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Things to Do at the 2015 Nordic Fest

At Awesome Sports Logos, we love festivals and love bringing you some of these hidden gems. One of our favorites is fast approaching.  Nordic Fest in Decorah Iowa will take place from July 23rd-25th. This is when the quaint town of Decorah becomes bustling with festival goers looking for a good time and each year, Nordic Fest delivers. 
 
This festival continues to grow and has been a part of this Iowa community since 1967. They truly embrace the Nordic culture. Here are some great examples.
 
The Nordic Fest Rock Throw. Come one, come all. Age, size and weight of the rock are all taken into consideration. This sport goes all the way back to the Viking age. Picture some good looking Nordic Dude as the LeBron James of throwing. A true “Rock Star”. Sorry, bad joke. Since sports are so technology based, I dig watching someone tossing a boulder. 
 
 
 
Molkky- See, we are all learning here. Molkky is a popular lawn sport. Here’s a video on how it is played.
 
 
 
Kind of like American Bowling but not really? Actually looks like a pretty cool game. We might have to play some Molkky at our next tailgate. How cool is it that this game is being featured at NordicFest!
 
Let’s move into the food category. Here are some interesting names. Lefse, Kranskake and Rommegrot.  Lefse is a Norwegian soft flatbread. Kransekake is cake baked for special occasions like Holidays, Baptisms, and Weddings. If there is a Norwegian party, you’ll likely see a Kransekake. Rommegrot is a sour cream porridge. You’ll have to enter the rock throwing competition to burn off some calories after eating these Nordic delicacies.
 
We could go on and on about Nordic Fest. So many activities, arts and crafts, games as well as great food and frosty beverages. Huge kudos to the citizens of Decorah who take so much pride in this festival as well as the dedicated volunteers who do the organizing and planning. 
 
This festival holds a special spot in our heart. My wife spent her summers outside of Decorah and her summer highlight was hitting the Nordic Fest with her grandparents. She still tells me about the memories today and that to me is awesome.  Those memories inspired two t-shirts. When you think of Nordic popular elements, one of them is troll folklore. Plus, the Decorah Trolls just sounds like a cool team name so it was a natural for us. Here is our primary baseball logo.
 
 
 

Instead of a baseball bat, we felt as though a club was more fitting. I feel as though a troll could be a deceptively good hitter. We also wanted to do a traditional sports logo with cool lettering. Sometimes that’s all you need for a great sports logo. We love our Decorah Trolls letter logo. 
 
 

If you are heading to Nordic Fest, all the more reason to get one of our Decorah awesome t-shirts so you can show off your pride! It’s one of the best festivals and we can’t recommend it enough. Kudos to the Nordic Fest, it’s awesome!!
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Gavin Spittle
Awesome Sports Logos 

Sports Logo Spotlight on the Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are one of those baseball franchises with a lot of history. Established as an organization in 1894, they were then known as the "White Stockings." In 1901, they adopted the nickname they have to this day, all under the direction of owner Charles Comiskey, who birthed this franchise after purchasing the Sioux City Cornhuskers and moving them to the 'Windy City."

As an organization, the White Sox have been innovative. For instance, they became the first team in major sports to put players' last names on jerseys. 

Their original logo was a roman-style S with an "o" and an "x" within the circular loops of the slithering letter. This was the logo tied to the notorious 1919 Chicago "Black Sox."
 
 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

According to the White Sox website, with plenty of changes along the way, the White eventually settled on their famous old english lettering for good in late 1990. It was a variation of the logo they had from 1949 to 1963. Besides great logos another aspect that is fading from sports is the team nickname. Whenever the Red Sox played the White Sox it was the Red Sox vs. The Pale Hose. Back in 2005 for NPR, Frank Deford called it one of the finest nicknames in sports. 
 
 

I love this logo for its simplicity in its approach and its color scheme. There is something unique about the black and white color scheme. It isn't boring, like some might think, but it isn't too complicated, either. The coloring also creates a bit of a “good-guy, bad-guy” motif. Notice, the White Sox are an easy choice to be the “bad guys” in baseball movies because black is an easy color to associate with the bad guys. 

The old english font pays homage to the organization's history and gives it that "classic" feel. Plus, it is cryptic to a small degree, with the "O" linked between the more visible "s" and "x." At least, it is more visible to me, but maybe I'm just blind because when I look at it knowing that it is there, it is easy to decipher. 

