5 NFL Logos That Need To Be Changed

This was much harder than the NBA, mostly because it feels like teams in the NFL never change their logos. They do, absolutely, otherwise there would be little point in me writing this, but it’s rarely drastic. The logo generally stays  with the same style as the previous logo, as you can see with the Falcons logo below:

falcons(image via sbnation.com)

And that happens to be one of the more drastic logo changes in recent memory. With that though, I have a special message to all the NFL teams:

BE MORE CREATIVE.

It’s not a crime to put some creativity in your logos. You think you are creative? Well then why is the Philadelphia Eagles logo the only one that faces left? Every other logo, except for the Cowboys (whose logo is symmetrical), points or faces in the rightward direction. It’s actually rather jarring when you look for it. There’s more to this lack of creativity. The 49ers, Giants, Bears, Packers, Bengals and Chiefs logos are comprised of two letters or less. That’s their logos. The Chiefs have their two letters in an arrowhead. Whoop de doo. The Bears and Packers have an excuse because they’re iconic. New York and San Francisco’s are barely acceptable even as secondary logos when you compare them to logos from other sports. So, seriously, come on. Do better. You’re better than this:

1. Cincinnati Bengals

Bungles(via sportslogos.net)

Where to start? Bengal tigers are supposed to be fierce. I get nothing like that from such a lackluster logo. There’s no creativity. “But it has tiger stripes!” Uh, the team is called the Bengals. If you didn’t have tiger stripes there would be riots. I have no love for this logo, especially since they downgraded from this:

Bengals (via sportslogos.net)

which they turned into their secondary logo. So they made what’s barely a secondary logo into their current primary logo and what was a fairly good primary logo into their secondary logo… *head explodes in frustration*.

Here’s what I would choose if I were them asap:

BengalsBetter

Except it’s facing the right. FU…

2. New York Giants

Giants(via sportslogos.net)

All hail the New York Giants? The only thing giant about this logo is how much of a colossal failure it is in conveying “Giants”. Hell, even the logo is in lowercase, as if they accept inferiority. And this is a team that won 4 Super Bowls. Let’s check out a fan made NY Knicks logo for a moment:

KnickstoGiants

Take out the basketball, change Knicks to Giants, maybe change the colors a bit, and BAM! a Giants logo that’s actually good, feels giant and conveys the spirit of New York (even though they’re in New Jersey. That actually explains a bit.)

3. New York Jets

Jets (via sportslogos.net)

How, HOW do you call yourself the Jets without managing to put a jet anywhere in your logo? It’s one of the biggest inventions when it comes to flight, so this logo in comparison is lackluster at best. This logo, to compare it to aviation technology, is less of a jet and more like a third propeller. Yes, it’ll hurt if it’s destroyed, but the aircraft will go on and it won’t be ruined. But, I mean, what else do we expect a team based in New Jersey to put as a logo? Here are two better logos done by fans:

So you clearly have options. You could easily have the best logo in football.

4. San Francisco 49ers

SF (via sportslogos.net)

This is how not to do a logo for a team whose name is based on the California Gold Rush. It’s absolutely lazy, like the Giants and Bengals. I get no sense of a gold rush, more of like a Snooze Festival (get it? Snooze Festival=SF?). Hey, San Francisco, let me drop a couple tidbits to make your logo unique and memorable in the NFL, perhaps an instant classic: there’s a lack of mountain logos in the NFL and there’s only one other team in the Big 4 Sports leagues that has mining (Denver Nuggets). When life give you lemons, San Francisco, make the best lemonade possible. Don’t just sit there selling the lemon rinds:

49ers better logo

5. Los Angeles Rams

Rams(via sportslogos.net)

I have nothing personally wrong with this logo. It’s fairly decent as far as NFL logos go, but with the move to Los Angeles, it’s time to let this one drop. There’s nothing about it that screams “Los Angeles!” to me, a person who was born post original stint in Los Angeles. To me, those colors and the Ram are akin to St. Louis. Just, whatever you guys choose to do, don’t go back to this:

badrams

ANOTHER OPEN NOTE TO THE NFL:

Why oh why did you stop getting creative with the Super Bowl logos? They were fun and made it more exciting. Now all you have is this drab silver. Here’s an example of a Super Bowl in New Orleans pre-change:

SB XXXV(via sportslogo.net)

And now here’s the one for New Orleans post-change:

SB XLVII(via sportslogos.net)

Which one makes you more excited? Which one’s flashier? Which one is more sexy? For me that would be the top Super Bowl logo. Bring that style back. Then bury the current style and pretend it never happened.

What about the Redskins? They need an everything style of change. I’ll probably address that when their owner finally caves and actually starts talking about changing it.

