Friday, May 19, 2017

Next Newbs' for MLB East

What if both the American and National League took on a team in the east?

Here's what I'd do:

Carolina, ridding of the Rays

The Carolina Colonials baseball club sounds neat.  The Indiana Racers with Colts and Pacers (and someday NHL).  Tennessee Mountainmen baseball.  I really do like their minor league Smokies name.  It would be great for them to split time between Memphis and Nashville, two 35k seaters a piece.

Major League Baseball in Tennessee. How to beat out Charlotte for an Expansion Bid. New Brave King of the South

There's the best solution (for any division really) for 3 beckoning markets in a 2 squeeze pinch.  It's getting rid of the Rays to somewhere else.
I have to admit something.  I don't care about Montreal.  No loss to me.  I have another plan for them and it includes Vancouver (and justifiable any division alignment). 

Disband the Rays. They can share the born-again Florida Marlins and split time between the Florida coasts.  The tix' would be more in demand if you have 40 games in each location instead of 80.  Fill in some gap time with Gloria Estefan concerts.
Whatcha' think?  Check links below

Major League Baseball in Nashville and New Orleans

Southland Pioneers Major League Baseball Team. Or the Southland Rays. In Nashville and Charlotte


Southland Pioneers Major League Baseball Team. Or the Southland Rays. In Nashville and Charlotte

Tilda Lindstam



Big Baseball back in Montreal after a decade absence ?


32 Team Major League Baseball Expansion. And 5 or more MLB Cities


Major League Baseball in Vancouver and Montreal. Make it one team. North Country Lumberjacks. The 'Jacks !!!



Friday, May 5, 2017

Mainey Yacks

Yacks or Yaks

What creative names you got bounced around?

I think this is a nifty unconventional name for some team in Maine. 

Envision a crab riding the Yak head instead of horns

Double A for the Red Sox in Maine

Drunks do this?!  Or perhaps crazy lobsters.
Yacking up after too much to drink?

Nifty Names. A Local Twist

Monday, April 24, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Next Newbs' for MLB Central

Oklahoma City
Omaha?  Not yet.  I like the sound of Oklahoma-Omaha Pilots.
When you look at the map what do you see?  Albuquerque or El Paso someday?

But Texas Rangers already.  So what does that mean for central Tex with San Antonio and Austin?

I disparaged Montreal before.  Well, not really, maybe I rubbed them the wrong way in my preference for other cities for big league ball.  But I have a compromise and it involves stadiums being fuller more often than they are,...and the city of Vancouver.  Average Montreal in with Vancouver and we have a Central geographic justification.   A two-place team for Canada is where it's at.

Would the Mexico City Emissaries work with part-time play hubbed in San Antonio?  Tex-Mex Toros?  Monterrey involved in there somewhere?

New Orleans?  Share the Midland Rockers with Little Rock?  What about a 20 or 35k seat beautiful ballyard?

Friday, April 14, 2017

Kentucky Downs and Horsemen. NOW !!!


I'm not going to pretend Louisville can handle MLB just yet.  Not before Indy.
And I'm not going to pretend they care about hockey all that much.  Or are foaming at the mouth for soccer.  And yes, diamond-wise there are territorial encroachment realities with the Redlands, Cards and Cubs, with nothing to say of the line of precedence of Charlotte and Nashville and market realities concerning 80 homegames.

But football and basketball can be handled with fervor.

Now that Las Vegas has been very much staked off, Louisville is all that is left in bustling virgin land for these big leagues.

You know it and I know it.

Kentucky Downs. The NFL in Louisville

Ohio Flights and Kentucky Horsemen for an NBA Expansion


Friday, April 7, 2017

Next Regional Name

Is it going to be MLS for the Carolinas?  We have two "Carolina" themed teams.  Two New England ones.  A Golden State one.  A few aptly state named ones like Minnesota and Texas.  We used to have a broader Angels and Marlins.
What's next?  Not sure.
But let me tell you what I'd like to see sometime.

