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The Sports Logo Spotlight Shines on the Tampa Bay Rays

There is not much to like about the Rays, cosmetically. Their ballpark stinks, they get no fan support despite having successful teams, and their jerseys are just okay. But if you don't think there's much now, I wonder what you'd think of the Rays back when they had the "Devil" inside of them. Seriously, I'm not quite sure...
 
 
 
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Let's investigate...

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays existed from the team’s inception in 1998 until 2007. The logo had a very 1980’s feel to it…almost, Miami Vice-like. I mean, I feel like I’m supposed to wear white pants with a teal polo while looking at it. 

With the Devil Ray swimming right to left and the wave of his path angling the lettering accordingly, the logo possesses a very dark, underwater motif. Combined with the black and dark blue is a minor spectrum of colors ranging from blue to yellow, with green shades blending in between, tying the two tones together. 

Whereas the Devil Ray look appears to be more of an underwater view of things, the new Rays look is what you get while drifting above the water with the sun shining down on you. 

When the new logo came about, the idea was to truly shed the “devil” element and even transition away from an animal, more towards the bright rays of the sun. Oceanography be damned with the new look…there is no sign of the animal at all. 
 
 

The new look is brighter and, one could say, “more fun.” Maybe I’m reaching, but when I see the extended bottom stem of the “R,” I see a water slide leading right into a pool with the sun splashing down. 

So, which one do I like better? While I enjoy the 1980’s color scheme, I much prefer the new look…the colors seem fresher. I’ve always been a fan of the dark blue and the light blue paired with one another, though others don’t share the same opinion. Add in the sun-splashed yellow as a great accent and the colors are rocking.

The Devil Ray is a much stronger mascot, in terms of tangibility and intimidation, but I think the presentation of the sun ray is done better than was the presentation of the Devil Ray. The animal version had no personality…it was just a blob, kind of. 

As far as the regional tie, both have loose connections, each by way of the water. It would be kind of funny if the newer incarnation had a rain-version that randomly appeared every half hour for about a minute at a time. But neither really stands out in this way. 

Ultimately, give me the new look by just a smidge, but I do miss the 1980’s coloring from time-to-time. 

Just outside Tampa, lies Dade City, the home of one of our Awesome Sports Logos super soft baseball t-shirts. The city of St. Joseph in Dade County Florida is known as the Kumquat Capital of the world. Each year 40,000 people descend on this area for the one-day Kumquat Festival. Who would have thought a kumquat would attract so many people? 

What is a kumquat besides a funny name? A kumquat is in the citrus family and looks like an orange, but it’s the size of an olive. We decided to take a cute looking fruit with a funny name and make it into an awesome baseball logo. A funny name with a funny logo equals a top of the line funny t-shirt in our book. We hope you like our Dade City t-shirt!
 
 

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Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

Sports Logo Spotlight on the Pittsburgh Pirates

 The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of baseball’s oldest organizations, establishing themselves in 1881. They joined the National League in 1887. They’ve won five World Series titles, with the first coming in 1909 and the most recent in 1979. Their franchise has had a lot of notable players that also grace the walls of Cooperstown. Names like Roberto Clemente, Honus Wagner, Willie Stargell, and World Series, hero, Bill Mazeroski. 

The Pirates logo is one of baseball's best. With an element of intimidation and a real-life feel, the image sets the foundation for success, on top of which is a unique regional tie and some creativeness that sets it a part. 

Let's start with the colors. The official colors are black, gold, and white. Pittsburgh has something that few cities have with their sports teams: color symmetry. The Steelers, the Penguins, and the Pirates all feature the black-gold-white mix. I think that's such a uniquely cool element, intentional or not. It would be cool if more cities adopted this, though that would be difficult with the established teams. When I consider others that come close, Seattle comes to mind. The Mariners and Seahawks have that blue-green mix, but that's more of a loosely-based connection. 

Here is their primary “P” logo. 

 

Photos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

Beyond the symmetry, the colors present an intimidating front, parallel to the vibe of a pirate. Add in the red that comes with a buccaneer and there is now an added element of guile. 
 
