Monday, January 16, 2017

Alternate NFL

So this is a little alternate reality version of my other NFL set same rules apply, but here there was not all the relocation that has happened in the modern era of the NFL. Additionally instead of the Cardinals moving from Chicago to St Louis in 1960, they go to Indianapolis. So you'd have the NFL pretty much as it was with 28 teams prior to 1982, Raiders still in Oakland, Colts still in Baltimore, Oilers still in Houston, Rams never going to and from St Louis. Then you could have a few rounds of expansion to get all of the current NFL cities filled, as well as team in St Louis, and for the heck of it, one in San Antonio to get an even 34. That would make balanced scheduling easy, 17 teams in each conference, you play every conference team once, top 6 teams from each conference make the playoffs.


Baltimore Colts:
Usual classic design here. And would have been great to keep the true legacy from Unitas to Manning all those years.

Buffalo Bills:
Vintage early 90's red helmets, their glory years.

Cincinnati Bengals:
Orange tiger, make them orange, and dump the ugly helmet stripe in favor of this awesome logo that doesn't get nearly enough use now.

Cleveland Browns:
Give them a real logo, move the helmets to a simple and classic white with brown player numbers,

Denver Broncos:
Currently logo, but back to royal blue instead of navy, and some traditional sleeve stripes too.

Houston Oilers:
I understand the love for their baby blues, but I think the Chargers just own that look. The route they went when they moved to Tennessee actually works well, navy the primary and keeping the baby blue as a secondary.

Jacksonville Jaguars:
Bring it closer to their original design, but focus on gold instead of black.

Kansas City Chiefs:
Just a classic.

Miami Dolphins:
Back to the late 90's dolphin logo with the helmet, as well as the wordmark, and the greener shade of aqua. Bringing the sleeve and sock stripes back to something similar to their original design.

New England Patriots:
Old school red with the shoulder stripes, but the new logo and silver as well. Much more vibrant than the navy jerseys.

New York Jets:
Blending the old 80's futuristic font with the original logo style and jersey.

Oakland Raiders:
Another timeless classic.

Pittsburgh Steelers:
Yet another classic, just go back to the block numbers and ditch the logo chest patch.

San Diego Chargers:
Go with the powder blues, everyone loves them.

Seattle Seahawks:
Rather than the mono-navy look, break it up with silver/gray pants, neon green is a great contrasting color in there.

St Louis Stallions:
Taking the proposed look, but adding in the black as a more prominent color than the proposed gold, after all the Vikings already have the purple and yellow look down. Obviously taking a lot from the Ravens design and incorporating in here, since it is no longer needed in Baltimore.

Tennessee Titans:
Since they never came over from Houston in this case, they never take the columbia blue color, just navy and yellow from the Nashville flag. Trying to mimic those yellow and navy Packers throwbacks that look so simple and classic.


Arizona Rattlers:
I think the old area league team actually had a decent concept. No team uses a white helmet with a black jersey, I think that looks good. Orange and a bit of blue as the contrasting colors.

Atlanta Falcons:
Modern logo with the old red helmet / black jersey design.

Carolina Panthers:
Can't go wrong with the carolina blue.

Chicago Bears:
A classic that needs no changes:

Dallas Cowboys:
Rather than a conflict mess of navy or royal blue, and silver or blueish silver, just settling on navy and blueish silver throughout the design. Also start wearing the navy at home.

Detroit Lions:
Ditch the unnecessary black contrasts and it is all good.

Green Bay Packers:
Another classic, one of a handful of perfect designs.

Indianapolis Cardinals:
Seems like they could have worked as a classic, midwestern, small city club in Indianapolis. Keeping with that a classic, simple uniform design.

Los Angeles Rams:
Keep the logo and much of the design, just go back to royal blue and yellow.

Minnesota Vikings:
Go back to a normal number font and a bit of a change up in the stripes, that's all that needs to be fixed.

New Orleans Saints:
Go back to the gold gold and the stripe pattern. Classic look.

New York Giants:
Too much red in their way uniform, make it blue and you are set.

Philadelphia Eagles:
Go back to kelly green, emphasize silver over black in the contrasting colors.

San Antonio Texans:
Not letting a good logo and design go to waste. Put the Texans in San Antonio, and just liven them up with red as the primary.

San Francisco 49ers:
A few little tweaks to perfect this classic design.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Keep the pirate flag, but go back to the old orange jersey days.

Washington Redskins:
The spearhead logo and the gold over yellow make this a great looking classic concept.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

NCAA D-1A Football

Trying to consolidate NCAA top tier football here. Dropping down to 88 teams, 11 schools in 8 conferences. Simply put, win your conference, you get into the 8 team playoff, and conference title games would basically be the first round of the playoffs. With 11 schools in each conference you can play all 10 conference opponents, leaving two non-conference games. This way the top two conference teams get into the championship game regardless of weird and unbalanced division alignments, or you could just skip the conference title game altogether. The rest of current 1-A schools who didn't make the cut would move down to 1-AA.
Basically taking the existing power 5 conferences (64 schools), plus the MWC and AAC minus the service academies (22), and the 2 major independents. Conferences like the Pac 12, Big 10, and SEC retain their traditional schools, ACC, SWC, Big East, and former Big 8, MWC should look pretty similar.
For the playoffs I'd try to keep the bowl traditions in place, so you'd have the Rose (Big 10 vs PAC 11), Cotton (SWC vs MWC), Sugar (SEC vs AAC), and Orange (ACC vs Big East) Bowls as the quarterfinals, and then the winners of the Rose and Cotton in the Fiesta Bowl and winners of Sugar and Orange in the Peach Bowl. National title game would continue to rotate to sites that bid out. 
Uniform wise, the idea is to drop all of these crazy one-off designs and create a solid, identifiable look for each school, home and away. With 88 schools, and keeping their traditional school colors (and uniform design for school who have a legit standard), it isn't easy to make all of these schools unique looking, but I did as much as I could.

American Athletic Conference:
Here you have the old Big 8 schools, and then add in Colorado State, and Louisville and Cincinnati as rivals in the eastern part of the country.

Atlantic Coast Conference:
Most of the traditional ACC schools are in here, adding in the other Florida schools; Miami, UCF, and USF.

Big 10:
I guess we can still call it the Big 10 with 11 teams. Traditional Big 10 group, plus Notre Dame naturally goes in as well.

Big East:
Lots of the traditional Big East football schools, but adding in Penn State where they should have gone, as well as Maryland.

Mountain West Conference:
Taking back the old MWC schools like Utah and BYU gives them some more power.

PAC 11:
Going with the traditional PAC 10, but then adding in UNLV from the MWC. Just seemed ideal for them to be playing in the PAC 10 as a major market draw.

South Eastern Conference:
Again, traditional SEC schools, plus newer recruit South Carolina.

South West Conference:
It is the old SWC schools, aside from Rice, who doesn't make the cut. Memphis, Tulane, and Tulsa jump over from the current AAC.