The hockey and football gear is rather forcedly Mad Max-y and I don't overly care for it myself. I also think that they're lack of development (and you starting out in NCR territory) casts them as villains way to early and seemingly irreversibly with a lot of people, which doesn't fit with the whole of NV. NCR is played as kinda of goody-goody off the bat, but you spend much time with time with your eyes open and it becomes very apparent how corrupt and un-goody they really are. The Legion is pretty awful upfront, what with murdering a town full of horrible people (which is somewhat lost since you only really get to know how horrible they are from a few lines from Vulpes and the Mayor's diary on his terminal. If you got to go there, see what kind of a hole Nipton was, filled with a variety of unsavory cocksuckers, sent on an errand, only to come back to the Legion stringing people up and offering to be chill to you if you spread the word, it'd be a much more effective at that than it was. Like wise, all you ever really see of Legion territory are two forward camps and one main camp. Other than a few lines from traders and the like, all you ever see is The Fort, Cottonwood Cove, and Nelson. You don't really get to see a "Legion" town, and while you don't ever see a proper NCR town, you see a lot of them doing things that aren't preparing for the war to pick back up, which is entirely what you see of the Legion.