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Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Maybe because the L is just a straight line, rather than a loop, as it should be in a cursive script. Compare the Orioles' wordmark. I think the new road wordmark is much better than this script.
  2. That is certainly how it worked out. But I have to think that the movie would have used the Cleveland Indians instead of those other teams regardless of the Indians' cap logo at the time. The Indians had a long history of futility, sort of like the Cubs but without the charm. Equally important, Cleveland is just funnier as a goofball location than Milwaukee (top cultural associations: beer, the Fonz) or Chicago (one of the world's major metropolitan centres; home of Al Capone and crooked elections) or California (plenty of associations, but certainly not associated with "losers"). So I say don't blame the movie; blame the team entirely. The movie would have been made even if the team had been wearing the previous cap logo; and the movie's effect on keeping the offensive logo alive was inadvertent. Also, as others have mentioned, the page could have been turned on the Wahoo logo upon the opening of the new ballpark. That was the key moment where the team screwed up. How nice it would have been if Belle and Lofton and Baerga and Martinez had been wearing a different cap logo and no Wahoo on the uniform.
  3. I, too, am an unapologetic social justice warrior, and I really like this identity. It made a strong first impression; and the more I look at it, the more I appreciate it. In my opinion, the logos — including the G — are excellent. And the wordmark is gorgeous. I generally disapprove of custom number fonts, but this one looks very good. A win all around. Also, I don't think the team should have changed colours. Someone else mentioned that the time to do that would have been upon the move to the new stadium. But the name change requires the retention of colours for continuity. Just like the change of the Aunt Jemima brand to Pearl Milling Company, this change to Cleveland Guardians strikes exactly the right note, being dignified and having the feel of something that could have existed for a long time.
  4. I was once charged by a deer while I was riding my bike on the Capital Crescent Trail in Washington. It appeared out of the brush, and ran right at me. I stopped, got off my bike, and backed away. Luckily, it stopped its run, and melted back into the bushes. I headed back the way I had come for a little while, and then just stopped and waited and watched. Eventually some people came by on foot who must have passed the spot where the deer had been. I asked them if they had seen anything, and they said that they had not. So I took the chance of resuming my original course, and I made it to the end of the trail without further incident. Still, I will say that to have been pursued — even briefly — by a savage beast was most unsettling.
  5. Almost/maybe. On this version, the wordmark and number are centered, with the stripes very much on the side. On the originals, the stripes were placed more toward the front of the jersey, with the wordmark and number pushed to the right. Ah, yes; that's true. Good observation. So in this respect the throwback uniforms were inexact. Still I was/am willing to forgive this, on account of the overall impression. To me the stars on the shorts are the bigger issue. But even that is minor. None of these flaws stopped me from revelling in the use of those uniforms. I know that the Nets lost the series; but it kind of feels like they won, on account of the thrill of seeing the uniforms.
  6. The late-80s version had the same design. (The only difference was that, on the road set, "New Jersey" was written in white inside the red stripe.) This was a faithful adaptation of that uniform to the current template. It's the same thing that the Brewers did when they wore their beautiful throwback-inspired uniforms, but in a buttondown/belted style; and it is the same thing that the White Sox do in wearing their 80s throwbacks with belted pants. Would I have preferred shorter shorts? Yes, indeed. Or else a third star could have been added to the shorts, so that there would not be any empty blue space between the top star and the waistband. But those are quibbles. Overall, this is one of the best throwbacks ever, in terms both of execution and of emotional impact. (When I saw these uniforms, I squealed like a 1960s teenybopper Beatle fan. Their use in the Finals ranks amongst my greatest sports-fan moment.)
  7. Except for the part that asserts "harassment" by the language authorities. It is true that the passage of the law protecting the French language led to emigration of anglophones, and therefore to the reduction of the Expos' fanbase. It is also true that the language law made Montreal a less attractive location for players, the vast majority of whom do not speak French. But to grant credence to the notion of "persecution", and to characterise the legitimate enforcement of a legal mandate as "abuses", this is most unseemly. These lapses detract from an otherwise cogent analysis. Any honest observer must acknowledge the reality that Quebec's language law hurt the Expos, and also that the law would represent an obstacle to the placement of another Major League Baseball team in that city. But the same honest observer must be prepared to place this question in the broader context. The purpose of the language law is to protect the preeminence of French in the province, and to ensure the preservation of Quebec as a French-speaking society. If the upshot of this is that Montreal is no longer a viable city to host a Major League Baseball team, then c'est la vie. The French language is fundamental to the existence of the Quebecois people; Major League Baseball is not.
