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  1. Slapshot's Charlestown Chiefs were mentioned earlier in the thread. Amongst the Chiefs' opponents in the film were the... Broome County Blades Hyannisport Presidents Syracuse Bulldogs
  2. The Tampico Stogies from the 1987 HBO original film Long Gone. Ebbets Field Flannels has manufactured the Stogies' home pinstripe jersey. It features the #7 worn by William Petersen's character, pitcher/manager Cecil "Stud" Cantrell .
  3. Norwich Nine The modern City of Norwich, Connecticut has its roots in the 1659 settlement of Norwichtown, a village founded upon a plot of land "nine miles square". It was within this nine square mile plot that the community's original 35 settlers - including the Reverend James Fitch, Thomas Leffingwell, and Major John Mason - laid out the Norwichtown Green and established the first center of the community. Norwich Nine not only pays homage to the size of that original plot of land, but has an old-time sound to it that fits with the long history of Connecticut and New England. It conjures up images of ballplayers taking to the diamond in pillbox caps, collared lace-up or shield-front jerseys, baggy pants, and knee-high stockings.
  4. Personally, your Tasmanian Tiger-inspired crest strikes me as too modern to be paired with a name as traditional as Hobart Town. I think the Hobart Town identity would be best accompanied by a badge that's a bit more "classic" in terms of its component images and design. In other words, closer to Ballarat 1854 FC than to Canberra United.
  5. Rather than a New Orleans-based team replacing Midland in the Texas League, I think the brass at MiLB headquarters would prefer to see Jackson swapped-out for New Orleans in the Southern League. After all, the Midland RockHounds have averaged 4,189 fans per game over the past 14 seasons. By comparison, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx / Jackson Generals have averaged just 1,853 fans per game during the same period of time.
  6. Off the top of my head... perhaps something depicting the Hobart Cenotaph.
  7. The "outside of the league's 'footprint'" claim doesn't pass the smell test. * A Southern League team playing out of the Shrine on Airline would be 97.5-mile drive from the Biloxi Shuckers, a 182-mile drive from the Mississippi Braves, and a 210-mile drive from the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Yes, the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp would be a 554-mile slog, but said team is on an island in the Southern League's South Division now. * With the Mobile Bay Bears relocating to Madison, Alabama and becoming the Rocket City Trash Pandas in time for the Southern League's 2020 season, said franchise would more logically fit into the circuit's North Division. There, its divisional foes would be the Tennessee Smokies, Chattanooga Lookouts, Birmingham Barons, and Montgomery Biscuits. * The Jackson Generals, currently in the Southern League's North Division, have historically been one of the worst draws in the league. Over the past 13 seasons, the Generals (originally, the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx) have finished no better than 8th out of 10 teams in Southern League attendance... and they did that just once, in 2014. From 2006 through 2008, the team finished dead last in Southern League attendance. From 2009 through 2013, then again from 2015 through last season, the Generals finished second-to-last in attendance. So, given that Mobile is on the move to northern Alabama, why not simply relocate the moribund Jackson Generals franchise to Metairie, Louisiana. Have the teams swap divisions and voila! North Division Birmingham Barons Chattanooga Lookouts Montgomery Biscuits Rocket City Trash Pandas Tennessee Smokies South Division Biloxi Shuckers Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp Mississippi Braves New Orleans Crescents Pensacola Blue Wahoos Something's up. It could be that the owners of the Jackson Generals aren't interested in selling or relocating. It could be that the owners of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp are grousing about being out on an "island". In point of fact, Jacksonville's geographic location speaks to the reality that the Jumbo Shrimp are the SL franchise that is "outside the league's 'footprint'".
  8. Quality work, as usual. In my opinion, Ballarat 1854 FC, Perth Glory, and Racing FC Fremantle are the standouts to this point. I also like the Melbourne Victory FC and Sydney FC logos. As for names for some of the remaining clubs, I like Hobart Town for the Tasmanian side. It has a traditional ring to it (think Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Luton Town, etc.) and was also the original name of the settlement that is now Hobart.
