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Best New Sports Logos From 2016

This year has been amazing for the debut of some awesome sports logos. We began this company for a few reasons. The first is we love wearing super soft t-shirts, not shirts that could double as cardboard. The second and most important reason is that sports logos went through what we like to think of as a “vanilla” stage. A stage where many parent clubs were forcing a form of their logo across the minors to further create brand awareness. Logos were no longer localized highlighting the great history of that area. Our goal at Awesome Sports Logos was to bring back the fun and creativity to sports logos with our t-shirts. We wanted to be the opposite of the political correctness that was occurring.

Times have changed though and that’s because of you, the sports fan. You responded with the wallet scooping up merchandise from teams like the El Paso Chihuahuas which caused others to take notice.

So here are a few of the sports logos that we were happy to see debut in 2016.

The Norfolk Tides

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Logos courtesy of SportsLogos.net

This was an awesome upgrade of a logo that needed an update. You don’t see any Seahorse sports logos so it’s one of a kind. Cool colors with a nice touch of Oriole orange to represent the parent club. You might miss this small nuance but check out the Trident the Seahorse is holding. A usual Trident has three prongs. This one is an “N” for Norfolk. Nice touch for an awesome logo.

The Savannah Bananas

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This is an amazing story of how a sports logo fueled a franchise. When the logo made its debut, viral marketing took off. Pardon the pun but people were going “bananas” for their merchandise. With that came people supporting this local collegiate league franchise. Sell out crowds and a championship season followed. The Bananas are alive and well in Savannah!

The Hartford Yard Goats

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Hard to believe that such an awesome sports logo had to play its complete first season on the road because their stadium wasn’t finished on time. A Yard Goat is actually from railroad yard slang. A great touch of this logo created by Brandiose is the colors. Green, Blue and White were the colors of the former NHL franchise in Hartford, the Whalers.

The New Orleans Baby Cakes

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This logo only debuted a little over a month ago and I love it. While merchandise sales have picked up, there are many in New Orleans that loved the old name Zephyrs but in the teams defense, that name was carried over from when they played in Denver. What is a Baby Cake? A Baby Cake is a figurine found in King Cake during the Carnival Celebration season in New Orleans. A baby swinging a bat is all I need to love it.

Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp

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The Jacksonville Suns needed a logo makeover and they certainly got one with the Jumbo Shrimp. You might not notice at first glance but the shrimp curls up to form a “J”. St. Johns Navy, Patriotic Blue, American Red and Shrimp make up the team’s new official colors, paying tribute to Jacksonville’s rich military heritage. Huge improvement in Jacksonville so we say, “Go Jumbo Shrimp!”

Those are a few of our favorite minor league logo changes. On the pro side, kudos to the Florida Panthers and their new NHL design.

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2016 was an awesome year for Awesome Sports Logos and that is thanks to you. Here are our top 3 selling t-shirts.

The Cocksville Blockers

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The Las Vegas Hookers Fishing Club

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The Arizona Pricks

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Grab these 3 as part of our T-shirt of the Month Club. No better way to begin 2017 with a super soft closet favorite in your mailbox.

Happy New Year everyone!

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-Shirt Fanatic
Awesome Sports Logos

Sports Logo Spotlight on the San Francisco Swallows

This is one of our most talked about sports logos that we created and it truly has an amazing back story. So amazing that when I tell it, people accuse me of making it up. I wouldn’t do that! Okay, maybe I did make up a city and story for our Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt but just one made up city and logo out of 42 isn’t bad.

The Bay Area has some amazing heritage sports logos. From the Giants to the 49’ers to the Raiders and now the Golden State Warriors are building something special. This area is buzzing with passionate sports fans.

Now comes the San Francisco Swallows. I know what your first thought is and that’s what many find hilarious about the name but here is the true story behind the name and logo.

Here is the more detailed explanation. The White Swallow was a Clipper ship built in the Boston area back in 1853.

The Swallows primary mission was to travel from the east coast to California to support their booming trade. Here’s how this vessel became famous. In 1866, several members of the Swallows crew were arrested for mutiny. There was much more to the story. The crew of the Clipper ship were treated so harshly that two deaths occurred on the journey. The crew of the White Swallow had enough and took over the ship. During the trial many guests on the Swallow and some of the officers confessed the real story supporting the crew and their mutiny efforts. The case against the crew was dismissed.

