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  1. Splendid! That's a winner. I can't think of any other improvements you could make. That looks fantastic!
  2. Just barely saw this on Facebook. Some of my fondest memories as a kid was listening to Hot Rod and Ron Boone on KJZZ TV. He was a thrill to listen to as a kid, because he would get excited about everything - a great assist, a deep three, a block, anything and everything. He had a great "broadcaster gift" of making the listener feel like the Jazz always had a shot to win no matter the circumstances; I remember games where we'd be down by 20 and he'd still call it like it was neck-and-neck, so it was hard to turn the game off because you'd think "shoot, if Hot Rod's still into this and believing, I should be, too." And of course, last but not least, he was the essential voice of "Stockton to Malone" all those years. That alone goes to show how significant he is to Jazz history, if you ask me.RIP, old friend. Thanks for the many great memories.
  3. That's looking really good! Love how the cream works with the double green. I think that sort of classic look works really well for them. I would say to maybe try putting some sort of logo on the shorts, like at the player's left knee. The throwback buck or even the current one would look great there, or something else. Either way, some sort of logo there I think would help "complete" the uniform. Nice work!
  4. Oh that's beautiful. Almost has a Minnesota Wild vibe to it (the green sweater), which is a very good thing. I still would like to see Irish rainbow or pine-purple-black (like the 90's alternate), but I'd be very fine with this nonetheless.
  5. I don't prefer the mostly red Angels look because of the red vs blue dynamic. I prefer it because I think it's the best look the team has ever had. Honestly? I prefer traditional looks but a lot of the older Angels looks with navy caps? They look like Jewish west coast Red Sox at best and generic at worst. The heavy red look not only looks great but gives the team a vibrant and unique look. A look that has a World Series Championship associated with it.The red vs blue thing with the Dodgers is just a really cool bonus. I think we'll just have to agree to disagree there, but I respect your opinion!I don't know, I just can't get past the whole red on red thing the logos have going on, and the fact the Angels wore a navy cap of some sort for a little over 40 years. The logos and wordmarks don't stand out at all against the red, and there just never seemed to be any rhyme or reason to going primarily red. I really see it no differently than if the Mets were to go orange-wild and ditch the royal for an orange cap with orange logos and wordmarks outlined in royal and white. It'd be an unnecessary venture into a look that is far less visually appealing and cohesive. I think that sort of move would be pretty unpopular. All in all, I really don't think the Angels did anything different than that, essentially. It's just not a look I can get behind at all. I will concede though that the logos and wordmarks they have now are the best they've ever had. They're fantastic updates to the classic, traditional Angels marks, and can last for many, many years. I also agree that the yamaka effect the old halo hats had was horrible and should've never hit the field. I still think though that the Angels need a navy crown. That's what is such a bummer regarding to the Angels for me at least, is that they're just one simple change away from nailing it; yet they're so far away as they are. I'd put the Marlins in that same category, too (just switch everything that's orange to teal already, dang it!!). EDIT: Just saw you'd already responded to Diamond a page back. Missed it, my bad! I promise I'm not trying to argue at all! I do respect your opinion. I'm just sharing some thoughts, that's all
  6. From the sound of it, I can totally get behind that. I actually think it'd look pretty good. And who knows, there could still be other colors involved, just used elsewhere.
  7. For some reason, Maris as a Cardinal never seemed that weird to me. I think of him as a Cardinal second right behind a Yankee. The Indians and A's are much more jarring to me. Then again, when you watch *61 and see how poorly he was treated in New York, coupled with the fact that he was a mid-westerner and was much more happier and at home in St. Louis, you kinda get the feeling that a Cards uniform was the right uniform for him all along, he just didn't get to don it until the end of his career and after his prime.
  8. Mmmhmm. A million times yes. They never looked better.Count me in as one who hates the Angels' over-abundance of red. The red "A" and "Angels" looks horrible and nearly lost against red backgrounds, and I don't know that a white "A" would be that much of an improvement because then they'd venture a tiny bit into a "Cardinals West" look. Point is, the only way to remedy it all is to actually look like the Angels again and bring back the navy crown. And I sorta get the "red vs. blue" thing the Dodgers and Angels have going on, but I also find it completely unnecessary. I know it's not like an official thing or anything, but I still don't think it's a necessary thing. One team shouldn't have to look it's worst just so a city can have a color battle. I'd never want the Mets to switch to orange primarily just so New York can have "blue vs. orange".
