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The Premier League Sports Logo Gets a Remake

The English Premier League will dawn a new display in the 2016-2017 season. Currently known as the Barclays Premier League, the English soccer league system will part with sponsorship name in their title. Moving into next season, they will be known just as Premier League. With this change of title sponsorship, a new league image emerges. 
 
Here is the old logo: 
 
 

 Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
And here is the new logo: 
 
 
As we look at the two images, the current (soon to be old) image is drastically different than the new logo. The lion is, and always has been, the representative of the Premier League. It’s legendary and historic. The logo symbolizes what English soccer is and that is king.  As the lion rules the jungle, English soccer or as the rest of the world calls it futbol rules the sport. I’m glad the organization decided to keep this icon as their focus.
 
The outgoing image is bold. It has an essence of dominance. The lion wears a crown, representing his reign. And with his paw on the ball, we see that soccer is his kingdom. The blue is simple, representing loyalty and trust. The soccer ball in red, representing passion, stands out in the logo. And of course, the script “Premier League” runs across the bottom of the image, large and bold. Overall, it’s a classic image.
 
As we prepare to part ways with the old, and bring in the new, we see that an obvious overhaul has taken place. The lion is still the center of attention. The body has been eliminated, and just the head remains. Of course the king still wears his crown. In the new arrangement of images, we see that the logo as a whole has been simplified. All in all, I’m not a fan. While I can understand the need for a new and refreshing image, I feel the Premier League hasn’t made an improvement. The new logo lost something in the transition. It isn’t as fierce, or defiant. It isn’t as dominate. And that’s a shame for the league that has dominated the sport for so long.
 
You know who else dominates in the world of soccer? The Arizona Pricks. Cactus can be quite prickly, and no part of the United States features more cactus than the beautiful state of Arizona and its most prominent city, Phoenix. Phoenix also has a huge soccer following. We’ve teamed the two together to form the Arizona Pricks Awesome Sports Logo. Hard to believe that nature can be this funny, but there are actually cacti that look like man parts! This awesome tee is great to wear when you want to tell that certain person in your life what you really think of them... Instead of letting it out, just point to this awesome t-shirt!  Where there are cacti, there are a lot of pricks. Be sure to add this super soft tee to your t-shirt of the month club rotation.
 
 
 
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Blake Cole
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Emoji is the Hot Word for the NBA All Star Game

All eyes will be on today’s All Star Game in Toronto. Kobe Bryant’s final All Star hoorah. Meanwhile teammate Steph Curry who casually made two half court shots in practice will put on his normal show. Then there is LeBron and so many other talented players. 
 
Eyes will be wandering on social media as this week, the NBA unveiled Twitter emoji’s as part of MVP voting. For those that don’t know, an example of an emoji is those smiley faces or other small logos that people put at the end of a tweet or a text. An emoji is basically a logo and the NBA deserves credit for doing this. Twitter timelines will be filled with these emoji’s and each will be a reminder to turn on the festivities. 
 
Here are your West MVP Emoji’s
 
 
 
Emoji's courtesy of the NBA 
 
To me, the most identifiable in these are James Harden with the signature beard and Anthony Davis with the Unibrow. I don’t think I’d think of Kobe Bryant if I saw a snake. Chris Paul’s is easily recognizable because of the CP3 nickname. Of no fault of Paul’s is that bland new Clippers logo that is part of the emoji. 
 
On to the Eastern Conference
 
 
 
Clearly King James is tops on this list. If I see his emoji, I automatically think of King James. I like the emoji for Dwyane Wade. The emoji is very simple but effective with the Heat logo coming from his number. Carmelo Anthony’s emoji looks like he is lacking interest in this game and with the most recent trade rumors, the emoji might not be far off. Some other nice touches is the drum for Andre Drummond and the Celtics shamrock is always identifiable, probably more than their all-star representative Isaiah Thomas. 
 
There are even emoji’s of the TNT crew.
 
 
 
It’s Pretty amazing how popular the hosts of NBA on TNT are but it comes down to the personalities and the on air chemistry they share. I love the food emoji’s of Shaq and Charles Barkley. I know if you see a drumstick, you won’t think of Shaq and you might think of Homer Simpson if you see a donut with a bite in it but these guys are actually bigger than the sport. The most recognizable emoji’s of this bunch are the Craig Sager colorful tie and the Ernie Johnson bow tie. 
 
So don’t be surprised if your twitter timeline is filled with emoji’s. It’s a nice twist by the NBA and a great way to get the younger generation involved. Let’s give kudos to the Association for giving this a try. 
 
Thanks as always for reading. We love to talk about sports logos even if they are in emoji form. You can always support us by picking up one of our t-shirts or even better, get yourself a nice discount and some future closet favorites by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club. We promise to bring a smile to your face.

