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OnWis97

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  1. I tend to agree. It's more difficult in the NFL to just rest guys than it is in the NBA. Players try to win win they're on the field/floor but with 22 starters plus special teams in a season that's only 16 games, teams don't have the luxery to water down who's playing the way that NBA teams do. And as you allude to, all but a few NFL players are always performing for their professional lives into next year. A team like the Jags and Jets right now might error a bit more on the side of caution with banged-up players than, say, the Cardinals, but with only 16 games, they're going to want to give everyone the game reps, even Sam Darnold. There's also the FOOTBALL! culture about carrying over into next season. And I'm not one of those fans that reacts negatively to hoping for a better draft pick. I get frustrated when a non-playoff Viking team wins four of its last five and drops down several picks (and I've been told I am wrong...meh). I've always dreaded the idea of my team making 0-16 history but honestly, if there's a potential HOF QB at stake, I think I'd take it. I don't blame Jets fans that are unhappy about yesterday.
  2. I love that Niners ring. I kinda wish they'd won the game now.
  3. The problem is the name has to be: dignified unique major league timeless "not generic" That's really tricky. That's why I hold less value on unique. I'd rather repeat another name of a big league team than be unique to a fault. I'd rather the Minnesota NHL team be the Eagles, Tigers, or Bulls than Wild. No question. I think Spiders works OK. It's unique in big-league sports. I think it's major league (because to me "minor league" is either two-word or cheesier like Lugnuts or River Monsters). I think it has the opportunity to be timeless (i.e., in 20 years it will be just as part of the culture as the Marlins and won't be jarring like Wild or too modern like Heat). I don't think it's "generic" (a term I use rarely for things like Marauders). Dignified? I can see the argument that it's not and I think trying to make a mean/intimidating logo would impact that. They'll need subtle imagery. Otherwise, I am OK with things that others might find non-unique or generic. I can live with Blues,* Americans, etc. MOD EDIT: Let's not fly too close to the sun.
  4. I hope that's unpopular... I think my opinion that there has never been a good thing about the Ravens look is unpopular.
  5. Who broke Cleveand's title drought? The Dan Gilbert-owned Cavs. Honor him. The Cleveland Comic Sans.
  6. The problem that Cleveland and Washington both have is that these names were around so long that any new name is going to feel like New Orleans Pelicans* or something. That these names were outdated doesn’t make this any less jarring than if the Detroit Tigers had to pick a new name. They flat out cannot have a timeless name right out of the gate. (I suppose Spiders has some of that feel to history-minded fans, which probably explains its popularity) Like the Minnesota NHL team should have, these teams should think about how the name will seem in 20 years, not next year. *I liked the Pelicans name from day 1 but it was still essentially an expansion name and didn’t feel right like, say, Mavericks or Pacers. By now, though, it has kinda blended in, unlike Wild.
  7. Rule number one for picking a name needs to be “forget the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame he’s in Cleveland.”
  8. Minnesota United is officially a Minnesota sports team now.
  9. They should have let Seth take a shot...wouldn't have turned out much worse
  10. I think you need to defend ranking Jacksonville too high.
  11. Unpopular opinion: I tend to prefer the phantom yokes. The reason I do is because I prefer the shape it gives to the extra color on the sleeve. For example, the red Wild alternate did not have the phantom yoke and as popular as that jersey was I hated it in part because the green on the sleeve just looked like a box. When they upgraded it to primary, the phantom yoke gave the green that shape that was reminiscent of jerseys like the white Red Wings jersey, etc. I like that a lot better. Add the stripes to the bottom of the latter jersey and it's better by a mile. The green on the sleeves on the former was just to "boxy" for my taste, I guess. I also don't hate the phantom yoke when there's no barrier between to different colors: I understand why most people don't like it but it's kind of a guilty pleasure for me. In this example, I think it looks better than it would without.
  12. I think it's pretty obvious that the NFL makes stuff up as they go and tends to shift based on fan and media outcry. And most of the rationales I've heard for the Ravens and Broncos being treated differently seem a bit flimsy. That said, I'm almost surprised by it. Not because of the Broncos and Ravens but but because of the Steelers. You'd think the NFL would love to see the Steelers get a game somewhat akin* to the game the Saints just got. *I believe the Ravens would have an actual QB, though, so it would not be quite as bad. The NFL was kind of on the edge of a cliff early in the year and then they seemed to be leveling of. But the league is back on the edge now. I can cut them some slack due to everything being unprecedented but that Broncos situation was a disaster. Thank goodness there were no fans (right) paying for that nonsense, but this was dangerous to Hinton and probably the RBs, too. A forfeit would have been better; the game went exactly how everyone knew it was going to go, so I don't think the free win for the Saints would have been any more unfair to the other NFC South teams than this was, anyway.
