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The History of the Blackhawks and Bruins Awesome Sports Logos

We are huge fans of the NHL and this year’s Stanley Cup Final, the first between two Original Six teams since 1979 has lived up to all of the hype. We hope it goes all the way to a Game 7. Here at Awesome Sports Logos, our goal is not only to sell our sports logo t-shirts but to also educate and inform you about sports logos which we feel is a lost art. So when you are watching the rest of this series, you can be the smartest person in the room when you tell them about these two teams facing off in the finals.

The Boston Bruins

 

In 1923 grocery tycoon Charles Adams became hooked on hockey. So much so, he convinced the NHL to expand to the United States which they did the following year. His cost to get a franchise, a whopping fifteen thousand dollars! Adams first hire was former player Art Ross as GM whose task was to name the team after an untamed animal that showed speed and agility. Ross came up with the Bruin after the childhood English fable “History of Reynard the Fox”. The colors of brown and gold were already chosen prior to the name because the grocery tycoon’s stores shared those same colors. They changed to black and gold in 1938 and switched to the “B” spoked logo during the 1948-49 season and it’s still worn today.

The Chicago Blackhawks

 

If you say that the Blackhawks are named after Native Americans you would be semi correct but here’s the tidbit that a lot of people don’t know. The team joined the NHL in 1926 thanks to coffee mogul Frederic McLaughlin. He was a commander in the 86th infantry division in World War 1. The division was named, “The Blackhawk Division”. The division was named after Black Hawk of the Sauk nation who played a part in Illinois history. You think today’s owners are hands on? McLaughlin was so hands on he hired 18 different coaches in 18 years owning the team. He once hired a guy he met on a train ride because he was impressed with his hockey knowledge. That coach was fired after two practices. Can you imagine the tweets if that happened today?

Ya see, now you have some fun facts to throw around regarding the two teams that are in the Stanley Cup Final and how their logos were born. Speaking of logos, we have some cool hockey sports logos that we’d love for you to take a look at. The first is the Brooklyn Leg Breakers which I wish the Islanders would change their name to when they make the move to Brooklyn. I just love the mob history involved, the innuendo, the initials N.Y. on the stick tape and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

 

The second hockey team is the Portland Tree Huggers awesome t-shirt. I wouldn’t mess with this mean looking tree. Portland is an awesome city and the Tree Huggers t-shirt is a perfect fit for the Portland lifestyle.

 

This last but not least funny t-shirt is the Texas Roadkill. The home base of Awesome Sports Logos is Texas and we see plenty of road kill on the interstate. I actually got excited when I saw a live armadillo. I love the subtleties of this logo like the tire tracks in the place of the goalie stick tape, the black eye of the armadillo and the fly’s buzzing above.

 

Thanks so much for reading and taking a look at our awesome t-shirts. Enjoy the rest of the Stanley Cup.
 
You guys are awesome!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
www.awesomesportslogos.com

Frustrated This Holiday Season, Wear This Awesome T-shirt and You Will Finally Have Peace

Tonight I had dinner in the historic North End of Boston. It’s as Italian as it gets. Every time I saw and older man in a suit, I leaned over to my wife and asked, “You think he has Mob ties”? I, like thousands of Americans are fascinated by the mafia. My mob fascination began in school when someone warned me to stay away from a girl because she was a part of a certain family. A real shame, she was a hottie! Then another one of my friends told me that he could never speak to his grandfather again because he didn’t want the FBI to trace where the call was coming from. This may cost me some serious credibility but this holiday season, I’m watching the Godfather for the first time. I agree with you, throw out my man card for that last sentence. I loved the Sopranos, Goodfellas and the Departed but have never seen the greatest of them all.

