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September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day

Ahoy, Matey! September 19th is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. It’s a holiday to celebrate for no reason. Just kick back, keep an eye on your social media accounts, and watch people take advantage of this crazy day. Don’t hesitate to get into the action yourself! Find clever ways to plug in some pirate lingo into your everyday conversations. Arrr! Aye! Matey! Avast! Ahoy! Jolly Roger! Pillage! Plunder! These are all phrases that you can use to get involved in International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Here at Awesome Sports Logos, we will celebrate by presenting you some of the best pirate logos in sports!

But first, a joke you can use on this awesome day. “Did you hear about the newest Pirate movie? Just don’t bring the kids because it’s rated RRRRRRRRRRR!”   Guaranteed to get a chuckle, just like our shirts. Okay, Okay, on to the sports logos which is why you are reading this.


The Oakland Raiders have one of the fiercest pirate related logos in the NFL! This three-time Super Bowl winning team has pretty much carried the same look since their inception in 1960. Their look features a true scallywag, wearing an eye patch and a leather helmet from an earlier era in football. He sits in the center of a black shield, with crossed swords behind him. When you see the Oakland Raiders logo, you know this guy means business, and so do the fans. The Raider Nation is known for showing up to games early, dressed in awesome costumes, masks and face paint! Some of them can look even scarier than the meanest pirate you have ever seen.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers give the Oakland Raiders a run for their money in the pirate logo department. Their look is even more hardcore. The Bucs get right to the point, featuring a skull on a red flag. Again, we see crossed swords in this look, just under the skull, with a football at their intersection. The Tampa Bay version of the Jolly Roger flag is torn at the end, signifying their constant battles on the field. Their only Super Bowl win was in 2002, against the very same Oakland Raiders we mentioned above. Dubbed the “Pirate Bowl” by media and fans, this game was a clash of the scoundrels of the sea! And shiver me timbers! The Bucs managed to pull off a victory against the Raiders, forcing them to walk the plank!

Of course, when we talk about awesome logos, it never fails that Minor League Baseball teams end up in the mix.

The Bradenton Marauders have one of our favorite pirate logos! They are the Advanced-A minor league affiliate to none other than the Pittsburgh Pirates. Marauders training to be Pirates! Yo-ho-ho! What a sight. The Marauders logo is nothing to scoff at. It features exactly what you would imagine a pirate to look like. With an eye patch, thick scraggly beard and three-point captain’s hat, this pirate shows that he’s ready to pillage and plunder the opponents, all the way to a win!

At Awesome Sports Logos we haven’t made a Pirate logo yet but you never know what can happen. We do have a logo that looks similar to a Pirate but this logo didn’t steal. This logo played a big part in our American history! We present to you, 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 historic t-shirt as much as we do! Be sure to show off your International Talk Like A Pirate Day support, by picking up this super soft tee today! Even better, make it one of your choices by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club.

Thanks for reading!


Blake Cole

T-Shirt Wearer

Sports Logo Enthusiast


Sports Logo Review of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new logo debuting this season and I have to say job well done!
Sometimes new logos go too far out of their way to redefine the organization whereas the Glazer Family and the deciding group of folks determined that alterations to their iconic imagery was all that was necessary. 

The windswept red battle flag, foundation of the team’s iconic look, remains the centerpiece of their new chapter in design. I always enjoyed this look, especially over the Johnny Depp/Pirates of the Carribean-like orange dude they had back when they stunk. Needless to say, I’m happy they kept this. 
 (Original Orange Bucs Logo as referenced above) 

Crossed swords (no, not those crossing swords!) sweep beneath the skull still, which now has a more intimidating look than previously. A minor update, sure, but “it’s the little things,” right? Was I hating on the logo when it had the more neutral skull that looked like it could be either yelling or laughing? Not really, no, but I do think the changes improve things. 

The football beneath the skull and swords is now brighter with a golden refinement to the brown pigskin. Again, a little change that makes the look better, sharpening up image and helping it jump out at first glance. The flag itself has a more rich red color so making the corresponding changes to the football was very necessary. 

I often share my appreciation of “simple detail,” and the Bucs’ logo incorporates this principle. The tattered flag which represents the team’s resiliency as shared before by Edward Glazer. This is especially meaningful because of the Buccaneers’ struggles a few decades ago. 

The second element of this is with the flag “pole” which is actually a sword. It could easily be a curved pole and no one would say much, I don’t think, but the added effort reinforces that attacking vibe. 

I was a fan of the old logo and I remain a fan of the new logo, even more so than before with the appropriate changes, but, more importantly, the great similarities. 

While you may be off to an 0-3 start on the field, you look better with your new sports logo.

About 45 minutes north of Tampa is Dade City, home to one Awesome Sports Logos favorites the Dade City Kumquats. This baseball logo was created in celebration of the Kumquat festival held in Dade City each January. 
Plus who doesn’t love the word Kumquat. This logo is a perfect example of what Awesome Sports Logos does. They celebrate the area with a fun, not sterile sports logo that shows great creativity. Now that combination is awesome. Go get yourself a Dade City Kumquats awesome t-shirt by clicking here

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler 
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist


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