Graysmith

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  1. Here's my idea for a NHL expansion to 32 teams and a 4-division, 8-teams per division realignment: Rivalries and whatnot are completely ignored, and there are three new teams as the Coyotes would be moved elsewhere. NORTHEAST Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, Montreal, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, QUEBEC, Toronto. ATLANTIC Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, NY Islanders, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Washington. CENTRAL Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis, Winnipeg. PACIFIC Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, San Jose, SEATTLE, UTAH, Vancouver.
  2. So torn on the realignment. On one hand, it fixes some issues that need fixing, yet the whole 14 vs. 16 thing does feel wholly unfair. Until the time comes for 32 teams, it seems by far more preferable to have 6 divisions at 5 teams each. As a Red Wings fan, seeing them move away from long-standing rivalries is also tough, although to be perfectly honest, in leaving the Blackhawks and others they'd now be in the same division as other classic teams like the Maple Leafs, Bruins and Canadiens. Old rivalries would be lost, but there'd be new ones created too that are (nearly) as compelling.
  3. Maybe they could've arranged a three-way team name trade. Charlotte would become the Hornets again, New Orleans would become the Jazz again, and Utah would become the Utah Bobcats (or something else entirely). Win-win-win.
  4. It's certainly not a name that's going to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents, nor does "New Orleans Pelicans" roll off the tongue particularly gracefully, but they definitely needed to change it so even if Pelicans wouldn't be my first choice I do think any change is a good thing. But surely they could've come up with something better though, especially when the city has such rich lore and history.
  5. As someone who doesn't watch basketball regularly (I got into watching the playoffs last year and am watching them again this year, I don't watch the regular season games) I have to say I'm absolutely outraged by the Spurs tactic of intentionally fouling a bad free throw shooter rather than allowing the Clippers to play the game. How such behavior is allowed and isn't called Unsportsmanlike Conduct is beyond me. I'm not invested in either team's success or failure, but as a basketball newbie/casual viewer that completely took all enjoyment out of the game for me. I literally fast-forwarded through the last minutes because I didn't want to watch that garbage, and any respect I had for the Spurs as a team went right out the door with that chicken tactic. How about playing fair and winning by being the better team 5-on-5 instead? Cowards.
  6. Aaahh!! Thank you. I'm glad to hear I'm not crazy after all.
  7. Yep. The basic elements of the logo aren't terrible, but the execution is absolute beginner-level (or rough first draft just to get the idea across). Kind of amazing that no one involved in this project had the guts to stand up and tell the non-designer decision-makers that this is a terribly executed design. I weep for my profession.
  8. It was a massive mistake to keep the Nets name for a Brooklyn team. I'm sure there's a proper linguistic term for it, but with Brooklyn ending in an n and Nets beginning with one you either have to take a full beat between the words ("Brooklyn. Nets.") or it sounds like Brooklynettes, which makes them sound like they're Brooklyn's version of the Rockettes. In fact, the -ette suffix refers to a feminine version of something ("bachelorette") or something that is smaller ("kitchenette"). Probably not what you want your big bad NBA team to sound like. Perhaps I should've taken that naming mistake as a sign that this wasn't going to end well in any way, just like it has.. But best of luck to the Brooklynettes. Oh, and yes.. Nets is a pain in the ass word. It's very hard to make it look good (especially in caps), and you can't really do much with it visually either as far as a logo goes. They should've ditched it, damn it. I don't really agree with the Brooklynettes part. Never have. There's a distinct lingual difference when someone says Brooklyn Nets vs. Brokklynettes. It's subtle, but it's there. That nitpick is a reach for me. That said, I probably would have changed the name if it were up to me. Of course it's not the exact same as saying Brooklynettes, but it just doesn't flow right if you ask me. I mean, it's not the end of the world but if you're moving the team and even ditching the team colors, why not ditch that terrible, unexciting name too? They only called themselves the New York Nets to fit in with the Jets and Mets.. There's no point to being the Brooklyn Nets. Anyway, I was curious.. and maybe you've explained this many times already.. But how did you get involved in this? Do you work for a design/sports company that was involved or what?
  9. It was a massive mistake to keep the Nets name for a Brooklyn team. I'm sure there's a proper linguistic term for it, but with Brooklyn ending in an n and Nets beginning with one you either have to take a full beat between the words ("Brooklyn. Nets.") or it sounds like Brooklynettes, which makes them sound like they're Brooklyn's version of the Rockettes. In fact, the -ette suffix refers to a feminine version of something ("bachelorette") or something that is smaller ("kitchenette"). Probably not what you want your big bad NBA team to sound like. Perhaps I should've taken that naming mistake as a sign that this wasn't going to end well in any way, just like it has.. But best of luck to the Brooklynettes. Oh, and yes.. Nets is a pain in the ass word. It's very hard to make it look good (especially in caps), and you can't really do much with it visually either as far as a logo goes. They should've ditched it, damn it.