5 NFL Logos That Need To Be Changed

4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It

We have come upon my fourth most favorite time of year: logo changing season. This is that wonderful time of year when teams decide to reveal their long labored new logos, typeface and jerseys to the public, generally to serious critiques, and often to well deserved ridicule (I’m looking at you Cleveland Browns):

Browns

With that being said, there’s been a slew of redesigns across the sports world recently, and I wanted to point out a few that, in my eyes, need to be redesigned soon and one that (I hope) won’t be redesigned. I won’t be including logos created within the past decade because generally speaking a logo has a decade of shelf-life (sorry Raptors and Clippers fans). I also won’t include the Sacramento Kings or the Detroit Pistons because rumor has it they’ll both be changing their logos this May/June (for the Kings that’s less of a rumor these days):

KingsPatent

(via Chris Creamer at sportslogos.net) This is the trademark filing, so black and white won’t be Sacramento’s actual color scheme. I’m hoping for like a regal purple, regal red and gold scheme myself. So, without further adieu, here are the teams I hope change their logos soon:

  1. INDIANA PACERS
    Pacers (Indiana’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

Don’t get me wrong here: I love the color scheme, and I love the slanted P with a basketball inside. It’s just SO BASIC. In looking up the definition of “Pacer” I found a pacer is “a horse bred or trained to have a distinctive lateral gait in which both legs on the same side are lifted together, used in some types of racing.” THEY COULD DO SO MUCH WITH THAT. Don’t get rid of the P, just add a racehorse to the logo. Or a racecar. Or a person running.

2. HOUSTON ROCKETS

Rockets (Houston’s current logo, via sportslogos.net)

I love the rocket R. It’s almost become a classic. But i don’t feel like it’s primary logo worthy. Secondary logo? Most definitely. This logo is just slightly too plain as well. There are logos that are way too complicated and suffer from that (Sacramento Kings cough cough), but the reverse is also true. If it’s too simple it can be straight up boring. Add some flavor, like these fan made logos below:

I personally prefer the logo to the left, in case you were wondering.

3. PHOENIX SUNS

Suns(Current Suns logo via sportslogos.net)

Now I know what you’re thinking: Didn’t they change their logo within the past decade? Technically, yes,  although it was more of a recolor of the previous logo:

SunsOld(also from sportslogos.net)

Heck, what is essentially the same logo from the 90’s has lasted a quarter century now. The box logo with the shooting sun is virtually iconic. My idea with their logo would be to stand the box upright, and turn the shooting sun into maybe a more fiery sun. Make it a little more fierce.

4. ORLANDO MAGIC

Magic (Current Magic logo via sportslogos.net)

This logo is the king of blah. There’s no emotion. It’s extremely bland. The typeface “Orlando Magic” isn’t in any way shape or form magical. IT’S SO BORING. I actually broke my 10 year rule because this logo is just so eugh. It’s 7 years old. Close enough yes? Anyway, here’s a much better logo that someone wasn’t paid to do but did it anyway:

Magicbetter

Like holy crap I’d much rather be talking about this fan made logo than the garbage that is the actual logo.

(BONUS) OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Thunder (Current Thunder logo via sportslogos.net)

I figured since I cheated when discussing the Magic, I’ll talk about a logo that is surprisingly just about to reach a full decade of existence: this thing. It’s been fairly derided over the years (What are those two lines behind the shield? Why does the OKC come out of the shield? Why is the word THUNDER in that kind of font? etc, etc.) and it strikes me more like the opposite of “Thunder”. To me it’s a nice sunny day, at least that’s what the logo is trying to tell me. Here are, for your convenience, logos that convey a much more thundery appearance:

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I personally like the bottom one, because not only does it capture that thundery feel, it also feels very Oklahoma-y.

A SPECIAL NOTE TO THE UTAH JAZZ:

Jazz (Current Jazz logo via sportslogos.net)

Dear Utah Jazz: don’t change this logo, or if you do, bring back the purple and light blue scheme you had until 2010. I’m hearing rumors that you might go back to that musical note logo this year, and I’m begging you: please don’t. That logo lacked inspiration. It was absolutely bland, and you didn’t really get a feeling that it was the UTAH Jazz. With the light blue, dark blue and purple version of the logo above, it perfectly encompassed what Utah was for me: it was the mountains, rising high above the places I lived and the usually blue skies. You kind of killed it with green-yellow abomination, which really only worked for the Seattle Sonics, but it’s still a good logo. It just needs a fresh set of paint. If you MUST change it to something more classical I’d rather it be something like this:Jazzlogomeh (which honestly need to get rid of that lime green asap) than this:

olderjazzlogo (also from sportslogos.net)

But I’d still prefer this above all:

OldJazz (sportlogos.net)

 

 

 

4 NBA Logos That Need To Change, And A Logo That Will Be Changed Even Though I Love It