  9. That's the CPL's Hamilton-based side, Forge FC. If a franchise in the league was going to have Tim Hortons as a kit sponsor, it makes sense for said team to be Forge FC. Tim Hortons was founded in Hamilton in the 1960s.
  10. Said attempt is doomed to fail. Soccer fans from the sport's strongholds in European or Latin American nations aren't going to take MLS franchises any more "seriously" based simply upon the names of the teams. It would take a significant improvement in the quality of play in MLS in order to win over such fans. As for American and Canadian fans of club teams competing in European and Latin American leagues, what little headway Major League Soccer's adoption of European naming styles will make with such supporters will simply give way to them pissing and moaning about the lack of promotion-relegation in MLS, or some such perceived shortcoming on the part of the league in their eyes. To each their own. I do mind it. Partly because it is an overcorrection... partly due to what I consider the lazy default adoption of FC/SC/United by so many teams. Still, given the fact that we have a 24-team (soon to be 27 and counting) domestic soccer competition of Major League Soccer's longevity to support, I can deal with harboring gripes about franchise branding.
  11. Well, to be precise, the trend has gone beyond "evening out the weight". * Twelve of the last eighteen MLS expansion teams have opted to adopt international-styled team identities... including the last nine straight. * Of the other six MLS teams to join the league via expansion in the past 14 years, two - Seattle and Vancouver - have hedged their bets and gone the "hybrid" route by affixing an FC or SC to North American-style city/nickname combinations. * Two of the original ten MLS franchises - Dallas and Kansas City - have jettisoned their original North American-style team identities in exchange for international-styled sobriquets, while a third - Columbus - went the "hybrid" route and added an SC to its North American-style city/nickname combo. How about embracing a variety of team-branding traditions amongst the international-style names? If the league, its investor/operators, and supporters are so hell-bent on aping the branding traditions of the club teams in more "traditional" strongholds of the sport, could we at least have a moratorium on going the FC/SC/United route for awhile? I'm not advocating something as asinine as Real Salt Lake. More along the lines of what Sporting Kansas City and Inter Miami adopted. For instance, once Houston 1836 was dumped amidst a backlash (understandably) from the Mexican-American community, why not go with Houston Rovers? It would have echoed such traditional club names as Rovers/Wanderers/Nomads, been an allusion to Houston's role in the space program (lunar rover), and a reference to the fact that the team had relocated to the city from San Jose. Why not Austin Athletic over Austin FC?
  12. Take a look around MLS and tell me which way the branding conventions of the league have been trending. North American Branding Colorado Rapids Houston Dynamo Los Angeles Galaxy Montréal Impact New England Revolution Philadelphia Union Portland Timbers San Jose Earthquakes International Branding Atlanta United FC Austin FC D.C. United FC Cincinnati FC Dallas Inter Miami CF Los Angeles FC Minnesota United FC Nashville SC New York City FC Orlando City SC Real Salt Lake Sporting Kansas City Toronto FC Corporate Branding New York Red Bulls North American / International Amalgam Chicago Fire Soccer Club (rumored to be rebranding as Chicago City FC) Columbus Crew SC Seattle Sounders FC Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  13. Spot-on assessment. Frankly, I'm sick to death of the trend that has seen MLS teams abandon long-existing identities in order to ape the branding conventions of clubs from countries that are considered more "traditional" strongholds of the sport. Pardon me, but isn't one of the reasons for soccer's enormous popularity on a global scale the very fact that various countries and cultures have brought their own unique influences and twists to the sport's on-field, in-game tactical play? Isn't that international cross-pollination part-and-parcel of the "tradition" of the sport? Then why can't the same be true of an off-field aspect of the sport, such as club branding? There is absolutely no reason that Major League Soccer shouldn't strive to move forward embracing a variety of team-branding traditions. Yes, some teams -the likes of DC United, Los Angeles FC, Orlando City - can be branded according to so-called "traditional" international parameters. Others - such as Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution, Portland Timbers - can be branded according to North American pro sports customs. Still others - New York Red Bulls - might go so far as to adopt the name of a corporate parent. So be it. There is no reason that the embracing of such varied branding on the part of Major League Soccer's member-teams can't be a part of the sport's tradition and history. In point of fact, it already is. One thing strikes me as being certain: it is damned difficult to build an authentic "history" and "tradition" for the sport of soccer at the professional club level in the United States and Canada if supporters in said countries aren't willing to embrace the sport's history in the nations... which has including team brands such as Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes, and Vancouver Whitecaps.