For many years following many cases involving harsh working conditions were known as “White Swallow” cases.

We thought this was a fascinating story in Clipper history. Here is one of the original posters of the White Swallow.

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Courtesy of Wikipedia

From this poster, we built our San Francisco Swallows sports logo. I love the combination of grey, blue with the slightest bit of yellow on the border to make it stand out. We offer this logo on a light baby blue and a light grey t-shirt.

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The San Francisco Swallows, the perfect holiday gift for that t-shirt lover in your life. Better yet, combo our Swallows t-shirt with a few other of our closet favorites and get a better deal with our T-shirt of the Month Club.

Thanks as always for reading. Go Swallows!

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Sports Logo and T-shirt Lover
Awesome Sports Logos

NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson is the G.O.A.T

The racing history books keep adding victories and championships. Maybe since he just gets it done in a “business like” style, we forget how good Jimmy Johnson really is.

Earlier this month, Johnson won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. This is his seventh Championship win, and he ties NASCAR greats Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for most titles in the sports 68-year history.

Johnson became a driver for Hendrick Motorsports, in the Sprint Cup series, in 2002. During his first full season racing with the big-time drivers, he finished fifth in Cup points. He finished second in 2003, 2004, and fifth in 2005. Johnson had an incredible first four years in NASCAR, and quickly made a splash as a popular driver amongst the fans. The next season would be the start of an amazing championship run for #48.

In 2006, Johnson ended the season with one pole, 13 top five finishes, 24 top ten finishes, and his first career championship title. He also took the prestigious Driver of the Year Award. It wasn’t over for Johnson, as he took home the Cup Championship again in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. He became NASCAR’s first and only five consecutive year champ.

Since he began, Johnson has recorded seven championships, 80 race wins, 219 top fives, 330 top tens, and 35 pole positions. He has won the Driver of the Year Award five times. In 2009, he became the first Nascar pilot to win The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year Award. Johnson was also listed as No. 1 on Forbes.com’s Most Influential Athletes list in 2011 and 2012.

Johnson has become even more of a fan favorite over the years, lending his voice, image and likeness out in the world of pop culture. Johnson has made appearances in a few movies and television shows, as well as video games, magazines and even a music video. He’s got looks, charisma and a terrific public image.

One other awesome characteristic about Johnson is dedication. His crew chief Chad Knaus has been with him for 78 of his wins. It’s an amazing long term marriage of two amazing racing minds whose goal is to always strive to be better. This is in a series where numerous crew chief/driver relationships break up on a yearly basis.

We at Awesome Sports Logos are always trying to improve each year as well. We’re always studying cities and potential logos or current logos of pro sports teams in those cities. When we dove into Akron Ohio, we loved the concept we came up with.

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Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is also known as the Rubber Capital of the world, or “Rubber City”. At one point in the early 1920’s, Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire each had their headquarters in Akron and that’s how they got their anointed nickname. Goodyear is still based in the city.

Ferdinand Schumacher, the inventor of oatmeal and breakfast cereal, hails from Akron but we felt as though the Akron Oatmeal wouldn’t be a best seller. We do however feel as though the Akron Rubbers and our speedy tire logo on a super soft t-shirt will be a favorite.

We love the name and the history that surrounds our awesome Akron Rubbers sports logo. If you enjoy this Akron sports t-shirt, then add it to your t-shirt of the month club list! Once you get in the club, you can have a super soft tee at your doorstep on the first of every month!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome!

Blake Cole

T-Shirt Wearer, Sports Logo Lover
Awesome Sports Logos

The Florida Panthers Logo is Awesome

At one time, no one would believe that hockey would be played professionally south of the Everglades. This team not only is competitive on the ice, but the hockey sweaters they are now wearing sports a pretty sweet new logo.

There are four sports that make up “The Big 4” in the United States. In no particular order, they are football, baseball, basketball and hockey. The NHL isn’t as widely covered on television and other media outlets, as compared to the other three. Last week, while hanging out at my local sports bar with some buddies, there was a hockey game on TV. Something about this game caught my attention. It was a glimpse of something I haven’t seen before, and it got my sports logo loving brain working! I noticed that the Florida Panthers had changed their logo. And man, it was beautiful! First, let’s talk a little bit about this Florida hockey team.

