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  1. I like this. A lot. First, I am 100% behind the trend of teams using "FC". I don't care that the sport is called "soccer" in the North America; what we're seeing is a reflection of the reality that the traditions of the sport are more important than the North American team-naming conventions. Every single team doesn't need to be "(city name) FC"; but the fact that this is becoming the norm is a very good thing. When the FC naming comes even to indoor teams, such as (the beautifully-clad) Utica FC, this tells us that it is something that has put down roots in North America, and that is no longer "Euro" or "foreign". On to this particular name and logo. The name is good, even if not very smooth; but, to be honest, it's not hard to beat "Rhinos", which connotes mainly clumsiness — and which had formerly been the extremely embarrassing "Raging Rhinos". Names like that really peeve me; I remember the season that the Arena Football League had the Minnesota Fighting Pike, a name that clearly communicated the idea "Under no circumstances should you take this sport seriously." The logo is bold, with a distinctly 1970s feel. Someone above mentioned 1977, seemingly trying to act that that is a bad thing. On the contrary, that is a great aesthetic. There is a charm to this logo that no Rhinos logo ever had. So I really groove on this, for several reasons, both general and specific. And I am sad to see that this is apparantly an unpopular opinion.
  2. There is an interview with the filmmaker Steven Potter on the latest episode of the podcast Good Seats Still Available. It starts at the 14:00 mark. I haven't heard the whole interview yet, but it seems that the filmmaker worked for the Orlando Apollos, and enjoyed much of his time with the team. The angle he takes early in this conversation is about the several players, coaches, and other team employees who quit jobs and uprooted themselves because they believed Ebersol's claim that the league was funded for three years.
  3. From the article: Atsa nice! And the suggestion in the article of the Dominican Republic was a particularly good one.
  4. Salt Lake had outstanding uniforms, as did Arizona, with its unusual colours. But for me Atlanta's uniforms and logo were the best of the bunch (and Birmingham's were the worst). Maybe one day we'll get a better effort at documenting the short and tumultuous story of this league which began so hopefully and ended so ignominiously.
  5. Thank you for the comment. My enthusiasm for the documentary is thus dashed. I will probably still watch the thing, but I am saddened to know that it is not a well-rounded portrayal, and that it completely ignores important perspectives such as your own. By the way, while your team struggled on the field, it had the best uniforms and logo. So the Atlanta Legends ought to always be remembered for that. I believe that the Legends' logo even managed to appear in an episode of the excellent Donald Glover series Atlanta. Anyway, you are spot-on in your comment that the AAF deserves a nuanced treatment along the lines of the USFL 30 for 30 episode, one which deals with the league's good aspects alongside its (unfortunately many) flaws.
  6. I also would not want communities to be saddled with paying for creating venues. That's why, in my fantasy about Hoboken, I mentioned that the temporary conversion of the local high school stadium would be paid for by Major League Baseball. Also, my fanciful comment imagined a Hoboken game as a yearly event, not as a one-time thing. So, in that case, it would not be the taxpayers paying for any kind of monument to greed, but, rather, Major League Baseball paying to stage a commemoration of the sport's origins — which would give the city's residents an annual holiday to celebrate an important part of civic history. The Hall of Fame is in the apocryphal location of baseball's origin; this would be Major League Baseball's acknowledgment of the real location of baseball's origin. For me the same condition must apply to the suggestions of a game in Alaska, or to the other suggestions that we have seen here. The costs ought to be borne by Major League Baseball, not by municipalities.
  7. The cool thing about the Hall of Fame Game from a uniform standpoint is that, for most of the game's history, both teams wore their road uniforms. From the 1976 game. (Willie Mays was a Met coach at the time.) Eventually that tradition ended, as we can see here in the 1984 game. I'd like to see a yearly game in Hoboken, the actual birthplace of baseball. Unfortunately, there is probably no adequate venue, unless Major League Baseball would be willing to pay to install a temporary grass field at Hoboken's JFK Stadium.
