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The NBA Scheduling Needs to Change

There has always been debate about the scheduling in basketball. Many argue that the scheduling needs a change. Others state that the scheduling is fine. The main issue with the current scheduling is when players are getting rest. Back to back games are causing coaches to rest star athletes. It has caused some concern from the NBA. Lately, many notable names associated with the NBA have been vocalizing their thoughts on the subject.

Doc Rivers, the head coach of the LA Clippers, is just one of many who are making their opinions heard. In a recent game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Doc Rivers’ team saw a plus to having star players getting rested. The Cavs rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love that game. The Clippers easily toppled the Cleveland backups. Even though his team won, Doc Rivers was critical of the NBA scheduling that caused the Cavs to feel the need to rest their stars.

In a report from ESPN.com, Rivers made it clear that he wasn’t upset with the Cleveland coaching staff. However, he was critical of the NBA scheduling a team to play back-to-back nationally broadcasted games. In that same report, Rivers mentioned the true victim of the current NBA scheduling: the fans.

When a team has to play on national TV for two days in a row, the fans ultimately suffer. Coaches and team medical staffs will want to ensure the players aren’t getting overworked. If that means sitting a player, or limiting minutes, then so be it. They don’t care if it’s on TV across the country. They are there to ensure the safety and health of their players.

But when the fans want to watch LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, they get upset when those marquee players are riding the bench. It really stinks for the fans that actually take the time to buy tickets to the game, pay for parking, and hit up the concession stands. Could you imagine their reaction when they finally get to their seats? What about the little kiddos that were probably pumped to see their favorite player?

Karl Malone, a former player and two-time NBA MVP, has essentially told players to suck it up. He is among several other people that are tired of seeing NBA stars getting rested.

Malone reportedly told ESPN’s Sage Steele "If you don't have at least 10 years experience, get your ass playing. It's not work, it's called playing. Besides, tell our underpaid service members and police and first responders to rest. Dammit, they can't."

The NBA has often times told teams that the association isn’t happy when they sit their stars. While I can understand that the NBA wants to display a certain quality of product, they are hurting themselves. Spread out the schedule and cut out back-to-back nationally televised games. That’s a start to making both sides of this argument happy.

One basketball team tough enough to handle any issue, is the El Paso Luchadores.

 

This basketball club logo takes on the name of the rich Luchador tradition that dates back to the early part of the 20th century. The popularity of the Luchadores has spilled over not just to wrestling but also to cartoons and movies. Many Luchador wrestlers are heroes in their culture and you will look like a hero by sporting this soft, funny and cool El Paso t-shirt with vibrant colors. Add this super soft tee to your t-shirt of the month club order, and wait for it (and any other awesome shirt you pick) to arrive on your doorstep at the first of every month!

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Sports Logo Spotlight on The 2017 Final Four

The madness hits its peak this weekend! It’s that time of year and today we have three logos to review in regards to the Final Four of the NCAA in hoops and in hockey.

To the collegiate athletes, we think you are awesome. You give it your all and provide a month of thrills.

 Let’s begin with the Men’s Final Four which will be held in Glendale Arizona, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

 
 

Logo courtesy of NCAA.org 

Unfortunately this logo falls short. The trophy takes center stage on all three logos but you can work around it. Where is the Saguaro Cactus? They are synonymous with the Arizona desert. Where is the rising sun, a tribute to the state? The basketball in the shape of a sun is a nice touch but it’s in the wrong place. I think it would have fit better towards the top of the logo. There is also the issue of Phoenix front and central. If you’ve been to Phoenix, you know that Glendale isn’t right next door. You have a drive ahead of you. This isn’t the first time this has happened. In 2014, the Final Four was at AT&T Stadium, which is in Arlington, not Dallas. The logo said North Texas.

Compare this logo with 2018 Final Four logo that will be in San Antonio.

 

This logo features the bridge at the famous San Antonio River Walk. The colors are also familiar with the city.

This years Women’s Final Four Logo is a step up from the men.

 

 

The trophy is still prominent but this time although it’s in the center, it doesn’t take center stage. The trophy is surrounded by the famous Dallas skyline. One of the highlights of the Dallas skyline is the Bank of America building, which lights up in neon green each night. If the designer used the neon green because of this, it’s a terrific logo touch.

The third and final logo to take a look at is the Frozen Four, college hockey’s equivalent of the Final Four that will take place in Chicago.

