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  1. Yesterday, the USL organization announced that its top two leagues are on hiatus until at least the middle of May. https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2020/03/usl-championship-league-one-hiatuses-extended/ Today, Major League Soccer revealed that it will do more or less the same thing. https://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2020/03/mls-suspension-extended-to-align-with-cdc-guidelines/
  2. Regardless of whenever or wherever the World Series is played this year, or even whether or not the World Series will be able to be played at all this year, Major League Baseball's commissioner revealed a few hours ago that we will need to wait more than two months ... at the least ... for a return to a semblance of normalcy in MLB: https://ballparkdigest.com/2020/03/16/its-official-dont-look-for-mlb-until-memorial-day/
  3. Beware the Ides of March indeed.
  4. Furthering the argument for "Six" as an ice hockey team's nickname is the fact that Indianapolis has a professional men's soccer team known as Indy Eleven (with, it seems, no "the" in that name). With that in mind, the presence of the word "Kickers" in the names of some soccer teams (mostly in Germany, with the United States a close second) has me wondering if an NHL team in Seattle or elsewhere could get by with "Shooters" as a nickname.
  5. The International Hockey League, during more or less its last decade of existence, had many clubs that lacked affiliations with NHL teams. Is the AHL of today just as willing to let the Wolves or any of its other teams play without a tie-up with an NHL club?
  6. @M4One, I am definitely among those who think that, over at least the last thirty-five years, the NBA has had smarter leadership than the NHL. Within CCSLC, I do not seem to be alone in this regard, given how "OITGDNHL" has been a common set of initials in NHL-related posts around here. As for how that relates to corporate sponsorship of team nicknames and the prospect of Seattle's new NHL club being saddled with a sponsored nickname, a part of me suspects that had the Canucks, instead of the Grizzlies, been the team that Michael Heisley moved from Vancouver to Memphis almost nineteen years ago, Gary Bettman would have been both dumb enough and greedy enough to be more willing than David Stern was, or even Adam "Sponsor Logos on the Fronts of Jerseys" Silver might be, to allow an agreement for Heisley and any partners of his to receive tens of millions of dollars from FedEx to change the Canucks' nickname to the Express or practically any other moniker that FedEx desired for the team.
  7. Unless I am mistaken, @monkeypower, a hypothesis and a conclusion are not always and do not have to be the same thing, and I have intended all of my speculation about why a Seattle NHL team would consider Renegades as a nickname to be a hypothesis above all else. It is certainly not a theory, which requires observable and demonstrable proof that a hypothesis does not need.
  8. I admit that my hypothesis is a tremendous leap of logic. Here, then, is how I arrived at this opinion: The updating of the registration of the seattlerengades.com domain came more than fourteen months after the NHL awarded the franchise to the Seattle Hockey Partners group. Maybe others have seen and/or heard differently, but I do not recall having encountered any serious or even casual discussion of Renegades as a likely nickname for the team. So, with such a seemingly unexpected move in the branding process at such a presumably late date in the building of a franchise scheduled to start play in 2021, I cannot help but wonder if the culprit is something as bold (at best) and as unseemly (at worst) as a corporate sponsor's acquisition of the right to name the team. If I remember correctly, Seattle Hockey Partners teased that the team's name would be revealed around the time of this year's NHL All-Star Weekend. That weekend has since come and gone, SHP has still not unveiled a confirmed name for the team, and the seattlerenegades.com domain's registration was updated nearly three weeks after this year's NHL All-Star Game was played. Hmmm ... With presumably little (if any) input accepted from the general public, Bill Foley went ahead and gave his Las Vegas-based NHL club a nickname that is a rather obvious homage to the educational institution where he earned his bachelor's degree. By that standard, something as outrageous as letting a corporate sponsor name a team for the "right" price might not be such a surprising act in the NHL. As for why I suspect that Jeep in particular would pay a sports team based in Seattle to be nicknamed the Renegades, (a) Jeep has spent much of its history tailoring its vehicles to people who go (or at least want to go) on adventures in the outdoors regularly, (b) Seattle and its surrounding areas seem like a region full of outdoors-minded and/or adventure-craving people, and (c) I am personally not aware of any other current product that is sold under the Renegade brand name and is as prominent in the overall marketplace as the Jeep Renegade SUV. Besides, the Jeep line of vehicles has an infamously long history of being built by a string of companies who, at best, were unlucky and, at worst, doomed themselves by making multiple idiotic business decisions.