 


The simple detail is very much exhibited with this image. From the cut of the bandana to the style of his hair, not to mention his devilish snarl, the image has life. You can almost see the gold earring--which blends nicely with the gold lettering--flopping with the head's imagined movement. 

I love the substitution of bats in place of swords, crossing behind the image in the shape of a threatening "X." It is a simple decision, but sometimes simplicity is not executed properly, so hats off for that.

Overall, the logo is an outstanding mix of all that I want in a logo: good color scheme, regional significance, and simple detail. What more could you ask for? My grade for the Pirates Logo: A. 

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Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
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Sports Logo Spotlight on the Oakland Athletics

After originating as the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901, the franchise eventually migrated west to Northern California. In 1968, the Oakland Athletics came into existence. The franchise has won nine World Series titles, four of which have come since the West coast relocation. 

The franchise’s rich history includes names like Rollie Fingers, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, and Catfish Hunter, among others. Of course, the movie, Moneyball, also featured the Athletics and the leadership of their General Manager, Billy Beane.
 
 
Logos courtesy of sportslogos.net 

Let’s dive into the Athletics logo which I'm not a huge fan of for a few reasons. The color scheme, however, is not one of them. I've always been a fan of the green and gold and I think those two colors complement each other very well. The gold really pops next to the green. I really like the way they use green as the primary color with the gold lining. The other way around would look too bright, in my humble opinion. 

Placed in front of a white backdrop is also a feature that I think helps illuminate the wealth in the tones. Plus, white is such an important aspect of the Athletics' personality with their unique white-shoe look. 

What I don't like is how plain it is. Some plain logos work because they are iconic. Maybe it's a generational thing, but the Athletics logo does not fall into that category for me. 

One thing that doesn't help is the fact that the encircled part of their logo is an image of the letter, "A," the most commonly used and seen letter in the alphabet. That's just kind of boring if you ask me. 

So, what would I do? There's plenty of room to add something to the background within the circle. Maybe some skyline or some regional silhouettes...just something and not nothing! 

The other elements are kind of generic, too. Lettering inside of a circle with an image within the circle. Not novel or unique. The font inside the circle is about as plain Jane as can be, too. 

Overall, the colors really save this logo. Nothing else about the logo really jumps out to me in a positive manner. There are uglier logos, but this one is certainly not anything special.  If the logo had something more unique to it, maybe my thoughts would be different but no part of the logo identifies with the city or state or region or…anything!
 
 

My suggestion is switch their alternate logo to their primary logo. You don’t see many Elephant sports logos and this logo has great history with the organization dating back to 1902 when they were mockingly called the “white elephants”. You can read more about this story on the Oakland Athletics site. Now that’s a cool logo with some great history.

At Awesome Sports Logos, we also have a California baseball team and just like the Elephant, you rarely see an Octopus used in a sports logo. Off the coast of the Golden State on the Pacific Ocean floor is an eight-legged creature that is truly fascinating. Most common is the California Two-Spot Octopus. In case you’re ever asked to identify a Two-Spot, just point out... well, never mind, no one will ask you. 
 
 

We love this cool California t-shirt. This Octopus means business. Only two tentacles are occupied with a ball and a bat, and that means you better keep an eye on the other six! It’s the California Crazy Eights or the California Ocho Locos. We suggest you pick up both of these super soft t-shirts.

Thanks for reading

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos

Sports Logo Review of the Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies were born into the Major League Baseball world prior to the 1993 season. Twenty-two years in the books and the Rockies have made the playoffs three times, never having won the National League West division. The "Blake Street Bombers," did, however, undergo a magical 2007 run that took them all the way to the World Series, where they fell to the Boston Red Sox in four consecutive games. 

Really, their success, or lack thereof, isn't absolutely horrendous. After all, they did make a World Series. More than a handful of teams within that same time frame have not reached a World Series. However, when you compare them to the team that joined them in expansion, the then Florida (and now Miami) Marlins, it doesn't look so good. And it isn't because the Marlins have had dashing success on a consistent level, but they do have two World Series titles to their name.