If you notice, the "S" is the biggest of the letters and, in a sport where most of the hats are adorned by just a single letter, that makes sense. 

The detail for this logo isn't in any imaging or an animal crawling in and out of the letters. Rather, it is the natural detail in the winding and lining of the old english font itself. Natural beauty, if you will. No makeup. No plastic surgery. Pamela Anderson isn't welcome here. And that natural beauty has to count for something, right?

Baseball logos are tough to measure because they aren’t as elaborate as logos in other sports. As mentioned above, it is often times a letter or, in this case, a few letters. But I really like what the White Sox do with their cap space using this logo. 

We at Awesome Sports Logos also believe that lettering makes a logo. That’s why we also have a baseball logo with simple lettering. Each July, the small town of Decorah Iowa grows by leaps and bounds as they hold their annual Nordic Fest. This year it will be held July 23rd-25th. You can’t have a Nordic Fest without celebrating Trolls so that’s how we came up with this awesome sports t-shirt
 
 

Sometimes, the lettering is all you need.

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Sports Logo Review of the Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are three-time World Series Champions and, perhaps, champions of having the coolest Major League Baseball logo.
 
 
 
Photos courtesy of sportslogos.net 
 
 
One of the neatest parts of the Orioles logo is the significance, or, maybe more appropriately, the tie in of the nickname with the city. 

Their particular nickname and mascot is, in fact, a "Baltimore Oriole." The Baltimore Oriole is a species of blackbird most common to the Eastern portion of North America. The bird received its name because of its orange and black coloring, which resembled the coloring of Lord Baltimore's coat-of-arms, according to National Geographic. 

The city of Baltimore, of course, was named for the Lord Baltimore, himself, Cecil Calvert. According to the Maryland Online Archives, Calvert, among other things, established and managed the province of Maryland in the 1600s. 

Adding to the connection, the Baltimore Oriole is the state bird of Maryland, so there is a definite cultural tie native to Baltimore and to the state in which the team resides. 

But, let's backtrack, because I think this is so cool. The St. Louis Cardinals, for instance, are nicknamed after a Cardinal...but, not a St. Louis Cardinal. Awesome. 

I've always believed the coolest nicknames or logos are the ones with a deeper tie beyond the surface, further representing the region, the city, the state, or whatever geographical area native to the team. This nickname does it as well as any. 

And the logo itself is really cool, too. 

While I liked the detail of its preceding image, the more realistically manufactured Baltimore Oriole perched on a bat, I also like this version, too, as it pays homage to the history of the franchise without dating itself too much.

The more friendlier, cartoonish bird is very similar to the team's image from 1965 until the late 1980s. The main difference is that this current version utilizes a richer shade or orange and feature's the Oriole cursive "O" on the face of its cap. 
 
 

While I typically prefer logos to have a neutral or intimidating look, the grin on the bird seems to fit just fine. It is very inviting, I guess you could say, without being too ebullient to where you aren't sure if it is ready to compete. It's got one of those "I know I'm going to beat you and it's going to be fun" type of smiles, perhaps. 

Anytime an organization can pay homage to its past is a major plus. I love the addition of the cursive "O," too, as that seems to be a unique element of the franchise, since not too many teams in sports feature its "O."

The coloring is fun and non-traditional, unless you are a fervent fan of Halloween outside of October. The richer, neon-ish shade of orange compared to the old, more subdued version, is a nice change as it helps the logo pop.

Overall, give this logo an A as it compares to other Major League Baseball Logos.

We feel as though we have a couple of Awesome Sports Logos baseball t-shirts that you will give a high grade to. 

The Boca Raton Cougars
 
 


Cougars are on the prowl at night in Boca Raton hitting the bar scene for their prey.

 
 


Savannah Georgia is one of top 5 seaports in the United States. Of course a large seaport means a lot of Seamen.

 
 

Houston is oil country. We love this wood dereck with a baseball bursting out on top. 

You also need to check out the Middleton Fingers, the Idaho Taters and the Dade City Kumquats. We love baseball here at Awesome Sports Logos. Collect more than one by signing up for our t-shirt of the month club. You can get a future closet favorite shipped to you every month at a discount price with free shipping. Now that’s awesome!

