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The History of the Toronto Maple Leafs Awesome Sports Logo

 
 
The Toronto Maple Leafs organization is one of professional sports’ most iconic and historic franchises. Think a ticket to Fenway Park is tough? Try lining up a ticket to a Maple Leafs game inside the Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leaf, which dons the Canadian flag, is, to some, just as much a symbol of Toronto’s hockey team as it is the country. But, did you ever wonder how the Maple Leaf became attached to Toronto?

Late ice hockey executive, legendary Frank Calder, led a group of owners in the National Hockey Association (NHA) to start their own league in 1917. The new group froze out the Toronto “Blue Shirts,” winners of the 1914 Stanley Cup. It wasn’t because of a lack of success, but because the rest of the owners did not fancy Toronto’s owner, Eddie Livingstone. While the “Blue Shirts” were out of the league, that did not necessarily mean that Toronto was out of the league. 
 
 

A new Toronto franchise with a different ownership joining the new league former by the group led by Calder. While it might seem inconceivable to those dying to add a hashtag to every proper noun possible, the new skaters from Toronto did not really have a nickname. Some called them the “Blue Shirts,” a carryover from the NHA, while others simply referred to one of the league’s top teams as the “Torontos,” #nocreativity. 

The Toronto squad finished tied for first with the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the new league’s first season. Incidentally, the only reason the Canadiens achieved a record strong enough to tie Toronto’s is that they won two games by forfeiture charged against the Montreal Wanderers, whose stadium was destroyed by fire. After depositing the Canadiens for the NHL Championship, Toronto advanced to the PCHA victors, the Vancouver—wait, cue the theme show music—Millionaires. While Regis Philbin wasn’t hosting, Toronto put a twist on the former famed show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? by playing, Who Wants To Beat The Millionaires? The answer: Toronto, taking the series in 5 games and winning the 1918 Stanley Cup.

Despite their recent fortunes, however, Toronto filed for bankruptcy in 1920, only to be rescued by Charles L. Querrie. Still without a nickname, this “lucky” franchise was named the “St. Patricks,” in honor of the growing Irish population in Toronto. With a fresh start and a new image, Toronto’s colors became green and white. Rebounding from a disastrous 1919 season, the fighting Irish barely missed out on the playoffs, taking big strides towards improvement. It was only two years later when they hoisted the Cup again, once more defeating the Millionaires in 5 games.

Unfortunately, their success once again hit a snag. After their 1920 Cup, the St. Patricks missed out on the playoffs or fell short of expectations for a handful of years consecutively.
 

The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded to the MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Conn Smythe, himself, was arguably the MVP of Toronto’s hockey franchise in the 1920’s. With the team’s struggles, there was talk of removing the team from Toronto in favor of Philadelphia. However, Smythe, who headed a group of investors who purchased the team, decided to keep the team in Toronto. Smythe also took control as the team’s General Manager and Coach. With plenty of controlling interest, Smythe didn’t have too many people get in his way when he decided to change the team’s name. It was in February of 1927 that Toronto’s hockey franchise entered into a marriage with the nickname: Maple Leafs. 

After once scouting a team in East Toronto known as the Maple Leafs, Smythe took a liking to the name. He also felt that it made sense and was appropriate as a World War I veteran to choose a logo that demonstrated patriotism like the Maple Leaf did symbolically for Canada. Along with the adoption of the Maple Leaf nickname, Toronto went back to its traditional color scheme of blue and white, which remains their identity today.

While Awesome Sports Logos might not have a century’s worth of history, it does have sports t-shirts that pay homage to history like, the Dallas Doughboys, a term that dates back all the way to the Mexican American War.
 
 
 
Maybe that’s not your thing? The New York Zouaves t-shirt is a smooth looking choice that recognizes the historic Zouaoua tribe and its French-Algerian ties. The New York Zouaves fought during the civil war with tremendous success. Their unorthodox tactics produced highly successful results which included re-loading their guns lying down as well as spacing themselves further apart than most regimens which created tougher targets for the south. 
 
