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They’re Holding XXXTentacions Funeral Inside The BB&T Center

 

Not here to argue about XXXtentacion. Some people liked him, some people didn’t. Some people thought he was a scum bag. I think universally for the most part people think he didn’t deserve to die. Do I know his music? Absolutely not. Do people like it? Absolutely. But If I find out the total funeral attendance for fucking XXXtentacion’s, who is on the thin grey line between people liking him and people blasting him on social media for his past, is more than the average attendance to a Florida Panthers hockey game in south Florida, I’m gonna flip.

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Vinnie Viola Nominated As Secretary Of The Army

Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of the Army subject to Senate confirmation. Viola, a 1977 graduate of West Point, is the founder of Virtu Financial and bought the Panthers in 2013. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpyTrump and Viola apparently met last week at Trump Tower in New York. “I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” Trump said in a statement. “Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge. “He is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others. The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.” Viola, who founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says the nomination is a “great honor.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy“If confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy,” Viola said in the release. “A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America's soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpyAccording to the Florida Panthers, ownership of the team would remain in the Viola family pending confirmation. Doug Cifu, a partner of Viola’s with the Panthers as well as Virtu Financial, would become chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment. “Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola’s legacy,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said. “We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpySaid Panthers CEO and West Point graduate Matthew Caldwell: “We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country.” Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy

Miami Herald – Florida Panthers owner Vinnie Viola has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to be the new Secretary of the Army subject to Senate confirmation.
Viola, a 1977 graduate of West Point, is the founder of Virtu Financial and bought the Panthers in 2013.
Trump and Viola apparently met last week at Trump Tower in New York.
“I am proud to have such an incredibly accomplished and selfless individual as Vincent Viola as our Secretary of the Army,” Trump said in a statement.
“Whether it is his distinguished military service or highly impressive track record in the world of business, Vinnie has proved throughout his life that he knows how to be a leader and deliver major results in the face of any challenge.
“He is a man of outstanding work ethic, integrity, and strategic vision, with an exceptional ability to motivate others. The American people, whether civilian or military, should have great confidence that Vinnie Viola has what it takes to keep America safe and oversee issues of concern to our troops in the Army.”
Viola, who founded the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, says the nomination is a “great honor.”
confirmed, I will work tirelessly to provide our president with the land force he will need to accomplish any mission in support of his National Defense Strategy,” Viola said in the release.
“A primary focus of my leadership will be ensuring that America’s soldiers have the ways and means to fight and win across the full spectrum of conflict. This great honor comes with great responsibility, and I will fight for the American people and their right to live free every day.”
According to the Florida Panthers, ownership of the team would remain in the Viola family pending confirmation.
Doug Cifu, a partner of Viola’s with the Panthers as well as Virtu Financial, would become chairman and governor of Sunrise Sports and Entertainment.
“Our hockey team has always been proud to be part of Mr. Viola’s legacy,” Florida’s Dale Tallon said.
“We admire his dedication to his country and are excited to watch him pursue this new endeavor.”
Panthers CEO and West Point graduate Matthew Caldwell: “We are honored and humbled to see Mr. Viola nominated as the Secretary of the Army. We could not be more proud for Vinnie and his dedication to our country.”
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nhl/florida-panthers/article121729109.html#storylink=cpy

What a wacky month its been at FLApanthers HQ. Wacky year in general. Fire like 30 people, bring in a new staff, flip the team over to make them totally analytics based, fire the fan favorite coach, become old school hockey enemy number 1, and then have your owner become Secretary of the Army. It’s not crazy by any means given the military background Viola imposes on everything including this team, but just making this season more of a circus act than it already was is just crazy. Stability is something we’ve wanted for a long time and it felt like we had it by the end of last year and now it’s all up in the air again. Like we thought it was bad when Jeffrey Loria steps in mid season to fuck around with the Marlins. Well Vinnie Viola stepped in to mess around with the player personnel, and now President-elect Donald trump stuck his fingers into BB&T center and is messing around with Vinnie Viola. Some how this is gonna trickle down and effect with the players somehow. Wish we could hear Vinnie say he’s rejecting the offer because he’s 100% committed to this South Florida Hockey Franchise, but we just know he’s gonna jump to represent the Army any way possible. It’s like in the guy’s DNA. And who knows how things will change. Shouldn’t be to crazy I don’t think considering everyone in that organization front office is hand picked by Viola so the direction should still be the same but don’t be caught off guard if half the roster is sent to fight in the Syrian Civil War and combat ISIS.

