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Evolution of NBA Team Logos
posted by swift (133 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
And the Bulls logo hasn't been altered once. Hm.
posted by eoden at 11:55 AM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


"Bulls, mofo. You know us. Horns, check. Red and black, check. Any questions? Didn't think so."
posted by Etrigan at 11:56 AM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder how many meetings it took before they decided to pull the trigger on that radical Bobcats overhaul.
posted by The Card Cheat at 11:57 AM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Not a roundball fan but holy shit, Denver Nuggets 1981-1993, that...is a logo.
posted by everichon at 11:57 AM on August 16, 2011 [25 favorites]


You can practically smell the invoice from that Charlotte Bobcat redesign. (Likewise Lakers)
posted by hal9k at 11:58 AM on August 16, 2011


Present day sports logos makes me really hate Illustrator.

The original Milwaukee Bucks logo is awesome.
posted by NoMich at 11:58 AM on August 16, 2011 [18 favorites]


Yeah that Bucks one made me feel old.
posted by everichon at 11:59 AM on August 16, 2011


The old Bucks logo is adorable.
posted by hellojed at 11:59 AM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


"Bulls, mofo. You know us. Horns, check. Red and black, check. Any questions? Didn't think so."

Oh, and those 6 titles.
posted by Ironmouth at 11:59 AM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


This later Miami Heat logo really conveys that "steamer down the bowl" look and feel.
posted by hal9k at 12:01 PM on August 16, 2011 [7 favorites]


I am seriously amazed that the Bulls' logo has never changed. Chicago's such a huge design hub, I would have thought they would have experimented a few times.

It's also kind of funny to see how many teams went through that slick-corporate-logo phase, where all the logos looked like they came from the same designer. And, come to think of it, I think most of the did come from some sports-logo-design specialty shop.
posted by Thorzdad at 12:01 PM on August 16, 2011


Is that a pooping leprechaun? Tell me that wasn't a pooping leprechaun.
posted by Curious Artificer at 12:02 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Too bad this list doesn't include the awesome "The City" logo for the Warriors from when they were in San Francisco (complete with cable car on the back of the jersey).
posted by zsazsa at 12:02 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Wait a sec. They deny the Washington DC team was ever called the Bullets ?

Or, since the name changed (but not the city) the old logos aren't included ?
posted by k5.user at 12:03 PM on August 16, 2011


Do not mess with classic greatness.
posted by joe lisboa at 12:06 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Wow, the '80s.

I'm really surprised that the Bulls logo was conceived in 1966. Not surprised that it hasn't been altered - they hit the proverbial bullseye with that design.

It'd be neat to see all the logos arranged in a timeline by year instead of static columns.
posted by porpoise at 12:07 PM on August 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


Now look at the bottom of the page and ask yourself: "Self, when did AirTran morph into PepsiCo?"
posted by hal9k at 12:07 PM on August 16, 2011


Theodore Drake designed the Bulls logo and the Notre Dame leprechaun. He was paid $50 for each. Talk about stiffed.
posted by theodolite at 12:15 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


joe lisboa: yes.

Also, this has 1975-era local PBS affiliate written all over it.
posted by nushustu at 12:15 PM on August 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


The original Timberwolves "smiling husky" was so, so great; and the current "snarling pig-like thing" is so, so bad.
posted by COBRA! at 12:15 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Love it. Looking through these immediately takes me back to 12 years old watching basketball continuously and collecting basketball cards.
posted by shinynewnick at 12:17 PM on August 16, 2011


I hadn't realized so many years had gone by since I'd paid attention to basketball. It's kind of awesome that I can pinpoint 2002 as the year I stopped collecting cards and watching it.
posted by Zophi at 12:18 PM on August 16, 2011


Not a roundball fan but holy shit, Denver Nuggets 1981-1993, that...is a logo.
posted by everichon


...for an early Activision game.
posted by COBRA! at 12:18 PM on August 16, 2011 [24 favorites]


I'm diggin' the Philly Throwback flavor.
posted by FelliniBlank at 12:19 PM on August 16, 2011


Why did the Pistons have a horse on their logo in the 90s and later? Is that supposed to show horsepower? Really?
posted by nushustu at 12:20 PM on August 16, 2011


The Knicks should bring back the 1946 Knickerbocker. All of their subsequent logos are just so many rounds of Extruded Basketball Product.
posted by Iridic at 12:21 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


The 1981-1993 Denver Nuggets logo... words fail me. One year, OK, I understand. They were all smoking angel dust and that one just slipped by. But to use that logo for 12 years?!? It looks like Walt Disney ate a box of Legos and then puked on an embroidery hoop.

