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Sports Logo Review of the Guangdong Southern Tigers

Emmanuel Mudiay made headlines months ago by announcing that he'd become the latest would-be blue chip prospect to forego the D1 dream and instead play professionally overseas. Instead of becoming an SMU Mustang, he decided to become a Guangdong Southern Tiger in China. Despite the Tigers' antiquated logo, I can confirm they do exist in 2014.
 
 
 
My familiarity with international logos and, specifically, the evolution of international logos, is limited. With that said, I'm comfortable proclaiming that graphic designers in China are using more advanced technology than dial up Internet and the old school "paint" program on Windows.

Leave it to the ignorant American to question the ways of the Chinese, but here goes it...

The logo gets points for looking intimidating and for resembling a tiger.

I'll even throw some love for the "Southern Tiger," an endangered species in the Guangdong region. While a tiger is rather generic, it does make sense and offers some cultural insight for this specific team.

The red and yellow flames are an interesting touch. I'm not opposed to that motif but it seems out of place here. If you're using flames for the tigers, I think orange flames would have made sense and Orange and black striped flames would have certainly been unique.

The geometry looks dated and sketched into submission. In the 80s it was probably sweet but, as sad as it is, we've become digital and dimensional--at least, I have. The logo in general looks rather old and just doesn't do it for me.

4.5 out of 10.
 
Awesome Sports Logos features some basketball teams with International flair. Check out this awesome logo from the Panamanian Basketball League.
 
 
 
 
We also offer fun international t-shirts like the London Beefeaters Cricket Club
 
 
 
 Or how about the Tequila Worms awesome soccer t-shirt?
 
 
 
 
Plenty of international flair happening at Awesome Sports Logos. It's time to go shopping for your favorite awesome t-shirt!
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos 
 
 
 
 
 

The New NHL All Star Logo is Awesome

I don't know how many people will watch the NHL All-Star Game. Whatever the number is, I'm sure there will be more people who see the game's logo, but less people who actually appreciate it for what it is. 

 

 

Columbus isn't exactly hockey heaven, but the home of the Blue Jackets was supposed to host the game in 2013 before a lockout eliminated the festivities from the schedule. With the Olympics banging the game in 2014, the Blue Jackets, re-awarded the event, will host the NHL's first all-star game since 2012. 

For the All-Star Game, a star in this logo is fitting as well as incorporating the elements of the team's logo. Planted at the base of the logo with similarly colored silver hockey sticks diagonally crossing in the background, the star shines in this setup. 

The Ohio state flag is a great piece of the team's logo but an even greater piece for an All-Star Game. The game is a melting pot of hockey elite from all over so that the logo shows off its location really makes a difference. The Columbus Blue Jackets are identified as such The All-Star Game is not the Columbus NHL All-Star Game. Sure, Columbus gets mentioned plenty, but it's a qualifier and that's for those who consume the live media coverage of it. Fifteen years from now, if you took the Columbus text out of the logo, you could identify the host city because of the flag. Plus, hailing from Texas, a state that waves its flag more proudly and more often than any other state (I think), I approve of flag demonstration to show state pride. 

I think the flag smoothly blends in through artistic license and creates a backdrop that allows the NHL logo and 'All-Star Game' text to feel like it is apart of the logo and not a part of the logo. 

Take a second and look at the logo. Look at it as a whole. What do you notice? Anything? 

Look again...

Do you notice a "C"? While the circular area within a "C" is filled in, the overall shape of the logo's bulk creates a "C", which, yet again, represents Columbus. I like and appreciate that.

Bonus points for substituting the hyphen in All-Star with a star. 

Bonus points because you can never go wrong with featuring red, white, and blue. Sure, they are the Blue Jackets colors but the game also takes place in the states. 

What a great logo. I'm a big fan of it for several reasons and appropriately bang my stick against the boards for the folks who drummed this baby up. 

You know what else I’m a big fan of? The Awesome Sports Logos T-shirt of the Month Club. With a few short steps, you can get someone a creative gift that they’ll be loving for months to come. Now that’s an awesome gift this holiday season!

Thanks as always for reading.

Jared Sandler

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Sports Logo Review of the Houston Rockets

I'm not the biggest fan of the Rockets logo. After talking to a few folks, I get the sense I’m in the minority, too. Maybe I just think Dwight Howard's annoying. If I don't make much sense here, default to that bias.

