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Everything posted by mcj882000

  1. Man, even when the Flames get it they don't fully get it.
  2. "Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo" by Bloodhound Gang has their guitarist in the Philadelphia Flyers' alternate jersey of that time:
  3. Sometimes I don't know why I cheer for this team. Their only Cup came before I was even a year old; basically my entire life has been nothing but cheering for underachieving, incompetence and failure.
  4. Counterpoint: 1-8 re-seeding is how the playoffs should be every year instead of the pseudo-divisional format the league uses.
  5. As probably the only person on Earth who unironically loves this uniform: ...I'll still admit that the asymmetry on display is easily these sweaters' fatal flaw. Straighten out the stripes (and numbers), put them lower on the hem so the blue's/red's not so overbearing, and I'd legitimately think this is a creative, beautiful, 9/10 uniform.
  6. For what it's worth, I kinda have an "anti-sunbelt" reputation myself, especially amongst my off-board friends, and admittedly I am on the "relocate the Panthers & Coyotes" bandwagons a bit so that rep is probably deserved; yet I also realise it's not as simple as them just being (irrelevant) Sunbelt teams. IMO the biggest things that would fix their problems is the same solution: get them out of the suburbs. If they actually played in downtown Miami & Phoenix respectively, I think their situations would improve immensely, and moreso when they start winning again as well. (Heck, I'd even wager that most of the Senators problems with attendance can be summed up with "nobody wants to drive all the way out to Kanata to see a miserable team owned by a curmudgeon".) I think the biggest mistake the Panthers made was not getting in on AA Arena with the Heat, because it's doomed them to forever play out in the swamp in front of half-full crowds at best every single night. The Coyotes of course are a bit more complicated, since Phoenix's downtown arena doesn't work for hockey, and we know because they tried to make it work for 7 years. But their time in Glendale has been an abject failure, to the point I actually start to wonder which situation was actually better for them...
  7. I mean, they did in fact pick the name because a bunch of people spammed the reference over and over again online until it got back to the team and they decided to roll with it, right? I'm sure that's not the official story but frankly I don't think I could be convinced otherwise. Hence why I call them a meme team, because that's what the name is, whether anyone else wants to admit it or not.
  8. Well, while I'm on the subject of obscure video game references, I think the logo looks most like this fictional football team from Saints Row 2:
  9. The only caveat I could really give to Brian's post is that I do remember a Kraken sighting in the time between the two CotT films, but it was the '95 SNES RPG EarthBound ...which of course means my caveat itself has a caveat, because this game didn't really get any pop culture recognition until after the CotT remake came out anyways. (although, one good way to win me over, Seattle Kraken? use Kraken Of The Sea, its boss music in that game, as part of your presentation somewhere. )
  10. Then why did they pick it? For a regional tie-in that doesn't actually exist? Because frankly I think "Seattle Squids" would have fit as a regional tie-in better anyways.
  11. Also I apologise for the double post, but re: the Charlotte Hornets talk, it's worth noting that a minor league baseball team in the city used that name for over 70 years at various levels, from 1901 all the way up until 1972; so even before the NBA the name had a considerable history there.
  12. Count me on Team Negative I guess, because I think the name absolutely sucks. The logo's merely passable IMO and I love the jerseys and colour scheme they picked, but the name's awful. On the bright side I guess we'll really find out how much of a shelf life a meme name has; personally I give it 5 years, tops, before even their own fanbase gets tired of the name and the jokes surrounding it and wants something new instead.
  13. Figures they pick the worst possible option based on a meme from a mediocre 10-year old movie.
  14. Pretty good juxtaposition of eras here - Craig MacTavish, the last of the helmetless players, on the Blues in their wild late-90s jerseys.
  15. To my knowledge Teemu Selanne played precisely one game in the Jets' classic 80s uniforms (which they switched from in 1990, two full years before his Jets debut), and it was at the 2016 Heritage Classic Alumni Game. Ordinarly I probably wouldn't even consider a post-retirement exhibition game to count for something like this, except... ...A shot of him from that of all games is what wound up on the cover of his 2019 biography, My Life.
  16. No, you're absolutely right; I've even joked before that Tropicana Field worked better as a hockey arena than it does as a baseball stadium because of exactly what you described. The drab dinginess doesn't show up as much when the house lights are turned down, and obviously the catwalks can't possibly affect play either.