Also: the 1979-1996 Utah Jazz logo was just fine and I wish they'd go back to using it.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:22 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


The Knicks need to go back to the original logo. Like some boulevardier just tossed down his walking stick to play some hoops. Thats just how we do in New York. One minute you are rolling in your Maybach the next minute you are playing a pickup game in your $1000 gators.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:22 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


1. I always wondered what a "Knick" was.
2. I guess I never looked closely enough at the Wizards logo to realize it's an actual Wizard. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
3. What's wrong with the Denver Nuggets guy's arms?
4. The 1981 Nuggets logo predates Tetris by three years!
5. I'm surprised by how few of these I like. My favourite of the current logos might be Golden State's.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:22 PM on August 16, 2011


Why did the Pistons have a horse on their logo in the 90s and later? Is that supposed to show horsepower? Really?

Yup. Sad, so sad. Glad they ditched him in the logo, but he is still a presence (dude in a horse costume) on the sidelines. They gave him a terribly saccharine name, too, which eludes me at the moment. Hopper?
posted by joe lisboa at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2011


Chicago's such a huge design hub, I would have thought they would have experimented a few times.

Most of the main Chicago team logos have been relatively static. The Bears C logo is from 1962, it changes with the orange infill in 1974 and has stayed since. The face-of-the-bear was redrawn in 1999 without the outline, but is otherwise identical to the 1963 logo.

The Cubbies, being a franchise over 100 years old, obviously had a lot of change -- but the first sign of the Cubs C is from 1908. Then, they went to what is clearly the genesis of the Chicago Bears logo in 1916. Then, well, OMG. Then we get the crossover logo -- clearly, the rest of the Cubs C is in place, but we still got a bit of da bears here. Then, finally, we text the text from the 1919 logo and stick it in the 1908 C to get the first version of the Cubbie C. Then someone decides to make the text red and, well, I'm not sure what they were thinking with the outline. In 1957 (finally), that's fixed, and we're almost there, when a real designer fixes the font weight, and says if you're going to have a blue circle, have one. So, the final design is from 1979, but that's a tweak of the 1957 logo.

The Blackhawks settled on thier logo in 1964/65, but the basic design was right there from the start.

The Sox? I'd rather not talk about what they went through to get to this. Lord, it's not the best logo, but given what they've gone through....
posted by eriko at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2011 [20 favorites]


Hooper. Shoot me now.

Better yet, shoot the horse.
posted by joe lisboa at 12:23 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


id Software Presents: The Houston Rockets.
posted by griphus at 12:24 PM on August 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


The original Dallas Mavericks logo features founding owner Don Carter's cowboy hat. The logo under the current owner appears to reflect that guy's haircut.
posted by swift at 12:25 PM on August 16, 2011


1. I always wondered what a "Knick" was.

A Knick is a Knickerbocker, an archaic term for a New Yorker that never really caught on to begin with. See also the Knickerbocker Club.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:26 PM on August 16, 2011


That '78-'90 New Jersey Nets... That's not a basketball team, that's a commuter train.

I'd expect it to stand for Newark-East Transportation System or something. Good Lord.
posted by Capt. Renault at 12:27 PM on August 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


No SuperSonics, no Bullets, no Minneapolis Lakers? Syracuse Nationals?

History isn't big in the NBA these days.
posted by N-stoff at 12:27 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


I love sports uniform/logo threads.

