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  1. I'm glad you appreciated the suggestion, Mark. I, too, am a fan of the Trailblazer name. It speaks to the adventurous spirit of Minnesota's early explorers, the love of Minnesotans for getting out and enjoying their state's natural beauty, the many and varied accomplishments of Ann Bancroft, and the groundbreaking strides that the National Women's Soccer League is making on the American pro sports scene. As per usual, you've created a terrific logo. It's a great start. I agree with Axe in that I believe the badge might be stronger if the image of the trailblazer were moved farther into the foreground. I'm picturing a a larger, 3/4 shot of her head and shoulders, from behind. She'd be gazing skyward, towards the State of Minnesota's namesake North Star, the celestial body - positioned above the majestic pines - serving as both her inspiration and guiding light. I'd render the star as the same six-pointed version used by MNUFC.
  2. Wichita Baseball 2020 unveiled another of its potential team identities back on October 2nd. Rather than revealing a possible team name alongside an illustration, this time just a logo was shared, along with the following message: "Alright, we've taken your feedback and most of you have said it's time to get serious. We're switchin' it up a bit. What do you think the name of this logo should be?" This logo would work for a number of team names - Wichita Windwagons... Wichita Wagonmasters... Wichita Prairie Schooners... Wichita Prairie Clippers. Walt Disney Presents "The Saga of Windwagon Smith" Wichita Riverfest - Admiral Windwagon Smith Wichita Wagonmasters - "The History of the Wichita Wagonmasters" So, to date, Wichita Baseball 2020 has unveiled Wichita River Riders, Wichita 29ers, Wichita Doo Dahs, Wichita Linemen, and this Windwagon-inspired design.
  3. It strikes me that when the the mark of 160 Minor League Baseball teams - each with a Major League Baseball parent club - was settled upon, the number wasn't just plucked out of thin air. Someone, thinking that 32 franchises would one day be the optimal maximum size for MLB, came to the realization that 160 MiLB affiliates would divide neatly into 5 farm clubs per MLB team, each operating at a distinct level of minor league ball. So, what are those levels? The Triple A, Double A, Single A Advanced, and Single A levels aren't going anyplace. The leagues comprising them aren't likely to change much, either. Some markets might swap leagues within a level in order to address issues pertaining to geographic proximity, travel, etc. Others might move up or down a level. That said, if and when Major League Baseball expands to 32 teams, we're likely looking at 32 Triple-A teams split between the International and Pacific Coast Leagues; 32 Double-A teams split between the Eastern, Southern, and Texas Leagues; 32 Class A Advanced teams split between the California, Carolina, and Florida State Leagues; and 32 Class A teams split between the Midwest League and the South Atlantic League. Beyond those levels, I can foresee a scenario where an amalgamation/consolidation of the Class A Short Season and Rookie Advanced classifications - and, potentially, the leagues that comprise them - takes place. All four leagues currently play host to first and second-year players, all play a June-to-early September schedule, and all play between 68 and 76 games over the course of their regular seasons. That being the case, I could see the powers-that-be paring down the 40 current teams/markets across two classifications into a single classification comprised of 32 teams. Might all four leagues survive with eight member-franchises each? Perhaps, though my gut tells me that under an amalgamation/consolidation, at least one league might go the way of the dodo. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
  4. When I think of Minnesota, my mind is drawn to its natural wonders - the great swaths of the state that are still given over to forests of pine and spruce... to myriad lakes, rivers, and streams. I think of the many trailblazers and settlers - from the early French noblemen, voyageurs, and missionaries to the later waves of immigrants from Scandinavia and Germany - who blazed new trails through and carved new communities from the Minnesota wilderness. Today, generations later, Minnesotans still flock to the outdoors, drawn by a desire to explore and enjoy the North Star State. One Minnesotan possessed of this adventurous spirit is Ann Bancroft. In fact, her wanderlust has taken her from backyard expeditions in her native St. Paul, to camping and canoe trips with her father in northern Minnesota, all the way to our planet's polar extremities. In 1986, Bancroft - a former physical education and special education teacher - became the first women known to reach the North Pole, doing so on foot and by sled as part of the Steger International Polar Expedition. In 1992, Ann served as leader of the first all-female expedition to east-west cross Greenland. A year later, as leader of the American Women's Expedition to the South Pole (the first all-women expedition in history to cross to the South Pole on skis), she earned the distinction of becoming the first woman to