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo and T-shirt Lover
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Review of the 2016 NBA All Star Logo

With every All-Star Game, there comes a new logo and the NBA's All Star Game logo for 2016 is outstanding. Hosted by Toronto this year, the game's logo features all the two characteristics that make up a great logo: city, state, or regional relevancy; and simple detail. 


Let's start with the iconic CN Tower as the logo's centerpiece. That particular building is the most known structure in Toronto--and maybe even the entire country of Canada. It's a big part of Toronto's identity and being that the Raptors are the country's only team, it does a great job of representing Canada too. 
 
I think having such an icon is so important, in general, but specifically for an event like this because it is a truly a showcase for a specific city while opening doors to an entire NBA community. You want to show off what you're about and the CN Tower does that. And how about the simple detail? It's magnificent. Let's start with the glass floor at the base of the actual tower: it's lined like the black indented seams of an actual basketball. Beneath than, consider how the tower's shaft is colored and decorated. To me, it looks like paint or the key of a basketball court. 
 
These are simple examples, but these examples, tastefully injected and not obnoxious at all, are part of what makes this logo so special. 
 
Beyond those two important elements, I think the logo has a strong supporting cast of characteristics starting with the placement of the necessary information. This logo specifically places four key things: the “All-Star” lettering, the NBA logo, the host city, and the year. They all blend in so well. It’s seamless, quite frankly. Part of what allows this is the geometrics of the logo itself. The vertical nature of it makes the vertical NBA logo fit perfectly. Pair that with the horizontal shape of the CN Tower’s observation deck and, boom, you’ve got a perfect landing spot for “All-Star” and “Toronto.” I like that the former is placed above the latter because that’s how they rank in terms of importance to the logo relative to the event. Finally, the year is fit nicely on the vertical shaft.
 
In addition to the shaping and the placing of elements, the coloring makes sense. Grey is the dominant color, but after initially being disappointed that red wasn’t featured more, it would be unfit to color the CN Tower red. Instead, red is featured nicely within the logo and outlining the CN Tower, making it the more dominant of the actual colors.
 
Overall, this is a perfect example of a job extremely well done. Toronto is an awesome city and we can’t wait to see it featured in full display this upcoming All Star Weekend.
 
If you like hoops, we think you will dig our basketball t-shirts. Let’s begin in Louisiana with the New Orleans Curse.
 
 
 
Mess with this basketball team and you are in some serious trouble. Love this logo of a voodoo doll going up for the two handed slam.
 
How about the El Paso Luchadores?
 
 
 
This basketball themed masked celebrates the Luchador tradition in one of America’s border towns.
 
We also feature several real Panamanian Basketball League logos. One of our personal favorites is the Caimanes de Rio Abajo. No Caimanes have ever been caught in this region but the locals have sworn that they are in these Panamanian waters. Real or not, the Caimanes have an awesome logo.
 
 
 
We suggest grabbing a few of these at discount prices by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club. We are bringing back the fun to your mailbox. You deserve more than just bills. You deserve a super soft awesome t-shirt once a month that is sure to become a closet favorite. 
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

Super Bowl Start Time

What time does the Super Bowl start? This will be the most googled question over the next few hours.
 
I’m not going to make you wait until the end of the blog to give you the start times. We’ll even break down the time zones for you. The Super Bowl will begin at 6:30 eastern, 5:30 central and 4:30p on the west coast. Just in case you are wondering the Super Bowl will kick off at 1:30 in Hawaii and 2:30 in Alaska.
 
You better have the coffee ready if you are watching the game in England with an 11:30p start time. If you are in Australia, (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!) you will actually be watching the game on Monday morning at 10:30a.
 
Currently as I write this, the temperature is -37F at the South Pole in Antarctica. The good news is that it’s supposed to warm up. Monday the temperature is expected to rise to -35F. That is some serious Penguin weather! According to our friends at Wikipedia, theoretically, this continent is located in all time zones. We’ll pick out one and call it a lunch time kickoff at 12:30p. 
 
How about our awesome troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan? In Iraq those that are serving in Baghdad will watch kickoff in the overnight hours to start Monday with a 2:30a start. In Kabul Afghanistan 4:07a on Monday morning. 
 
Hopefully you have had as much fun reading this as I have writing this. The Super Bowl will be watched throughout the world and it’s fascinating to see the times that people will be watching. 
 
Speaking of the great game of football, we have two funny football t-shirts as part of our collection. The first is the Cocksville Blockers, our best-selling t-shirt. Cocksville is our only made up city but the name Cocksville Blockers was just too good to resist. This angry rooster is amazing at getting in your way and blocking your moves. We’re talking of course about football moves, what were you thinking? 
 
 

Our second football t-shirt is the Nashville Bootleggers. This Nashville sports logo is carrying a whiskey barrel instead of a football and giving the “Heisman” to anyone that gets in his way. They say the term “Bootlegging” began during the Civil War. Soldiers would sneak liquor into their camps by hiding pint bottles in the boots underneath their trouser. We think this t-shirt is a perfect fit for the Tennessee Whiskey fan. 
 
