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03-31-2012, 01:55 PM
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It's playoff avatar time. (Mock-ups in post 93.)

Okay everyone, I guess since it hasn't been mentioned yet, and there's no reason to wait until the last minute this year, it's time to talk about playoff avatars. Honestly this thread should have been made the night they clinched the 8th seed, but oh well. There's still a week to come up with something and show the rest of HF we can hang when it comes to clever post-season themes.

I guess I'll put my hat in the ring as a potential mock-up creator since I just recently started a new job and I have a lot more free time during the week and weekends to help get something made. I know DoTheBlue will be interested as well as Zenith if he has the time. Wraparounds only shows up for Pittsburgh games (what a bandwagoner! ) so he probably won't be around since he is busy.

Anyone else interested in helping you can either get yourself a copy of GIMP or Photoshop, or if you're not technologically inclined, your creative and original ideas for a theme would be very much appreciated. Before anyone gets started here, I would like to make some suggestions for the mock-ups and deciding on a final design:

1. Artists doing the mock-ups, make your animations BIGGER than the 50kb limit for avatars this way people cannot steal a mock-up and use it as their avatar before it is decided as the theme we will use.

Past avatar threads have had the problem of people jumping the gun, and if we're all going to rock the same design I think it will be a good idea to be patient and wait until the final design is done before changing our avatars.

2. Do not make any requests until the final theme has been voted on.

It will clutter up the thread and possibly confuse the artists if people start calling dibs and requesting things before anything is even decided yet.

3. The final design should be decided on by a poll.

Pretty obvious and straight forward. It kinda goes with suggestion one since people won't be able to just start grabbing mock-ups of whatever they think is their favorite idea and disregarding what the majority feels like using.

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Okay with all that being said, it's brainstorm time. Themes are usually based on memes that are associated with the team in general (for instance, the Rangers throw money at overrated free agents, Rangers think every FA want to play for them, Sharks are choke artists, Penguins are Bettman's team, etc...) or with memes that are created throughout the season. (A score from the side, this is a bad hockey team, etc..) However that does not always have to be the case.

Just to get things started here's an idea I just thought of while making this thread:

Since the Rangers and Rangers fans are always centered around trade rumors, especially rumors involving players who are unlikely to even be traded, I thought maybe we could do something like,

"Win the cup now, trade for (or sign) <free agent or star-player> in the offseason."

Where the free agent or star player could be anyone you like from another team, it doesn't even have to be someone who is available. We could Photoshop them in to a Rangers jersey and everything.

Anyway, just something to get the ball rolling, I hope we come up with something great. Let's go Rangers!

Note: A poll will be added once a few suggestions have been made that seem to be popular.

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Why not continue "This is a bad hockey team?"

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Why not continue "This is a bad hockey team?"
That was the push as far as I remember, and it was created so long ago I hope people weren't cursing us by saying it was the playoff theme.

If that's what people want to be the playoff avatar theme though, that's also fine, but it should probably be voted on just to make sure.

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I think we need something clever about the fact this team is nearly all homegrown players and that is the reason we are where we are. It'll be badass because all these teams near the bottom of the league want to do that, and some never do because they can't draft and develop properly. Also it will show people how this isn't the pre-lockout Rangers that brought in every FA and tried to buy a cup.

We could just go with the Joe Thornton comments about the Rangers being a soft team, which is one of the funniest things I've heard in a while.

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I think we need something clever about the fact this team is nearly all homegrown players and that is the reason we are where we are. It'll be badass because all these teams near the bottom of the league want to do that, and some never do because they can't draft and develop properly. Also it will show people how this isn't the pre-lockout Rangers that brought in every FA and tried to buy a cup.

We could just go with the Joe Thornton comments about the Rangers being a soft team, which is one of the funniest things I've heard in a while.
This is the first thing I thought of while reading this thread title.

But after reading other part of your post, I put my thinking cap on. With all these threads about teams tanking. How bout something along the lines of "This team didn't need to tank to become the best team in the NHL"...Ok that was long, but it was something along the lines of not having to tank.

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On twitter a lot of the players end their tweets with #therightway.

Maybe something based on that?

Panel 1 "Ryan Callahan blocks shots"
Panel 2 "#therightway"

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On twitter a lot of the players end their tweets with #therightway.

Maybe something based on that?

Panel 1 "Ryan Callahan blocks shots"
Panel 2 "#therightway"
I like this, going along with the team's theme including the hashtags they use.

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I like "#therightway" theme. Would be awesome to use the hashtags they use. Could also use "#onlyway" for certain ones since DZ used that one too.

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On twitter a lot of the players end their tweets with #therightway.

Maybe something based on that?

Panel 1 "Ryan Callahan blocks shots"
Panel 2 "#therightway"
Came here to post this. I like it in its own right, and I like the idea of the fans echoing what the players always tell each other.

"The right way" sums up the way we play. That's why the players use it. That's why we should use it.

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How about something to make fun of people who said we're a lucky team?

"Corsi says we can't keep it up.
"Lucky Ranger team is lucky."

Or something like that.

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On twitter a lot of the players end their tweets with #therightway.

Maybe something based on that?

Panel 1 "Ryan Callahan blocks shots"
Panel 2 "#therightway"
Something with "#therightway" and/or the Broadway hat would be awesome.

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Definitely think we should consider a theme based on the fact that the main board calls the Rangers the "luckiest team in the league".

EDIT- "The right way" theme reminds me too much of the "yes we can..." theme a few years ago.

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Definitely something with #therightway

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who coined "this is a bad hockey team"?

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Definitely think we should consider a theme based on the fact that the main board calls the Rangers the "luckiest team in the league".

EDIT- "The right way" theme reminds me too much of the "yes we can..." theme a few years ago.
I liked the "yes we can" theme but this is better because the right way is straight from the players.

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the rangers are a soft hockey team (nash), avatar of several shot blocks/hits

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Something with "#therightway" and/or the Broadway hat would be awesome.
rightway, broadway hat and lucky team are all great ideas

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who coined "this is a bad hockey team"?
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...ad+hockey+team

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something around that and the broadway hat

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Anything involving how lucky we are. The main boards holds it as scripture.

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#therightway would be a nice counter to the Pens fans ending every post with #SOPO

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I like #therightway

"Dubi shoots wide! #therightway" If we do use #therightway, I got dibs on that.

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the bad hockey team thing kind of sucks. the shot at humor is against a tiny segment of our fan-base that trolls our forum, and falls flat as delusional paranoia by any other fans that see it. even our rival fan-bases never said we were a "bad team".

Plus, all the examples we've had so far weren't really that interesting.

Maybe do one with Torts favorite response to stupid questions or criticism's of the team.
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Picture of Sharks getting scored on by the NYR with a text of: "Coach, do you think this is a soft team?"

picture of Torts with look of disbelief no caption, or troll-ish face.

picture of NYR player celebrating (player of requestor's choice) captioned: NEXT QUESTION.

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