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  1. Dissolution, as in the act or process of dismissing, dissolving, ending, or separating an assembly, body, or partnership into component parts. Of course, I'm quite sure that many fans of the Big XII and its member-institutions besides Texas and Oklahoma are feeling mighty disillusioned right now.
  2. For an ice hockey team, the toque is definitely a plus.
  3. The venality surrounding the "revenue sports" in major college athletics - particularly, "big time" college football and basketball - is both an embarrassment and an outrage through and through. That said, there's sadly nothing laughable about it.
  4. #*&% the Southeastern Conference, #*&% Power Five football, and #*&% conference realignment. #*&% the avarice of conference commissioners and university athletic directors, #*&% the egotism of "prestige" coaches and jock-sniffing boosters, and #*&% the ineffectual effort of NCAA officials and so-called university "leaders". In short, #*&% "big time college athletics". A plague o' all their houses.
  5. Hanks spent several summers involved with Cleveland's Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, later the Great Lakes Theater Festival, and now the Great Lakes Theater. He credits his time there - which included earning his Actors' Equity Association card and winning a Cleveland Critics Circle Award - with convincing him to pursue a career as an actor. He's been instrumental in raising money for the company, particularly during the campaign to renovate the Hanna Theater in Playhouse Square into its new home. I bumped into Hanks in Santa Monica a number of years ago while I was wearing a Great Lakes Theater t-shirt (a friend had just appeared in a production with the company and I'd picked up the shirt while in Cleveland to attend her performance). He immediately wanted to know if I'd attended the festival or performed at either the Ohio or Hanna Theaters. I explained the circumstances behind my sporting the shirt and asked if he'd been involved with Great Lakes Theater. He couldn't have been more enthusiastic in reminiscing about his experiences and heaping praise on the institution. His time there certainly made an indelible impression upon him.
  6. Bingo! Frankly, the argument can be made that Oakland was lucky to have ever landed major pro sports in the first place. If the ownership group behind the American Football League's planned Minneapolis-based franchise hadn't announced that it was bolting for the NFL just eight months before the upstart league was set to kick-off, AFL leadership wouldn't have been forced to find a replacement market on short notice. Further, Los Angeles Chargers owner Barron Hilton wouldn't have been afforded the opportunity to throw his weight around and insist upon said replacement market being a California city that would provide his team with an in-state rival and help to somewhat reduce his travel expenses. In which case, Oakland doesn't land its first major pro sports franchise. Which means that civic leaders may never become convinced to pursue more teams... and teams on the move may never become convinced that Oakland could support them. By no means was Oakland a "get" market for any major pro sports league in 1960. At the time, the city's population of 367,548 marked it as the 33rd largest municipality in the United States. The only less-populated markets playing host to major pro sports in the AFL, NFL, MLB, NBA, or NHL at the time were Syracuse (NBA's Nationals) and Green Bay (NFL's Packers). The Nationals would relocate to Philadelphia by the start of the NBA's 1963-64 season. As for Green Bay, the city served as an NFL market in 1960 - indeed, continues to survive as an NFL market today - due to the existence of an iron-clad legal agreement dating to 1923 that establishes the Packers as a publicly owned, non-profit entity. Today, Oakland's estimated population according to the U.S. Census Bureau is 424,891... ranking the city as the 46th most populous in the United States. As you point out, it isn't the largest city in its metropolitan area or Nielsen DMA, trailing behind both San Jose (#10 nationally - 1,013,616) and San Francisco (#17 - 866,606). In fact, it's the 8th most populous city in California behind Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and Long Beach. Akron, Anderson, and Canton. Dayton, Decatur, and Evansville. Fort Wayne, Hamilton, and Hammond. Hartford, Kenosha, and Louisville. Massilon, Moline, and Muncie. Newark, Omaha, and Orange. Portsmouth, Pottsville, and Providence. Rock Island, Rochester, and Sheboygan. Staten Island, Syracuse, and Tonawanda. Troy, Waterloo, and Worcester. All played host to major pro teams at one time or another. All have seen major pro sports move on. Like each of said cities, Oakland may be a major pro sports municipality that time and circumstance have passed by.