Dakota Diesel hockey.  Omaha Dakota Diesel hockey.  Have their logo be the front of a big rig with a mean grill.

New England Colonials.
A National League brand for the Boston region,....and why not the Carolinas?  East Coast Colonials would be a neat two-place team.  Imagine two beautiful baseball chapels of some 35,000 butt plates.  MLB will get it's toes more proudly into other markets.  No minor league team shakeups necessary.  How neat would it be for Carolinians to enjoy watching their minor leaguers come up in person?  A Colonials and Mudcats and Bats fan.  Oh my.  What if minor league teams were located very near their big league papa?  Imagine the farm system being farm to table.  Farm to plate.

North Country Lumberjacks.  <----click on this.
Or would this make for a good CFL stadium barnstormy NFL team representing all of Canada?  I also like names like Canadian Power and Nord Force.

Southlakes hockey in the NHL would work for Atlanta.  Share a retooled and co-located Panthers, and rebrand them as the Southlakes Fishermen.  Apparel galore.  $.

Especially with San Diego being freed up as a market in both types of football, a West Coast named brand beckons.  Instead of a second Los Angeles anything, I would enjoy any number of West Coast two-place teams (if not just in name) including markets such as Inland Empire, Sacramento, Portland, Oakland, Seattle, and even Honolulu or Anchorage.  Oakland, wouldn't you spare some part of your Athletics, if you shared baseball with Las Vegas or Portland?

Also in baseball, a Southland Band share representing some combo of musical cities as New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville and Charlotte is a thought.  Atlanta monopoly has gotten boring.

What say you?  A Midland brand.  A tag team like the Oklahoma Omaha Pilots?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Taxpayers at Gateway Reject Paying for Rich Man's Stadium - MLS

And for that, I commend you all.  I'm a man of Reds Country, so I don't say many positive things with respects to ye' of Cardinal ilk, but you're sticking up for yourselves and sending a message to billionaires and their subsidized footballs.
But a dream...
Hands on, do shoot, Saint Louey

Monday, April 3, 2017

Will We Go with Oregon Athletics?

Oakland, I'm sorry about the dooms day scenarios all going on.  Las Vegas.  Golden States jump over the Golden Gate.  Taxpayer Stockholm Syndrome.  Truly I am kinda'.

I think it's a better name than Portland Athletics,....but maybe not better than California Athletics.  That team could split time between any number of cities.  Think Sacramento and the Inland Empire.  Could even be West Coast A's with Vegas.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Major Leaguer Heaven

Ballah in Valhalla.  Whatever ya' call it.
Imagine the simulator that could arouse or evoke the most from ya'.  Okay, maybe not virtual reality yet, but let's go with a video game.

Imagine playing a baseball game.  At anywhere.  Anytime.
Pete Rose on the same field as Shoeless Joe.  You want that at Crosley, Commisky, Riverfront, or Vegas under the modern lights?  The Babe at Fenway.  Which year?  That cornfield in Iowa. 

Another virtual major league.  Pele up against whoever else is a great footballer.

What pairings or All-Star squads would you intermix?  Would you name your team?  Where would you play the game?  Would you do an all-time hometown team?  Would all players in the history of
the game be available?  Okay.  Yes.  Would this be an entirely online game and updated as such?
Yes, Bo Jackson's Baseball

Friday, March 31, 2017

Cinci Centric Soccer Analysis Update

Soccer weather in America is a Wild Card.  Cinci is a lesson in that.

When I think of soccer markets and youth soccer markets, I think of St. Louis, Latino enclaves, North Carolina and Cincinnati.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Toronto Atlantic Travellers

Would this not be a good name for the next NHL hockey team fitting within the framework of my travel team idea?

It happened before in the Kansas City-Omaha Kings in the NBA of ago.

