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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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Blake Cole

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Unique College Sports Logos

There are a lot of articles on Google about favorite College Sports Logos. Many are some of the top branded logos in all of sports like the Longhorn from University of Texas or the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.

You don’t see many articles featuring those unique college sports logos that are not a Tiger or a Panther. Today, we throw our Awesome Sports Logos Spotlight on some college sports logos that you may have never seen before. They are unique with some cool back stories and that’s right up our alley in the logo world.

 

Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes

 

This is awesome. Even the direct link to their athletic page is creative with gochokes.com. Here is the reason for the name according to the Community College website:

Born during a period of student unrest in the early 1970s, Artie the Artichoke was adopted as the school’s mascot to express a difference of opinion concerning budget priorities. Originally intended to be a source of embarrassment, Artie has been embraced by students, athletes, staff, and the community as a beloved character.”

One other interesting aspect about Scottsdale Community College is that it’s the only public community college located on Native American land.

 

UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs

 

Courtesy of UCSC.edu 

Once again the students win the battle on naming the mascot. According  to the schools site, the Chancellor of the University needed a mascot name when athletics went from intramural to NCAA Division III. He wanted Sea Lions. A Sea Lion was even painted at center court for the hoops team. The students wouldn’t relent, as they loved their adopted Banana Slugs name. By the way, what is a Banana Slug? Here you go.

 

After years of persuasion, Banana Slugs became the official name. Go Slugs!

 

Concordia College Cobbers

 

 Who needs a Lion or Tiger mascot when you have a ferocious Corn on the Cobb? The Moorhead Minnesota college spells out the mascot history on it’s official website

Another Moorhead College, Hope Academy, founded by Swedish immigrants, was Concordia’s first rival. While their school was located in the city proper, Concordia was “out in the country,” surrounded by farmland. So the urbanite Hope students derisively called the predominately Norwegian farm boys from Concordia “corncobs.”

 

Campbell University Fighting Camels

 

 

Here is the explanation from the University website gocamels.com.

 

According to historian J. Winston Pearce, author of "Campbell College, Big Miracle in Little Buies Creek," the nickname's origin perhaps stretches back to the turn of the century when all but one of the school's original buildings were destroyed by fire. In the aftermath, Z.T. Kivett visited the school's founder and president, Dr. James Archibald Campbell, at his residence. As Dr. Campbell bemoaned the fate of the institution he had worked 13 years to build, Mr. Kivett encouraged him, "Your name's Campbell; then get a hump on you! We've got work to do." Dr. Campbell thought that Mr. Kivett said, "You're a camel, get a hump on you." Hence the nomadic nickname.

I love the explanation and I love the mascot. I also love how they get creative in their videos.

 

How can you not root for Campbell. Go Camels!

At Awesome Sports Logos, we have some unique objects that you wouldn’t expect to see as a sports logo. A perfect example is the Arizona Pricks.

 

You don’t see many cactus sports logos in fact, we don’t know of any others. The Saguaro Cactus is native to the Arizona desert and Futbol or Soccer is beloved in this state so this logo fits right in. The cactus is conveniently located between to soccer balls. Go Pricks!

The Tequila Worms

 

I couldn’t believe that a team from Tequila Mexico didn’t call themselves the Worms. You don’t see many worms in Tequila bottles anymore. Many of you have said that you’ve seen them but after five or six glasses, you begin to see a lot of things. If you love soccer or futbol, this is the t-shirt for you. Go Worms!

Thanks so much for reading about unique sports logos. I love the creativity of these schools and how they embrace their great names and logos. A reminder that if you like our logos, the best way to get our super soft t-shirts at a great price with free shipping is by joining our t-shirt of the month club. It’s awesome!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

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The Calgary Flames Sports Logo is Burnt Out

The Calgary Flames were established in 1972, as the Atlanta Flames. The team relocated to Calgary in 1980, and were the third team to represent the city. Previously, Calgary hosted the Tigers (1921-1927) and the Cowboys (1975-1977). Since their existence, the Flames have won two President's Trophies, for being the league's top regular season team, and have claimed five division championships. In all, nine people associated with the Flames have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

That sounds like some decent accomplishments, right? Well, in a span of 45 years, it really isn’t a lot. Being that they are the third team to call Calgary home, could the city be a curse to National Hockey League franchises? One thing is for sure, and it is that the team’s logo isn’t doing them any favors. The Flames’ original logo ran from the 1980/81 season, until the 1994/95 season. The franchise revamped their logo, and failed to improve the overall look. Let’s do what we do best, and analyze the two Calgary Flames logos.

