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    Let’s remember that Mr. White Helmet said this in reference to African-American players modeling strange helmet visors: ...while also posting this gem: It’s best to see him as a troll.
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    Those socks are a thing of beauty. Bring back striped socks! When was the last time a team introduced a primary uniform with them?
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    1966 Atlanta Falcons This uniform could be used today without a single design alteration and would be known as one of the best in the NFL The Atlanta Falcons have so many uniforms in mothballs right now that absolutely decimate the excrement they wear on the field. It's unreal that they haven't switched to something better by now
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    This is soooooooooooo much better then what they currently wear. It’s amazing to me that the “higher ups” don’t see this. To me it’s just so incredibly obvious.
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    I'm just going to assume that this is because you're the last remaining Cleveland Rams fan, and you're still mad that they got run out of town by the Browns.
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    Yeah, they're garbage that'll turn people away from watching that weekend (IDK, play with the kids or do something fun right at the end of summer vacation), but don't bring that clown feces statement into this.
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    "Decimate the Excrement" was the name of my high school punk rock band.
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    Honestly, this is a look they never should've abandoned (the current set is good, but between the lighter blue and the use of gray on the shoulder/collar trim and New York wordmark, it leaves me pining for the Pat Riley era look):
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    MONTRÉAL EXPOS, PT. I - The Youppi Blues (The concept) This is an update of my Project 32 revamp (original, first update, and second update) of the team, complete with its shield logo, the new “M” insignia, and its basic uniform template. There have been some basic changes, namely that I’ve swapped the generic fleur-de-lis with the one from Montréal’s flag. The goal of my redesign was to make the team look more “French Canadian” and market it to the Francophones, so using an appropriate fleur was a good update. The primary, as an emulation of Montréal’s flag and crest, features a fleur-de-lis, the post-2018 white pine, the Montréal city logo, a baseball outline, and a simplified “M” insignia. Here's an old/new comparison of the insignia and the crest. Batesina Athletica remains the central font, for that “old Montréal” aesthetic. EDIT: In response to @Carolingian Steamroller's C+C, I've replaced the dual flag logo, while also recoloring the batting helmet flaps. The first image is here, along with a comparison. I also fixed the incorrect French, per @TheLAKnight's suggestion. Linked here is the original. The uniforms are a modernized take on the '92-'04 set. The blue/white/red remains on the sleeves, pants, and socks. I evened the width of each stripe, to better homage to the Tricolour. The fleur-de-lis is at the center of the stripe, now with the Quebec fleur. I redid the scripts to give them a bit more “personality” and clean them up (comparison with the 1992 and 2017 scripts here). I kept the fleur-de-lis as the accent mark, which I liked. The primary logo is on the sleeves, and the number font is now Batesina Athletica (thinned slightly). I didn’t enjoy the block font, as it looked too generic. The road uniforms now have a light blue-tint, as a tiny homage to the team's powder blue road uniforms. The alternates now include a powder blue top, paired with the pinwheel cap. It's a way to tribute the full-powder blue set without going crazy (akin to the Royals). I kept the royal and red elements separate on the jersey, as royal with red outlines looks muddy on powder backgrounds. The royal jersey remains unchanged (aside from updated logos) from the first one. EDIT: The flaps on the pinwheel helmet are now blue. My original image is here. The second set of alts includes the pinwheel cap paired with the home set. This event jersey (based on their original uniforms) features the Canadian Flag and the Drapeau du Québec (Quebec Flag) on the sleeves, along with the crest and the insignia on the placket. This arrangement fits with the Canadian flag regulations. It would show up on both Canada Day and Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (the patron saint of French Canadians). That way, no French Canadians alienation! EDIT: In response to @Carolingian Steamroller's C+C, I've replaced the dual flag logo, while also recoloring the batting helmet flaps. The first image is here. The jacket remains the same from the previous design. This hyper-French Canadian set was one of my favorite Project 32 concept and I think that my update really nails the set. C+C is appreciated, as always! Up next, a few abstract designs.
