raysox

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  1. You're doing an amazing job. I've love seeing the major step in your design ability, because obviously all of these look that much better.
  2. Hey guys! Little overdue update here. I haven't touched the save in December, but I have some teams that got refreshed and an updated timeline, just because I think it's interesting. So with the last expansion of Denver and Baltimore, I finally went from 1 table to 3 divisions. I really waffled over doing this, but sure enough the division winners + 2 wild cards spiced up the playoff picture dramatically. The different shapes represent divisions, and the stroked versions of the shapes near the top mean the division winner. Expansion teams FINALLY started making the playoffs, although none closed the deal. The east dominated, as players who were heroes early on in the save retired, and were elected to the Hall of Fame. You can see the teams that rebranded there, but for a closer look- Toronto started to become irrelevant, and I wanted to facelift their logo. I used brighter colors for the 80s, while combining a T and maple leaf. The other one is Golden Gatekeepers becoming San Francisco. The name is long, but I felt like it was overdue because the whimsey felt outdated. On top of that, this league's version of Mike Trout, who had won silver sluggers throughout the 70s playing for the Los Angeles Suns, became a free agent and signed with their rival. Hope you all had a happy holidays, and I will probably pick this league up in a week or two. I'm not thinking about expansion just yet since there is still some recent expansion teams that are BUTT. That being said, i'm taking names for teams in New Orleans, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Miami, Montreal, and San Diego
  3. Okay last one for now! The Charlotte Hounds were on hiatus for 2020. On top of this, the Waterdogs are an existing team in the PLL. They're 7th of 7 in my rankings for potential MLL team names carrying over to the PLL However! They have a solid logo and color scheme, and I couldn't leave them out. I had an idea for using paw prints in this, and went from thinking the pattern on the penny to the vertical striping only seen on the Redwoods uniforms. I used gold accents pretty heavily since navy and that cool dark grey were hard to work with at times. Then finally, made sure the gold helmets were represented in this series. Thank you to everyone who touched in for this series. I loved playing on this template, and hope more people make some concepts. I'm sure the NCAA could use a facelift.
  4. I think that would be fun. PLL does retro really well judging from their merchandise. Doing these was kind of odd. I didn't have any lacrosse inspiration, other than the 7 teams. Outside of this, there's restricted college lacrosse unis or 20 year old templates that the MLL seemed to love. Wonder if this conversation would be different if a kit maker actually let the MLL teams differentiate from each other more. The Bayhawks were one of the original teams, and it would be a shame to never see their rebirth in the PLL. With that in mind, I wanted to keep these uniforms a little cleaner than the others. I had an interesting color way to work with that would do a lot of heavy lifting. I created a feather pattern, a throwback to what that they once used when their colors were navy/kelly green. I also used the diagonal break in a solid stripe that they used in their most recent look. I also made different color sleeves, which felt like the limitations of how much I wanted to play with such a clean look. Just think that I wanted to "honor their roots by referencing the naval academy" or something!
  5. I posted in that thread linked in the original post that I really hope they don't. If they strip the Boston AND logo from the Cannons, it won't feel like the same team. Of the MLL teams, the Hammerheads were the hardest to lift the place name from, so partial logos are super easy to make out of the existing brands. I have the Bayhawks vectors and going to play around with that for the next post. Somewhat related, but 47brand is having a hell of a MLL sale https://www.47brand.com/collections/major-league-lacrosse
  6. Thanks for the kind words! Here's the newest team in the MLL. They were expanded after the Dallas Rattlers folded. Connecticut never hosted them, as they played in a bubble at the Naval Academy stadium. I removed CONNECTICUT from their logo, leaving just the weirdly rendered shark. I put a pattern of a shark fin in a circle, repeated across the jersey as the schtick of this uniform. The dark unfiorm has a horizontal stripe, at the angle the text from the logo is. It also has colored thread that some uniforms have in real life, that's what I was going for there. Also @4_tattoos pointed out that some teams have a light and dark helmet, which I hadn't noticed because I believe only two teams had this summer in the bubble. I inverted the blue and yellow for this.
