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  1. My suggestion would be to pair that navy/red hat with red undershirts, belts, socks, and shoes on both the home and road uniforms. The red cap wouldn't be necessary, but it'd be a solid alternate look. With the navy/red hat and red undershirts, belts, socks, and shoes on both home and road uniforms, they can throw back to the 1995-2001 glory days, look different from the Twins, Angels, and Reds, and keep within the "visual continuity" of the franchise.
  2. The Indians only play the Reds a couple of times a year, and I don't think the Ohio Cup is nearly as contentious as the "Freeway Series" or "Subway Series" (correct me if I'm wrong). Compare that to nearly 20 games against the Twins. Besides, with a navy/red-billed cap and cursive scripts, they'd be different enough.
  3. Because it looks really good (minus Wahoo and the wishbone-C, of course)! Heck, red has basically been (and has recently returned) as the dominant color of the home uniforms. Just carry this color distribution over to the road uniforms (think the road uniforms of the 1992-2012 St. Louis Cardinals), and they'd be different enough from the Twins. A red cap wouldn't be necessary, but it'd be a good alternate.
  4. That wouldn't be a bad starting place for a new identity. Sure, I'd rather red be the main color instead of navy (because differentiation from the Twins is more important than differentiation from the Angels), but it's a logo that carries historical weight and looks beautiful! Heck, it could even support outlines and the addition of feathers. It's a million times better than the ugly "Caveman/Primitive Cultures" C that gets trotted out by members here (a logo second only to the "star trident" and the "maple leaf" as one of the worst cap logos in baseball history).
  5. ...and people wonder why The Best Fans in HockeyTM are fleeing the fanbase. This was the perfect opportunity to reset the franchise, but no. The team screws it up by keeping the one veteran who was hard-headed enough to play with a shredded knee. It's an appropriately stupid move for a stupid franchise. Sometimes, I wish ICS resurfaced to have a freakout about these things. We could finally see what years worth of roadkill meat consumption will do to a (already unstable) human mind.
  6. Thanks guys! It was tough trying to do what I wanted with the set while keeping it within the confines of a "early/mid-00's" aesthetic. I thought about thick, multi-shaded stripes on the sleeves and socks, but such elements were on their way out in the early/mid-00's and they kind of distracted from the beveling of the scripts. It's fun trying to get inside the head of designers from specific periods and see what trends were on their way in and out. I gotta give a shout out to @Lights Out again here. His work with the "Black Jays" showed me that the set was not beyond redemption, and I'd like to think that I built upon Lights Out's "salvage" efforts. Now, some updates! Tampa Bay Toronto I fixed up the Blue Jays' Canada Day and powder blue uniforms (suggested by @BenD and @coco1997), and redid the stingray's eyes to be more rounded (recommended by @MJD7). As for the AL West teaser: Feel free to speculate! Up next, the Anaheim (I've finally come around to the name) Angels!
  7. So, since Photobucket decided to get pissy with charging $400 per month for embedding images in websites, will the images be moved to a new hosting service (imgur, flickr, etc.)?