 

 

The name Frozen Four is a real nice touch. I’ve always loved the name. This logo falls short unfortunately. Chicago is an awesome city with multiple attractions. The Sears Tower could have been part of the skyline along with the John Hancock Center? What about the Chicago River or the famous statue Cloud Gate that thousands take pictures in front of each year. The only link to Chicago could be the slight use of red in the logo, which is similar to Blackhawks red.  That said, it’s one of the major cities in our country and the NCAA should have taken advantage of that. Two hockey sticks isn’t enough for such a premiere event.

Enjoy March and April. It’s an awesome time to be a college sports fan. If you like this blog support the cause by checking out our t-shirts. We have two terrific deals. If you buy 3 t-shirts, you get the 4th t-shirt free. Just use the coupon code 3thenfree at checkout. The other awesome way is to join our t-shirt of the month club. Big time savings on our shirts, you pick how long you want to join and you also receive free shipping. It’s an awesome deal my friends!

Thanks so much for reading. Enjoy all the college action!

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Sports Logo Spotlight on the USA World Baseball Classic

The World Baseball Classic is underway. Every four years, we see nations from all across the globe gather together to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Speaking of America, the United States has put together one impressive roster for the WBC.

Chris Archer, Sonny Gray, J.A. Happ, Andrew Miller and Marcus Stroman highlight the pitchers that are representing the red, white and blue. Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Ian Kinsler and Nolan Arenado are a few of the key position players on Team USA. With names like this, the United States appears poised to be able to take home the Championship.

Of course, here at Awesome Logos, we would be remiss to not mention the Team USA logo. In comparison to the other countries participating in the WBC, America clearly has the best look. Maybe we’re a little biased, but the truth is the truth! Let’s take a look at what the United States brings to the table, as far as their logo is concerned.

 
Logo courtesy of sportslogos.net 

Beautiful and simple. Two outstanding qualities for a sports logo. And the US has both! This logo has been in place for Team USA since 2006. The interlocking “US” lettering breaks the monotony of traditional side-by-side lettering. It is similar to the interlocking lettering found in the logos of the San Diego Padres, Colorado Rockies and Chicago White Sox.

At the background of the logo, we see a silver star. The star has been an important image in American history. As our current flag contains 50 stars, for each of the 50 states, the Team USA logo has just one star. It represents the unity and solidarity of the team, as players from 50 states can come together as one. The star is trimmed in red, the same red representing valor and hardiness in the American flag.

All in all, this Team USA logo is AWESOME! And the lineup the team has put together is just as impressive. Be sure to watch Team USA take on other countries from around the world, and bring the Championship back to the land of the free and the home of the brave!

What better way to show off your love for the game of baseball, and your respect for the soldiers who make this country the land of the free and the home of the brave, than with our Dallas Doughboys tee!

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 this logo including a rifle that is actually a bat. We love the history and the look of this awesome Dallas sports t-shirt!

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Logo Spotlight on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

There are few Major League Baseball teams with the unique variety of past logos that the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have. They have had ten logo changes since their beginning. Today we’ll focus on four of them. But first, we get in an Angels mood with the best player in the MLB, Mike Trout. 
 


The Halos, as they are so rightfully nicknamed, were established in 1961 as an expansion team. Their original owner, the great Gene Autry, bought the name
Angels from a Minor League team in the Pacific Coast League. Their initial emblem was pretty on-par with other 60s era sports logos.
 


Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

This particular image was pretty busy, featuring several different images and meanings to look at. The background of the logo was a green diamond, representing the baseball field. Layered just above that, was the standard baseball image with a golden, or yellow, halo above it. Feathered wings sprout from each side of the baseball, appearing cocked and ready to take flight. And to top it all off, in red lettering, the script “LA” stands front and center of the whole thing.

As the team evolved, the logos had to evolve with them. In 1965, the team was renamed to the California Angels, as they prepared to play in a new city in the upcoming season. As they team moved to Anaheim, and changed their name, a new logo was much needed. Instead of completely revamping the entire image, the Halos changed the letter “L” to the letter “C” for California. A handful of years later, the Angels did end up changing their entire logo, better representing their new California Angels name.


This logo definitely follows my No. 1 rule of simplicity. As seen with this new image, there is an outline of The Golden State as the background. The same golden, or yellow, halo adorns the top left corner of the California state outline. And in the middle, running slanted with the shape of the state, we see the red lettering “Angels” standing out above all else. And not to go unnoticed, a red star pinpoints the city of Anaheim.