Please enjoy this bad hockey logos page, which includes The Toronto Planets, which is probably the single worst logo I've ever seen.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:28 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


I never realized until just now that the Hawks logo from 1972-1995 was a hawk's head. It's shaped like a weird Pac-Man eating a power pill!
posted by xbonesgt at 12:28 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Man, I've never even heard of half of these teams? Where are the Hornets? Did they somehow turn into Bobcats? That is no spell I ever heard of, polymorph bees to cats. Get on that, D&D/M:TG people.
posted by Eideteker at 12:29 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Oops: Toronto Planets.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:29 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


I guess I never looked closely enough at the Wizards logo to realize it's an actual Wizard.

As a kid, I though for years that the Hawks 1972-1995 logo was some weird kind of Pac Man thing. Mind was fully blown when the lightbulb went off on that one.

The Celtics are really using this alternate logo more than Lucky these days. I really like it.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:30 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


There's a surprising return to sanity with Detroit, Golden State, Memphis, and Philadelphia. Even Minnesota's calmed down. What happened? Did x-treme sports peel away that demographic?
posted by hydrophonic at 12:30 PM on August 16, 2011


Denver Nuggets: Fuck yes.
posted by Think_Long at 12:31 PM on August 16, 2011


I like to think that the 1968 Buck and the 1976 Nugget would be good buddies.
posted by gordie at 12:32 PM on August 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


Ha! Wocka wocka wocka, xbonesgt.
posted by Rock Steady at 12:33 PM on August 16, 2011


Get on that, D&D/M:TG people.

Done and done. Although it would only make one of the bees into a cat. Also, if the bee is willing you can just use the regular Polymorph spell.

(In M:TG the same thing applies to the Polymorph card. However, you can turn a group of bees into a single bobcat if the group of bees is a single creature.)
posted by griphus at 12:34 PM on August 16, 2011


That little dude from the 71/72 Houston Rockets logo now works for Little Caesars.
posted by Kabanos at 12:37 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


Both old Denver Nuggets were better than the current one. It looks like a macro-brew beer label.

Was the original LA Lakers logo really purple on pea green? Hard to read.
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 12:38 PM on August 16, 2011


I will note without further comment that the Spurs chose that second logo the same year Miami Vice went off the air.
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:39 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


The Washington Wizards are a terrible basketball organization in every respect, all the way through logo design.
posted by askmehow at 12:44 PM on August 16, 2011


"They look like my daughter got a hold of some crayons." - Charles Barkley
posted by The Card Cheat at 12:47 PM on August 16, 2011


4. The 1981 Nuggets logo predates Tetris by three years!

That's because it isn't reminiscent of Tetris, it is reminiscent of Breakout.
posted by Justinian at 12:54 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wait a sec. They deny the Washington DC team was ever called the Bullets ?
....
The Washington Wizards are a terrible basketball organization in every respect, all the way through logo design.

The Bullets "helping hands" logo was so much better than the current Wizards one in that 1970s "yay Uncle Sam!" ABA style; Not that the Wizard is awful, but just bland and unmemorable- and virtually no one notices that his beard turns his shirt into a "W", which is the only neat part of the design. I think they realized this just this past year, which is why they returned to the red, white, and blue color scheme of the old Bullets (which looks terrible with the Wizards logo) and introduced an "alternate" logo as an homage.

in almost every case ABA logo > NBA logo.
posted by Challahtronix at 1:05 PM on August 16, 2011


Is it true that only two teams from 1946 are still operating in their original towns under their original names? Celtics and Knicks?
posted by dirtdirt at 1:08 PM on August 16, 2011


Here's how I imagine the Clippers change went:

After eight years of research and focus groups, fourteen million dollars and after firing three different design groups, the lights were dimmed in the board room. Fifteen men in expensive suits sat around the conference table, while three graphic designers stood next to the overhead screen, sweating through their shirts. One turns on the Powerpoint, and they announce:

"We have turned the basketball around, and fixed the wonky lines at the bottom that didn't connect to anything."

Cheers of "HUZZAH!" erupt from the board of directors, and cigars are passed out.
posted by AzraelBrown at 1:10 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


The Card Cheat, if you love logo threads, are you familiar with the late lamented Macon Whoopee?
posted by pointystick at 1:11 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Is it true that only two teams from 1946 are still operating in their original towns under their original names? Celtics and Knicks?

