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Credit The Akron Rubbers for Low Ohio Birth Rates

Based on the 2010 U.S. Census, Akron (with its 199,110 people) is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is also known as the Rubber Capital of the World, or just “Rubber City”.


In the early 1920’s, tire makers Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire had their headquarters in Akron, thus giving the city its anointed nickname. Firestone and General Tire are now based elsewhere.

Awesome Sports Logos emphasizes Akron’s rubber-ness with this cool Akron T-shirt, but as usual, there’s an underlying innuendo that makes it more fun (if you get it). The name and logo of The Akron Rubbers make perfect sense. But there’s more.

That’s not the funny part. Keep reading. I’ll be making the random connection soon.

Wrapping It Up

Out of the 54 states and territories in the U.S., Ohio ranks No. 42 for birth rates – 12.1 births for every 1,000 people. (Utah is the state with the most births per 1,000 people. Shocking, right?)

An educated hypothesis is that Ohioans, compared to those in other states, don’t get much action, aren’t able to conceive as much or use a form of contraceptive more often.

Perhaps those Ohio residents not trying reproduce are wearing…drum roll please…RUBBERS!


Promoting Safe Sex

The four Ohio cities with larger populations than Akron are Columbus (787,033 people), Cleveland (396,815 people), Cincinnati (296,943 people) and Toledo (287,208 people).

Akron residents represent a little more than 10 percent of the nearly two million people who occupy Ohio’s five largest cities, but their rubberness impacts the entire state.

Stay with me now.

Goodyear’s Influence

Goodyear, which is still based in the city, opened in 1898 and manufactured all sorts of rubbers - bicycle and carriage tires, rubber horseshoe pads, and poker chips. The company grew with the advent of the automobile.

In July, 2008, 110 years since headquartering in Akron, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was recognized as one of America’s most respected companies by the Reputation Institute (RI) and Forbes magazine. That’s quite a success and celebration for the king of rubbers.

Thank You Awesome Sports Logos

Now for the connection, which you should get by now: Akron’s reputation for rubbers has obviously influenced the rest of the state’s high use of wearing rubbers – the condom kind.

And The Akron Rubbers deserve most of the credit because of the their amazing logo, brought to you by Awesome Sports Logos! (Goodyear, you get some credit, too.)

Be like The Akron Rubbers. Let’s encourage all of our friends and family to practice safe sex and wrap it up.

Is this a stretch? Probably.

Is it funny to us? Absolutely.

But let’s get the message out there! Check out our cool sports tees to find out how you can sport The Akron Rubbers logo and help spread the word!

