Brick

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  1. Every time a new football league crops up, someone always make the argument that these are not NFL quality players. But still, fans are packing college football stadiums watching teams whose overall talent is far inferior to that of the new league teams. Heck, they pack stadiums just to watch SPRING FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES! Anyway, I think there is an unfilled hunger for more football that is currently being filled by watching a bunch of guys in suits talking (NFL draft) or watching a high school kid pick a hat (signing day). Do these fans even care about watching actual football? Looking at this thread, there have only been a handful of posts about quality, which is a credit to everyone else here. I realize that college football has "tradition" or some intangible that a new football league doesn't have. What college football doesn't have is talent. Give the new pro team sufficient practice time to know each other and they'll beat the crap out of Alabama, Clemson or whoever wins the National Championship that year.
  2. For all I know, owner Ted Leonsis doesn't really care what logo ESPN uses. The $500,000 change fee doesn't sound like a serious barrier. After all, the New Orleans just changed their nickname and Charlotte is about to do the same.
  3. A half-million dollars is a lot of money to you and me, but to an NBA team, that's not an arm and a leg, that's a haircut. It's an impediment to changing the logo every year, but not every five years. From what I can see, there must be more than $500,000 standing in the way of the Wizards officially changing their primary logo. They've already changed their apparel, signage and probably their stationery as well.
  4. Both ESPN and this site use this logo as the primary Washington Wizards logo: I went to a game at Verizon Center this year and didn't see it in any signage at all. It's also not currently used on the web site. They prefer either the hand: Or the monument: Does anyone definitively know the current practice? I don't follow the Wizards that closely, but it's kind of jarring when I see the red, white and blue wizard on ESPN highlights.
  5. No, it's not recent. At the time, the 1961-1971 Washington Senators were considered a continuation of the 1901-1960 Washington Senators. As far as Michael Jordan, he wasn't a good general manager with the Wizards either. One of these things is not like the others: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Alexander Ovechkin, Kwame Brown.
  6. Kids have it too soft these days. I had to walk to school past Confederate snipers, sabretoothed cats and dinosaurs, uphill in the snow. Get off my lawn!
  7. Yeah Texas does it big. Here's a Houston area's district stadium, with a basketball arena in the back. My home state (Maryland) would never do anything like this for high school athletics. Hell, many of the newer schools opened in Maryland seemed to have went cheap on the athletic facilities. I can't help but wonder what the school library or chemistry lab looks like at this school.... Science? That's the Devil's work! Leads to ideas like evolution, global warming and sustainable energy. Better to spend your money on personal seat licenses for the high school stadium. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/2005-09-14-hs-seat-licenses_x.htm?csp=34
  8. Would the Twins care to sue for custody of the 1924 and 1933 flags flying over Nationals Park?
  9. Is the re-colored Wizards the actual primary logo? When you go to the web site or look at their floor, the preferred logo seems to be the dc logo with the hand. Can't remember the show but there was an ESPN-NBA program with logos that had animated twirling basketballs.
  10. http://billsportsmaps.com/ This is an entire web site devoted to this topic.
  11. I actually like the 1990s navy and gold set best of all. It was clean, yet modern. I really hate the current set since it's trying to so hard to escape its nickname. I think the Astros can go in many ways. They can go steampunk, Jules Verne with black and bronze. Move forward a few years and they could go art deco, Flash Gordon with silver and black. Go to 1960, and they can go with a Jetsons look like the Lancaster Jethawks. My guess is, though, the team will go with something safe, like a tweaking of the 1960s design.
  12. I thought those 1990s navy and gold were the best Astros uniform - both clean and modern. The current uniform has nothing spacey about it except that broken star. Embrace the astronautic theme, but it doesn't have to be futuristic. There are retro-futures to go back to like the Jetsons, Buck Rogers or steampunk.
  13. Why not? His first name begins with "ND"!
  14. Really? The Biggest Uniform Disaster in MLB History? Worse than this?
  15. The use of the "Established 1905" patch in 2005 is a reference to a beginning of the use of the name "Nationals". It wasn't the first of use of Nationals, so I agree that it was a ridiculous place to start. There are flags for 1924, 1925 and 1933 flying above the Nationals Park scoreboard.
  16. So the mascot was actually designed by a 9-year-old, as opposed to just looking as if it was designed by a 9-year-old.
  17. I see people with lanyards or jackets for teams with multiple Super Bowl wins like the 49ers and Steelers. They are decorated with the logos of the Super Bowl victories. How will that look in the future when a string of colorful logos are followed by bland silver logos?
  18. When the Expos, moved to Washington, I always considered RFK to be the 3rd oldest stadium in MLB - not Yankee Stadium, and opened to baseball one day before Dodger Stadium. I can find some pictures I took of the oval Nationals locker room. Thanks for all the responses. No one's given an clear answer on how it was before the current setup where every home team, even the colleges, have their own locker room.
  19. In talking with my wife, she was surprised that pro teams could share the same stadium. I'm sure the Giants/Jets and Lakers/Clippers have different locker rooms. That wasn't the case when the Giants and Yankees shared the Polo Grounds or the Cardinals and Browns shared Sportsman's Park. I have a feeling that the old timers may not have had much stuff they kept at the park and equipment that wasn't taken on the road was kept in storage. Anyway, I was hoping to find a person or an online article that could answer some of her questions of how things worked.
  20. The Angels were playing the Orioles at Camden Yards. The Athletics TATC. The never-used Tigers with the tail.
  21. The only futuristic aspect of the Tigers TATC uniforms appear to be their back fonts. The first TATC game was a one-shot Royals game in the Kingdome.
  22. The Washington player seems to be tackling a member of the Cowboys or the Lions, not the Browns.
  23. It's not clear from what I've read so far that the Lombardi Trophy will be changed every year. Given what the NFL has done to the Super XLV logo, if they do change the trophy, I'm not optimistic they will do a good job. The obvious solution would be to make the base the stadium building and have the shaft rise from that. Changing the trophy, though is not inherently a bad thing. The Hugo Award in science fiction has a standard rocket design, but each host committee designs the base. This has resulted in some interesting designs. The usual award is maybe slightly taller than an Oscar. The 1988 committee in New Orleans decided the base should be a trail of rocket exhaust which resulted in a three foot tall trophy. After a stadium has hosted more than one Super Bowl henceforth, maybe the base could have some local flavor once the stadium idea has been exhausted. Just to throw some ideas, after the Superdome, a New Orleans trophy could rise out of a wrought-iron fence property, a relief map of the city or a colony of pelicans.
  24. I mostly agree with everybody else, but I think we are a small minority. The average football fan would just say,"Get a life!" I'm surprised the NFL doesn't continue with new logos every year. That's an annual opportunity to sell stuff to people, including those whose teams are not in the Big Game(NTM). And to those who claim the NFL is emulating the NHL, they certainly look like they're going to cancel an entire season over a labor dispute.