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Shades of Grey the T-shirt Edition

Behind the door was temptation. So many options, so many thoughts running through their head. They both agreed to go for it, ripped open the door to see nothing but the softest grey t-shirts with the coolest designs. 
 
C’mon, you didn’t think we were writing our own version of 50 Shades of Grey did you? We’re talking about our t-shirts and several of our sports logos look awesome in grey.  Just like the book and the movie, let’s get to the juicy part. 
 
The Savannah Seamen
 
 
 
Savannah is one of this country’s largest seaports therefore lots and lots of Seamen can be seen in this coastal city. This baseball logo is sure to be an attention grabber when worn.
 
The Cocksville Blockers
 
 
 
Our most popular selling t-shirt. Cocksville is our only made up city but the name was too good not to use.
 
The Houston Gushers
 
 
 
Houston is all about the oil. We love this retro logo with a wooden derrick and a baseball gushing out of the top.
 
The Akron Rubbers
 
 
 
Akron is also known as the Rubber Capital of the World or Rubber City. A lot of tires are born in Akron and this sports logo embraces this huge industry in Ohio’s 5th largest city. 
 
The Albuquerque Chupacabras
 
 
 
We don’t want to be the one to see a Chupacabra in person. We had a person email us to let us know that our design looked nothing like a Chupacabra. We were too nice to ask for advice on future sports logos of Big Foot, the Loch Ness monster and a Yeti. The bottom line is that our love for the name Chupacabra and Albuquerque is plenty to create this super soft t-shirt. 
 
The Boca Raton Cougars
 
 
 
Cougars prowl at night in this Florida city. I love this silhouette baseball sports logo.
 
The California Crazy Eights and the California Ocho Locos
 
 
 
Another baseball logo, this time from the Golden State. The California coast is one of the few places in this country where you can find the Octopus. Get yourself some Crazy Eights!!
 
Colosos De Tumba Muerto
 
 

This was the original team in the Panamanian Basketball League. Tumba Muerto is a section of Panama City and this logo of a Giant is part of our Panamanian Basketball League collection. 
 
The Lexington Studs
 
 
 
Who doesn’t want to wear a t-shirt that proclaims they're a stud? This super soft beauty is in honor of the great race tracks throughout Kentucky including historic Keeneland in Lexington.
 
The London Beefeaters
 
 
 
We head overseas to the great city of London where the Beefeaters protect the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. Cricket is a popular sport in England except it’s a wood ball and they don’t use gloves to catch. Ouch!
 
The San Francisco Swallows
 
 
 
This is truly an awesome story.  The White Swallow was a clipper ship built in 1853 to transport cargo from New York and Boston to San Francisco. In 1865, mutiny on the ship would make the clipper ship famous. The crew claimed harsh working conditions when put on trial and were acquitted. The captain and his crew were found guilty. For many years after that, the name “White Swallow” was famous in northern California legal circles when the subject of harsh working conditions was brought up. Were you thinking the Swallows were named for something else? 
 
So we don’t offer 50 shades of grey but we have 12 so we’re getting closer. If you like several of these t-shirts, you can always join our popular t-shirt of the month club. We discount the t-shirts and shipping is free. Now that’s super sexy!!
 
On a serious note, all of us at Awesome Sports Logos truly appreciate you. You guys are awesome for your support.

Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo and T-shirt Lover
Awesome Sports Logos

SMU Enters the Sports Logo Spotlight

The SMU Mustangs have returned to athletic relevancy with the rise of their basketball program under the direction of the legendary Larry Brown. While their football program has struggled to gain successful traction, hopes are high with the hiring of Chad Morris as the new head coach. With SMU, a private Methodist University founded in 1911, gaining more notoriety, and the hoops team having recently re-entered the NCAA's Top 25, it's time to put their logo under the microscope.
 
 

Beyond the traditional college lettering, SMU has a silhouette Mustang a part of its imagery. This wasn't always to be the case. Shortly after the University was founded, the football team was known as the "Parsons" due to the large amount of theology students on the team. However, a few years later it was determined the school needed an actual, official mascot. In 1917, the name Mustangs was chosen from a narrowed down list and the rest, as they say (I think they do, at least) is history...