Thanks for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos

Breaking Down the Toronto Blue Jays Logo

The Toronto Blue Jays played their first ever game in 1977 and in 1992 they won their first World Series. The winning didn't stop as they took home their second trophy the very next year. But today, they face a different test as they are under the logo microscope. 
 
 
Photo courtesy of sportslogos.net
 

Let's start with the color scheme...

Officially, the Blue Jays don royal blue, navy blue, white, and red. While some people don't love mixing two shades of blue, I've always been a fan of it. I think the dark and light blue shades play off one another well. 

But the addition of red seems forced. Red appears in two different ways. First, with the Canadian Maple Leaf on the right side, just wide of the Blue Jay. I'm okay with that because it represents Canada, which is perhaps even more important now that Toronto is Canada's only team. But the red baseball in the background doesn't do it for me. I guess the intention is to balance the leaf, but I think it would be cool if the leaf was the only red in the logo because of how it would make such a significant piece of the logo stand out.

How about the Blue Jays nickname? Does it fit? I think so. On the primary level, the Blue Jay is a very common bird in Southern Canada. Beyond that, blue is a common tie with other Toronto professional sports teams, like the Maple Leafs and the Argonauts. Maybe more so indirectly, the team used to be owned by the Canadian Labatt Brewing Company, maker of the popular beer, Labatt Blue. 

And how does that translate graphically? I think it translates really well. It isn't amazing. But I think it is solid. The bird has a neutral expression with a beak that looks ready to attack (not that Blue Jays are violent birds to my knowledge, ha!). It's a good demonstration of simple detail. 

Geometrically, the Blue Jays' shape is similar to a baseball diamond, though I'm not quite sure that is intentional. 

Additionally, the logo includes the aforementioned Maple Leaf, an appropriate homage to Canada, with a baseball in the background. I don't mind the baseball in the background, in theory, but I would prefer it not be red as, like I've mentioned, I think it would be cool if the leaf stood out more as the only red object. 

The different elements to the logo do fit nicely and tightly (in a good way). That includes the lettering circled around the main images. "Toronto" is a different font than "Blue Jays" which is cool because the nicknames font is the same unique stencil-like lettering used on the team's jerseys, a unique feature of their representation. Contrarily, Toronto has more of a regular style. 

Overall, it’s a solid logo. The Blue Jays have it going on in the logo department. Now it’s time for them to get back to their winning ways on the field.
 
Here’s a couple of teams that haven’t played on the field yet but we think they are already successful in the baseball logo department. 

The Idaho Taters was our first logo created and it’s still one of our favorites. Who doesn’t love a potato t-shirt hitting a home run? 
 
 


Then there is the Middleton Fingers baseball t-shirt, one of our best sellers. This t-shirt is certainly an eye catcher.
 
 

Get both of these t-shirts discounted and free shipping by joining our t-shirt of the month club. Now that’s baller!!

Thanks for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

American Pharoah and College Athletes Share Similarities

Taking anything away from American Pharoah would be a disservice. He deserves the attention however I can’t get out of my mind the similarities between this 3 year old and the college athlete.
 
My mind truly started racing as the owner, trainer and everyone else accepted praise and accolades. Meanwhile the real star of the day was being whisked away. I didn’t even have a chance to see the bed of roses around his neck.  Kind of like college coaches who can do as many interviews as they want after victories, accept the trophies, write motivational books on how to win as a team in which they make millions and when a better offer comes in, skip town. American Pharoah can’t skip town and neither can the college athlete.
 
Luckily American Pharoah was not injured but if he was, like many race horses, the value is gone and usually so is the horse. Next horse up! Of course if a college athlete is injured, surely the school covers medical costs even after college. Nope, even though the injury happened while playing college sports, the school is not liable. HBO’s Real Sports did an amazing story on this featuring Division One players who can’t work because of their injuries suffered on the football field. The college is no where to be found. In fact, one former University of Washington student Darin Harris returns to campus for treatment of head trauma at the University medical center but that’s on his dime. Can’t work, can barely afford to live yet gave his all to play for the University. 
 
Millions were bet on and against American Pharoah. Millions are bet on college athletics. The horse and athlete, never see a dime. 
 
Think of all the tracks across the country that advertised to come to their facility to watch and bet on American Pharoah. Think of all the billboards in your hometown with a student athletes image on them. No compensation.
 
American Pharoah merchandise and royalties will make millions for its owner. Schools make millions on merchandise including jerseys but the athlete doesn’t receive anything. 
 