By Anna Megan Raley
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

Danica Patrick Just Wants to Drive So Let Her

Being first can be brutal. Being first in a male dominated southern sport like Nascar can be big time brutal. Danica Patrick will also be remembered as the first woman to truly break the gender barrier in stock car racing. Sure, there have been others but no one has had the full time support and sponsorship like Patrick.
What got my ear was when Eddie Gossage, President of Texas Motor Speedway was asked this week why he believes Danica Patrick is in a slump? Gossage as he always does gave a great answer but why was the question even asked? Earlier that day Patrick finished 12th at Martinsville Speedway which is one of if not the toughest course on the Sprint Cup schedule. Finishing behind her were Dale Earnhardt Jr., her car owner Tony Stewart who she passed, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman who won this race last year and 26 other drivers. Clint Bowyer told USA Today that he couldn’t pass her and told her, “great job” after the race. Her crew chief Tony Gibson said that he never dreamed of such a finish for Patrick. Yet it’s a slump?
She sits at 26th in the Sprint Cup standings only three places behind teammate Ryan Newman and four behind team owner Tony Stewart. Why aren’t they being brought up?  Aren’t they slumping? What about Juan Pablo Montoya who at one point was looked at as one of the best drivers in the world? He’s behind Patrick. What about Bobby Labonte who won the title in 2000? He’s behind Patrick. Sure, equipment makes a big difference but shouldn’t we take into account that Patrick is side by side with her teammates using the same equipment? We haven’t even brought into account that she is a Sprint Cup rookie still getting accustomed to the car. Any other rookie, we’d chalk it up to just that but with Danica Patrick, it’s a slump. The difference is that all eyes remain on Patrick because of her overall popularity not just in Nascar but also in sports. She’s a household name and with that comes exaggerated expectations.
Quickly forgotten is that she became the first woman to lead in Daytona and the first woman to win a pole position for a Cup race. I’m more impressed that she finished eighth regardless if you are a man or a woman. That’s a season for some Cup drivers. Let her race and give her a few years. Then we can judge. If she were a rookie in any other sport, you would we would all agree that her potential is huge. With Danica Patrick, potential is not allowed.
The picture above is of Danica Patrick is with the Mod Squad of Motorsports, the SpeedFreaks. They understand Danica and what she’s doing. Kudos to Kenny Sargent for supporting our cause by wearing our Portland Tree Huggers awesome t-shirt!  If you are looking for a funny racing t-shirt, I proudly present to you the Akron Rubbers! Akron is the tire capitol of the United States and where there are a lot of tires, there is a lot of rubber. Support the cause and grab an Awesome Sports Logos cool t-shirt today!


 Thanks for reading

Gavin Spittle
President/Logo Lover/T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos

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Fifty Shades of Grey in an Awesome Sports Logos World

I could tell from that look in her eye and the way that she touched my shoulder that….wait a minute, I can’t do this. I’m not a romance novel writer, I’m a t-shirt guy. Under thousands of Christmas trees will be copies of the book that has sold over 65 million copies worldwide, 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Meanwhile, the number of Awesome Sports Logos funny sports t-shirts under Christmas trees will be one or two fewer.

So curl up, make sure you’re alone as we present 50 shades of Grey T-shirt parody by Awesome Sports Logos. The first thing we want to make sure is that you are properly protected. You can’t be too careful these days. Therefore, make sure you have your rubbers, Akron Rubbers that is. Akron is the rubber capital of the United States.

Now that we have our Rubbers, it’s time to play a little fantasy. What better fantasy than the mythical creature, the Chupacabra. The Albuquerque Chupacabra is one of our best sellers and the Chupacabra is one of the most popular cryptids behind Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster.
Since we’re talking fantasy, who doesn’t love an older woman who knows what she wants and gets it every time. Those women are known as Cougars, prowling the upscale streets of Boca Raton.
We are equal opportunity on this blog. Really, I don’t want to be but my wife is making me do this part. Ladies, we present you with the finest stud, the Lexington Studs.
You want your stud to be as big as the state of Texas. And in Texas, there is a ton of Roadkill. You’re right, dead animals are not a turn on but I need to sell some t-shirts here. I stared at my computer for a long time and nothing is sexy about a dead armadillo.
Ladies, now that you’ve found your Stud, it’s time to be a Beefeater. OMG, that fit in perfect. Maybe I should write trashy romance novels after all?
San Francisco Swallows and Savannah Seamen. You do the math on these two.
We know, we know, you’ve had to minimize this blog because it has you all hot and bothered. We encourage you to keep going, in fact, in no time, you’ll be gushing with your Houston Gushers awesome t-shirt. We actually have two grey Gushers t-shirts because every once in a while, adding one more to the party spices things up! Houston is oil country and this wooden derrick in the shape of an “H” gushing out a baseball is a cool t-shirt to have in your closet.
Not bad at all for my first try. You think Fabio would wear one of our t-shirts on the cover? I support him by eating his “I can’t believe it’s not butter”.

This blog was a blast and on a serious note, I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for your support this year.
Happy Holidays from all of us at Awesome Sports Logos!
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer, Trashy Romance Novel Novice.