 
Logos Courtesy of SportsLogos.net 

As you can see in their original look, it was a poor design. The logo is a large, red letter “C” with the left side made up of flames. The flames burst out into to the left, with multiple legs of fire. The logo is outlined in yellow, attempting to accent the overall look. This might have been sufficient in the 1980s, but with today’s technology and advances in graphic design, it isn’t really cutting it. The team must have realized this, and made up their minds to changeup their logo for the start of the 1994/95 season. Let’s see how they did.

 
 

Well ladies and gentleman, they did not get this one right. The franchise chose to stick with the large, red letter “C” image. The font of the letter was somewhat changed, but was insignificant to the overall appearance. The largest change to note is the addition of the black outlining. The original yellow outline was kept, and a thin layer of black pencil lining was added to the outermost layer. Really, not a large change.

The Flames did have a really cool alternative logo up until 2007. This logo looked great on their sweaters.

 

While I have always been a fan of, and have constantly talked about simple logo designs, there still has to be an aura of interest around any team’s logo. It is the entire representation of your franchise. It is printed on hats, jerseys, t-shirts, and tons of other merchandise. It gets plastered everywhere! It should be something that the fans and the franchise can be proud of.

While I am not a fan of the logo, credit must go to the fan base of Calgary. Whether it’s a winning of losing season, Flames fans support their team in the historic Saddledome.

We at Awesome Sports Logos are proud of every one of our sports logos. Especially our Texas Roadkill logo!

 
 
Seriously, have you ever seen a live armadillo? In Texas, everything is big; including unfortunate animal fatalities on the Lone Star’s various interstates. One of the more common animals seen on the side of the road is the armadillo. While hawks and vultures refer to this as dinner, we prefer the name Texas Roadkill.

We think this is one of our coolest logos. This beat up Armadillo still looks pretty tough holding a hockey stick even with the black eye, surrounding flies and tire tracks. We hope you dig this funny Texas t-shirt as much as we do! And who doesn’t love free shipping and discounted prices? If that sounds like your kind of deal, take part in our t-shirt of the month club! You can get one of our awesome, super-soft tees delivered right to your doorstep at the first of every month! Check it out today!

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Blake Cole

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Super Bowl Commercials from the Past

 Many will be watching the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Many will be watching for the Falcons. Everyone will be watching for the commercials.

It’s amazing to think the Super Bowl commercials are just as popular as the actual game. They are talked about the next day as part of the game. They are dissected and ranked in order. The price increases year after year and some ads look like they are working on a movie budget especially with the surprise celebrity appearances. I know of many people that won’t go to Super Bowl parties not because they want to pay attention to the actual game, they want to concentrate on the commercials.

Before the new ads hit, lets take a look back at some Super Bowl ads from the past.

It’s hard to believe that this year is the 25th anniversary of Cindy Crawford’s Pepsi Super Bowl commercial.
 
 

Crawford still looks amazing today as witnessed by this awesome re-enactment of this iconic Super Bowl commercial on the Late Show with James Corden in 2015.

 

Whether you love the Pittsburgh Steelers or not, how could you not love this Coca Cola commercial with “Mean” Joe Greene from 1979. We used to replicate this commercial and throw towels to each other or t-shirts.

 

Joe Greene and the late 1970’s Steelers defense was vicious and that’s what made this commercial so awesome. We saw a different side of one of the best Defensive Lineman in NFL history.

This Pets.com commercial is memorable but more for the story about the company than the actual advertisement.
 
 

With a bunch of money funding this startup, Pets.com had a presence in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade followed by the 2000 Super Bowl. Later that year, Pets.com went out of business and we never saw the dog puppet again. When we talk about the online startup boom in the early 2000’s, Pets.com usually enters the conversation.

There are two companies that are known as Super Bowl mainstays bringing it every year. Tough to choose the best one from each so here are compilations of their ads throughout the years.

The first is Budweiser
 

Then there is Doritos

 

We end our Super Bowl videos with the ads that were too controversial to make the cut.

 

We don’t have the funding for a Super Bowl ad but we did put together a cute little commercial for our El Paso Luchadores awesome t-shirt.

 

Hope you enjoyed this trip down Super Bowl Commercial memory lane. If you like this blog, that would be awesome if you could show your support by buying one of our super soft t-shirts or even signing up for our t-shirt of the month club.