 
 
These are just a few examples of how Awesome Sports Logos incorporates history to go along with awesome, sports, and logos!
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
 

What Sports League Has the Most Recognizable One Name Superstars

The one-named superstar. It's a very rare breed. In pop culture we have Kanye and Miley and...does Leo(nardo Di Caprio) count? 

The criterion is simple, yet challenging. First, for the sake of this discussion, we are considering athletes in the NBA, NHL, MLB, or NFL. That narrows the athlete pool significantly and eliminates the most prominent source for these types of stars: soccer players. 

Second, the one name must be the athletes' first name or a variation of that name. Thus, a nickname like "CP3" does not count, nor does a highly identifiable last name like, "Ovechkin" count. However, "Miggy" instead of "Miguel" for the famed Tigers infielder does count. 

Third, people should predominantly refer to the player by that name. For instance, I am pretty certain that hearing "Joakim" evokes the thought of Joakim Noah to most, but that's not the way we predominantly identify him. He often gets the two-name treatment (that's a separate edition) in which people predominantly offer both first and last name when referring to him.

I came up with a list of 30 athletes from the four leagues and asked 30 people to identify each athlete by giving them just their first name (my own version of 30 for 30). These people were hand-selected. I picked a pool of subjects who I acknowledged as knowledgeable sports fans to varying degrees of subjective levels.  Below are the athletes who were most successfully identified within 3 seconds of the subject seeing their name. The results are interesting...

10. Cam Newton (QB, Carolina Panthers): 18/30

Quarterback is a spotlight position and Cam isn't the most common name. He gets two-name treatment, too, but the alternative is predominantly "Cam" and not "Newton." 

T8. Dez Bryant (WR, Dallas Cowboys): 19/30

There's no way he cracks the top 10 a year ago, but his theatrics boosted his profile. While we are talking about the one of the best receivers in the game, Dez doesn't have the tenure as others ahead of him. Here is another case of someone riding a unique name into the top 10.

T8. Prince Fielder (1B, Texas Rangers): 19/30

I'm a little bit surprised he cracked our Top 10 because of possible confusion with the "symbolic" musical artist. But everyone loves the home run hitter and everyone loves the pudgy guy and Prince is both.  

7. Eli Manning (QB, New York Giants): 21/30

All 30 subjects got this right, but 11 of them needed at least 8 seconds to do so. Stop looking down the list--Peyton isn't on it. Blame it on the fact "Peyton" still evokes the late, great running back of the same name with a different spelling: Walter Payton. Eli, however, benefits from the fact that people have to distinguish between he and big bro. Oh...and those Super Bowls help, too. 

T4. Dirk Nowitzki (F, Dallas Mavericks) 28/30

It helps that the German has a last name which gets the multiple pronouncation treatment (No-vitzki versus No-witzki versus Nuh-vitzki versus Nuh-witzki) coupled with a one-syllable first name. Public address announcers in Dallas have long chanted Diiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrk when the Mavericks' all-time leading scorer gets buckets. 

T4. Miggy Cabrera (1B, Detroit Tigers) 28/30

I opted to solicit the slang version of Miguel, because that's how he is more commonly referred. The big bopper is in the spotlight because of his play and not as much because of marketing, but when your play merits back-to-back MVP awards, it is tough not to spread the phenomenon. 

T4. Ichiro Suzuki (OF, New York Yankees) 28/30

The imported superstar from Japan is the most controversial on this list. Why? Because not only is he a one-named superstar, but he really is a one-named superstar. Often times you don't even see Suzuki included in MLB official documentation. The two non-identifiers just couldn't think of his last name in the requisite time and both offered the sentiment that he doesn't have one. Not entirely true, but maybe I am wrong for not counting their responses? If people believe in officiating conspiracies to create a competitive balance, then maybe they will start a conspiracy about those two votes... 

