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  1. It's a wonderful tribute to the era in San Jose pro soccer history that saw the revival of the Earthquakes' identity and the MLS edition of the club capture its first MLS Cup title. This jersey pays homage to the 2000-2002 uniform without feeling the need to slavishly replicate every stitch and embellishment. It's the very definition of "less is more"... without so heavily leaning into the "less" that you find yourself wondering whether the team has simply repurposed a training top. Kudos to the 'Quakes!
  2. If you a take a deeper dive into the results of a survey that was conducted as part of the Crest Project, you find that when it came to polling both Chicago Fire fans and residents of the general Chicago Designated Market Area, the Florian Cross didn't crack the Top 4 elements considered "Most Important for New CFFC Crest". In a poll to determine the "Top 3" most important visual elements for the Chicago Fire FC crest, Fire fans selected the Six-Pointed Stars (57%), the Chicago City Flag (51%), and the Letter C (44%). A depiction of Flames came in fourth (32%), with the Florian Cross ranking fifth (28%). Meanwhile, respondents from the Chicago DMA as a whole chose the Chicago City Flag (34%), the Letter C (30%), and Flames (29%) as the "Top 3", with the Six-Pointed Stars (22%) fourth... and the Florian Cross tied for tenth with the Municipal Device (5%).
  3. Based upon feedback that Chicago Fire management has received in their "A Crest for All Chicago" initiative, the team's new logo has begun to take shape. According to Kyle Sheldon, SVP of Marketing for the Fire, after sifting through more than 15,000 responses to the initiative via web submissions, roundtables, surveys, and social media, four themes or design elements have stood out as those that fans most want to see included in the new identity: the Chicago Municipal Flag, a six-pointed star device from said flag, the letter C, and a Florian Cross. Therefore, moving forward, these four elements will be the sole focus while developing a new crest for the team. Graphic designer Matthew Wolff has been assigned the task of creating the new crest. Hard at work, he's already designed and submitted over a dozen concepts incorporating combinations of the aforementioned elements. The Fire are hoping to share the crest - or component elements of it - with fans before the mid-season 2021 deadline for submission to merchandising partners, including Adidas. A Crest for All Chicago
  4. We're all used to taking the marketing-speak trotted out for team logo and uniform unveilings to task. That said, this... "The colors of the split represent the colors of the water and the sky that surround the war-era forts throughout New England." ... goes beyond typical "marketing-speak" and straight to "5th Grade essay project filler sentence".
  5. Per the New England Revolution website: "Inspired by the block work of American Revolution Era war forts in the New England area, the Revolution's Community Kit pays homage to The Fort - the club's dedicated supporters' sections at Gillette Stadium - and features a fort-inspired blocked white shirt with a monochromatic Revolution logo, white shorts, and sky blue socks. "The Fort, home to the Midnight Riders and the Rebellion, has been the heartbeat of Revolution home games dating back to Major League Soccer's maiden campaign in 1996. From section 2 in Foxborough Stadium to sections 141, 142, and 143 in Gillette Stadium, Revolution supporters draw immense pride from their status as MLS originals amid the league's rapid expansion. "Split branding on the sleeves and shorts, featuring a dark navy trim on one side and sky blue trim on the other, is unique to the Revolution, as is the blocked design on the shirt. The colors of the split represent the colors of the water and the sky that surround the war-era forts throughout New England. A staple of every Revolution kit, the flag of New England remains on the back neck location of the jersey, while a custom jock tag also pays tribute to the Fort's sections 141, 142, and 143."
  6. Of the myriad ways in which the Krafts have mismanaged their stewardship of the New England Revolution, THIS is ultimately the most disheartening. All of the other bungling has combined to strangle the life - bit by bit, blow by blow - from a vibrant, engaged, committed, soccer-loving public in New England. The enthusiasm and passion of the folks who populate The Fort was something that could have - indeed, should have - been built upon over the club's 25 seasons to date. Sadly, all too often it seemed as though the Revolution's supporters groups were something the Krafts tolerated, rather than truly engaged and encouraged. Which would have been bad enough on its own. In concert with years of demanding little in the way of accountability from ineffectual members of team management, lackluster roster-building, piss-poor marketing, and half-hearted efforts to get a soccer-specific stadium built, the end result has been positively deadly. On the cusp of the Revolution's 26th Major League Soccer campaign, the "club culture" in New England could best be summed up as... meh.
  7. Pardon, but why couldn't the inspiration provided by "the iconic architecture and sharp angles of @CrewStadium" have been rendered in varying shades of yellow?
  8. Miami University's name is derived from that of the Miami (Myaamia in their own tongue) nation which originally occupied land in what is today's Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The University of Miami's name is derived from the former name of Lake Okeechobee, which was once know as Lake Mayaimi. Lake Mayaimi shared its name with a Native American people who occupied land around the body of water.
  9. I couldn't possibly agree more. As I said back in January of 2020... Sigh...This represents such a missed opportunity on Inter Miami's part. They should have really owned pink in their primary kits. Pink jerseys, black shorts, black socks for evening matches and either a pink/white/white or pink/white/pink ensemble for day games. A white or black jersey could have been the centerpiece of their change kits. This... this just strikes me as "meh".
