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Cam Newton Brings Concussions Back to the Forefront

The Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off in the coveted Monday Night Football slot this past week. The game went on without the Panthers quarterback, three-time Pro Bowler and former NFL MVP Cam Newton. He suffered from a concussion in his previous game, when he took a (legal) hit from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones late in the game, attempting to run in a two-point conversion. Newton is no stranger to taking hard hits to the head, as he has already been the seeming target for multiple helmet-to-helmet attacks. Earlier in the season, two players from the Denver Broncos received fines for hits they delivered to Newton’s head.

The National Football League is no stranger to dealing with player’s getting concussions. The league has instituted a “concussion protocol” in an attempt to better protect the health of players. The protocol uses various unaffiliated doctors and medical personnel, who use a variety of techniques and observational tactics, to determine if a player might have received a concussion or expressed concussion-like symptoms. Team trainers and doctors are also supposed to be monitoring for these same things, using instant replay on the jumbotrons and tablets at their sides. The issue with this protocol is lack of accountability.

Last season, Case Keenum was running the (then) St. Louis Rams offense. The quarterback took a hard hit in a late, last minute drive. Keenum was phased, displaying what many thought were symptoms of a concussion. Instead of being removed from the game, to receive proper testing and evaluation, the Rams coaching staff put him back in the game. The NFL remained silent on this issue. The team received no penalty or punishment for the clear lack of concern for a player’s health. Instead, the league waited until the following offseason, and implanted harsher penalties for teams that ignore the concussion protocol rules.

If the league didn’t penalize the Rams during the Keenum incident, why would they penalize a franchise now? This issue isn’t going away and the biggest question for the NFL and Players Association, is there a resolution in the future?

Let’s get on to something happier on the football field, shall we? Take a look at this super soft awesome Nashville Bootleggers t-shirt.

 

Nashville is an awesome town, one of our favorites. We wanted to celebrate the city and its history which includes some bootlegging. Prohibition was lifted in 1933 but before that, some serious Tennessee Whiskey and Moonshine was being passed around in secrecy. This logo shows a bootlegger giving you the “Heisman” pose but instead of a football, he’s cradling a whiskey barrel. We hope you enjoy this awesome sports logo.

Don’t forget, there are two awesome ways to get discounts on our t-shirts. If you buy 3 of our t-shirts, you get the 4th free. Just use the coupon code 3ThenFree when checking out. The other discount is from our T-shirt of the Month Club. You pick out your own t-shirts and the longer the membership, the more of a discount you receive. Plus free shipping. Now that’s awesome!

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Sports Logo Spotlight on the Carolina Panthers

We’re nearly at the one month anniversary of the Super Bowl so I think things have calmed down and we can move our minds from a Panthers loss to focusing on their awesome logo they dawn on their helmets. 
 
 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net 
 

The Carolina Panthers were announced as the NFL's 29th franchise in 1993, beginning play two years later in 1995. In their second season the Panthers made the conference championship game, falling short to the eventual Super Bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. 

For the most part, the Panthers have maintained the same logo throughout its franchise's history, with the exception of some minor changes that were made between the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The lack of changes in the sports logo are for good reason, considering that this logo is among the best in the NFL.

This image contains personality as it depicts a roaring panther with angry fangs providing intimidation. In a physical sport such as football, you don't expect the logo to be friendly or inviting. Carolina’s logo sets the proper tone. 

I like the simple detail with the laser light eyes, the whiskers extending from each side of the nose, the shaping of the teeth, and the lining in the neck that creates a sense of muscle and strength. Simple detail has always been a very important part of a logo is far as I'm concerned. You don't want it to be overwhelming, nor do you want detail absent.

I am a big fan of the colors: black and "process blue." The blue color, which is a shade lighter than Duke's blue and a shade darker than North Carolina's blue, not only meshes well with the black, it’s a unique combination that we don't see often enough in sports. 

My biggest gripe about the logo is Panthers have little significance with the region. According to Charles Chandler of the Charlotte Observer, the Richardson family who owns the club, did not run any focus groups to determine the nickname. Instead, the principal owner, former NFL player Jerry Richardson had always wanted Panthers to be the nickname. As a matter of fact, according to that same story, Richardson began driving a car with the license plate PNTHRS as early as in 1989, four years prior to the Panthers entrance into the NFL became official. While that story is neat, it does not supplant the fact that the nickname and the location don't share any sort of true tie in with the Carolinas. That would be a long migration north from the Florida Everglades for the Panthers that exist in that region, thus the NHL’s Florida Panthers. With that said, the Carolina Panthers logo is enough for me to consider this a top-notch logo.

With a top notch defense and Cam Newton at the helm, this logo should be a contender for years to come. 

Just like Jerry Richardson’s affinity towards a name, the Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt shares a similar story. Of all the logos that Awesome Sports Logos creates, Cocksville is the only made up city. As you can imagine, the name was just too juicy to resist. The name actually popped into Founder Gavin Spittle’s head early one morning. Yes, he dreams of sports logos. He ran to the computer to try to find an area called Cocksville but the search fell short. The final product certainly delivers as this Rooster means business and will get in your way if you try anything he doesn’t like. This is our best-selling t-shirt and for good reason.
 
 
 
Pick it up today or add it to your list when you join our t-shirt of the month club where you get discount prices, a smile in your mailbox every month and free shipping. Now that’s awesome!!

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
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