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  1. New Orleans Harlequins One of the best-run and well-supported clubs in Premier Rugby, the Harlequins experienced success almost immediately after their founding in 1973, taking the Schroeder Cup in 1984 and again in 1987. The 'Quins won the league again in 2001, coming up short in the Cup, before climbing to the top of mountain once again in 2010. The Harlequins played at the run-down Bayou Stadium for the first 6 years of their existence, but moved to Andrew Jackson Memorial Coliseum in 1979. The stadium is still regarded as one of the best in the league in terms of architecture and atmosphere, but plenty of fans are vocal in their distaste for naming a stadium over a man responsible for so many atrocities during his presidency. The owners of the club finally agreed to change the name this offseason, and the Harlequins will be playing in the Howard-Brown Memorial Coliseum starting in 2017. New Orleans is famed for quality drafting, then turning these picks into stars. This approach has allowed the 'Quins to build strong squads for cheap, then keep them together throughout their primes. This was perfectly demonstrated in the last few seasons, as a very young Harlequins team took the crown in 2010. The majority of that group still plays in the Bayou, and they have remained competitive every year, but injuries and bad luck have prevented them from reaching the Schroeder Cup for a second time. With possibly the most talented lineup in the league, however, New Orleans is many expert's pick to take the USRU title this season. This design is out of the box, but it's definitely one of my favorites. The primary logo is a jester's hat combined with a fleur-de-lis, while the secondary is a smiling jester that has remained almost untouched since the team was founded. The kits are quarted green and purple with a spiral pattern at home, and a white kit with the spiral taking center stage in case of clash. The addition of the lighter purple was a last minute decision, but I feel it really elevated this identity to the next level.
  2. Now, another of the USRU's traditional powers. Omaha Bison Professional sports in Nebraska? You wouldn't think it'd last over a century, but the Bison are one of the most passionately supported teams in Premier Rugby. Founded in 1896 along with Illinois and Minnesota, the Bison have won 8 Schroeder Cups and 12 USRU crowns. This success and strong cultural ties have made the club the pride and joy of the Cornhusker state, and allowed them to survive without much of a national following. The Bison play at the North Yard, a classic stadium constructed in the 1920s in the middle of Omaha. Very little has changed for Omaha the years, as the Bison keep a classic style in all aspects of their club, and the uniforms are no exception. The Bison have remained competitive for almost every year of their existence, rarely finishing in the bottom half of the standings. Omaha's most successful run came in the '50s and '60s, winning the Cup 3 times on 3 trips to the big game. After another title in 1976, the Bison fell into decline, having the worst decade in their history during the 1980s, where they failed to make the playoffs. A lack of success fueled rumors of a potential move to Phoenix, but the club survived, and got back to the top of Premier Rugby in 1994. In the past decade, the Bison have been possibly the most bang-average team in the USRU, finishing 4th or 5th in the West Division each of the last 6 years. Even when the club is well out of the title race, the fans still flock to North Yard to cheer on the Boys in Red. I went super simple with this concept, hoping to get an "old-fashioned" feel. The primary logo remained untouched until 1997, when it was refreshed, while keeping the spirit of the mark that had stood for over a century. The secondary "O" logo is rarely used, and does not feature on either of the team's kits. The Bison have worn red over white for every year they've played, and have become synonymous with the look. The clash kit has been white every year except for 1997, when the team released a modern black kit to go along with the updated logo. The fans were outraged, and the team only wore the kit 4 times throughout the season, before returning to white in 1998.