Yup. There are only 6 original BAA teams left, and most of them have moved around.
posted by Rock Steady at 1:12 PM on August 16, 2011


Please enjoy this bad hockey logos page, which includes The Toronto Planets, which is probably the single worst logo I've ever seen.

A lot of those are Roller Hockey International logos. It's not hard finding bad logos for an early 90s league trying hard to get noticed. Buffalo Wings, anyone?
posted by Gary at 1:14 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I don't think I could properly explain why, but I find that original 77/78 New Jersey Nets logo charming. It looks like something you might see painted on a pizzeria window.
posted by davebush at 1:14 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


Wait, wtf? OKCupid has a team?
posted by Eideteker at 1:15 PM on August 16, 2011


Best logo from a fictional league, the Zephyr Sea Bay Narwhalers.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:17 PM on August 16, 2011


Wait a sec. They deny the Washington DC team was ever called the Bullets ?

Or, since the name changed (but not the city) the old logos aren't included ?


The second one. A whole bunch of those teams started elsewhere, and none of their old logos are there, which is lame. They don't even have a Hornets logo that is hornet-coloured! Come on!
posted by Sys Rq at 1:18 PM on August 16, 2011


I don't know why the infographic insisted on pointing out every minor change in color pallette. Everybody KNOWS the Lakers logo hasn't changed since 1976 (and the L.A. Clippers logo basically copies the Lakers - that recent change was just to make it look slightly less ripped-off). It certainly would've been better if it didn't only include logos for the current home city/team name. Not everybody remembers the Lakers started out in Minneapolis (and the logo almost made it look like a team name was the Mpls).
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:21 PM on August 16, 2011


I love that the basketball team in LA (the one that relocated from Minnesota) is still called the Lakers. It fits with the LA (Trolley) Dodgers, and if and when LA gets another NFL team, it would be fitting if the Texans moved there and didn't change their name.
posted by Danf at 1:21 PM on August 16, 2011 [7 favorites]


Buffalo Wings, anyone?

Man, the Toronto Raptors logo really needs some Land of the Lost-style rock typography.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:24 PM on August 16, 2011


I wonder why Utah didn't change the name when the Jazz moved up from New Orleans. There's something perplexing about the Utah Jazz...
posted by ChuraChura at 1:28 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Next to the retina-grabbing style of the 1981-1993 Denver Nuggets logo, it's easy to miss the coke-addled Miner Forty-Niner with disco tube socks featured in their prior logo.
posted by exogenous at 1:29 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Denver Nuggets 1981-1993, that...is a logo.

No, that is a game of Breakout.
posted by eoden at 1:31 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


If minor league hockey logos are on the table, then the Lubbock Cotton Kings need to be in the discussion. I never thought a cotton ball could menace until I saw that logo.
posted by Copronymus at 1:31 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


(goddammit)
posted by eoden at 1:34 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I have a shitload of Skybox cards with that Denver logo. LOVE.
posted by peep at 1:34 PM on August 16, 2011


I wonder why Utah didn't change the name when the Jazz moved up from New Orleans. There's something perplexing about the Utah Jazz...

"...where they don't allow music."
posted by eoden at 1:36 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Since we are delcing into the minor leagues. I nominate the Batavia Muckdogs for some sort of award for the most insane name and logo, a rabid dog wallowing in muck. And the Brooklyn Cyclones for the best minor league logo.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:39 PM on August 16, 2011


Danf, every team to relocate in L.A. or vicinity has kept its old name, and actually, the L.A.kers seemed more appropriate than most. But considering our history with new teams with original names: The Angels, perfect for L.A.until they decided they didn't want to play in Dodger Stadium, moved to Orange County and had a perpetual identity crisis ever since; The Kings, because local sports mogul Jack Kent Cooke had delusions of royalty; The (Mighty) Ducks, literally a Disney movie spin-off. Then there were the L.A. Chargers, who after one year decided they were too cool for L.A. and moved to ... San Diego?

