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  1. TERRIFIC league logos! I particularly like the full name logo and its clever use of the goalposts. As for the identity of an Orlando-based team... Orlando Rampage or Orlando Thunder (Something totally different... I'm picturing imagery revolving around a charging rhino.) Orlando Dragons (Magic) Orlando Juice (Tropical)
  2. No, James Busch Orthwein made the call on the Patriots' switch to blue as their primary color, as well as the new logo. First, though never publicly stated at the time of Victor Kiam's sale of the team, it was commonly understood that James Busch Orthwein and the NFL brass felt that a distinct line of demarcation needed to be drawn between the Kiam and Orthwein eras of New England Patriots football. Not only had Kiam's tenure seen the team fashion a dismal record on the field, but the franchise had been plunged into a sexual harassment incident that saw Lisa Olson - at the time, a Boston Herald reporter - file a lawsuit against Kiam, Pats' GM Patrick Sullivan, the team's media relations director, and several players. As a result, Orthwein and the league wanted to put Kiam's stewardship of the Pats in the rearview mirror as swiftly and completely as possible. A retooling of the Patriots' logo and uniforms was one way to distance the team from association with memories of Kiam. Further, as Dan Shaughnessy related in an August 2013 piece in the Boston Globe, Parcells told him: "I would have retained the Patriots uniform that we had when I was there in 1980 [as an assistant under Ron Erhadt] if it was up to me. But all that change was already in place by the time I got there." Finally, let's just look at the timeline of events: Orthwein closed on the purchase of the New England Patriots from Kiam in May of 1992. Parcells was named as the Pats' head coach on January 21, 1993. The Patriots' new uniforms and the "Flying Elvis" logo were introduced on March 31, 1993. Orthwein's purchase of the Pats occurred too late in the year to allow for a change of the team's uniforms and logo in time for the 1992 NFL season. That said, if Orthwein and the NFL had committed to updating the Pats' look within a few weeks of said purchase, there was the possibility that - under an expedited schedule - something could be done in time for the 1993 season. By contrast, there's no way that graphic designers and apparel manufacturers would have turned around a brand new logo and uniform design for a major professional sports franchise in the 41-day span between Parcels' hiring by the Patriots and the date of the press conference introducing the new look.
  3. On the contrary. H is for...
  4. Yes... in fact, I took a swipe at them for it earlier in the thread. I mean, a design team going so far as to trumpet the fact that a portion of a logo package they created was meant to incorporate Fibonacci's golden spiral is self-reverential press release grandstanding taken to the extreme.
  5. A ram is a male sheep. A bighorn is a wild sheep, specifically of the species Ovis canadensis. A male bighorn sheep is a ram.
  6. "By focusing on the most iconic part of the team’s brand identity throughout franchise history – the Horn – the Rams discovered nature’s beauty unfold with the golden ratio (aka Fibonacci Sequence) in its curvature. This same ratio underpins the perfect spiral, the perfect wave and the perfect swirling path of a turd around a toilet bowl that became the driving concept behind the new logos." Seriously, though... aside from the colors, this strikes me as "meh".
  7. Inter Miami CF Alters Logo to Embrace Social Distancing "In the midst of a global pandemic and a nationwide pause on professional sports, Inter Miami CF has altered the club’s logo to separate the iconic great white herons, which are normally interlocked representing unity in our community, across its digital platforms to encourage social distancing."
  8. The Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball's Central League actually wore these Dodger-based uniforms from 1987 through 1996.
  9. I hear "Creamsicle Codpiece" and I can't help but think a mash-up of The Scarlet Pimpernel and North Dallas Forty.
  10. "Predicted"? No, I wouldn't go that far. That said, it doesn't shock me that Stockton's signature sartorial flourish gained a high enough profile to manage to impact modern players. After all, unlike the 3-game on-field history of the shorts worn by the Chicago White Sox in 1976, John Stockton donned his short-shorts game in and game out over the course of a 19-season NBA career.
  11. Win "six straight World Series" in their shorts? The White Sox only managed to don the shorts for three games in team history, all during the 1976 season. They trotted them out in the first game of a Sunday double header on August 8th, for a Saturday game on August 21st, and - finally - in the opener of a Sunday twin bill on August 22nd. After that, they were consigned to the dustbin of sports uniform history.
  12. I'd opt for Columbus, with Milwaukee as an alternative. Why? Well... * Per the most recent census figures at that time (1990), and amongst the candidate markets you've listed, Columbus and Milwaukee trailed only the combination of Minneapolis and St. Paul in terms of population. Further, Columbus was tops amongst said candidate markets in growth (+ 12.0%), while Milwaukee had shrunk the least (- 1.3%) amongst the five markets that had lost population since the 1980 census. * During the AAFL's spring/summer season, a Columbus franchise in said league would face competition for the sports dollar from a Triple A baseball team, the Columbus Clippers. A Milwaukee-based AAFL team would be competing with a Milwaukee Brewers franchise that was a decade removed from its only World Series appearance and coming off of a 4th place finish in the AL East in 1991. * As for pro football competition in their respective marketplaces, a Columbus AAFL franchise would face none. Meanwhile, a Milwaukee AAFL team would have to contend with a Green Bay Packers organization that had qualified for the playoffs just twice in the 24 seasons since its last Super Bowl victory, most recently a decade before the proposed AAFL team was scheduled to take the field... and even then, only in the NFL's strike-shortened 1982 season.
  13. That seems a tremendously optimistic scenario given the situation. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has told the House Oversight Committee, "The system (in the United States) is not really geared to what we need right now. This is a failing. It is a failing. Let's admit it. The idea of anybody getting [a test for Covid-19] easily the way people in other countries are doing it, we're not set up for that. Do I think we should be? Yes. But we're not." Fauci later added, "... from the beginning, [the system for Covid-19 testing in the United States] was not set up to do that. The system was geared for individual doctor and patient. What we're going through now transcends that." Another major part of the problem that we're apparently facing with regard to testing for Covid-19 in this country is that we're lacking coronavirus testing kits. Dr. Howard Forman, a professor at the Yale School of Public Health, is on record as stating, "There's a shortage (of coronavirus testing kits). And it strikes at the heart of everything we're doing right now that we cannot do the most simple thing, which is just to test people and find out whether they are positive or not." And even if the tests were available, it's also been reported that a person can be a carrier of Covid-19 while asymptomatic for the virus. So, there stands a very good chance that some coronavirus-infected people will not experience symptoms that would signal to them that they should be tested and, as a result, these persons will pose a risk of infection to others. As Dr. Fauci has stated, "Bottom line, it's going to get worse."
  14. Concacaf has released a statement announcing the suspension of Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League competition. Concacaf suspends Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect
  15. Concacaf has released a statement announcing the suspension of Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League competition. Concacaf suspends Concacaf Champions League with immediate effect