  3. Thanks for the feedback, guys! Now, onto the Railsplitters' biggest rival, and the defending USRU Champion. Minnesota Giants Another of the USRU's "Original 8," the Giants have won the USRU title a whopping 19 times, the most of any club, but have only captured the Schroeder Cup on 5 occasions. These 14 title game earned Minnesota the nickname "Gentle Giants" on the big stage. Giant fans, on the other hand, fiercely defend their club, calling the Schroeder Cup an "exhibition" and repeating that the league is a far more important trophy. The club plays its home games at "The New Giant Stadium" a state of the art facility that placed the original Giant Stadium in 2009. The ground is located in downtown St. Paul, though many fans hoped the team would move over to Minneapolis when the NGS was constructed. Like Illinois, and most of the Midwest rugby clubs, Minnesota utilizes a physical style of play that prefers strength to skill. No player embodied this mentality better than Bruce Carpenter, a tough as nails hooker who played for the Blue and Green for 16 years before finally helping the Giants snap their 54 year Cup drought in 1960. The picture of a bloodied Carpenter hoisting the Schroeder cup with bandages enveloping his hands is one of the most iconic in Premier Rugby history. This season, the Giants are one of the favorites to take the Schroeder Cup, after adding several key pieces to the team that fell just short in the final last season. However, competing in rugby's toughest division means nothing is guaranteed, and Minnesota will have to fight for every inch to make sure they have the chance to defend their crown. The team name and primary logo was inspired by Paul Bunyan, a folk legend throughout the upper Midwest, and especially Minnesota. The logos are pretty self-explanatory. I tried a couple versions of a Babe the Blue Ox secondary, but I couldn't get it to come out quite right, and I felt it was encroaching too closely on the identity of another USRU club. The kits are fairly basic, with the plaid striping pattern appearing on the sleeves, shorts and socks.
  4. Illinois Railsplitters The Illinois Railsplitters are one of the oldest franchises in Premier Rugby, and one of the most successful, with 8 titles in 111 years. The team began in Springfield, where they were named after 16th president Abraham Lincoln. 5 years later, the team moved to Champaign, where they shared a stadium with the University of Illinois and adopted the Illini's blue and orange colors. Finally in 1923, the 'Splitters moved to Chicago, where they play in Ewing Park on the South Side. The ground has remained largely unchanged ever since, maintaining the old time charm the fans love. Throughout the club's history, the Railsplitters have played a bruising style of rugby that places the team above any individual. Even so, Illinois has had its fair share of stars, most notably Miles Brett, a powerful scrum-half who wore the blue and orange in the club's most successful stretch in the 1950s, winning back to back Schroeder Cups in 1955 and '56. Today, the Railsplitters are beginning to decline as the core from the 2011 championship side continues to age, but it would be unwise to count Illinois out, even in the loaded USRU West Division. The primary logo is a stylized version of Abraham Lincoln, and the secondary an IR monogram that I though turned out pretty well. The uniforms are pretty much the same as they started wearing 111 years ago, with the hooped socks being a staple of any 'Splitters set. The Clash kit carries that hooped theme in a more subtle fashion, featuring thin orange horizontal stripes.
  5. In a universe without the NFL or American football, rugby is king. Rugby Union has become the United States’ favorite pastime, with 32 teams playing every fall in one of the world’s premier Rugby Union competitions, Premier Rugby. Premier Rugby was officially founded in 1904 with the union of America’s two premier Rugby Federations at the time, the American Rugby Association and the United States Rugby Union. The ARA featured clubs mostly based on the east coast, while the USRU was largely located in the Midwest. Even though they compete under the same banner, the two federations have remained almost completely separate throughout their 113 year history, meeting only to compete for the PR Championship, the Don Schroeder Cup, named for the man instrumental in bringing the two federations together and leading them to national and global prominence. In the early stages of Premier Rugby, the ARA showed it truly was the superior of the two divisions, taking 12 of the first 14 Shields. After that dominant run, the federations have been relatively even, with the ARA taking a total 61 championships to the USRU’s 52. There were plenty of talks about merging the ARA and USRU, and the it was nearly agreed before the 1974 season, only to fall through at the last moment. Any talks of a merger were abandoned, however, after the ARA introduced the bonus point system before the 1981 season. In addition to the 4 points for a win, 2 for a tie, and none for a loss that had been used by both the USRU and ARA for nearly a century, the ARA added bonus points to be awarded for games in which a team scored 4 or more tries, or lost by 7 or fewer points. The system had never been seen before, and was invented in the hopes of creating a higher-scoring, more spectator friendly competition. Traditionalists across the country were outraged, and a few ARA clubs threatened to switch leagues over this “ill-conceived gimmick,” but commissioner Benjamin Walters held firm. As a result of the bonus point, it was clear that interleague play, which had been suggested as a compromise in merger discussions, would be impossible, and the two federations remained separate to the present day. Nothing is more important to American Rugby fans than tradition, and that has led to little change in the Premier Rugby landscape throughout the years. Both federations are still split into an East and West Division, out of which only the champion qualifies for the playoffs. There have been plenty of shouts for a wild card to be added, or for realignment into 4 divisions, but the commissioners have held their ground. Aesthetically, Premier Rugby is regarded as one of the best-looking major sports, with many franchises keeping classic looks throughout their history. Each team has a "Home" and "Clash" uniform, meaning color v. color is a common sight. A panel of uniform experts maps out the potential uniform matchups for each week, ensuring sufficient clash in all games. With all of that said, let's move on to the first team!