And eoden, Utah does allow some music, but the Osmonds sure ain't Jazzy.
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:39 PM on August 16, 2011


oneswellfoop, 'twas a movie quote.
posted by eoden at 1:40 PM on August 16, 2011


Too bad the New Orleans football team didn't move to Utah... they could've been the Latter Day Saints.

(eoden, I know, I was pulling your leg... doesn't one seem longer than the other?)
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:42 PM on August 16, 2011


That '78-'90 New Jersey Nets... That's not a basketball team, that's a commuter train.

I'd expect it to stand for Newark-East Transportation System or something. Good Lord.


Came in here to say pretty much exactly this. Just looking at the thing, you can almost smell the stale coffee and hear the tinny PA announcements: "New Jersey NETS express train to Montclair now boarding at Platform 3 . . . all passengers on the NETS train for Montclair, proceed to Platform 3 . . ." I see a tromping line of guys in bad plaid '70s suits, a Herb Tarlek marching army boarding a train under that logo.

Unrelated query: Which is the more anachronistic nickname - Utah Jazz or Memphis Grizzlies? I mean, there might actually be a single Jazz club in Salt Lake or something, but there's no way no how you're gonna find a grizzly bear in Memphis.
posted by gompa at 1:42 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


(eoden, I know, I was pulling your leg... doesn't one seem longer than the other?)

That explains the limp.
posted by eoden at 1:43 PM on August 16, 2011


there might actually be a single Jazz club in Salt Lake or something

Underground jazz is always the best. Although when the cops show up, it's rough. "OPEN THE DOOR! WE KNOW YOU'RE BEING INTERESTING IN THERE!"
posted by eoden at 1:44 PM on August 16, 2011


Best logo from a fictional league, the Zephyr Sea Bay Narwhalers.

Reminds me of this non-fictional one.

(Google: Did you mean: thrashers. Nope.)
posted by smackfu at 1:46 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


OMG I just noticed that the old Rockets logo had a face! I have to start paying closer attention to this stuff.
posted by The Card Cheat at 1:46 PM on August 16, 2011


Your Lansing Lugnuts.
posted by pianomover at 1:46 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


The main image of the new Warriors logo is nice (and I guess that's supposed to be the new, in-production Bay Bridge? Neat.), but goddamn it if that ain't Copperplate Gothic. TERRIBLE. Just looking at it makes me all stabby. GR.
posted by wemayfreeze at 1:59 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


1981-1993 Denver Nuggets Double Rainbow All The Way
posted by February28 at 2:02 PM on August 16, 2011


Gompa, the Memphis Southmen of the mid-70s World Football League were also known as the Grizzlies (their helmet logo featured a grizzly bear). I have no idea why...
posted by AJaffe at 2:04 PM on August 16, 2011


If only Vancouver could have gone with their first choice of names. Memphis Mounties has nice alliteration.
posted by Gary at 2:11 PM on August 16, 2011


Don't overlook the magic of the NHL's California Seals/Golden Seals.
posted by Mister_A at 2:21 PM on August 16, 2011


The Nuggets logo from the 1980's was butt ugly, but it had an odd appeal to it. Same with the rainbow Astros logo.
posted by reenum at 2:45 PM on August 16, 2011


This is begging to be placed on a timeline and corrected with teams' prior locations/names. Fascinating stuff, and I totally and non-ironically like the Denver Nuggets Atari logo.
posted by hijinx at 2:50 PM on August 16, 2011


Don't overlook the magic of the NHL's California Seals/Golden Seals.