cross the ice to both poles. Since then, Ms. Bancroft has launched the Ann Bancroft Foundation in order to inspire women and girls to unleash the power of their dreams, been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, and continued to explore our planet. I could see a Twin Cities-based NWSL expansion team partnering with the Ann Bancroft Foundation in its work, just as other organizations - including sports entities like Minnesota Roller Derby and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx - already have. Further, I could see said NWSL expansion team opting to honor Ann Bancroft's incredible achievements and Minnesota roots by giving her a nod in the team's branding. What about a team crest centered upon the silhouette of a female outdoorswoman - perhaps based upon Ms. Bancroft's actual profile - gazing up, mid-exploration, at the North Star in the night sky? To go with said logo, what about a team name such as... Minnesota Trailblazers FC Minnesota Intrepid FC Minnesota Explorers FC Twin Cities Trailblazers FC Twin Cities Intrepid FC Twin Cities Explorers FC
  5. Privateers was the term that the English used to describe privately-owned ships licensed to attack and seize ocean-going vessels from nations at war with the British crown, as well as the personnel that manned said ships. Buccaneers was a term that came to be applied to the personnel - initially French, but later also Dutch and English - manning similarly-licensed ships and operating specifically in the Caribbean. Privateers/buccaneers carried letters of marque from heads of state and/or governmental officials that granted them the right to attack and seize ocean-going vessels hailing from nations at war with the issuing country. Pirates carried no such authorization from heads of state and/or governmental officials, which meant that their attacks on ocean-going vessels were considered the crime of piracy. Now, did nations sometimes engage in the practice of issuing letters of marque to common pirates in an effort to expand the harassment of their enemy-states? Yes. Did pirates sometimes accept said letters of marque and take on the air of legitimacy - and governmental protection - that they bestowed? Yes. Did privateers/buccaneers sometimes succumb to the temptation of attacking and seizing the vessels of nations not covered by the letters of marque they'd been issued, thus engaging in piracy? Yes. Were letters of marque sometimes forged by privateers/buccaneers and pirates in order to expand the scope of the vessels that they could prey upon. Yes. At the end of the day, there was always some level of back and forth movement going on between the worlds of government-licensed privateering/buccaneering and completely lawless piracy. Further, should privateers/buccaneers be captured by the naval forces of any country other than that which issued the letters of marque that they carried, they'd likely be tried and hung as pirates. However, there was a difference - no matter how subtly technical - between privateers, buccaneers and pirates. (And let's not even get started parsing the difference between the French privateers dubbed corsairs and the pirates hailing from Turkey and North Africa that were also labeled with the name. Oh, my head.)
  6. What's also nonsense is to assume as irrefutable fact that said privateer garbed himself in the "same level of dress" and conducted himself with the "same... decorum" when he was in the midst of attacking and seizing the naval vessels of opposing nations as he would dress while "report[ing] back to a commander or government official".
  7. "Maybe" the team will be dubbed the Sea Unicorns? This is Brandiose we're talking about. As such, I'd say that "maybe" there's a chance that the team will luck out and be dubbed Narwhals. The Name-the-Team "contest" has been set up with two of the candidate identities - Narwhals and Sea Unicorns - referencing the same creature (Narwhals are described as "the Unicorn of the Sea" in the team name rationale). That's a sure sign that Brandiose is leaning towards one of those two identities as the front-runner. Given the choice between the relatively staid Narwhals name and the over-the-top Sea Unicorns sobriquet, which do you think Brandiose - the design firm that gave us, amongst others, such monikers as Rumble Ponies, Sod Poodles, and Trash Pandas - is truly championing to team management? As I said, "maybe" there's a chance that the minor league baseball fans of Southeastern Connecticut get to root on the Norwich Narwhals. That said, I think there are much better odds that the Norwich Sea Unicorns take the field, with a primary mark focused upon said namesake mythical creature in all of its single-horned, maned, foreleg-hoofed, and fluke-tailed glory. Perhaps a secondary mark depicting an actual narwhal will be included in the branding package in order to appease adults who want to purchase some team gear. Oh... and I won't be at all surprised if the team's uniforms are eventually unveiled with marketing-speak breathlessly declaring that "the Sea Unicorns are the first professional sports franchise to take the field in home, road and alternate Sunday uniforms featuring rainbow glitter-accented logos, numbering, and piping."