  6. Really like what you have going here, but I think the propellers are holding it back. For the longest time, I couldn't get over thinking they were tiny wings. I think you could fix this problem by rotating them about 30 degrees clockwise, or possibly adding a third spoke. I also agree with Hockey Week about the secondary, a plane logo would really complete this set.
  7. "The Meadows" The logo is a good start, I'd add the rings from the Unisphere to give it a bit more character
  8. Great work so far. One thing that sticks out to me right away is the bottom left corner. The highlight should align better with the corner of the horse's head.
  9. Is that Pepe in the second Botafogo picture?
  10. Yep! The Union Cup starts tomorrow. Cleveland, Atlanta, Empire, and San Francisco all won their division tournaments and advanced to the finals in Phoenix. I've been swamped studying for exams right now, but I'll get some graphics up soon. I've been working on Long Island for a while, but I'm struggling a bit. They're definitely high on the list for a refresh though.
  11. I feel like I've improved quite a bit over the course of this series. As a result, some of my earlier logos look pretty poor compared to some new ones. So I'm going back and updating a few identities. I'm not sure how many I'll get to, but here's the first one. For reference, here's the progression the logo has gone through since I first attempted it a year ago. C&C appreciated! If you have a suggestion for a team that needs work, feel free!
  12. And here's the South and West. For expanded standings, click here
  13. I'll be releasing the current standings by division. Here are the East and North, with 8 games left to play.
  14. And here it is, the last one! Seattle Totems Founded: 1971 (Relocated from Sioux Falls 1988) Division: West Union Cups: 0 Moelduer Shields: 1 (2003) Seattle has cycled back and forth from mediocre to title-contenders for much of their history, peaking in the early 2000s, with one of the greatest squads to never win a Union Cup. During those years, the Totems would consistently have one of the best records in the league, only to trip up in the loaded West Division playoffs. A Moelduer Shield is the club's only silverware so far, and with the old guard finally moving on, it seems like the next championship push is still a few years off. I've known what I wanted to do for this team for the longest time. The most challenging part was getting the colors to have enough contrast, but this is now one of my favorite schemes in the league. Overall, the kits are pretty simple with the iconic thunderbird wrapping around from the front to the back. So, that's all the teams. C&C is still greatly appreciated on any of them, though. I'll be posting some compilation graphics over the next few days to wrap things up.
  15. It's baaack!!!! San Francisco Condors Founded: 1997 Division: West Union Cups: 0 Moelduer Shields: 0 A strong regular season team, San Francisco has never been able to perform in the playoffs, earning the label of postseason chokers. Condors fans have been waiting patiently for the year their team finally puts it together, and it looks like this might be the one. Wing Elijah Tolliver has been on a tear all season, putting up MVP type numbers every night. Tolliver's fantastic play has put the Condors on top of the West, and they'll be hoping to top the division for the first time in their history. The Condors often switch between black and garnet home uniforms, but this year is all-black, with a garnet yoke and the Golden Gate Bridge sublimated into the shirt. The clash is a white version of the home, with the bridge making another appearance. C&C appreciated, I'm hoping to get the last team up in the next few days.
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