I was fortunate enough to experience those incredible uniforms (with white skates!) first hand. Seals VS Leafs, early 70's.
posted by davebush at 2:53 PM on August 16, 2011


Man, the Toronto Raptors logo really needs some Land of the Lost-style rock typography

Back when the naming contest was on, my friend suggested the Towers. I still think that's the best name I've heard for that team. "Raptors" always seemed like such a short-sighted attempt to cash in on the Jurassic Park franchise.
posted by Hoopo at 2:54 PM on August 16, 2011


If none of you have heard the hot licks of Hiram Ulysses Hinckley and the High Altitude Brass y'all are missing out.
posted by Grimgrin at 3:24 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


What's weird to me is that the period when I first got into basketball as a kid is also the period where every team logo stayed the same for a while. It's like when the Jordan era hit and people started paying real attention to the sport, everyone in power just started holding their breath for fear of any change bringing the whole thing crashing down, and then when Jordan retired they were all like, "cool, let's change EVERYTHING!" The Rockets redesign was a disaster that they've never recovered from, like they jumped on the Late Nineties EXTREME train and rode that fucker straight to hell. And half the other teams were on board as well.

Anyway, hopefully someone can answer this one for me: Is there some significance to the... thing... in the Portland Trailblazers' logo that I'm not getting? It just seems like it's simultaneously completely random and yet the entire identity of the team.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:28 PM on August 16, 2011


Wait, wtf? OKCupid has a team?

See, I've done the exact same thing in reverse. I kept wandering why so many people on AskMe were asking about dating in Oklahoma City.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:29 PM on August 16, 2011


The 90s were awful for logos. Everything became so EXTREME. I think the same thing happened in the NFL as well.
posted by bietz at 3:52 PM on August 16, 2011


Los Angeles Extreme! The Extreme were no Orlando Rage, though.
posted by The Card Cheat at 4:07 PM on August 16, 2011


Why does the Golden State Warriors' logo feature the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway bridge?
posted by mudpuppie at 4:13 PM on August 16, 2011


I think the same thing happened in the NFL as well.

Browsing the NFL logos, they seem to have avoided the problems of the 90s. In fact, they seem to have kept things pretty conservative for the last half-century or so. Although, it's funny to find out the Cleveland Browns had a Rice Krispies elf for so many years given their almost complete lack of branding now.
posted by Gary at 4:20 PM on August 16, 2011


That '78-'90 New Jersey Nets... That's not a basketball team, that's a commuter train.

It's funny, I had a similar reaction, except I thought a lot of the 70s and 80s logos look like airlines.

Though frankly, I think Pan-Am's logo is actually just a basketball.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 4:28 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


How much of these changes can be attributed to technology for embossing colors on hats and stuff? My little league team was the Diamondbacks the year they debuted and I couldn't believe how many goddamn colors were on our hats. Of course, I was used to this, basically.
posted by dixiecupdrinking at 4:31 PM on August 16, 2011


Since we are delcing into the minor leagues. I nominate the Batavia Muckdogs for some sort of award for the most insane name and logo

What a seriously random place for a callout to my hometown, but I'll explain:

Genesee County, NY contains what has been called the "Elba Mucklands", or simply "The Muck" to the locals. It was formed in the early 20th century when they drained a whole lot of swampland to create more fertile farmland. Apparently, The Muck has extraordinarily high levels of organic materials and it's been said it's some of the most fertile soil in the country.

Mostly farmland, the county takes a lot of pride in their agriculture, The Muck being a very productive example.

So when it came time to name or rename the new ball club, the locals voted to be called the Muckdogs.

Now you know.
posted by quite unimportant at 4:54 PM on August 16, 2011 [3 favorites]


The Rockets current logo looks like it belongs on the side of a can of energy drink.
posted by MikeMc at 5:18 PM on August 16, 2011


To answer Eideteker's question from way up thread - the Hornets were originally in Charlotte and then they moved to New Orleans, because the city really grew to hate the owner, George Shinn (with some good reasons). When they moved, the NBA promised that Charlotte would get the next expansion franchise because the Hornets at their peak led the league in attendance. The new expansion team, the Bobcats, started in... 2005? The interest in the NBA hasn't quite recovered, although Jordan seems to slowly be bringing fans back.
posted by Slothrop at 5:27 PM on August 16, 2011


Oh man the 1971/72 Houston Rockets logo is the most awesome thing. It's a little UPA-looking dude with a jetpack!

