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National Dashball League: A Fictional Sport, A Fictional Future - 2024 Finals

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Wow. The Chargers have a very unique color scheme and I think that's my favorite part. Love the logos and uniforms, but the color scheme really stands out. Nice work!

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Love the design, also, the picture loaded up on Safari with no issues.

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I've got a few housekeeping things to drop before we move on, and I'd also like to bump to see if I can get more feedback on the Chargers. First off, now that we have three divisions, we need three division logos, so I've adjusted them accordingly. I tried to keep roughly the same color scheme and balance for the East and West, which meant that the Central Division gets stuck with white, but oh well.

 

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I've also updated the signatures to reflect the new team and alignment. While I haven't seen anyone other than myself using them, here they are again just in case:

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On 11/7/2017 at 6:50 PM, CheeseBurger22 said:

Wow. The Chargers have a very unique color scheme and I think that's my favorite part. Love the logos and uniforms, but the color scheme really stands out. Nice work!

Thanks! That was definitely the goal; I wanted to really emphasize bronze, since no other teams really use that color.

 

On 11/10/2017 at 2:21 PM, Red Comet said:

Love the design, also, the picture loaded up on Safari with no issues.

Awesome! Good to hear.

 

On 11/10/2017 at 11:52 PM, Darknes said:

The Chargers look really solid and I actually really like how the White in the Central logo pops

I definitely like the Central logo too in a vacuum, just white isn't a great color to have to "own." I still think it worked, though.

 

On 11/11/2017 at 1:41 PM, MrRockyTop16 said:

Just found this thread. It's fantastic! Hoping to see the South represented soon (preferably with a Nashville team, Nashvillians can get behind anything.)

Thanks a lot! The South is wide open, so the league definitely wants to get a team there as soon as possible. I can't say where yet, but the league will be looking to get into smaller markets with fewer teams, so Nashville is definitely an option.

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1:How often do you plan on expansion, i dont know if this has been asked before but, will you also be guessing what markets will become a bigger destination for a pro sport team? (If that makes any sense?) 

2:Will you ever do a vote? For example @hawkfan89 wonderful phl League?

Wishing for Louisville or Cincy to get a team!

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Before we get to the offseason post, I've got one uniform update to show you guys. Like some of you, the Frost noticed that their second and third uniforms were pretty much redundant, and have effectively combined the two into one uniform, which will become the new secondary. The primary and blackout have not changed.

 

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On 11/12/2017 at 10:12 PM, BellaSpurs said:

1:How often do you plan on expansion, i dont know if this has been asked before but, will you also be guessing what markets will become a bigger destination for a pro sport team? (If that makes any sense?) 

2:Will you ever do a vote? For example @hawkfan89 wonderful phl League?

Wishing for Louisville or Cincy to get a team!

I don't know for sure how often the league will expand, but I think it'll be relatively quickly. I absolutely plan to do Expansion Councils when I do, though, and I will be looking at projected growth and such of cities (it wouldn't be very exciting if I used 2017 data for 2030s councils, now would it :lol:).

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45 minutes ago, ItDoesntMatter said:

I don't know for sure how often the league will expand, but I think it'll be relatively quickly. I absolutely plan to do Expansion Councils when I do, though, and I will be looking at projected growth and such of cities (it wouldn't be very exciting if I used 2017 data for 2030s councils, now would it :lol:).

 

Damn, and I thought it was hard to find MSA-level data for population for the AFA expansion councils in the 1950s.

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10 minutes ago, Veras said:

Damn, and I thought it was hard to find MSA-level data for population for the AFA expansion councils in the 1950s.

Yeah, I'm pretty glad that's in the future right now.

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Coaching Changes:
With a 7-73 record over the first two years, the Toronto Hogs fired head coach Nicolas Stroke. In a move that would be controversial both within the organization and without, general manager Billie Arsenault moved to take on the coaching role as well. This was partially due to Arsenault’s ego and perfectionism, and partially because nobody wanted to come coach the perennial pink bottom-feeder that Toronto seems to be becoming. The team’s success this season will be a large determining factor in whether Arsenault, and potentially even the team itself, sticks around.

 

Roster Changes:

 

Free Agents - 
CAL F/ZB Erik Franz to LA - Franz jumps from a starting spot on the national champion Sea Lions to their biggest rival thus far, the Tooths, where he will likely have a backup role. This looks to be a money-driven move, as LA clearly wanted him more than California did.