 

 Let's talk hoops for a second. When you take a player first overall in the draft, you expect him to be an absolute stud and, in most cases--if not all-- a franchise building block. If he becomes a 13-year NBA vet who is a great role player, it's kind of a disappointment. But, if that same player gets selected 21st overall or in the second round, you're ecstatic about his development. Fair or unfair, players are weighed against expectation and projection.

A rocket is a pretty cool nickname. There's so many logo possibilities. Houston's logo is the 1st overall pick that becomes a really good role player. Nothing wrong with it, but you hoped it would have been so much more.

Let's start with the colors. Red is a no-brainer. But without anything to complement it, the coloring screams plain. I could see a successful application of yellow, orange, silver, or blue, to name a few, and that's without considering specific definitions of each. But just red? Not for me.

Where this logo gets it right is the application of "H" and "R". The "H" is below the "R", forming with the flames at the base of the "R" and the ring. The left shaft of the "R" takes the shape of a rocket. All of this subtle detail is really cool.

I like the shape of things, too. The tight, thin lining is appropriate. The logo fits a vertical rectangular template. Tall and thin. What’s a rocket? Tall and thin.

The "Rockets" and Houston are a match made in heaven with NASA's Johnson Space Center located in Clutch City. One of the top items on my checklist is having a logo that represents the city, the region, or the state. A logo isn’t just an image with shapes and colors. It’s the “face” of your organization. 

Houston’s logo could be soooooooooo gnarly. But it isn't. The colors rub me the wrong way. Or maybe it's just Dwight Howard...

At Awesome Sports Logos, we feature a t-shirt with that features the culture of H-town. It was in 1901 that oil gushed for the first time in Houston, and because of the port, the city has become a petrochemical leader, as well as the leading city for building oilfield equipment. Did I just use petrochemical in a sentence? The bottom line, we love this retro logo with a wood derrick that is also the letter “H” gushing with oil. We hope you love this cool Houston t-shirt as well!

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Sports Logo Review of the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot of buzz surrounding them with LeBron's return. It's certainly not for their logo.
 
 
 
 
 I don't hear a lot of people rip the Cavaliers' logo and that makes sense. Often times, a logo is as cool as those who wear it. The most popular player in the league now wears it, so, naturally, it looks cooler. (In Stephen A. Smith voice) Howevuh, this logo is about as generic as can be. 

It has a basketball, the team's name and city, an item--in this case, a sword--and some outlining to add color. That's it. The logo is void of subtle detail, unique and defining characteristics, and significance to the area. If you ever need a template for a generic logo, this is it. 

With all of that being said, I can get beyond that frustration to see some positive in it. 

I like the color combination. It's a unique shade of red with blue and yellow complementing it, nicely. 

The sword offers some personality as it strikes through the lettering. Plus, it eliminates some ambiguity about the specificity of the 'Cavalier' name and helps put some life to it. 

The font is a seven on a ten-point scale with credit offered for the underline of the 'S' which smoothly blends into the image. I like the blue shadow that exists within the yellow outline. 

But, I still go back to the generic feel and absence of connection this logo has which makes it tough for me to smile down upon it with a favorable grade. Like LeBron's mysteriously no longer-receding hairline, this logo will need some juice to spruce it up. 

While researching this logo, we found this Cavaliers retro logo thanks to sportslogos.net. The Cavaliers used this logo from 1983-84 through 1993-94. When I see this logo I think of great names like Larry Nance, Mark Price and Brad Daugherty. 
 
 

Speaking of LeBron the Akron, Ohio native, we have our own sports logo for his hometown. Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is also known as the Rubber Capital of the world, or “Rubber City”. At one point in the early 1920’s, Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire each had their headquarters in Akron and that’s how they got their anointed nickname. Goodyear is still based in the city.

Ferdinand Schumacher, the inventor of oatmeal and breakfast cereal, hails from Akron but we felt as though the Akron Oatmeal wouldn’t be a best seller. We do however feel as though the Akron Rubbers and our speedy tire logo on a super soft t-shirt will be a favorite. We love the name and the history that surrounds our awesome Akron Rubbers sports logo. Enjoy this Akron funny t-shirt
 

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos

Fall is Here and That Means its Tater Time

The leaves are changing, the temps are dropping and that means its Tater season. I know that this is a year round food but there is something about the colder weather that makes potatoes that much better. Potatoes are awesome. Sure you might put on a few pounds if you eat too many but let me enjoy a nice “tater” before you talk to me about “starchy carbs”.  Think how awesome the potato is. It can be as elegant as a side dish at a five star Steakhouse, warm you up inside of a beef stew, it’s mandatory on the Thanksgiving table or we know it best as that partner in crime to the hamburger. One just doesn’t seem the same without the other.  