The Florida Panthers were founded in 1993, as an expansion team. After just three years in the league, they made it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Panthers ended up losing in four games, to the Colorado Avalanche. The immediate success was well received by Florida residents. With two hockey teams in the state, the Panthers helped shape Florida into the hockey-loving state that it is now.

In recent years, the Panthers have failed to find much success. They did make it to the playoffs last season, though they lost in the first round to the New York Islanders. The three seasons prior to that, the Panthers finished 5th, 7th and 6th, respectively. Looking to mix things up, the team started working on a new look. Prior to this season, the Florida Panthers unveiled their new logo. And it is AWESOME! Let’s look at the two images, and do what we at Awesome Sports Logos do best: compare!

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Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net

The Panthers’ original logo is, without a doubt, ferocious. The image shows the big cat in a leaping motion, claws forward and mouth ready to consume the opposition. The coloring is simple, clean and consistent. There isn’t really anything that would immediately draw negativity to this logo, but when you get into the finer details, it’s missing a lot. There is no lettering to state the team’s name or home city/state. While the logo itself looks good, one can also tell that it’s dated. It was a fine image for the 90s, but we’re in the 21st Century now. They were due for an upgrade. And what better time to upgrade than when your team just had three back-to-back terrible seasons? Let’s see what the Florida Panthers came up with.

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This new logo is one of my personal favorites in all of the National Hockey League. This new image is a clear upgrade, and one for the better. The Panthers went with an increasingly more popular shield look. It’s a traditional shield, in shape and features. It gives off the overall appearance of one of the well-respected soccer logos from overseas. It looks classy, modern and sleek. More importantly, it encompasses what the old logo was missing: lettering. You see “FLORIDA” clearly and plainly across the top of the shield, arching across the red background. I like the way the Panther itself is presented. This big cat still has the look of intensity in its eyes, but in a more honorable and sophisticated manner. The Panther is featured turned to its profile, looking ahead at what’s to come. The symbolism in that is intense, as the team moves on from its previous logo. They are ready to look ahead, and seek out success. Overall, I think the Florida Panthers did one heck of a job in creating their new look.

On the opposite coast, there’s another hockey team with one heck of a logo.

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Oregon is one of the greenest states we have. Portland is one of the more eclectic cities in America, with a huge emphasis on the environment. Thus, the meanest hockey team in the northwest is born, the Portland Tree Huggers. I wouldn’t want to skate against this tree and if I did, I hope that it has more bark than bite. We think this Portland sports logo t-shirt will draw some attention when you wear this super soft, cool t-shirt around town. Get it today solo or add it to your list when you join our T-shirt of the Month Club.

We’d love to hear what some of your favorite sports logos are. Comment below, and tell us what team you think has an awesome look!

Thanks for stopping by!

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome!

Blake Cole
T-Shirt Wearer
Sports Logo Lover

Can a sports logo make a difference? Probably not but why not try when it comes to the historic Cleveland Browns?

The city of Cleveland has found some amazing success with their sports teams, as of late. In the NBA, the Cavaliers celebrated winning the Finals last season. This year, fans got to witness the team raise their championship banner, and the city was proud. In the MLB, the Indians made it to the World Series. Although they ended up losing in Game 7, the city of Cleveland was proud yet again. Their beloved baseball team made it to the show. They achieved success, despite not being considered as good as some of the other teams. While the city of Cleveland has had much to celebrate, there is just one black spot on their record. That black spot is the Cleveland Browns.

The NFL is the most popular sporting organization in the United States. They constantly put other sports to shame in advertising dollars, television deals, and ratings. The city of Cleveland just can’t seem to catch a break in football, as the Browns are one of the consistently worst teams in the league. So far this year, the team is winless. That’s no typo, the Browns have lost every game this season, and are currently sitting at 0-10.

What could possibly be the cause of this unlucky season? Is it bad coaching? Could it be that Johnny Manziel left a curse on the team? Is there simply no luck left, after the NBA and MLB teams drained it all up? There are many avenues that one could explore, in trying to place or find blame. Even I have my own theories. Frankly, I think that the team’s logo is the cause of their downtrodden season.

