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Which San Antonio Spurs Sports Logo Wins The Championship

With the Spurs adding to their dynasty with another championship, their silver and black logo has become front and center. But existing in the background, peeking out like a kid playing hide-and-seek trying to scout out his hunter's location, is the retro "Fiesta" logo. With its tri-colored background, the Fiesta logo's been gone for more than a decade, but Spurs fans seem to embrace it more and more with each passing day. I recently withstood a friend with a massive Spurs allegiance rant for five minutes about the necessity for the team to bring back the old logo--I guess a logo can be a fan's biggest concern when the team is in the middle of building a 21-point halftime lead in a game 3 win over Miami. Whatever the case, it made me strongly consider which logo I prefer more, but after a length internal debate, I settled on the new one. 
 
Old Fiesta Logo 
 
 
 
The old sports logo is like a solid backup quarterback. These guys look good on the sideline, have fun with their teammates, make good money, and still do things during warmups that you couldn't even dream of doing. Maybe they come in for a few quarters and look pretty good here, help lead a touchdown drive in a blowout there, and, the best achievement, they "made all of the throws" in practice during the week. Fans scream and shout for this guy until he becomes a starter and misses easy throws, tosses a few picks, and is ultimately unable to get the "W." You quickly realize why he was the backup. 

The Fiesta logo is great as a retro alternate used from time to time with merchandise available for purchase, but it isn't a great fit as the starter. The colors are outdated, the font seems pixelated--very Sega Genesis-like--and, its biggest fault, is that it isn't wearable for those with fashion-sense (or so I'm told, because I'm not in that group). The colors stand out and don't have great versatility in blend. 

Players come and go but, as a kicker, the current group of players and their head coach have a personality more aligned with the new logo--plain and simple--as opposed to the older logo--more eccentric. 
 
Current Spurs Logo 
 
 

The new logo jumps out at you with the multi-layered shadowing, especially at the base of the spur, connected to the "u" in the middle. The colors (black, silver/grey, and white) mix well together and I like how they actually use the white. It is blended in as a part of the letter-outline and the shadowing as well as the lettering up top within the black-shaded shadow. Plus, points for the unique shape, an arched rectangular badge-like backing, separating the Spurs from several NBA teams. Most of the time, I love the more colorful logos, but much like I think Brooklyn owns the simple look in the East, I think San Antonio's got it in the West. 

Don't ignore the past--embrace it--but Spurs fans who want the team to bring back the Fiesta look as the starter, remember that there's a reason the team went another way at the beginning of the century. Like they seemingly have always done over the past 20 years, the Spurs got this one right. 
 
Awesome Sports Logos may not have a San Antonio Spurs logo yet but it does feature a Texas logo that fits in perfectly with the Lone Star lifestyle. If you travel along the highways of the great state of Texas, you will certainly notice some Roadkill. This Armadillo has had some better days but he still looks like he could stop a few pucks. What I love about this logo is the little details. The flies overhead and the tire tracks on the stick that also looks like hockey stick tape. 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for reading and thanks as always for your support. 
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
 
 
 

Intimidating Sports Logos

We've taken a look at logos from so many different angles but not yet concerning the intimidation factor. This simple idea was inspired by Awesome Sports Logos masterpieces like the 'Brooklyn Leg Breakers' and, maybe this is just me, but the ferocity of the 'Lexington Studs,' too. Alas, the 5x5: Top 5 intimidating logos from the 5 big entities (NFL, MLB/MiLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA). As always, feel free to add your flare to your own list...

NFL

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: No, a flag is not intimidating, but I just saw Captain Phillips for a second time and to think some frail "pirate" can cause that much havoc is kind of scary to me.

4. Chicago Bears: There is something about a bear...And that defense...Cringe

3. Carolina Panthers: This isn't just any Panther, this is a gosh darn fierce cat. It looks like it is ready to bite.

2. New England Patriots: This logo looks like a robotic, determined sonuva gun. It doesn't help that Bill Belicheck doesn't smile.

1. Oakland Raiders: Whether it is the black hole or NWA, this is unequivocally the most intimidating NFL logo. From the aforementioned association to the color scheme to how scary their lack of success has been, it all ties together to form intimidation.

MLB/MiLB

5. Kannapolis Intimidators: The personified 'K' is somewhat of a scare. but as a salute to the late Dale Earnhardt and to the name itself, how can you not include them?

4. Pittsburgh Pirates: Raise the Jolly Roger all you want, this ship is headed to a island of horror. Again, there is something about pirates that just get me.

3. Fort Wayne Tin Caps: It isn't often that a fruit can intimidate you but this is a violent red ball of fire. With some helmeted body armor and sharp teeth, this apple might bite you if you don't bite it first.

2. El Paso Chihuahuas: Cute and cuddly or straight up ferocious? The shock of a chihuahua looking for blood ups the ante.

1. Eugene Emeralds: This tree-blooded forest monster is eerily unknown to me. He's hurling a tree in one depiction so how big is this guy?

NBA

5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Hoops logos aren't too scary, to be honest. This guy looks out for blood, though.

4. Atlanta Hawks: But the talons...

3. Boston Celtics: The leprechaun looks scary and cunning. Some people have a fear of clowns, others have a hesitancy of leprechauns.

2. Golden State Warriors: He looks like some stretchy, super muscular, super hero. I just can't tell if he is a good guy or a bad guy...

1. Chicago Bulls: Tough. Stubborn. Snorting smoke. Simple.

NHL

5. Anaheim Ducks: I still can't get the old school, masked quacker logo out of my head. Either way, have you ever had a duck waddle towards you?

4. Minnesota Wild: The camouflaged beast makes this a little trickier because the clandestine nature of this depiction adds a little fuel to the fire.

3. Florida Panthers: The real question is to ask which is more intimidating: Florida or Carolina's panther?

2. Nashville Predators: Because it is a predator and I might be its prey.

1. Ottawa Senators: A gladiator looking to fight? No thanks!

Other

5. Florida Gators: Maybe its a friendly gator, but anything that quick and that strong with that many teeth can only be friendly with an asterisk.

4. Butler Bulldogs: The real life mascot is so cute, though...

3. Missouri Tigers: It looks like it is dashing through the jungle...

2. Duke Blue Devils: The mascot looks creepy like he's up to something. Even if he's not, he's a devil and nothing ever works out to your advantage when you hang around with a devil.

1. TCU Horned Frogs: I don't think this is the kind of Frog that you want to chase after and pick up like when we were kids.

 
Here's another Awesome Sports Logo that is intimidating. The Caimanes de Rio Abajo is in the Panamanian Basketball League. Even though there is no proof that any Caimanes in the rivers of Rio Abajo exist, the locals say they have seen them. That's good enough for me. This is one of the many real Panamanian Basketball League t-shirts that Awesome Sports Logos offers.
 
Caimanes de Rio Abajo
Thanks as always for reading
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
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