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    I think 3 will win. It's a throwback to the 90s Knicks, enough said. They should throw back to this:
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    I agree. The Falcons uniforms were neat in 2003, started to wear off around 2010. My biggest gripe is that the logo was made with angles and sharp edges but the uniforms have soft, rounded elements that just don't work for the identity or the current state of design. I don't mind the home uniform -- the combo of black-red-white-red looks great -- but the road uniforms look so bland. It's odd to me that they've held onto them for so long. What's changed with me is I used to think it was insane to think the old bird logo looks better than the one rendered in 2003, but my taste for logos has also changed drastically over the years. That may have something to do with teams shifting back to classic icons and makin them more commonplace. The old crest really doesn't bother me and I get why these are preferred. Twitter always breaks with positive reaction when they wear them. I'm not arguing with the masses.
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    I liked the Bullets’ blue numbers fine, but to be honest I think the white numbers were actually a nice improvement and looks really good.
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    MONTRÉAL EXPOS, PT. I - The Youppi Blues (An explanation) The relocation of the Expos to DC remains a curious scenario. UrinatingTree compiled a decent guide to the team’s history (with rare footage) that touches upon their departure, even if it is somewhat sophomoric. However, the video doesn’t nail some key factors in the relocation (which I will illustrate with appropriate .gif images): 1. The passage of the Quebec language law known as La charte de la langue française, or Bill 101, in 1977 was the first blow. Many have argued that it was a necessary measure to protect to province’s cultural heritage, appease the FLQ, and dismantle the “anglophone ruling class” and the “Catholic shadow government.” However, the establishment of the “language police”/Office québécois de la langue française and their harassment of both the Anglophone and Jewish communities, mandates of primarily French public education, and the threat of independence referendums incited tension. The business community largely left the province, with the Bank of Montréal, Royal Bank of Canada, and Sun Life moving to Toronto. Both the Anglophone and Jewish demographics saw significant emigration to Ontario, with the remnants of said groups facing persecution from the “language police's” abuses.1 While this may seem like it would not impact the Expos, the unfortunate reality was that most of the baseball community and fans in Montréal were Anglophones. While there were plenty of Francophone fans of the team (i.e., “Nos Amours” and English/French broadcasts/announcements), they simply didn’t have the numbers of the Anglophone supporters. Another blow was the loss of business community to support baseball with suite purchases and sponsorships, a necessity for running a team.2 Several of the later reasons described here have some relevance to the post-Bill 101 economic problems faced by Quebec and Montréal. These include: The Blue Jays took the Southern Ontario market away from the Expos. This represented a notable loss in revenue for the Expos, as they would have to depend on the economic fortunes of a less-powerful Quebec. These language laws made free agency unattractive for players on the market, along with higher Canadian taxes. Because of the added economic stress from the Canadian Dollar’s decline (at times worth less than 70% of the US dollar) and the prospect of an independence referendum in October 1995, the partners in Claude Brochu’s ownership group were unwilling to spend more on the team. This, along with lost revenue from the 1994 strike and the group’s cheapness, incited the ‘90s fire sale. The lack of a strong business community made it harder to find a buyer from Quebec or necessary corporate support. Even the Canadiens couldn’t find a local buyer, nor did they use public funds to build the Bell Centre. Trying to gain both a strong local ownership group and getting public funds from a concerned government would prove difficult obstacles for the Expos.3 2. The construction of Olympic Stadium/Le Stade Olympique was a disaster that proved concerning for publicly-funded venues in Montréal. Building the stadium involved delays, costs going from $124 million to $600 million, and political cronyism. Even upon completion, the stadium’s roof would frequently rip and barely retracted, a 55-ton beam fell off of the building in 1991, the turf surface hurt players, and it was in a location with few local entertainment options and far from Anglophone neighborhoods. The team felt the need for a replacement in the ‘90s, one which resulted in the Labatt Park impasses. With all parties unwilling to foot the