And the Wizards logo is a totally sweet piece of work. Crescent moon/basketball with this ultra dynamic wizard leaping in front of it with a ball. Then in 2011 they totally ruin it by rescaling the wizard to be smaller and changing the colors to completely unsubtle red and blue instead of the nice sophisticated brown/blue/black, what the fuck happened, did they lose a lot of money and not be able to afford 3-color printing on their merch any more or something?
posted by egypturnash at 6:13 PM on August 16, 2011


Although, it's funny to find out the Cleveland Browns had a Rice Krispies elf for so many years given their almost complete lack of branding now.

He's a Brownie, dammit!
posted by Sys Rq at 6:29 PM on August 16, 2011


The second oldest Nuggets logo seems like a pretty polarizing logo, i just want to put my vote in the "best goddamned motherfucking logo ever" camp.
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 7:01 PM on August 16, 2011



Re: The Trailblazer's logo:
"Harry Glickman’s cousin, Frank Glickman, of Boston, Massachusetts, designed the original logo, consisting of a straight up and down pinwheel with black on the top and red on the bottom. Its meaning is simple: a modern graphic interpretation of the game of basketball, five players from one side playing against five players from another. "
posted by redsparkler at 7:21 PM on August 16, 2011 [2 favorites]


Should Milwaukee ever join the NHL, I do hope they have the good sense to reuse their AHL logo.
posted by hangashore at 7:26 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was so hoping that logo would be a beer. Speaking of crappy NHL logos, I gotta give a nod to my hometown's team--of which I am still a devoted fan despite having moved and them being horrible now--the Ottawa Senators. I mean, it looks alright I guess but that's not a fuckin Senator, it's a centurion. Whatever, at least we didn't make an epic grammar error like Toronto.
posted by Hoopo at 9:00 PM on August 16, 2011


Do not look at this jersey.
posted by Navelgazer at 9:08 PM on August 16, 2011 [4 favorites]


"The second oldest Nuggets logo seems like a pretty polarizing logo, i just want to put my vote in the "best goddamned motherfucking logo ever" camp."

Me too, including their uniforms at the time, as wonderfully gaudy as they were. Lifesavers, anyone?

Count me also in the number of people who, as a child, had that, "That's not Pac-Man! WHOAAAAAA." moment wrt the Hawks.

I could've sworn the Bulls deep-sixed the blood on the horns a few years ago, but apparently I'm insane.

We've been linking Chris Creamer's logo site a lot, and I suspect that the guy responsible for this piece nicked them from there without attribution. If so, not cool. Chris Creamer's site is the bomb.
posted by mreleganza at 9:12 PM on August 16, 2011 [1 favorite]


Do not look at this jersey.

Oh...my...dear...sweet....GOD!!!!!!
posted by mreleganza at 9:13 PM on August 16, 2011


We've been linking Chris Creamer's logo site a lot, and I suspect that the guy responsible for this piece nicked them from there without attribution.

Yeah, the logo site is awesome, and I wish I'd seen it before linking to some random Orlando Magic article. But I'm glad to be educated.
posted by swift at 9:21 PM on August 16, 2011


I went to a minor league baseball game tonight. My hometown team is the Birmingham Barons, who have a classic if rather staid logo befitting their storied and illustrious history (Rickwood Field, oldest ballpark in the world, past players include Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson and Frank Thomas, links to the historic Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro League and the great pitcher Satchel Paige, etc, etc). The team we played tonight?

The Montgomery Biscuits.

I wish I could swallow my local pride long enough to buy a jersey from this fierce intra-state rival, because a dark blue jersey with the word "BISCUITS" in bright yellow emblazoned across it? Awesome.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:35 PM on August 16, 2011 [6 favorites]


past players include Willie Mays and Reggie Jackson and Frank Thomas, links to the historic Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro League and the great pitcher Satchel Paige, etc, etc).

You left out Michael Jordan. Oh wait, that was probably on purpose.
posted by me3dia at 10:35 PM on August 16, 2011


hangashore: "Should Milwaukee ever join the NHL, I do hope they have the good sense to reuse their AHL logo."