The SMU "Mustang" has very little detail. Most of the nuance exists in the sharp outlining creating the silhouette. It's a galloping Mustang that looks pretty athletic, racing towards victory, if you want to order the corny option on the menu. But I like it. From the mane to the tail to the crisscrossed legs, it certainly isn't this generic creature and considering that it represents an athletic program, it fits.

I typically prefer what I refer to as, "simple detail," and I think this slightly falls beneath that qualification with a little too much simplicity. With that said, I like it for what it is. A silhouette's
simplicity allows for versatility, especially for marketing purposes, not that this is a business commentary, but it is also rather unique, which is what I like about it. Not too many prominent
logos are simply a silhouette. Some schools have secondary logos that might be, but very few are primary.

As far as color scheme is concerned, there aren't a lot of decisions to be made. I like that they maintained a simple approach, not tricking it up with a multi-colored look. The white outline and the red fill is a perfect fit, and other versions work just fine, too. The common lettering above is often seen in red when there’s room for a blue background of the image, but sometimes is in blue with white outline.


Overall, the consistency of the logo makes it work as well as it does. A lack of consistency is one of the the death-knells of a logo, but this one passes the test. My final grade? I give it a B, but that's a strong B because I think it maximizes what it is.

SMU is based in Dallas and one of more historic t-shirts at Awesome Sports Logos is also based in Dallas. 
 
 

A Doughboy is a term used to describe an American soldier. This term dates all the way back to the Mexican American War that focused around Texas. Some say it originated because many noticed that U.S. forces were constantly covered with chalky dust from marching through the dry terrain of Northern Mexico making the men look like unbaked dough. There are many other theories on the nickname, including how the infantry baked with rice and dough during war rations. 

Either way, these guys were much tougher than the popular biscuit maker seen on commercials. There are some real cool features about the Dallas Doughboys logo including a rifle that is actually a bat. We love the history and the look of this awesome Dallas sports t-shirt!

Thanks as always for reading and remember, you can pick up the Doughboys T-shirt as part of our t-shirt of the month club. Huge savings plus free shipping! Now that’s awesome!!

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Creative Valentines Day Gift for Men

It’s so hard to find that perfect Valentine’s gift. I know as a guy I struggle with it each year. Ladies, that struggle is now over for you. Let us take care of the creativity with our T-shirt of the Month Club. This is an awesome club that offers big discounts, free shipping and once a month he’ll have a smile on his face as another closet favorite is delivered to his doorstep. He can even pick out the t-shirts. We’ll make a custom certificate with his name on it that you can present to him on Valentine’s Day and then he can email us his choices. Our club is flexible with the membership. We offer 3 months and go all the way up to a year’s worth of t-shirts. Each year, I pick out some of my favorite t-shirts that I would select if I received an Awesome Sports Logos T-shirt of the Month membership. 
 
The Cocksville Blockers
 
 

It’s the best seller at Awesome Sports Logos and for good reason. This is our only made up town but the name Cocksville was too good to pass up. This Rooster looks like he’s up for a fight. Your special Valentine will definitely get some people chuckling when he wears this super soft cock blocker t-shirt

The Portland Tree Huggers
 
 

Love this funny hockey t-shirt. I can’t tell if this logo is mad because he’s ready to fight someone or if it’s because a relative of his was made into the stick he’s holding? Either way, I wouldn’t mess with this tree. Portland is one of the most unique cities in America and this t-shirt fits in perfect with the Portland lifestyle. 

The Intercourse Witnesses
 
 

This t-shirt has terrific history. The movie Witness with Harrison Ford which was nominated for eight Academy Awards was filmed in Intercourse Pennsylvania. Intercourse is also home to the Amish. You put the two together and you have a terrific t-shirt to show off.

The Las Vegas Hookers Fishing Club
 
 

Ladies, if your guy enjoys fishing then we have the t-shirt for you. This is unlike any other fishing club and I guarantee laughs when this t-shirt is worn. 
 
We have 42 t-shirts to choose from and if you don’t want to choose, we’re happy to help out and surprise him each month. Search no more for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a guy. This is a gift that he’ll be talking about for a long time. For certificates and any other questions on our T-shirt of the Month Club, you can email us at info@awesomesportslogos.com.

Happy Early Valentine’s Day Everyone!!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos. 

