Oh yes... sidebars must die.
I think it would work great for a sports forum with color scheme it has. Maybe the US Olympic team. Your new theme is nice just some of the things are not cosmetically appealing. Like the if the user in online offline is different then the background. Maybe my eyes have learned on the wrong sites but even the post background to me looks like it would be the color of when someone is quoted. Then box in upper right corner with its info the info could have been added someplace else. Just for me the blues in the stock one and everything blends well so its easy on my eyes not to wonder and I stay on focus with what I am reading.
Not that any are bad its just the default works for me. Suppose I am a creature of habit I dont care for change.
Not for me personally. Though I am hooked on the forum so I will adjust to whatever you pick for your forum Senior. I am easy going and mellow and just happen to be one of the few that like the calmer more mellow default is all.
I am focused on the relentless pursuit of excellence. :D
My thought for the day is: Good enough isn't.