  8. Thanks! I would make the excuse that the original set used the white text, but instead, I'll fix it in the updates. Thank you. On the first point, I'm going to fix that in the update as well. It'll help balance out the blue and red on the set. As for your second point, here we go! TORONTO BLUE JAYS, PT. II - Salvage Operation: The Black Jays It's no secret that the Blue Jays' 2004-11 identity is an anomaly in their history. While it wasn't necessarily a bad look, it was a look unbecoming for a team with the history of the Blue Jays. The dropping of "Blue" from the script and the switch to a black-dominant color scheme with two grays instead of multiple blues (closer to real Blue Jays) were both mistakes. Compounding these errors were the crummy italicized Crillee number font and the merging of the jay and the script. The 2008 redesign of the road uniform brought along a better number font (Agency with bevels), but the wordmark became bland and the maple leaf patch appeared. However, that doesn't mean that the set is irredeemable. Take it from @FinsUp1214: I set about tweaking the "Black Jays" set to both bring it in line with the Jays' visual continuity and make it look like the plausible result of a circa 2002-04 redesign/tweak (i.e. the Padres, Nationals, Devil Rays, Marlins, and Diamondbacks). I drew a lot of inspiration from @Lights Out's Black Jays tweaks (the Blue Jays' script being two-layered, reinstatement of double blue, and the Agency font), but I brought it more in line with the visual continuity of the Blue Jays' identity. The cartoon Blue Jay logo is now the primary focus of the identity, with double-blue highlighting (and a third blue in the eye - all of which fit with the multi-blue trend of the time, see the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies) and the leaf logo from the current set. It still exhibits the "x-treme" style that was popular in the early/mid-2000's of cartoon design and aesthetics, but it no longer looks out of place in the Jays' logo timeline. Black and the two grays are now minor accent colors. The uniforms now have blue caps, undershirts, socks, and belts. The "Blue" part of the Blue Jays script has sharper serifs (to fit with the "Jays" script), and the jay logo takes its place underneath the script on both uniforms. I italicized the beveled Agency numbers (traced from Bill Henderson's Game Worn Guide to MLB Jerseys and simplified to remove extra outlines), as I liked the italics of the original set (just not in Crillee).1 I used the Canucks' Agency NOB font. I wanted to have thick sleeve stripes and sock stripes with the various blue shades and black/gray, but a mid-2000's redesign wouldn't have used either. There are two blue alternates, one for home use and one for the road (something the Twins did from 2000-2008/9). While I wanted to use an alternate cap somewhere here, I decided against it as the Jays only had one cap style for most of the "Black Jays" period (save for the graphite home cap in 2004). I swapped around the bevel colors to highlight the light blue. I decided to reduce the black top to a home alternate, much like how the A's did with their 2008/2009-10 black alternate. It's one less batting helmet to carry around on the road, and it maximizes the exposure of the then-popular style of alternates at home. The script remains blue, so the name "Blue Jays" doesn't look too out of place on it. The Canada Day set gains a red hat. The "Black Jays'" set had a bunch of potential, but the team went too far in divorcing it from the team's visual history. However, with a few tweaks, it can fit better with the rest of Jays' looks. It's still a look that screams early-mid '00's, but at least it's a better take on that visual style. Happy Canada Day! Up next, a couple of minor updates and an AL West teaser! 1William F. Henderson, Game Worn Guide to Mlb Jerseys: (1970–2015) Seventh Edition (Philadelphia, PA: Aardvark Publishing, 2015), 2793.
  9. It isn't the right move. It's time to move on to the next era of Sharks hockey, one without the stigma and slow pace of the old guys sticking around. The stories of "Jumbo" Joe Thornton playing through a shredded knee might be romantic to some, but to me it speaks to the stagnation of the Sharks' organization. I'll miss them, sure, but the time to part ways should have come a while ago (i.e. right after the reverse-sweep, as part of a mega-rebuild).
