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Everything posted by henburg

  1. That Austin shirt is pretty par for the course for last year's away jerseys, but it still looks nice. That vibrant green is an awesome color.
  2. Exactly. It's also why that many of these same people will likely see the new set and say something like "what changed? they look the same as they always have"
  3. “We are like snowflakes in a storm,” he said. “And I've seen criticisms. In fact, if you Google that word, you'll see in slang that being called a snowflake for some people is an insult. Fine. Go ahead. Insult us. Underestimate us, underestimate our team and our coach. I invite you to. To see a snowflake as a weak thing? Fine. What I'll tell you about a snowflake is that when we come together – we are all individuals, we are all different and every single one of us is unique – but when we come together, we form that impenetrable wall. Good luck to you defeating our storm, our blizzard.” https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2021/01/14/cf-montr-al-explain-rebrand-make-impact-we-need-retire-impact I don't post this to say that I necessarily agree with the reasoning, but the team behind the rebrand had that in mind I guess. Personally, I imagine that they landed on the snowflake image first and came up with that explanation afterward to justify it.
  4. It's actually a great looking crest, but they could have just rolled out a rebrand like this with Montreal Impact remaining as the name. It would actually make a lot of sense from the perspective of Montreal's harsh winters.
  5. A set built on these combos with white replacing the bone would make the Rams a great looking team. Then, just dial down the fruit roll-up texture on the numbers and the nix the gradients and you're pretty much all the way there.
  6. I could get on board with a tweak to the Seahawks that still utilizes the current colors while polishing off a few details with the current set, but they do look good now.
  7. Honestly, small patches on the jersey would have looked waaay better than how these helmet ads are looking. Compared to the NBA, these are shaping up to be way more noticable and intrusive. That Penguins one is inexcusable.
  8. The new Raptors uniforms are mostly nice, but I still can't help but feel the color balance was done poorly. I like this template better and the chevron wordmarks are a favorite of mine, but looking back now, the last set did much a much better job of incorporating white and silver trim to create more balance. Something about the absence of that silver trim makes it all feel much more generic and almost amateur by comparison.
  9. It looks like a guy wearing a full suit made of pantyhose lol
  10. Funny that you mention that, because the first that I saw of anything like this was on the Raptors court when the Pelicans first played them this season. I thought that it may have been a temporary thing for their stay in Tampa, but it seems that a lot of teams are doing it now.
  11. I personally see it as a mix of both. The merchandising angle is undeniable, and other leagues have clearly taken notice of the NBA's approach and implemented lesser versions recently with programs like Color Rush and Reverse Retro. That said, I think that the "fun" angle is valid too and speaks to the league's growing acceptance of allowing player individuality and expression. Players and (most) fans love variety and everybody has their own personal favorite looks and color schemes, and as those groups have become more vocal in the team branding process, the NBA has responded through relaxing uniform rules. Players can wear nearly any style or color of shoe that they like, teams can face each other in nearly any combination of unis that they want, and fans have the opportunity to get a much wider variety of team merch as a result. As you note, this is a total headache for purists and fans of standardization being held in place, but it is undeniably more fun for a lot of players and fans than it ever has been before.
  12. More than anything else that I already knew about general corporate greed, this whole debacle has emphasized the fact to me that hockey has pretty much never treated the helmet as an actual part of the uniform. It's just another piece of equipment, like gloves or pads, with little to no thought going into its appearance. That's sort of a shame, because while most teams likely look best with the plain helmets and a small logo, it could have been cool to see more teams experiment with things like striping or different finishes. It seems to translate surprisingly well for some teams-
  13. Predators to have Bridgestone logos on their helmet, continuing the trend of the team's arena sponsors also serving as their first NHL uniform ads.
  14. It's really a shame that Arizona St took what was once a cool and coherent identity and just completely driven it into the dirt over the past several years. Pretty much the entire appeal is the combo of maroon and gold, so why take away your main color? It makes the cool pitchfork logo pretty impossible to see.
  15. Unfortunately I wouldn't put a ton of stock into that, all of the photoshoots of the new set feature the usual yellow helmets-
  16. It's ultimately subjective of course, but I think it just sounds sort of try-hard and awkward. There's no alliteration or rhythm to it and I just can't really imagine it in a real context. In fact, I'm pretty sure that the major reason that Commodores is being thrown around is due to the nice alliteration it contains, but it wouldn't be my choice either. The fictional comic book team description is pretty on-point actually, hahaha
  17. Spiders is far and away the best choice and most would agree on that I think. That said, Citizens is actually kind of neat to me too. It's got a sort of classic baseball sound to it and plays well off of the proud regional identity that the city has built for itself. I think that it would also provide an opportunity to potentially use the Guardian as a logo/mascot too without using the clunky Guardians nickname.
  18. Can we ease up here? You're resorting to these strings of insults to discuss a style of undershirt that you don't like. It's just ridiculously over the top.
  19. Well, I'd think that you like all of those considering that it's your own post from yesterday lol
  20. To be clear, I like blue facemasks for Colts and Bills equally to white ones. Either would be miles better than grey.
  21. The Bills are a perfect example of a grey facemask needlessly dragging a look down for the sake of nostalgia. The white facemasks complete their look and just make it cleaner. They need to adopt these full time and the Colts should follow their lead too.
  22. I think that the MLS is best suited to using a hybrid of traditional names alongside Americanized-names. The Whitecaps, Sounders, Timbers, and Fire are awesome. I'm also fine with teams being named "CITY NAME FC/SC", but when everybody starts doing it, it obviously sucks. It's one thing for expansion teams to not get that, but for an already established brand to abandon their identity for it? Just plain stupid, no excuses.
  23. Here's what I came up with, with teams additionally ordered from best to worst within in each tier. I think that I think that I may be a bit of a uniform optimist with the NFL's current looks, with my list featuring more teams in the top two tiers than the bottom 3. Important Notes: It became really close between the Bears, Chargers, and Buccaneers for my favorite NFL uniform, but I ultimately decided to go with the longest-tenured look that I've felt consistent about throughout my life: the Bears. The beautiful use of color, striping, and a unique font is an awesome combination that is flawless. The Falcons make the "Good" tier just barely, as their futuristic set has grown on me more and more over the course of watching the team in action. Subtle tweaks and the addition of silver pants could elevate them even further. Teams in the mediocre team use uniforms that aren't offensively ugly, but may need tweaks to add some personality and solidify the identity. They're very close to good. There are some classic uniforms that I generally dislike more than most making the "Bad" tier, specifically in the Saints and Cowboys. The Saints' jerseys are too basic, the colors have grown desaturated and a bit lifeless, and the stripeless pants just ruin it all to create a truly bad uniform. The Cowboy's navy set is superior to their whites, which is unfortunate because they pretty much only go with the white. Consistency in color would elevate them greatly. Teams in the "Vomit" tier generally possess disjointed uniforms that just don't work. This description best describes the Titans and Cardinals. The Jaguars' uniform has restraint and a sense of consistency, but the simplicity is taken too far and does a terrible job of representing the who the Jaguars are.