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.

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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:

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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

Predictions Round 2

Ughhhh…. these last two days… I can’t even… my bracket is in ruins. Two of my Final Four teams were eliminated (on the plus side I didn’t have Cincinnati or Dayton going to the Championship). Many of my picks were downright wrong, with the exception of me being within a single point(!) of being 100% accurate in the UConn-Colorado game. Well, without further adieu, here’s my predictions for Round 2. I’ll probably get most of them wrong again.

Well, let the hate continue:

Yale vs Duke

I have a feeling, just a feeling, that Yale’s got this. Even though I picked Duke to lose to UNCW and they survived, they barely survived. Yale too barely survived, but they barely survived against a higher seed than Duke did. This one will go to the wire, but again, just a feeling, Yale’s got this.

Yale 78, Duke 77

Indiana vs Kentucky

I underestimated the capabilities of both these teams. I’m still gonna stand with the team I picked to get to the Sweet Sixteen: Indiana. I feel that Indiana’s the better team all around, and that Kentucky, despite it’s strengths, has some very exploitable weaknesses. Again, this one will also be a tight game.

Indiana 81, Kentucky 77

Little Rock vs Iowa State

I didn’t think Little Rock, despite having the pieces to pull off the upset, had enough time to do so. Boy was I wrong, although I didn’t look wrong until the last five minutes of that game. I don’t think Iowa State is the kind of team Little Rock matches up well with though. I suppose we’ll see Saturday though.

Iowa State 83, Little Rock 71

Butler vs Virginia

This is a matchup prediction that I got correct! And nothing either team did Thursday convinced me to change my mind that Butler will win this game. Butler is, by just a bit, the better team. Virginia benefited by playing a team that shot just 30% in it’s field goals, and Butler has a far superior defense than Hampton.

Butler 73, Virginia 66

UConn vs Kansas

I have no idea why, but every bone in my body is screaming that UConn will upset Kansas in this game. I’m going to suppress those feelings because Kansas is obviously the better team here. If UConn can win this, UConn will be my favorite here on out, but I don’t think they will.

Kansas 88, UConn 73

Gonzaga vs Utah

Did I underestimate Gonzaga? Absolutely I did. Did I overestimate Utah? Absolutely not… well maybe. They are only one of two PAC-12 teams that left the first round and aren’t currently on the bus back home. I’m still feeling bullish on the Utes though. Maybe because Utah did better against BYU than Gonzaga has done against BYU.

Utah 76, Gonzaga 72

Providence vs UNC

Providence… I absolutely despise that you beat my upset pick at practically the last second. And I think that your inconsistency doesn’t match up well against North Carolina. If you play well, you can win. If you play like you did against USC, let’s just say you won’t be able to get a last second bucket this time.

UNC 81, Providence 73

Iowa vs Villanova

Iowa had been a giant killer all season, but they waned late in the season and barely escaped Temple. Villanova rocked a #15 seed, but remains inconsistent from game to game. I look for the better team to win and go to the Sweet Sixteen, which means I have to go with Villanova here.

Villanova 78, Iowa 75

Stephen F. Austin vs Notre Dame

I’m fairly embarrassed  by what I wrote about SF Austin last time. They’re far better than I expected to be able to beat West Virginia. Still, they have to play Notre Dame. And ya know what? If you can beat West Virginia at it’s own game, you’ll probably be able to beat Notre Dame too.

Stephen F Austin 76, Notre Dame 67

VCU vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma, with a few minutes remaining against Bakersfield, looked like they could join Michigan State in the category “Teams that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and the College Football Playoff”. Luckily for them they returned to their senses and pulled away. But that convinced me that VCU has a real shot at grinding this game out and grinding Oklahoma down. You made it farther than your football team Oklahoma, but you won’t get much farther like this.

VCU 68, Oklahoma 64

Middle Tennessee vs Syracuse

If you’d asked me what the least likely matchup would be in the second round, this probably would be in my top five least likely. But Middle Tennessee came to play and Syracuse was better than I expected. The way Middle Tennessee outplayed Michigan State though suggests to me that this team could do some serious damage and probably make it to the Sweet Sixteen and perhaps even farther.