  9. To be honest, and this may be a bit of an unpopular opinion, but I really, really like black and silver. 1) It's got an imposing look and feel to it, and 2) also tends to make a lot of uniform matchups look really good (or better than it would normally be otherwise) because of the contrast it provides in most cases. I wouldn't necessarily switch just any team to it if I had a choice, as I also feel it's a scheme that only a select few teams could pull off (and more black and silver teams would ruin reason #2 of why I love it), but it is definitely my favorite scheme in sports nonetheless. My personal favorite examples: * And don't get me wrong, I like the Raiders, too. But I just love the way white works with these two more, which is something that the Raiders only have going on the road by default and don't offer on the homes.
  10. Very interesting take on the Tornadoes logo, certainly not what I expected. At first, I was thinking "that's a little too...blocky", but the more I looked at it, the more I really liked it. It works in it's own way and I feel it really stands out from all the other tornado/twister logos in sports. Very, very good job on that design! The one critique I think I have is that on the brown jersey, the numbers are a little too dark and I think get lost against the brown. Maybe a white or some sort of lighter color would look better. Great stuff all in all! LOVE this series!
  11. I can't find color pictures of the college years, but.... Merlin Olsen at Utah State (Navy and White) ...and with the Rams (the Blue and White years) Not exactly dead on as far as the shades are concerned, I'm sure (USU was darker, I think), but pretty close. Also, I don't know how much of a stretch this is, but J.J. Redick, maybe?
  12. That's very interesting, really cool map! If I understand right, this is based solely on Mitchell and Ness sales right? Because I feel like I see way more Stockton jerseys here in Utah than Malone (both 80's and 90's sets), but I think that's because tons of local sports stores here (like Fanzz) sell lots of Stocktons. If it's just Mitchell and Ness sales only, then that would probably explain the difference. That's not to say there isn't many Malones - there's certainly quite a few - there's just a whole lot of Stocktons. Any Steve Young 49er jersey is a pretty big one here too. Lots of 49er fans, and aside from that, Young of course is a local hero.
  13. I don't know why, but I find myself pretty indifferent with the Penguins. I like them in black and yellow, and I like them in black and Vegas gold. They've worn both equally throughout my lifespan it seems, so both "look like the Penguins", so to say. I guess the one "difference" I have between all thier identities is that I like the robo-penguin slightly more than the skating penguin, but even then, I'm still cool with the skating penguin being used. I would like to see a departure from the edge design, so that's another thing I guess. But other than that, I really don't have too much of a horse in the race as far as specific colors and logos are concerned. They're one of the few franchises in sports that I feel that way about.
  14. That cream Florida jersey is an absolute beauty. Blue and orange is a combo that really compliments cream well. And on another note, that Tennessee tequila sunrise one needs to be killed with fire. In fact, every tequila sunrise uniform ever made (yes, including and especially the Astros) needs to be piled onto pallets, doused with gasoline, and lit up. It's never looked good on any team in my eyes, and never will.
  15. This is very, very nice! I really admire the fact that you took some elements of that time frame and re-integrated them in such a way to make them totally work today. Count me in as another that has a soft spot for the "pajamas" (they're the only Rockets I really knew until the current set, I still think of the Rockets in the 90's set!). I too agree that it probably did more to evoke the space theme than it's predecessors, so I'm glad to see a concept embrace that and modernize it to fit today's design standards. I think my one critique after giving it a close look is that I don't think the upper side panels need as many stars - you could probably have a little fewer and it can get the point across well without being too..."starry", for lack of a better word because right now it sort of has a tiny bit of an early 90's Sixers vibe to it. Just eliminate a couple stars here and there, and you've nailed it. I too agree that this is the best Rockets concept I've ever seen! Fantastic work all around. If I were ever to be given total control of the Rockets, this hits the court, no doubt.
  16. Agreed on both counts. I LOVED the horse logo. I wish it had carried over to the EDGE set - it wouldn't have saved it by any means, but it'd have improved things.I also like the idea behind that roundel logo. It's got great regional inspiration and would also look good on the shoulders all around, not just the alternate. It could work as a front crest, but I think the shoulders is a better place for it.
