Logo Mania 2017

By Steve Samek

The chase for supremacy once again hits minor league baseball. This time in the form of Logomania 2017. A contest of 36 teams and four rounds naming one champ the best logo in minor league baseball. Here is how I voted in the first round of the contest and my thoughts on the included teams.
Pool A
Biloxi
Montgomery
Carolina
Beloit
Buffalo
Charleston
This pool features three good logos fighting for two spots in the next round. The Carolina Mudcats is a classic goofy logo that is much loved. The Biloxi Shuckers have made some waves sense rebranding from the Huntsville Stars. Either of these fine aquatic themes offering should end up advancing to the second round as pool A’s runner up. Beloit has a slightly better than average logo, but it’s in a strong pool and should not advance. So many negative points to whoever though to include the likes of the Charleston River dogs and Buffalo Bison in this tournament. They are so boring and uncreative that they don’t deserve a shot at the best logo title. The easy winner here is Montgomery. The Biscuits are the original food themed logo. Take that Lehigh Valley and Fresno. http://bit.ly/2njLZ0M. They will make you laugh and take the title belt with it. Vote Montgomery.

Pool B
Clearwater
Corpus Christi
El Paso
Eugene
Hillsboro
Las Vegas
This is the strong, but not strong enough bracket. With the likes of Threshers, Hooks, Chihuahua’s, Hops, Emeralds and 51’s in the house. Each with great local flare, but not really well known nationally. Except maybe the infamous little doggies. https://hammerdownsportsblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/el-paso-embraces-the-chihuahuas/ I vote for the aliens to back up the pups in this one. Vote El Paso
Pool C
Ashville
Binghamton
Chattanooga
Durham
Frisco
Jacksonville
Quirky meets classic in this bracket. Mr. Moon of Ashville graces a glow in the dark cap that does look really cool. A horse meets Rocky in another option. Famous Bulls put the classic in this grouping. Combined with a new rebrand effort, a weird look and a United States President and you have a pool C where anything can happen. Two of these names I talked about here and I agree with my thoughts today as I did before. http://bit.ly/2mBxu8e. Frisco owns the president on the cap and Teddy Roosevelt does hit hard in this competition. My vote goes to the RoughRiders over the most likely picked Jumbo Shrimp. Vote Frisco
Pool D
Stockton
Tennessee
Albuquerque
Salt Lake
Tacoma
Akron
A very underwhelming selection of teams. A standard script R logo yawn. A bee, a bear, an anchor, try no. An Isotope and the RubberDucks should be the picks to move on. I vote for the one mentioned on a long running cartoon. Vote Albuquerque.
Pool E
Rochester
Syracuse
Vermont
Modesto
Ogden
Richmond
A bracket that looks underwhelming at first. The Red Wings and Chiefs are a weak start to this bracket. The next four redeem this bracket. Nuts, Raptors, Lake Monsters and Flying Squirrels make this a tough pick. Lake Monsters advance as does Richmond. My vote goes to the super hero Squirrel. Vote Richmond
Pool F
Harford
Norfolk
Reno
Lansing
New Orleans
Portland.
Save the best for last as the saying goes. This bracket will see two strong players come out of it. Lansing, Portland and Reno could be sleeper picks to advance and surprise people. Hartford and Norfolk also look impressive, yet retain a certain comedy to them. As for New Orleans please do yourself a favor and not rebrand to something stupid. http://bit.ly/2mBxu8e. Read more there. Voting here for a tasteful rebrand. Vote Norfolk.
You can vote in the contest to crown a champion here. http://www.baseballamerica.com/2017-logomania/

 

Challenge One

Issued By Steve Samek

Deciding to change it up with content. Below are some links to YouTube videos from a channel called TPS, or total pro sports. In these videos, there is a different naming challenge to conquer. I ran through the challenges below and recorded the following scores. I am passing on the challenge to Hammer Down readers and fans. Can you best the Hammer Down Sports Blog Staff?

Here are the rules I followed during the challenge. You have one view per video to attempt the challenge. You can start naming during the commercial break before a video should one occur. The challenge ends when the video has run out. The challenge should occur in writing. The goal is to gain the points by naming the correct teams before they are said in the video. If you get an answer from the video the point will not count. Gather the most points possible. No googling, internet, or phone help allowed either.  Teams of friend are allowed to brainstorm, but are still subject to the same above rules. Some videos also are broken down into segments by league. If you get other team names while working on a different league they count, but after all the leagues teams have been named in the video you can’t count those for points. Again, name the teams before they are mentioned in the video to score the points.

