Top Ten Underrated Sports Logos

Teams these days introduce new logos and uniforms so often that often fans will forget about the historical logos or ones used for only a short period of time, but today, I salute these old logos, some ridiculous, some classic but forgotten, and some that I think deserve more credit than they received from the public (these are in no specific order)

2003 Toronto Blue Jays

This logo only stuck around Canada’s largest city for one year before the team went through a complete rebranding in 2004, and it was a nice way to send off the Blue Jays older, more classic uniforms. Admittedly, this is probably the most ridiculous uniform on this list, but that is one of the reasons I like it, so many people derided it as silly, but I think that a one armed (and a fairly buff armed) Blue Jay hiding behind a large T is comical, but an innovative logo, and in hindsight, it probably was good that it was only there for one year (before the novelty could wear off) but I definitely think other teams should show this kind of creativity when designing new logos.

1992-03 San Diego Padres

Now this Padres logo holds a special place for me for two reasons, A. in Little league my team was the Rockies and we always played the Padres, so I was familiar with the team name and colors, and B. Tony Gwynn was one of my childhood heroes in baseball, and this was magnified when I watched the 1998 World Series as the Padres lost to the Yankees and I saw a a set of uniforms I particularly liked. I also enjoyed that the team incorporated the pinstriping into their logo. The team has since modernized their logo and uniforms, ditching the pinstripes for plain white, but no one should ever forget the uniforms that Tony Gwynn wore in his final World Series appearance.

Extra: also how can you not like a team hat that uses two different colors for one logo?

1990-2002 Atlanta Falcons

Crisp and Classy define the old Falcons logo, worn by the likes of Falcons greats such as Primetime Deion Sanders, Jessie Tuggle, and Jamal “I invented the Dirty Bird” Anderson (Although it was OJ Santiago that did it first) The Falcons went all futuristic with the logo in 2003 and the dawn of the Michael Vick era, and to me, it lost some of its venom. This logo looks like a Falcon that could swoop down and attack at any point, whereas the new one really lacks that tenacious bite, and looks like it could be in a children’s action cartoon. Thankfully the Falcons have resurrected the old logo with their 1966 throwback uniforms introduced in 2009 (The team is 4-0 when wearing them)

1978-1993 Milwaukee Brewers

Another optical illusion of a logo. At a distance, it looks like a baseball mitt, but up close, you can tell that its an ‘m’ stacked on top of a ‘b’. I was not aware of this logo until the Brew-Crew introduced their alternate uniforms in 2006 that they started to wear more and more frequently over the past few years. I think its a great logo and more baseball teams should go for the optical illusion idea like Milwaukee has embraced.

1994-96 Detroit Tigers

Being “From The D” (Ok fine, Ann Arbor is 35 miles outside of it) there was no chance in hell I was leaving this logo off the countdown, I still wish the Tigers would bring this back in some capacity (alternate caps for road games?) and it was worn on a little used alternate jersey the team had from 1994 to 1996, but it was quickly scrapped. I hold nothing against the Tigers regular old English D or the script Detroit, but I think bringing this back in some capacity on the uniform would be welcomed by the fans.

2000-Present Minnesota Wild

This logo is awesome because it is two logos in one, if you look from the left side, you see a Wild animal, but straight on, it looks like a landscape shot of the environment. Now its true, the Wild do absolutely nothing to justify how good of a hockey hotbed Minnesota is, having only made four playoff appearances in eleven seasons, and they are nothing like what the North Stars were to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, but they can say they rock one of the league’s finest home and alternate uniforms (not classic, but definitely Top 10 unis)

Anaheim Mighty Ducks 1993-2006

This hockey team was formed after a Disney movie with the same name (just no Anaheim)  – Enough Said (and their new logos SUCK)

1968-1993 Milwaukee Bucks

Besides the fact that this mascot looks more like a reindeer than a buck (and espeically christmasy with his green sweater) the first Bucks logo holds significance due to one man, Lew Alcindor ( who would become Kareem Abdul Jabaar) played for the team from 1969 before departing for Los Angeles in 1975. This was a logo I had not seen until I was watching some old Jabaar footage and it showed his old Bucks’ gear. I think it looks incredibly cartoonish but is still miles better than any other logo the Bucks have had since.

1971-1992 Hartford Whalers

This one makes me all nostalgic inside. The Whalers were not the best of NHL teams (No Cups, Fringe Playoff Contender) but they remind me of old school hockey, players like Pat Verbeek, Ron Francis and a very young Brendan Shanahan all played for the Whalers in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The team was the definition of small market, but had devoted fans until the end, when they were moved to Carolina and given a Target symbol on crack as a logo – #smh

1995-2001 Vancouver Grizzlies

The Grizzlies were not in Vancouver for a very long time, but this logo was miles better than when the team rebranded itself in 2004. A grizzly is supposed to look fierce and intimidating (not that the team exactly played that way) but its the thought that counts. I was fairly annoyed when I learned the team would not only ditch Vancouver for Memphis, but keep the name (there are a lot more Grizzlies in BC than the Western region of Tennessee.) The team made their ill-fated dull switch before the 2004-05 campaign to this. Sir Charles will finish this

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Posted on June 21, 2011, in Top Lists/Countdowns and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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