The potato also keeps other foods alive similar to bees and flowers. You think we would use chives for another reason? Think ketchup is as popular without the potato? The term “loaded” doesn’t just mean you’re rich, it also means that the potato you are about to receive has all kinds of goodness stuffed inside.  Young potatoes known as “tater tots”. Skinny potatoes, “petite”. You don’t see a Mister Green Bean or Asparagus Head do you? The veggie getting the toy love is Mr. Potato head. So many nicknames and all kinds of awesomeness!

According to Potato Goodness.com, there are more than 100 varieties of potatoes sold in the United States. No fancy names. One potato tastes so good, let’s call it a “sweet potato”. Need some variety, taters come in red, white, yellow, blue and purple.

Many call Idaho the potato capital of the United States. In fact, the Idaho potato is the best selling tater in the country putting over 700 million back into the state’s economy. That’s a lot of taters!

We’ve been using the nickname “Taters” a lot in this blog and that nickname has multiple meanings.  “Taters” is also a baseball term for home runs. “He has 23 taters on the year” or “That was a tater”.  We wanted to combine the awesomeness of potatoes, Idaho and baseball and this was actually our first sports logo that we came up with. We couldn’t believe that a minor league baseball team in Idaho hadn’t used it. Forty two logos later, it’s still one of our favorites. Who wouldn’t want to wear a mean looking potato on their chest? This super soft Idaho sports logo t-shirt is awesome and a terrific addition to your wardrobe.

 

So when you are thinking of a creative gift to get someone, think of the Idaho Taters, it’s sure to become a closet favorite.

 

Thanks as always for reading. Go Taters!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

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We Review The Historic Philadelphia Flyers Sports Logo

 
 
The Philadelphia Flyers' logo is pretty cool because it is so unique. Admittedly, if it was introduced as a new logo today, tomorrow, yesterday, a few years ago--basically, anytime in the future or in the past 20 years--I probably wouldn't feel as strongly about it. But, it has history, so we’ll  grandfather it into the rules I typically apply. 
 
I haven't completed my Masters in alphabet studies or anything, but there's something about the "P" that allows for some creativity and versatility if it’s the centerpiece of your image. It allows for a degree of imagination, almost. Sure, it is clearly a "P", but it also could be a wing or a wheel or a flying contraption of some kind and that ambiguity is neat. 

The reality is that it is just a "P" with some design. The four layers of the letter's shaft is supposed to suggest speed--envision a "P" on skates, zipping from end line to end line with its jersey flapping in the wind. It's simple with some detail, which I like. Typically, I'd moan and groan about it not representing Philadelphia or Pennsylvania in any way, but its antiquity gives it a bit of a pass.

One of the elements I like without exception is the color combination and application. The black and orange has a good look to it and I think white is added nicely. 

Even though the orange is only filling in the letter's circle, it stands out as much more because it is laid out against black and white. And, while this isn't a part of the logo, per se, I like that black is featured as the primary color because of how it allows for Philadelphia to rock the orange sweater, which looks slick on the ice.

So, pretty cool is fair for me. Is it extraordinary--Hall of Fame status? No but the Flyers get points for the consistency over four decades. I really like the colors and I enjoy how they use the versatility of the letter. I wish they could slightly transform it so that it had some sort of significance to the region and that's the only thing that keeps it in check. 

Speaking of cool hockey t-shirts, we have a few at Awesome Sports Logos to show you. We begin with the Texas Roadkill
 
 

Love little details of a logo and in this instance, the stick tape is in the form of a tire tread. 

 
 

How do I say this since this tree isn’t wearing gloves? I wouldn’t want this tree to drop the branches and fight with me. This is one mean looking tree. Probably because one of his relatives is now in the form of a stick he’s holding. 

 
 

Once again, I’m not messing with this sports logo unless I want to “swim with the fishes”. Great Brooklyn Bridge backdrop and if you look closely, the stick in this sports logo displays the initials NYC.

If you want to save big on these t-shirts then you need to join our t-shirt of the month club. Or, if you buy 3 Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts, you get the 4th t-shirt free. Just type in “3thenfree” at checkout. Now that’s awesome!

Thanks as always for reading. We are so excited that hockey is back!!

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos

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