T1. Carmelo Anthony (offense, New York Knicks) 30/30

T1. Kobe Bryant (G, Los Angeles Lakers) 3030

T1. LeBron James (F/G/C-ish, Miami Heat) 30/30

No shocks to these therefore an elaborate explanation isn't necessary. Neither of the trio has an incredibly common first name, but at this point you realize that those who do (i.e. Kevin Durant), don't crack this list. 

ANALYSIS

Not only did NBA players dominate in quantity (4), but in quality, too (three T1, one T4). The NFL barely got three on the list and they were all near the bottom. Two of the three MLB representatives are from outside of America and the NHL had zero representation.

That's easy. Now, the big question: Why? Is it just because of the uniqueness of their names? 

Quarterbacks are the most recognizable figures in the NFL and the best are, for the most part, commonly named: Tom, Aaron, Drew, Colin, Joe, Tony, Matthew, and whoever else you want to include. Peyton isn't in the same category, but he was just out of the top 10 and I think he is more "Manning" while his brother is more "Eli." 

The NFL gets the most publicity of any sport, but they play the fewest games. NBA gets a lot of run and they do a great job of marketing their stars and their stars do a great job of marketing themselves. We don't call the Lakers phenom's shoes, "Bryants"--no, we call them "Kobes" and same for "LeBrons". 

MLB is kind of in the middle. With 162 games, position players get a lot of opportunity, and pitchers dominate half of the game when they play. Creative names like Yuniesky (Betancourt) might have one-name appeal in their home market, but without the national appeal created by top level talent, those names don't spread. The best young, rising star in the sport's name is Mike (Trout) and last year's pitcher who stole the spotlight's name is Matt (Harvey). 

The NHL's stars are mainly from outside of the U.S.A. and a lot of them have names foreign to the American. The sport gets the least amount of publicity and players aren't spotlighted as much when they play because they are on the ice and then off the ice before you know it. 

The kicker in this conversation is nicknames. Whether it is "D-Wade" or "Big Papi," these monikers take away from the first name and are typically pushed to the identification forefront. 

My conclusion is rather banal. Sorry, but I just can't fake it. Talent, sport, and uniqueness of name all play a role in creating the first-name superstar. 

But, speaking of uniqueness, it doesn’t get more unique than Awesome Sports Logos. Is there a better one-two punch than wearing a good-looking shirt that makes people laugh? Awesome Sports Logos has a catalogue of winning picks. You can even get awesome savings by signing up for their T-shirt of the Month Club. If you want to get a little edgy, check out the Savannah Seaman or the Boca Raton Cougars. If you want to go international (Panama City), try the Colosos De Tumba Muerto. Whetever you do, take a second, look around, and do yourself a favor, add to your wardrobe…you won’t regret it.
 
Thanks as always for reading
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 

Awesome Sports Logos With Hidden Messages

Some sports logos are pretty straight forward. For instance, there isn’t anything crazy or tricky about the Yankees’ famous interlocking N and Y. However, certain logos, especially some that are no longer active, were tricky, tricky. Here are some with some hidden symbolism befit for an exercise to keep an elementary school student occupied for a bit of time…
 
Akron Rubber Ducks: The newest logo from the Double A Indians debuts this year. If you look at the back of the logo, you will notice tire treads. The logo is not named after the popular bathtub friend. The name derives from Akron being the "Rubber Capital of America".  
 
 
 
 
 
Arizona Diamondbacks: Did you ever notice that the head of the snake forms a “D” and a “B”?
 
 
 
 
Atlanta Falcons: Did you ever notice the Falcon flapped its wing mid-flight in the shape of an “F”? 
 
 
Big Ten Conference: Did you ever notice the “11” crafted within the lettering to signify the number of schools in the conference? 
 