  14. The Fort Lauderdale City Commission has unanimously approved and signed-off on an interim agreement with Inter Miami CF's investor/operators that will allow the prospective Major League Soccer franchise to begin preliminary work at the 64-acre, city-owned Lockhart Stadium site while a permanent deal is negotiated. Under the terms of the interim agreement, Inter Miami can demolish Lockhart Stadium and the adjacent Fort Lauderdale Stadium ballpark, salvage Lockhart Stadium bleachers where possible, conduct soil testing, assess environmental damage, and begin designing and planning the proposed soccer complex. Inter Miami CF's plans for the site include the construction of an 18,000-seat, canopied stadium that will be the team's home field for its first two seasons in MLS. Following Inter Miami's move to the proposed Miami Freedom Park stadium on the site of the Melreese Country Club in Miami, the new Fort Lauderdale facility would become home to a USL League One club affiliated with the MLS side. Additionally, after Inter Miami's matches are moved to Miami-Date County, the Lockhart complex will remain the team's training hub, home to a 30,000-square foot facility that will include a gym, medical and rehab space, meeting rooms, dining facilities, and a parking garage. The training facility will be shared with the USL side and a youth soccer academy. Amenities available to the public will include four regulation soccer fields that can also be used for other sports, a maintenance building to serve said fields, a running trail, public park space, a playground, a dog park, and room on which the city could build a community center. David Beckham has wrecking ball ready for Lockhart Stadium
  15. I wouldn't think so. According to Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins - he ran unopposed in the 2019 aldermanic elections and represents the ward in which the proposed stadium would have been sited as part of developer Sterling Bay's Lincoln Yards mixed-use project - a public survey found that 53% of respondents were opposed to the stadium's construction, 25% were undecided about the venue's inclusion in the development, and 23% supported its construction. Further, Hopkins himself was skeptical about whether the traffic infrastructure within the Lincoln Park and Bucktown neighborhoods would be capable of supporting a 20,000-seat venue. As he told the Chicago Sun-Times back in January : "There would have been many other events besides soccer matches. Concerts and other things. In order to justify the cost of building such a structure, it became clear that it would need to be used somewhat regularly. That just put an undue burden on the neighborhood. There didn't seem to be a way to solve that. And Sterling Bay didn't put up any sort of fight in the wake of Hopkins' rejection of the stadium component of the Lincoln Yards project. The company's spokeswoman, Sarah Hamilton, issued an almost immediate statement that said: "While much of the feedback has been positive, Alderman Hopkins and residents have been very clear: they do not want a stadium. And we want to say, 'We heard you loud and clear.' We have removed the stadium and broken up the entertainment district, allowing for assorted smaller venues throughout Lincoln Yards where all independent music operators will have the opportunity to participate. We have also heard the desire for improved transit and infrastructure in the area, a desire we share." Subsequent to Hamilton's statement, Sterling Bay revised its plans by replacing the soccer stadium and entertainment district with a large park and low-rise buildings. Bottom line? A Sterling Bay-built, 20,000-seat soccer stadium as part of the proposed Lincoln Yards development certainly seems dead. It is the victim of a textbook wielding of the Chicago political tradition dubbed "aldermanic privilege" - the unwritten, unspoken agreement by which aldermen grant one another the final say over such things as the issuing of permits, as well as the enforcement of building codes and zoning rules within their own wards. Hopkins' constituents - both residents concerned about traffic congestion and the owners of independent music venues concerned about being squeezed out by a global entertainment entity - let him know that their votes were contingent upon being heard with regard to specific components of the Lincoln Yards development. Hopkins, in turn, wielded aldermanic privilege to pressure Sterling Bay into dropping the components his constituents opposed, while promising the development firm that he would champion the overall project.