Another thing the Marlins have endured that the Rockies have not is a logo evolution. Not only have the Rockies maintained the same color scheme, but they have maintained the same logo for more than two decades, too. It might be time for the Rockies to spice things up, though. 
 
 
 
Logo photos courtesy of sportslogos.net 
 
All of that aside, I don't mind their current logo. But you know how when you go up into the attic and see a widget that's been untouched for a year or two it just looks much older and more antiquated than it really is? That's the feel I get with this logo. 

The color scheme features purple with black, silver, and white. I like that combination, particularly because it isn't the most common collection of colors. I do, however, think the colors could be sharpened up to have a more 2010s feel to it. The colors just don't pop. The silver seems more like gray without a metallic feel to it. 

My biggest issue, though, is with the graphics that create the logo's foundation. It kind of seems like this logo was created by someone who was really, really good at WordArt. It has some simple detail, but when your nickname is a mountain range, I think you can spice up the mountain a bit more. 

The flying baseball adds a generic feel, too. Not that I don't like the stereotypical flying baseball in a logo, but that's a generic use of a generic addition to a logo. 

There are things I like about the logo, though. The choice of nickname is great. The Rocky Mountains are a big part of Colorado so it is a very appropriate fit. And with the enormity in size of the mountains, I like the arched banner that contains “Colorado” in the logo. For me, it seems like the sky that adds perspective to the mountains in the logo. 

Overall, though, this was a sweet logo in the 90s and not bad to begin the 2000’s, but now that we’ve graduated to the 2010s, it is time for the Rockies to update their swag. 
 
And in a moment that will make some of us feel old, before the baseball club, there was an NHL team called the Colorado Rockies. 
 

If you dig the Rockies baseball logo colors then you will probably dig our awesome t-shirt, the New Orleans Curse.
 
 

"The Big Easy" is not only known for Mardi Gras, but also for its voodoo experience and voodoo shops. From this, we bring you the New Orleans Curse. We love this logo seeing a voodoo doll going up for a slam, pins still intact. No witchcraft or spells with this funny New Orleans t-shirt, just a lot of compliments when you walk around with it on.

And as always, you can support the cause by getting the Curse and many other t-shirts at discount prices when you join our T-shirt of the Month Club

Thanks as always for reading. 

Jared Sandler
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Sports Logo Review of the Houston Astros

The Houston Astros entered into existence in 1965. Formerly of the National League, the Astros migrated to the Junior Circuit to begin the 2013 season. 

History has not been kind to the Astros, who have never won a World Series. As a matter of fact, they've had just one World Series appearance. It came in 2005 versus the White Sox during a magical playoff run led by outfielder, Carlos Beltran. However, the Astros, who have train tracks and a train inside Minute Maid Park, lost steam against the Pale Hose, getting swept out of town. 

When the Astros moved to the American League, they evened out both sides at 15 teams a piece. With the new scenery, the Astros showcased a new look and a change of color. 

And you know what? Not too shabby, Houston. Not too shabby...
 
 
 
Logo pictures courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
 
Their new look circa 2013 has a retro-future look to it. The coloring and the shaping combines a retro motif with a new-school movement. More importantly, it is a major upgrade over their most recently extinct logo, which was flat out boring. It was an unfinished star with "Astros" is cursive script underneath. The coloring was mediocre at best, but the more I frequently I looked at it, the more I became bored by it. 
 
 

Some movies are great when you see them for the first time. Then when it is on TV a few months later, you enjoy it once more, but you end up changing the channel prematurely or waiting for it to end. It doesn't draw you enough to re-watch. Then there are some movies you can watch over and over and over and over and over. I think the true test for a great comedy is becoming timeless. 

One test for a great logo is having that same timeless look if you will. The old logo just didn't have that.

The new Astros design? Yah, I can dig it. There's nothing too remarkably flashy about it.

I'm a big fan of a logo having some representation of the city, region, or state. Maintaining the star preserves the "Lone Star State" pride. 