Sweet lord. That pirate skeleton admiral is using his own leg as a hockey stick — and can fairly assume it's his own leg because in place of that leg, he appears to have a peg-leg. That is a truly remarkable choice of equipment, particularly since you'd think, on account of his rank, he could order one of his sailors to cough up a leg.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 11:33 PM on August 16, 2011 [5 favorites]


The 81-93 Nuggets logo was so awesome in its 70's NASA futurism sort of way.. It was like "This is what the home team will wear in 20 years when we play basketball on THE MOON!"
posted by KingEdRa at 1:26 AM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Chris Creamer confirms via twitter that the work on the Magic (official site, no less) site is his, and he's not thrilled about it.
posted by mreleganza at 2:11 AM on August 17, 2011


The 1927-1928 Detroit Tigers logo is a classic. It looks like it belongs under a few alphabet refrigerator magnets.
posted by clearly at 5:04 AM on August 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


We've been linking Chris Creamer's logo site a lot, and I suspect that the guy responsible for this piece nicked them from there without attribution. If so, not cool. Chris Creamer's site is the bomb.

Chris Creamer's sportslogos.net is my TV Tropes. I have spent hours there tracing through one obscure league after another.
posted by Rock Steady at 5:46 AM on August 17, 2011


the 90's were so purple
posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 6:35 AM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Chris Creamer confirms via twitter that the work on the Magic (official site, no less) site is his, and he's not thrilled about it.

I don't think getting in a fight with the NBA over who has the right to use NBA logos on their site is wise.
posted by smackfu at 6:58 AM on August 17, 2011


At some point since this was posted the author has gone back and done logos for teams since birth and not just since arriving in current city.
posted by theichibun at 9:32 AM on August 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


Hooper. Shoot me now.

I guess no one wanted to make a Piston Man costume?

I'm more familiar with hockey where logos were simple and sharp until the 80s (blame the WHA I guess?). So seeing the very literal 49er or Steeler are pretty funny given how iconic those teams' current logos are. The Red Sox had this logo for ten years?
posted by Gary at 1:30 PM on August 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


the 90's were so purple

And, dear lord, the teal! Just about every new team in every pro league in every sport from 1990 through 1999 had teal in their logo. Teal.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:14 PM on August 17, 2011


(Oh, hey, he put in the pre-relocation logos!)
posted by Sys Rq at 2:25 PM on August 17, 2011


A lot of those are Roller Hockey International logos. It's not hard finding bad logos for an early 90s league trying hard to get noticed. Buffalo Wings, anyone?

I actually remember watching RHI games on ESPN 2 late night back in the 90s. If anything, the uniforms were worse than the logos. Long pants!
posted by Rock Steady at 2:28 PM on August 17, 2011


What jumps out is how literal the NBA logos are.

Only three out of 32 team logos in the NFL feature an artifact from the game (ball, field, or helmet).

Five out of 30 NHL teams have a stick or puck in their logo.

Ten out of 30 MLB logos feature a bat, ball or diamond.

But 20 out of 30 NBA team logos -- 67 percent -- include all or part of a basketball.

It's like those infomercials where "Call now!" is accompanied by video of a hand picking up a phone.
posted by kurumi at 4:38 PM on August 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


Chris Creamer's sportslogos.net is my TV Tropes.

I don't follow sports much since giving up on the Cubs in 1985, but the logos are fascinating.

How many minor league teams reference fruits and vegetables? Quite a few: 1 2 3 4 5. The Stompers are no more, but imagine them going up against the Jammers.

The Queens Kings needs to be revived in a transgender league.

If you're into fantasy and science fiction, perhaps you'd have a soft spot for The Unicorns of The 51s.

This, however, is horrendous.
posted by hydrophonic at 10:52 AM on August 18, 2011


This, however, is horrendous.

Their caps are kind of fantastic, though.
posted by Rock Steady at 11:02 AM on August 18, 2011


True, but they remind me of a pissed of Daffy Duck.
posted by hydrophonic at 11:08 AM on August 18, 2011


True, but they remind me of a pissed of Daffy Duck.

Like I said, fantastic! Who doesn't like pissed off, spluttering Daffy?
posted by Rock Steady at 12:06 PM on August 18, 2011


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