  17. To be honest - and I may be totally crazy - but I feel like West Virginia is going to give Kentucky more fits than people think. They're a pretty tough team, and I could see them posing a challenge. Not saying it's a slam dunk, but I wouldn't be surprised if West Virginia comes away with an upset. If not them, then I see Arizona or Duke down the road doing so (but sorry, I think Kentucky rolls the Irish if that matchup happens). I also agree that Michigan State looks like the team to beat in that region. They just know how to March.
  18. Holy snap. If that were to take the court, I'd be ecstatic. That home uniform especially is absolutely beautiful. Really sharp way to modernize the throwbacks. Heck, I even love the idea of subliminating the raptor on the front of the alternate. Very solid concept!
  19. Watching UCLA wear that board short garbage is just a travesty. Lately in my Graphic Design class, we've been discussing the meaning of a concept and what makes a good concept. So especially lately, I've been really paying attention to logos and uniforms with that in mind. When I see this Adidas tournament line, I just can't help but wonder what in the world the concept behind them was. It's really, really hard to develop an idea of what they may have been going for. No ties to any of the schools, no rhyme or reason, no real difference between the schools who use it other than colors and wordmarks/numbers. At least the latest Nike disruption(?) line has designs on the shorts that are unique to thier schools (though still unnecessary uniforms). Just really, really poor design.
  20. I'm not too sure about that. This probably more to do with the "jack up a shot", but I think some really good defenses have something to do with that. Take the Wofford-Arkansas game for example: Wofford wanted to go inside the whole first half but Arkansas plugged everything up and kept them outside the arc. So basically, all Wofford could do was jack up a shot. It was the only one they had. I'm positive that wasn't the gameplan, but hey, you gotta score somehow, and if that means hucking a bomb because it's the only option you've got left...Granted I haven't seen every game this tourney so maybe I missed something you saw, but I feel from the games I have seen, teams try to run plays, but there's just some really good defense all across the field that stops some offenses cold.
  21. I think you're absolutely right on every point (including and especially Churchball - I played baseball and football all through high school and still got roughed up way more on Saturday mornings at Churchball than I ever did elsewhere! ). Right now the NHL in Utah is just a very big wish with little to help make it happen. A grassroots hockey movement down the road will help, but even still, again, you'll run into the boss level that is the Jazz. They're just so darn well-supported and well-loved that it'd be very difficult to be a big attraction in competition with them. Maybe a long time down the road it can work - and for the record, I hope it does (given that it wouldn't harm the Jazz any). But for right now, it's just not going to work; unless you're given an ultimatum between hockey and the Jazz, and I'm certain even then that the whole state (myself included) would unhesitatingly choose the Jazz.
  22. I'm thoroughly thrilled with the way the Jazz are playing right now. Hiccup vs. Washington aside, they're a solid 12-3 since the All-Star break and really starting to mesh together. Hayward keeps getting better and better, Gobert is mayor of Swat Lake City right now, AND Quin Snyder couldn't be a more perfect coach for this team. I love what he's done to help build this young core. Are they making the playoffs? No. But dang it if I'm not the most excited I've ever been about Jazz basketball - looking forwards to next year - since a certain Gonzaga guy and the Mailman were best buds. It's just so refreshing to see something pan out and look truly promising, instead of those not-too-distant days when Kevin O' Connor had his nuclear "We're rebuilding I promise!!!! It's just a phase!!! Everybody chill out!!!" button-mash on repeat both before and amidst his Grand Master Plan of "Stockton to Malone 2.0" caving in on itself (because Boozer and D-Will...yeah). Can you tell the last ten years of Jazz fandom haven't treated me well?
  23. I don't need another reason to not watch the game!
  24. Well, we already have a readily expandable hockey stadium that has been getting regular use since the Olympics. I'd LOVE for the NHL to come to Utah, I really would. The one small thing that kind of worries me though is they'd have to compete with the Jazz because of the seasons running at the same time. That said, from what I've been able to observe, the Grizzlies fare okay and have for a long time, so who knows. But my gut says the Jazz would drown them out. As far as names are concerned? Probably a generational thing, but I would take "Utah Grizzlies" over "Salt Lake Golden Eagles" a million times over. Much less of a mouthful and that's the name I associate best with hockey in Utah. Anything else would just seem weird to me. But if they decided to do something entirely different, something like "Salt Lake 47's" (Pioneer/1847 reference) or "Salt Lake Trappers" would be great.