Awesome Sports Logos Random Thanksgiving Thoughts

Oh man, I am big time full! Thanksgiving is so awesome. Be safe on the roadways in the next few days. The Thanksgiving holiday is the most traveled holiday on the roads. It’s a good time of year to make sure your rubber is up to date. What were you thinking? I had tires on my mind as well as our funny t-shirt, the Akron Rubbers.
I thought I would do something different tonight and hit on a few random subjects in the news. Do they relate to t-shirts, well we’ll find a way to do that but with a full stomach and an overdose of sleep on the way caused by turkey, here we go.
Its official, Twinkies are no longer as the Hostess plant shut down this week. To me, the reason that everyone is up in arms is not because they enjoy a Twinkie or Hostess cake on a nightly basis. If that were the case, they’d still be in business. We are sad because a part of our childhood is saying goodbye for now. Remember when you didn’t have to look at the back of a label to see how bad everything is for you. When I was a kid, there was nothing better than having a Twinkie. Play baseball, wiffle ball or any game with a ball with my neighborhood friends and when it came time to come home, that snack was my go to comfort food. Now it’s gone. I’m like many of you. I haven’t had a Twinkie in nearly 25 years but it’s the same reason I don’t throw away the first baseball I caught at a Red Sox game or my 6th grade journal. You just don’t want to say goodbye. Here’s hoping that another company will pick up the Twinkie and many of the other brands.
I actually thought about paying tribute to the Twinkie by creating a team. The name “twinks” came to mind but I don’t think many people would purchase a shirt with “twinks” on it. Don’t look the word up on Google, just trust me. We do have some other t-shirts that are edible. These are two of my favorites!  Here are the Dade City Kumquats. Each January, Dade City Florida hosts a Kumquat festival that draws thousands of Floridians.  


We also feature the Idaho Taters awesome t-shirt. We were shocked that of all the teams that have played in Idaho, no one called themselves the Taters. Potatoes bring in approximately 2.7 billion dollars a year into the state economy. Now that’s a lot of cash and a lot of Taters to bring in that kind of money!

Here in our home base of Houston, Texans fans are breathing a sigh of relief today as they escaped Detroit with a 34-31 overtime victory in a seesaw matchup that had hearts pounding on both sides of the ball. Detroit fans have every reason to be upset about a Texans touchdown being allowed even though Justin Forsett’s knee was clearly down on a running play. The whistle was never blown and Forsett continued to run 81 yards into the end zone. All touchdowns are automatically reviewed and the play surely would have been overturned but Lions coach Jim Schwartz immediately threw his challenge flag. NFL rules state throwing a challenge flag on a scoring play negates the review and is an automatic unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. After the game, Schwartz told the Associated Press that he knew the rule but was so mad that he overreacted. The NFL rules committee will clearly look at this rule in the off-season. An interesting tidbit is that Texans GM Rick Smith sits on that committee. The rule needs to be adjusted but Schwartz is to blame. You can be mad, you can be frustrated but you also can’t give the other team 7 points instead of a 7 yard gain.
Two of our Awesome Sports Logos are football teams and they are also two of our bestsellers. Here’s our top seller, the Cocksville Blockers.

Cocksville is our only made up city but the name was just too good to pass up. This rooster looks like he could throw a few blocks. I wouldn’t mess with him.
Our second awesome t-shirt is the Nashville Bootleggers. Parts of Tennessee became famous for “Bootlegging”. In fact, Al Capone was known to hideout and stopover in this area. This Bootlegger logo is leading the charge with a Heisman like pose except instead of carrying a football, he is carrying Tennessee Whiskey.