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Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net

When you look at other teams’ logos, they all have something worth looking at. The Browns on the other hand, their logo has nothing to it. Their helmet is plain orange, with a single white stripe going down the middle, from front to back. The single white stripe is outlined on both sides by a black accent color. There is no animal, there is no lettering, there is nothing but simplicity. What do fans have to cheer for? What do players have to draw inspiration from?

There is no eagle to take strength and perseverance from. There is no panther to take speed and agility from. There isn’t even a patriot, to draw unity and fight from. There is only the color orange. And while many fans, sports writers and even coaches may say that this means nothing, I would disagree. I feel that if there were something there, anything at all, the team could draw something from it. They could draw at least enough for a win, and maybe enough for more than the three wins the team achieved last season.

Can a sports logo make that much of a difference? The answer is probably not. That said, it does signify change and a new beginning. When the Patriots, Bengals and Bills changed their logo, success quickly followed. It’s probably coincidence but it does bring needed attention. A change also brings new merchandise sales which no owner would frown upon.

 
While no one can say for certain what has caused this team to underperform, I would say that it’s time to make some changes. A logo change may sound simple, or even irrelevant. But now is the moment when no stone must go unturned. This is the moment to not hold back, and do whatever it takes to change their history of less-than-mediocre play. What will the Browns do to restore hope to the city of Cleveland? What will they do to stop being the black spot on an otherwise perfect Cleveland sports era?

Cleveland actually has a pretty cool alternate sports logo. Why not put this on the helmet and change it up?

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Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net

 
One logo that doesn’t need any changing is our very own Cocksville Blockers! Okay, we admit that this is the only made up city, but how could we resist? This city name and logo go hand in hand. We were going to use Cockeysville, Maryland but that is pronounced much differently.

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Here’s Pro Pitcher Derek looking good in our Cocksville Blockers t-shirt.

This angry rooster will stop at nothing to get in your way and block any of your moves. Of course, we’re talking about football moves, what were you thinking of? This Cocksville Blockers funny t-shirt is our best seller and for good reason. Add it to your list on our t-shirt of the month club, and wait for this awesome tee to find its way to your doorstep at the first of every month!

Thanks for reading and supporting us!

YOU are AWESOME!

Blake Cole
Sports Logo Lover
Awesome Sports Logos

NBA Sports Logos That Need a Facelift

We previously discussed the Cleveland Cavaliers, and their not-so-hot team logo. Well, it got me thinking. With the NBA season tipping off and their team logos about to be firmly planted in our faces for the next several months, what can basketball fans NOT look forward to? We’re going to take a look at some of the worst team logos in the National Basketball Association. With 30 teams to analyze and review, we found the ones that need the most improvement. Let’s find out what organization needs the most help.

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Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net

The Los Angeles Clippers are a franchise notable for their struggles. Up until about 2010, the team failed to gain any significant postseason action. Despite finding success with Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul, one aspect of the Clippers organization that hasn’t improved over time is the team logo. The team unveiled a new primary emblem in June of 2015, and it’s not very good.

When you first see this logo, the word “CLIPPERS” smacks you right in the face. One would think that having the name, as the primary feature of a logo would be a good thing. However, the Clippers didn’t exactly make it eye appealing. The letters are too close, giving off a jumbled look. The font is poor, and stretches the lettering too tall. Once you go beyond the team name, everything else in this look is either too busy, or completely unnecessary. I can see how the team wants to incorporate the red and blue colors into their logo, but the arched lines aren’t the way to do it. They seem to highlight the team name, but also trail off into nothing worth seeing. The city initials at the top of the logo are done poorly. While the idea of having “LA” encapsulated in the Clippers “C” probably sounded good in planning, the execution is terrible. Centered in the middle of the basketball, it creates a disorganized, hard to read appearance.

Overall, their logo seems to be going in multiple directions at once. I think the club needs to re-think their image, figure out one solid idea or flow, and make that happen. Now that the team seems to have the right ownership and seems to have kept a fan base pleased, a new image could be the last stepping stone to becoming a serious NBA contender.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder is a team that you can’t take lightly. Since relocating to Oklahoma, the former Seattle SuperSonics have found great success. With a Conference Championship and a Finals appearance under their belt, the Thunder has proven that a successful professional sports team can be sustained in Oklahoma. That said the team could use some work on their logo.