In 1997, the Walt Disney Company took control of the team. They extensively renovated the stadium, and the city of Anaheim contributed $30 million of the $118 million cost. They had a condition though, and that involved another renaming. The requirement was that the stadium and the team had to contain the city name. As such, the Angels were renamed the Anaheim Angels and a new logo was to come.


This logo is one of my personal favorites of the Angels past. Crossed bats sit at the back of the image, with a light blue home plate layered just over them. At the top edge of home plate, the newly added city name rests in white lettering. “Anaheim” is spelled out, meeting the city’s requirement for the stadium renovations. The word “Angels” received a new font, making it much more appealing to the eye. The lettering is slanted slightly upwards to the right, as if it is getting bigger towards the end. My favorite part of this image is the wing. I love the fact that the club worked wings back into the look, seeing a much more modern version of the feathered wing adjacent to the “A” in Angels.

One last logo change was to come for the Halos, and that was in 2005. New owner Arturo Moreno wanted another name change, adding “Los Angeles” back into the name. He was hoping to reach the LA fan base from the team’s past, and spread to a wider demographic. In fact, Los Angeles is the second largest market in the United States. I don’t blame him for trying to tie in the city. However, Moreno had to keep the city of Anaheim’s requirement as well. As such, the team was named the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. There was a backlash with this renaming, from the city of Anaheim most especially. The city took the matter to court, opposing having Los Angeles in the name. Courts favored Moreno in the matter, and the new name stuck. And of course, with a new name came a new logo. That’s the Angels logo we all know and love today.


This image is short and sweet. It’s the ideal, simple design that makes logos great. A firm, bold letter “A” is the forefront of the image. Interpret it as you please. The “A” could stand for Angels, Angeles (the city of LA), or of course, Anaheim. Either way, all parties should be pleased in the lettering. Though this image doesn’t feature the wings that I personally find awesome, the brought back the halo. It’s probably best to have the halo in the long run, as it attributes to the amazing nickname “Halos” that the fans love so much.

Even though the state of California has several Major League Baseball teams, our favorite California logo comes from the California Crazy Eights.

 

Have you ever wondered why there isn’t more Octopus sports logos? Well there is now! Awesome Sports Logos is proud to introduce the California Crazy Eights (also known as the California Ocho Locos). Off the coast of the Golden State on the Pacific Ocean floor is an eight-legged creature that is truly fascinating. Most common is the California Two-Spot Octopus. In case you’re ever asked to identify a Two-Spot, just point out... well, never mind, no one will ask you.

We love this cool California t-shirt. This octopus means business. Only two tentacles are occupied with a ball and a bat, and that means you better keep an eye on the other six!

This super-soft tee would make a great gift for any baseball fan, especially now that Spring Training is here! You could even buy it for yourself, and at a discount too! Add this tee to your t-shirt of the month club subscription, and get amazing discounts and regular deliveries!

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Remembering the XFL

If you haven’t seen the 30 for 30 ESPN documentary on the XFL, you have to check it out. Getting the two point men WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and NBC Exec Dick Ebersol to talk about the creation, promotion and struggles of the league was much watch TV. Kudos to Ebersol’s son Charlie who spearheaded this project. Just like the XFL getting everyone hyped for the league, the same can be said about this 30 for 30 trailer that got everyone excited to watch.

 

One aspect that is fascinating is how many ideas are now used by the NFL, which helped take the league to new heights. Mic’d up players and overhead cameras are just two of the innovative tactics used by the XFL that translated over to the NFL.

Since it was 16 years ago, I forgot about the various logos used by the teams in the XFL. Here are my favorites from the league.

Lets begin with the league logo.

 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

 

I always loved the name. Had the players had more time to develop and the league not rushed, the play might have been good enough to sustain this project for more than just a year. The logo mirrored the theme colors of the WWF at the time with the dominant black and red colors. The colors made the football look cool along with the league merchandise worn.

My favorite logo was the San Francisco Demons.

 

 

This four-color design looked so cool. First off, this name screams that they players aren’t “choir boys” which the XFL wanted to portray. While black dominates the Demon face, I love the orange and red colors on the connected outline that gives off a fire look. The Demons lost out in the Million Dollar Championship game to our 2nd favorite logo.

 

 

The Los Angeles Extreme


 

 

You have to respect a sports logo that looks like a Chinese Throwing Star right?  Just like the Demons, Extreme is an intimidating name and in the middle of the logo the centerpiece is a cool looking X which blends in and brings to mind not only the team name but the league name. Can’t go wrong with the black, gold and white colors and I really like the lettering “LA” on each side of the logo.