Elliot Friedman Does A Quick Interview With Tom Rowe Regarding Gallant’s Firing

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LINK TO VIDEO HERE

What’s done is done. You can take what you want from this interview. Whether or not Rowe was sincere about Gallant. How it went down. How they would’ve done it differently. Me on the other hand? I’m picturing Gallant and Mike Kelly in a rental car driving from Fort Lauderdale Airport back to BB&T center to clear out their office. The GPS tells them to turn right. Gallant slowly veers right.

Mike Kelly: Gerard, what are you doing?

Gerard Gallant: The GPS says to turn right.

Mike Kelly: It means stay towards the right and go around the canal.

Gerard Gallant: Maybe it’s a shortcut, Mike. It knows where it’s going.

Mike Kelly: It can’t possibly mean that, there’s no road here!

Gerard Gallant: THE MACHINE KNOWS! STOP YELLING AT ME!

** Gerard proceeds to drive into a canal off of 595 **

Gerard Gallant: Everyone always wants new analytics. Everybody likes new corsi, new fenwicks. Hockey players will never be replaced by machines. In the end, life and business and Hockey are about human connections. And computers are about trying to murder you in a lake and getting you fired. And to me the choice is easy.

So yea this is how I’m dealing with this team currently. Molding the scenarios into a hit comedy TV series that’s been off TV for the past 4 years. Boston tonight. Panthers win 5-1.

Panthers Fall To Tampa 4-3 In An Overtime Shootout. Trocheck Discovered NHL Equivalent Of The Tuck Rule

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Wild game. Never felt the should be rivalry really but tonight felt like they were playing some playoff level hockey at some points and it’s only game 3. First night for Reimer in net and despite the score being 4-3 lightning, the shot attempts were pretty much down to even on both sides and we’re not exactly playing a lottery team here. It’s potential Stanley Cup favorites we’re talking about and the Panthers could’ve had it end their way if the game was cut short 5 seconds. Had another chance to win it on an empty net earlier but like the previous 60 minutes, Panthers were a little bit too conservative with the puck and decided not to shoot. Tough luck but it’s over and we go back home to get ready for another juggernaut of an opponent in The Capitals.

Things to take away though, Colton Sceviour scored a short handed goal with a feed from D-Mac for his 2nd goal of the season. Trocheck tied us up in the third and Mike Matheson got his 1st NHL goal and really has been making his arrival in the NHL well known and is still learning to be better. Have high hopes on Matheson but so far we like what he brings to the table after the purge of some fan favorites in the D core.

Of course after that Matheson goal, Stamkos fucked us in the ass by literally burying one with FIVE seconds left. Five seconds away from being on top of The Atlantic and taking the 1st of the I-75 rivalry. What ever. More interestingly though, is young Vinnie Trocheck discovering what is essentially the NHL Overtime equivalent of the Tuck Rule during a little controversial call in a shootout goal.

Banana’s. No one in Florida thought that was a good goal besides Trocheck and who ever was in Toronto making that call. Did Trocheck fumble the puck in a shot attempt? Was Brady tucking the ball back in? Did Charles Woodson sack Trocheck? Sometimes it’s best to let things go their course with out getting in the way. More likely than not Trocheck was trying to swipe the puck in but lost control of it and should’ve ended the game right there. Especially wouldn’t matter since Tampa ended up winning after Ekblad failed in shoot out but who knows man. If Florida goes on to win that game it could’ve sparked some real hatred between the two clubs. Who knows Maybe Trocheck ends up leading this team to 4 rings over a 20 year dynasty reign.

H/T Stephanie @Myregularface and Pete @PeteBlackburn

Mike Matheson Knocked Devil’s Defense Man Damon Severson Off His Launch Pad To Feed Barkov The GWG in Overtime

 

Great win last night. Not gonna lie, 1st time of NHL it was awesome. Just Auston Matthews putting on a clinic to ease you back into the season. 2nd night, last night, however was just feistyness all over the league. Jussi getting into the digs. Rookie Shane Harper dropping the mitts. Ekblad getting a high stick to his adonis-like visage. Officiating not doing us any favors but we got the W in the end after Matheson makes his presences known game 1 of a 82+ game season by bulldozing a guy and feeding the puck to Barkov for the Game winning goal. Hockey is back and i hope to god it’s gonna be here till next summer.

Also to note, last night the Panthers honored Jose Fernandez. I still can’t believe he’s gone and his death i think will always be shocking to a lot of South Florida people but still a great classy move by the Panthers. Was only fitting that #16 gets the game winner on the night they honor another great #16

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P.s: Those sweaters are hot. Look great on ice. The brand has evolved and it’s turning into a beaut on ice.