  7. St. Louis has lost four NFL teams, an NHL club, a single MLB franchise, and a pair of NBA teams. The St. Louis All-Stars folded after the 1923 NFL season. The St. Louis Gunners played three games as a replacement for the Cincinnati Reds during the NFL's 1934 season, then promptly suspended operations. The St. Louis Cardinals relocated to Arizona following the NFL's 1987 campaign. The St. Louis Rams returned to Los Angeles after the 2015 NFL season. The NHL's St. Louis Eagles folded following the 1934-35 season. The AL's St. Louis Browns relocated to Baltimore in the wake of the 1953 season. The St. Louis Bombers folded after the 1949-50 NBA season. The St. Louis Hawks relocated to Atlanta following the league's 1967-68 season. And those eight franchise losses don't even take into account the folding of the ABA's Spirits of St. Louis as part of the NBA-ABA merger in 1976 and the relocation of the NASL's St. Louis Stars to Anaheim in the wake of the 1977 season.
  8. #*&% Dave Kaval, #*&% John Fisher, #*&% the A's, and #*&% Major League Baseball. If I'm Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff and the Oakland City Council, I'm telling ownership and management of the Oakland Athletics that they have until 5:00 PM PST on July 30, 2021 to accept the proposed term sheet that the council approved today, or get cracking on finalizing a stadium deal elsewhere. After all, good ol' "Take It or Leave It" Kaval and the A's brass must have a surefire, ironclad, can't miss ballpark deal all sewn up someplace else by now, right? Otherwise, why would they so confidently be holding a "gun" to the collective head of Oakland's municipal leaders and rather cockily demanding, "Approve our term sheet exactly as we've unilaterally drawn it up, or we're 'pulling the trigger' on a relocation."? The A's presented their proposed term sheet and insisted that it be voted upon exactly as presented. So, call their bluff, Oakland. Let's see how quickly a ballpark deal can be finalized in Las Vegas, Henderson, or Summerlin. Or is the new home of the A's going to be located in Charlotte, Montréal, Nashville, Portland, or Vancouver? You know, I hear Michelle Willard with the Greater Sacramento Economic Council is willing to take their call. #*&% 'em.
  9. Just the November 11, 1998 Jaguars-Buccaneers game featured those exact uniform combos. The October 28, 2007 match-up saw the Buccaneers wear their white jerseys and white pants. I prefer the contrast provided by the pewter pants.
  10. Underwhelming? It pays homage to the "skating Admiral" logos that the team sported in the 1970s and '80s. It marries a retro vibe reminiscent of said era - indeed, it wouldn't have been out of place in the 1950s or '60s - with a more polished, modern rendering style. It strikes me as being the best logo a hockey team dubbed the Milwaukee Admirals has ever sported, hands down. If the Admirals adopted it as their regular logo, it would - to my mind - be the best primary mark in the AHL. This is some outstanding craftsmanship on Dan Simon's part. I've long been a fan of his work and this is no exception. Frankly, it's one of my favorite sports logos... period. I'd love to get my hands on a jersey!
  11. My problem with this logo... ... is the complete lack of detail on the entirety of the hawk's lower jaw. No mouth line... no lower mandible... no detail whatsoever. Minimalism taken to the extreme. In the photo of the hawk at rest which you shared... ... one can still discern details such as the mouth line, the separation of the upper and lower mandibles, and the feather-covered rear portion of the lower mandible. They're all plainly visible here... While the artist who designed the Winterhawks' alternate logo had every right to design a more minimalist mark, I feel the choice - and its execution - leave something to be desired aesthetically. It strikes me as a bit too stylized. There's something "robotic" about the hawk. Certainly attractive, but not what I'd choose for a team dubbed the Winterhawks.
  12. There's little question that the Canadian Football League's leadership has to figure out what needs to be done in order to ensure the circuit's sustained existence. League-wide average attendance has decreased for seven consecutive seasons, with said average hitting just 22,917 fans through the turnstiles in 2019. Particularly vexing is the league's growing irrelevance in Canada's three most populous metro areas, with the CFL teams representing said markets - the Toronto Argonauts, Montréal Alouettes, and BC Lions - generating the three lowest average team attendance totals amongst the league's nine franchises in each of the last five seasons. In fact, over the past ten seasons the Lions have escaped the CFL's bottom three in average attendance just three times, with the Alouettes having managed the feat just once. The Argonauts' "greatest" attendance achievement during said decade? Twice finishing second-to-last in average attendance.
  13. While a solid logo, this has always struck me as being a depiction of a cyborg hawk from the distant future that was sent back to 21st-century Portland in order to prevent the erasure of major junior hockey in said city from our timeline. "I'll be BEAK."
  14. I'm going to go out on a limb and say some combination of team ownership, team management, and the graphic designer responsible for the logo.
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