  10. Judging by the guy's portfolio it would seem he owes his entire career to being friends with Jay-Z. So this is basically Jay-Z giving his buddy a job rather than seeking out the absolute best designer/company for the job. I hope he's got some thick skin because if that's the logo the design community is going to come down hard on him when it's officially unveiled.
  11. Imagined dialogue from the logo pitch meeting: "We put a B on the basketball, guys! You know.. 'B-Ball' HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. We're so clever!!"
  12. Does anyone know what the record is for highest scoring average in a playoff series? The Flyers and Penguins, currently at the start of the third period of their fourth game have averaged ELEVEN goals per game so far.. and this fourth game isn't even over yet. I can't think of any other playoff series with so many goals scored, but I'm no expert on statistics so does anyone know.. Are they breaking a record with this series or are there other playoff series even more ludicrous than this one?
  13. Pittsburgh in the West? The NHL would never have that! I don't like moving teams that have been around for ages, but it has to be done and at least (like I wrote) they'd switch to a division with a few other legendary teams. Rivalries with Detroit and Chicago would be just as awesome as any rivalries they have now.
  14. NHL Realignment Proposal Now that the (so-so) NHL realignment has been put on hold I figured I'd post mine. Though I wouldn't be surprised if someone else has already come up with it before at some point since it's the most logical realignment, at least proximity-wise. Anyway, here goes. I've basically made this all about geographics, not paying too much of any attention to existing division rivalries, or trying to even out each division and such things because you can try but there's never going to be such a thing as even/fair divisions. Lost rivalries will be replaced by new ones, especially with each division being as geographically close as possible. This realignment wouldn't completely wreck existing divisions though, and only a few teams would see a big change. Green text = Changes division within conference Red text = Changes division and conference EASTERN CONFERENCE ATLANTIC ? New Jersey Devils ? New York Islanders ? New York Rangers ? Philadelphia Flyers ? Washington Capitals NORTHEAST ? Boston Bruins ? Buffalo Sabres ? Montreal Canadiens ? Ottawa Senators ? Toronto Maple Leafs SOUTHEAST ? Carolina Hurricanes ? Dallas Stars ? Florida Panthers ? Nashville Predators ? Tampa Bay Lightning WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTRAL ? Chicago Blackhawks ? Columbus Blue Jackets ? Detroit Red Wings ? Pittsburgh Penguins ? St. Louis Blues NORTHWEST ? Calgary Flames ? Colorado Avalanche ? Edmonton Oilers ? Minnesota Wild ? Winnipeg Jets PACIFIC ? Anaheim Ducks ? Los Angeles Kings ? Phoenix Coyotes ? San Jose Sharks ? Vancouver Canucks Here's a map to better illustrate the geographics of each division: Yeah, the Atlantic division teams are awfully close to each other (and as such will save huge on travel expenses) but the fact is that Winnipeg or Edmonton are always going to be far and further away from others teams than the New York Rangers, etc. are no matter how you slice and dice these divisions, so it'll never be fair. At least with this alignment teams are kept as close to each other as possible. As for the teams that are moved, I justify the moves as such: Washington Capitals: Moved into a division with closer rivals. Not a bad thing. They?re also about as strong a team as the moved-out Penguins, so the division wouldn?t really become much easier or tougher. Dallas Stars: They never belonged in the Pacific division period, so with Winnipeg needing to move, it?s the perfect opportunity to get them into a more suitable division. Nashville Predators: Should do a happy dance to end up with an easier division (on paper) than the one they are in now, not to mention geographically closer rivals. Pittsburgh Penguins: Probably the team that was toughest to move, but at least they go from a division with classic teams to another with classic teams, so even if some longtime rivalries are diminished, others can spring to life. A Chicago-Detroit-Pittsburgh rivalry would make for a pretty great "Battle of the Great Lakes" if you ask me. Winnipeg Jets: They?re the whole reason this realignment is happening so surely there?s not much need to explain this one. Vancouver Canucks: Though it?s sad to move them away from a division with other Canadian teams, with Winnipeg needing to move into the Northwest division, Pacific is the logical fit for Vancouver and they?d do a good job beefing up a division that's traditionally been weaker than others too.
  15. The Ravens and Bengals should play a game every Halloween with all that purple and orange.