Top 10 Green Sports Logos

S.Samek

Today’s first post is going green. Yep the color we all sport on St. Patrick’s is pretty common in sports logos. This post will celebrate the top 10 logos that feature the color green as the primary color.

10. Dallas Stars NHL

It’s a very simple yet effective logo. A star to represent the lone star state in silver with green to accident it. It looks sharp. The updated logo doesn’t have as much green as the old logo, but there is still plenty of it to go around.

9. Hawaii Warriors NCAA

This one is another sharp and simple logo. The H is super green while accented with silver. Though it looks good I wonder why it doesn’t look like it belongs with a team called the Rainbow Warriors, or Rainbows.

8. Daytona Tortugas

A 2014 affiliation switch gave us this better name. The former Daytona Cubs became the Tortugas after becoming a red affiliate. The logo sports a turtle swinging a bat. The logo is green with a sea blue and white letters. It looks cool and gives the local squad a much more unique name than its predecessor.

7. New York Jets NFL

No denying this logo is green. The Jets have used this classic green and white look for ever. While it may not be super flashy and full of New York swagger it still is a clean logo.

6. Green Bay Packers NFL

This logo is another sharp green logo. Combine it with white and a tasteful yellow and it works really well. The Packers’ logo to me is more iconic than the Jets logo due to the success of the team making it the number six pick.

5. Michigan State Spartans NCAA

Michigan State has had a lot of recent success in both football and basketball. With that success comes a lot of exposure with the dark green and white uniforms.

4. Minnesota Timberwolves/Lynx NBA

These two hoops teams share the same color palate and have similar logos. While the Timberwolves are rebuilding with young talent the Lynx are excelling. The Lynx were WNBA runners -up last year after going in as defending champions.

3. Oregon Ducks NCAA

Most likely when you think green college logos you think Oregon. A green o with yellow and white form a wining logo combination. However, Oregon often forgoes the classic look for one of its many uniform combos. Though no matter how many combos they have green is definitely a mainstay in the looks.

2. Tulane Green Wave NCAA

It has green right in the game so of course it belongs on the list. The Wave goes behind a white T trimmed in green. Green is plentiful in this logo. Though with Tulane not having much success on the national scene this logo isn’t seen much.

1.      Boston Celtic NBA

This is a pretty obvious pick. There’s no mistaking this logo for anyone other than Boston. The T logo is very Irish looking in nature with the leprechaun smoking the pipe with green and gold to compliment it.  Combine Boston’s successful history in the NBA and you have an iconic logo worth of being the best green logo.

Have a favorite green logo? Let us know.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dealing in DC.

Mystics improving team in off-season.

By S. Samek

 

The Washington Mystics are on the move up. After finishing the 2016 season in 10th place in 12th team with an 13-21 record. The team has been making movies to turn themselves into the favorite in 2017.

 

The biggest move the Mystics made was the acquiring Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dobson, Kahleah Cooper and the 2nd overall pick in 2017. After getting Delle Donne the Mystics also added Kristi Toliver via free agency from defending champion Los Angeles.

 

Toliver is a veteran player who can light it up from three- point range. Toliver hit 42.4 percent from behind the line last season. A mark which was good for fourth in the league in three-point percentage. Interesting enough Delle Donne was ahead of Toliver in three-point percentage, ranking third with a 42.6 percent made.

 

Delle Donne also contributed a tied for the league lead 21.5 points per game while playing in the fourth most average minutes per league at 33.1. Also on Delle Donne top five offensive ability is her free throw percentage at 93.5 good for second best in the WNBA.

 

Complementing the new acquisitions is Emma Meesseman. Meesseman was the WNBA’s top three-point shooter by percentage at 44.8 percent. Additionally, Taylor Hill was resigned by the Mystics. Hill averaged 15 points per game in just above 29 minutes per game for the Mystic last season. The 15 points per game to go along with 32 games started are career highs for the player drafted a couple slots after new acqusion Delle Donne.

 

The Mystics  should improve on offense and be more accurate on three pointers. This can make them hard to defend from deep. With multiple shooters, able to hit threes as accurate as anyone in the league even a double team would leave other players wide open.

 

Delle Donne and Toliver also bring playoff experience. Toliver was part of the WNBA champion Sparks last season and Delle Donne’s Sky was the fourth seed in the tournament before losing to the Atlanta Dream in round one. Making this one of the intangibles the Mystic’s could use to make a long playoff run.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tebow needs to Quit.

