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    Formerly known as n2pux ...but I'm just not as n2pux as I used to be.

    Chairman of Space City Lions ...Houston's official Aston Villa supporters club.
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    Aston Villa, Astros, Houston Cougars, Texans, Rockets, Atletico Madrid, Olympique Marseille, Houston Dynamo, Stars, Islanders, Northwestern Wildcats, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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  1. Do teams even hire actual designers anymore? I see work daily from hobbyists on here that blow this crapola out of the water. Twenty bucks says it was some college intern that cranked this out on their laptop. Rockets have always struggled to come up with a good look. Even the title years look was nothing more than 70's clip art (although the colors were spot on). The insane 90's pajama unis have somehow been injected with some kind of nostalgic revisionist appreciation. I liked the idea of an actual rocket in the logo (sans teeth). But they almost gave me a stroke when they came out. Finally, the Yao-era rebrand they currently have has the opposite problem ...not much more than a wordmark. I think there's a good mashup of all three eras lurking in the mind of some talented artist. But I shudder to think of where that would lead with the Rockets' art department in charge. My only hope is that Fertitta didn't have time to mess with this because he was too busy acquiring an NHL team for the Toyota Center.
  2. Absolutely this ...they look great with the added bonus of differentiating them more from the blue-centric look of the other Texas team.
  3. I guess you mean blue sleeves. The home shirt is inspired by the 1984 shirt (a supporters' favorite) while the away is a nod to the 1982 Champions of Europe shirt. When your recent history is a dire as ours, you throw it back to past glories. Overall, the new ones are going over well with supporters. Just hoping we have a team to wear them in the near future.
  4. Yep, I just confirmed that I have to make an idiot of myself in a public forum before I can solve a problem. I was changing it in the wrong place ...or rather changing the wrong thing altogether. Reading is FUNdamental! Thanks, ECUFan25 ...you were exactly right.
  5. Oh, wow ...that's rad! So fast too ...thanks. Edit: Posted it & yep ...they love it! Thanks again.
  6. My English soccer club ...Aston Villa (quit yer giggling) ...is having their annual North America meetup in Chicago on 9/23-25. I'd love to post one of your posters on the FB event page. Either movie or concert style ...maybe something featuring lions taking over Chicago (they have a lion on their badge). I'll attach the badge ...but it's not necessary for you to include it. Just gonna leave it up to your creativity. Cheers.
  7. Not sure about the other details, but I'm pretty certain my beloved Aston Villa will be sporting these fancy new sleeve badges next season ...
  8. This is bittersweet for me as I was 12 when the Aeros folded in 1978 after they failed in their bid to be part of the NHL merger. I was devastated. Went on to pick the North Stars as my new team (was a uni/logo nerd even back then). It almost came around full circle for me when they moved to Texas years later ...wrong city obviously. But I did feel awful for the Minnesotans I had met on my trips to the Met Center. Would love nothing more for the Aeros to return as an NHL franchise. Pull your finger out, Leslie Alexander!
  9. The colors chosen would definitely work for me. I was very young but have fond memories of the old WHA Gordie Howe-era Aeros (started my lifelong hockey infatuation) as well as the later minor league versions. While the name Aeros has nostalgic value & is pretty solid, I'd rather a new direction be taken if Les Alexander ever got off his arse & got us an NHL club. The aforementioned Copperheads isn't bad ...although I think copper trim would need to be added to the palette. Perhaps Cottonmouths (Moccasins) could be another reptilian option. I've always liked Outlaws as a western-themed option. Also, Generals ...in reference to Sam Houston. Would Buffaloes be ruled out because of the Sabres? It would be a nice dual-tie-in with Buffalo Bayou & the first (I believe) pro team in the city, the old Texas League baseball team. The oil industry doesn't provide too many good options for me: Wildcatters (too obscure), Roughnecks (too close to rednecks), Drillers (bush league). I can't think of a good one. Also, I feel the space industry thing is a bit played out ...even though I work in it. But any of those would be better than some singular name like the Lightning. I could see someone suggesting the Energy or the Humidity ...for the love of all that is holy ...NO!!! Obviously, this is a subject near to my heart. I would buy season tickets even if they were called the Humid Space Cowboys of Energy City. Looking forward to seeing more ideas here.
  10. I may be over-explaining but it was long ago enough that it probably isn't the common knowledge it once was. That logo was on the back of the UH basketball team jackets. It wasn't an actual fraternity. Phi Slama Jama was a nickname for the early-80's UH team that featured Hakeem Olajuwon & Clyde Drexler. They went to three straight Final Fours & really helped popularize the above-the-rim style that's so common now. Best team ever to not win a title, in my opinion. I believe the logo itself, as well as the jackets, were made by a relative of one of the players ...so not really an official team mark, but perhaps semi-official since the team did use it for sideline gear.
  11. Been on this site about 8 years & this has got to be my favorite thread (and I'm only halfway through it). So far the Houston Rocket man & StL football Cards are personal favorites. Hope this request isn't a repeat but I'd love to see a modern update to the U of Houston '80's Phi Slama Jama logo. I don't have much for you to go by but maybe you can just take the basic concept & roll with your own ideas. If not, no worries ...still loving the other updates.
  12. What's Lerner's deal? Obviously the product of nepotism but how can his sports management acumen be summed up? Is he cashing out at a market top, desperate for cash, or simply not like sports ownership? I don't claim to be in the know but what I can glean from my conversations with Villa fans there & various forums/news reports is that there are two major issues to Lerner's change of heart with Villa. Number one is he's taken not an inconsiderable hit to his fortune, some of which is attributed to a divorce as well as just the volatile nature of the market. The other stems from the early days of his stewardship of the club when he gave the keys to Martin O'Neill. MON was fairly successful, getting them to three straight sixth place finishes. Problem is he spent Champions League level money on players that were misses as often as hits ...and it became unsustainable when they missed out on the CL. I just hope whoever is the new owner has the financial brawn & the respect for Villa's great past to awaken this sleeping giant. I hate that so many of these glory-hunting kids have no idea of Villa's history because of their recent sorry state. UTV!