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Everything posted by crashcarson15

  1. Letting a sportsbook sponsor a bowl is a choice, I guess?
  2. I’m not gonna dig to find it because phone but the Richmond thing is at least kind of real — there was a story a few months ago about how some guy was actually trying to register Cleveland Spiders and squat on it (sorry, he wanted to honor the team’s history or whatever he had to say), and it said that he was running into issues with U of R. Granted, a major league franchise has enough money to make a mid-major happy, but there was at least a real trademark worry there. Given they were on an expedited timeline, it makes sense they’d drop it unless they loved it.
  3. I will say, if there was a time for the franchise to change colors, it would’ve been in ‘94 when they moved into Jacobs Field. For everything that people talk about with the franchise and futility, everything since the move has actually been really strong, if lacking a championship. Three pennants, twice having eight consecutive winning seasons — it’s a run that’s been damn near better than most every small-market team in baseball over that stretch, arguably all of them (given the Cardinals aren’t really a small-market team and the Diamondbacks, Marlins and Royals have generally been straight bad when not contending). There are actually a lot of strong memories for fans with the club now. Back then, though? The only time Cleveland finished within 10 games of the postseason from 1960 to 1993 was when they shortened the season for a strike and split it in two. I mean, they chose the club for Major League for a reason, right? Combine that with the fact that it was the ‘90s, and I think a name change to the Spiders wearing purple and teal or whatever would’ve been a better fit as a concept then.
  4. I had missed this earlier, but I'm disappointed that it looks like they won't be fixing the silliest mistake in the current brand, which is navy letters and numbers on the away jersey. They've used both over time, and I think the current road jersey is modeled after the '54 set that did use navy, but red numbers and letters like they used in the late '40s have always been my preferred variant — it leans much better into the whole "navy and red" team that the franchise has long been, rather than a navy-dominant team.
  5. See, the best thing about the name is that it keeps up the American tradition of people who don't know :censored: about Cleveland telling people from Cleveland all about how much it sucks.
  6. A couple interesting tweets on two levels here — I know there was a guy a few months ago trying to squat on the "Cleveland Spiders" trademark, but the stories all talked about him running into issues with the University of Richmond — I wonder if the baseball club ran into the same concerns.
  7. I also think it's one of those things where like: I felt like the block C got a lot of traction early on, but it's also been long-disliked by the group of people who didn't see an issue with the previous branding, and is a bit of a symbol of ... everything that's led to this change that they perceive as wrong? For people who don't think that way, eventually the block C becoming the only real thing in the club's branding made it, well, boring? I was very happy with the block C as a cap logo and think it works great in a lot of applications, especially on the home jerseys, but when it's all your brand is, it over-saturates things and becomes more than just a cap logo. It's this thing that's just faux-classic and doesn't standalone in the same way that most of baseball's iconic monograms can, and I think it just got played into the ground without a real primary logo to supplement it.
  8. It's the whole, "you want to be the coach who follows the guy who follows Coach K" type thing, right? For a club that's been masquerading with a single-color block letter (that doesn't even include its primary color!) as a primary logo for several years now, this set is non-generic in the way that it's, well, generic. It's good for what it's trying to (and probably needs to) be.
  9. Kinda sad it's not the Spiders but I'm a lot more OK with the whole Guardians thing than I would've expected? That script is gorgeous, the new (presumed) cap logo is miles better than the "block C" as a standalone logo. The whole art deco thing/vibe is cool and it's well executed for a name that could've been really, really corny. As a fan, I'm generally a fan of this. Oh, and they kept the colors.
  10. When it comes to randomness, I don't even think it's a "Processism" thing as much as it is a sports culture thing in general. Narratives are pretty black and white and not really nuanced at all — it's all "Jay Wright can't win a big game" until "whoops, Jay Wright just won two titles in three years" happens and then we move on and conveniently forget we ever did that. In part as a consequence of coaching, I've been thinking about this a lot in the last couple months — that there's really two ways to win a championship in sports: (1) be undeniably better than everyone you play or (2) be one of many teams good enough to win and have the breaks go your way. The Bucks were (2), and so are most champions, because American professional sports are literally designed to prevent (1) from happening very often. The way that (2) manifests itself differs based on the sport and competition — the MLB postseason is more explicitly random on a game-by-game basis, for example, compared to the NBA's more big-picture, injury-driven randomness — but nevertheless that it's part of this equation at all is something we just do not address well as a sports culture. How you get there is and always will be a debate, but team-building in the NBA is more about quasi-randomly finding a core of 2-3 guys, then tinkering around the edges until the postseason random number generator breaks in your favor anyway. Tanking is nothing more than tilting the scales a bit in your favor; I mean, hell, the existence of the only undeniably good team in recent memory is down to some bit of randomness when you really think about it. The Warriors needed Minnesota to twice take a point guard who wasn't the generational talent in that draft, then they needed that generational talent to be hurt at an opportune time, and a few years down the road, hey would you look at that, they had just enough cap space to sign the generational free agent who hit the market.
