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    grande reacted to Kent in CPL new teams speculation   
    If Saskatoon and Quebec City are added next, and of course no existing teams fold, that would be awesome. We would have 7 provinces represented in the league. The CFL maximum they have ever had is 6 (I am not counting American states), and the old CSL maxed out at 5 in any given season, and had 6 provinces represented if you include all the teams they ever had.
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    grande reacted to Copes in CPL new teams speculation   
    Nah man. Haven't you heard? We hate Ottawa now.
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    grande got a reaction from Ams1984 in Forge FC Season Thread 2020   
    Jeeze, this guy's been everywhere.
    Started with TFC (only one appearance), played in Finland, then Edmonton, back to Finland, down to Colombia, Guatemala, back to Finland AGAIN, Sweden, then recently had stints for Vaughan Azzurri and Ottawa Fury.
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    grande reacted to to70 in 2020 Concacaf Champions League   
    And LA Galaxy had more Canadians(2) than Americans(1) in their starting line-up
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    grande got a reaction from TFC2017 in Forge FC Season Thread 2020   
    Jeeze, this guy's been everywhere.
    Started with TFC (only one appearance), played in Finland, then Edmonton, back to Finland, down to Colombia, Guatemala, back to Finland AGAIN, Sweden, then recently had stints for Vaughan Azzurri and Ottawa Fury.
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    grande got a reaction from The Real Marc in Forge FC Season Thread 2020   
    Jeeze, this guy's been everywhere.
    Started with TFC (only one appearance), played in Finland, then Edmonton, back to Finland, down to Colombia, Guatemala, back to Finland AGAIN, Sweden, then recently had stints for Vaughan Azzurri and Ottawa Fury.
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    grande reacted to IAmPappy in The Belt & The Boot   
    100% agreed. I'm all-in with your comments regarding the Boot. Unless we get a sudden grassroots movement for "The Belt & The Overripe Banana" or something like that, we'll probably just pick 3-4 names and take a vote. This topic has dragged longer than I anticipated, and I apologize for that.
    However, I'm intrigued by your other comment about awarding a proper "trophy", not for the Boot (or over-ripe banana, or whatever), but for the Belt. Hear me out for a minute ...
    Imagine a proper, large, glorious Belt, either backed by a corporate sponsor, or financed by the fans (Voyageurs?). My thought is that the league's team/equipment managers would be the Belt caretakers. It would be one more item that equipment managers carry around to road trips. Nothing to do with players. Say for example, Wanderers just got the Belt from Pacific. The equipment managers would quietly exchange the Belt immediately after the game. The next morning, on the Wanderers website, we would see a picture of the equipment manager, or the team's physio, or the team's marketing guy, or a few Wanderers supports, lifting the CPL Championship Belt in triumph. That's it, no media, no hype, no players. Just a little recognition for all the great people that run and support these great teams across the country. Even the players would get behind this because they would be motivated to win the Belt for their clubs/supporters without all the added baggage of appearances.
    Think about what happened today at Watford FC. This morning, the goliath, Liverpool FC, rolled into town. I'm not tracking this, but having gone ~400 days without a loss, I'm going to speculated that Liverpool were the defending EPL Belt champions. Watford is fighting to avoid relegation, so any 3-points from any match will help, BUT this was Liverpool! THE Liverpool that is 20+ points clear of second, and the defending Belt Champion. Final Watford 3-0 Liverpool. Now imagine Sunday morning, on the Watford website, a dozen Watford supporters, rabid, lifting the EPL Belt! It's these little victories that will keep fans engaged, motivated, and inspired during a long season. Now imagine the Crystal Palace fans, as they look forward to next weekend, when they face and try to dethrone the defending Belt Champs. Neither of these teams are going to win the league, but the fans can enjoy a few minor victories along the way.
    Just an idea.
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    grande reacted to IAmPappy in The Belt & The Boot   
    I’m not wedded to any particular names or terms. I like the idea of one club “giving the Boot” to another club. Also, the term for top scorer is usually Golden Boot, if that makes a different. Finally, I just like the alliteration of Belt & Boot. That said, I will gladly acquiesce to whatever the outcome of this revolt 😂
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    grande reacted to IAmPappy in The Belt & The Boot   
    Ok, all set:
    Renamed to "The Belt & The Boot". Overhauled the introductory post.  
    Current Belt Holder: Forge FC.

     
    Current Boot Holder: Valour FC.

