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Count us in for the Upcoming Hockey/Zombie Movie

Two of our favorite things have combined efforts. Hard to believe and I never thought this would happen. Then again, I never thought a Tornado would tag team with Sharks to create a viral sensation and 5 made for TV movies.

At Awesome Sports Logos, we love Hockey! And who doesn’t love Zombies?  Well, not real life Zombies. We’re happy with Walking Dead TV Zombies. So two of our fascinations have combined for a movie. We bring you the trailer for..get ready…. Ahockalypse!

 

 

A hockey team takes on Zombies. This is going to be a rough one but count me 100% in! I do wonder how much grip Zombies would actually have on the ice, especially if a Zamboni just put layed down a clean sheet of ice.

As luck would have it, we actually have a Zombie/Hockey sports logo. It’s hard to believe but true except this awesome t-shirt is more interested in stopping pucks than biting humans.

 

This Texas Roadkill has risen from the dead to play Goalie. We can also safely say that this Armadillo has seen better times but its shell doubles as some sweet goalie equipment. There are some small aspects of this logo that I really enjoy. The biggest is the Goalie stick tape. From a distance it looks like tape but when you get closer, you’ll notice that it’s actually a tire tread. I also love the flies taking advantage of the opportunity. If you find Roadkill along the Texas interstates, you’ll likely find some flies. I also like the black eye of the Armadillo. This is one of my favorite logos. Although it’s not a human Zombie, we’re patting ourselves on the back for being close enough with the Hockey/Zombie unlikely marriage.

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Sports Logo Spotlight on The 2017 Final Four

The madness hits its peak this weekend! It’s that time of year and today we have three logos to review in regards to the Final Four of the NCAA in hoops and in hockey.

To the collegiate athletes, we think you are awesome. You give it your all and provide a month of thrills.

 Let’s begin with the Men’s Final Four which will be held in Glendale Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

 
 

Logo courtesy of NCAA.org 

Unfortunately this logo falls short. The trophy takes center stage on all three logos but you can work around it. Where is the Saguaro Cactus? They are synonymous with the Arizona desert. Where is the rising sun, a tribute to the state? The basketball in the shape of a sun is a nice touch but it’s in the wrong place. I think it would have fit better towards the top of the logo. There is also the issue of Phoenix front and central. If you’ve been to Phoenix, you know that Glendale isn’t right next door. You have a drive ahead of you. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2014, the Final Four was at AT&T Stadium, which is in Arlington, not Dallas. The logo said North Texas.

Compare this logo with 2018 Final Four logo that will be in San Antonio.

 

This logo features the bridge at the famous San Antonio River Walk. The colors are also familiar with the city.

This years Women’s Final Four Logo is a step up from the men.

 

 

The trophy is still prominent but this time although it’s in the center, it doesn’t take center stage. The trophy is surrounded by the famous Dallas skyline. One of the highlights of the Dallas skyline is the Bank of America building, which lights up in neon green each night. If the designer used the neon green because of this, it’s a terrific logo touch.

The third and final logo to take a look at is the Frozen Four, college hockey’s equivalent of the Final Four that will take place in Chicago.

 

 

The name Frozen Four is a real nice touch. I’ve always loved the name. This logo falls short unfortunately. Chicago is an awesome city with multiple attractions. The Sears Tower could have been part of the skyline along with the John Hancock Center? What about the Chicago River or the famous statue Cloud Gate that thousands take pictures in front of each year. The only link to Chicago could be the slight use of red in the logo, which is similar to Blackhawks red.  That said, it’s one of the major cities in our country and the NCAA should have taken advantage of that. Two hockey sticks isn’t enough for such a premiere event.

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The Calgary Flames Sports Logo is Burnt Out

The Calgary Flames were established in 1972, as the Atlanta Flames. The team relocated to Calgary in 1980, and were the third team to represent the city. Previously, Calgary hosted the Tigers (1921-1927) and the Cowboys (1975-1977). Since their existence, the Flames have won two President's Trophies, for being the league's top regular season team, and have claimed five division championships. In all, nine people associated with the Flames have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

That sounds like some decent accomplishments, right? Well, in a span of 45 years, it really isn’t a lot. Being that they are the third team to call Calgary home, could the city be a curse to National Hockey League franchises? One thing is for sure, and it is that the team’s logo isn’t doing them any favors. The Flames’ original logo ran from the 1980/81 season, until the 1994/95 season. The franchise revamped their logo, and failed to improve the overall look. Let’s do what we do best, and analyze the two Calgary Flames logos.

