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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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Our Favorite Sorority Recruitment Videos

This blog pains me to write. That said, having to go through all these Sorority videos to pick out a few of the best is exhausting. That’s exactly what all of you have to tell my wife.  She doesn’t believe this is grueling and painful. If you get in trouble for reading this, I’ll defend you. You are just reading a sports logos blog. You thought you were going to read about a new logo and these videos came out of nowhere.

Seriously, my point of this blog is how amazing these videos are. Forget about the ladies in the videos, how about the production level? We have some regular Spielberg’s on our hands. Here are some of our favorites. You will notice a common Alpha Phi theme with these videos. I’m not sure at one point of this video I squeeze in a request for some Alpha Phi production dollars.

USC Alpha Phi 2016

  

How did they get use of one of the most famous stadiums in America? They these lovely young ladies go on a hike with their own water bottle label. That’s a quality logo placement by the way. A picture of Dasani or Aquafina wouldn’t have the same effect. They also have their own hats and blankets.

We head to the desert and Arizona State featuring Alpha Phi once again.

  

How do we at Awesome Sports Logos get this budget? This is our dream vacation. You get dropped off in a hot air balloon and get to go skateboarding with closed down roads so you can film. Some off road action, fun in the water and a ride high above to see the views. 

The most popular video comes from last year. The Alabama Alpha Phi video from 2015 has surpassed one million views.

 
 
 
I’m wondering if I can get the Alpha Phi hookup and rent the Crimson Tide stadium for a day. What about 10 minutes, will you give a guy a discount?

Kudos to the creativity of these sororities and the filmmakers they teamed up with. I’m just jealous and I’m sure many others are as well.

So here are two of our low budget videos from our past. Time to do some more. No stadiums, helicopters or hot air balloons but we did bribe a three time Super Bowl winner.

 
 

I really had to convince my wife to be in this video. Brilliant performance by her in this video. She didn’t even require a makeup trailer which I appreciate . As for me, just wearing my favorite El Paso Luchadores t-shirt was good enough for me.

In this second low budget feature we convinced former Linebacker Ted Johnson to join in the fun.

 
 
 
Ted is an amazing guy and we can’t thank him enough for agreeing to do this. I would think his Super Bowl performances are much more memorable but this has to be a close second right? 

One area we refuse to be cheap on is the quality of our t-shirts. Selling t-shirts on the world wide web is awesome. There is a downside that you might not think of and that’s the quality. We promise that our t-shirts are high quality and super soft. Nobody wants to wear cardboard. We like to think of them as a high quality designer t-shirts at non designer prices. You shouldn’t have to pay $30-$35 dollars maybe even more.

In fact it gets even cheaper if you join our t-shirt of the month club which makes an awesome holiday gift. If you want someone to compliment you on your creativity, you are a few clicks away from getting them something special.

Thanks as always for reading. Congrats again ladies on some awesome videos!

Gavin Spittle

Founder and Sports Logo Lover

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North Dakota Has a New Sports Logo

Four years ago, the NCAA threatened sanctions against the University of North Dakota, urging them to replace their controversial Fighting Sioux logo. For the past four years, the school has been playing games under a standard “ND” or “North Dakota” verbiage. This past Wednesday, the school announced an official new name and logo. Alumni, students and others voted for a new name, this past November. The vote was somewhat close, with Fighting Hawks beating out Roughriders. A new logo accompanied the name change, and this past Wednesday, it all became official. Here is the video they unveiled called "New Name, Same North Dakota". 
 
 
 
The Fighting Sioux have been retired, and the Fighting Hawks are the future of UND.
 
 
 
After the school dropped a reported $50,000 for the logo design, it will surely stick around for a long while. While the logo and name have gotten mixed reviews on social media, there is nothing the school can do at this point. Alumni, students, faculty and any others involved with the university are going to have to live with the new changes. Personally, I don’t think it’s that bad…
   
Here is the Fighting Sioux logo, that the NCAA deemed in violation of their rule against “controversial” images and names.
 
 
 
 Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
The next logo is what UND has been using for the past four years, to fill the gap until a new look could be created.
 
 
 
The new Fighting Hawks image is actually not as bad as many people on the various social media outlets make it out to be. It’s sleek, incorporates the “ND” initials, and the hawk is at least moderately terrifying. This new logo is certainly nowhere near as bad as some of the others we have analyzed. That being said, I don’t think it’s better than their “transitional” N.D logo. Just a plain “ND” that interlocks is pretty awesome. It’s simple. And if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a thousand times, simple is BETTER in a sports logo. I think UND should have kept their intertwined ND logo, and saved themselves $50,000. 
 
With no other option from the NCAA, I’m sure the school went in the best direction they could. Not everyone is going to like it, but hey, I’m happy they have a new identity. Hopefully the new Fighting Hawks will have a fighting chance, and can wrestle the UND fans back into their corner.
 
Speaking of fighting and wrestling, we have a super awesome sports logo that you’re definitely going to love. The El Paso Luchadores are here to rock your closet! Here's our video to celebrate the Luchadores awesome t-shirt. 
 
 
 
 
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. Be sure to add this super soft tee to your monthly rotation, in our t-shirt of the month package!
 
Thanks for reading!
 
Keep Calm and Stay AWESOME!
 
Blake Cole
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Sports Logo Review of the Oklahoma State Cowboys

The Oklahoma State 'OSU' logo isn't spectacular but on a scale from Justin Bieber (not cool) to Justin Timberlake (really cool), it is Adam Levine (pretty cool).
 
 
There's nothing fantastic about any element of this logo but it's all kind of solid. Black and orange isn't my favorite color combination, but it works well and definitely stands out in the Big 12, different in richness in tone from Texas' orange. On a national level, though, I'm not sure if it's at the head of the orange and black table. That's not a passive way of saying it isn't--I just don't know. 

Whether it's specifically "maize" and blue or a similar yellow and blue, that combo has national recognition in association with Michigan. It's a national brand, in that way. Burnt orange works the same way with Texas just like green and yellow is getting there--if it isn't already, with Oregon. 

That status is dependent upon athletic success, which the "Pokes" have had. They were in the driver’s seat for a BCS Championship game berth before a late-season loss derailed their hopes. Their basketball program's arguably been more successful over the last few years, too. Each program's had marquee players (Marcus Smart and Dez Bryant to name one from each) which furthers the school's visibility. 

Yet, for some reason, I'm not certain the black and orange evokes a call to the Cowboys, nationally. Why? Halloween? Honestly. Does that make it difficult? 

Anyway, moving on...

The three-dimensional lettering creates a slight shadow that complements the coloring well, wrapping up color talk. 

My favorite element is the hidden imagery in the lettering. See it? Each end of the 'S' extends and forms a gun, a signature prop of the western Cowboy mascot. It's also the way they shape their 'S' when spelling out O-S-U in the same way people gyrate to spell Y-M-C-A. Instead of looping their 'S' gyration, they mock their logos shape, making it "Walk Like An Egyptian"-esque. 

3.5/5.0. Good. Not great. Levine, but not Timberlake.
 
What is great is Awesome Sports Logos T-shirt of the Month Club. This club is picking up big time steam and for good reason. Discount prices and free shipping with the coolest sports logos going. Get your membership and start shopping today!
 
Thanks as always for reading and supporting Awesome Sports Logos
 
Jared Sandler
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