After attempting the challenge post your results by commenting on the post in WordPress, or via Facebook, or Twitter. Good luck on the challenge.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51Rt2m_me3U. 2 of 6

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyoGgHICZGk 10 of 11

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-1z8g4lj2k 9 of 15

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GelG2m6LTjc 10 of 12

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TKeSQACff8 10 of 12

Total score 41 of 56 73%

Part 2 Top 30 MILB Systems by Nickname.

By Steve Samek.

Part two of this post is here. http://bit.ly/2onj9hj Featuring ranks 14 -1.

14. Milwaukee Brewers.

One team lets down the whole system. Colorado Spring being the boring Sky Socks. Though strong names like the Shuckers, Mudcats and Timber Rattlers give this an over average set. Maybe trade Arizona for the Hillsboro Hops?

13. Cincinnati Reds.

The Red feature my favorite overall team name in The Pensacola Blue Wahoos. The Daytona Tortugas also adds to the plus column. Dragons, Bats and Mustangs are a bit on the common side, but not too bad.

12. Philadelphia Phillies

Ironpigs, with Crosscutters and Threshers form three solid choices for names. The Reading Fighting Phils, or sometimes frightens does not. Though Phily does have a strong brand of teams across all levels.

11. Los Angeles Dodgers.

No I don’t totally agree with naming your top affiliate the Dodgers. Outside of that the system sparks some of the best names. Tulsa boasts the drillers and Great Lakes the Loons. Ogden gets fierce with the Raptors and finally the Quakes from Rancho Cucamonga.

10. Colorado Rockies.

Strong from top to bottom is the system. Isotopes is a cool name as is the silly Yard Goats. Then throw in the Jethawks and Tourists for a great unique system of names.

9. Miami Marlins.

Off-season rebranding helped this ranking. The Jacksonville Suns became the Jumbo Shrimp and the New Orleans Zephyrs picked the Baby Cakes instead. Both are definitely local flare names that are goofy. Hammerheads, Grasshoppers and Muckdogs add more flare to the mix and make for a great mix of names in the organization.

8.Oakland A’s

Strong varity here too. You got the Sounds, Ports, Rockhounds, Snappers and Lake Monsters. Very nautical, but Oakland is by the bay.

7. Seattle Mariners.

Leading off is the majestic sounding Tacoma Rainers. Then you have the double-a Arkansas Travelers as a kind of odd, but intriguing name. Nuts is another goof local name as is, Lumber Kings and Aqua Sox.

6. Tampa Bay Rays.

The super iconic team from the movie Bull Durham starts this list out. Then a goofy food names in the Biscuits adds humor. After that is the Renegades, Hot Rods and Stone Crabs.

5. San Francisco Giants.

Another one of my personal top names in the Richmond Flying Squirrels led this pack. Volcanos, GreenJackets and River Cats provide the local flare and put the Giants in the top five.

4. New York Mets

Vegas has the 51’s named after area 51. Binghamton has an awesome logo named the Rumble Ponies.  Brooklyn has the Cyclones named after the coaster. Then the Fireflies add a bug to the mix. The names are just pure fun end of discussion.

3. Kansas City Royals

More fun names from the Chuckers and Blue Rocks to Storm Chasers and Naturals. Even the Lexington Legends with a sweet mustache log call Kanas City their parent club. Cheek them out for just pure fun.

2. Texas Rangers

The Round Rock Express enter the station first. After them it’s the Fresco RoughRiders and their fierce logo. Then you have the first of a kind Wood Ducks and more nautical theme in the Crawdads. Nice local southern mix of great logos.

1.      San Diego Padres.

The team know for the swinging Friar logo keeps it in the family. Triple a El Paso sports the Chihuahua name. It has been one of the best names sense its announcement. You can see why I like the name here. https://hammerdownsportsblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/el-paso-embraces-the-chihuahuas/?frame-nonce=8fa92f4b6c

 Then you have the historical local flare in both the San Antonio Missions and Fort Wayne Tincaps. Storm and Dust Devils are good names too and add some more of a varity. Making San Diego the best named affiliate system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 30 part 1 MILB Systems by Nicknames.

