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

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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:

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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:

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Except it’s facing the right. FU…

2. New York Giants

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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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:

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

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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

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: The NFL Playoffs Cometh

The post-Christmas season is perhaps the best time of the year for American Football fans. Even though it’s not even week 17 in the NFL, many eyes are beginning to turn towards the playoffs. It’s not hard to blame them either, with only the Steelers and Jets jockeying to be included in the top 12 teams. Everybody else is playing for positioning, so without further adieu, let me introduce you to the wild card playoff and potential wild card playoff teams:

AFC:

Pittsburgh Steelers: If there’s anybody listening to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” it’s this Steelers team. Right now on the outside looking in, they have to win against the Cleveland Browns (not a hard task) and hope the Buffalo Bills beat the New York Jets. Crazier things have happened, sure, but don’t get your hopes up Steelers fans. That being said, if they can make it, they’re a force to be reckoned with. I could easily imagine this Steelers team playing for a 7th Super Bowl in San Francisco. If they make the playoffs.

New York Jets: Win and they’re in. It’s just that simple. And it’s not like this is a bad team that got lucky. The Jets are sneaky good. The one potential matchup I don’t like for them is potentially at the Kansas City Chiefs. Otherwise I could easily see this team do well against every other team in the playoffs, including the Patriots.

Kansas City Chiefs: Where to begin with this team? Clearly they’re one of the best in the AFC right now. Winning potentially ten games in a row leading into the playoffs and looking more powerful each week is not something you see from bad or even average teams. This team is my personal pick to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year hands down. Anything is possible for sure, but if they somehow manage to gain a home field advantage in the Wild Card game their opponent better mutter prayers throughout the entire game. Because they’re gonna need all the miracles plus one to beat this Chiefs team.

Houston Texans: Even though this team could finish 8-8, NEVER underestimate a playoff team at home. The playoffs are entirely different animal, and home field advantage takes on an entirely new meaning in the playoffs. Just ask the 2010 New Orleans Saints and the 2014 Arizona Cardinals. Nevertheless, the Houston Texans should be hoping for a matchup between them and the Denver Broncos the most. I think the aforementioned Jets and Chiefs are just too good and the Broncos give the Texans the best shot to move on to most likely the Patriots.

Cincinnati Bengals: I’m so sorry Cincinnati fans. If the Broncos beat the Chargers next week then you’re just s.o.l. I have little faith in the Bengals because you’ve been good before but somehow lose everything you gained in the playoffs. Especially without Andy Dalton, my faith-o-meter is just above zero. I’m not saying you don’t have a chance, everybody has a chance in the playoffs (see the 2007 and 2011 New York Giants), but other teams would die to play you in the playoffs. Your best shot at moving on? The other team keeling over and dying of a heart attack.

Denver Broncos: Best case scenario? Beating the Chargers and getting a bye for the Wild Card. Worst Case Scenario? Losing to the Chargers, the Jets winning and having to travel to Arrowhead Stadium to play the Chiefs. Again, my faith-o-meter is barely above zero, and while it’s higher than the Bengals I don’t see this team beating the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

Patriots fans don’t worry. You’ve got the bye during Wild Card week.

NFC:

Seattle Seahawks: This team can do it. Maybe. They’ve definitely gotten better since the start of the season, but they’re not as good as they’ve been the past two seasons. They have at least an even matchup in the playoffs against either the Vikings or Packers. Their best shot would be against the Redskins, but that matchup is highly unlikely at this point. I don’t expect to see them make it past the second round.

Minnesota Vikings: For all their talk about not wanting to see Green Bay win the NFC North again, it might be in their best interests to lose this week and hope Seattle loses to Arizona. If Seattle does as they hope they would get a favorable matchup against the Redskins and potentially avoid a game against the Arizona Cardinals until the Conference Championship. Making it to the Super Bowl with the stacked teams waiting for them in the Divisional Round is a tall order, but they could do it. Especially if they play it tactically.

Washington Redskins: For all the hate they’re getting from me (they’re the team all the other NFC teams want to play in the Wild Card), they’re going to get more love than the Bengals and the Broncos. Why? Because I’ve seen this before, 8 years ago and 4 years ago by another NFC East team called the Giants. Nobody gave them any chance either of those years, and this Redskins team reminds me of both of those squads. Does that mean they’re going to make it out of Wild Card weekend? Hell no. Their best bet to get out alive and advance to play either the Cardinals or Panthers is through the Vikings in the Wild Card weekend. And that’s hardly a good bet.

Green Bay Packers: Again, this team should be looking to lose this weekend to play the Redskins. This time it’s easier: they lose, they play the Redskins, profit. As much as they’d probably love to play at Lambeau Field, their best bet goes through FedEx Field. The critics would absolutely hate this because they’d miss out on a potential ratings bonanza between the Seahawks and Packers. That being said if they continue to play the way they played against Arizona last week this Packers team isn’t making it past the Divisionals, even if they play Seattle or Minnesota in Lambeau.

Cardinals and Panthers have both clinched the bye week.