Former player trying hand at baseball.

By S. Samek

Playing more than one sport professionally is a rarity and happens with mixed results. Former NFL playoff game winning quarterback Tim Tebow is trying his hand at becoming the next great two sport star. However, his early attempts aren’t going well and this is such a publicity stunt the New York Mets need to stop with.

The saga started when the Mets signed Tebow in September and sent him to the Golf Coast League. Tebow made no appreances with the team before being assigned to the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League. The Arizona Fall League is typically for high level prospects to see additional preparation time against higher level competition.

Tebow struggled in the league. He hit .194 with no home runs and two rbi.  Tebow did hit 3 doubles, but only managed 9 other hits. He wasn’t the worst hitter to suite up for the Scorpions, but was amongst the worst five hitters on the team.

Tebow then entered Mets spring training camp. Tebow did see action with the big-league club while in camp. Tebow didn’t make a good impression going 0-7 while striking out three times. Tebow was then reassigned on Saturday to Met’s minor league camp.

While Tebow has had more success in the past couple days including recording a hit. I’m not convinced of his staying power in the majors.

He’s a 29-year-old most likely headed for short season A ball. Most players that age that aren’t at the triple A level aren’t going to contribute much to the major-league club. Sure age isn’t a guarantee and a strong reason to completely count Tebow out, it really doesn’t do him any favors here.

Another reason I’m not big on Tebow is his lack of prospect status. He isn’t ranked in the Mets top 30. While plenty of non-top prospects make the majors, it seems like the trend is to play on the safe bets and top prospects. Plus, only three outfielders make up the Mets top 30, showing a bit of a lack in quality depth at the positions in the Mets system.

My final concern is Tebow’s complete lack of baseball experience. I haven’t found numbers on reports of him even playing high school ball let alone college. While Tebow does have some skills in football, baseball is a whole new game. Trying to learn a whole new game and make an impact at the professional is tough. I don’t think Tebow has the needed ability’s to make that impact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Penguins Trades deadline 2017.

By S. Samek

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins continued a recent trend of being aggressive at the NHL trade deadline. The Pens made two moves last night and one last week. The goal of the movies was to add defensive depth after Trevor Daley and Olli Maatta are out with injuries that limit them for a about another month. Kris Letang is also facing an injury, but is listed as day to day.

 

To address the need Mark Streit was picked up for a 4th round pick in 2018. Frank Corrado came over from Toronto for Eric Fehr, Steve Olesky and a 2017 4th round pick. The previous week Ron Hainsey came over from Carolina.

 

I would say that the Hainsey deal is the headliner followed by the Streit deal. Both give you established veteran presence on defense. Hainsey has played in 894 NHL games.

 

 Streit is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons and 765 games. All for the price of a 2nd round and 4th round picks and a minor-league player. These deals should benefit the Penguins greatly for the playoff run.

 

 

 

The Corrado deal seems like a bit much. Two solid role players in Fehr and Olesky plus picks for a 23-year-old defensemen that played mostly in the minors this season. Corrado was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to start. This was said to be a salary cap movie to acquire Streit. He may develop into a usable defenseman, but for now I’m saying salary dump. Though the consensus from my sources is Corrado just needs playing time to develop.

 

Though the most interesting move is one that didn’t occur. Marc-Andre Fleury did not go anywhere. Fleury has been a mainstay in Pittsburgh sense being drafted 1st overall and has only r given up the starting job to Matt Murray this year. Fleury is still a solid backup and has cup winning experience should Murray go down with an injury. Fleury is also a prime target in free agency and the upcoming expansion draft.

 

Overall I would give the Penguins a B or B plus grade on these deals. The met their biggest need without over paying for it.  While the deals may not be flashy and top of the line they are still upgrades. Jim Rutherford has had a lot of success in his recent deadline deals and even if this isn’t as big as a Phil Kessel trade the moves should still work out.

 

 

 

Just Play the Game

By S. Samek

Recently I picked up the book Just Watch the Game by John Steigerwald as well as its companion Just watch the game (Again). Both tell of the Pittsburgh sports reporters experiences as a reporter and in his youth. Steigerwald primary joy in most of his experiences come from the fact that he was able to be at the stadium and just watch the game without the bells and whistles we enjoy today.