  8. The reality, of course, is that what actually distinguished a buccaneer from a pirate is that the former - at least initially - carried a letter of marque from a government entity, granting him permission to attack and seize vessels from nations at war with the issuer. I say "initially" because it was not uncommon for buccaneers/corsairs/privateers who started out scrupulously adhering to the terms of their issued letter of marque to later engage in acts of piracy when it suited them. Likewise, it was not unheard of for governments, as a matter of convenience, to issue letters of marque to known pirates when it suited the state's needs, thus adding an air of legitimacy to the actions of the former criminals. Further, those dubbed buccaneers were government-authorized privateers operating in the Caribbean. The point being, the notion that there were hard-and-fast styles of dress and behavior particular to buccaneers/corsairs/privateers versus pirates is nonsense. In any event, what seems apparent is that most of us agree that something needs to be done with the modern, football-playing Buccaneers' uniforms. They are a sartorial dumpster-fire.
  9. Yes, and the oversized plume in the source material looks every bit as foppishly asinine as the feather in the original "Bucco Bruce" logo. As I said in my original post: "After all, one way to prevent your brand icon from being disparagingly compared to Errol Flynn is to refrain from embracing the costume design tropes of 1930s and '40s Hollywood swashbucklers when creating your logo. In other words, when it comes to piratical headwear, think less Captain Blood and more Pirates of the Caribbean." In other words, when you're creating the branding package for a professional gridiron football team, perhaps taking your sartorial cues from a 1930s cinematic swashbuckler isn't the route to go. Believe me, I'm not arguing that Johnny Depp actually possesses more machismo than Errol Flynn. Rather, I'm simply pointing out that the headwear Depp sports in his corsair flicks doesn't look as flamboyant as the chapeaux that Flynn and his co-stars most often wore in their pirate films.
  10. The XFL has registered for trademark protection on what appear to be three secondary logos - one for the Dallas Renegades and a pair for the New York Guardians.
  11. Some sports apparel manufacturers aren't looking for anything logical, like "a tasteful middle". They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some sports apparel manufacturers just want to watch the world burn.
  12. Outstanding series! The diversity of crest styles on display from a single designer is most impressive. My personal "Top Ten" is as follows... Sydney FC Launceston Rangers FC Geelong Greys FC Ballarat 1854 FC Racing FC Fremantle Ipswich Pride FC Perth Glory Western Sydney Wanderers Townsville FC Nomads Cairns FC
  13. The new primary mark is an improvement. The new word mark is atrocious. The Top Hat complementary mark is, at best, "meh". The walking deacon complementary mark is outstanding and my favorite part of the update.
  14. While I'm intrigued by the direction in which McCarthy has taken the "Bucco Bruce" logo, there's still a problem area that - to my mind - needs to be addressed. Namely, the feather on the hat. While much is made - and rightfully so - about how the "wink" in the Buccaneers' original logo rendered the mark camp, rather than menacing, I rarely hear anyone comment about the flamboyance of a plume that was nearly equal in size to the pirate's headwear. For the life of me, I don't understand why that is. The feather on the Buccs' original logo looked absolutely asinine. If the Buccaneers were to even consider centering their logo package around an updated "Bucco Bruce" mark, I would hope that the feather on the character's hat would be eliminated entirely... or, at the very least, significantly downsized. After all, one way to prevent your brand icon from being disparagingly compared to Errol Flynn is to refrain from embracing the costume design tropes of 1930s and '40s Hollywood swashbucklers when creating your logo. In other words, when it comes to piratical headwear, think less Captain Blood and more Pirates of the Caribbean.
  15. I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I opine that the Rocket City Trash Pandas brand isn't likely to stick around for anywhere close to the 106 seasons that the Mud Hens name has graced minor league baseball teams in Toledo, Ohio. As for Trash Pandas making it into the 17-year territory of the Albuquerque Isotopes identity's longevity, I'll be impressed when - indeed, if - the Isotopes sobriquet manages to match the 49 seasons that the Dukes name graced minor league ball in New Mexico's most populous city.