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NicDB

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  1. I always thought Metro FC would be a good way to bring back the old Metrostars brand since it's a good way to include New York and New Jersey without explicitly referencing either. Either way, I like what you've done here.
  2. I don't mind minor league clubs taking on a bit of the parent clubs identity when they play in the parent clubs market. This is a near perfect adaptation IMO.
  3. Definitely following this thread. Looking forward to seeing what you do with my Bucks!
  4. I'm here for Zeniths. If your grandparents didn't own an old floor model Zenith, are you really from the Upper Midwest?
  5. I just came up with Duluth Malamutes. It's an animal similar to the husky and still ties into dog sledding, but avoids your concerns with stepping on St. Cloud's toes.
  6. Unless you want to resurrect the old Duluth-Superior Dukes brand from the original Northern League, I say stick to Huskies. I feel like this trend of Northwoods League teams chasing modern MiLB naming conventions has really taken away from the charm the league developed organically when it makes perfect sense for teams in this league to have "northwoodsy" mascots (Skunks, Honkers, Woodchucks, Moondogs, Bullfrogs, etc.). Huskies fits right in with that theme, and they're one of the longest tenured summer league teams in America. I say embrace it.
  7. Until the current full-time look, every move they made since these was a downgrade. The city connect is better than their current full-times, but to me, this will always be how the Marlins are supposed to look. It blows my mind that an expansion team from the 90s still struggles to embrace teal.
  8. I have to say, I do like that helmet. If any team that's not the Raiders or Browns were capable of pulling off such a no frills look, it would have to be the Packers. It's easy to say they made the right move in hindsight. But in 1994, the Packers uniforms weren't considered the untouchable classics that they are now. They had the stink of almost a quarter century of post-Lombardi futility on them. Certainly the vegas gold would have been embraced by the fans who weren't old enough to remember the Lombardi years. I was 13-years old at the time and I can promise you I would have copped every piece of vegas gold Packers merch I could have gotten my teenage hands on.
  9. This is exactly why the Brewers and Royals never should have went away from powder blue. Also, why I'd love to see the Padres have an all gold alt, and see the Astros find more ways to incorporate the rainbow/sunrise. I've said plenty of times before, pretty much every expansion team lost whatever made them unique once the 90s came around. Were some of the trends in the pullover era too much? Sure. But you also knew who you were watching the moment you turned on a game.
  10. This certainly is an interesting alt history scenario for us uni nerds to ponder, because I'm not sure there's any precedent for it. Has any team with as much history changed their established look so dramatically before and actually been successful enough to justify keeping it around? 1994 was Brett Favre's breakout year, and the Packers finally won the Super Bowl two years later, so you'd have to believe they'd have stuck with this look. Curly Lambeau chose the Packers original colors of navy and gold but occasionally green because he played for Knute Rockne at Notre Dame, so uniforms patterned in some way after the Irish were certainly on brand for the Packers when you took their entire history into account. Still, I think there's something to be said for Starr, Favre, and Rodgers wearing virtually the same uniforms. So while I probably could have easily accepted these at the time, I think not pulling the trigger was the right move.
  11. Saw this in a facebook group I'm in. Apparently, this is an actual prototype of the jerseys Ron Wolf wanted to switch to in 1994, but decided not to at the last minute. He was a huge fan of Notre Dame's uniforms and wanted the Packers to look more like the Irish.
  12. Man, the Brewers and Diamondbacks High-A affiliates need to swap identities. Take away the geographical identifiers, and how many people do you suppose would actually guess correctly which team belongs to which parent club? (And maybe not even then.)
  13. It wasn't that they couldn't keep their minor league team. It was that their stadium was converted to a soccer/football only configuration to accommodate MLS standards. The Beavers were replaced almost immediately in Metro Portland with the Hillsboro Hops in the Northwest League where they tend to be one of the better supported teams. As far as the city's "volatility" is concerned, it doesn't seem to have effected the Timbers or Blazers in any measurable way. That said, I'm rooting for Vegas.
  14. Same reason my Packers would never wear throwbacks from the Forrest Gregg years. Even if it's a reference to the movie, it's not exactly something the franchise wants to pay tribute to.
  15. I'm rooting for Las Vegas or Portland to be the A's landing spot if they don't stay in Oakland. Not only would the divisional alignment remain intact, but the colors work for either city (Timbers colors for Portland, green money and gold coins for Vegas). The A's have some of the best uniforms and brands in all of MLB. I'd rather they not change at all (apart from replacing references to Oakland with the new city) if they can help it.
  16. Even that's misleading because for whatever reason, only Milwaukee County and three counties that surround it are counted in the metro population. But if you include all 9 counties in Southeast Wisconsin, the population is over 2 million. Granted, half of those people live in Milwaukee County itself, which is why a market like Milwaukee can work. Baseball needs a strong centralized population because few fans are willing to go on a significant commute to attend a weeknight game, which I would think goes to your point. Lots of western metros have massive populations. But if that population is spread out, which tends to be the case with sunbelt cities, it won't translate into attendance.
  17. I think you're on to something here. But I think going even more yellow heavy would separate them from the Brewers and be even more on brand for Nashville.
  18. This is the first I've heard of anyone thinking the Brewers wore purple. The Twins are usually the team that everyone has a Mandela Effect of remembering being in purple.
  19. 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.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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).
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