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Cleveland's Hyped Logo Change Backfires Big Time

I don’t want to pile on the Cleveland Browns. I really want this organization to thrive. Cleveland is an awesome sports town and they deserve a winner. Browns fans are some of the most loyal in the NFL and the Dawg Pound is one of the awesome fan attractions in sports. 
The Browns have gone through some rough times. So many QB’s have gone through Cleveland. Two stick out. In 2007, Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn “fell” into the Browns lap at 22. That only lasted two years. Déjà vu occurred almost seven years later to the day as  “Johnny Football”, Johnny Manziel dropped down to that same spot. While Manziel could be labeled as incomplete, entering rehab after a rough season doesn’t make many optimistic.
Even their sports logo has been beaten up. "What do you call a person with a hot body but a not so great face?" A Cleveland Brown..Great uniform, bad helmet." 
There are some quality players in Cleveland including an unheralded defense led by Donte Whitner and Joe Haden. The good news continued when the Browns announced that they were unveiling their new logo. I got excited. Teams like the Bengals, Bills and Patriots have changed their logo as part of their overall image makeover and the success has quickly followed on the field. I know that one doesn’t have to do with the other but to have a historic professional team make a change like this peaks the fascination.
So many thoughts ran through my mind. Is it going to be a letter logo similar to the old Bengals? Will we see some kind of initial logo similar to the Cavaliers? 

Will they incorporate the history of the dog pound and put a ferocious junk yard coming at you similar to the Batavia Muckdogs.
The big announcement came, I clicked and the big buildup was slight tweaks which included a facemask color change from grey to brown and an overall slight change in the orange color.
 Old Browns                                                        New Browns
So many teams make subtle changes like this on a yearly basis. This is an adjustment, not a logo change. You built this up like it was something special and I was big time let down. I’m trying Cleveland, I honestly am and I’ll still root for you but similar to those two draft picks and the coaching carousel, you certainly make it tough. 
Speaking of ferocious dogs, we have one that leaps out at you. Not of the junk yard variety, of the Chiweenie breed. What I love about this awesome t-shirt is we made a small docile creature into a beast to be reckoned with.
Now that’s awesome!!
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Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Fanatic
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Can LeBron Really Help Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel’s services as a brand and an athlete are now for sale.  To the surprise of no one, Sir Football announced his eligibility for the 2014 draft last week.  Much sexier news came when it was revealed that Manziel would be represented by LeBron James’ marketing company headed by Maverick Carter. 
Side Note: How about the news that the two coolest names in athlete entourages will be under the same roof, in Carter and Uncle Nate?
It’s no wonder that James and Manziel would be friends, or even partners.  Athletes support each other heavily and loudly these days, most of the time without seeing each other in person (thanks again Twitter).  LeBron says he’s willing to give Johnny advice, and is “happy to help” the firecracker.  
But how much help can King James really provide for young Johnny? Sure, LeBron’s been under a microscope from a young age, overcome some poor “decisions”, and of course, met and exceeded expectations as the class of his sport.  At first glance, these reference points seem to beget the opportunity for an effective LeBron/Manziel stewardship.  But I see these athletes at very opposite ends of the “golden boy” spectrum.  If the following concerns have any bearing on Manziel’s development under LeBron, it may not be smooth sailing for the new couple.  
All professional athletes are a product of their upbringing.    LeBron and Manziel have reached the professional world by way of incredibly different paths.  While both were faced with the temptations of fame at an early age, Lebron beat the distractions.  It’s as if, molded by a tough childhood, Lebron was acutely aware of what he had to gain and lose. Johnny’s privileged background and limited restraint make for a much uglier baby than Pre-Draft LeBron James.  When the two get together to rehash their rise to fame, they will have no common ground.  It’ll be hard to get to the “Let give you some advice son” part of the conversation if they can’t get past “Where are you from?” 
LeBron and Manziel have both dealt with infamy, but on completely different levels.  LeBron’s brush with villainy was misguided and insensitive.  Johnny’s transgressions with the NCAA, twitter, and America’s moral compass are both of those things…plus… pompous, ignorant, spoiled, and possibly illegal.  LeBron James has never been photographed in a compromising position (unless you count not covering his receding hairline).  Johnny Manziel is the poster-child for compromising photos.  All it took James to overcome his mistake was winning.  He didn’t have to become a better person; he was already a good guy.  He didn’t even have to apologize; because what he did wasn’t heinous.  Lebron hasn’t the first clue how to teach Manziel to grow up.
There’s a clear hole in my argument.  LeBron can help Manziel by leading by example.  LeBron can keep being himself, hoping that Johnny takes notice and takes action.  LeBron said himself that he would give Manziel his advice, “if he’s willing to listen.”   I didn’t hear the tone in James’ voice, but that’s a glaring distinction.  Johnny Football doesn’t have a track record of listening to anyone (except for Drake, he listens to his music).   This kid is so talented, I’m not sure he’s ever had to listen to a coach.  LeBron is hoping for an apt pupil, but Johnny doesn’t fit the bill.  
Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for Johnny  Football.  I hope he’s everything on the field that so many college freaks were supposed to be.  Manziel may take the NFL by storm, but it won’t be because LeBron James taught him how to be a man.  
Thanks as always for reading. If you dig our blogs then you can support us by proudly wearing an Awesome Sports Logos t-shirt. Speaking of King James, he hails from Akron, Ohio home of our funny t-shirt, the Akron Rubbers. We included pics to put a smile on your face. A man is nothing without his Rubbers, Akron Rubbers that is!

Thanks again for reading, 
Jake Springer
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