I like the colors: navy blue, orange, and white. They mix well with one another. I've always been a fan of the orange and navy blue and wish more teams would give it a shot. Having blue as the primary color helps illuminate the orange without having to make it an obnoxious neon shade.

I think the "H" in the middle is okay. Nothing too sexy about it. The flat tops and bottoms to its limbs give it a sturdy, pillar feel to it and I like what that adds. 

As far as the "Houston" and "Astros" text, there's nothing too fancy about that, which, once again, isn't necessarily a bad thing. It is pretty standard. 

Overall, this is a solid logo. It isn't amazing. Some movies are just solid, but have that re-watch factor. This logo is solid that will stick around for a while.

At Awesome Sports Logos, we have our own Houston baseball t-shirt, the Houston Gushers.
 
 
Houston is big time oil country, and at one time was our world headquarters. H-Town is the fourth largest city in the United States, and the largest in Texas. It was in 1901 that oil gushed for the first time in Houston, and because of the port, the city has become a petrochemical leader, as well as the leading city for building oilfield equipment. Did we just use petrochemical in a sentence? The bottom line, we love this retro logo with a wood derrick that is also the letter “H” gushing with oil. We hope you love this cool Houston t-shirt as well!

And remember, you can get the Gushers and a whole bunch of other awesome t-shirts at a big time discount with free shipping by joining our T-shirt of the Month Club!

Thanks as always for reading,

Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Kansas City Royals Sports Logo Review

The Kansas City Royals entered the American League as an expansion franchise in 1969, the same year the Seattle Pilots were birthed into baseball. A local businessman, Ewing Kaufman, founded the team after, according to the team's documented history on its website, Stuart Symington, then acting as a United States Senator from Missouri, demanded a new franchise for the city after the Athletics moved to Oakland in 1968. 

The Royals have won one World Series title (1985), and have appeared in two other Fall Classics, most recently in 2014 losing to the Giants. 

I've long enjoyed the Royals' logo because of its simplistic nature. 
 
 

The "K" and "C" do not interlock, but they overlap with one another at the curl of the K's right leg and the spine of the "C." With more than a few known interlocked letters in baseball, this is a nice twist to create the franchise's own identity. 

Paired with the lettering is the "Royals" script beneath it. While the font is different than the "KC" lettering, which in some ways seems odd, I guess it is appropriate in its fanciness considering the stigma of the "Royal" nickname. Something royal should be fancy, right?

Speaking of royal, I like the shield-shaped geometry around the "KC" lettering, topped with a crown. It would certainly be my favorite element of the logo if it wasn’t such a lie. The problem is that the connotation of “royalty” disconnects from the true origins of the logo. Oddly enough, the origin of the nickname isn't named after royalty. It comes from the American Royal livestock show, horse show, rodeo, and barbeque competition held annually in Kansas City.

I'm torn on this because the royal feel is different from the origins of the nickname. It would be cool if they incorporated the annual show more in its logo. I'm not necessarily asking for the logo to be a brisket or a rib or anything, but something to do with a rodeo or something of that nature would be cool, too. 

I'm indifferent on the coloring. The gold makes sense and I think it goes well with blue, though the color of royalty is purple. Nothing about the coloring jumps out or pops. I do dig their home uniform with the bleached white and the blue lining. But, in reality, that isn’t truly unique or anything.

Overall, I like this logo just fine, but I certainly don't love it, and a big part is how the logo is presented versus the true origin of it. I'll give it a B-.
 
One baseball logo that is true to its origin is the  Dade City Kumquats. The city of St. Joseph in Dade County Florida is known as the Kumquat Capital of the world. Each year 40,000 people descend on this area for the one-day Kumquat Festival. Who would have thought a kumquat would attract so many people? 
 
 

What is a Kumquat besides a funny name? A Kumquat is in the citrus family and looks like an orange, but it’s the size of an olive. We decided to take a cute looking fruit with a funny name and make it into an awesome baseball logo. A funny name with a funny logo equals a top of the line funny t-shirt in our book. We hope you like our Dade City t-shirt!
 
Thanks as always for reading!
 
Jared Sandler
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 

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