Just think about it:  A team in Toronto (it's second one) in cahoots with Halifax.
Canada deserves more hockey.  Like Halifax and Saskatoon along with Quebec City.
And all this Vegas, Arizona and Miami stuff going on without a northwest brand hubbed in Seattle or Portland.....well, it's just silly.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Las Vegas Raiders has come True


Just had the Warriors jump step to San Fran.  I guess it's good they're still Golden State.
I mean, dayamn!!!  What next?  The A's?!

Didn't even give a chance for the ice to freeze over... .

Friday, March 24, 2017

Nifty Names. A Local Twist

Look at some of these.

I just wanna' call the list OG. Teams of today and ago...

I say this with a tone for pride and not as a disparaging snipe:  local yockle unique names.
Can we get a Barn Donkeys next expansion?  ..for Portland, Charlotte?
                     So many.  Google them.
The Sound Tigers of Bridgeport hockey
Iron Pigs
Batavia Muckdogs
Hartford Yard Goats
Altoona Curve
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Richmond Flying Squirrels

Montgomery Biscuits.  Wow.  Love.
Akron RubberDucks
Biloxi Shuckers
Savannah Sand Gnats
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
The New Orleans Zephyrs renamed their AAA squad (Marlins) the Baby Cakes.  Gold.
Hot off the press:

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hockey and Hoops near Hampton Roads?

One awesome arena could lure in two big league brands 200 miles south of our nation's capital.

Why not build the best arena in the world for the hook that would seduce the NBA and NHL?

What kind of amenities would be offered up like none other?


East Coast Whalers of Norfolk and Hartford. A Two-Place Team in the NHL

How bad ass does this sound?:  East Coast Battle Group
Hampton Hooplah?  Norfolk Vikings?
Eastern Seaboards, Virginia Beach Cruisers, Newport Express, Virginia Admirals, Generals

Saturday, March 18, 2017

I demand these. NOW for the Big Five

And I will insist to be free of declaring pairings.

The NBA in Louisville.
Seattle, honestly I don't care.
And really, I'm not demanding a dang fatootin' thing.

The NHL in Portland/Seattle.  Arizona?!  Las Vegas?!  Panther-sized yawn, yo.

More important things to worry about, right?
Big League baseball.  I really don't care.  I'll likely live to see that Portland and Charlotte birth.
Montreal?  Two schits.  I wonder if the likes of Monterrey on the other side of the creek will see MLB regularly before we round the next century.

NFL:  yeah, I don't care about the Colts and I do give a hoot about Bengaldom, but if you put a Kentucky Downs team in Louisville the grumblings of the aforementioned and Titanland would be nifty.

MLS:  you're doing your thing.  The American Soccer landscape is slippery.  My native land of the Queen City flaunted that fact to you.  That list of 10 or so will surely be someday.   San Diego, St Louis and Cinci shifted into the argument with lightning speed, despite their proximity to other markets.  It helps that MLS has expressed a stronger desire for rivalries knocking up against each other.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Next Second Team City

Is it Dallas?  Is it Chicago?
What about Toronto in the NHL?

A second NBA team in Chi-town?

Are the leagues going to expand their footprint before doing such a thing anymore?
....Well, Los Angeles, the second largest market, having had no NFL teams for 20 years, got two more.  The Rams didn't move to Portland or the Chargers didn't move to Toronto, now did they?

I don't think so, but....
If so anyway:
     NBA:  Chicagoland Flights
NFL:  Chicagoland Troops
     MLB:  New England Colonials (Boston)
MLS:  Chicago Blue ....Chippers
     NHL:  West Coast Ghosts (San Fran)
But it's really, and rightfully going to be Toronto.

Just some thoughts:  Boston and Chicago rule their states in a clear monopoly.  There's argument in Texas, Pennsylvania and California for their megacities.  So, before doubled up Dallas for another team, there'd be the San Antonio area.