  10. Thanks for the C+C guys, I appreciate it! Now, onto one of the more boring entries in the series, and a special concept for tomorrow's holiday (Canada Day!) TORONTO BLUE JAYS, PT. I - How does one improve upon perfection? When the Blue Jays unveiled their current set in November 2011, they gained one of the best uniform sets in baseball. It was a near-perfect modernization of the 1989-96 uniforms, with all of the good details from that set preserved and updated (in a better way than the 1997-2002/2003 set). However, there were some minor quibbles with those uniforms. The navy outlines on the road uniform, the lack of letter splits in the "Toronto" part of the primary wordmark, and the lack of a white front panel cap anywhere in the set (which has since been fixed). I set about amending these minor errors in my Project 30 concept, although I was less than successful (using the old colors instead of the current ones, which are far more eye-pleasing). I enlarged the split-letter "Toronto" part of the primary logo. I also added a new tertiary logo, the split-letter "T" in front of the team's maple leaf icon. It's an idea that's been used for Maple Leafs concepts (including my own), and I thought it was the best route to take for a location-based logo for the team. Besides, it's also a tribute to the International League Toronto Maple Leafs baseball team (which predates the hockey team, funny enough - this might be a fun experiment for an alternate history thread). All uniforms receive the dual-stripe motif on the socks to really tie the whole split letter/dual stripe theme together (something I did in Project 30) The navy outline is off of the road wordmark. I used the Jays' one retired number (Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar) for the model. The alternates are where I differed from my original concept. Instead of two blue alts, there's now only one (with the alternate logo, to have one city signifier). The white front panel cap would always be paired with the alternate at home. Said cap also makes an appearance with the regular home uniform as an alt. The special alternates, modeled with #67 (for the Confederation of Canada), are not unprecedented in team history. The Canada Day uniform is a mere update of the 2012 version (complete with "Canada" NOB's), with a white front panel cap (so the leaf doesn't blue with the hat). They can do Canada Day without being stupidly gaudy. The alternate logo graces the right sleeve, to highlight their location within Canada. The powder blue alternate is meant to be worn on the road about once a month, as an excuse to wear the white front panel cap on the road/remind people that the Jays and maybe the Phillies/Royals were the only teams that looked good in powder blue. The Blue Jays already have a top-5 look in the majors, but with a little tweaking, they can look even better! C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! For the alternate take, a revisit on a controversial look!
  11. My idea was to go Eagles' midnight green/deep pink/light blue. If any team can get away with feckin' pink in their color scheme, it's the Marlins. I like the "rainbow + black" idea too. I never got the appeal of teal/black/silver, as it's way too early-1990's for my taste. Not every team can be like the Hornicats and find a way to make a 1990's color scheme look contemporary. But how would the team present a Marlin in their logo set? I'd go for something like the SB Nation logo, or some Art Deco-influenced depiction of a marlin.
  12. The Cardinals should reinstate the navy road cap and belts, but only if they add a red bill to the hat. That would not only tie it in with the 1940-55 cap, but it would also add a nice dash of color in the same way the red hat does now. The all-navy hat is too drab, while the all red hat is too bright when paired with the road uniforms. This is the perfect "happy medium." Also, the red hat should always be the home cap. It's a nice cap that's been a symbol of the team's post-Musial identity (through their classic-styled sets and the pullover/sansabelt/powder blue zaniness).
  13. Thanks! I thought about making the eyes more rounded, but it just didn't look right to me. Besides, there are plenty of sharp edges elsewhere in the identity (letter serifs, tail ends, etc.), so I think it looks OK. I'll try out some rounded eyes when I come back around for an update (for after I finish a division). Thank you for your help earlier. I figured that the 1935/36 changeover would probably be the most plausible point for the Yankees to shift their visual identity. The Ruth-DiMaggio transition, the pinstripes/navy only having about 22 years of "brand equity" (or the 1930's equivalent) and the shift towards more "modern" looks (cursive scripts, additions of accent colors to previously monochrome teams, etc.) all played into this timeline. Ha! I was thinking more along the lines of a partnership with Big Daddy GM. Heck, the colors I picked even look like several colors for the Corvette C2 Stingray - my favorite generation of the 'Vette (Goodwood Green and Marina Blue). Also, Y'all should be watching Regular Car Reviews. The guys behind it are good