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The History of the Blackhawks and Bruins Awesome Sports Logos

We are huge fans of the NHL and this year’s Stanley Cup Final, the first between two Original Six teams since 1979 has lived up to all of the hype. We hope it goes all the way to a Game 7. Here at Awesome Sports Logos, our goal is not only to sell our sports logo t-shirts but to also educate and inform you about sports logos which we feel is a lost art. So when you are watching the rest of this series, you can be the smartest person in the room when you tell them about these two teams facing off in the finals.

The Boston Bruins

 

In 1923 grocery tycoon Charles Adams became hooked on hockey. So much so, he convinced the NHL to expand to the United States which they did the following year. His cost to get a franchise, a whopping fifteen thousand dollars! Adams first hire was former player Art Ross as GM whose task was to name the team after an untamed animal that showed speed and agility. Ross came up with the Bruin after the childhood English fable “History of Reynard the Fox”. The colors of brown and gold were already chosen prior to the name because the grocery tycoon’s stores shared those same colors. They changed to black and gold in 1938 and switched to the “B” spoked logo during the 1948-49 season and it’s still worn today.

The Chicago Blackhawks

 

If you say that the Blackhawks are named after Native Americans you would be semi correct but here’s the tidbit that a lot of people don’t know. The team joined the NHL in 1926 thanks to coffee mogul Frederic McLaughlin. He was a commander in the 86th infantry division in World War 1. The division was named, “The Blackhawk Division”. The division was named after Black Hawk of the Sauk nation who played a part in Illinois history. You think today’s owners are hands on? McLaughlin was so hands on he hired 18 different coaches in 18 years owning the team. He once hired a guy he met on a train ride because he was impressed with his hockey knowledge. That coach was fired after two practices. Can you imagine the tweets if that happened today?

Ya see, now you have some fun facts to throw around regarding the two teams that are in the Stanley Cup Final and how their logos were born. Speaking of logos, we have some cool hockey sports logos that we’d love for you to take a look at. The first is the Brooklyn Leg Breakers which I wish the Islanders would change their name to when they make the move to Brooklyn. I just love the mob history involved, the innuendo, the initials N.Y. on the stick tape and the Brooklyn Bridge in the background.

 

The second hockey team is the Portland Tree Huggers awesome t-shirt. I wouldn’t mess with this mean looking tree. Portland is an awesome city and the Tree Huggers t-shirt is a perfect fit for the Portland lifestyle.

 

This last but not least funny t-shirt is the Texas Roadkill. The home base of Awesome Sports Logos is Texas and we see plenty of road kill on the interstate. I actually got excited when I saw a live armadillo. I love the subtleties of this logo like the tire tracks in the place of the goalie stick tape, the black eye of the armadillo and the fly’s buzzing above.

 

Thanks so much for reading and taking a look at our awesome t-shirts. Enjoy the rest of the Stanley Cup.
 
You guys are awesome!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
www.awesomesportslogos.com

Danica Patrick Just Wants to Drive So Let Her

 
 
 
Being first can be brutal. Being first in a male dominated southern sport like Nascar can be big time brutal. Danica Patrick will also be remembered as the first woman to truly break the gender barrier in stock car racing. Sure, there have been others but no one has had the full time support and sponsorship like Patrick.
 
What got my ear was when Eddie Gossage, President of Texas Motor Speedway was asked this week why he believes Danica Patrick is in a slump? Gossage as he always does gave a great answer but why was the question even asked? Earlier that day Patrick finished 12th at Martinsville Speedway which is one of if not the toughest course on the Sprint Cup schedule. Finishing behind her were Dale Earnhardt Jr., her car owner Tony Stewart who she passed, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman who won this race last year and 26 other drivers. Clint Bowyer told USA Today that he couldn’t pass her and told her, “great job” after the race. Her crew chief Tony Gibson said that he never dreamed of such a finish for Patrick. Yet it’s a slump?
 
She sits at 26th in the Sprint Cup standings only three places behind teammate Ryan Newman and four behind team owner Tony Stewart. Why aren’t they being brought up?  Aren’t they slumping? What about Juan Pablo Montoya who at one point was looked at as one of the best drivers in the world? He’s behind Patrick. What about Bobby Labonte who won the title in 2000? He’s behind Patrick. Sure, equipment makes a big difference but shouldn’t we take into account that Patrick is side by side with her teammates using the same equipment? We haven’t even brought into account that she is a Sprint Cup rookie still getting accustomed to the car. Any other rookie, we’d chalk it up to just that but with Danica Patrick, it’s a slump. The difference is that all eyes remain on Patrick because of her overall popularity not just in Nascar but also in sports. She’s a household name and with that comes exaggerated expectations.
 
Quickly forgotten is that she became the first woman to lead in Daytona and the first woman to win a pole position for a Cup race. I’m more impressed that she finished eighth regardless if you are a man or a woman. That’s a season for some Cup drivers. Let her race and give her a few years. Then we can judge. If she were a rookie in any other sport, you would we would all agree that her potential is huge. With Danica Patrick, potential is not allowed.
 
The picture above is of Danica Patrick is with the Mod Squad of Motorsports, the SpeedFreaks. They understand Danica and what she’s doing. Kudos to Kenny Sargent for supporting our cause by wearing our Portland Tree Huggers awesome t-shirt!  If you are looking for a funny racing t-shirt, I proudly present to you the Akron Rubbers! Akron is the tire capitol of the United States and where there are a lot of tires, there is a lot of rubber. Support the cause and grab an Awesome Sports Logos cool t-shirt today!

 

 Thanks for reading

Gavin Spittle
President/Logo Lover/T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos

Video Spotlight of the Portland Tree Huggers T-Shirt

Where there are a lot of trees, there is a lot of tree hugging. Portland has a gorgeous landscape and before you mess with the tree on this awesome t-shirt, I'd think twice. This is one mean hockey logo!