Thanks for reading and enjoy Super Bowl 51!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo and T-shirt Lover

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Sports Logo Spotlight On the Historic New York Yankees

The New York Yankees have been one of the most successful sports franchises in the entire world. With 18 division titles, 40 American League pennants and 27 World Series Championships, the New York Yankees have dominated Major League Baseball. Some of the best players to have ever played the game of baseball have called Yankee Stadium home. In fact, there are 44 Yankees players and 11 Yankees managers in the baseball Hall of Fame. These include Babe RuthLou GehrigJoe DiMaggioMickey Mantle, and Yogi Berra. Of all the things one could speak to in regards to the New York Yankees, there is nothing more historic than the club’s traditional, interlocked “NY” logo.

 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

The consistency of their logo, and their numerous successes, have led to the New York Yankees being one of the most popular and most recognizable sports franchises. Since officially becoming the Yankees, back in 1913, the club has had eight different variants of the interlocked “NY” logo. They have all been mostly the same, with a few tweaks here and there.

In addition to their “NY” ball cap logo, they have another awesome image.

 
 
The bat and ball logo has been around since 1947. It’s had one reworking, in 1968, but has essentially remained the same. I absolutely love the baseball background, with the bat strategically placed as the line of the letter “K” in the word Yankees. The script being cursive adds some flair, which is a nice break from the more traditionally seen block lettering. And of course, Uncle Sam’s hat sitting on top of the bat seals the deal. It’s patriotic and symbolic. It sends a subliminal message that the Yankees are the “America’s Team” of Major League Baseball.
 
If you are looking for a little more Yankees history of a different kind, here are the best WAG’s in Bronx Bombers history and they have some good ones. 
 
 
 We have our own logo from the Empire State, and that’s the New York Zouaves!
 
 
 
The name Zouave actually comes from Algeria and was first used by the French army as they recruited military from the Zouaoua tribe. Zouaves are distinguished by their uniforms which included short open-fronted jackets, baggy trousers and often sashes and oriental headgear.

The New York Zouaves also known as the 11th New York Infantry took on the Zouaves name, uniforms and drill style during the Civil War. These volunteers actually started fighting immediately occupying Alexandria, Virginia just 24 hours after the state succeeded from the Union.

We hope you like this funny New York sports t-shirt as much as we do! You can add it to your t-shirt of the month club list, and get this super soft tee and more on your doorstep at the first of every month! Free shipping with discount prices sounds like an awesome club to me!

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Blake Cole

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Creative Valentine's Gifts For Men

I completely get it. It’s a busy time of year. We’re coming off the holiday season, the NFL Playoffs are making their way into the Super Bowl and you are sick of shopping. Before you know it, Valentine’s Day will be here. You know that kind of but not real holiday where creativity points can go a long way.

Guys, you need to be ready. You need to be creative. She may say she doesn’t want anything but it’s worth it to disregard that request and get that mind thinking. Here’s why gents, she could for instance get you some of our awesome t-shirts as part of a T-shirt of the Month Club gift. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a guy.

Let’s show you some of our top sellers.

 

What if she got you Hookers on February 14th?

Especially if you are a fishing fanatic, this is the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Super soft with perfect placement of bobbers and hooks. If you think there isn’t any fishing around Las Vegas, there certainly is in Lake Mead. Largemouth Bass and Striped Bass are what the local anglers go after. I wouldn’t suggest fishing in the Bellagio Hotel Casino fountains. Even if you are wearing your Las Vegas Hookers Fishing Club t-shirt, you won’t end up with a “Happy Ending”.

How about if you received the Cocksville Blockers?

You don’t want to be Cock Blocked on Valentine’s Day but you do want to wear this super soft t-shirt like Pitcher Derek Holland. Three time Super Bowl Champion Ted Johnson  also looks great wearing his Blockers t-shirt.

 

 

Nothing says, “I dig you” like the Portland Tree Huggers
 
 

Tree Huggers love the forest and the environment. Is she expressing her love to you with this awesome t-shirt? You will get tons of laughs and the question, “Where did you get that shirt” every time you put it on. I wouldn’t want to mess with this sports logo. They say that players “drop the gloves” in hockey. Although this tree doesn’t have gloves, he looks like he is up for a fight. I would think it’s because he’s holding his cousin who was made into a stick.

We have so many logos to choose from in our T-shirt of the Month Club. The best part is, unlike other t-shirt monthly clubs, you pick the shirt. No guessing with this club and we offer a sweet discount and free shipping.

Time to drop hints to that special someone in your life that Awesome Sports Logos is the way to go for Valentine’s Day!

Here’s hoping that Cupid is good to you,

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Sports Logo and T-shirt Lover

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