MTSU 73, Syracuse 65

Hawaii vs Maryland

This is a hard game to judge for me really. Was Hawaii as good as they suggested against California, or was that because 2/5 Cal starters didn’t start? Is Maryland lucky to escape South Dakota State? Excluding luck though, I think Hawaii is somewhat favorable against Maryland. If they can rebound enough balls, Hawaii just might make it to the Sweet Sixteen.

Hawaii 67, Maryland 66

Northern Iowa vs Texas A&M

Northern Iowa is here by the grace of a half court three point shot. Twice to end their last two games. Texas A&M has done strong against teams similar to Northern Iowa. Lightning doesn’t strike the same place three times in a row, right? Right?

TAMU 76, Northern Iowa 74

Wisconsin vs Xavier

Wisconsin scored only 16 points in the first half against Pittsburgh. While they have a stout defense, Xavier hasn’t run into a defense they can’t score on. This could be over by halftime at worst, at best it’ll be over by the 10 minute mark in the second half.

Xavier 71, Wisconsin 53

St. Joe’s vs Oregon

After Oregon buzzed through Holy Cross like any self respecting #1 seed would have done, it’s hard to imagine St. Joe’s being able to go toe to toe with this team. Except St. Joe’s has a good defense and a scary mascot. I think I’ll give Oregon the advantage here.

Oregon 76, St. Joe’s 70

To end, here’s a picture of the St. Joe’s Hawk. Sweet dreams.

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Predictions Round 2

March Madness: 5 Teams That I’ll Be Cheering for in the Tournament

While 99% of the students at Alabama scuttle away for the week to their homes and/or beaches, I’m stuck in a now desolate Tuscaloosa. The bad news is that it’s going to be rather lonely. The good news is that I have more time to post my opinions about sports online.  And oh would you look at that March Madness is just around the corner. Perfect. Well without further adieu, here’s a look at the teams that I will be cheering for this month on the Men’s side of things (I’ll be looking at the Women’s teams I’ll be cheering for on the morrow). Please Note: These are not the teams I think will necessarily do well in the tournament. I’ll post my 3 brackets (one serious, one not so serious, and one “Fuck it” bracket) soon after the selections are made.

1. Weber State

If you can’t cheer for the university from the place you were born and the one both your parents at least spent some time at, I don’t know if we can be friends. Not only did both of my parents spend time there, I have a plethora of friends (maybe 3 or 4) who go to school there. Not to mention that it’s a team from a smaller conference (Big Sky), and expected to not do well. That’s my favorite kind of team, just imagine the potential Cinderella Story. Here’s an interesting (probably useless) statistic: Weber State is undefeated on neutral courts this season.

2. State University of New York at Buffalo

Who? For those of you unaware that is the full name of the University at Buffalo. This is another team where I have friends attending university at, so naturally I have to cheer them on. For those of you who don’t have that kind of personal investment, this is only the second time the Bulls have made it to the Big Dance, and this is their second year in a row doing so. This team also has a higher ceiling of potential than Weber State, with a good ability to pass the ball around and get guys open.

3. State University of New York at Stony Brook Stony Brook

Another school from the New York Public University System, they’re on my cheer radar for the sole reason that this is their first March Madness berth. That’s right: since they joined Division I Men’s Basketball in 1999 they haven’t been to the Tournament. You gotta give it up for head coach Steve Pikiell for getting this far, and it’d be even more beautiful for this program to go deep into the Big Dance like how Florida Gulf Coast did a few years ago.

4. Holy Cross

You really can’t talk about underdogs this year without talking about Holy Cross. It’d been 9 years since they last made the trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they were bounced in the first round. This season, they finished at a dismal 10-19 record, with a 5-13 Conference record. Then they made a miracle run through the Patriot League Tournament, winning the Patriot League Championship and securing an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. Gutsy to say the least. It’ll be interesting to see if teams continue to underestimate this squad or if Holy Cross will be drubbed out of the first round. I, for one, would love to see them “shock the world”. It is known as “March Madness” for a good reason.