 

CAL B/C Roosevelt Hall to TOR - The Hogs gain championship experience from the big man, who spent 2017 with the pink and brown before winning it all last year with the Lions. Hall will also see an increase in playing time after being the fourth center on Cali’s roster last year.

 

TOR B/ZB James Terry to CHI - Terry was one of the Hogs’ best players last year, but was clearly unhappy with the situation there. He will sign with the Frost, who hope that he will put them over the top in what looks to be a very competitive Central Division.

 

Trades -
PHX receives W/K Zechariah Bailey, F/ZB Ernie Roberts
CAL receives F/K Jim Burns, F/ZB Elenio Field, W/ZB Gary Ceja
California was looking to shop one of its keepers, and Phoenix gave them the best offer for Bailey. The trade enabled the Palms to solve their keeper problem and the Sea Lions to add depth at forward.

 

PHI receives B/ZB McAllister Pleasant
PHX receives F/ZB Zoilo Estrada
In a straight-up star-for-star trade, the Palms pick up another forward to replace Field and Burns, while the Row get an excellent two-way player in Pleasant who can take some pressure off their younger, less-experienced starters.

 

Expansion Draft -
1. B/ZB Brandon Walter (LA)
2. B/ZB Scott Rose (LA)
3. B/K David Jones (SEA)
4. B/K Joel Drain (CHI)
5. F/C Billy Moses (TOR)
6. F/ZB Alexander Burkhardt (PHI)
7. B/C Ralph Rashke (TEX)
8. W/ZB Terry Rothgeb (CHI)
9. B/ZB Freddie Hayley (CAL)
10. W/ZB Charles Lee (CAL)
11. W/C Kyle Simpson (PHX)
12. B/ZB Kristian Wagner (PHX)
13. W/ZB Jay Moth (SEA)
14. W/K Will Orleans (TEX)
15. F/ZB Steve Owens Jr. (PHI)
16. B/ZB Joel Moth (TOR)

The Chargers were allowed to pick two players from each team’s list of eight unprotected players. Notable picks include: Walter and Rose, both of whom started for the Sabertooths last season; Burkhardt, who started the season for Philadelphia but didn’t live up to expectations and wound up on the bench; Hayley, who, despite being the oldest on the team, is also one of its best players, and has said that he wants to play into his 40s; and two of the Moth brothers (their older brother Charlie was released by Philly, where both he and Jay started their careers, and joined Jay in Seattle just two weeks before Jay was taken by the Chargers).

 

Draft - 
1. NY - W/ZB Tom Gross - Portland State
2. TOR - B/ZB Charley Parker - LSU
3. SEA - F/K Chris Gray - MD-Eastern Shore
4. PHI (from TEX) - B/ZB Curt Rouge - New Brunswick
5. PHX - W/ZB Gary Ceja - UC-Santa Barbara
6. CHI - B/ZB Mitch Beetle - North Florida
7. LA - B/ZB Willy Tipton - Sacramento State
8. PHI - W/ZB Lawrence Davis - Cal State Northridge
9. CAL - F/ZB Dale Maxwell - New Orleans

Unlike last year’s draft, there was no consensus #1 pick. Ultimately, New York decided on Tom Gross, whom they will look to for speed at the wing position, over bigger, more powerful back Charley Parker, who went to Toronto at #2. Seattle looked a little further down the draft board for Chris Gray, the only non-zone back drafted in the first round, and the second UMES player Seattle has drafted in the first round in three years (they took Tom Reyes-Moore in 2017). The rest of the draft was highlighted by smaller schools in California, who have picked up the sport relatively quickly, possibly due to the success of the Sea Lions and Sabertooths.

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I'm going to start calling Toronto the Lolhogs. This will not end well.

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Happy belated Thanksgiving, everyone! Hopefully, your holiday went well, or at least was less of a mess than this season. Let’s get to it!

 

We’ll start with the East Division, which was supposed to be a cakewalk, and it was - just for the wrong team. Of course, the expansion New York Chargers weakened the division considerably; they were about the only thing that made sense this year, finishing 2-38. Philadelphia was supposed to run away with the division and was looking to make a playoff run on the backs of their NDLCS appearance the previous year, but were so ravaged by injuries that they had trouble fielding a team at times. This allowed Toronto, who had only won three divisional games in their entire history, to run the table in the East, going 16-0 against their two divisional opponents and winning the division by 14 games. However, they went 7-17 in intradivisional matches, finishing 23-17, and nobody is giving them any chance in the playoffs.