With all that said and done, this appears like it’s going to be an entertaining Wild Card weekend no matter who wins or loses. I have never been more excited for the playoffs (okay that’s a lie. When I was 7 and watching my Buccaneers steamroll their way to a Super Bowl XXXVII victory, THAT was exciting). They will no doubt entertain everyone. Except for Bengals fans. For them it’ll likely be painful. (P.S. I will seriously eat my words if they win. And if they do y’all can comment with whatever humiliating punishment I should face. Nothing too extreme like running around in a bra though.)

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: The NFL Playoffs Cometh

Pats vs Cats: Are the 2015 Carolina Panthers Better Than the 2007 Patriots?

It’s an age old question sports pundits and fans love to talk about: Who’s better? Michael Jordan or Lebron James? Peyton Manning or Tom Brady? The 1996 Chicago Bulls or the 2015 Golden State Warriors?

Those are all being put on the back-burner for a later time. Maybe if I decide to do a series on this or something. The who would win question I’m asking today is not something I’m seeing a lot of, mostly because it hasn’t happened yet or because people dismiss it as “obvious”. Who would win a hypothetical matchup: the undefeated (so far) 2015 Carolina Panthers or the undefeated New England Patriots?

Now, there’s obviously a ton of variables that come into play: what’s the weather like? Sleep is even a factor. So let me set up the conditions of this matchup: both teams are fully healthy, well rested, the game is in Glendale, Arizona (the location of Super Bowl XLII), and since it’s played in a dome you have fair weather conditions. No snow, no rain, no freezing temperatures. Just two unbeatens (presumably) ready to leave it on the field.

The answer is obviously the 2015 Carolina Panthers.

I’m pretty sure if you’re a Patriots fan or a fan of football in general you’re probably cussing me out and about to leave. Hear me out. This has nothing to do with “Oh those 2007 Patriots SUCKED”. They obviously didn’t suck, otherwise they wouldn’t have gone undefeated. The 2015 Panthers are just better. Let’s take a look:

The 2007 Pats were excellent. They had excellent wideouts, an excellent quarterback, and they won. They had a capable defense led by Vince Wilfork and Mike Vrabel, two players who I see going to the Hall of Fame. They also set records galore. Records that probably won’t be broken in my lifetime unless something drastically changes in the NFL. How the hell can you beat them?

No team except the Giants could in 2007, and that was barely with a couple miracles in the Super Bowl. The 2015 Carolina Panthers could easily have shredded everybody that stood in their way if they magically replaced the 2007 Panthers. Why am I so confident in their abilities? Well:

Their defense is absolutely astonishing. Fully healthy, I don’t think there’s any team other than perhaps the 2015 Arizona Cardinals that could stand up to them and really win. Yeah, they do get overconfident, but that’s their only flaw really. They can shut down pretty much anybody for three quarters of a game, especially one dimensional offenses. Josh Norman is one of the best corners in the league, their defensive line is stellar, and they have a linebacker in Luke Kuechly that can do pretty much anything, and he’s not even the leading tackler on that defense. The Patriots from 2007 were really one dimensional. Their running game was “meh” at best, and that hurt them when they played against good defenses such as the Giants. And while the Patriots aerial assault was record shattering, it would have had trouble against the Panthers defense. Brady might not get sacked too much behind that impressive o-line, but receivers would struggle mightily. That’s not to say he couldn’t get an amazing throw and catch in there. He is Tom Brady after all. But even the greatest generals can’t win every battle, especially if they’re hopelessly outgunned.

The outgunning occurs when the Panthers are on offense and the Patriots are on defense. While the Patriots had a good defense, it was ill-equipped to handle an offense from 2015. In 2007 the league had yet to experience the Wildcat formation, let alone a versatile quarterback who can run and pass, run options or run the Wildcat. It also wasn’t a league where tight ends did a ton of catching, so Greg Olsen would be also shock to this defense. Even though this Carolina team hasn’t set the gaudy records that the Patriots have, I find it hard to believe that this defense could slow down the brutal attack that can be the 2015 Panthers offense (just ask the 2015 Washington defense).

Comparing their strengths of schedule, I would argue that if you try and frame this argument from that point of view the Patriots are actually weaker. People seem to forget that the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets that year combined just 5 wins total, while in the case of Carolina, their worst divisional opponent has 5 wins (the New Orleans Saints). The Panthers also had to win in Seattle (a rare feat only done by the best teams these days) and against a red hot Packers team. These things are hard to do, and while the Panthers may have to defeat somebody with the caliber of the Cardinals like the Patriots did with the Colts to convince some people that these Panthers are legit, these Panthers are surely capable of it.

The simple point is that I would take the 2015 Panthers any day over the 2007 Patriots, with no offense intended to them, just as I’d take the 2007 Patriots over the 1972 Dolphins any day. The Panthers are just simply a better team, perhaps not in every facet of the game, but overall they’re more complete. Bill Belichick is arguably a better coach than Ron Rivera, and Tom Brady-Randy Moss is arguably the best quarterback-wide receiver duo in the history of the sport. It doesn’t mean that team is better though. Time warp them to the present, it’s hard for me to see them doing as well now as they did back in 2007. Time warp that team to the last drive of last year’s Super Bowl, they probably aren’t going home with the Lombardi trophy. That 2007 Patriots team was indeed the best team in football history for a while. Today, though, that simply is no longer the case.

Pats vs Cats: Are the 2015 Carolina Panthers Better Than the 2007 Patriots?