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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Los Vegas Aces

S.Samek

Move over Vegas Golden Knights, you are no longer the only professional sports team in sin city.

 
The WNBA is adding the Los Vegas Aces for the 2018 season. This is the relocation of the San Antonio Stars.

 

I really like this move. Vegas is a big sports town without the teams to match. This gives them a second sports team in a professional league, before the Oakland Raiders come to town. Gives sports fans another option other than hockey ,or minor league baseball.

 

Basketball does have a good shot of success in Vegas. The NBA hosts the summer league there, the Reno Big Horns of the G League set up shop not far away.

 

This summers Big3 summer league hosted the championships there.

 

Plus, the Mountain West Conference hosts their tournament for basketball at the Thomas and Mack Center, home to UNLV hoops.

 

It also puts the Aces out of the shadow of the Spurs. With the Stars struggling and the Spurs almost always in the playoffs, it could be easy to see where the Stars could be ignored.

 
Vegas doesn’t have pro basketball so there’s only one ticket in town for that.

 

The name is pretty solid. It goes well with the gambling nature of Vegas. However, what a boring logo. I do like the red, silver and black color scheme and it does look like the logo has a metallic look to it which is cool. Yet, its mostly a bunch of triangles. Boring and not something I want to wear on a t-shirt.

 

They could have done a better job of playing with the cities gambling theme in the logo, but it wasn’t done.

 
Though buzz for this team is high. They have a new coach in Bill Laimbeer. They also hold the number one pick in the WNBA draft.

 

This is the second year in a row for them to draft in the number one slot, with which the then Stars selected Kelsey Plum.

 

Wishing the Aces best of luck this season. This is a great move and I hope it works well for future expansion in the WNBA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Pick Them Week 15

S.Samek

7-9 week 14, 130-75 overall

Broncos @ Colts

Bears @ Lions

Chargers @ Chiefs

Texans @ Jaguars

Ravens @ Browns

Packers @ Panthers

Dolphins @ Bills

Bengals @ Vikings

Cardinals @ Redskins

Eagles @ Giants

Jets @ Saints

Rams @ Seahawks

Titans @ 49ers

Patriots @ Steelers

Cowboys @ Raiders

Falcons @ Buccaneers

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Rattlers

S.Samek

Today we discuss relocation. Yet in a sport that I didn’t think was coming.
Major League Lacrosse has announced that the former Rochester Rattlers are moving to Frisco, Texas to become the Dallas Rattlers.

 

Its an interesting move to say the least. It extends the geographic footprint of the league a bit. This should make travel a bit more difficult for teams as Dallas is the only team in the central time zone against a mostly eastern standard time focused league.

 

It is also interesting to see if this could be the return of west coast lacrosse. The MLL formally had posts in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

 

Team up a couple California, or other Texas entrants with together with league man stay Denver and you may have something here.

 
The only question is how big of a market is Lacrosse down in Texas. Seems to me like when compared to New York, or other eastern coast states it isn’t as sought after in Texas.

 
The Rattlers also have plenty of competition for revenue in their new home. Six other franchises call the Frisco area friendly confines.

 
Yet it gives the Rattlers a chance to play in a state of the art facility. They will play in the Ford Center, home of the Dallas Cowboys complexes. The same place that hosted the 2017 MLL championship game.

 
While the move is interesting I do think one positive came out of it. The new logo. It gets a much fiercer and modern look against the old logo. The silver, navy blue and orange is a great color scheme and a lot better than the brown orange of before.

 

Good luck to the newly rebranded Dallas Rattlers.

 

Ball Family Strikes Again.

S.Samek

The Ball family strikes again. Not for reasons in a positive light either.

 

The big announcement is that Liangelo Ball has been pulled out of UCLA. Liangelo hasn’t played in any games for the Bruins this year. He will look to transfer. This comes after an incident in which Liangelo was suspended indefinitely for shoplifting during a team trip to China.

 

I guess it makes sense to me to explore other options if you’re not going to play. Yet it was his own fault for shoplifting as to why he got suspended.

 
Yet Lavar Ball will let his youngest son Lamelo commit to UCLA just like Lonzo Ball did.

 
The Los Angeles Lakers announced a rule that plan to enforce. This is that no media member may congregate outside of the section designated for family members and associates of players.

 
The rule has been dubbed the Lavar Ball rule after the infamous father did an on -court interview on opening night of the season.

 
While he hasn’t done anything like that sense. He can’t do it anymore. However, the league does allow on court access for those with credentials.

 
This is a fair rule. Give the players some space to breath without a camera, or notepad in front of their face. Let them enjoy family time. Yet still honoring the leagues rules and having the credentialed media members do what they need to do.

 

I just hope Lavar will be quite and let his sons just play some basketball.