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The Tennessee Smokies Have an A+ Sports Logo

In carousing my daily baseball websites, checking the latest in news and scores, I came across a minor league baseball team that got my attention. After doing a bit of research on this Double-A club, I think I may have found a new MiLB favorite! The Tennessee Smokies, of the Southern League, are the Double-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. Their name (referencing the well-known Smoky Mountains) and their logo (possibly referencing the even more well-known Smokey Bear) make a great combination! Speaking of their logo, let’s take see this bad boy!
 
 
 
(image courtesy of sportslogos.net)
 
Right off the bat, I see a bear with a bat. And it’s pretty awesome. The Smokies hit all the basics in this logo. A clearly defined mascot, the team name scripted across the image, and fantastic coloring. There’s even a hint of mountains and a forest in the background, on either side of the bear’s head. I think what’s even more interesting about this logo, is that there are some similarities with that of their Major League Baseball counterpart, the Chicago Cubs.
 
 
 
(image courtesy of sportslogos.net)
 
Let’s start with the obvious. There are bears in both logos. What I find most interesting, and possibly ironic, about this is that the Minor League team has the grown up bear, while the Major League team has the little baby bear. It’s almost as if they should be switched, based on their position in the baseball rankings. Now, here’s my favorite part of the Tennessee Smokies logo. Do you see the red coloring in the background? It peaks through at the very top and very bottom of the image. Ok, now bear with me here (pun completely intended).
 
What if the Tennessee Smokies removed their bear, removed their forest and mountains, and removed their name? What’s left? Well, seeing the shape of that red coloring, I think we’d find a big, red “C” underneath! A big, red “C” as in the Chicago Cubs logo! When I first laid eyes on the Smokies logo, that was the first thing that jumped out at me. I thought it was fascinating that this “C” can be seen, whether it was designed intentionally or unintentionally. An A+ goes to the Tennessee Smokies, for an awesome logo design!
 
Here is the old logo that the Smokies had from 2000-2014. They went from a regular sports logo to an awesome sports logo. 
 
 
 
 (image courtesy of sportslogos.net)
 
Another A+ goes out to the Nashville Bootleggers, just like the Smokies, a Tennessee logo that was done right.
 
 
 
 
It is said that the term “Bootlegging” began during the Civil War. Soldiers would sneak liquor into their camps by hiding pint bottles in the boots underneath their trousers. Parts of Tennessee became famous for Bootlegging. In fact, Johnson City Tennessee was known as a hideout and a stopover point for Al Capone. Prohibition was lifted in 1933 and Tennessee Whiskey has been flourishing ever since. This Nashville sports logo is carrying a Tennessee Whiskey barrel instead of a football. We hope you enjoy our Nashville Bootleggers t-shirt, in fact, you can get the Bootleggers for a cheaper price by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club. Discount prices with free shipping plus a smile each month when you head to your mailbox. 
 
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Blake Cole
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