 
Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

As you can see in their original look, it was a poor design. The logo is a large, red letter “C” with the left side made up of flames. The flames burst out into to the left, with multiple legs of fire. The logo is outlined in yellow, attempting to accent the overall look. This might have been sufficient in the 1980s, but with today’s technology and advances in graphic design, it isn’t really cutting it. The team must have realized this, and made up their minds to changeup their logo for the start of the 1994/95 season. Let’s see how they did.

 
 

Well ladies and gentleman, they did not get this one right. The franchise chose to stick with the large, red letter “C” image. The font of the letter was somewhat changed, but was insignificant to the overall appearance. The largest change to note is the addition of the black outlining. The original yellow outline was kept, and a thin layer of black pencil lining was added to the outermost layer. Really, not a large change.

The Flames did have a really cool alternative logo up until 2007. This logo looked great on their sweaters.

 

While I have always been a fan of, and have constantly talked about simple logo designs, there still has to be an aura of interest around any team’s logo. It is the entire representation of your franchise. It is printed on hats, jerseys, t-shirts, and tons of other merchandise. It gets plastered everywhere! It should be something that the fans and the franchise can be proud of.

While I am not a fan of the logo, credit must go to the fan base of Calgary. Whether it’s a winning of losing season, Flames fans support their team in the historic Saddledome.

We at Awesome Sports Logos are proud of every one of our sports logos. Especially our Texas Roadkill logo!

 
 
Seriously, have you ever seen a live armadillo? In Texas, everything is big; including unfortunate animal fatalities on the Lone Star’s various interstates. One of the more common animals seen on the side of the road is the armadillo. While hawks and vultures refer to this as dinner, we prefer the name Texas Roadkill.

We think this is one of our coolest logos. This beat up Armadillo still looks pretty tough holding a hockey stick even with the black eye, surrounding flies and tire tracks. We hope you dig this funny Texas t-shirt as much as we do! And who doesn’t love free shipping and discounted prices? If that sounds like your kind of deal, take part in our t-shirt of the month club! You can get one of our awesome, super-soft tees delivered right to your doorstep at the first of every month! Check it out today!

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Vegas Unveils The Golden Knights as Their NHL Name

We can now say that the NHL has officially arrived in Las Vegas. In a rally in front of their brand new arena, fans were treated to the official name and sports logo unveil of the first major sports franchise in Nevada.

The team did a really good job keeping the fans and media guessing what the official name would be. The three names that became final speculation were the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Desert Knights, and the Las Vegas Silver Knights. Everyone pretty much knew Knights would be in the name. Owner Bill Foley also mentioned that Sidewinders and Nighthawks were discussed.

So here is your winner, the Vegas Golden Knights.

 

 

 Logo images courtesy of nhl.com/goldenknights

Let’s start with the name. It’s not the Las Vegas Golden Knights, it’s the Vegas Golden Knights. As a person who lived in Las Vegas, I can relate to just Vegas. When you live in Las Vegas, you drop the Las. “I’m from Vegas”.  It’s a nice touch and a tribute to the thousands of residents who created the ground swell to make this franchise happen.

As for the logo, Foley attended West Point. Here is his quote from NHL.com, "The Knights are the epitome of the warrior class," the U.S. Military Academy graduate said. "They're team-oriented, they always stick together, they never give up, they never give in. And hockey players are warriors. They've always been team players, all for one. That's us. That's what we'll be." You may not notice it at first but while it looks like a Knights mask, the part where the eyes, nose and mouth would be is shaped like a "V" symbolizing the hometown. 

The team explained the colors in the logo.

Steel Grey- strength and durability;

Gold-The state of Nevada is the largest gold producer in the United States

Black- Power and Intensity.

Here is the secondary logo of the team.

 

I actually like this logo better than the primary. You have some great Knight swords and together they create a star that resembles the star on the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign. The team explained that the red in the logo stands for the desert skyline along with the famous Red Rock in the surrounding mountains.

Finally, here is the word mark for the team which you will see on various merchandise. 
 
  
 
Unfortunately, the logo unveiling didn’t go as planned. As you can see in this video at about the 8:49 mark, the video started with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman but quickly went to a place holder which is basically a blank screen with the name.
 
