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The NBA Playoffs are Here, Do You Care?

The NBA Playoffs are here, and if you’re team isn’t among the sixteen, you probably aren’t too invested. Sure, you’ll watch the last five minutes of a few first round games, you’ll catch the highlights on SportsCenter, but overall you’ll function as a casual fan. Perhaps you occupy the space between fringe playoff spectator and full-on playoff junkie. If this is the case, you’ll find yourself searching for small stories and tidbits that can carry your interest to the Finals. Will Lob City or Memphis take the next step? What becomes of the Kobe-less Lakers? Is San Antonio finally too old to last? Can the Knicks return to dominance in the East? Then, of course, there’s the ever-present band wagon that all basketball fans can jump on at any time: not who to root for but against.

For the past few years, the team of the viewer’s ire has been the Miami Heat. Ever since the “Big Three” got together and promised multiple championships, they’ve had their haters. That group may have gone underground for a while following 2012’s championship run, but there still around, just waiting for the chance to pop up again. As we all know, the Heat (Lebron) did this to themselves. They made sure that one championship wouldn’t be good enough. After all, if King James hadn’t promised upward of half a dozen rings, wouldn’t they have already fallen into place with the great teams of history? Be great for a long time, just win one championship, and you’ve got your spot in antiquity. That wasn’t good enough for a sound bite back in 2010. However misguided or immature, one title and a boatload of wins wasn’t good enough for Lebron and company for that fleeting moment.

The Heat will be scrutinized through every step of the playoffs. Through every nail-biting win, tough loss, and questionable call the Haters will be looking to point, and the Heat will be driven by it. Miami will be driven to blow past every opponent, through every game on their way to a second trophy. Here’s the rub: the Heat don’t have to go 12-0 on their way to the Finals. If it takes the full twenty-eight games to get the “Heatles” another ring, it won’t matter. All they have to do is win it all, and no one will remember what happened in the preceding three rounds. Easier said than done, of course, but this message isn’t for Miami, it’s for the rest of us. For those who want to scratch the back of every coach and team that blocks a Lebron shot in the 4th quarter, save your breath. Save it for the Finals, when it really matters. If the Heat don’t get there, you’ll know when the climax is coming, and you’ll know when to pounce. Odds are Miami will endure a typical “great team” run and be matched against a worthy opponent. Put your eggs in the West’s basket and hope they hatch in June. Next year no one will remember what happened in April, so set your sights on summer.

Summer is just around the corner and so is summer attire. Prep yourself for the epic heat of the coming months with a t-shirt that speaks volumes. Awesome Sports Logos has a large collection of great fitting, great feeling t-shirts that will make you the center of attention. Browse through our collection that’s as deep as the Denver Nuggets bench. We spent a lot of time discussing Miami in this blog. Here are our awesome Florida t-shirts – The Dade City Kumquats and The Boca Raton Cougars.


  
 

Thanks for reading!

Jake Springer
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist/T-shirt lover

Baseball Players are Not Getting the Message. Its Time to Get Tougher

If your child continues to disobey you, do you continue with the same punishment? That’s how I feel with the news in the Miami New Times that Alex Rodriguez was one of several players who were clients of a Miami anti-aging clinic that distributed performance enhancing drugs that are banned by Major League Baseball.

Are we surprised? Of course we aren’t. Also on the list for this clinic reportedly are Gio Gonzalez of the Washington Nationals who almost won the Cy Young, Melky Cabrera who was having an MVP season until being suspended for PED’s. That’s the same Melky Cabrera who won the All Star game for the National League and gave his Giants the home field advantage in the World Series. Then there is Bartolo Colon who gave us that “I feel bad” emotion when you see an athlete that just doesn’t have it but continues to play. All of a sudden he found the fountain of youth and had his best season since 2005. Nelson Cruz who at one point could never make it past Triple A and then suddenly, “found his swing” to become one of the Rangers best sluggers made the list as well.

The list of baseball players and athletes is a laundry list of who’s who. If I suspended you for 50 days without pay for work but you were already making $25 million per year, you wouldn’t go hungry would you? That to me seems like a good investment. I’m going to give you 25 million per year but then you’ll have to give back 8.25 million. I’m no mathematician but I believe that’s 16.75 million on the plus side. Remember, this is the same league that still feels as though the actions of Pete Rose betting on his own team are so reprehensible that the all-time hit leader needs to buy a ticket to get into Cooperstown. So the lesson is, take growth hormones early, get as much money as you can and if you get caught, just give some money back to the club that has paid you millions?

Don’t throw out the argument of, “Well steroids and HGH should be legal, who cares?”  That is an entirely different debate and at this point, I’ll side with you. As of now, there are rules in place and if you want to slow down the use, then baseball needs to toughen up. If I was the Commish and you get caught I would ban you for a minimum of two years. If you get caught again, you are banned for life. Think the MLB Players Association will go for it? Of course they won’t. It’s not about the integrity of the game anymore it’s about the money pure and simple. While you may call him A-Fraud, he’s living the life that we all dream of. He cheated to the tune of millions and while we are mentioning that famous word in baseball, “integrity”, he’s being fed grapes. Two years is a long time to sit at home. That message will resonate loud and clear throughout clubhouses. It’s time to get tough MLB and say enough is enough. You owe it to players like Hank Aaron and even the “Hit King” Pete Rose. At least their stats aren’t tainted.

Speaking of Taters and Juicers, we need to end our blog trying to sell some t-shirts because that’s what we’re in the business of. We have sizes that fit all from a small to a muscle bound steroid taking 3X aweome t-shirt. 
 
  
 
You guys are so supportive and we appreciate you helping us with our cause. It’s our goal to bring back the fun and creativity to sports logos and we do it naturally. If you’d like we’ll pee in a cup or draw blood to prove it to you.