Jagr Comes Away With A Masterton Trophy, Barkov And Gallant Were Second Place For Lady Byng And Jack Adams.

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Atta boy Jags. If I’m gonna be completely honest I didn’t think Jagr was gonna win it. I had Pascal Dupuis winning it. The Masterton has usually been given to people who had to have a big career come back from performance or health issues. Last year Dubnyk was a journey men who finally came out looking like a steel cage in net. Before that was Dominic Moore who came back after an 18 month hiatus cause his wife passed away. These are guys that you wouldn’t expect to be a major player after some life event. But then again one of the things that affects us all seems to have little effect on Jagr and that’s aging. We don’t have to go through the list because you know all the facts. He’s old and better than half the league and for that, he definitely deserves the Masterton. Gonna be kinda weird though when he gets nominated for it again next year, and the year after that, and the year after that, and the year after that because Father Time was undefeated until he met Jagr.

Other Noteworthy Votes

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Ballots show that Barkov was 6th in votes for a Selkie. He’s coming close, like really close to winning a Selkie. He came second in for the Lady Byng ultimately losing out to Kopitar but soon enough Barkov is gonna have this Kopitar-esque season and come home with the Selkie and Byng trophy and if we’re luck enough a cup. If he played in an O6 team he would be a Canadian house hold name but because our market isn’t the most conventional, we’re just gonna have to contend with the fact that we have one of the most underrated centers in the game and I’m okay with that.

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Also with some votes for Norris was our boys Ekblad and Brian Campbell. With all the talk about his free agency its a little hard to appreciate him in the moment, will he resign or not no one can really say but him and his wife but i appreciate his time while he’s here. Maybe if we get the deal with Yandle done we wont need him or maybe that and the salary cap jump can persuade him to stay in a place that’s close to winning a cup. Not to mention Florida has no state income tax so theres always that, Brian. Oh and as for Ekblad, he’s gonna win a Norris one day too. Im not asking him to be Bobby Orr and rattle off 8 consecutive Norris Trophies after his second year, but in the future people are going to be asking their young defencemen to be like Ekblad and have great hair and put up a shutdown defense performance from 19 year olds that look like their 30….oh and win a couple Norris trophys because he will finish his career with one.

Aside from that Gerard Gallant came in second to Barry Trotz for the Jack Adams. Can’t argue against Trotz much. Guy is loved by players and commanded the best team in the regular season. If the Caps didnt win the presidents trophy though, I think they all would’ve given it to Gallant. Guy took a team that was on the bottom two years ago to Atlantic Division Champs. Sure some teams in the east were bad, but you’d be a fool to not think Florida was good and Gallant was a big part in that.

Oh and we got a little sneak peak at the new jerseys in action via video game form. Guess what, I can tell he’s not a Soccer Player!ClmD9emUsAAxn1H

The Panthers Reveal Their New Logo And Sweaters: Beautiful Things Don’t Beg For Attention

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Im just going to jump right in with the score. Its an A. Maybe not an A+ because we haven’t seen them in action just yet but rest assure its an A. I hate literally EVERYONE saying they hate it for what ever reason they have. Look I dont hate the old logo, they just look so dated. Will be fun to wear that in like a throw back game or something, but make no mistake about it, those things look and belong in the 1990’s. I’ve said it in an earlier post, that they just screamed 90’s expansion team. All the people calling for the front office’s head asking to bring back the old leaping cat because its more intimidating need to get with the times. They just want hard hitting and loud brash logos. All of those things are all bark and bite but this isn’t a dog fight, its hockey. A game that’s now speed and possession driven with data to support right decisions. So lets address all the pros and cons one by one starting with the Cons just to shoot down all your silly notions.

CONS

1.) The Leaping Cat Was More Intimidating!