  9. Here is an unnerving thought: How likely is it that the Seattle NHL club's owners are thinking of branding their team as the Seattle Renegades only because they have a standing offer from a prospective corporate sponsor to pay many millions of dollars to have the team go by that particular name? One company that might be very willing to pay a professional sports team to be nicknamed the Renegades is the Jeep division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which sells a subcompact crossover sport utility vehicle under the Renegade name in the United States, Canada, and many other countries around the world. Such a scenario, whether or not any of us likes it, has some historical precedent. In 1994, the then-independent Chrysler Corporation (who had bought the previous builder of Jeep vehicles six years earlier) garnered deals for naming rights to two lower-tier pro sports teams -- the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers (who played until the IHL's demise in 2001) and the Continental Indoor Soccer League's Detroit Neon (who played for three seasons before making a deal with General Motors to become the Detroit Safari for what proved to be that club's (and the CISL's) final season). I can see it now ... "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Jeep Arena in Seattle, Washington ... the home of your ... Seattle ... Renegades!" The arena's goal horn blares for a few seconds. Then, large doors at one end of the rink are opened, and a Jeep Renegade painted in the home team's colors is driven slowly onto the ice. The home team's players skate behind and then around the Renegade SUV ... all while the X Ambassadors song "Renegades" (which Jeep itself utilized in at least one US commercial for the first model year of the vehicle) plays over the arena's loudspeakers. Regardless of what merits Renegades may or may not have in a vacuum as a nickname for a Seattle-based NHL team, a reliance on any separately owned corporate sponsor for the brand identity of a team playing in both a league of the NHL's stature and a city of Seattle's stature would reek of not only greed, but also a lack of self-respect and, maybe worst of all, a lack of creativity. To me, at least, the basic message behind such branding would be "All of the good names that we can think of are already taken, are available but have been used before and therefore are damaged goods in our opinion, or are too politically incorrect, so let's let some big corporation name our team just about anything they want as long as they can give us enough money."
  10. The forward-facing logo concept looks like an attempt to turn the emblem of the gone-but-not-forgotten Hartford Whalers into a wildcat's head.
  11. Speak for yourselves, @Red Comet and @FiddySicks. My own preferred comparison of Nashville to another US city is "Los Angeles without a tan" (to invert a phrase that Atlanta-born Shawn Mullins wrote and sang in the last verse of his 1998 song "Lullaby"). Well, @Buc, I was going for a list of small towns in Middle Tennessee that satisfied the rule of three, was alliterative, consisted entirely of patently countrified names, and arranged the names in, at least in my opinion, an ascending order of hillbillyishness. As a bonus, my list happened to arrange the towns in a geographically clockwise order: Buffalo Valley to the east, Bell Buckle to the south-southeast, and Bucksnort to the west-southwest. Now, to get back on topic ... On February 7, Colby Sledge, the Nashville Metro Council member representing the vicinity of the city's fairgrounds, filed a proposal for an ordinance that would validate a contract to demolish the part of the fairgrounds where Nashville SC's permanent stadium and an adjacent mixed-use development are slated to be built even if Nashville Mayor John Cooper keeps refusing to sign the contract. Consideration of the bill by the whole Metro Council could start as early as February 18. Cooper wrote a guest commentary for The Tennessean's February 9 edition in which he argued that what he has done and what he has not done with regard to the Nashville SC stadium project are driven by a desire both to control costs to Nashville's government and to protect and enhance "historical uses" of the fairgrounds. He cited a section of the Nashville Metro Charter that protects the use of the fairgrounds for auto racing, among other purposes, as justification for his "working to find a path for racing’s success" at the fairgrounds and his supposed securing of "additional space to allow for necessary [Fairgrounds Speedway] improvements." Nashville SC has established a special website, Twitter feed, and Instagram feed to encourage the public to join forces with the team to pressure Cooper to let the stadium project's construction begin as soon as possible. Yes, the website includes an online petition, a link to Cooper's work email address, and a listing of the phone number for the Nashville mayor's office. Even the board that oversees Nashville's fairgrounds complex is mutinying against Cooper over the Nashville SC stadium matter. In a meeting on February 11, the board's members voted unanimously to send a formal letter to Cooper to urge him to allow the construction of the stadium and the accompanying mixed-use development -- including the demolitions of the unused buildings that the stadium and the mixed-use development are to replace -- to proceed as soon as possible, as well as to call on him to "decouple" any and all discussions about potential improvements to Fairgrounds Speedway from the soccer stadium project.