  8. Which again raises the question... http://begthequestion.info On more substances matters, I don't think that we can say that the City Connect uniforms have been all good or all bad. Miami did a throwback-inspired uniform, adopting the aesthetic of another team. For me that is the best of the bunch, in that it is better than the team's regular uniform, and ranks second in team history behind only the original 1993 uniforms as the best ever. The White Sox took another approach, doing a sort of remix of their current identity. If I were to consider dark-coloured pants and reverse pinstripes in the abstract, I would be horrified. Yet I think that the White Sox' City Connect uniforms look superb, especially when worn with a white belt. And the cap stays well within the team's established aesthetic. I wouldn't want to see these uniforms every day (as opposed to the Marlins' City Connect uniforms, which I would welcome as the everyday set). But this is a rare example of an alt uniform that I really like. For the Giants' uniforms, I suppose I will give the team credit for trying. I like the bridge idea, and I guess I will take their word for it that the orange is a different shade from the normal shade. I also think that the orange-on-white colour scheme looks very nice. (Though thinking about a potential road version of that uniform gives me unpleasant B.C. Lions orange-on-black thoughts.) But the "fog" ruins the whole thing. That alone brings the grade on execution from an solid A down to a D-, just above failing. Then there are the abject failures, a category which was inaugurated by the Red Sox, and which now includes the Dodgers, for two opposite reasons. The Red Sox' colours and lettering are so immediately identifiable. They should have used the lettering to put some other name on the front of their uniforms, such as "Beantown", or something along those lines. By totally turning their backs on their colours and script, they earn the lowest possible grade of F-triple-minus to the power of googolplex. The Dodgers stuck with their colours and identity. But, unlike the White Sox, they did nothing interesting with them. The Dodgers could have used other colours, invoking the powerful imagery of Hollywood. Here I am not talking about doing throwbacks to the PCL Hollywood Stars. But some movie-related or Oscar-related design was there for the doing, and the team blew it. Proper nouns don’t get translated, how many times does it need to be said? No matter how many times it's said, it's wrong. The Dominican clubs the Águilas Cibaeñas and the Tigres de Licey are known in English as the Cibao Eagles and the Licey Tigers, respectively. Similarly, the Mexican club called the Diablos Rojos del México is referred to in English as the Mexico City Reds. Similarly, another team that used to play in the capital, the former Tigres del México (now Tigres de Quintana Roo) was called the Mexico City Tigers in English. Finally, the Puerto Rican club the Cangrejeros de Santurce is called by English speakers the Santurce Crabbers. In Major League Baseball we have seen Gigantes and Cerveceros. And, when I was a kid, the Angels were typically referred to as los Serafines in Spanish-language media, though this is less common today. So in the NBA we should have seen Toros uniforms.
  9. Thanks for the information! It's on Amazon Prime, one of the few services on which I have an account. So I will definitely be watching this. However, I am off for the last three days of this week (including today) because the weather in New York has turned beautiful again. So I might not have time until next week. I trust that it will still be on the platform then.
  10. I think the net result will be that a roller derby team will succeed in selling some merchandise. And then that roller derby team will get a humongous payday.
  11. Clemente and his wax representation model the two uniforms side-by-side.
  12. Are you sure that you can find game-worn 1997 jerseys with front numbers? I am pretty sure that there was no mid-season change for the Cardinals, and that their jerseys lacked the front numbers for the entirety of the 1997 and 1998 seasons.
  13. The Oakland A's added a front number on their uniforms after the All-Star break in 1972. Early season vs. late season: And the odder thing still about this number was that it was a different font to the number on the back. The front number was in the font we associate with the Expos, while the back number was in a kind of block font (though not the standard one used by the Dodgers, nor the varsity font that the team went to in the latter years of this uniform set). Both fonts can be seen in this card: The next season the front number was gone, never to return during the life of this set, which went through 1980.
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