  17. Ok, this is a good argument. I do still think a new team could still make it work in the hands of competent management and not, say, Don Waddell, but that's not gonna happen for the forseeable future, at least until we start talking about replacing State Farm Arena; if even then. Even before Kokusai Green crumbled the Lightning were a solid draw - yeah, they had help playing out of a baseball stadium with a larger capacity than most for 3 seasons, but they don't set pre-Heritage/Winter Classic/Stadium Series regular season & playoff attendance records if people aren't interested in the team and the game. In fact, I've never gone over this here, but one of my favourite stats about the Bolts' time at the ThunderDome: In their 3 seasons playing at what is now called Tropicana Field... ...the Lightning had higher average numbers than the Rays get, generally. In fact in their 22 seasons of play the Rays have had a higher average attendance than the Bolts' worst-attended season at the same stadium just 7* times. (off-topic sidenote but this is why I don't think it's just bad park location causing the Rays' woes: 25 years ago more people had no problem coming to the same dingy, far-away stadium to watch some hockey! Why don't they wanna come watch baseball?) * - 6 seasons, actually, but I'll be nice and give 2011 to them; they were off by 1 average fan per game!
  18. I mean, they also say Quebec can't work "because they lost the Nordiques", which is itself a pretty flimsy argument that ignores most of why the Nordiques moved in the first place. Yeah, two is more than one in Atlanta's case, but that argument for Atlanta convinces me about as much as it does for the other cities. Past results don't guarantee future results. But I do get it, absolutely; I've been here a long while, I remember most of what you're talking about* - I'm just saying that one can indeed support small markets like Quebec & Hartford and bigger markets like Atlanta getting teams back, because I do. * - I'm a bit sad BigMac12 got himself banned before the Jets returned, because the meltdown he would've probably had at that news would have been amazing. Goldmine worthy, maybe.
  19. Then Patrick Roy would've been a St. Louis Blue?
  20. I mean, for what it's worth I'm on all of those "return here!" bandwagons - The new Jets have been a success, and I do think Hartford, Quebec City and yes, even Atlanta, could work given a fair shot. Just because I want to I'll break it down: attendance was never really the problem for Winnipeg pre-1996 and Quebec; sure, they both have small totals across the board, but their sheer consistency over the years tells me that both of those teams sold out their old, undersized barns on a regular basis - the fact that they were stuck in old, undersized barns was precisely their problem. With Winnipeg that's been rectified and the new team's done gangbusters (even despite what's still a pretty small arena), and with Quebec it's also been solved yet the NHL doesn't want to return there, for... some reason. Hartford's a bit trickier. Looking at raw attendance numbers they had a lot harder of a time filling their small, old arena even during their good years; but it's been noted before that they have a wider TV market than one would originally assume from what's a pretty small city, and I'd say between that and having the most dedicated cult following in hockey (perhaps even all of North American sports) a potential Whalers 2.0 would do just fine in a new arena. Given the renovations done to State Farm Arena to make it basketball-only and the lack of another suitable arena in the area (the other main reason the Thrashers moved), speculating about a new Atlanta NHL team is pretty much a non-starter for the forseeable future, so really all we can do is play what-if games. What if Atlanta Spirit didn't evict the team? What if they weren't too busy squabbling with each other to actually pay attention to the Thrashers? What if Time Warner didn't sell the franchise at all? (Hell, what if the single worst merger in American business history doesn't occur? We'd still have WCW and the Thrashers, I bet!) What if Dany Heatley didn't kill a teammate & force the breakup of one of the most promising cores in all of hockey? The Thrashers never averaged a sellout yet actually still drew better than all of the other relocated teams I mentioned! If they still had an NHL-sized arena, yes, they'd absolutely deserve a third shot at a team with actually-competent ownership running things, in my opinion.
  21. What if the Quebec Nordiques don't move in 1995 and either stick around for one more season or somehow get a miracle arena deal in Quebec City and don't relocate at all? -For one thing the legendary rivalry with Detroit doesn't happen, since the only way they'd face each other is in the '96 Stanley Cup Finals - a possibility but unlikely IMO, since it's hard for me to imagine a Roy-less Quebec team getting past Florida's stifling defence in the East; the same team that knocked off the powerhouse Penguins in real life. -For another though, if Quebec doesn't move the Patrick Roy trade doesn't happen as is, since not only would Montreal be totally unwilling to deal their star goalie to a provincial rival, but since the schedule would be totally different the 11-1 loss to Detroit that served as the final straw for his relationship with coach Mario Tremblay doesn't happen either. So does that relationship mend in a timeline where the Nordiques survive to play1995-96? If not, do the Canadiens, with the benefit of more time to see how things are degenerating, do the smart-in-hindsight thing and fire Tremblay to keep their franchise player happy? If they don't, where does Roy go when he eventually asks for a trade? (I would personally argue for St. Louis, since Mike Keenan was their GM and he was always looking to make a trade; also he'd have motivation in trying to keep up with the powerhouse Red Wings.) Wherever he does go, how does that change the playoff picture and the makeup of the league in 1996 and beyond?
  22. I left a comment on the Bucs' thread, but it seems to've been eaten? It doesn't show up in the thread (it's supposed to be the final comment on page 116, but instead the first comment on page 117 is there as well) and clicking on it in my profile just brings me to the top of page 116. EDIT: Fixed now, thanks