By Steve Samek

No doubting the some of the best team names come from Minor League baseball. Team names reflect everything from the ridiculous to the historical to the affiliation agreement. The results can be mixed and not all minor-league systems rank the same. This post shows one such ranking https://bensbiz.mlblogs.com/guest-post-2017-farm-system-logo-rankings-b317503c0697.

I love the idea of ranking the whole systems and not just the names individually, though that may come later.  Sit back relax and enjoy the rankings for major league team with the best affiliate names. Note part one is 30-15 and 14-1 will come in part two.

30. Atlanta Braves. While the newest team in the organization has a sick name in the Florida Fire Frogs, the rest just aren’t creative. Try the tune of Braves times six. It’s just too boring and needs to change Obvious pick for the worst system for creative names.

29. Boston Redsox. While a bit better than Atlanta not by much. The triple a and high-a team sport Redsox monikers as to three lower level teams. Despite the triple-a team going by the other nickname Paw socks it’s just too close to the original. Two clubs in the Lowell Spinners and Greenville Drive add some spice, but aren’t great.

28. St. Louis Cardinals.  St. Louis is very similar to Boston. Five teams rock Cardinals names while a sixth rocks a Redbirds name. Spikes and Chiefs prevent a total bird theme, but it’s still a boring system of names.

27. Baltimore Orioles. Birds galore make up the system for Baltimore. Throw in a sox name and the combo of the unoriginal is complete. The Norfolk Tides and their unique sea horse is the best of the bunch, but it’s still lackluster.

26. Anaheim Angels.

Multiple Angels and Bees team say boring. Though the unique 66ers name helps out just a boring set of logos.

25. Chicago Cubs. Bears are a theme there. Pelicans and Emeralds complement them, but the defending series winners didn’t win here.

24. New York Yankees

Two team twin with the big club here. Then next come the Thunder, River dogs and Railriders Not too good, but not too bad a bit underwhelming is why they rank so low.

23. Chicago White Socks. While only two lower level teams rock the same name as their parent, this is a list loaded with ho-hum names. Knights, Barons and Dash are nothing special. Voyagers and Intimidators are the best of the bunch, but may rank near the middle as far as unique individual names.

22. Cleveland Indians

The highlight of this group is the Akron rubber ducks. The Scrappers and Captains are better than an Indians name, but the Clippers and Hillcats leave much to be desired.

21. Washington Nationals.

This name set is filled with patriotic luster with another Nationals, Senators and Chiefs. The Suns is a ho-hum name and seems odd for Hagerstown. The Auburn Doubleday’s gives a tip of the cap to the invention of the game of baseball and the myth behind it. Making it the best in a middle of the road set.

20. Arizona Diamondbacks.

Arizona is a solid, but unspectacular set of names. Aces is classic, but boring, as is Generals and Cougars. Hops and Rawhide are in a league of their own, but again nothing so funny, or memorable.

19. Houston Astros.

It didn’t help the Astros ranking to add a new team called the Astros. This gives them five squads with that name. Grizzles is another ho-hum name not helping much. Hooks and River Bandits try and redeem the organization it’s not a super strong try.

18. Detroit Tigers

Flying Tigers and four more Tiger cub teams make up the organization. Though positive points for the Western Michigan Whitecaps and Toledo Mud Hens.

17. Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Altoona Curve are the stand out name in a series with Indians, Blackbears, Power and Marauders. Though the organization is a bit lower than average on exciting names.

16. Toronto Blue Jays.

Fisher Cats are funny and the Vancouver Canadians is a local flare team name. Though A Jays clone and Bison add an underwhelming element to the puzzle.

15. Minnesota Twins

The Twins are another middle of the pack set of names. The Fort Myers Miracle and Chattanooga Lookouts are the standouts here. Red Wings and Kernels are a bit of a step down, but not enough to move the Twins too far up, or down on the list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Green Sports Logos

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. http://ncaa-sports.wikia.com/wiki/Hawaii_Warriors

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shocking Rebrands Part Two.

In this post https://hammerdownsportsblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/three-minor-league-teams-rebranded-and-the-new-names-will-shock-you/

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.

http://holidayleague.com/bourbonville-krewe/ 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. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20161118&content_id=209084304&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb

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. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20170111&content_id=213233290&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20161027&content_id=207326010&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb&sid=milb

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

By Steve Samek