sec. Sports. 6 Stephen Beaven and John Killen, “Big-League Baseball Drive Not Dead, Just Kind of Resting,” The Oregonian, September 1, 2009, sec. Local News, https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2009/08/major_league_baseball_in_portl.html; Charles Elmore, “Stadium Roulette Opening-Day Ritual,” The Palm Beach Post, April 12, 2006, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “Florida Marlins’ Relocation Tour Comes to Portland for ‘Exploring,’” The Oregonian, January 11, 2006, sec. Sports; John Hunt, “Portland’s Prospects Fading for MLB Team,” April 16, 2006, sec. Sports; Phil Rogers, “Rogers: Portland Could Be a Prized Relocation Spot,” ESPN.com, January 12, 2007, https://www.espn.com/mlb/hotstove06/columns/story?columnist=rogers_phil&id=2727901. 7 My Own Private Idaho is my favorite movie, something I’ve shared before on the boards. I’ve been waiting for a Portland team to appear to share this .gif (even though this scene is Seattle). 8 Primetime 3.12.19 Hour 1/Craig Cheek Interview, accessed June 5, 2019, https://1080thefan.radio.com/media/audio-channel/primetime-31219-hour-1craig-cheek-interview.
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    The first international NBA Champion. Sounds Pretty cool.
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    The Raptors are one win away from not only the biggest decision in Kawhi's NBA career, but also one win away from a very angry Stephen A. Smith, which is what I really want.
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    Is Wentz worth the money Wentz is getting?
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    Bears throwbacks are amazing - the socks are interesting but I don’t think they ruin it at all. So far really pleased with both of the throwbacks released this week.
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    One thing that really irks me about the new Jags jerseys is that they look like practice jerseys with no number outline.
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    This is over a year old? I don’t think anymore are gonna be added
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    I’m too mesmerized by that Dolphins throwback jersey to care about the NFL neck logo.
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    The socks work well with the helmet, but I'd rather there be some white in there. Either way, I like the overall look. Well done.
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    They are what we thought they were
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    This is lame for all teams, let alone a traditional look like the Yankees. Swoosh on the front feels amateur, given that it's been the norm for amateurs.
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    I'm just here to see how mad people get
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    Good look at all three Arsenal kits for next season, including a first look at the third: Adidas really knocked it out of the park with all of these IMO. So much better than Puma’s lousy efforts over the last several years.
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    The Women's World Cup kicked off yesterday with France downing South Korea in convincing fashion. This year's competition is full of some great looks from France's polka dots to Nigeria's zig-zag beauty that has returned from the men's competition last year. I'm always a very casual soccer fan until the World Cup comes around and then I dive in full force, so I figured I'd mesh my typical hockey design with my summer passion and see what came of it. Presenting The 2019 Women's World Cup (of Hockey)! We kick things off Group A, beginning with host nation France. FRANCE
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    Holy crap I have nice things to say about the Reds. Damn you @MJD7 I really like the reddish gray you used on the road set, and the throwback is pretty sharp too. Red/maroon is definitely a good way to give em a unique look in the sporting landscape.
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    Trust me, it could be worse... Eastern Washington has a red turf called "the inferno", which looks even worse considering their stadium is like a high school stadium
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    I hope the NFL will be full of throwbacks for the 100th Anniversary season. I'm already very happy to see the white Dolphins and Bears throwbacks but I hope there's more coming next season.
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    I know it's their thing but man it'd be easier to watch, and like, Boise State if they used green turf.
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