 
 
 Milwaukee Brewers: Did you ever notice that the glove’s fingers perfectly molds an “M” and the ball, with the help of the glove’s thumb, creates a “B” to initial the team’s location and nickname?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minnesota Wild: Did you ever notice that the depiction of a “Wild” scene also shaped the head of a wild animal? 
 
 

Montreal Canadiens: Did you ever notice the “H” in the middle of the “C”? Many think it's from their nickname "Habs" but the logo actually means Club de Hockey Canadien.
 


Washington Capitals: Did you ever notice that the wings form the shape of a “W”? Oh yeah? What about that a silhouette of the Capital is beneath the winged creature? 
 
 
 
Washington State University Cougars: Did you ever notice that the Cougar forms a “W,” “S,” and a “U”?
 
 
 
At Awesome Sports Logos, this is one of our favorite traits of a sports logo. We love making logos that have those hidden items that you don't necessarily catch upon first look. Our best example is our Brooklyn Leg Breakers logo. 
Brooklyn Leg Breakers
Focus on the stick tape on the logo. If you focus on it, you will see that it's just not a hockey stick wrapped. It's wrapped but it also has the NY for New York hidden in the tape. 
 
Our other logos with hidden messages include the Dallas Doughboys with a rifle that is actually a baseball bat and the Middleton Fingers with one bat sticking out among the rest. That one is a little easier to find. See if you can find some other hidden items in our logos. If you email gavin@awesomesportslogos.com with some other hidden items you've found, you might receive a free t-shirt.
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
 
 
 

What I Miss About Sports

Now that the Olympics have come and gone, we wait two years for the next cycle to sweep the world for a few weeks. Honestly, I won’t miss the Olympics. I enjoy them when they are here but am content to send them on their merry way when the time is right. There are several things in sports that I do miss…
 
When Home Runs Mattered…There was something remarkably romantic about the 1998 home run race between McGwire and Sosa, but those moments merely punctuate one of baseball’s most exciting eras. Home runs used to be special. When a player belted a ball beyond the wall, fans celebrated with pure joy or watched with sheer amazement. Turning around a 97 mph fastball into a laser to souvenir city? Hanging back on a nasty curveball and depositing it into the second deck? Humans just can't do that sort of thing. No no...but Major League Baseball players can. Now, while we celebrate home runs, we leave room for doubt, too. And, even if you don't, someone else does so the ability to bask in amazement with your friends is lost--they just shoot you down and blame it on the alco--scratch that, the steroids. Record chases? Stale or unreachable. The Hall of Fame? In shambles. Statistical information? Scrambled...forever.
 
Theme Music...Nothing will ever top NBC's NBA Theme Song. Sunday afternoons...1:59...almost here...2:00...bam! It plays. Marv Albert gives his intro and his tease. Highlights encompass the screen. It takes me back to some of my earliest and most cherished basketball memories. And for everyone's sake, the Knicks were good and not some circus of a franchise (then again, Sportscenter overkill wasn't nearly as prevalent then, either). The Olympics brings it back every four years, but not nearly enough...
Unfortunately, ESPN's NHL Theme Song doesn't make its way around at all. Nothing like the game preview on Sportscenter with the song providing the energy as the anchor dabbled in hockey talk by acknowledging the picture of each team's marquee player on the screen. And then for games, the song's slow pacing resembled a crowd slowly rising to their feet in wonderment and appreciation of the game before them. I miss a great Gary Thorne goal-call montage with the beat in the background.
 
