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Fournette and McCaffrey are Making the Right Decision

The system is hypocritical. You can debate whether or not LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey should play in their respective Bowl games based on their teammates. That’s fair and I’m sure many will say that they let their team down.

That said, where is the same outrage for Tom Herman? He left Houston to take the Texas job before the Cougars played in the Las Vegas Bowl. He was the hottest coaching candidate and it was talked about all year. On Tuesday, Temple will play in the Military Bowl without their head coach Matt Rhule who is the new coach of Baylor. Once again, I’m fine with this. Better opportunity to improve himself and take care of his family.  My issue is we don’t fault coaches yet we jump on players for thinking of their future.  A sidebar note to ponder. If a coach leaves a school, any monetary penalty they face for leaving while under contract is covered by the next school. Meanwhile, if a player wants to transfer based on a coach leaving, they have to sit out a full year. They were made promises that were broken yet they are penalized.

Both players will not hurt their draft status by sitting out Bowl games. If they play like Jaylon Smith did last year for Notre Dame, you risk ruining a profitable career. Smith was likely a top 5 draft pick. The Cowboys took a chance on him in the 2nd round and it remains to be seen whether or not he will have an NFL career. For those that say, “well it’s rare that something like this happens”.  How many examples will it take? Isn’t one enough. Should we throw out Willis McGahee in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl?

 

You go to school to prepare yourself for the best career possible. That goes for any occupation including Professional Football Player. Maybe this will start a trend but Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett announced that he will play for the Aggies in the upcoming Texas Bowl against Kansas State. Garrett will be a top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.  I applaud him for making this decision, just like I applaud Fournette and McCaffrey for their decisions.

Schools make millions off of the players. Players should not be criticized for having a say in their future.

I know, I know, this is a serious blog. Usually I’m writing about a cool sports logo. Lets get to that with one of our funny t-shirts that is going over huge with the college crowd.

It’s our only made up city at Awesome Sports Logos. I woke up at 4a with the name Cocksville Blockers in my head. I know, why are things like this running through my brain. I got up and feverishly searched Google looking for Cocksville. Unfortunately my search efforts failed but the name was too good to pass up.

 

This guy looks like he means business on the football field. I certainly wouldn’t want to take on this Rooster. It’s our best seller and for good reason. When you wear it, people always ask, “OMG, where did you get that?” The OMG part might be made up but I’m trying to sound hip.

Get yourself some Cocksville Blockers. It’s sure to be a closet favorite. Or add it to your list as part of our T-shirt of the Month Club.

You guys are awesome, thanks for reading!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

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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

Why Your Favorite College Football Team Should be North Dakota State

Not surprisingly, no Division 1 football schools have North Dakota State on their schedule in 2015. Who can blame them? Usually lesser teams get paid extremely well to travel and take a whooping. For many schools, it’s how they keep their athletic programs alive.

North Dakota State is the exception. Today’s 34-14 drubbing of Iowa State in Ames, Iowa marked the 5th straight year they have beaten an FBS team (Col St., Minnesota, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State). 

According to the great Darren Rovell who is an awesome twitter follow by the way, the Bisons received $350k to travel into enemy territory. North Dakota State has won three straight National Championships and remember, in FBS or Division 1AA, they have playoffs. Can you imagine if the title holder of the FCS got a bid into the new FBS playoffs. Don’t tell me that North Dakota State couldn’t do some damage. They might lose but it certainly wouldn’t be a cake walk.

Today’s win set a new record for FCS consecutive wins with 25. Not to mention, they have awesome fans that travel all around the country to support them. It’s amazing that this team can recruit like they do year after year. If you’ve never seen them play at home, you need to check out the Fargo Dome because it’s awesome and rocking!

Tonight during the college football rewind shows you will see emphasis on Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Wisconsin and other big schools. To me, a much better story is the North Dakota Bisons.

Of course we love logos so we’d be crazy not to show you the Bisons and their bright yellow and green.

 
 

 

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Go Bisons!

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

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Sports Logo Review of the Michigan State Spartans

I really like Michigan State's 'Spartan' logo. I just don't know why, exactly...

 
 
Does it feature unique detail? No.

Do the colors complement the graphic? Umm, you mean 'color', singular? And no.

Maybe the symbolism makes is special. No...no, it doesn't.

I've noted before how the road to simplicity often includes great detail along the way. These are the logos I tend to prefer--the ones that aren't all over the place like a fight scene in Transformers--but still include complexities that make it more than just the combination of geometric shapes.

MSU's 'Spartan' has got the simple part covered, but nothing more. Despite this, there's something about it that I enjoy. After looking at it for several minutes, I think I finally figured it out...

A logo's emotions or actions remain frozen in time, no matter whether it's team wins or loses or whether it sees you as a fan or an enemy. Yet, that doesn't mean our emotions are void of vacillation.

For instance, if your team loses a heartbreaker, chances are you won't react favorably to the victorious team's logo. Maybe your friend is an obnoxiously ardent fan of a particular squad and when you look at their logo it just spews annoyance. Whatever the case, our familiarity with the work of those who wear the logo can play a role. Yet, for me, this isn't often the case and that's why it's taken me so long to realize why I like the Spartan.

I have a lot of respect for the Michigan State basketball program and the success it's achieved under their charismatic coach, Tom Izzo. After spending two years covering Michigan State athletics, that respect grew and that same respect for the football program was born.

The old-school Spartan graphic is cool and I like green, but I don't "love" either. But when I look at the logo, it personifies respect and success and that's why I like it.

What can I say? I look at most logos more analytically. I think the Green Spartan emanates fear in its opponents on the hardwood and with its growing gridiron reputation for physical, blue-collar defenses; I think it's doing the same on Saturdays in the fall. And while the marriage between school and nickname is nothing more than the product of a contest, that doesn't compromise the long Greek history of the Spartan warrior.

Maybe it’s the personal connection, but there are some logos you look at and think, "Cool!" and that is the MSU Spartan for me.

Awesome Sports Logos has several of these logos. Simple but they tell a story as well. Each sports logo has local meaning, many featuring great history. Check out their awesome t-shirts.

 

Thanks for reading,

Jared Sandler

Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

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