     
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    grande reacted to IAmPappy in The Belt & The Boot   
    Always impressed by the breadth of knowledge on this board. Log o Wood. In rugby. In NZ. And not just rugby, but provincial rugby! Learn every day 😎 
    As the clock ticks, I feel more and more ikky about that “buckle” name. But if I’m honest, I’m currently partial to the simplicity and symmetry of “The Belt & The Boot” ...
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    grande reacted to Tigers in The Belt & The Boot   
    The Ranfurly Shield, NZ's provinicial rugby equivalent to this, is known as the Log o Wood.
    So maybe lump of coal or something? The short straw? 
    I didn't mind shoelaces mentioned above.
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    grande reacted to IAmPappy in The Belt & The Boot   
    UPDATED: Changed the names to Championship Belt and Championship Boot. Clarified and simplified a bunch of text. Thanks Lofty for the Boot name idea.
    If you’re not familiar with the “Championship Belt” concept, check out the current World Football Belt Champion. In a nutshell, it’s just like professional boxing or pro wrestling. The defending champion, who is the current holder of the Championship Belt, defends the Belt at every match until another club defeats the champion. At that point, the Belt changes hands, and a new reigning champion is declared.
     
    The CPL Championship Belt: The Rules
    Pacific FC became the very first club to lift the CPL Championship Belt on 28-Apr-2019 when they registered the very first outright victory in Canadian Premier League history. A Belt Match occurs each time that the defending champion has a competitive match against another CPL club. Competitive matches include Canadian Premier League matches, Canadian Champion (Voyageurs Cup) matches, and (future) CONCACAF matches, but does not include friendlies or exhibition matches. The Belt only changes hands if the challenger registers an outright victory, regardless of method or duration (ex. PKs after extra time). Any draw goes in favor of the defending champion, who retains the Belt. Below is a list of all Belt Matches in 2019.
     
    The CPL Championship Belt: 2019 Highlights
    The first ever CPL match (27-Apr-2019, Forge v York9) resulted in a draw, so the Belt remained unclaimed until the next day when Pacific defeated Wanderers. There were 35 Belt Matches in 2019; 32 in the CPL, and 3 in the Canadian Championship. The Belt changed hands 11 times in 2019 and was held at some point by every club in the CPL except Wanderers (despite 6 attempts). Cavalry and Forge dominated 2019 equally, each with 18 Belt Match appearances, each with 13 Belt Match victories/defenses, and each now a 3-time Belt Holder. Forge FC are the defending CPL Belt Holders going into the 2020 season. The table below shows summary statistics for the Belt during 2019. 
     
    The CPL Championship Boot: The Rules
    The Boot is the ying to the Belt’s yang. The CPL Championship Boot is not something that you want your club holding onto for too long. The Boot is always held by the loser of a Boot Match and is held by that club until they defeat another CPL club and give them the Boot.
    Wanderers became the very first club to get the Boot on 28-Apr-2019 when they registered the very first outright defeat in Canadian Premier League history. A Boot Match occurs each time that the Boot Holder has a competitive match against another CPL club. Competitive matches include Canadian Premier League matches, Canadian Champion (Voyageurs Cup) matches, and (future) CONCACAF matches, but does not include friendlies or exhibition matches. The Boot only changes hands if the Boot Holder registers an outright victory, regardless of method or duration (ex. PKs after extra time). Any draw goes in favor of the Boot Holder’s opponent, and the Boot Holder retains the Boot. Below is a list of all Boot Matches in 2019.
     
    The CPL Championship Boot: 2019 Highlights
    The first ever CPL match (27-Apr-2019, Forge v York9) resulted in a draw, so the Boot remained unclaimed until the next day when Wanderers lost to Pacific. There were 30 Boot Matches in 2019; 28 in the CPL, and 2 in the Canadian Championship. The Boot changed hands 9 times in 2019 and was held at some point by every club in the CPL except Cavalry (blocking it on 4 occasions). Pacific played in the most Boot Matches (14) and held the Boot going into 9 of those matches (tied with Valour). Pacific is also the only 3-time Boot Holder. On 6 occasions during 2019 (highlighted in grey), a Belt Match was also a Boot Match, but each time the Belt Holder prevailed, so we have never seen both honours change hands in the same match. On the last day of the 2019 season, the then-Holder Pacific defeated Valour, effectively giving Winnipeg the Boot for the off-season. Going into the 2020 season, Valour FC are the CPL Boot Holders (my club ☹).  The table below shows summary statistics for the CPL Boot in 2019.
     