Sports Logo Review of the Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets joined the NBA in 1976, founded nine years earlier as an ABA franchise. Though they’ve never won a championship or even made the finals, the Nuggets have made their share of history in the league. Probably one of the best examples is becoming the first eighth seed to defeat a one-seed in the playoffs when they took down the Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton Seattle SuperSonics in the 1993-1994 season behind the efforts of their own star, the finger-wagging Dikembe Mutombo. 
 
 

It was that season when they first went away from their old color-wheel logo which you can see above, adopting the foundation that they use today. The logo has evolved over the years, most notably changing colors in 2003 to a more blue look. Their current version was born in 2008. I'm a big fan of this logo for a number of reasons.
 
 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

First thing's first. This logo checks off the box of connecting to the culture or identity of the city/region/state. The logo's main image is a snow-topped mountain, clearly something relevant to the Rocky Mountain state. A logo that connects to the area's identity adds bonus points other logo's can't achieve. It's an intangible feel that highlights a team's representation.

Back in the day, many people gave the Nuggets grief for the multi-colored uniforms they used to sport. Fair points, I suppose. But I'm not knocking their current color scheme. It's a play on the common blue and yellow pairing, except a golden shade of yellow is paired with a lighter and darker shade of blue. The dichotomy makes the duo what it is. I'm not going to say it is my favorite all time color combo but it plays well and is above average, for sure.

The simple detail is an important element of the logo. The first example is the snow-top of the mountain. It isn't intensely detailed to the last snowflake, but it isn't like Jackson Pollack splattered white paint on the top, either. 

How about the shape of "Nuggets?" The arched form plays nicely with the shape of the mountain and there's no doubt that the decision to represent the team's nickname in that way was in part to play on the mountainous theme. 

I like the shadowing behind the letters and the decision to feature "Denver" arched across a light blue banner. The white font adds to the mini-mountain theme with the lettering making it look like it's version of the snow. 

The logo isn't incredibly intimidating nor does it feature some lavish, hard to stencil figure, but it is clear what it is trying to present and it does so in an artistic and effective manner. 

Overall, I give this logo a B+. 

On another note, guys, tell your lady that you have found the creative Valentine's gift for men. Be loud and proud and tell them that you want a membership to our T-shirt of the Month Club. It’s the best feeling to come home to a super soft t-shirt in the mail that is sure to be a closet favorite. Now that’s awesome!!  Awesome Sports Logos can make you a personalized Valentine’s gift certificate to give to the hubby. Plus, you can sneak into his closet and wear some of those t-shirts. Guys dig that. 

Thanks as always for reading and for supporting the cause.

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

A Review of the Super Bowl 49 Sports Logo

The Super Bowl logo has been around since the first installment of the great ultimate showdown. As time has passed, the logo has become more creative or, at least, more modern with the times. Basic text turned into a Microsoft Word Art replica which then turned into more natural 3D which turned then into the more sophisticated computer-generations we have today. For instance, the first Super Bowl logo looked more like a newspaper headline, reading: "First World Championship Game" The first official logo to actually include the words, "Super Bowl" was the next year's game. 
 
 
 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net 

The Super Bowl XLIX rendition has a very strong presence created by the sterling silver makeup which the rest of the imagery adopts from the actual Vince Lombardi Trophy. One of the changes of the Super Bowl Logo is an added emphasis on the trophy and not just the Roman numeral of the game. The game isn't about the Roman numeral. It's about getting that trophy so the change in emphasis makes sense.

With that said, the Roman numeral element is a unique part of the game and something that everyone associates, so having it as a featured element makes sense. The numeral is also what makes each year unique to the next. Thus, I like having the four-piece Roman numeral in big font underneath the "Super Bowl" banner, which, along with the NFL's "shield" logo in the middle of the trophy, is perfectly inserted into the graphic.

One of the neatest evolutions of the Super Bowl logo is the added nuance that ties the logo to the city. Anytime a logo can embrace the location of the game than the on-the-surface, literal interpretation of the image, it scores more points. I'm not necessarily talking about some subliminal message that it takes a scientist to decipher; I'm talking about something that you can figure out by simply sitting down for two minutes and thinking about. 