I lived in Las Vegas for 4 ½ years. Many say without the mafia and Bugsy Siegel this city would never exist. When I first moved to town my boss who was a native of the city told me the reason they don’t look for bodies in the desert is because eight other cases would open up. The more they dig, the more bodies they would find. Yikes! I think I might have had a slight mob encounter but I’ll let you decide. I once did a huge favor for a guy I met in Vegas; we’ll call him Boston Mike. He told me whatever I needed, and he repeated, “I mean whatever you need”, you call me first and I’ll take care of you. Well one day, my sprinkler system busted and was flooding my yard. I tried to fix it myself but couldn’t so I called him for a recommendation on a landscaper. He interrupted me and asked me for my address. He told me that I would be receiving a call. Within 20 minutes, a guy was calling me from in front of my house. He told me what the problem was and it was now fixed. I told him to let me know how much and he refused to even consider any kind of money. He actually sounded nervous like he wanted to make sure he did a good job. Then Boston Mike called me and said, “We’re even now Gavin correct”? I said yes and he said nice doing business with you and hung up. I know what you’re thinking. You had a favor where you could have anything and you chose fixing a sprinkler system? It’s called Sin City with the moniker, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and I used a favor on sprinkler heads. I don’t think that story will be included in the next Mob movie.  On a much lighter note, while we are mentioning Vegas, here’s our awesome t-shirt the Las Vegas Snake Eyes.
 
 

I bring up the North End of Boston, Las Vegas and now New York because these areas are talked about as mafia influenced. Some would say that all three have parts that aren’t run as well since the mob has given way to corporate America.

The Brooklyn LegBreakers are one mean hockey team. Even if you beat them on the ice, you might “swim with the fishes” later. We wanted to create a sports logo that presented itself as old school mob. Our designer Jose nailed this logo. This is the kind of guy that I picture doing the dirty work. I love the pinstripe suit with the cigar. To me, the lettering of the name really gives it a New York feel and he also added some great subtleties such as NY lettering in the hockey stick tape and the Brooklyn Bridge as a backdrop. Now that the Nets have moved to Brooklyn with a new arena, maybe the Devils will follow. Brooklyn LegBreakers vs. the New York Rangers. I like the sound of that.
 
 

We truly love this funny sports t-shirt and we hope you do as well. You didn’t say anything negative about this logo, did you? “You talkin’ to me? Are you talkin’ to me?”  Forget About it, we’re just messin’ with ya. So here’s how you get people to stay away from you. First step, Google a mob family from New York. Step 2, wear the Brooklyn LegBreakers t-shirt. When someone asks about the t-shirt, mention that your “friend”, first and last name with the _____ family gave it to you. It’s their recreational hockey league team. Then just use the saying, “They take good care of me”. I guarantee that person will be nice to you from that point forward. Now the catch 22 of this situation is if the real family finds out that you are dropping their name for benefits. If that happens, don’t you dare tell them that I gave you these tips; otherwise both of us will be wearing cement shoes!

As always, thanks for reading and for supporting our cause of bringing back the fun and creativity back to sports logos with our cool t-shirts.

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer

www.awesomesportslogos.com

Awesome Sports Logos Random Thanksgiving Thoughts

Oh man, I am big time full! Thanksgiving is so awesome. Be safe on the roadways in the next few days. The Thanksgiving holiday is the most traveled holiday on the roads. It’s a good time of year to make sure your rubber is up to date. What were you thinking? I had tires on my mind as well as our funny t-shirt, the Akron Rubbers.
 
 
 
I thought I would do something different tonight and hit on a few random subjects in the news. Do they relate to t-shirts, well we’ll find a way to do that but with a full stomach and an overdose of sleep on the way caused by turkey, here we go.
 
Its official, Twinkies are no longer as the Hostess plant shut down this week. To me, the reason that everyone is up in arms is not because they enjoy a Twinkie or Hostess cake on a nightly basis. If that were the case, they’d still be in business. We are sad because a part of our childhood is saying goodbye for now. Remember when you didn’t have to look at the back of a label to see how bad everything is for you. When I was a kid, there was nothing better than having a Twinkie. Play baseball, wiffle ball or any game with a ball with my neighborhood friends and when it came time to come home, that snack was my go to comfort food. Now it’s gone. I’m like many of you. I haven’t had a Twinkie in nearly 25 years but it’s the same reason I don’t throw away the first baseball I caught at a Red Sox game or my 6th grade journal. You just don’t want to say goodbye. Here’s hoping that another company will pick up the Twinkie and many of the other brands.
 