  7. I think the crossed-cannon logo would fit pretty well. I think it would be a shame if they mess with the transition to the new league very much on the brand side. Whats the point of using the Cannons name as a seamless transition if you change the logo, colors, and drop the city. But also self plug because I'm playing with these ideas
  8. Well no biters, but I have some more concepts for you all. The Philadelphia Barrage moved there for 2020, which obviously never had a chance to take place as scheduled. They were the Atlanta Blaze before then, but previously, the Philadelphia Barrage existed from 2004-2008. The name fits in with the PLL, and has a decent logo for the job. The PLL has the Archers, who use navy and orange. I tried to differentiate and use this greener shade color that some logo results on google had. Knowing Archers have an orange uni and navy uniform, I wanted to make a uniform that was a good mix of both, and then a white uniform for the light version. I used this lightning bolt pattern inspired from the logo for both, but used them in two different ways. So here's the concepts for the Barrage Lacrosse Club. I have the Hammerheads done too and may post that tonight if someone tells me if these are good or not!
  9. I'm mad I didn't think of this concept series. Great work for all of them!
  10. I was thinking when this was announced that one team that may get the shaft is the New York Lizards. The 2 decade old club would go in to a league with an existing reptile-named team, and surely they wouldn't want to double up on something so close. But tonight I realized the Lizards and Rochester Rattlers shared a league for nearly their whole existance. The Whipsnakes use a snake scale pattern, so that was out. I was trying to think of some interesting ideas for this. The lime green would stand out in the new league, so I swapped the base of their dark uniform from black to green. I was cruising through the concept, and was making a chrome silver facemask that. Then thought, "hey lizards isn't specific, what if it was like a chameleon with an oilslick typed wrap?" The thinking there is that the color would change depending on which way you look at it. It was more interesting than making them white. Here is Lizards Lacrosse Club.
  11. You're right, Hounds is better. But Waterdogs were named by the Pardon My Take podcast from Barstool, and they have a 4000 follower lead on second place on twitter. So I think there would be a fuss unfortunately.
  12. Outlaws Lacrosse Club This concept was the first one I thought through thinking about this series, but would only feel right if the first team was the Cannons. I'm pretty confident in guessing the Outlaws will be the next team to join. They historically had one of the best attendance and support, even with giving other teams a 6 year head start. I made pinstripes on the dark uniform with the barbed wire from the logo. I originally wanted to make this black, but think going back to their traditional orange really popped. It is my favorite color after all. The other idea I had was sublimated paisley, like a bandana pattern. I threw it on the black penny and light jersey. The light jersey I swapped the base color, and was heading to add more splashes of orange. But took a second and realized I really liked the Las Vegas Raiders look of the uniform.
  13. Cannons will be the 8th team, but have an expansion draft to determine their roster since the PLL teams surely are better top to bottom. PLL has the trademarks to MLL names, so we will likely see names like Outlaws & Barrage before some random mashup of words like other teams. Heres some more info from the man himself.
  14. You had ME worried cause I had sent this out a few places, but I just downloaded it and got an AI. Would have been worrying since I never saved it as a PDF, haha.