When I see this image, the first thing that comes to mind is the lack of thunderbolts. With such a strong name, high in intimidation potential, I would have expected some clever and fierce way to display a thunderbolt. It’s almost as if having one could completely turn this look around, all on its own. In addition to the lack of thunderbolts, the images and wording on the shield all seem too misaligned to make sense. I’m not one to be obsessive compulsive about having images or lines within a logo to be perfectly symmetrical. That being said, the Thunder images just seem like they were glued together by a kindergarten that was holding that glue stick for the first time ever. I really like the font of “OKC” angled across the basketball and “THUNDER” atop the whole image. If the logo was sans-shield and without the red and blue streaks behind it all, it may seem to flow better. All in all, the look needs serious work.

At Awesome Sports Logos, all of our basketball logos have been perfectly crafted to be the best in class. Our Montunos Del Interior logo is one of the best we have! This Panamanian Basketball League sports logo is the only team based outside of Panama City, and in Panama they call that the Interior. In the Interior, raising cattle and farming is the chief industry. This logo is a farmer yelling at cattle, which is fairly common for them to do in Panama.

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They also make their own drinks and my Panamanian source tells me that they use battery acid and bury their liquor under the ground until it’s ready. We’ll stick to the American fermentation process. Enjoy this Panama sports logo t-shirt! Add the super soft tee to your t-shirt of the month club rotation, and be pleasantly surprised when it arrives right to your door!

We hope you enjoyed this article, and we appreciate you stopping by!

Keep Calm and Stay Awesome!

Blake Cole
Sports Logo Lover
T-Shirt Wearer

Should You Believe in the Sports Illustrated Cover Curse?

I know it’s hard to believe but back before the World Wide Web, we used to huddle to read our favorite magazines, one of which was Sports Illustrated.
When I found out that one of my favorite teams or athletes were on the cover, I ran to my corner store, (I really did run, too young for a car) to pick up SI. Then I heard about the Sports Illustrated cover curse.

Earlier this year, the New York Times did a great recap of the curse and several sports moments that took a turn after the cover came out. The article includes Pete Rose’s chase for the DiMaggio’s ending after he appeared on the cover. Tom Brady hits the 2008 Sports Illustrated cover for their NFL preview. In week 1, he tears up his MCL and ACL for the first and only major injury in his NFL career. This is a terrific article that dives into the curse. You can read it here.

Here are a few of the most recent curses that I’ve noticed.

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Covers courtesy of Sports Illustrated

After beating the Rangers in a thrilling five game series in 2015 this cover hit the day after. The Blue Jays got hit themselves immediately by the Kansas City Royals who went on to become World Champions.

How about the Houston Astros to start this baseball season? Sports Illustrated not only put them on the cover, they sped up their rebuilding and said that the Astros will win the World Series.

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I think the Cubs and Indians would disagree with this prediction as I write this. The Astros failed to make the playoffs and were a huge disappointment to many. They started 7-17 and played catch up the rest of the way finishing just above .500 with 84 wins.

That brings us to the latest cover and if you are an Oklahoma City Thunder fan, you are not going to like this.

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Hopefully Russell Westbrook stays healthy but if something happens, you know the fingers would be pointing towards this cover.

The flip side is that Sports Illustrated has put out thousands of covers over the years where nothing has happened. That said, no one remembers the Michael Jordan misses at the buzzer, only the numerous game winning shots. Thus is the case here with the SI cover. That said, I’m a superstitious guy so if I was an athlete, I’d stay away.

One thing that athletes aren’t superstitious about is wearing our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts. Check out pitcher Derek Holland looking good in our Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt.

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Here is former pitcher Mike Bacsik looking good in several of our t-shirts.

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Three time Super Bowl Champion Ted Johnson had some fun with me wearing our El Paso Luchadores t-shirt. Thank goodness we had his size.

You certainly don’t need to be an athlete to wear our t-shirts. In fact, all of us arm chair Quarterbacks look good. Grab yourself some awesome and remember, we offer even more savings with our t-shirt of the month club.

Thanks as always for reading!

Gavin Spittle
Founder/Logo Lover/T-shirt Fanatic