NHL Fans, Here's Something to Smile About

Still no progress with the NHL lockout. The League, the Players Association and Federal Mediators met today and walked away without a deal. I say both sides stay in the same room until a deal is worked out. This isn’t like the NFL Lockout. Fans were freaking out at the possibility of losing football on Sundays for a year. Meanwhile, the NHL Lockout is unfortunately an afterthought. Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels, and even Tom Watson becoming the captain of the next U.S Ryder Cup team took higher headlines than the lockout. One loyal L.A. fan Steve Chase still has that passion. He’s started a “Just Drop It” campaign which urges fans to boycott one game for every game that is cancelled after December 21st. That includes buying tickets, watching it on TV or any kind of interaction. Here’s his video explaining “Just Drop It”.
 
 
 We’re hockey fans here at Awesome Sports Logos. We are former Dallas Stars season ticket holders and current Aeros supporters in the AHL because we like many agree that in person, hockey is the best sport to watch. It’s even to the point where taking sides is exhausting. The past shows that fans will come back and I’m sure in the Original Six cities, that’s likely the case. Other cities though will struggle. Dallas, Anaheim, and the Carolina Panthers which play their games in Raleigh won’t be as fortunate.
Enough about the lockout because it’s time to feature one of the best sports t-shirts out there. This hockey team doesn’t care about lockouts, this team wants to play. We present our awesome t-shirt, the Portland TreeHuggers.

     Portland Tree Huggers Funny T-shirts

This team doesn’t care about revenue sharing, this team just wants to hit the ice and drop the gloves. I certainly wouldn’t mess with this huge piece of bark! This Portland t-shirt was like that 3rd child parents’ end of loving but didn’t actually plan on having. In other words, it wasn’t’ meant to happen as an Awesome Sports Logo. Picture this logo with a weed whacker instead of a hockey stick. That’s right: this logo was actually a landscaping logo that my awesome designer was looking to sell. I’m so glad he pitched me on this because I love this logo. Once I saw it, I saw the Portland TreeHuggers and as always, my designer made some tweaks and hit the jackpot. It reminds me of a tree that would chase the Mystery Machine in a Scooby Doo episode. Portland is a must visit city. The Northwest city has tremendous character. Trailblazers and TreeHuggers, those sound like two great teams in the city of Portland.

We love this Portland TreeHuggers funny t-shirt and we think that it’s the perfect holiday stocking stuffer. C’mon give that hockey fan something to smile about. Lord knows we need it!

Happy Holidays

Gavin Spittle

Founder, T-shirt Wearer, Logo Lover

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

Awesome Sports Logos T-Shirts & Thanksgiving go Hand in Hand

Some of our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts and Thanksgiving go hand in hand!

Hey guys, Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Awesome Sports Logos. Tomorrow, I’ve picked out just the right outfit, a Cape Cod Scrod t-shirt to sit at the dinner table with my family, stuff my face and watch football all day long. I’m sure I’ll fit in a sweet nap as well waking up several times with potential new team names. I do that a lot. Instead of sugar plums dancing in my head, it’s cities with potential logos to match up. You don’t have to say it, I know, it’s a sickness.
 
I’m writing this latest blog from my in-laws abode in Dallas, TX. Here is our Dallas t-shirt, the Dallas Doughboys, a baseball team which celebrates the history of our military.
 

So how do our awesome t-shirts relate to Thanksgiving? Read on my friend and you’ll see why.

1.)    Potatoes are such a critical part of Thanksgiving. Whether they are smothered in gravy or chopped up with onions and herbs, there is always a spot on the plate for some Taters. Idaho is known for its potatoes and the climate is perfect Tater growing weather. Over 30 different kinds of potatoes are grown in Idaho. The Idaho Taters was the first sports logo that we created and is still one of our favorites.
  
 
 
2.)    The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most traveled holidays on our roadways. Akron is the Rubber Capital of the World and the headquarters of Goodyear. Thus this Thanksgiving holiday, the roadways will be filled with a lot of rubber from Akron so we present the Akron Rubbers.
 
   

 

3.)    Not only is there a lot of food consumed, many get in the Thanksgiving spirit by drinking spirits. One of our awesome t-shirts is the Nashville Bootleggers. Our guy on the logo is giving the Heisman but instead of carrying a football, he’s securing a whiskey barrel, a drink that Tennessee is known for dating all the way to back to pre-prohibition.
 
 

 

4.)    Throughout parts of this great country of ours, Thanksgiving gets a little chilly at night. One thing that never gets old to me is a sweet wood fire. The snapping sounds and awesome heat is the only part of cold weather that I enjoy. One of our favorite hockey teams that we created is the Portland Tree Huggers. Although you’re not going to cut down this tree without a fight. This is one scary piece of lumber!
 
 
 
5.)    You know how your Aunt shows up with that random casserole that no one wants to touch? When your Aunt is sketchy with the details of the various meats that are in this mysterious dish, I’m betting it’s some form of Roadkill. Armadillo anyone? We bring you the Texas Roadkill.
 
 

 

6.)    And last but not least, Thanksgiving is the time of year when we bond with our family. Sorry, I really tried to write that last sentence trying to remain serious. Listen, we all love our families but spending all day in one house stuffing our faces with alcohol flowing can create some tension. Therefore, we bring you the Middleton Fingers.
 
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and remember that you can avoid Black Friday with a couple clicks of your mouse which will produce some of the coolest t-shirts around from Awesome Sports Logos. Hint, hint…
 
As always, thank you so much for reading, I truly appreciate it.
 
Gobble, Gobble!
 
Sincerely,
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt wearer
www.awesomesportslogos.com

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