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Of the 30 NHL clubs which logo can you actually say is intimidating? Panthers pre-last Thursday I guess you can say looks intimidating although you can argue that the cat is leaping to give you a hug. Other than that, Minnesota, Nashville, and San Jose I would say are the other 3 “most intimidating” logos. Minnesota is almost in 100% agreement that they were better as the North Stars. Nothing intimidating about the letter “N” and nothing intimidating about a forest scenery embedded in an animal skull.  Nashville? I guess I would be afraid of a Saber tooth tiger if evolution and natural events didn’t wipe them off the face of the earth, but then again I would realize it has the largest over bite in the world and can’t actually eat me. So intimidation factor? 0%. San Jose Sharks? In the past few years they’ve been a bit of a Washington Capitals and blowing up from underneath when they look poised to win the Stanley Cup. They’re 1-3 now facing elimination on Friday for a chance to lose in their first Cup Finals. Congrats, but not intimidating. The fucking Penguins logo is a happy Skating Penguin and their about to claim another cup. So really intimidation logos can GTFO of my face. You know whats intimidating? Knowing guys like Ovi can fire a rocket from the top circle into the goal. That you can go up 3 nothing in the 3rd but guys like Toews, Crosby, Tavares can laugh that off and find a way to win. Thats what’s intimidating. The Red Wings have a tire with wings on it. Literally two of the most random object pairings a brain can think of and they’re still intimidating. Having the leaping cat as some type of intimidation factor is a joke when we’ve made the playoffs 5 times. That shit wasn’t intimidating no one.

Bonus Round Religious Intimidation Logo- NJ Devils. Not even the most god fearing nun is afraid of the devils right now.

2.) They Look Like International Jerseys! Like Finland or Czech or Russian Jerseys!

I guess people might have somewhat of a point here. I guess they do kinda look like Finland or Czech Olympic jerseys but you say that as if its a problem which it isn’t and if you disagree there are two guys I’d like you to meet that’ll change you’re mind.barkov___finland Jagr_Czech1

Do you have something bad to say about international looking jerseys still? I think not.

P.s- I remember towards the end of last season I saw a beautiful European girl at the BB&T wearing a Suomi Barkov jersey and I nearly wanted to rip it right off her back. Yea it would’ve been sexual assault but but I also would need to make the mug shot of me desperately trying to squeeze into a Barkov Suomi jersey as my profile picture for all social media platforms.

3.) They Look Like Soccer Jerseys! Welcome To Panthers F.C.!

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Google Soccer jerseys or Futbol “kits” and try to find me a jersey that looks like the new sweaters. Oh wait you can’t because these are two different sports with entirely different jersey types. Honestly its one of the more absurd comments I’ve heard. Now I assume when people say that they mean to say the logo itself looks like a soccer logo. Why? because its some shield or crest shape logo?  If anything I’d argue that a shield/crest logo is the highest forms of logos. They command respect. No one has ever said “Oh man those Rangers home whites look terrible with their logo!” because they all know it would be lying.  I also saw someone say that they remind them immediately of F.C. Dallas logo. Bro there’s no chance in hell you thought of some random MLS logo. Liars.

4.) Our New Logo Is Nala From The Lion King!12991116_1771066346468521_1684550524035650323_n

Uhh was this suppose to be a bad thing? Nala, that bitch was regal as fuck. Who is a man with out his woman to support him? Who is Simba with out Nala? A virgin ass lion who betrayed his land and cowered away from his position as the King because he was dumb enough to fall for evil uncle’s tricks. Oh and kind of a race trader for befriending a warthog and a meerkat, but its 2016 so that’s progressive. He shamed his father until Nala helped convince him to beat that asshole Scar up. Nala was the backbone to Simba and the main reason Pride Rock was Jumpin once Scar died. Not to mention everyone knows the female lions do most of the hunting.

P.s- If the Thrashers were still a thing it would be kinda funny if they had a logo redesign that looked like Zazu, mostly because Zazu is a funny name that makes me giggle.

5.) They Look Like The Jags New Logo!

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Not gonna lie, this one hurts, but like the Jags, we’re both young teams compared to the rest of the league and filled with years of disappointment. Also like the Jags, I’m pretty sure they wanted to change to reflect dumping away the older years and bring in something modern with new personnel and try to win. For them it was Blake Bortles (UCF stand up) for us, it was Barkov, Huberdeau, Ekblad, Luongo, Jagr with Tallon heading it all and Gallant coaching the shit. So the difference is we should be showing them how to do it up.

6.) It Looks Like A Cougar or Mountain lion, not a Panther!

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Hey did you dummies flunk Biology?  Cougars and mountain lions are the same! Cougars, Mountain Lions, and Panthers, even the Florida versions! Genus: Puma Species: P. Concolor. Did Vinnie Viola get it wrong? No. You guys just don’t understand Latin and the concept of taxonomy. It’s now a subspecies that is hardly even recognized by scientist so I don’t expect artist to make a rendering that provides distinct biological differences when scientist don’t even recognize differences. Not to mention with Vinnie Viola under the helm, be lucky he didn’t just change the name entirely to some branch of the Military because given the option I bet he would.