Thanks for reading!!

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

Breaking Down the Presidential Swing States from a T-shirt Perspective

Breaking Down the Presidential Swing States from a T-shirt Perspective

I write this on the evening of the final Presidential Debate. This is clearly a biased opinion but this debate would be a lot cooler if the former Governor of Massachusetts was wearing a Boston Accents T-shirt and the President was sporting a Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt. Now we’re talking! Okay, I’m awake from my dream now. We don’t get political here, we just want to have fun but there are some key swing states that will ultimately decide this upcoming presidential election. Many of those swing states share a common theme and that’s the coolest t-shirts out there from Awesome Sports Logos!

Florida

We still need to get to that “Florida Hangin’ Chads” t-shirt but for now we offer two funny t-shirts.

The Boca Raton Cougars. Grrrr, those Cougars are dangerous.
 

 

 The Dade City Kumquats.
 

I think we might have to hit the Kumquat festival in Dade City this January to sell some of these t-shirts. I love the name and everything about this logo. 

 Iowa

 

How sweet would it have been to see one of the candidates riding the streets of Decorah on a float sporting this funny t-shirt for the yearly Nordic Fest? We wanted to create a logo that depicted this awesome event and a troll playing baseball and using his club instead of a bat really fit what we were looking for. Similar to Dade City, I can’t wait to take Awesome Sports Logos on the road to Decorah!

 

Nevada

 Okay, quick tip as a former resident of this state. It’s pronounced Neh-Vad-ah, not Nah-Vad-ah. You pronounce this right when visiting and they’ll think you’re a local. That’s the first thing I learned. Tip number two, if you’re visiting Las Vegas, pull up a map on your smart phone and tell your cab driver to take streets like Koval and Russell or Desert Inn. Don’t get on the strip with your cab driver! The only thing spinning won’t be the slot machines; it will be your meter. Nevada is due for another t-shirt design from us in the near future. For now, we offer the Las Vegas Snake Eyes.
 

 

I will never understand why a pro sports team didn’t use this. I had one person tell me that Snake Eyes are bad luck when you gamble. Yes, it’s the t-shirt that’s making you lose all of your money and building those gorgeous buildings.

 

Ohio

Ohio may be the swing state that ultimately decides this election. One of the biggest topics in this presidential campaign is the economy and jobs. This is huge in Akron, Ohio which is considered the tire capitol of the United States. Goodyear is based in Akron which is the fifth largest city in Ohio. Other nicknames for Akron are “The Rubber City” and the “Rubber Capitol of the World”. Therefore, if either candidate wants to get some serious mojo going in Ohio these last few days, they should proudly wear one of our best sellers, The Akron Rubbers!
 

 

 Virginia

Let’s just say that this unincorporated community in Virginia doesn’t really have enough votes to make a difference. I don’t even know if they have enough people to even call itself a community? Sorry Climax, the legalization of moonshining isn’t one of the major issues of this campaign. However, you receive huge bonus points for naming your community Climax and for having a yearly fiddle festival. Who doesn’t love that? Here is the Climax Fiddlers!
 

 

We left out swing states Colorado, New Hampshire and Wisconsin because we haven’t had enough time to come up with some cool t-shirt names in these states. Give us time people, we’ll get there soon. So, if you’re asking for my political opinion or who’s going to win, I plead the 5th. Some may read this expecting a serious article on swing states. My reply, this is serious, we’re talking t-shirts here. Let’s be honest, if you told the candidates instead of suits they could only wear their favorite t-shirt that would show a lot wouldn’t it?  A little more than a blue tie or a red tie, that’s for sure.

As always, thanks for reading. You guys rock and I appreciate all of the love and support for Awesome Sports Logos.

Sincerely,

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt wearer

Awesome Sports Logos.

We Need More Fruit in Sports Logos

By Gavin Spittle

www.awesomesportslogos.com

Growing up, we’ve all been hammered to “eat our fruits and vegetables” so now although I don’t act like a grown up, my age says otherwise so I’m calling on our future generation to add more fruits to sports logos!

My opinion was formed when my crack research team told me that fruit logos are nowhere to be found. By crack research team, I mean me and Google. Fruit has amazing health properties but I bring you the following for amazing sports logo possibilities.

The Dade City Kumquats. A Kumquat is in the citrus family and basically is a small orange. Every January, Dade City hosts a Kumquat festival celebrating the mighty fruit. We celebrate it in the form of this funny t-shirt.

       

 And although it’s not in the fruit family, I do have to get in a shameless plug for our Idaho Taters cool t-shirt. We’re proud to say that this botanically speaking vegetable was our first logo. I say botanically because people actually debate if a potato is a vegetable or not. Now there’s a group I want to hang with, people who debate what potatoes actually are. Either way, we love this logo as part of our awesome t-shirt collection.

 
       
Enough about us, here is what we’ve found. We begin with the Fort Wayne Tincaps

 

The Tincaps are the Class A club of the San Diego Padres. They were renamed the Tincaps in 2008 because the legendary Johnny Appleseed lived in Fort Wayne and is buried in this city.

 

The Syracuse Orange

 

This University has produced a lot of athletes over the years. I didn’t like when they changed their name from the Orangemen to the Orange but at least they kept this citrus fruit in the logo.

 

C’mon, that can’t be all? There are more corn logos in minor league baseball than fruit overall.  This is one of our favorites, the Normal Cornbelters.

 

If you guys find any fruit logos, reach out to me at gavin@awesomesportslogos.com. Don’t forget to check out our website www.awesomesportslogos.com for that Dade City Kumquats or Idaho Taters super soft awesome t-shirt. If you buy 3, you get the 4th shirt free. Just type in the short code 3THENFREE.  Stay awesome my friends.

 

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover and Fruit T-shirt wearer

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