Sportscenter...I still enjoy the show and the current crop of anchors, but I miss the crew from the show's glory days. Unceasing in its popularity, Sportscenter remains the world's most popular sports program so this isn't a knock on how they do things, as unpopular as their decisions tend to be. However, I miss Kenny Mayne, Charlie Steiner, Dan Patrick, Keith Olberman, and Stuart Scott when they ran the rodeo. Their personalities added so much to common highlight, all the while maintaining a high level of effectiveness in relaying the news, both heavy and light. 
I also miss the traditional highlight. If you're team isn't very good or in a major market, good luck getting any love on the show. Even in rapid fire mode like days of old, Sportscenter fails to cover a lot of games because...well...they just don't matter. From a business side, I get it. From a nostalgic side, I resent it. And now that hockey is no longer married to ESPN, neither is Sportscenter. That's on the NHL, though, not on "The Worldwide Leader."
 
Ken Griffey Jr....For my money, no one was better than "The Kid." He played the game with such supremacy and force, yet, hidden by his elegance and grace. Dubbing someone as a "Five-Tool Player" became more common than a Taylor Swift breakup song, but Junior was truly fit the bill. Along with Derek Jeter, Griffey is one of the few superstars of his era who appear free of steroid assistance. He had tremendous hype...and he exceeded it. His injuries typically came from hustling. His comeback reminded us how special he was. Despite those, he still hit 600+ home runs, but would have topped Hank with health. 
The smile, the backwards hat, and the home runs that traveled overseas...the defense, the speed, the slide versus the Yankees...All that was great about baseball. 
 
When Tiger was Tiger…Whether you loved Tiger, hated Tiger, or were indifferent, golf was better before he became damaged goods. Even if he wins another major or two or three, the narrative has angled so far South with his troubles off of the course. He’s no longer some invincible figure whose mystique is equal parts built on his dominance as it is his path to getting there. But to think these revered athletes are all model citizens is just setting up for failure, however, Tiger’s bullet train towards Jack Nicklaus’ major record has been derailed and its now, at times, sad to see his individual major tournament efforts get derailed by poor performances.
 
Red Wings vs. Avalanche vs. Stars (NHL)...That's the league I grew up watching: Bloody faces, remarkable saves, shock-rearing slap shots, and, the aforementioned Gary Thorne. I'm convinced the talent on these three teams was enough to take on the rest of the league...or the world. The intensity when these two teams met made us forget about the "It's just game 36 out of 82" axiom. And when they met in the playoffs, which they did often, the intensity exploded from out of their respective venues. Seahawks games might be loud, but they did they really top a playoff hockey game those very seconds after a goal was scored? No way. And there's no way a North American sporting event matches the tautness that exists in a tie game late in the third--or, better yet, in overtime--as a slap shot is blasted towards the net, screaming with the intensity and potential to create ecstasy or outrage. Or, the slow-motion intensity as a loose puck caroms to a stick with an open net beckoning his attention as defensemen scramble to obstruct his clear path for the kill, and the goalie scrambles to cover his exposed real estate. Will the puck find the red light district or will its efforts be stymied? 
 
Exclusivity of Being There...I love the evolution of social media, like Twitter and Facebook, among other platforms. And there is a depth to that favorable taste, too. But, even though I like Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us," it doesn't mean that I can't temporarily resent how its popularity lessens its appeal, for a period of time. No longer is the era when you can go to a game and then share great stories of what happened that the camera didn't capture, because social media has become that all-inclusive camera. Don't get me wrong, I love that it helps connect those who can't afford to attend the increasingly expensive sporting events, but I do miss the value of being there.
 
Being a Kid Who Loves Sports...As much as I can, I try and replicate this feeling. But as I have gotten older and my work helps me dig deeper and deeper into the sports world, this task becomes near impossible. I’m referring to, more than anything, the excitement behind going to a game. Most of my trips were made with my dad--making it all the more special, by the way, and for that I am thankful--and the anticipation and excitement often made even activities of enjoyment pass by with the pace of a tortoise. Finally stepping into the venue and breathing the breath of a sports fan--feeling the concourse fill up with chants and music and opinions and quiet fervor. However, no matter how tough it is to replicate the freshness of those youthful emotions, I vow to never take my unwavering passion for sports for granted. There just isn't anything greater...
 
