Top 10 Red Logos

S.Samek

Happy Valentines Day. In typical fashion I decided to match logo colors to the color of the holiday. In this case red.

My selections are based on logos with the primary color red. I tried to include a variety of team including ones you may not think of.

 

10.Boston Red Socks.

9. Cincinnati Reds.

8.Chattanooga Lookouts.

7.Kannapolis Intimidators.

6.Calgary Flames.

5.Washington Wild Things.

4.Florida Fire Frogs.

3.Chicago Bulls.

2.Marist Red Foxes.

1.Cal State Northridge Matadors.

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2018 Plans

S.Samek

2017 wraps up another calendar year and another year at Hammer Down Sports.

 

So I figured why not take a look at what was accomplished during 2017 and look forward to 2018.

 

Hammer Down could have been dead in early 2017. After a  couple  months of limbo and an unsuccessful campaign to recruit more writers to stay on I had to make a choice. I picked keeping the blog running solo.

 

Yet, I felt that was a positive motivator. I would have to keep up with the blog if I wanted it to go anywhere. I was ultimately in charge of the success and failure of the project. It connected me on a deeper level with a project I had grown to love over the course of the year when it was started.

 

I would also say with the change in leadership came a change in style. I felt it was a bit more regimented and stricter in the adherence to AP style and a more academic style of writing before. Now I still try to stick with that same style to keep in practice,but have lightened it up a little with posts like top tens and the football picks.

 

 

Which I feel is better for the blog. It adds more to the variety of topics and post styles. It improves my versatility as a writer showing depth to do both the long and the short topics. It makes things more fun. Sports are fun so why shouldn’t writing about them be fun.

 

I think the number of posts made was an impressive number for 2017. We had multiple months of 20 plus posts and most months had at least ten. I hope to keep up a similar level of posting in 2018 with 20 plus posts being my goal for all months.

Traffic to the site was decent during the year. We had some good months as far as viewer numbers were concerned.  Yet at times I felt I could do a better job of advertising the site. Our social media numbers haven’t been great and I would like to change that in the new year.

The sites Facebook and twitter are here if you would want to check them out. Follows on WordPress are also much appreciated.

 

Typically I share updates from the site on the social medias, so if your looking for the latest from Hammer Down check them out. Though I plan on mixing some stuff up with the operations of them to make things so its worth following both accounts. Stay tuned to see what the are.

2018 looks to be a strong upswing for the blog and I hope you stay tuned to read some great content.

 

Most importantly Thank You. Thank you to all the fans, readers and supporters of this blog. Without your support the blog doesn’t run. I wish you the best in 2018 and again appreciate any support of the site in 2018.

Top 10 Sports Pittsburgh Dad Episodes

S.Samek

This is the companion post to my social blogs top 10 Pittsburgh Dad episodes. This one covers all the best sports themed episodes.

10.As Todd Haley.

9.Pirates Playoffs.

8.Draft Day Movie.

7.Little League.

6. At the Steelers Game.

5.Steelers good luck charms.

4.Reacts to Steelers vs Ravens Week 14.

3.Dad watches Steelers vs. Dolphins Week 6.

2.Reacts to Steelers vs. Colts Week 12.

1.Dad Reacts to Patriots Week 15.

 

Top 10 Bird Logos

S.Samek

Tis the season for turkeys and turkey bowl games. How better to celebrate than taking a look at the best related logos in sports to turkeys: Birds. Even though Pittsburgh Dad denies the intimidating power of the bird mascot.

10. Toledo Mud Hens.

9. Orleans Firebirds.

8.Idaho Falls Chuckers.

7. Lancaster Jet Hawks.

6. Great Lakes Loons.

5. Aberdeen Iron birds.

4. Tucson Roadrunners.

3.Bakersfield Condors.

2. Rochester Honkers.

1. Anaheim Ducks/Mighty Ducks.

 

 

Sports Collections

Throwback to some of the coolest sports merchandise.

S.Samek

When I was a kid not only did I watch sports, I would collect them. Yes, I collected the standard baseball cards, but a couple other things too.

 
The first of which are the baseball helmets from Dairy queen. The ones that you could get when you ordered a sundae. It even had a display with each of the divisions, so you could keep the standings.

 
I have eight of them including a Montreal Expos one. They are still available, but maybe a bit forgotten about.

 
No doubt one of the most popular stadium giveaways of all time is the bobble head. A while back Post brand cereals took advantage of this by offering mini bobble heads of current MLB stars.

 
I remember always begging for the Oreo o’s or the like just so I could collect them. Even though most often the cereal became neglected after two, or three bowls and was left to become stale. Didn’t matter to me, I collected seven MLB stars, with a couple of them becoming hall of famers.

 
The final novelty I remember collecting is the mini team mugs. One could be had for .50 out of the toy machines at Walmart, or the grocery store. Yet again I ended up with seven from both the NFL and MLB.

 
They have come in handy too. I keep them on my baseball bat shaped shelf with a lot of my collectables and trophies. Actually, all the collectables mentioned in this post make their home on that shelf. Then I take my collection of baseballs and sit them on top of the mugs. Making for a pretty neat holder.

 
Note I didn’t and don’t collect these for the value. They aren’t worth much even several years after release. It was just a fun way to have merchandise from different teams.

 

 

 

Top 10 Halloween Logos

S.Samek

 

No stranger to taking a look at different logos. This particular one inspiring this post. In the spirit of the Halloween season I’m taking a look into some of the best scary and creepy logos in sports.

 

10. San Francisco Demons.

 

9. Missouri Monsters.

 

8.New Jersey Devils.

 

7. Louisville Bats.

 

6. Topeka Tarantulas.

 

5. Texas Terror.

 

4. New Orleans Voodoo.

 

3. London Rippers.

 

2. Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

 

1. Casper Ghosts.

 

 

 

Top 10 Orange Logos

S.Samek

For St. Patrick’s Day I took a look at some of the best green colored logos in sports.  So, I took a little inspiration and for Halloween taking a look at the best logos in the primary color for the holiday, Orange.

 

10. San Francisco Giants.

 

9. Chicago Bears.

 

8. Baltimore Orioles.

 

7. New York Knicks.

 

6. Cleveland Browns.

 

5.Long Island Ducks.

 

4.Cincinati Bengals.

 

3. Rochester Rattlers.

 

2. Syracuse Orange.

 

1.Atlanta Thrashers.