  15. Hello! So first off, if you haven't heard, Major League Lacrosse and the Premier Lacrosse League will merge going forward. Major League Lacrosse had a regular franchise model, with teams based in cities. Premier Lacrosse League is a 2 year old venture from former MLL Most Valuable Player Paul Rabil, with backing from IMG and aired on NBC. They have 7 teams that go city to city, basically a touring lacrosse league. Rabil was fed up with the way MLL was ran, and actually tried to straight up buy the MLL in the past. Instead created the PLL which now controls the league. Here's more about the merger What this means is that the PLL will expand to include the Boston Cannons, which will rename as Cannons Lacrosse Club. The PLL also will inherit the names that aren't used. So whenever the PLL expands next, they may choose the name of a team that played in MLL. Overall I think it's good for the sport and growing the game, since MLL was not on healthy standing. Boring part is over, you clicked on this thread for artwork! The MLL has used a New Balance template for yeeeeears. The PLL has a deal with adidas, and they ended up having better designs than MLS has with the same company. The goal of this is to give a facelift to the Major League Lacrosse teams into a modern, fresh uniform. A look in to what these teams might possibly look like in the future. So without further adieu, here are the Cannon Lacrosse Club. The designs are pretty simple, trying to use the cannon shape on both. I wanted to keep them asymmetrical because the logo is too. I couldn't leave you hanging without dropping this template. Last year, I was looking to update my popular soccer template. But I ended up dropping it because I thought that it was too complex and ugly. I arched out the hem, and figured out layers a little better. If I can make a better way to swap brands for soccer, you may get a soccer template in this style. Download right here, and check back for more in the next couple days!
  16. OFFICIAL POWER RANKINGS OF MLL NAMES THAT TRANSLATE TO PLL 1. Cannons 2. Outlaws 3. Barrage 4. Bayhawks (Geographical is questionable, but could be big for the transition) 5. Hammerheads 6. Lizards (Whipsnakes may cover the reptiles names) 7. Hounds (Waterdogs cover this)
  17. I had a Sherwin Williams ad in a black bar at the bottom of desktop typing a few paragraph long post (oh hey its back and did the same thing), but it would pop up and refresh every 15 seconds. When it fully loads, it removes the cursor from the text box, so I have to reclick the text box to type. Super frustrating to have to do that about 10 times during a single post.
  18. I've tweeted a lot this, but I'll put some thoughts together here. People IN lacrosse seem to think this is a great move. Now there isn't two leagues splitting the best players time during the summer. Since jump street, PLL has been more organized, better visibility, and had better sponsors. That being said, I feel for the fans of teams that now lose a home schedule, and even worse if they aren't the Cannons and don't have that direct team to root for in the transition. The PLL was planning to go to Denver, Maryland, North Carolina, Long Island, and Boston this year. Then went to Philly twice last year. Me being from Florida, never had a team to root for because I had no connection to any of the city-based teams. It's growing the game at the risk of alienating some diehards, but the alternative is the MLL folding. Most of the teams were playing at college and high school venues anyway. As for the PLL keeping the trademarks of MLL teams - I hope the Outlaws become team 9. I think the two teams that may not transfer are the Hounds and Lizards, due to the existing dog and reptile teams. But like, Barrage vs Chaos? That fits.
  19. Not much to add here, just thought there had to be a more fun idea for the Islanders to play with than what they did
  20. Funny For sure. I think it would have been a bummer to lose Daytona, even if it came at the expense of the team in PC. I was texting a friend who lives down there, and she had plans to get season tickets. But Daytona and Clearwater have about 1000 attendance lead one everyone else. Also fun thing, the two A level teams for the Reds are Dayton and Daytona. This whole thing was stupid though.
  21. "and that's when I took it personally" You're right. The more I sat on it, the more it felt off. As well as the paw logo being slapped together from my old concept. I completely redid their brand, going with an abstract lined Coyote howling at the moon.
  22. Two more expansion teams that i'll add after another season(1978). First was a name I used before but I really think it works. In the mid 70s, the name Charm City was coined. Plus, the Colts would be there still, and the lucky horseshoe would be an easy tie in. Expect them to stay! Introducing the Baltimore Charms Had to pair them with another team. I deconstructed a logo concept I did for the for the Denver Bears that had this basic idea, but with a db. It's a good idea, so I made it work for the 'Yotes. Introducing the Denver Coyotes. Finally, after I made the chart above, I didn't realize that Minnesota had been worse than Atlanta over their brief history. Their logo looked somewhat outdated going in to the 70s. Thinking of campy cartoon like logos, then something clicked in my head that I could make the shape of Minnesota with a loon. Introducing the look for the loons for 1977.
  23. I don't want to dip my toe too far into the Sports Fan Fiction territory, but since you asked and that I was curious-