  13. If I could change one of these, it would be St. Louis. Not just because I don't like it but because I think that could be unpopular to the point that red and/or asymmetry worm their way back into the look. The pre-edge is my favorite Blues look and the current, a flawed version of that, is my #2. I never liked the inclusion of red and I really hope it doesn't make a comeback.
  14. I generally like that Bruins one, but I feel like they should now always include the serifs (save for a true throwback)...The old B just seems to be floating and the serifs help it blend into the rest of the logo better. Also, death to the flame-snorting horse.
  15. As a Twins fan living in St. Paul, I look forward to this possibility. I have never had a lot of interest in the St. Paul Saints as an independent team. I've been to two games* the 12 years I've been back here. I assume AAA prices would go up, but that's fine with me. The Saints draw well and I suspect it's in part because it's a cheap ticket. So it would be interesting to see how that goes. I don't think Wichita would make much sense at all. Sioux Falls kinda does since the Twins like to market to the Dakotas, Iowa, and western Wisconsin. But I'm hoping they end up in St. Paul. *The only game I've been to in the fairly new ballpark in downtown St. Paul was a playoff game. While their scheduled regular-season games sell very well, there was almost nobody at this playoff game. I found that amusing but it goes to show how for fans, minor-league ball is more about getting outside and not really about the winning or losing. Well that, and that the playoff games are not scheduled in advance and when they are scheduled only a few die-hards really notice.
  16. So, a "TTP" for "Trust The Process" is buried in that design...
  17. NBA is almost as hard to follow as college football. I like some of these uniforms like San Antonio and dislike others like the Knicks. But the number of uniforms, the divergence from team colors, and the lack of difference between home and the road is getting crazy.
  18. I think the bottom two bullets are a stretch. I'm not sure how the positive test comes out mid-game, but I'll assume nothing fishy's going on there (or else they'd have just waited until today). But at that point there's no reason to bring him back around his teammates. Yeah, it's too bad he doesn't get to property celebrate, but I don't think we know whether the spread will be worse than they would have been...yeah, it's optics, but it's also just practical and at the very least, a grasp at trying to be smart. I'm not sure how it entered the bubble, but once you know it, you kind of have to take the precautions.
  19. Wisconsin redshirt freshman QB Graham Mertz looked amazing in his first start on Friday (20 of 21). Then on Saturday he tested positive. He started because the (former) starter Jack Coan broke his foot in practice. Apparently Mertz had been hanging out with the third-stringer who also tested positive. So Wisconsin is down to their fourth string QB to be backed up by a RB who played QB in high school.
  20. The original Miami Heat logo and uniforms. The logo might have been a bit simplistic but those uniforms are still my favorite Heat uniforms ever and among my favorite NBA uniforms ever. The original Wild uniforms. In hindsight, I think they overused gold and I generally prefer where the uniforms are now. Like Leopard 88 above, the Rainbow guts. Those existed prior to my memory, but when I first saw them (probably on a card) I was hooked. They did not maintain their place in my heart. The Bengals tiger-striped helmets. They've been #1 among NFL helmets ever since. St. Louis Blues first look after dumping the asymmetrical uniform with red trim. Still my favorite in team history. Same with the Seahawks "slate" uniforms. Same with the 1990s Vikings uniform with the logo on the sleeve. 1991(ish?) Orioles standing bird. Happy Bird has always been a bad piece of an otherwise great look for me. Milwaukee Bucks Green/Purple. It replaced my favorite look in team history, but I liked it. It really did not hold up for me in the long run.
  21. I remember watching that live. I recall a rectangle with that logo on the boards. Being into logos and uniforms, it struck me. I think I knew they were changing their uniforms but for some reason, it did not occur to me that this was going to be the new logo. I thought it was just something they threw out there as a cutesy thing because fans so frequently referred to them as "the Stars." Another one, but maybe this doesn't count because it might be common...In 1987 I knew the Twins were getting new uniforms, but obviously, leaks didn't get out to the masses back then so I tuned into a spring training game just to see the new uniforms. And they were wearing the previous set (Batting practice jersey and "TC" hats/helmets. They may have been wearing pinstriped pants; I'm not certain. But I recall being really let down that I was going to have to wait another month to see the new uniforms.
  22. I’m not always in agreement with the disdain some people have for “wokeness” in sports media but I just can’t bring myself to be even the least put-off by Shefter’s tweet.
  23. LOL...I totally blanked on the NHL team when I was talking about the MLB team...but I also think it might be different than the US. (also, as you said there was an old team in hockey-crazed Canada. There was also an old team in the US (two in fact) and maybe it would have been considered more if they'd have had more success. I don't think people in DC had much connection to either edition of the Senators.)
  24. I'd even suspect that takes Senators off the table. Even in 2004 or whenever the Expos moved, government is too polarizing at this point. In 1901 or whenever the original Senators were named, it was probably received better than it would be today.
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