What cities are your choices for seconds?  Sizeable areas (including some twin towns) are the Bay, D.C./Baltimore, Philadelphia and Dallas.  A Philly American League and Dallas National League squad in the future?  Not far from each other is an area in central Texas comprised of Austin and San Antonio.  Austin will get NHL before Houston, right?  San Marcos is a small city in between the two.  Is some kind of football team a good place to tailgate their as a weekly venue?
So much to talk about.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Will there be a Sims Baseball.....if not MLB The Show Video Game Expansion Option ???

MLB The Show by Brian Mazique contributing for Forbes:
[What's Still Missing]
There's still no option to relocate teams or to add expansion teams. NBA 2K and Madden have added one or both of the options, but The Show has yet to take that step. Some may be reading this and thinking: "the game isn't even out yet, how can you be critiquing a mode?"
It's simple. It's safe to say those features won't be included in this year's game because if they were, it would have been revealed at this point. As we sit just three weeks away from launch, I assure you relocation or expansion will not be in MLB The Show 17.
Some fans are pure traditionalists. They only want to play with the real major league baseball teams, but a large portion of us would love the option to locate and create expansion teams with the same create-a-team suite used in Diamond Dynasty.     - - -

Wouldn't a Sims future MLB feature addition be FANtastic?  Imagine if cities like Indianapolis, Memphis, New Orleans, Nashville, Louisville, Charlotte, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Montreal and Portland ..or even Honolulu had a way to lego up their stadium choices.  ... I mean, well, you know, the fans thereof?

The gamers could solicit free architectural graphics from firms wanting their name to get out there even bigger and better.....from any number of cities, to include Mexico City, Monterrey, Berlin or London.  At least let fans pick their favorite parts of existing ball parks and play puzzle Picasso with their wishes.
Would ya' name it the Pines of Portland?

Monday, March 6, 2017

NBA: When Cincinnati?

Which really is asking..... which cities will come before Cinci?

Louisville is looking consensus.  Kentucky's first big league brand in the modern era.

Cincinnatian NBA fans should be nervous about these two city names:  St. Louis and Kansas City.
My money is on KC and their newer arena.
When bigger league volleyball? the blog
And quite plainly, this should be said to the likes of Cinci, Pittsburgh and Baltimore:  
Missouri is without the NBA.  So, KC or St. Louis?

Because of alignment, out for the Western Conference, the likes of Seattle, San Diego and Las Vegas are of little concern for this argument.

Cinci, Pitt and KC are NBA ready, seat-wise.  This, downtown Cincinnati

Friday, March 3, 2017

Awesome leagues yet to be seen

I have posts dedicated to these ideas going a little while back, but these are the leagues I want to see.

And in the next 50 years, for the big five leagues, we could see a minor league farm team dedicated to each team.  I'd also love some kind of lady counterpart.    

Minor League Football (stop mocking the College in college football)
Not enough junk in the trunk // too compact
Pacific Pro League is starting 2018.  NFL Europe wasn't so very hot.  I think a ladies league of flag football would be nifty enough.  I'd prefer those gals in track suits more so than sporting lingerie in a big stadium super setting.

The WNBA is on track.  Wouldn't you say?

Women's Major League Baseball                
              corresponding to their MLB brother clubs

Women's Major League Soccer

Women's Club Hockey teams corresponding to NHL.   And when volleyball explodes........

Portland MLB. Blue Socks? Oaks? the Woods?

Many o' time they have been reborn the Beavers in minor league ball.
Rockies affiliate, briefly.
Oregon Mountaineers
Pilots were in Seattle before they were Mariners

For now, you have your short-season A-ball team in the suburbs.

Would you share the West Coast Angels?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What about Two NHL teams for Canada's Pop. Three ... Plus the Quebec Bulldogs ???

Now, I'm neither credentialed as, or pretending to be a Canadian cultural enthusiast or hockey fanatic.  I just throw out my two cents.