  8. I understand the sentiment. But, while the Cavs really screwed up, let's not forget this beautiful event in the 2003 Finals: The shame here is that the Spurs, another former ABA team, failed to wear their own throwbacks.
  9. Haight-Ashbury-themed uniforms: • this wordmark • flower power cap logo • numbers inside a pot leaf
  10. "I'll have one Islanders jersey, hold the fishsticks."
  11. Wil Wheaton is older now than Patrick Stewart was when Star Trek: The Next Generation began.
  12. Ask the people who thought it was a good idea to create Star Trek: Picard... ??? That show was tremendous — well-written and amazingly well-acted. There is every reason to be excited about the second season. If this new USFL is one-tenth as good a revival of that entity as Picard was of that entity, then it will be a thrilling league. On the more general point: I object to the dismissive reference to "nostalgia pandering". The XFL and the NASL proved that reviving an older sporting entity can be done right. Even the Cosmos, formerly thought to be, as the documentary title said, "once in a lifetime", had a good second run in the new NASL before the pandemic; and they are still holding on, ready to emerge again when things get back to normal. Another great team name from the original NASL, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, was successfully restarted in the new NASL and then moved on to the USL. When the Atlantic League began, Rick Cerone revived the historic minor-league name Newark Bears, and had a pretty good run there for a while. (I was a big fan, both of Rick Cerone and of the Bears.) In the culture in general, we have seen the brilliant revival of Will and Grace, which was a triumph on all levels, and made the point that a revival of a show can be just as great as the original version. The Muppets saw a revival which was excellent (as I can attest, having seen and enjoyed every episode), but which was inexplicably low-rated and so lasted only one season. The revivals of Friends and Mad About You seems to be well received by the shows' fans (sets which do not include me). The point is that many, many cultural entities merit being revivied. So please get out of the appalling anti-artistic mindset of culture as disposable. I don't know whether the new USFL will succeed; if it is undercaptialised, then it will not. But we mustn't begrudge them the attempt; and we should all enthusiastically welcome the return of the array of great logos and names that are associated with that league.
  13. That's a good point. (Unlike Candlestick Point, which was not a good point for a ballpark.) Wow, great! Thanks for the tip on that. I have just bought in in Audible. Edit: In the podcast interview, Treder says that Garratt encouraged him to write his Stoneham book.
  14. First of all, Montreal still has a letter logo; the letter is just incorporated into the bird design (which you cannot see due to stupid placement). Secondly, Toronto's change is huge downgrade. The simple A in the shield is their best logo. Finally, I am appalled at the idea that getting away from letter logos is something that should be striven for. Letter logos are severely underrepresented on football helmets, even though they look great on helmets (as well as translating beautifully to other applications, such as baseball caps and polo shirts). Yes, there are a few clunkers: the WLAF's Montreal Machine; the USFL's LA Express. But most letter logos in football are excellent. In addition to the Argos' dearly departed logo, there are the logos of Giants, 49ers, Bears, Packers, and Chiefs, the XFL's LA Wildcats and the AAF's Birmingham Iron, the USFL's Houston Gamblers, the original XFL's Chicago Enforcers, New York Hitmen, and Las Vegas Outlaws, and the WLAF's London Monarchs. I hunger for letter-based logos; I suppose that that is part of my disappointment with Edmonton's helmet, in addition to my being unimpressed with the look of the antler logo. (Though I reiterate that I would have been perfectly happy with trading in the EE helmet logo for a helmet with the full elk head logo.)
  15. It's not a requirement. - signed, the Seattle Sounders and NYCFC
  16. Hold on, there. Candlestick Park was highly flawed, and pales in comparison to the current park. But if the old stadium was a monument to anything regarding Stoneham, it would be a monument to his wisdom at having taken Walter O'Malley's advice and moving the Giants to San Francisco, thereby preserving one of baseball's great rivalries, rather than moving the club to Minneapolis as he had originally intended to do. Every fan of baseball history thus owes Stoneham a debt of gratitude. There is a new book on Stoneham out that I will soon pick up; it is called Forty Years a Giant, by Steve Treder. I am very disappointed that no audio book seems to exist. However, I hope to listen in the coming days to an interview with the author on Tim Hanlon's "Good Seats Still Available" podcast.