  10. I've followed Sacramento Republic FC's "Indomitable" story from the earliest whisperings of a Sacramento-based USL franchise being granted to Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner in December of 2012, through the unveiling of the club's striking identity seven months later, forward to the absolute electricity of an attendance record-shattering and championship-winning inaugural season in 2014, and onward through six subsequent USL campaigns and the various twists and turns of the quest to attain Major League Soccer membership. As I sit here today, in the wake of Friday's announcement that billionaire Ron Burkle was pulling out as lead investor of an MLS club in California's capital city, I can't help but think that Sacramento Republic FC's fairy tale has become a cautionary one. I don't mean or wish to disparage any of the figures that have played a role in growing Sacramento Republic FC from a mere gleam in the eye of its founders to the verge of MLS competition. That said, it seems to me that with each change of lead investor in the club's ownership group, the increase in financial resources has been accompanied by a commensurate decrease in the gut-level passion for the team that said principal has brought to the table. That's not to say that the likes of Kevin Nagle or Ron Burkle wouldn't be committed owners of a Sacramento Major League Soccer team. Rather, I question whether the thought of owning and operating an MLS side excites them as much, fills them with as much joy as it did Warren Smith? Waren Smith possessed the vision and enthusiasm to bring pro soccer to Sacramento, and the passion and commitment to build an organization that would put the city on the radar of MLS officials as a potential expansion candidate. That said, he didn't have the financial wherewithal to secure and operate a major professional sports franchise. Kevin Nagle brought more financial resources to the table, and clearly thought enough of the possibility of wanting to bring Major League Soccer to Sacramento to get involved in the venture, but he still didn't possess the net worth necessary to be the lead owner of a modern top-tier pro sports franchise. More importantly, I question whether he "lived and breathed" Sacramento Republic FC soccer to the extent that Warren Smith did as the team's founder? Finally, while Ron Burkle clearly outstrips both Smith and Nagle in terms of financial resources, I just never got the sense that Sacramento Republic FC represented anything more than an investment opportunity to him. A Major League Soccer club was an entry on a ledger in his eyes. In fact, I may be misremembering things, but didn't Burkle openly grouse at the event announcing Sacramento's entry to MLS about the league's expansion fee having increased from $150 million to $200 million? In any event, Burkle's heart never truly seemed in the venture. My heart truly goes out to Republic fans. One of my favorite memories as an LAFC supporter is of hosting Sacramento Republic at Banc of California Stadium in the Round of 16 of the 2018 U.S. Open Cup. You folks truly brought some passion to the South End of the Banc that night. Such a sad state of affairs.
  11. I always questioned why a professional sports franchise would choose to adopt a logo that depicted its namesake mascot with its "tail tucked between its legs"?
  12. "It's now time for a brand new challenge on Hollywood Game Night. We call this 'Mascot Morph'. We're going to show you a logo featuring the mascot of a professional sports franchise, give you a scenario into which the mascot is to be placed, and your job is going to be to sketch - as quickly as you possibly can - a depiction of said scene. First up, it's Tony Hale. Tony, take a look at the monitor. That is the logo mascot of the National Football League's Denver Broncos. You may not have known this Tony, but apparently he's an arachnophobe... and he just spotted a spider as he was about to step into his shower. SKETCH!"
  13. The sartorial history of the Jacksonville Jaguars has been a progressively worsening s***show since 2002. It's been one dubious design decision after another from that season on. There was no need for black jerseys or black pants... and certainly no need for black unitard combos. There was no need for logos on the hips. No need for black numbers and black names. There was no need for teal flake helmets. No need for wispy, barely-there piping. There was no need to drop the unique alphanumeric font introduced in 1998. There was absolutely no need for gold-to-black fade helmets. No need for a complete overhaul of the primary logo into something more akin to an illustration, when a slight tweak to the original logo's lower jaw would have sufficed. There was no need for team logo "shields" over the heart. No need for truncated insert stripes on the pants. There was no need for mustard - pardon, gold - jerseys or pants... and sure as s*** no need for mustard - pardon, gold - unitard combos. There was no need for teal pants... and no need for the inevitable teal unitard combos that followed. Bottom line? The best the Jacksonville Jaguars franchise ever looked was during the 1998 through 2001 NFL seasons when they sported a certified modern classic uniform that - to my mind - stands as one of the best in NFL history. Full stop.
  14. Chris English - owner of the Future Collegiate Baseball League's Brockton Rox - is purchasing the Lake Monsters. That explains the team joining the FCBL. Travel-wise, it might have made more sense for the Lake Monsters to join the New England Collegiate Baseball League. While inter-divisional NECBL trips to the likes of Martha's Vineyard, Newport, Ocean State, and Mystic would have been a slog for a team based in Burlington, several of the league's clubs - Vermont, Upper Valley, Winnipesaukee, North Adams, and Keene - would have been closer than the Lock Monsters' nearest FCBL rivals. As likely divisional rivals, they'd have made up the bulk of the Lake Monsters' schedule. It's going to be interesting to see how this shakes out.
  15. Next up? Replacing the penalty boxes with pillories.