  11. Oh, we're doing this :censored: again?
  12. I mean, is the style of Rangers and QPR not also more or less the style of Flamengo, Fluminense, Internacional and a bit of Palmeiras? (I like the new mark a lot — there's nothing special about it, I just think it works and looks nice and sometimes that's all that matters.)
  13. Putting "Wrigleyville" on the chest and then doing a whole campaign around the 77 neighborhoods is pretty odd, and I'm not sure this is a great fit for the Cubs, but I actually think the aesthetic of this is really strong in a vacuum. Especially with high socks, there's a good color balance, the navy pants work. TBH, I think this could have been really strong as a bit of a faux-back with the "C-star" logo on the chest.
  14. I bought the shirt they were selling with that Sugar Kings script on it and it's awesome; I'd be all over that hoodie if I was a Marlins fan.
  15. I’ve wanted the Rockies or White Sox to do the Vanderbilt-style pinstripes look for a while here, so I’m cool with this (even if the background pattern is unnecessary). More jersey diversity is good!
  16. This is more or less what the Marlins should look like, right? They're a 90s expansion team playing in Miami — they should take chances with branding, they should wear bright colors, they shouldn't look like every other major league team that has a century's worth of history from before their existence. IMO, MLB's overall aesthetic is enhanced when non-traditional teams embrace non-traditional looks. This is great!
  17. No no no, not the triangle — the negative space in the “C” itself. Why does THAT have to be a trapezoid and not a parallelogram?
  18. For everything about this that's bad, honestly, the worst thing is how they chose to do the "opening" of the "C" in that logo — why are the end lines of the "C" working against each other (for lack of a better term)? Am I off for thinking it would look a million times better if the end lines of the "C" were parallel and both angled toward the upper right? It's like the logo is pinching itself.
  19. They finally fixed what is at least a 14-year-old mistake and maybe a 21-year-old one. Please never wear the reds with the whites again.
  20. Yeah, for my money, the '10-'17 Cavs set would've been excellent with the paneled shorts like in the original jerseys they were modeled after: It's an overused statement sometimes here, but I really do think the Cavs got it right the first time. The feathered script, the color balance, lack of anything but wine and gold on the jerseys themselves. IMO, they've never looked better, and the prior set left out the one thing that made the inspiration work best.
  21. The whole point of the Super League was to prevent this exact thing from ever happening!
  22. From a player’s perspective, the end result of a Super League is almost certainly lower player wages, perhaps drastically so, either through a formal salary cap in the competition, or simply through the impacts of a closed cartel system. The massively-in-debt clubs are already paying players a great deal of money in order to keep up with their gargantuan peers (and would very much like to stop doing that), and if you only have 15 clubs that represent the “highest level” of competition — with potentially slashed revenues for clubs outside that group — it’s pretty damn easy to drive down wages in the long run, particularly in a sport where there is no shortage of elite-level talent.
  23. I think if you want to do the analogy to American sports right, you have to take it 10 years back in time — yeah sure, it's one thing to say "well, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma running off to do their own thing sounds a lot like the college football playoff", but 10 years ago, Clemson wouldn't have been in the conversation for such a fate. It's a similar thing with, say, PSG if you would've gone back 10 years in time — they were a perennially underachieving team, not one of the handful of elite clubs in Europe. In truth, I think the analogy to American sports falls somewhere between college football, which is structured to entirely remove parity in a way that even goes beyond what the soccer world can do, and college basketball, which is structured to have an absurd amount of parity, but also better reflects the historic structure of soccer (a handful of top leagues with top programs in those leagues, but also the opportunity for there to be strong teams from weaker leagues). Perhaps college football is the better analogy for soccer in 2021, college basketball for the sport in, say, 1991. --- All of that said, the thing that makes this a largely untenable situation (IMO) isn't necessarily the integrity of a closed-shop competition, it's that the financial and prestige side of it would mean that even the most poorly run Super League club is going to outperform a well-run, non-SL club. At the end of the day, as a Villa supporter, the Champions League is mostly a dream anyway — very little changes immediately for my club if this goes through. But after 20ish years, we finally have a Premier League where the Arsenals, Chelseas, Spurs and Uniteds of the world actually get punished for poor management. Leicester have won a title and are in a Champions League place; West Ham are right in the thick of the UCL race and ahead of four of the six "Super League" clubs. Similar trends have shown throughout Europe, where Atalanta are now one of Italy's best sides; where Lille lead Ligue 1; where Sevilla have more or less been step-by-step with Spain's three "Super League" clubs. In the long run, a closed-shop Super League would necessarily return domestic leagues to the annual contest to be "best in class" that they were a handful of years ago, which would be a massive detriment to the game — at least in the current system, there's a hope and a prayer of being the "next Leicester"; that a Super League takes that away makes kicking the Super League clubs the only tenable option for the rest of the PL, La Liga and Serie A clubs.
  24. I am not the audience for the Stranger Things jersey, but the Fever's set looks a lot better when you can actually see the side panel design than in some of the flat images. (I do wish they'd just use the Fever script on the jerseys, though.)
  25. Why hello, Louisville.
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