  17. What I don't like about the Elks' antlers is not the lack of depth; indeed, I like that it is in pure 2D. What I don't like is the positioning. I think the antler logo would look better if it were lower and more horizontal.
  18. What would be better on the helmet than the EE logo is the full elk head logo. But the EE is a better helmet logo than the antlers. I am not digging that helmet. Even still, that's a quibble considering the whole package.
  19. The name and the logo are great. But dropping the EE helmet logo is a bad move. The antlers don't make for a good helmet logo. If they weren't going to use the EE logo on the helmet, then they should have used the entire elk head logo.
  20. I believe that the 1890s Baltimore Orioles of the National League had some black uniforms, even thought I cannot find an example. But John McGraw brought the idea over to the Giants, who wore black jerseys and pants for a few seasons. Here are McGraw and Matty in the 1911 uniform. I agree with the sentiment. And I almost agree with the assertion about the powder blue, which looked terrible on the Phillies, Twins, Mariners, Expos, and Blue Jays, and looked painfully embarrassing on the Cardinals. But there was indeed an exception. Maybe it doesn't count because it was slightly darker than the other teams' powder blue, but this is a great look for the Royals on the road: By contrast, the team's latter-day use of this colour at home, paired with white pants, looks awkward. Also, the new Sox alt uniform won't be the first time the team has worn dark-coloured pants. They had an all-blue uniform for the first couple of decades of the 20th century. And the Cubs did, too; here is Frank Chance in 1911, pictured next to John McGraw in the standard Giants' white home uniform. You will of course recognise the Sox' wordmark in the previous shot from the late-1970s uniforms. That set had jerseys and pants in both white and blue, and they were worn in all combinations, including all blue. I won't say that I liked the all-blue combination. But this set really looked nice when either the jersey or pants (or both) were white. So for me the white-over-blue combination constitutes a rare example of a good use of dark-coloured pants. The only flaw in the set was that the collar didn't go all the way around the shirt, but consisted of just a couple of wings on the front.
  21. This is pretty rich stuff for a city that's essentially going to disappear within a few decades due to lack of water.
  22. They don't have that qualifier. So there was really no good excuse for failing to honour some of the most important players in team history. I mean, the second most important player in team history behind Tom Seaver would have to be one of those three. I doubt it. Hernandez has been a team employee in good standing for a very long time. And Gooden and Strawberry have been welcomed back at many events, such as the closing of Shea Stadium. Side note: my brother tells me that the Mets' owner Steve Cohen intends to bring back old-timers' day. So that's good. Maybe he'll get busy retiring a few numbers, too.
  23. Going through it in my mind, without looking up anything, I couldn't remember for whom the following numbers had been retired: 11 17 18 28 29 And this made me realise that the team that has done the worst job of retiring the numbers of its most important players is probably the Mets. The first guys I thought of for numbers 17 and 18 are Keith Hernandez and Darryl Strawberry, respectively, both of whom deserve to have their numbers retired by the Mets. Likewise, Dwight Gooden's number 16 should be retired. But the Mets have done none of this. If the Cardinals wind up retiring number 37 for Keith Hernandez while the Mets still have not retired number 17, the Mets should be ashamed. But, of course, the team that refuses to bring back its old-timers' day, despite having already staged some very memorable ones, is probably beyond being shamed.
  24. Yay! In comes another name that reflects the parent club. I am very pleased to see this trend in basketball and hockey, the most recent example being the AHL Bridgeport (some embarrassing nonsense) becoming the Bridgeport Islanders. There is a little bit of this desirable development in baseball (e.g., the Syracuse Mets); but there are also teams going in the wrong direction (e.g., the former Omaha Royals). The Durham Bulls and the Rochester Red Wings of the world are very, very few. Notwithstanding some rare exceptions, a minor-league team should be named after its parent club. And even a minor-league team with a unique name should always resemble its parent club as closely as possible, as the Buffalo Bisons have done with uniforms patterned upon those of the Cleveland Indians, the Chicago White Sox, and the Toronto Blue Jays, depending upon the Bisons' affiliation.
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