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  1. 1 hour ago, Krz said:

    I feel like a lot of the general public automatically equates “new uniforms” with a total change. The bengals will still have tiger stripes, and use orange and black, they’ll just stop looking like they’re stuck in a 2005 Reebok look.

     

    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"


  2. 23 hours ago, habsfan1 said:

     

    "Droit Devant" is an okay slogan.

     

    "We Are Snowflakes" is not.

     

    Lol, who thought that was a good idea for a tag line. Calling someone a "snowflake" is an insult. It's a term that's been getting used on social media, for the last 2 years or so.

     

    “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.”

     

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    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. 


  3. 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.


  4. 15 hours ago, DNAsports said:

     

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    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.


  5. 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. 


  6. 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. 


  7. 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.

     

     

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  8. 8 hours ago, MkDon said:

    Sorry Oklahoma but allowing this kind of ads on the court will never make you a big market team. Like the ads on the stands are not enough we have to see those horrendous yellow things on the court? :(

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    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.

     

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  9. 3 minutes ago, gosioux76 said:

     

    That's generous, and I completely understand where you come from with this. However, I can't see this uniform program as anything more than a blatant and aggressive merchandising opportunity.  Fans may not buy jerseys in droves, but each new design inspires an ancillary apparel line that doubles or triples the team's opportunity to sell related merchandise. Your design options for hats and t-shirts and hoodies are pretty limited when you work only in your team's primary colors and designs. But toss in some retro-inspired gear plus a regionally-themed concept -- likely in a completely different color scheme -- and you've got a whole new palette from which build product and generate revenue. It had to be frustrating for the league to see a team's merchandise revenue surge after a rebrand, only to taper off over time. This business model in an attempt to replicate the excitement of new designs year over year. 

     

    The City Edition line alone is a pretty transparent attempt to hop on the wave of civic-themed apparel that's hit pretty much every city in America. There isn't a major metro area now that doesn't have one or two local t-shirt shops creating clever graphic tees celebrating some regional quirk. This is capitalizing on that same trends, only with the added power of the NBA's brand tied to it. 

     

    There's nothing wrong with this of course. Purists like myself hate it, certainly, but that doesn't make it wrong. But it has nothing to do with the league trying to be fun. 

     

    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.


  10. 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-

     

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  11. 11 hours ago, upperV03 said:

    Arizona State going gold/white/white with white decals and facemasks on the gold helmets at OSU:

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    Really not a fan of this helmet setup at all. I just don’t think the white decals work on the gold shells.

     

    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.


  12. 1 hour ago, Marlins93 said:

    I've been a proponent of Guardians but I'm not married to it by any means. I'm curious what makes it "clunky," though. Care to explain? I feel like Commodores is much more clunky. I presume it has something to do with the three syllables? I don't think Guardians rolls off the tongue any worse than Indians, Mariners, or Orioles does. It is interesting that most of the three syllable names are shortened to A's, M's, or O's. Guardians to Guards seems like an acceptable shorthand, although it isn't as punchy as Tribe would be.

     

    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.

     

    1 hour ago, McCall said:

    Cleveland Citizens sounds very weird and like a team named in some comic book as an afterthought by someone who knows nothing about sports at all. You cannot get more generic than that. Cincinnati Citizens would at least have some alliteration, but would still be as equally generic and bad.

     

    The fictional comic book team description is pretty on-point actually, hahaha


  13. 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. 


  14. 29 minutes ago, BBTV said:

    How long are these complete idiots going to be allowed to get away with this?  I've never thought of pro athletes as scholars or role models, but I didn't realize some of them were this mentally deficient.  

     

    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.


  15. 34 minutes ago, oldschoolvikings said:

     

    All good, but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be the Browns.  The dark-brown-might-as-well-be-black mask is just a useless black hole, visually. I have a totally irrational hatred of it. The white just feels like a weird glowing relic of the 80's NFL aesthetic. Gray is perfect... looks great with the orange, and fits the new uniform's old school feel. The Browns need to go back to a gray mask yesterday.

     

    Well, I'd think that you like all of those considering that it's your own post from yesterday lol


  16. 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.

     

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  17. 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.


  18. 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. 

     

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    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. 

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    5 minutes ago, ManillaToad said:

    I see CFL and NBA fans wearing jerseys with ads in them all the time

     

    That's interesting, because no NBA teams sell jerseys with ads on them. Those could be knock-offs though-

     

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