WITH THAT SAID
 
One thing I don’t miss is finding the ability to put on a great shirt that makes people laugh because I can’t miss something I haven’t lost. Thanks to Awesome Sports Logos, there are plenty of options that fill those criteria. For instance, get ready for your summer concert experiences with an Austin Weirdos t-shirt. It is a perfect shirt that provides subtle humor while still fitting the part of that of someone ready to either rock out or just relax. 
 
 
 
 
And get ready for baseball season in a Bob Uecker-esque way with a Middleton Fingers awesome t-shirt, designed in the model of the Milwaukee Brewers’ logo. You can tell your friends how you really feel about them pawning the bill off on you because they “forgot their wallet”…
 
 
 
That's it for now, thanks as always for your support of Awesome Sports Logos!
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
 
 

Why Ronda Rousey is Awesome

 
 
 
 
Ronda Rousey is an amazing athlete. I don’t even think it’s fair calling her one of the great female athletes of our generation. She’s one of the best athletes, male or female of our generation. She’s also one of the most polarizing athletes in sports today. You can’t argue with the results. Ronda Rousey is a world champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist in Judo and hasn’t lost a fight in Mixed Martial Arts. Not only is she currently the UFC Women’s Champion, she has transformed a male dominated sport. Make no mistake about it, she is a UFC headliner and for good reason. So usually when I wear my Portland Tree Huggers T-shirt, I’m wearing a t-shirt that is ready to drop the gloves and fight. Not the case here but I don’t blame my t-shirt for just taking the picture. Ronda Rousey is a beautiful woman who could make me cry like a girl within seconds. Thanks for taking the picture with me Ronda! You are truly a game changer in Mixed Martial Arts. 

20 Sports Logos That Feature American History

Have you ever wondered where team nicknames come from? We are fascinated by them. Sports Logos that have to do with history and folklore are especially fascinating. Today, we are going to fill you in on a few sports names and the history involved. There are thousands to choose from but today, we chose 20 that stood out. 

Calgary Flames: With the franchise’s origins in Atlanta, their nickname refers to the burning of Atlanta by General William T. Sherman during the Civil War.

Dayton Flyers: The famous Wright Brothers, inventors of the airplane, hailed from Dayton. Short and sweet just like every good airplane flight.

James Madison Dukes: Named in honor of University President, Samuel P. Duke, the nickname was requested out of the appreciation for Duke for welcoming veterans of World War II with such open arms at the request of the Veterans Administration. According to the school’s website, James Madison enrolled 39 veterans in 1946 and another 101 the following year.

Kansas Jayhawks: A combination of two birds indigenous to the western U.S.? Yes. But that’s not why fans in Lawrence root for the happy-go-lucky blue and red bird. In the mid-1800s a group of pioneers migrating westward called themselves “The Jayhawks,” taking the name from different species of birds they observed along their journey. Traveling to California as a part of the gold rush, the group really has no tie to Kansas. However, years later, abolitionist militias operating in pre-statehood Kansas, according to the University’s website, adopted the name.

La Salle Explorers: According to the school’s website, the nickname is associated to the French explorer, Robert de La Salle, who explored regions of the U.S. such as the Great Lakes, Mississippi River Basin, and the Gulf of Mexico, among other discoveries. He claimed the entire Mississippi Basin and what became the Louisiana Territory for France.

Massachusetts Minutemen: A minuteman was a member of a militia company from the American Colonial Partisan Militia during the Revolutionary War. They were highly mobile and allowed colonies to provide an immediate response to threats. They played a critical role in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Mississippi Rebels: This refers to the rebel forces that fought in the American Civil War. We know them know as the Mississippi Bears. 

New Orleans Jazz: Historical from a political sense? Eh, not quite. But Jazz music has a global significance and the former NBA team was named in its honor as the birthplace of the genre. 