    Going into the CPL 2020 Season:
    Holding the Belt: Forge FC. Holding the Boot: Valour FC.  
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    grande reacted to Blackdude in CPL General   
    f they go 4 teams, I'd want to see a Page Playoff system they do for our national curling championships. Team in 1st would get 2 home games too, so it rewards the team winning the league. And if you finish 3rd or 4th, you need to win 3 straight games.
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    grande reacted to Watchmen in CPL General   
    That would be a European Super League, and we've had a whole discussion about it, conveniently located in the CPL new teams speculation thread!
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    grande reacted to Kent in CPL General   
    Why would those competitions necessarily have to be 32 (or 24, whatever the Euro is) teams? There was a time when Olympic hockey was a single table round robin. Should it go back to that instead of the knockout competition it is now?
    If knockout tournaments (which is what playoffs are) are so inherently boring/stupid/sacrilegious/whatever negative word you think is appropriate, then why are the 3 most popular soccer competitions (the ones I mentioned above) all knockout competitions? Shouldn’t they be less popular than single table balanced schedule competitions? Apologies if the EPL is more popular than one of those by some measures, but even if it is my point remains.
    For me I like each of regular season and playoffs for different reasons. Regular season is about the long haul, the percentages. Playoffs is about winning the big game, best teams against best teams. Both are great accomplishments with different merits/downsides.
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    grande reacted to MM3/MM2/MM in Former CanPL Players   
    Emery Welshman scores and goes 86 minutes on Tuesday for Bnei Sakhnin in a 3-0 win.  His 2nd of the season for them.
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    grande reacted to SthMelbRed in CPL General   
    Kindly list all of these 'minor leagues' that utilise a split season. There must be many if CanPL's use of such a schedule SCREAMED it at you.
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    grande reacted to Ansem in 2020 Concacaf Champions League   
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    grande reacted to narduch in CPL General   
    Unpaid internships are b.s. Why do you always have the shittiest takes on issues like this. 
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    grande reacted to Zem in 2020 Concacaf Champions League   
    That is incorrect, with 8 clubs we get 1 spot, just like Belize, with 10 we would get 2, just like Nicaragua, and with 12 we would get 3, just like the other Central American leagues. The only exception is Honduras who get 3 spots with 10 clubs, but they're indisputably one of the top countries in CONCACAF League, while the CPL brand-new and has yet to make any real waves in the competition.
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    grande reacted to Ozzie_the_parrot in CPL General   
    Given its only active for 7 months, it shouldn't be a shock if the players are working jobs the other 5 months. The main thing is whether they train five days a week in the mornings during the season.
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    grande reacted to Colliedor in Atlético Ottawa 2020 Season   
    I'm a graphic designer.... I literally make logos.
    You're overthinking this WAY too much or you just like to hear yourself talk, I can't tell anymore. You've forgotten this is a sports logo. It's there to market. It's supposed to advertise a team. Many people aren't going to know half the **** you just said. If the logo is reminding them of something else, the logo isn't done properly. This is exactly what they tell us to prevent when making a logo.
    When you have the colour schemes (famous red, white, and blue) mixed in with the same pattern (red and white stripes with a blue bar) It resembles too close to the American flag. Just look at this sub. It's living proof. Which means there's a lot of fault in the logo.
    People will like it, it's all opinions in the end. But it could've been sooo much more. To be honest, the empty white space bugs me more. I can't believe they did that lol.
    Anyway i'm going to end the conversation here. Gotten stale.
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    grande reacted to dyslexic nam in Atlético Ottawa 2020 Season   
    I get that there is totally an explanation for the logo, but it is hard to unsee the similarities. 

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    grande reacted to PaulV in Atlético Ottawa 2020 Season   
    Given that those are the colours of the Montreal Canadiens, I would hope no one would ever say that. It's the white and red stripes that make it a bit American-looking, then add the blue (rather than the traditional Ottawa black). Not really in love with it myself, but it will do.
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    grande reacted to Colliedor in Atlético Ottawa 2020 Season   
    My thoughts exactly.
    Blue with red and white stripes? This is supposed to be a team from the capital of Canada, you would never have known based on the colours and stripes.
    Yes yes, I know with the Madrid deal it was kind of restricted, but still, yeesh.
    It looks rushed in general. And what's with the empty white space? Bah, I think it's the worst logo in the league.
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