writers, balancing history, literary theory, and sociology with some freaky humor. I think you'll be in for a little surprise. Well, onto the Rays' alternate take! TAMPA BAY RAYS - Salvaging the double blue and the "Ray of Light." It's no secret that I think the "Ray of Light" is a bit stupid. While I don't dislike it as much as I used to, they could look so much better. The "Ray of Light" logo doesn't look that good on its own, the scripts are a crummy Times New Roman variant, the Devil Ray is still on the sleeve, and they're still navy-centric in a league with too many navy teams. While the fauxback is a nice flash of whimsy, it's still a ripoff of the 1976-79 Padres (as a New Historicist, I find this a poor attempt to imitate the uniqueness of the wild 1970's baseball identities). With the Columbia Blue (albeit slightly darker than their current shade) and Yellow, they could have a unique look in the majors (and all of the Big Four, because the Spanoses are a bunch of dicks) that conveys the "Ray of Light" theme (as has been noted on the MLB Changes thread). Columbia Blue and two yellows (light from the Rays, and dark from the Miami Heat) are now the dominant colors, with navy relegated to an accent color (to keep the brightness from getting too out of hand). I kept the font from the Stingrays concept, as I felt it also worked with the "rays" theme. All of the lettering (scripts and numbers) have an alternating stripe pattern, inspired by @raysox and @bohob's excellent concepts. The primary logo is a nine-pointed star behind a baseball, representing the "Ray of Light" theme without an imbalanced logo. The uniforms now feature the "solar gradient" pattern in the thick sleeve and pants stripes, as well as on the socks, scripts, and cap logo. I kept the NOB's (in a bold version of the Orioles' font) one-color, for legibility. The primary logo now graces the sleeve instead of an inappropriate Devil Ray logo. The Columbia Blue is now the primary cap, undershirt, belt, and sock color. Both alternates feature a gold-billed cap. The home alternate has a white and light yellow script, to stand out on a dark yellow background (with corresponding changes to the cap logo). The road alternate features the "Tampa Bay" wordmark (because it should have more presence in the brand). There are no Columbia Blue pants, as it looked terrible. Now, the fauxbacks. Going into this, I asked myself "What would be a plausible 'wacky' design that could have come from the mid-late 1970's?" It then hit me to use UCLA-style stripes (which have precedence in baseball), gold-crowned caps, contrasting sleeves, and white shoes. I used Cortez (a font designed in 1977 by Philip Kelly), which looked appropriately-1970's without ripping another team off (even if it's a little similar to the 1977-86 Mariners). The sun is the backing for the front numbers. Now, they can have a fun fauxback set that is both original and time-appropriate! If the 2D templates don't convince you, I have action templates at the ready! Open the spoiler tag: The Rays have plenty of potential with their identity. With a Columbia Blue/Yellow-heavy color scheme, a unique take on scripts/numbers, and a more distinct fauxback set, the Rays can stand out from the rest of the majors! Up next, the Toronto Blue Jays!
  14. The sign is only about a 10-minute walk away from my apartment. I walk by this sign at least once a week. It's across the street from the Milwaukee County Historical Society's headquarters and Pere Marquette Park.
  15. I like what you've done with the Twins! I'm glad you implemented the redone cap logo, I like the "consistent" sock stripe, your color scheme is fantastic (I've been a fan of blue/green for the Twins for some time), and your "white wordmark with green outline" update really helped the road uniform and the overall color balance. My one complaint would be that the white front panel should be a full panel design (i.e. Orioles and Blue Jays), and not the "Taco Bell" look (i.e. Padres). Minor quibble aside, nice work!
  16. I'd keep the powder blue as the away, and have royal be an alternate. I like the stuff you kept from the tweaks series on the Brewers, and the gold front-paneled cap makes a fine addition to the set. The latest revisions to the Marlins, with the "muting" of the yellow uniform and the promotion of the "Marlins" script really complete the set. I love the Art Deco aesthetic you went for here, and your number/NOB font selection and color distribution really help it out. Kudos!
  17. Yeah, that ignores the whole issue of the red "C" on the navy background clashing with the white letter. It doesn't look nearly as good as interlocking logos that are all the same color: Having the logo be one color with a single outline unifies the shape and makes it easier to project the team's desired color balance (Red first? Navy first? Are Red/Navy co-dominant? - the Twins sorta have had a problem with this). There's also my desire to bring back the "M" cap logo in a modernized form: It's still unique (a cursive "M" as a cap logo), it's more closely tied to the two World Series championships, and it's less of a pain to use on a navy or red background.