bill, especially after Le Stade Olympique’s controversy, the team would remain at The (unsuitable) Big O.4 3. The Toronto Blue Jays claimed exclusivity in Southern Ontario, taking away a lucrative market away from the Expos. Even though both commissioners Bowie Kuhn and Peter Ueberroth offered compromises (i.e., 15 games a year broadcast in Southern Ontario, would have to pay for broadcasting rights afterwards), owner Charles Bronfman rejected these proposals. Losing this market eliminated a significant revenue stream, one which the Blue Jays built upon and secured by contending throughout the 1980s (during a competitive downturn for the Expos) and early 1990s. Playing in the cultural capital of Anglophone Canada further cemented the club as a multi-provincial entity. The Expos would have to be content with being a provincial squad, further isolated due to Quebec separatism.5 4. Post-Bronfman ownership ran the team as cheaply as possible, inciting fan apathy and enabling MLB to pull the Expos’ plug. While Bronfman did engage in salary cutting measures due to declines in revenue streams and the season ticket base (e.g., trading Gary Carter), the Brochu group made them standard from 1991-98. His partners refused to chip in much beyond their initial investments while imposing cost-cutting measures. This forced the team to sell off most of their franchise players to satisfy the books (which were probably cooked to a decent degree). Even when a team put together a contender in 1994, there were concerns about whether or not a World Series titles would get them to break even. The fire sale of the 1994 team was a result of this cheapness, along with the loss of playoff game money. Continually being cheap on player salaries and failing to provide any significant capital towards the Labatt Park plan (only $40 million in PSL’s) crippled fan engagement.6 The Loria ownership of 1998-2002 took things further, refusing broadcasting contracts (paying a high $1,000 per game for radio and only receiving $5,000 for TSN games compared to the Blue Jays’ $200,000) and leaving the team without English radio, tanking stadium talks further (although the negotiations were fairly untenable when he arrived) and selling off the rights to potential stadium land, not marketing the club, and taking every piece of valuable organization property upon selling the team to MLB. Loria also wrestled control away from Brochu’s consortium partners, although any of the other owners could have answered his cash calls to stop him.7 Under MLB ownership and following the failure of the 2001 contraction, the club never called up minor leaguers in September 2003 and began playing games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With owners who were unwilling to put in money for baseball, the baseball fandom of Montréal turned their interests away from the club.8 Stephen Bronfman speculated that Loria’s ownership was more or less a conspiracy to kill off the failing market in Montréal (financial losses, smaller crowds, and bad publicity with the ownership/community), which fits with the actions of both the Brochu and Loria partnerships.9 TL;DR: It was not one factor that killed the Expos, but rather a chain of events set off by Bill 101, the shoddiness of Olympic Stadium, the Blue Jays claiming Southern Ontario, and cheap ownership by Brochu/his partners and Loria that did the damage. Also, the 1994 strike ending the Expos’ greatest season was not the deciding factor that led to their doom. It didn’t help matters (given the post-strike weariness towards baseball and lost revenue), but the Brochu group’s money problems and attitude towards payroll would have still induced a star liquidation. They might have had more clout for a publicly-funded stadium, but a 1990s Quebec was in no position to publicly finance it. Heck, had the referendum resulted in a “oui,” the Expos probably would have fled far sooner (something Bronfman pondered in his sale).10 This synopsis of the Expos’ downfall is my synthesis of Jonah Keri’s Up, Up, & Away! for the baseball-specific information and Daniel S. Greene’s thesis paper “Analyzing the Parallelism between the Rise and Fall of Baseball in Quebec and the Quebec Secession Movement” providing the socioeconomic/political data. I recommend that you check both of them out (although given recent domestic violence allegations made against Keri, just go to the library for his volume). 