Finally, today marks the 68th day of the NHL lockout. I am a huge hockey fan and I truly miss the sport. The problem is I’m part of a dwindling fan base. The longer this continues, the smaller the crowds will become. Yes the original six cities of New York, Montreal, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Detroit will always draw great crowds but what about cities like Dallas, Phoenix, Anaheim and Columbus. I was a Stars season ticket holder during the last work stoppage. I saw a difference in attendance and they did nothing to win me back over. Sit in a room and don’t come out until you have a deal. Split revenue 50/50 and call it a day. Guys, no one even talks about you guys being locked out. You cancelled the one game a year, the Winter Classic on New Years Day that people actually watched. One of the great games who most agree is the best sport to watch in person is being ruined by greed on both sides, pure and simple.
On a lighter note, we end with a few hockey t-shirts that we offer at Awesome Sports Logos.
Don't mess with these three characters:
And last but not least, The Texas Roadkill. I guess you could mess with this Armadillo since Roadkill tends to be deceased as you pass it on the highway.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Tell me you’re not going to wait in line tomorrow for Black Friday. You could easily get a lot of your shopping done just by going to our site and purchasing our cool t-shirts that are receiving great reviews. Super soft and super entertaining with satisfaction guaranteed. I promise!!
As always, thanks for reading.
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic

Awesome Sports Logos T-Shirts & Thanksgiving go Hand in Hand

Some of our Awesome Sports Logos t-shirts and Thanksgiving go hand in hand!

Hey guys, Happy Thanksgiving from the team at Awesome Sports Logos. Tomorrow, I’ve picked out just the right outfit, a Cape Cod Scrod t-shirt to sit at the dinner table with my family, stuff my face and watch football all day long. I’m sure I’ll fit in a sweet nap as well waking up several times with potential new team names. I do that a lot. Instead of sugar plums dancing in my head, it’s cities with potential logos to match up. You don’t have to say it, I know, it’s a sickness.
I’m writing this latest blog from my in-laws abode in Dallas, TX. Here is our Dallas t-shirt, the Dallas Doughboys, a baseball team which celebrates the history of our military.

So how do our awesome t-shirts relate to Thanksgiving? Read on my friend and you’ll see why.

1.)    Potatoes are such a critical part of Thanksgiving. Whether they are smothered in gravy or chopped up with onions and herbs, there is always a spot on the plate for some Taters. Idaho is known for its potatoes and the climate is perfect Tater growing weather. Over 30 different kinds of potatoes are grown in Idaho. The Idaho Taters was the first sports logo that we created and is still one of our favorites.
2.)    The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most traveled holidays on our roadways. Akron is the Rubber Capital of the World and the headquarters of Goodyear. Thus this Thanksgiving holiday, the roadways will be filled with a lot of rubber from Akron so we present the Akron Rubbers.


3.)    Not only is there a lot of food consumed, many get in the Thanksgiving spirit by drinking spirits. One of our awesome t-shirts is the Nashville Bootleggers. Our guy on the logo is giving the Heisman but instead of carrying a football, he’s securing a whiskey barrel, a drink that Tennessee is known for dating all the way to back to pre-prohibition.


4.)    Throughout parts of this great country of ours, Thanksgiving gets a little chilly at night. One thing that never gets old to me is a sweet wood fire. The snapping sounds and awesome heat is the only part of cold weather that I enjoy. One of our favorite hockey teams that we created is the Portland Tree Huggers. Although you’re not going to cut down this tree without a fight. This is one scary piece of lumber!
5.)    You know how your Aunt shows up with that random casserole that no one wants to touch? When your Aunt is sketchy with the details of the various meats that are in this mysterious dish, I’m betting it’s some form of Roadkill. Armadillo anyone? We bring you the Texas Roadkill.


6.)    And last but not least, Thanksgiving is the time of year when we bond with our family. Sorry, I really tried to write that last sentence trying to remain serious. Listen, we all love our families but spending all day in one house stuffing our faces with alcohol flowing can create some tension. Therefore, we bring you the Middleton Fingers.
Have a great Thanksgiving everyone and remember that you can avoid Black Friday with a couple clicks of your mouse which will produce some of the coolest t-shirts around from Awesome Sports Logos. Hint, hint…
As always, thank you so much for reading, I truly appreciate it.
Gobble, Gobble!
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt wearer


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