  12. Whenever I think about the Gilgronis nickname and its raison d'être, I cannot help but be reminded of the handful of North American professional sports teams that used or at least flirted with sponsored nicknames during the 1990s and even in the earliest years of the 21st century -- minor-league hockey's Detroit Vipers (sponsored by automaker Chrysler), indoor soccer's Detroit Neon (the product of another sponsorship agreement with Chrysler), the Arena Football League's Miami Hooters (yes, the restaurant chain paid its way into that team's name), etc. Even the NBA came close to jumping on the bandwagon of sponsored names of teams when the Grizzlies left Vancouver; an early plan for a sponsorship deal with FedEx once the Grizzlies chose Memphis as their new home included a renaming of the team as the Memphis Express, and a rival pitch from Louisville contained a proposal by Kentucky Fried Chicken to pay millions of dollars not only for naming rights to the arena being offered to the Grizz, but also to change the team's name to the Kentucky Colonels, a revival of the identity of Louisville's beloved and consistently winning franchise in the original American Basketball Association.
  13. Unless I am mistaken, one more thing that gives Globe Life Park an edge over Toyota Stadium as an XFL team's home stadium is that in the months between the MLB Texas Rangers' final home game at GLP and the Renegades' debut game, the grass field that GLP had utilized throughout its life as a baseball-specific stadium gave way to a supposedly more durable synthetic turf surface similar to both the existing field at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium and the field that the Rangers plan to use at their new home, Globe Life Field. I can see some practical reasons why an owner and/or operator of any soccer-specific stadium would be more willing to host lacrosse games and rugby games at such a venue than to let gridiron football games be played there. Just as in a soccer game, the typical flow of play in a lacrosse game or even a rugby game is, if not faster, then definitely smoother and more consistent than in a gridiron football game. Just as in a soccer game, the players and action in a lacrosse game or even a rugby game tend to be spread out over more of the field at any given time than in a gridiron football game. Just like the average soccer player, the average lacrosse player or even the average rugby player weighs less than does the average gridiron football player. Just like a soccer uniform, a rugby uniform or even a lacrosse uniform weighs less than does a gridiron football uniform if all things are equal. Put together, all of these factors mean that a game of either lacrosse or rugby, like a soccer game, is likely to inflict less wear and tear on a field -- let alone any specific part of a field -- than a gridiron football game.
  14. A decade or so ago, while I was perusing my Facebook feed, I came across a post in which a man complained about a certain subpar (or at least unattractive) NFL game being played in a weeknight timeslot on cable and he asked why the league did not flex a more enticing matchup into that night and onto whatever cable channel had the rights for that night. I replied to him that having games swap timeslots within the same calendar day is logistically much easier than flip-flopping games between calendar days and that his wish would cause a lot of inconvenience and general difficulty for practically all of those with reasons to be at a game in person -- players, coaches, other personnel for each team, league personnel, media personnel, people working in "average Joe" jobs at the stadium on game day, and especially spectators. From what I remember, he remained unconvinced after I had made my point, which led me to conclude that he was thinking only of what could benefit him as a television viewer. If ESPN is so eager to televise NFL games that are eligible for and subject to flex scheduling, then I am glad that the company at least might be willing to air such games on ABC. However, I think that instead of making Sunday afternoon games able to be flexed to Monday nights and vice versa, the NFL should grant Sunday night game rights packages to both NBC and ABC -- with each of the packages having an emphasis on the away games of a particular conference, just as Fox has an afternoon game package which favors NFC teams' away games and CBS has an afternoon game package that leans toward AFC teams' away games. Either NBC, as the incumbent holder of Sunday night NFL game rights, could choose which conference would be the focus of its package and force ABC to accept the Sunday night package concentrating on the other conference, or the league could gather executives from those two networks together for a meeting, have those bigwigs witness the toss of a coin with NBC's peacock symbol on one side and the "abc" circle logo on the other, and grant the choice of favored conference to the network whose emblem is facing upward when the coin lands.
  15. @Maroon, the factors that you mention are some of the reasons why I think that the Los Angeles Chargers, despite how "poor" Dean Spanos is when compared to such owners as the Rams' Stan Kroenke or even the Patriots' own Robert Kraft, could be fierce rivals to the Pats for Brady's services this offseason. Other things that could help the Chargers lure Brady are one of the most generous amounts of salary cap space of any NFL team this offseason; plenty of uncertainty over who will be the Bolts' next first-string quarterback; a strong chance for Brady to play many home games before crowds filled with celebrities from the realms of film, television, and music; and a likely yearning throughout the Chargers organization for a huge boost of not only ticket revenue, but also attention, respect, and prestige as the Bolts leave behind a soccer stadium that they struggled to sell out and begin to crash indefinitely at the Rams' new pad in Inglewood. Those are the upsides for the Chargers and however many fans they have these days when it comes to the team's ability to bring Brady aboard. Meanwhile, the biggest downside for the Bolts and their present fanbase is that Mr. Spanos, given what many of us NFL fans have come to learn about him and his brain, may have all too easy a time being his own worst enemy during a pursuit of a player of Brady's stature.