1 CBC, “CBC Digital Archives - Fighting Words: Bill 101 - Bill 101: Politics of Smoked Meat,” accessed August 6, 2019, http://web.archive.org/web/20131203041117/http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/politics/language-culture/fighting-words-bill-101/politics-of-smoked-meat.html; Daniel S. Greene, “Analyzing the Parallelism between the Rise and Fall of Baseball in Quebec and the Quebec Secession Movement” (Honors Thesis, Union College, 2011), 47–50, https://digitalworks.union.edu/theses/988; Bennet Kelley, “Quebec’s Fateful Day: Embracing Decline in the Name of Culture,” Bennet Kelley’s Clippings & More (blog), July 27, 2014, https://bennetkelley.wordpress.com/2014/07/27/quebecs-fateful-day/; Jonah Keri, Up, Up, and Away: The Kid, the Hawk, Rock, Vladi, Pedro, Le Grand Orange, Youppi!, The Crazy Business of Baseball, and the Ill-Fated but Unforgettable Montreal Expos, Reprint edition (Toronto, ON: Vintage Canada, 2015), 98–101; League for Human Rights B’nai Brith Canada, “1996 Annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents - Antisemitism in Canada: Current Climate and Trends,” January 7, 2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20040107134104/https://www.bnaibrith.ca/publications/audit1996/audit1996-06.html; Susan Taylor Martin, “In Quebec, Some Take Law as Sign of Discrimination,” St. Petersburg Times, August 9, 1999, sec. National, America’s News. 2 Jonathan Kay, “Separatism and the Expos,” NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture 12, no. 1 (July 24, 2003): 153–55, https://doi.org/10.1353/nin.2003.0044; Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 56–59 and 383; Bill Mann, “Strike Trois! -- Down Go the Expos,” MarketWatch, November 9, 2001, https://www.marketwatch.com/story/quel-dommage-strike-trois-for-the-montreal-expos; Stuart Shea, Calling the Game: Baseball Broadcasting from 1920 to the Present, ed. Gary Gillette (Phoenix, AZ: Society for American Baseball Research, 2015), 340–41; Paul Taunton, “The Nord Remembers,” Hazlitt, October 3, 2014, https://hazlitt.net/feature/nord-remembers. 3 Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 212–16, 248–51, 261, 314–15, 337–40. 4 Kay, “Separatism and the Expos,” 154; Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 103–9, 230–45, 265, and 335–41. 5 Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 212–16, 275, and 365–66. 6 Keri, 207–9, 221–22, 249–52, 311–16, and 337. 7 Greene, “Analyzing the Parallelism between the Rise and Fall of Baseball in Quebec and the Quebec Secession Movement,” 86–88; Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 345–67. 8 Greene, “Analyzing the Parallelism between the Rise and Fall of Baseball in Quebec and the Quebec Secession Movement,” 88–89; Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 364–77; Matthew Surridge, “Remembering MLB in Montreal,” Splice Today, February 20, 2015, https://www.splicetoday.com/sports/remembering-mlb-in-montreal. 9 Keri, Up, Up, and Away, 364. 10 Linda Kay, “Expos Unable to Escape Quebec’s Political Tumult,” Chicago Tribune, July 29, 1990, https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1990-07-29-9003040407-story.html.
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    The 2010-2012 versions were the best of the black-trimmed era. They re-worked the collar, a subtle but necessary upgrade. It's probably true that Ewing was the sweatiest player of his era, but I believe the Knicks uniform switched materials in the early 2000s. There was a new fabric that was introduced in the late 90s. It had a shinier finish than most uniforms of that time. I know the Magic introduced it during the '99 lockout season with their star uniforms. The Heat, if memory serves, also switched to something similar that year as well.
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    The same people who still use Kodaks are the same people who remember the white lids...
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    We should leave the past behind, by going deeper into the past! Then the past won't be the past, it'll be the FUTURE!
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    So...they shouldn't leave the past behind?
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    Agreed. Just as soon as someone goes ahead and designs this newer superior one.
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    Replace the old logo with the newer superior one and it’s golden
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    You sick son of a b*tch.
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    Disagree a million %. I think of the Atlanta Falcons as fast, sleek, aggressive birds of prey - not an uber-traditional grind-it-out hard-nosed old-school team. Those uniforms would be out of place for them for several reasons. They'd also look odd considering they play in a stadium that looks like it's from another planet and has all the bells and whistles and is designed to convey a forward-moving (can't think of the right phrase) brand. I get that people don't like the current uniform. I'm not among them, but I get it. But throwing back to something that looks like the Browns should be wearing it (in their colors, obv) isn't the answer. Like most things, it's in the middle. Also, those sleeve stripes would look silly on today's cuts, and the gold helmet stripe LOL.
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    It's all good dude, I appreciate the kind words. I will just be ignoring the hate because If I do respond I will get banned and I don't want that happening again.
