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Awesome Sports Logos Spotlight on Pittsburg Texas

 

Greetings from Pittsburg Texas! I know what you’re thinking, I missed the “h” in Pittsburg but that’s actually how the town is spelled. Pittsburg is about 5,000 people and is located about two hours east of Dallas. Kendall Wright of the Tennessee Titans hails from Pittsburg. Also one of the more famous race car designers Caroll Shelby hails from Pittsburg.
 
When traveling through downtown Pittsburg I stumbled across the Pittsburg High School team logo and I loved it. They are the Pittsburg Pirates.

 

 

Sometimes logos just make too much sense and this is the case with Pittsburg Texas. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been around since 1887. They have had some amazing players go through the Steel City during that time. Just makes sense that if your town name is Pittsburg to embrace the Pirates. Not too much steel here in Texas and definitely not a lot of Penguins. It’s a cool logo and kudos to the city for embracing their local football team who has had great success. I went grocery shopping in Pittsburg and people were wearing their Pirate pride like it was a major league team.

 

 Kudos to Pittsburg, Texas home of the Pittsburg Pirates.

 

Speaking of small town support, have you seen our Decorah Trolls awesome t-shirts? Decorah, Iowa is a real small town that holds a Nordic Fest each July which creates an amazing buzz. My wife spent her summers in Decorah and the Nordic Fest was her highlight. We created the Trolls t-shirt in honor of Decorah and the Nordic Fest.

 

Thanks for reading and supporting Awesome Sports Logos!

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer

Win or Lose The Pacers Have Already Exceeded Expectations

It sure hurts to miss on a big swing. A few weeks ago I proclaimed NBA Playoff evolution at the hands of the Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies. At the foothill of the Finals, those teams are nowhere to be found. Valiant efforts, but perhaps not worth the knee-jerk praise. All the while, the Indiana Pacers were quietly heading towards a grudge match against the Miami Heat . The Pacers knew something that I did not; they were ready for Miami. Six games later, the Indiana Pacers threaten do something no team in the East has been able to do in twenty-four months, keep the Heat out of the Finals.

The Pacers are actually proving me wrong on another front. A few blogs ago I effectively ruled out any team in the East as a true threat to the Heat. I’d rather not spend time breaking down how so many of us missed on the Pacers. Similarly, I won’t drag Miami into another deep rooted analysis. Instead, let’s focus on what a Finals appearance could do for the Indiana Pacers logo.

Throughout the Pacers better years, they symbolized hard-working, team basketball. The Reggie Miller/Larry Brown/Donnie Walsh/Larry Bird era culminated in a 2000 Finals loss. Along the way there were many highs (sorry New York Knicks and Spike Lee) and few lows. That is, of course, until the “Malice at the Palace”. Since that promising group threw the sports world for a loop, the Pacers have been building toward this moment to little national fanfare.

The Pacers now face a Game 7 that, in all fairness, is just another game for the Heat. Geniuses like me have prematurely written off the Heat before these games too many times. Fortunately for the Pacers, this isn’t just another game. These Pacers resemble what their logo has represented during the best years. Defense, team scoring, workman-like attitudes; all the qualities you’d expect from a classic Pacers lineup. Indiana believes they can win Game 7 in Miami. Hibbert, George(s) and company are giving the world something to look forward to.

We all benefit from Game 7, no matter the outcome (don’t tell David Stern). If Indiana wins, the Heat are extinguished and two true basketball teams faceoff for the trophy. If Miami holds serve, we look to a bright future for Indiana, and the very similar Spurs take their shot. At worst, the Pacers logo continues to embody the best aspects of team basketball. Maybe, after Game 7, these traits can be honored under the bright lights of the Finals.

The Midwest is offering up some great basketball right now. Luckily, the Indiana Pacers aren’t the only team in the region with a historic logo. The Decorah Trolls boast a pleasant emblem for you to wear any time of the day. The Trolls reside in Iowa, but their legacy comes from Norwegian culture. Not to mention, that Troll is pretty cool. You can own the pride of Decorah on your very own awesome t-shirt.


  
 
Thanks as always for reading and enjoy Game 7.
 
Jake Springer
Columnist
www.awesomesportslogos.com
 
 

We Say Goodbye to an Awesome Sports Logo

Besides selling t-shirts, (which by the way, we can’t thank you enough for your business) the goal of Awesome Sports Logos is to educate you about the history of sports logos and to try to bring back the fun and creativity in the sports logo business which unfortunately has become a dying art. On Saturday night, the Houston Aeros were knocked out of the American Hockey League playoffs by the Grand Rapid Griffins (a cool logo) and with that the historic Aeros logo was buried in the logo cemetery.

 

This logo dates back to the 1970’s and the World Hockey Association. You wouldn’t think of Houston, Texas as a puck hotbed but Gordie Howe actually played in an Aeros uniform. The Aeros had a loyal fan base in Houston and finished in the top 6 in AHL attendance each year. Unfortunately, the rent became too high and there was no other arena suitable so the Aeros are off to their new home Iowa. Here’s where our continuous frustration with franchises continues. The parent club, the Minnesota Wild has decided to come up with the creative name and logo, ready, ready, drumroll…. The Iowa Wild. Uggh.

In their first press conference owner Craig Leipold said that he wanted to use the synergies of the brand, the Minnesota Wild. As I’ve said from day one, I get it that every chance you get, you want to expand your brand. I also think that it’s short sided. When we were kids, we didn’t buy minor league ball caps because they sported our major league logo. We bought them because they were creative and they were different. As more teams are owned by their parent club, creative names in the city in which they play are becoming a thing of the past. The Iowa Wild will join another minor league team in town, the Iowa Cubs. Who do you think they are the minor league affiliate of?