 

Foley jumps on the microphone with the quote, “We’re going to do better on the rink, I’ll tell you that”. Good save Bill Foley. I can only imagine what was going through your mind. You’ve spent millions of dollars on this franchise and this is your day. North American hockey fans have their eyes on you and that happens. I feel as though the video production team won’t be sleeping too much tonight. Vegas is one of the worlds top entertainment destinations, how can you not get a video on the screen?

So here’s my take. I hate to knock this logo because as a former Vegas resident, I couldn’t be more excited for a community that I have grown to love. That said, there are so many unique features of Southern Nevada and that’s what the logo should have focused on. Reading various articles, it seems as though the team wanted to stay away from anything associated with gambling. To me, that’s what you are known for so embrace it.  If I say Golden Knights, does Vegas come to mind? 

Full disclosure, I reached out to the team and offered up our Las Vegas Snake Eyes logo.

 
 
Some in the city think that our logo signifies losing because that’s not the best role in Craps. Snake Eyes to me rolls off the tongue and has a cool double meaning with snakes in the desert as well as the subtle gambling reference. Oh well, they didn’t get back to me. They have their vision and I’m excited for them. I just think this franchise would have exploded with the right creative name. I’ll be rooting for them on the ice! Go Knights!!

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The Florida Panthers New Sports Logo is Awesome

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!

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.

 

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.

 
 
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!

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Our Top American Hockey League Logos

We’ve discussed the awesome NBA D-League logos, and the even more awesome Minor League Baseball logos. Now, let’s see if the National Hockey League’s minor league system can get any skin in the game. We’ll be looking at some of the best American Hockey League logos, and trying to find the ones that are just as great as what we’ve featured before, in the MiLB and D-League. 

We head to the Midwest for our first logo. You don't see many skeleton logos and that's what makes the Milwaukee Admirals awesome. The Admirals have long called Milwaukee home and this year, they'll have a new home arena moving from the Bradley Center to the University of Wisconsin Panther arena. 

 
 
 Photos of Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
The Admirals also have one of the best alternate logos in sports with bone lettering carving out an M and an A. The hockey stick finishing off the A is a great touch.  
 
 
 
Down to the Lone Star state for our next AHL logo.
 
 
 
 
The San Antonio Rampage have one mean looking logo! It strikes fear into the minds of their opponents. In all black and white, one would think that the Rampage took the easy way out. But I think the opposite. When you have this big bad bull staring you down, you don’t need color to make it any better. With smoke coming from his nostrils, and a cloud of dust in trail, the San Antonio Rampage clearly mean business. This Colorado Avalanche affiliate is prepared to stomp all over the other AHL team logos! But, will the Rampage be able to take down our next awesome Logo? Maybe, if they can find it…
 
 
 
Do you see it? The monster? Exactly. You have no clue what’s coming! The Lake Erie Monsters, now known as the Cleveland Monsters as of this week, are ready to surprise opponents with this creepy logo. We aren’t quite sure what the monster is, but that’s the best part. Mystery surrounds this Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate, and opponents are left to wonder. The Monsters knew what they were doing when they created this logo. Fierce yellow eyes, peaking just above the waterline, give one awesome look. With the new name change from Lake Erie to Cleveland, I sure hope that a logo change isn’t to follow. The Monsters have a great look! I would hate to see that change. And I definitely hope nothing ever changes about this next American Hockey League team logo.
 
 
 
The Rockford IceHogs have, by far, my most favorite logo in all of the AHL. You probably wouldn’t think that such a tough looking animal could come out of Rockford, Illinois, but it did. This hog is ready to snap that hockey stick right in half. I bet it wouldn’t take much effort either. Honestly, the helmet is probably my favorite part. While meant to look like a hockey helmet, I’m sure, it gives off the black leather look of a hat that some kind of tough street thug would wear. The Chicago Blackhawks have one nasty looking IceHog as their minor league affiliate. Rockford, you have the best logo in the AHL! It’s definitely worthy of standing up against the best of the MiLB and D-League looks!
 
Even tougher than the IceHogs, Awesome Sports Logos has the Brooklyn Leg Breakers!
 
 
 
Are you talkin’ to me? The Brooklyn Leg Breakers play hockey, hard core style. If they could break through the ice and make you swim with the fishes, they would. This logo was inspired by the many New York mafia stories of old. We love the detail of this logo, including the pinstripes on the suit, the Brooklyn Bridge and skyline as the backdrop, as well as the NY lettering inside the tape of the stick. Forget about it, and pick up this awesome Brooklyn sports logo t-shirt today!
 
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