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    Man those side panels were HUGE. The 2000s era toned it down and were much better.
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    To be honest, I haven't had much interest in making concepts since our ethereal benevolent mods took down the fan fiction section and HJC is gone, but my 2 local hockey teams put out competitions, so I designed a couple uniforms. First, the Kalamazoo Wings wanted a design celebrating their affiliation with Vancouver. You can only make so many plain boring blue and green jerseys, so I decided to go another route altogether bringing back the much-hated (but also much-loved) flying V, but as a flying K. For the Grand Rapids Griffins, they wanted something from the 1990s, so I went all out with the teal, wild patterns, and a gradient along with a custom logo. What do you think?
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    Nuggets are very dumb for not going back to these.
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    Who would possibly want to see this rarely seen matchup of mega teams: When instead we can see them look like every other game played that weekend. Outstanding idea
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    "Pitchers on teams wearing white will wear black caps to ensure umpires and batters have clear visibility of each pitch." So the rest of the team wears a white hat but the pitcher wears a black hat? This just gets worse.
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    Yeah. The Browns really need Braisher stripes. Classic NFL look. The helmet isn’t the same without them.
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    Nope, don't want it. Only white that should be on a Browns helmet is the center stripe and facemask.
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    I thought I'd share a few NFL Expansion team concepts I've completed to practice design. First up, the Mexico City Lobos: Featuring a unique Turquoise, Maroon, and Rust color scheme, and a name that will prove popular in both English and Spanish, the lobos will bring some South of the border flair to the NFC South. C+C Appreciated.
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    A couple days ago I started working on a custom sports bug for CBS, and it turns out I really like doing this, so I'll be dropping pictures of the bugs below. CBS Scorebug Challenge Animation Flag Animation Touchdown Animation Feedback is appreciated.
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    IMO white numbers look way better.
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    I just wanted to take a moment and thank whoever is responsible for this year’s promotion. As a hat addict, I have no worry that my wallet will be safe this August.
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    For a number of years there was a 4 team preseason tournament that also included the Lakers (and I think Clippers?)
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    "Interesting." Sometimes, in the pursuit of "interesting," you can outsmart yourself. You, and the people who came up with this idea, are doing that here. "Is that not allowed?" Sheesh. Of course it is. Get down off the cross, we need the wood.
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    Ya know, people hate on the last version of the knicks jersey; Understandably so (i'm usually anti bfbs as well), but it was a good looking set. It was a nice and tidy version of the ewing era uniforms, and the shorts design was pretty unique.
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    Right. There is a lot of active harm being done to student athletes by guys who have degrees and can take a test in Indianapolis. The "player protection" angle is absurd at best, awful paternalism at worst.
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    To be fair, the weekend has been more precisely billed as emphasizing "individual expression" of the players rather than bright colors per se. Although I think that this design decision is a major misfire and whoever approved it should be canned, I understand what they are striving for on a purely conceptual level.
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    I actually think the inverted colors looked better than on the normal uniform. Matched the shoulder and collar trim nicely. Anyway, here are some of the other previously mentioned examples: Bullets (1996 preseason): Jazz (1994 preseason):
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    I haven't seen somebody eating up visual feces like this since the last time I saw Salò. You don't want to know what follows this, because I'm sure if it violates forum rules. Granted, the sight of people eating prop poop is better than watching "Player's Weekend," because at least Salò is only one movie.
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    if i were a player i'd make my nickname "these unis suck" out of protest.
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    Looks like something straight out of a southern rap video from 2004
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    I'm ready for the Jazz to just embrace every color as their own. Give me a Jazz rainbow.
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    I don't know if I'll be watching baseball or Spy vs. Spy. But seriously, "So clean" and infinite fireballs will be a response on Twitter like 80,000 times...which is a shame. The White Sox script is the only good part about any of this. The Marlins might set the record for most number of jerseys that are completely illegible in one season.
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    Those white on white uniforms/caps will officially be the worst apparel ever worn on a major league baseball field.
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    Those are both nice, but IMO the monogram could do with about half those many outer strokes. Just use the single white outline for brown or orange backgrounds, and no outline on white.
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