I enjoyed both books being a Pittsburgh Sports fan and an aspiring sports broadcaster and reporter. So, the experiences and stories really hit home for me.

In the first chapter of book one I learned about how Roberto Clemente hit a walk-off grand slam, which I now know is called an ultimate grand slam. Though this was the second one hit that season by the Pirates. Unique story I’d never heard before.  I also enjoyed reading about other Pittsburgh sports icons Chuck Noll, Dave Parker, Terry Bradshaw and a host more. Though I must say that the best story came from Steigerwald’s treatment of Mr. Rodgers. I laughed a good bit during both books where Mr. Rodgers was mentioned. If you’re a fan of Yinzer culture of any variety the book will have you covered.

Another thing I really enjoyed was the opinion sharing. Steigerwald does a good job of stating his opinion and backing it up enthusiasm. He really believes in his thoughts even if they are unpopular. It makes for some funny banter when combined with some of the stories he tells.

The final thing I really enjoyed from the book was the experiences in the broadcast field stories. Being a future broadcaster I learned a lot about what it takes to get to a high level in the field. From taking jobs in the minor leagues, or middle of nowhere markets to get to Pittsburgh. It gave me a perspective as to what to expect to get to where I want to get to. The most important lesson that I learned from the experiences is to just keep improving and getting better even if the money isn’t the biggest. It’s about enjoying the ride and the experiences.

I would recommend reading both of these books. Each one is equally filled with great stories and experiences unique to each one. The other cool thing is you can read the chapters or even the books out of order. Though I recommend reading the books in order so you understand some of the mentions in the second book. Plus, it’s an easy read you won’t want to put down. Pittsburgh sports fans be sure to check out the set. Overall 10/10 and highly recommend.

 

Shocking Rebrands Part Two

In this post  I took a look at some of the new names chosen by minor league baseball teams during the off-season. These teams were just the start. This post examines the rebrands missed in part one.

One of the teams covered earlier was the New Orleans Zephyrs change to the Baby Cakes. I was less than thrilled about this calling it a pet name, not a team name. Then while searching the internet I found something that reminded me of the direction New Orleans was going for. This came in the form of the fictional Buerbonville Krew of the Holiday League.

As shown here the Krew have a similar logo to the Baby Cakes. Both are equally silly, but for a fictional team it works, real life not so much.

Another team that failed to impress me with the change in moniker is the Buies Creek Astros. The new team moved from the California League to the Carolina League. The Astros picked up this new team. They went with a boring same as parent name and color scheme. Very adamant that any team above short season rookie ball doesn’t do this. It’s boring and it doesn’t do well for merchandise sales. This was after having a pretty cool affiliate name in the Lancaster Jet Hawks this season.

The second team that moved from the California league to Carolina is the Down East Wood Ducks. They became the new High-A team for the Texas Rangers. This is a good name. Wood Ducks is a nice variation on the Ducks name. It also as a very crisp and appealing logo with a duck and a stick bat. It’s a little goofy, but not over the top. I would just be worried it is related to the popularity of the Duck Dynasty TV show that is now in its last season. It’s a good name, but will it last long after the Tv show is off-air.

The final logo comes to us from the Lynchburg Hillcats. The name stays the same while the color scheme changes. While I don’t think, the old logo was something super, the improvements aren’t great. The color scheme is dark blue and teal. It looks like really bad neon. It also reminds me of trying to copy the Seattle Seahawks with the colors. This isn’t a switch I’m a big fan off either.

Yep change isn’t always for the better and some of these names prove.

By S. Samek

Pirates Back-up Back Stop in Question for 2017

 

By Zack Zeigler

 

 

The starting catcher role is one that has been answered for the Pirates for the next couple of seasons when they inked Francisco Cervelli to a three- year $31-million contract extension earlier last season. However, with as physically demanding as the catching position is, the question for 2017 is who will be the guy backing up Cervelli when he needs a night off.

The Pirates essentially have three options going into 2017 with each having both good and bad elements. Chris Stewart, Elias Diaz and Jacob Stallings are the top three candidates to help back up Cervelli in 2017. Each catcher saw time in 2016 and produced for the team in one way or another and will look to crack the Pirates opening day roster come April. Continue reading “Pirates Back-up Back Stop in Question for 2017”