P.s- You see the rounded ears bit? This new logo is more anatomically correct than the old one.

PROS

That should cover all the complaints I’ve seen around the web. For all I know this might just be the vocal minority but either way i just squashed their silly opinions. On to the pro’s and just general changes.

1.) Clean AF

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This might just be because Ekblad is the team model and everyone knows Riley Smith crushes pussy but those are clean and sexy as fuck. Simple. Bold. Regal. It might be one thing to judge the logo itself on a plain navy blue background but those things on body and in motion look awesome. The red is so bright. The white I think will look clean on the ice. A touch of navy blue to make all the others pop and one thing I’ve never liked on the old jersey was the yellow. Just the word right now seems unappealing. “Yellow.” It reminds me of macaroni and cheese or some nacho cheese color and that was all over the old sweaters. This did away with that. Now legit Gold and the right amount to not over take the red or white. There’s less going on now. You can say the leaping cat looked more intimidating all you want but if you stare right into the eyes and mouth, something about it always looked robotic. This one looks noble and serious as should be the direction the team is moving towards.

2.) Logo crest

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A huge talk about the logo was that it was based on the 101 Airbourne division. Now obviously they’re shapped different but the other one would’ve looked too much like the Rangers logo. We’re talking strictly NHL, no team has a logo like this. And c’mon its based off of the Division that helped win WWII. South Florida should appreciate it along with the rest of Florida, the entire United States, Normandy France, and all the other allies in combat. If you don’t you’re kind of being a bit of a terrorist/nazi.

3.) Shoulder Logo

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Now you could not find a bigger proponent of the old shoulder logo the cats were rocking than me. I loves the Palm tree and hockey stick. Loved it more than the main logo itself. It said everything that the North wanted. Sunshine and hockey. You think these millionaire athletes want to spend a majority of their time in the frigid north? Definitely not. There’s a reason why almost half of the license plates at BB&T at from Quebec when you go to a Panthers game.  Do I miss it? Yes, absolutely but do I hate these new ones? Absolutely no. Technically when it comes to success there are 3 California teams that can boast about Palm trees and hockey, and winning hockey none the less. I like the homage to the old logo with the sun logo in the center. Aside from that though I like the state flag patch. Its a great touch. When you think of Florida you don’t think of the Tampa, You think of Miami and the south with beaches and stuff. Don’t even know if schools teach that seal to kids in places outside of the southern region. Central Florida is all Disney, Gainesville is Gators football, and Tallahassee is the place you hope to go to collect lottery winnings and until only recently, football. They’re all random parts. South Florida is what that flag represents (ignore St. Augustine) and once the wheels on the Lightning fall off, we should be the name people think of when you say Florida hockey.

4.) Captaincy Patch

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Now i don’t know if they’re gonna do away with the “C.” If so that’ll be pretty big. But like the rest of the military theme, This kinda fits that. Its really different but I don’t hate it either. You know who else does something weird with the Captain’s C? The Red Wings. They want to be different and have it on a different side? Fine. We’re going to wear it on the sleeve like its a ranking in the military. Its more than a hockey game now. Its combat.

5.) Laces

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Love laces. No idea why but the concept of laces on hockey sweaters just go together. Hated that we never had laces, but honestly I don’t know if they would’ve worked well with the other ones. Enjoy the red and white ones too, when the reds are crisscrossed they kinda have a Florida flag look. Do any other teams have that? No, we’re special so embrace that.

 

So there you have it. New sweaters, new team, new year. I get everyone missing the old jerseys but they’re gone and probably won’t come back. I don’t know how you can read all of this and still think the new look isn’t awesome. Combine that with what Vinnie was going for with the new look and it gets my blood flowing for the next season.

“The idea when we came into Florida and took responsibility for the stewardship of the franchise, was to start anew and create traditions that were unique to this new start,” Panthers Chairman, Owner & Governor Vincent Viola said. “I think the logo harkens to the vanguard of courage; the idea that you put a shield on the hockey uniform. It’s something to protect, but you also protect it. We wanted something that began a new tradition of winning and demonstrated courage and selfless dedication to a team pursuit of victory.”

Beautiful. I honestly think now more teams should try to strive to have a shield logo. The old look was attached to memories of losing and never getting far and teams just falling so far from the goal. This new one should usher in new memories of winning.

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Need to have a sit down with Mr. Viola to discuss getting rid of Victor E. Rat. Hate that motherfucker and he’s a joke to keep around. I have you in my cross hairs

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