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  1. It was my understanding, and I could be mis-remembering, that *one* of the factors/explanations in choosing "United" in Atlanta was the fact that Atlanta already had a professional soccer club that played in the NASL (Atlanta Silverbacks...RIP), and that the MLS franchise would "Unite the community under one singular club." Also the fact that Atlanta is a city of immigrants and transplants...with many of the immigrants still remaining loyal to the clubs their families always supported. It was about "uniting" those biases for one MLS franchise.
  2. Perhaps we will be graced with Gildrivers, Long Giland Ice Teas, and MarGILritas!
  3. Silver seems to have been reduced to a trim color now, which is unfortunate. I wouldn't have retained a helmet in a trim color as they seem to have done, but....**shrug**
  4. This! A true return to the Warren Moon-era uniforms would be fantastic.
  5. Incorrect. Sources tell me that the numbers are iridescent color-changing, depending on the mood of the player.
  6. The aviator goggles as a helmet decal will forever be in my top 5 football helmet designs ever. So creative. I had the Barnstormers uniforms (Kurt Warner era) pinned to my inspiration corkboard in my dorm room for when I would get stuck on creatively doing a sports design.
  7. ....as an alum...I simply find that case study result hard to accept. The primary logo they chose does not seem to lineup with the look and feel of the (decent) secondary marks they unveiled. There are some really nice options in that secondary set. Hell, I'd even take the new "IS" logo inside the state if the State didn't look like my 6 year old cut it out with safety scissors. *edit* those leaf logos were rejected? Oh sweet lawd Jesus that's a tragedy.
  8. I tried finding this on the boards, but couldn't. My apologies if is a repost or already been discussed. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/11/23/nbas-proposed-schedule-playoff-format-changes-explained/ For those that don't want to click...here is the article below by the WaPo. I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on a revised schedule, mid-season tournament a la FA Cup, and playoff changes. After years of publicly toying with major changes to his league’s schedule and postseason format, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is reportedly eyeing three initiatives that could be implemented in time for the 2021-22 season. Silver and the National Basketball Players Association are discussing a playoff reseeding format, a new midseason tournament and a play-in round for playoff bubble teams that, together, would reduce the length of the 82-game regular season to 78 or 79 games, according to ESPN. The following is a look at how those changes, which reportedly need to be approved before a Board of Governors meeting in April, would work, why the NBA is interested in each one and whether the league should move forward with any of them. Reseeding the playoffs How it would work: The NBA would rank the four conference finalists, one through four, based on their regular season record, thereby setting its “Final Four” matchups based on performance rather than conference designation. Why pursue this change: Since Michael Jordan’s second retirement in 1998, the NBA has had a serious imbalance between the conferences, with the West primarily being far stronger than the East. This playoff reseeding proposal would maximize the chances that the two best teams would meet in the NBA Finals, the league’s premier showcase, rather than in either of the conference finals. As one recent example, the Golden State Warriors (58 wins) needed seven games to defeat the Houston Rockets (65 wins) in the 2018 Western Conference finals, then went on to sweep the Cleveland Cavaliers (50 wins) in the NBA Finals. If the new format had been implemented, Houston would have been the top seed, Golden State would have been the second seed, the Boston Celtics (55 wins) would have been the third seed, and Cleveland would have been fourth. If the favorites had won, Houston and Golden State would have squared off in the Finals, and the longer (and more competitive) series would have almost certainly translated to greater interest and more television revenue. This proposal is a clean compromise when compared with the more radical idea of reseeding all 16 playoff teams, regardless of conference, before the playoffs start. Silver has expressed concern about the travel logistics in such a scenario, given that the NBA’s postseason format consists of four best-of-seven rounds. Under this proposal, regional matchups with less burdensome travel would be preserved through the first two rounds. Verdict: The NBA should do this. Clinging to the West-vs.-East tradition is not worth sacrificing the best possible Finals matchup. This is a minor alteration with a potentially major payoff for all parties, including the fans. Midseason tournament How it would work: The NBA would host an in-season tournament involving all 30 teams between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why pursue this change: Silver has devoted significant time and thought to positioning the NBA within the wider entertainment landscape, especially as attention spans become shorter and viewing habits shift away from traditional cable television subscriptions. Sports Media Watch reported last week that the NBA’s early-season television numbers were down on ESPN and TNT. There are numerous possible explanations: Many of the big-market teams in the East are not good this season; some viewers are choosing to follow the league solely through social media rather than watching full games; and others may be tuning out because of the absence of major stars given injuries or “load management” — the strategic resting of players to preserve their long-term health. While the NBA has made rule changes to shorten the length of its games and attempted to prevent teams from resting completely healthy players for games on national television, it is clearly seeking a more dramatic method of generating interest. The timing of the proposed tournament would avoid conflicts with major domestic competitors such as the NCAA tournament and the NFL playoffs, and it would unfold well before All-Star Weekend and the trade deadline. A midseason tournament would give non-contenders the opportunity to win a meaningful prize. There are usually only a handful of teams that can reasonably expect to win a title, and the NBA recently completed a run in which the same two teams — Golden State and Cleveland — met in the Finals four straight times. Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards, for example, enter this season knowing they have no shot at the championship, but it’s conceivable that their high-scoring offense could get hot for a few weeks and prevail in a winter tournament. In addition to offering a carrot to second-tier and third-tier teams, the tournament would provide a new method for monetizing regular season games through sponsorship deals. Silver has long expressed his admiration for professional soccer’s ability to juggle league play with tournaments and cups that create added visibility and revenue. Verdict: Meh. It’s easy to envision many teams — especially veteran teams preparing for deep playoff runs — not taking the tournament seriously, which could turn the idea into a novelty. At the same time, there’s not much downside to re-branding a segment of regular season games as cup games. Playoff play-In How it would work: At the end of the regular season, the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th seeds in each conference would do battle for the final two playoff spots. The seventh seed would play the eighth seed, with the winner claiming the seventh spot. Then, the ninth seed would play the 10th seed, with the loser being eliminated. Finally, the loser of the first game would play the winner of the second game for the eighth spot. Why pursue this change: Tanking has been a long-standing eyesore for the NBA, which Silver has sought to address by flattening the league’s lottery odds to dissuade teams from racing to lose as many games as possible. The play-in tournament would support those efforts by encouraging teams on the playoff bubble to continue competing rather than shut down early, while adding intrigue to the launch of the postseason. The sheer length of the 82-game schedule has left some teams eliminated from the playoffs with weeks, or even months, left to play. As a result, many of those teams have sought to rest their best players and develop their young prospects to improve their draft lottery positioning. In some cases, such as “the Process” orchestrated by the Philadelphia 76ers, teams have undertaken multiyear efforts that disregarded winning in favor of competing for top draft talent. In others, respectable teams come up short and are forced to play out the string with weeks of meaningless games. Last year, the four play-in teams in the East would have been the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. In the West, they would have been the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers. The gap between the East teams was only a matter of three wins, and a headline-grabbing upset easily could have occurred. In the West, the Lakers would have had the chance to salvage a season lost to LeBron James’s groin injury. Without the play-in tournament as a lure, Los Angeles rested its franchise player for the entire month of April. Opponents of the play-in tournament have argued that it devalues the regular season because the seventh and eighth seeds must jump through extra hoops to claim playoff spots they had earned. Should a six-month body of work really be overshadowed by two make-or-break contests? The NBA has apparently appeased those voices by building in a layer of protection for the seventh and eighth seeds: a team in one of those slots would need to lose both play-in games, rather than just one, to be bumped from the playoffs. Verdict: Sure, as long as it’s not the only change. It’s not worth scrapping the decades of history baked into the NBA’s traditional 82-game schedule simply to add a play-in tournament. But if the NBA and NBPA can reach agreement on multiple schedule changes, this could be an effective way to shake up the tanking landscape and give hope to fans of bubble teams.
  9. The first batch of finalists are in! I'll post them shortly. **EDIT** - I don't believe they are the true finalists that footyheadlines.com posted.
  10. The contest just opened up last week, so I imagine by the end of July we'll see something. I think the crest will take effect for the 2020/2021 season. Also something to keep in mind - from how I understood it, a panel of season ticket holders will narrow the field down, then the season ticket holders/members will vote. The current badge will be included as a voting option to keep (I doubt that it stays, though). I believe when I read the rules for submissions, it said that any concepts MUST embody "hornets"...so unless someone can mix a Hart and a Hornet to coexist in a way pleasing to the eye...the club wants to move away from the Hart/Deer imagery. (Which is a shame)
  11. I'm sure this has been brought up and/or done already...but just for giggles and reference...here's the flying skate in the current color scheme.
  12. The only thing I don't like about this is that it needs more red. As an American, I had no idea that European hornets had a lot of red on their bodies. I don't recall seeing anything like this in North America.
  13. Technically the Steelers have red & blue in their logo, which is not used elsewhere. Yankees have bright blue and red in their official logo, but not on their uniforms. KC Chiefs have a good amount of black in their logo which is not used elsewhere. A Bundesliga club which was relegated this year, Hannover 96, feature a bright green and black badge, but predominantly wear red at home. Swedish soccer team AIK Stockholm has a navy blue and metallic gold badge, but wear bright yellow and black. German soccer's Hamburg(er) SV have a blue and black badge, but predominantly are known for their white shirts and red shorts.
  14. From Footyheadlines.com: English Premier League club Watford FC has invited fans to redesign the club's crest, with a view to possibly replacing it. An email was sent out to supporters on Tuesday asking fans to submit their designs for a logo that could "best represent Watford FC in the future." After all designs have been collected, supporters will have the opportunity to vote on which they think is best out of six different options, including the five best fan designs and the current crest. The email said that the idea was to make the club "as instantly identifiable to fans of football worldwide."Watford FC will release further information about the process on June 13 2019, shortly after Premier League fixtures are announced. For those of you not familiar with Watford FC, they are unique in that their badge carries the image of a (poorly drawn) Hart (deer) that resembles a moose. The hart is the symbol of the county in which Watford resides, Hertfordshire. That's nice and all, but the club's nickname is the 'Hornets'. They have historically flip-flopped between images of Harts and Hornets on their shirts, with a Hart being the most recent incarnation.
  15. Also...single helmet stripe...but double stripes on the rest of the uniform.