 

The Las Vegas Outlaws
 

 

It’s truly hard to believe that I was at the very first game between the Las Vegas Outlaws and the NY/NJ Hitmen. I was a Las Vegas resident at the time and the hype for this game was huge. A sold out Sam Boyd Stadium witnessed a pretty ugly game with the Outlaws defeating the Hitmen. Although the league didn’t last, my memory of that game and our introduction to “He Hate Me” is a lasting memory.

 

As for this logo, you’ll find a few skulls in the Nevada desert so this logo fits in with the local landscape. Since Vegas is part of the “Wild Wild West”, the name fits in as well. There are a couple of cool aspects to this logo that you might not catch at first glance. First, the antlers curl upwards to create an “O” for Outlaws. Check out the nose of the logo. It’s actually a spade in tribute to the gambling capitol of America. A red “V” also accents the nose for Vegas. Despite the team and league folding, Vegas supported this team pretty well.

Those were my favorite XFL logos. I’m biased but I don’t have a favorite when it comes to my Awesome Sports Logos collection. I love them all. They are my kids and I love getting awesome feedback about the quality of our t-shirts. We have some great football logos including our Cocksville Blockers awesome t-shirt as well as the Nashville Bootleggers. I’d also like to remind you of our t-shirt of the month club. It’s your chance to get several of our awesome t-shirts at a discount price. We also offer free shipping inside of the US. We want you to smile once a month when you go to your mailbox.

Thanks for reading everyone and thank you for supporting Awesome Sports Logos

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic 

 

Thoughts on the New Spring Training Logo Caps

Now that the football season is over, sports fans can look forward to Major League Baseball. Spring Training is finally here, and teams have announced their kits for the Cactus League and Grapefruit League. MLB has found a great revenue source with Spring Training gear, specifically their baseball caps. Whether you like them or not, you have to hand it to Major League Baseball. All of the cap and other gear are available at MLBShop.com. In my opinion, the logos that some of the teams decided to use are amazing while others fell a little short. SportsLogos.net put out a great article featuring some of the Spring Training caps that are going to be used this year. I want to take a look at a couple of these cap logos that the Major League teams should think about implementing as their primary logos.

First off, we have the Seattle Mariners. Now, this team needs improvement on their primary logo in a desperate way. Once I saw their Spring Training look, I was shocked. It’s absolutely AWESOME!

 
Hat Photo Courtesy of MLBShop.com 
 
This logo is a throwback to their previous trident logo, which ran from 1981 to 1986. It’s a modern, revitalized reworking of that look from the 80s. This thing is just phenomenal. The trident is upside down, giving their clear resemblance of the letter “M” for Mariners. What a fantastic way to make a logo represent the actual team name, and what the team name means. A mariner is a sailor, and the team should honor that with a clear logo of the sea. Nothing does that better than this trident, the featured weapon of Poseidon, Greek God of the sea. Seattle should make this their permanent logo (again). Now let’s touch on a team that went the wrong direction with their Spring Training logo. And that’s the Tampa Bay Rays.
 
Hat Photo Courtesy of MLBShop.com 

Now the Rays didn’t really have a drastic change, like the Mariners did. Tampa Bay already uses their sunburst logo on their regular season hats. For Spring Training, the logo has a bit of a tweak, and is placed in the powder blue ballcap. Honestly, the sunburst doesn’t say much about the Rays. It doesn’t let you know who they are, or where they are from. Probably a stretch saying the sunburst “resembles a ray of sunshine”. But let’s face it, that’s a stretch. The team really needs an improvement on the image they are going to carry on their hat. If you have any ideas on what they could use, drop them in the comments below!

We at Awesome Sports Logos have our own two logos for the Grapefruit League.

First up, the Boca Raton Cougars

 

This minor league baseball team is named after the ferocious animal called the cougar. The overpopulation of cougars is prevalent mostly in the upscale Boca Raton neighborhoods. You can find cougars in shopping areas during the day, but mostly they are nocturnal beasts working the bar and club scene stalking their prey. They are ferocious except when they are on our super funny Boca Raton sports t-shirt. That’s when ferocity turns into awesomeness.

Next up it’s the Dade City Kumquats

 

This citrus cousin of the Grapefruit fits in perfectly. You know this fruit is swinging for the fences and not a slap hitter. This logo name is a tribute to the Dade City Kumquat festival held each January. Go Kumquats!

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