I actually thought about paying tribute to the Twinkie by creating a team. The name “twinks” came to mind but I don’t think many people would purchase a shirt with “twinks” on it. Don’t look the word up on Google, just trust me. We do have some other t-shirts that are edible. These are two of my favorites!  Here are the Dade City Kumquats. Each January, Dade City Florida hosts a Kumquat festival that draws thousands of Floridians.  
 

  

We also feature the Idaho Taters awesome t-shirt. We were shocked that of all the teams that have played in Idaho, no one called themselves the Taters. Potatoes bring in approximately 2.7 billion dollars a year into the state economy. Now that’s a lot of cash and a lot of Taters to bring in that kind of money!
 
 

Here in our home base of Houston, Texans fans are breathing a sigh of relief today as they escaped Detroit with a 34-31 overtime victory in a seesaw matchup that had hearts pounding on both sides of the ball. Detroit fans have every reason to be upset about a Texans touchdown being allowed even though Justin Forsett’s knee was clearly down on a running play. The whistle was never blown and Forsett continued to run 81 yards into the end zone. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed and the play surely would have been overturned but Lions coach Jim Schwartz immediately threw his challenge flag. NFL rules state throwing a challenge flag on a scoring play negates the review and is an automatic unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After the game, Schwartz told the Associated Press that he knew the rule but was so mad that he overreacted. The NFL rules committee will clearly look at this rule in the off-season. An interesting tidbit is that Texans GM Rick Smith sits on that committee. The rule needs to be adjusted but Schwartz is to blame. You can be mad, you can be frustrated but you also can’t give the other team 7 points instead of a 7 yard gain.
 
Two of our Awesome Sports Logos are football teams and they are also two of our bestsellers. Here’s our top seller, the Cocksville Blockers.
 
 

Cocksville is our only made up city but the name was just too good to pass up. This rooster looks like he could throw a few blocks. I wouldn’t mess with him.
 
Our second awesome t-shirt is the Nashville Bootleggers. Parts of Tennessee became famous for “Bootlegging”. In fact, Al Capone was known to hideout and stopover in this area. This Bootlegger logo is leading the charge with a Heisman like pose except instead of carrying a football, he is carrying Tennessee Whiskey.
 
 

Finally, today marks the 68th day of the NHL lockout. I am a huge hockey fan and I truly miss the sport. The problem is I’m part of a dwindling fan base. The longer this continues, the smaller the crowds will become. Yes the original six cities of New York, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit will always draw great crowds but what about cities like Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim and Columbus. I was a Stars season ticket holder during the last work stoppage. I saw a difference in attendance and they did nothing to win me back over. Sit in a room and don’t come out until you have a deal. Split revenue 50/50 and call it a day. Guys, no one even talks about you guys being locked out. You cancelled the one game a year, the Winter Classic on New Years Day that people actually watched. One of the great games who most agree is the best sport to watch in person is being ruined by greed on both sides, pure and simple.
 
On a lighter note, we end with a few hockey t-shirts that we offer at Awesome Sports Logos.
 
Don't mess with these three characters:
 
 
 
 
     
And last but not least, The Texas Roadkill. I guess you could mess with this Armadillo since Roadkill tends to be deceased as you pass it on the highway.
 

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Tell me you’re not going to wait in line tomorrow for Black Friday. You could easily get a lot of your shopping done just by going to our site and purchasing our cool t-shirts that are receiving great reviews. Super soft and super entertaining with satisfaction guaranteed. I promise!!
 
As always, thanks for reading.
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic
www.awesomesportslogos.com

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