Why not the Iowa Monks? I’d buy that gear. The city is named after the Des Moines River, which may have been adapted from the French Rivière des Moines, literally meaning "River of the Monks”. Picture a mean looking monk holding a hockey stick in the face off position with a snarl on his face. That accentuates the history of the region with a cool name and that’s what makes an Awesome Sports Logo.

The good news is that talk of a new arena in Houston is in the works to support the Houston Rodeo. If that happens, you can bet that Houston will get another hockey team and hopefully continue the tradition of the Aeros. Until then, it’s the Iowa Wild taking on the Texas Stars…yawn.

At Awesome Sports Logos, we actually have an Iowa team and it’s my wife’s favorite. When she was a child, she would spend her summers in Decorah, Iowa, which is three and half hours north of Des Moines. Located at the intersection of State Highway 9 and US Route 52, this small city grows larger each July. My wife tells me one of her favorite childhood memories was attending the annual Nordic Fest, a celebration of the Norwegian culture. The troll is also a large part of this culture and we’ve created a semi-ugly yet cool looking troll holding a club-like baseball bat and dawning the Nordic colors. This logo has great history and is a great conversation piece. If an Iowa Wild t-shirt doesn’t excite you, we can guarantee some looks when you wear the Decorah Trolls awesome t-shirt.


  

Thanks as always for reading and supporting the cause!

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover and T-shirt Wearer

 

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

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Mythical Creatures Make Awesome Sports Logos

 Some of the legendary tales in this world are of mythical creatures. No matter how much science we pour in, no matter how many specials are done on National Geographic, the aura of mythical creatures in various areas live on. They are in our memory recall with growing fascination. I’ll play a mind game with you to prove my point. When you think of a rainbow, what’s at the other end? I say Loch Ness, what do you think of? You put a tooth under your pillow? We don’t do that to make the tooth more comfortable. By the way, on that note, I have friends that put $10 under their child’s pillow for every tooth lost. That’s some serious inflation from when I was a child. I might have to go back and check if I have any of my first teeth left to pay for this t-shirt company.

I think that Mythical Creatures make awesome sports logos. They are cool to create and although many speculate what creatures look like, we’ve never actually seen it with our own eyes so artistically, there is plenty of creative freedom. Next time you want to sound really smart in front of your friends, when they bring up a mythical creature, include the word cryptid in your return sentence. A cryptid is a creature or plant whose existence has been suggested but unrecognized by scientific proof. See, you can talk imaginary and wow your friends at the same time. Then quickly shift the conversation to sports so they still find you cool.

 Here a couple of “Cryptid”s from our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirt collection.

         

 We created the Decorah Trolls in celebration of the huge Norwegian festival held each year in Decorah Iowa. Trolls have always been one of the most popular mythical creatures. That popularity has grown even more with the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the upcoming Hobbit movie. My favorite part of this logo is the Norwegian flag pants and the club instead of a baseball bat. I wear my trolls shirt frequently.

 
 
       

 Our second creature is the Albuquerque Chupacabras. This is one of our best sellers and for good reason. There have been a lot of Chupacabra siting’s over the years including a creature that washed up on shore but nothing substantiated. The name derives from Chupar which means “to suck” and Cabra which means “Goat or Goat sucker”. The entire name comes from this creature hunting livestock. Our Chupacabra doesn’t look as nasty but I still wouldn’t mess with it. What I love about this awesome t-shirt is that the moon is a basketball. I also love the lettering.

 Here are some teams named after mythical creatures.


New Jersey Devils
A lot of people don’t realize that this NHL club is named after a cryptid creature which reportedly inhabits the Pine Barrons in South New Jersey. Over 10,000 people voted in a contest to name the team and this mythical creature came out the winner.

 

The Vermont Lake Monsters
 This single A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics is named after “Champ”, the legendary Lake Champlain monster which looks very similar to the Loch Ness Monster.

 

The Lowell Lock Monsters
 

 

In the 1700’s a transportation canal was built through the city of Lowell, MA into the Merrimack River. Today it is still the largest power canal system in the United States. The Lowell Lock Monsters were an American Hockey League affiliate before folding after the 2009-10 season.

 

The Shreveport Swamp Dragons
 

The Swamp Dragons played in the Texas League in 2001-02. Not sure there are many Dragons hanging out in the swamps of Louisiana but it’s a cool logo.

 
 
The Kootenay Ice
 

 The Ice are part of the Major Junior Hockey League in Canada and are based out of British Columbia. Pretty basic logo in fact it looks like someone was taking a picture of the Coors Lite Logo when the hockey playing Yeti jumped into the picture.

 

The Colorado Avalanche
 

 When people think of the Avalanche, they don’t necessarily think of “Big Foot”. While not the primary logo of Colorado, a big foot paw does appear on the shoulder pads of the jersey.  

 If you know of any other mythical creatures as sports logos, email me at gavin@awesomesportslogos.com and we’ll add it to the list. I’ll keep searching as well. In the meantime, support the cause and pick up a Trolls or Chupacabras awesome t-shirt. I’d buy both if I was you but I may be biased.

Seriously, thanks for all of your support for www.awesomesportslogos.com. The response has been awesome and we truly appreciate it!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, Super Soft T-shirt Wearer

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