  18. While I like the idea behind the Twins' "TC" logo, the actual logo is not a well-designed mark. The "wishbone C" is overused (and should have been dropped in the 1987 redesign), the width difference between the "T" and "C" is a little distracting, and the red doesn't stand out enough from the navy background of the caps. I wish the team had touched it up during the 1987 redesign and tweaked it again during the move to Target Field. Basically, turn it into @the admiral's top-notch concept: The other thing that makes me despise the current "TC" logo is how defensive Twins fans get about it (look at the response to Admiral's redesign). They swear that it's "untouchable" and that it can't change because "it's been there from the start." Guys, if other teams can change up classic logos without sacrificing their "spirit" (i.e. Cardinals - football and baseball, Orioles, Blue Jays, Vikings, Bruins, Maple Leafs, Blues, and a whole host of college teams), then so can the Twins.
  19. Thanks! I'll have you know that giving the Yankees a navy alt is one of those few lines I won't cross, alongside having the Giants in royal blue and the like. Wait until part two! Also, if you are posting in my threads, please use proper punctuation. It's just good conduct. Thank you. Spoilers, but that's pretty much going to be my primary color scheme/hierarchy for Minnesota. Navy, white, then red (because of the "frosty" feeling it gives off). Now, onto Tampa Bay! TAMPA BAY STINGRAYS - A stinging touch of green Now that you've had your ASMR fix, let's let our good buddy @FinsUp1214 describe my problems with the Rays' identity: I'll add to it that while the "sun ray" idea has grown on me a little bit (in part due to the Padres ripoff fauxbacks), there are still many things I don't like about it. The font looks bland, they don't have a "Tampa Bay" wordmark, they still have the old ray on their sleeve (despite phasing it out of the rest of their brand - what @hockey week called the "'just kidding' ripcord of branding"), they still use ****ing nameplates (along with the Indians), and all of their uniforms are literal palette swaps (thanks, @Silent Wind of Doom). Back in ye olden days of 2013, I had the idea to rename the team "Stingrays." The resulting concept is one of the trashiest things I have ever put up on here (a shoddily modified version of the Judas Priest font, a poor take on double green, and the visual issue of renaming the team "Stingrays" alongside the image of a Devil Ray). Cardinals superfan/jabroni McCall rightfully called me out on it (a rare occurrence for him), and I managed to refine the current set to a solid point. However, I still found myself liking the name "Stingrays." It was unambiguous (unlike "Rays"), sounded appropriate for a sports team (despite stingrays having the nickname "Puppies of the Sea," and had only two syllables! With the colors, I knew I had to bring back the dark green and light blue (Deep Green and Columbia Blue). I tweaked the shades (a lighter dark green with more blue and carrying over the light blue from my Pilots concept) and added lime green (just Lime Green) as a small accent. I thought that the lime green worked well as an accent for the Emerald Green/Light Blue Daytona Tortugas, so I added it to the Stingrays. Now, Tampa can have a look to call its own and finally leave the navy hegemony. Using this photo from Monterey Bay Aquarium's website, I managed to draw a Southern Stingray (which live in the area around Tampa Bay) that carried over the old ray's stylistic points while representing the flowing lines of Dasyatis americana. The font is a modified version of Seren Script by Type Faith Fonts, which I liked as a modern, flowing script style (to fit with the Stingrays' age and the smooth aesthetic of the identity). The uniforms are classic, but with some modern twists. The scripts feature small teal highlights in their short tails and the sleeves feature curved stripes - to accentuate the curves found throughout the identity. These styling points are a way to do modern stuff without straying too far from the traditional visual language of the sport (i.e. the original Carolina Hurricanes' warning flag stripes, the Milwaukee Bucks' Irish Rainbow, the Bengals' 1981 redesign, etc.). A "Tampa Bay" script returns to the road uniform. The number/NOB font is the former font of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as it is still a good modern block font. NOB's are direct-sewn, so no more nameplate gunk! The sock stripes come from the 1933-50 St. Louis Cardinals' sock stripes - a pattern too attractive not to use somewhere in the majors. The alternates are both standard and unorthodox. The light blue alt comes with a blue-billed cap, so as not to infringe too much on the Pilots' identity. The green alternate