New York Yankees: More culturally significant than historically, a Yankee has several meanings and it depends on where you are to truly decipher which one is being applied. Domestically, it most commonly refers to people from the north that fought for the regions in the Union side of the Civil War. Outside of America, it refers to an American. 

North Carolina Tar Heels:  Several legends claim the nickname’s genesis, but one of the more common explanations refers to the Revolutionary War Era. According to legend, British General Cornwallis’ troops were fording the now-known Tar River when they discovered that tar was dumped into the stream to impede the crossing of British soldiers. After crossing the river, a soldier’s foot would be completely black with tar thus, they acquired “Tar Heels.”
Oklahoma Sooners: Turn back the clock to when President Abraham Lincoln introduced and signed the Homestead Act of 1862. The act allowed a legal settler to claim 160 acres of public land and those who lived on and improved the claim for five years could receive title. “Boomers” were settlers who favored the opening of unassigned lands in the territory of Oklahoma. Jump ahead to April 22, 1889, and I introduce you to the “Land Run of 1889,” a race for settlers from across the globe to claim their 160 acres from the Oklahoma territory. One of the few rules was that settlers had to start at the same time and those who went early were called, “Sooners.” These people were often allowed early entry legally as deputy marshals, surveyors, or railroad employees, among others. Sooner became synonymous with progressivism, according to the OU website, and was seen as a favorable label.


Old Dominion Monarchs: This has a tie to the University’s mother institution, William & Mary. The Virginia Colony, Old Dominion, was awarded its name by King Charles II after Virginia’s loyalty to the crown during the English Civil War. Then, William & Mary, whose support helped found William & Mary, ruled England at the invitation of Parliament as “joint monarchs,” thus, both are known as Monarchs.

Pennsylvania Quakers: A Quaker is a member of a family of religious movements collectively known as the “Religious Society of Friends.”  When Quakerism, which originated in England, first immigrated to America, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island were the only two colonies tolerant of the group so that is where they established stateside. William Penn, who established Pennsylvania in 1682, was a Quaker. 

Philadelphia 76ers: I’d say this one is kind of important…The hoops team in the City of Brotherly Love is named after and in honor of those who fought for the independence of the U.S.A. in 1776. 

Portland Trail Blazers: A Trail Blazer was someone who helped open up the trails for wagons to travel upon during the famous Oregon Trail, an excursion that introduced millions of people to the American West, which ended in Portland.

Robert Morris Colonials: Named in honor of Morris, himself, a Philadelphia native of great wealth during the Revolutionary period, the nickname is drawn from his story. Much of Morris’ wealth was attributed to his business as an importer, which was hit hard by the Stamp Act. Both Morris and his partner chose the side of the objecting Colonials and engaged in the movements against British rule. 

San Diego State Aztecs: Homage to the state’s history as one time member of Mexico until stolen away in the aftermath of the Mexican-American War. The Aztecs were a highly developed society in their time. 

San Francisco 49ers: One of the NFL’s most successful franchises was named after the California gold miners, specifically those who discovered gold at Sutter’s Mill, subsequently beginning the gold rush. 

Tennessee Volunteers: While I’m sure the “Volunteer State” has a great track record of traditional community service, it earned its moniker through much more dangerous labor. The nickname was earned during the War of 1812—and, particular the Battle of New Orleans—for the prominent role played by volunteer soldiers from the state of Tennessee.

Texas at El Paso Miners: Not nearly as excitingly named as others, “UTEP” was simply named due to its heavy mining community, inspired and advance by the gold mining of the west in the 1800s. While in Texas, many people fail to recognize how “West,” the city truly is. 

We at Awesome Sports Logos also feature history in our logos. That’s one of the best aspects of a sports logo is the history having to do with that area. Check them out and if you like a bunch of them, you can always sign up for our T-shirt of the Month Club.

Thanks for reading. You will now be one of the smartest people in the room when a conversation about sports logos comes up. 

Keep being awesome!

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

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