 
 
Get these two t-shirts at discount prices as part of our t-shirt of the month club. Enjoy the Super Bowl!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic
Awesome Sports Logos

Milwaukee's New Alternative Uniforms Are Awesome

The Milwaukee Brewers are bringing a touch of class back to Major League Baseball. On Tuesday of this week, the Brewers announced that the club is going to sport the old-school ball and glove logo, to be featured on their alternate jersey rotation. Let’s take a look at the jersey and cap combo, and jump right into the analysis!

Introducing a new alternate uniform for 2016! See it in person on Sunday at #BrewersOnDeck:

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 (photo courtesy of the Brewers Official Twitter Account)

Wow. Just look at the simplistic beauty. Starting with the jersey, we see class and tradition. The gold color accents the “Milwaukee” lettering just perfectly. The blue consumes the jersey, giving it a comfortable and warm feeling. With the gold accent, the lettering really pops out at the viewer. It isn’t too strong of a color, and just adds enough contrast to really set the jersey off. And while the jersey is absolutely wonderful, the true star of this uniform is the ball cap.

This old-school logo was previously a part of the retro outfit for the Brewers, but now that it is added to their alternate uniform rotation, fans will get to see this logo almost weekly. That’s a definite treat for Milwaukee fans! So let’s jump right in to this glove and ball logo.

Honestly, I smile every time I look at it! At first glance, it’s so simple. A ball and a glove. What a breath of fresh air, in comparison to some of the more complicated MLB logos! It looks like this team got back to the basics, and really made a connection with the fans. But when you look harder at the retro logo, you see more than just a traditional ball and glove. It’s an “M” and a “B” that make up the glove. The Milwaukee Brewers definitely got their money’s worth with this one! Cleverly designing the glove with the team’s initials was brilliant! I am truly digging this look. I can’t wait to watch Milwaukee wear it in action!

You know who else you should see in action? The Cape Cod Baseball League. Cape Cod will fill your belly with amazing seafood, and fill your heart with amazing baseball!  If you are a true baseball fan, you need to go see this league. The best part is that it’s free to sit in the stands. They pass around a hat for donations. It doesn’t get much better than that. Some serious major leaguers have come through the Cape. We’ve blended these two passions to form the Cape Cod Scrod.

 
 
A Scrod is a small cod and if spelled Schrod, it could be a haddock. Either way, it’s delicious, as is this logo. Enjoy this Cape Cod sports logo t-shirt. This would make a great selection in our T-shirt of the Month Club

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YOU are awesome!!

Blake Cole

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

On and Off The Court Success with the Toronto Raptors Logo

The Toronto Raptors (NBA) debuted a new logo before this season started. The update was much needed, and it’s bringing the team some success! Currently sitting in the top five in the Eastern Conference, with one of the best records in all of basketball, the Raptors are giving everyone a fight! With a mean new look, they are taking the court by storm! Let’s take a look at their old and new logo, side by side.
 
  

(photos courtesy of SportsLogos.net)
On the left, we have the old Raptors logo, followed by the new look on the right. At first glance, it’s a major upgrade. Once you go over it in detail, it’s a MAJOR upgrade! The old logo featured a cartoon-esque dinosaur. It’s showing its teeth, so it has a bit of a scary feel. But overall, it looks pretty silly. I think it’s looks like something out of a kids cartoon show, teaching the youngsters about dinosaurs on a Saturday morning. The red color is overpowering. There’s too much of it. Yes, red is the team color, but the way it consumes the logo, coloring the dingy dino and and the top border, makes it an eyesore.
 
Now let’s take a look at their new 2015-2016 emblem. THIS is a logo. The red has been scaled back immensely. It still exists, highlighting the outer edge of the picture, giving it a wonderful accent. The words “Toronto Raptors” circle around the center image, with a bolder look than in their previous logo. It clearly defines itself, and stands out. This is a great way to shout out who you are, and where you’re from! Of course, the best part of this new logo is front and center. A simple basketball, turned deadly. Raptor claws have grabbed the ball, tearing it to shreds. Surely, this is a metaphor for the team tearing it up on the court! This image of the claw marks keeps the feeling of a mean, fierce Raptor in your mind, but without the silly cartoon look.
 
Overall, I give the new Raptors logo an A+ in improvement. This team is displaying a new look, and complementing it with exceptional results on the court. You know who else is rocking the game of basketball with an awesome logo? The Toros Del Chorillo. Chorillo is one of the poorest parts of Panama. This section of town has in fact been through a lot. We’ve heard that they selected the bull logo because a bull is a true fighter and a sign of strength, something that the residents of Chorillo have needed to survive.
 
 
 
Pick up this super soft t-shirt, and show off your mad skillz on the court!
 
Thanks for reading and supporting us!
 
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Blake Cole
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