is something I've wanted to do for a while - a simplified and unified take on the Rays' inaugural set. Featuring the "TB" as a crest and the "Stingrays" wordmark on the sleeve, this uniform uses a two-color gradient of light blue and lime green (simpler than the old one - Colorwerx notes four shades). The cap is tribute to the (rarely-worn) alternate cap from 1998-2000, The sock stripes also receive an overhaul, to match the gradients in a knitting-friendly way. The NOB has no gradient, because of legibility reasons. The second set of alternates pairs the light blue jersey's cap with the home uniform. The other alternate is a fauxback to the 1961 Tampa Tarpons because I like the idea of fauxbacks to teams that have some regional connection. A classic-cut vest bears powder pinstripes and a cartoon image of a smiling Southern Stingray (based on this photo from Pinterest) holding a bat in his tail. It tributes the long history of baseball in the region, while not ripping off another team! I'd like to think that the Stingrays have come a long way since 2013. Instead of me being all "edgy" and lazy with the design, I've done my research, found an eye-pleasing color scheme, and made a modern (yet still using traditional visual language) identity for Tampa Bay that could look in the Trop or in a retractable roof stadium. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, my take on the "Ray of Light" and double blue + yellow! P.S. the number model for this one is #18, for 2016 World Series MVP/Joe Maddon's BFF Ben Zobrist. Also, this is my first concept with green (my favorite color) since I switched avatars to my favorite green senshi from Super Sentai - Hayate from Seijuu Sentai Gingaman!
  20. I'm enjoying the re-emphasis of purple in the Suns' identity. It'd be lovely for it come to back to the home uniform (seeing as how its the main paint color of their court and all over their website).
  21. Angels: The spike-free look is pretty nice, and is a good way to make them look less like the Rangers/Red Sox. However, the spike-free numbers look too weird. Maybe a block font would well in this situation. The new color scheme fits them pretty well, but it could use a bit more of the navy accent color (maybe the belts/on the socks - I know the latter would mess with the "halo" hats, but it would make the set more "grounded"). I'd dump the halo caps, as they didn't look all that good on-field. Other than that, good work. Dodgers: Exchanging the red for powder was a good move! I also like that you brought back the arm/shoulder striping. My only complaint is that the sock striping looks terrible, even when combined with the striping of the rest of the set. A single, horizontal white stripe would be better (or blue stripe on a white sock, in the case of the road uniform). I still like the set.
  22. @ren69 did a bang-up job of modernizing it: I'm cool with whatever logo the Dolphins want, just as long as it only uses one aqua shade and one orange shade.
  23. Now that dust has settled on the NHL reveal thread, here we go with the alternate take! NEW YORK YANKEES, PT. II - Going back to the "dugout" with a dash of red. The 1930's were a time of codification for many classic looks. The Red Sox, Dodgers, Tigers, and Giants all debuted looks that would be the precedent for their uniforms for the next eighty years (with few exceptions). In our timeline, the Yankees missed the World Series from 1933-35 and released Babe Ruth. Ownership, trying to change up the team's aesthetics for the post-Ruth years (I guess), opted to reintroduce the "NY" to the pinstripe uniforms. With World Series victories in 1936-39 (in no small part due to San Francisco Seals outfielder Joe DiMaggio), the "NY" was there to stay. However, what if there was an alternate timeline, where management went a few steps further in differentiating the Ruth-era and DiMaggio-era looks? What if the Yankees, seeing the trend towards cursive script wordmarks (the Tigers' road uniforms, this Phillies script, the Cubs' brief flirtation in the early-1930's, the Reds' mini-script, and the Dodgers' upcoming introduction of the classic script in 1938), decided to hop on the script bandwagon? Also, what if the team introduced red into their color scheme before 1946? How could they have incorporated into their color scheme in a way that'd still be considered classic today (the navy-only being Ruth's look, and the red scripts being DiMaggio-present day's look)? Well, let's find out! Basically, my proposal was to take these classic dugout jackets: ...and the 1973-present script: ...and build a uniform set out of this look! Obviously, the classic primary logo would remain (as its script fit far more with the set). The "NY" now has a red outline (a benefit of the new "NY" being the ease of adding a good outline