Let’s play a game. Insert American Pharoah or your favorite college athlete into these phrases.
 
What a stud ______ is.
 
He’s been running all day, __________ is a Thoroughbred. 
 
___________ is a true beast. 

You wouldn’t however yell, American Pharoah is a Horse! That would be silly but I’ve been in the stands when someone makes an outstanding play and heard people yell, “That guy is a Horse”. 
 
We don’t stud humans although the Manning family DNA might fetch a pretty penny on the free market as would the half super athlete, half supermodel DNA of Tom and Giselle. 
 
Trainer Bob Baffert and American Pharoah’s owner Ahmed Zayat from everything I’ve read are well respected. Jockey Victor Espinoza going back into the stables to kiss American Pharoah is a terrific picture that should be shown for years.  Donating his Belmont winnings to City of Hope is even better. The same can be said about many college coaches who do care about their players and their future. Many don’t however and hopefully the push will move forward to give the college athlete compensation, something they so richly deserve. 
 
Speaking of studs and horse racing, we have a t-shirt that we think American Pharoah himself would even enjoy. It’s the Lexington Studs awesome t-shirt.
 
 
 
 
Lexington, Kentucky is the home of Keeneland, one of the most prestigious horse racing facilities in this world. This ferocious looking horse has steam coming from his nose waiting to break out of the gate. We consider you a stud if you purchase this super cool, funny Lexington sports t-shirt. It's a great feeling when people come up to you and say, "that's awesome”.
 
Thanks for reading and once again, congrats to American Pharoah!
 
Gavin Spittle
Awesome Sports Logos 

A Look at the Philadelphia 76'ers New Sports Logo

It seems the NBA is in the midst of a self-confidence crisis. Because over the last few weeks, 10% of the league underwent “plastic surgery”.
 
First it was the Milwaukee Bucks. Why have an 8 pointed buck when you can bolt on 4 more? Then the Washington Wizards followed suit. A Wizard logo for a basketball team named The Wizards? That’s not nearly…artistic enough. How about the Washington Monument instead?
 
The latest change? The Philadelphia 76ers. Out with the old . . . 
 
 
 
Photos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

 
And as of May 12th, in with the new.

 
 
From the teams website, here is the description of the logo change: The team’s new primary logo is a modern interpretation of the classic Sixers insignia, stylistically redeveloped to include a patriotic blue border with six white stars and “PHILADELPHIA” adorned across the heading. The familiar white basketball has been visually updated with a positional rotation of the seams. The emblematic ring of 13 stars present in the primary, partial and secondary logos continues to represent the original American Colonies.
 
Yes, there actually is a difference in this before and after photo. Now there are stars on the border. Plus “Philadelphia”. And the ball? Kind of rotated to the left. A dramatic shift! 

When a team is openly “tanking” – losing and losing to get the highest possible draft picks – a minor logo change like this isnt going cause merchandise sales to skyrocket whereas winning will. Luckily, this wasn’t the only change that Philadelphia made. They also introduced a secondary logo. One that blows the primary one out of the water:


Benjamin Franklin. Dribbling a basketball. And smirking at the same time. Seriously, how isn’t this the Sixers’ primary look?

The team name 76ers is already mildly confusing. Is the average American going to know that the ‘76ers go by that name because the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776? Though, maybe now they will.

The San Francisco 49ers have that same “What the hell is a 49'er?” problem. They are named after the California Gold Rush, which took place in Northern California in 1849. At least San Francisco got it right by making its logo the city letters:

 
 
 
If it were up to you, what would make more sense as your team’s primary logo? A number with “-ers” at the end of it? Or one of the founding fathers – who also happened to be an inventor among other things – dribbling a basketball?

We know what we would prefer the latter. If you are into the logos that require a little explanation, why not treat yourself to another one of our awesome t-shirts? For example, the Canguros De Parque Lefevre?


Or perhaps the Caimanes de Rio Abajo ?


 
Or maybe this sweet New Orleans Curse awesome basketball t-shirt will bring some positive voodoo power to your closet. 
 
 
 
Forget how trendy and comfy these shirts are. These basketball t-shirts will have people asking about that cool logo on your chest and you'll know the story.  
 
Thanks as always for reading,
 
Paul Gallant
Awesome Sports Logos 
 
 

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