But word has been out for awhile that Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver could support a second NHL team with ease.  Hockey is blood in Canada.  The studies and claims are out there, ... University of Toronto etc and so forth.  Go get 'em.

There was a team in ancient NHL history called the Quebec Bulldogs.  I wonder if the fans would go for that, or would they feel a more nostalgic appeal for Nordiques and Expos?

Could there be 3 or 4 second teams in NHL Canada?  

I mean, I know there is a big expansion drive to put more NHL on the map to grow the sport, so it really won't happen for a long long time, but it's fun to think about.

AHL Relocations


Doubled up in Montreal.
Sometimes I advocate a broader reach in naming, if not locating.  But I'd never say that Toronto and Montreal couldn't/shouldn't have two. ....and I would argue the extra big time teams OUT of the likes of LA and NYC.
In my opinion Quebec Rocket might work better, but who cares.  Not a question.


What's the pool of candidates for Vegas 'Nights aside from Chicago?

Monday, February 27, 2017

Just some Uneducated Guesses on the Next WNBA Expansion(s)

wikipedia:  current and former teams
Take your pick
NOLA never had.  Ditto Memphis.
           Dolphins and  Sizzlies
Toronto Maple Ladies
Denver Dames
Milwaukee ReindeerS
Jersey Nets
Boston Kilts                                                   

check out:  D-WNBA League

Kansas City Swarm
Cincinnati Stunners
Las Vegas Flight
Jacksonville Mamas
Mobile Ladies
Boise Girls

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Expansion Mind Game (pt. 3). My Helluva' Idea

Polygamy will have its place in a future of third genders.

Having one team for two cities was an idea I had for a league to stick a team, with its toes into the water, into two questionable markets (like for MLB, Portland and Las Vegas).  I would love to see for this happen to the Athletics.  Re-coin them as the West Coast A's.  They could remain in Oakland and dabble in Portland and/or Vegas.  Build a 30k seat expandable ready beauty of a ballpark in another city.  If I were Oakland, I'd do it in Vegas.
What I'd do with the Rays?  Say bye bye.  Tampa would share some time with the reborn Florida Marlins.  And you'd have Expos reborn.  Magic.

So, I added a new market and still have room for two more teams to make a 32 team MLB.

All this junk I talk is already throughout my blog

I'll tell ya' the next two teams.  Vancouver and Portland could show international love with the West Coast Lumberjacks.  The apparel sales for the A's and 'Jacks would end up being phenomenal, wouldn't you think.  Take that bank of the Bronx!

Next up:  the Carolina Colonists?  Flights?  Bye bye monopoly on the true south Atlanta.  I've thought that maybe the North Country 'Jacks should be in Montreal and Vancouver.  Personally I think the Expos are ugly.  I've even thought about the International Expose of Montreal-Las Vegas, which could justifiably squeeze into any division alignment.  East Coast Expos with Charlotte, too.  I was just operating under the assumption that one market could show itself as a breakaway and alleviate any doubts that number crunchers and league offices had.  Music City bouncing around the likes of Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis.

West Coast Clippers.  Or San Diego Clippers.  St. Louis.  Missouri.  Louisville.  Seattle.  Something else.

Florida Panthers.  Um, how 'bout the Southlakes Fishermen for Miami and Atlanta.  West Coast Coyotes however you feel.  Northwest Coast Ghosts.  Northern Lights.  Whatever you'd do.

West Coast Raiders?  Nord Force in CFL stadiums.  TV would be all of Canada.  Money.  Kentucky Downs in Louisville.

Great Lakes Foot Soldiers, Armada.  A lot of cities in that region:  Milwaukee, Cleveland, Indy, Rochester and Cinci.  Bootleggers United:  Nashville and Charlotte-Raleigh region.

See your place in the Index Key

See much more expansion, co-location and relocation talk for 
both footballs, baseball, basketball and hockey on my blog 

What do you think?  Am I off my rocker and high in the clouds?