to it), and the tertiary logo changes accordingly. The uniforms have been adjusted to accommodate the new color scheme and logos. The scripts use tails based off of the 1990's jackets (with the font maybe changing a bit in the 1970's with the introduction of double-knit, like in our timeline), and incorporate a red outline like the jacket DiMaggio is modeling above. The primary logo appears on the sleeve, as it now doesn't look as jarring with the rest of the set. Stripes on the road uniform appear, for the sake of adding more color. I kept the number font from my main concept, as this timeline's Yankees would never have used Wilson as a uniform manufacturer (it might have been Rawlings, Goodman & Sons, or McAuliffe who made the uniforms - read Game Worn Jerseys of the Double-Knit Era if you want to know more). These Yankees, having less of an "affixed" look, would be more open to conservative alternates that would be worn once per season. The pinstripe cap throws back to the 1921 team, while also being a pretty hat. The road pinstripes would be a throwback to the 1912-16 uniforms (as they'd be the only uniforms with the "NY" as a crest), and a fun look to wear against throwbacks of similar vintages. In reality, I wanted to do a road pinstripes look for the Yankees, and the "alternate takes" are a perfect venue for it! As for throwback alternates, we have two 1927 throwbacks! These uniforms would be nice looks back at the team's pre-1936 aesthetic history, without any red and in the case of the home uniform, without a logo! The set has more "throwback" gimmicks, with a creme home uniform and faux-flannel road uniform. While the Yankees were smart to limit their 1936 changes to the reintroduction of the home uniform crest, this alternate take shows how they could have gone further to create a different classic look. I would never want the Yankees wearing something like the above in real life, but it made for a fun experiment. C+C is greatly appreciated, as always! Up next, the Tampa Bay _____rays (you'll see)! P.S. How could I leave the Yankees behind without these clips?
  24. I'll wait until seeing them modeled on people, but my thoughts so far: Sharks: Like they would actually fix the problems with their set! I'm used to this team being as inflexible as Joe Thornton's lower body, so it's neither surprising nor disappointing. Canadiens: These better have straight sleeve stripes. Rangers: The red patch in the tie-down looks silly, especially when compared to the other tie-down teams. Other than that, it's the Rangers looking like the Rangers. Penguins: It's amazing how much the new template helps the hem stripe not look like arse. Bruins: I like that they didn't try to reinvent the wheel. The cleaned-up NOB's/numbers will look nice. Avs: Perfection! I've long advocated for them to go in a completely new direction (see me trying in vain to make peace between Rollins Man and the traditionalists), but going back to the classics is fantastic. I never liked the Yeti patch, so having a correctly-colored "Colorado flag" patch is nice. Let's hope they don't give into that Colorado flag/weed tourism cash next season. Sabres: I like the lack of piping. I'm not thrilled with the front number, but baby steps. Carolina: It's markedly better! I still don't like their look that much, but they're better! Capitals: A lateral move, to put it best. Devils: They're a downgrade, yes, but I'm glad they resisted the temptation to go back to green. Now to pull a New Coke with the classic set... Predators: A second blue stripe above the white would've been nice, but oh well. The minimalism (compared to the crest) is kind of refreshing. Minnesota: It's OK, better than the red but still not as good as the originals. Blues: I like the white numbers! Leave the yellow-centric blue/yellow look for Nashville and Buffalo. Besides, I'm sure they'll be back soon enough (resurrected Winter Classic alternate). Golden Knights: I find that I rather like these! Kudos for using a proper hem stripe and a primary grey base. Ducks: It's a lateral move, but I kind of like the current set, so eh. Edmonton: I strangely like these uniforms. I don't mind that the navy stripes touch the orange base. Flames: Just bring back the retros next year. Columbus: I want to see the new number font in full, before I pass judgement. As for the template, it's a lateral move. All in all, it isn't the mess I was worried about.
  25. What happened was a gestalt of a complacent front office, an infield that regressed on offense, an aging/barely-capable outfield that can't hit or field, pitching that is all over the place, and a lack of a solid farm system. They may have been a good team on paper, but glaring issues from the past few years weren't fixed and things simply haven't aligned properly for the team.