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Everything posted by NicDB

  1. For sure... it's one thing for a team like the Toronto Blue Jays to have a leaf as part of their identity. But a junior team in a league that's more or less localized to a single Canadian province? Seems a bit redundant.
  2. Speaking of city connect, the Brewers have gotta be looking to go with something based on the people's flag, right? It'd be the perfect excuse to add a powder blue uni to their set (which should have been included in the first place).
  3. Too bad FNOB isn't a thing anymore. I was too young to remember when the Rams did it with Jack and Jim Youngblood. But I always looked forward to seeing the Broncos when they had Doug and Dave Widell. I also used to wonder what the Bears would have done if they ever got Mark Carrier the WR when they had Mark Carrier the DB.
  4. Is that really even the case anymore? Much like with baseball, any young kid who shows promise nowadays is called up to the big leagues within a year or two if even that. The Triple A level is just a place to stockpile guys who aren't quite good enough for the big club in case of injuries.
  5. Great series! Your North Stars concept looks a lot like their unused black prototype from the 80s. I'd love to see a gold version of one of their 1970s designs. Also, if you're open to doing minor league teams and taking requests, I'd love to see a reverse retro for my hometown Admirals. Milwaukee never had an NHL team. but I think their last IHL jerseys are some of the coolest, most distinct in hockey history. Loved Captain Crunch and the anchor stripe.
  6. This is almost as cringe when the Milwaukee AA team chose that goofy Milkmen identity. Essentially, "Hey, we're a baseball team in Wisconsin" which makes even less sense when the Mallards play in a league with 9 other in-state rivals. The only thing inherently Madison about this is the capitol skyline in the back. Even the puddles don't look like the lakes surrounding the isthmus. Also, the old colors tied the Mallards back to the Madison Muskies, the Oakland A's affiliate that broke in the nucleus of their pennant winning clubs from 1988-90. THAT'S what says Madison baseball to me. The fact that it had to be pointed out that the new colors (allegedly) came from the city flag tells me they really missed the mark on a local-based identity.
  7. Between retired numbers (officially and unofficially) and numbers currently spoken for on the Packers, 7, 8, and 9 were the only single digits available. I'm gonna guess the new A-Rod wanted a single digit and chose the one that was the most visually similar to what he wore in college (3).
  8. I'd be all for that. I'd even hope for a domino effect where the Midwestern teams reform the IHL.
  9. Perhaps it's a mock up that the Packers made for promotional purposes? I doubt they would have posted it on their official social media if that weren't the case.
  10. You could call the Cubs logo bland and generic by modern standards, but I'd hardly call it "bad."
  11. Looks like we have at least one receiver slated to wear a single digit. The Packers new A. Rodgers will wear the old A. Rodgers' college number.
  12. Did you mean to use the old wordmarks? Because they look a lot better with their current identity.
  13. For Milwaukee, I'd replace Oscar with Bob Uecker. No disrespect to the Big O... his was the first number retired by the Bucks and rightfully so. But his career is more associated with Cincinnati (Bearcats and Royals). Uke is the quintessential Milwaukeean both in and out of the sports world. Green Bay would be a lot more political, as I'd avoid controversy by not including any of the Packers iconic QBs. Rather, I'd try to find a guy who best represented each era of Packers football. Therefore, I'd go with Don Hutson, Vince Lombardi, Reggie White, and Donald Driver.
  14. They actually do issue 3 digit numbers in Japan. As much as I enjoy Japanese baseball, I'm okay if this trend never makes it across the Pacific.
  15. Isn't this exactly why they've always sold programs and scorecards? I agree "that's the way its always been done" is weak by itself. But literally every ballpark nowadays has a giant video board for this exact reason. Also, aren't NOBs just ultimately a waste of material? I dunno... I've just always preferred NNOB. The cleaner look just says "baseball" to me.
  16. Abstract 1970s French Canadian art as logos feels as on brand for Montreal as black and gold does for Pittsburgh.
  17. Packers G is absolutely this. It's bizarre that thet use a G and not a GB, yet they wouldn't look right with anything else.
  18. I would honestly rather the Packers have green pants. I always thought their uniforms were a little too bright when they play indoors under the lights. It'd look as good on them as it does on North Dakota State.
  19. Like the green pants, but any change to the Packers font needs to be a block font, even if it is stenciled. Also, drop shadows or even outlines defeat the purpose of a stencil font.
  20. Hence, I said it doesn't reference anything explicitly native. Feathers can go into a lot of different contexts, especially if the team is named after a species of bird. That's why a lot of colleges that dropped their native mascots adopted a bird as their new one. That said, the more I think about it, the more I'm intrigued by Redhogs. Hogs became associated with the franchise so organically, and how often do you see a swine related identity in sports? The Arkansas Razorbacks and Nippon Ham Fighters are the only two I can come up with off the top of my head.
  21. I'm not saying they should. But a Redtail is hawk that's named after its feathers. Therefore the Lombardi R is still appropriate as it doesn't reference anything explicitly native.
  22. The script itself may have been salvageable had they not wiffed on pretty much everything else about that rebrand. Which wasn't even necessary since they just had a full rebrand not even a decade before then; and after staying pretty consistent (only evolutionary tweaks) throughout the Yount-Molitor years. I really think the Motre Bame unis had potential staying power had they stuck with them long enough to become associated with Prince and Braun rather than Jaha and Cirillo.
  23. This reminds me... a lot of teams with state names called themselves as such because they actually did play home games in multiple locations. The ABA was famous for this. Off the top of my head, I can think of the Kentucky Colonels (Louisville and Lexington), the Virginia Squires (Norfolk, Hampton, and Richmond) and the Floridians (Miami, Tampa, and I think Orlando and Fort Lauderdale). I think the Pacers may have also played some games in Fort Wayne and/or South Bend. But I'm sure there were more. You also had the Memphis Tams, who made their nickname an acronym for Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi... the three states whose metro area Memphis spans. The Edmonton Oilers were originally the Alberta Oilers because they planned to also play in Calgary, but that never materialized. Even NBA teams have done this occasionally. The Bucks have played home games at the UW Fieldhouse in Madison and the Brown County Arena in Green Bay.
  24. Football lends itself to regional fanbases because they play the fewest games and the overwhelming majority of them are on weekends when most people are able to travel. That's why you'd never see a situation like Green Bay in any other sport. Also why you have college teams playing in the middle of nowhere outdrawing even most NFL teams. Basketball and hockey play half their games on weeknights during a time of year when travel conditions tend to be less than ideal in much of North America. Then there's baseball where nearly every game is during the week, so it behooves teams to play as close to a major population center as possible. Not a lot of people are gonna drive a couple hours down the freeway and back to see their team on a Wednesday night.
  25. I wanted the Redsk*ns name gone as much as anyone, but I'm not so militant about completely erasing the fact that they were ever called as such. Redtails would allow them to keep their circle and feather, only replace the Indian head with probably a W or R. Hell, they could even bring back the circle R logo designed by Vince Lombardi, who actually demanded that he be allowed to have a Native caddy when he golfed at what was a whites only country club in Wisconsin. Redhogs would require more of a rebrand, but... as you said... Hogs is tied into the most successful period of the franchise's history and is still a huge part of their fan culture. It would also, perhaps even more so than Redtails, shut down any arguments that the team is trying to erase history.