The Super Bowl XLIX logo is accompanied by the host site, University of Phoenix Stadium, which exists in the background of the trophy, flanking either side of its lower portion. It isn't shouting and screaming for attention, just subtly placed so that when someone looks at the logo, they see a defining characteristic of the host. Then, look a little harder, and you'll see the cacti and the mountainous structure resembling the Grand Canyon, two items that help provide Arizona with color. 

I also like other minor things like third-dimension effect it has, making the logo look monumental, which is fitting because the game is, well…monumental.

These minor details make this a very neat logo, especially along the lines of Super Bowl logo's past. How much do I believe this? It's my favorite Super Bowl Logo yet.

Speaking of logos that have to do with Arizona, Awesome Sports Logos has a great one in the Arizona Pricks Futbol Club.
 
 
 
This funny t-shirt will certainly draw a double take. You can add this t-shirt as part of your T-shirt of the Month Club membership. You get huge discounts and free shipping and the best part, you get an awesome t-shirt each month in the mail which is much better than bills and coupon mailers. 

Enjoy the Big Game everyone.

Thanks as always for reading. 

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Seahawks vs. Patriots in a Sports Logo Battle

By Sunday, you will be sick of the opinions on who is going to win, deflate gate and prop bets asking which color hoodie Coach Belichick will wear and if it will have sleeves. One debate that might not be as common will be which sports logo comes out on top, the Seahawks or the Patriots? As WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross says, this debate “is sure to be a slobber knocker”!

So let’s dive in. As this blog is being written, New England on the field is a slim one point favorite so let’s start with the Patriots. How sweet would it be if the Patriots ran on to the field with old “Pat Patriot” on their helmets?

 
 
I know that it’s just a dream and the NFL would never allow a throwback in the Super Bowl. The years of this logo were many of the lean years of this franchise. Hard to believe but you need to be older than 20 to realize that the Patriots were the laughing stock of the league at one point. Many thought it was a sure thing that the Patriots would be moving to St. Louis under new owner James Orthwein, the previous owner to Robert Kraft. Mr. Kraft has done amazing things with this franchise making it one of the tops in the league but many have forgotten that James Orthwein bought the club, kept it in New England and hired some coach named Bill Parcells who drafted a guy named Drew Bledsoe and the rest is history. During that same transition, the Patriots needed a vast image change so that included a logo makeover. I remember I was attending Curry College in Massachusetts at the time, pre internet (Don’t remind me that I’m old) and my buddies and I were clamoring to see what the new logo looked like. As soon as I saw it, I wondered what the tie in to Elvis was because it looked like the King of Rock and Roll dressing up for a 4th of July party.
 
 
 
Just like anything, winning is the best cure to forget about things like bad logos but I often wonder how popular “Pat Patriot” would have been had they stuck with it?  They still sell a lot of old logo merchandise so that may be the answer to my question.
 
On to the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks.
 
Full disclosure, I have liked this logo since I was a kid and it hasn’t seen much transformation over the years. Names like Dave Krieg, Steve Largent and running back Curt Warner played at the old Kingdome in Seattle with a slight variation in color but basically the same sports logo. Now names like Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman have the city going wild. Here is a comparison of the logos over the years. 
 
 Oldest logo
 
 
 
Logo from 2002-2011
 
 
Current logo
 
Photos and timeline courtesy of sportslogos.net.
 
Just recently a terrific blog was written by Dr. Robin K. Wright who is the Curator of Native American Art and Director of the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum, University of Washington. He talks about what he believes is the influence of the Seattle sports logo, the Kwakwaka’wakw mask which is now on display at the Burke Museum through July 27th.
 
 
 
Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum 
 
This is what I mean when I talk about the history of sports logos and what they mean to that region. That is why it is so important that we keep the originality in sports logos. For this Super Bowl, both teams have terrific regionalization with their logos. 
 
As for who wins in the logo battle, I’m going to make my friends back in New England upset by going with the Seattle Seahawks. If it was Pat Patriot, there would be no question but the Seahawks logo is consistent with great colors and displays great history in the region tying in a local animal and an ancient mask. That beats out Patriotic Elvis.
 
Thanks as always for reading and I hope it’s an awesome game. Thanks to all of you who have supported the cause by purchasing one of our awesome t-shirts and to those of you who have joined our awesome VIP t-shirt of the month club.  Enjoy the Game!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos

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