 

Meanwhile, the newly-formed Central Division was expected to be hotly contested. It featured three teams that, while all mediocre at best the season prior, finished within two games of each other, and there wasn’t really a consensus pick as to which team would come out on top this year. As it turns out, Phoenix and Texas were both bit by the injury bug, though not as bad as Philly, and Chicago seemed almost totally immune. F/C Michel Blanchard looked better than ever, winning his first Offensive Player of the Year award and his second MVP, and B/ZB Ed Maxwell, W/C Jaroslav Zahradník, and B/K Gregg Larkin continued to produce on defense, allowing a league-best 121.5 points per game. They would go on to finish 34-6 and will have the top seed in the playoffs, hosting former division rival Toronto in the first round.

 

In contrast, the West wasn’t really all that surprising; the Sea Lions won the division, the Sabertooths finished a few games behind them, and the Sawyers came in last (I swear I didn’t intend for all of the West Coast teams to start with the same letter). What was surprising about it is how close all the teams were. Seattle, very much planning for the future (as one should be with both California and LA in one’s division), finished 21-19; this will still give them the fourth pick in the upcoming draft, but was a much better season than anyone would have reasonably expected. The success of the West Division was partially due to the relative lack of success of the other six teams (the division combined for a 54-18 record when they didn’t have to play each other), and partially due to the teams themselves just being really good. Lions B/C Thomas Notz had the best season of his career at age 35; Tooths W/ZB Dwight McCann was still excellent despite being hampered with an ankle injury, and W/ZB Perham Jahanpour stepped up to help fill the hole at both positions; and young B/ZBs Horace Yazzie and Keith Grice came out of relative obscurity, having huge years for the Sawyers. In the end, when all things were said and done, we were given a Sea Lions-Sabertooths semifinal, so maybe all is well in the universe after all.

 

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I'm gonna predict that the Hogs are gonna surprise everyone beating both Chicago and the Sea Lions. I mean this year didn't make a ton of sense...so why not?

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Wow! Poor Philly...it was a massive twist to the story seeing Toronto win the Eastern division - of course the Chargers were going to start tough but 2-38 is actually very sad with a .050 record. And what an improvement from Seattle, more than quintupling their win total from last season!

 

Can't wait for the 2019 playoffs and potential expansion teams!

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On 11/16/2017 at 10:42 PM, ChicagoOakland said:

I'm going to start calling Toronto the Lolhogs. This will not end well.

Welp, I was an idiot.

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On 11/27/2017 at 2:59 PM, Darknes said:

I'm gonna predict that the Hogs are gonna surprise everyone beating both Chicago and the Sea Lions. I mean this year didn't make a ton of sense...so why not?

 

On 11/27/2017 at 5:39 PM, Goran The Man said:

Wow! Poor Philly...it was a massive twist to the story seeing Toronto win the Eastern division - of course the Chargers were going to start tough but 2-38 is actually very sad with a .050 record. And what an improvement from Seattle, more than quintupling their win total from last season!

 

Can't wait for the 2019 playoffs and potential expansion teams!

 

On 11/27/2017 at 6:09 PM, ChicagoOakland said:
On 11/16/2017 at 10:42 PM, ChicagoOakland said:

I'm going to start calling Toronto the Lolhogs. This will not end well.

Welp, I was an idiot.

 

I'm just gonna lump all of these responses into one, because it mostly boils down to "Toronto definitely shouldn't be here." Granted, they did improve over the offseason and they played well together this year, but in any other division, they likely would've been eaten alive. New York's poor play was partially due to the expansion draft rules; since each team could effectively protect their entire starting lineup, the Chargers ended up with a roster made up almost exclusively of bench players and draft picks. Their 2-38 record is the worst in the league's history, but that's a history of three years, and it's only a game and two games worse than the Hogs' previous two seasons. The Row's situation, meanwhile, was almost unfair. Five of their top seven players lost significant time to injury, and a few of them tried to play through anyway, which only served to hurt them further. Toronto's playoff hopes are very slim going up against the Frost, but an upset would certainly fit the theme, wouldn't it?

 

 

In other news, just one season was enough to convince Commissioner Justin Ross that the 3-division, 3-teams-per-division format does not work. He and the team owners have put together an expansion committee to meet this offseason, with the goal of adding three new teams to the league for the 2021 season. I will have the bid information and bio guidelines up after the Finals; at that point, you may start posting your responses. To reiterate: do not post your bio now, post it after I have posted the expansion bids and opened the voting.

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I wonder if the Sabertooths are gonna choke again...

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