5. Hampton

To be honest, this team wasn’t on my radar at all. I didn’t particularly care about them until I saw Edward Joyner Jr., Hampton’s coach, just absolutely celebrate this win. It was arguably the best coaching celebration since Georgia State’s Head Coach fell out of his chair last season. Like it got me really excited for his team. They haven’t done well against good teams all year, but wouldn’t be something if they got this coach a win in the tournament?

BONUS- CSU Bakersfield

Was not expecting to put them on here, whatsoever. Just as I’m about to post this I hear this game in the background, I turn to look, and the buzzer-beater 3 point shot goes in. Wow. Not a bad way to secure your first tournament bid there eh Bakersfield? And remember how I said their coach had an amazing celebration? Bakersfield’s assistant coach literally joined the dogpile on the player who made the shot. Unlike Stony Brook, it only took Bakersfield less than 10 years to make the Division I tournament. If you’re looking for a team that could make an upset bid, I think you’ve found your squad.

 

Like I said, I’ll be back tomorrow with the Women’s teams I’ll be cheering for, and then I’ll probably post my brackets either Monday or Tuesday at the latest. Until then, take care.

 

March Madness: 5 Teams That I’ll Be Cheering for in the Tournament

Dear NCAA, Bring Back The Death Penalty

Hello everybody, it’s been over a month. Where have I been? Well school takes precedence, and apparently practicing to beat my friends in FIFA on the Xbox does as well. And there’s no guarantee of consistent posts over the next few months because of this, just so you’re aware.

The main point though is that the actions, or rather inactions of Baylor and Tennessee and perhaps other collegiate football teams that I’m unaware of, are absolutely disgusting. Allegations at both universities that both the staffs and universities ignored or disregarded several rape victims is absolutely horrifying. I feel that it is a gross abuse of the law; shielding people from rape allegations simply because they’re football players. To say that this was mishandled would be the understatement of the century. These schools and football programs actively swept these allegations under the rug, refusing to assist the victims in this horrible idea that football is somehow above the law.

Something has to be done, and it can’t just stop at firing both Butch Jones (Head Coach at Tennessee) and Art Briles (Head Coach at Baylor) as well as banning them for life from NCAA football. Drastic measures need to be taken to ensure that no school puts it’s sports team, whether it be football, basketball or baseball above the health and safety of the students within their university systems. So, why not bring back the Death Penalty? Set examples of Tennessee and Baylor to make sure that every school is very aware of the consequences of such misconduct.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Death Penalty, it is a rule in the NCAA that, basically, kills an entire program for a year. That program cannot play their next season, and all players attending the program are allowed to transfer to other universities without penalties from the NCAA. It has only ever been used on SMU football for repeated NCAA violations, culminating in SMU missing the 1987 football season and subsequently choosing to skip all home games of the 1988 season. The Death Penalty was uber-succesful. I mean, pre-1987 SMU was one of the powerhouse colleges. Today, it is a shell of it’s former self still, and instead of competing for championships they struggle to receive Bowl bids. Because of how successful the Death Penalty was, the NCAA has never used it since.

It’s bad enough that one university swept rape under the rug, but two universities covering up rape for their football programs is indicative of a larger, more systematic problem. The Death Penalty would certainly scare universities into doing things to actively help rape victims on their campus’s, and would be a step in the right direction to help end rape on campus’s in general. And while I, as a student of The University of Alabama, would miss seeing the Tide play Tennessee in any meaningful games in October, this is something that needs to be done right now. Because college comes first, and the students on the campus come first, not the football team. So, to the NCAA, I implore you to seriously consider wielding the Death Penalty on Baylor and Tennessee. To not do so would signal to not only the families of the victims, but to all universities as well, that you don’t care about it. And I am very concerned about what will happen if universities start thinking they can cover up rape to save their football programs.

Dear NCAA, Bring Back The Death Penalty