25 Things Hiding in Sports Logos

University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

We've looked at hidden messages in corporate logos before. Here are some examples from the world of sports, some more obvious than others.

1. Quebec Nordiques 

The now-defunct Canadian hockey team sported a red "N" next to a hockey stick. Together, the images created an igloo. There is a slim chance nostalgic Nordique fans might see their team re-emerge: Canada might add three more franchises in the next 20 years, and Quebec City meets the minimum requirements. 

2. The Atlanta Falcons

The falcon's wing and out-stretched claws make the shape of an "F" for Falcons. 

3. Dallas Mavericks 

The intimidating horse has a subtle "M" on its forehead.

4. Hartford Whalers 

Another defunct hockey team with a clever logo. The negative space between the "W" and the whale tail create an "H," for Hartford. 

5. Milwaukee Brewers (1978-1993)

The "M" & "B" come together to form a catcher's mitt, complete with baseball in the center. 

6. Houston Rockets 

The "R" in the hoop is a rocket taking off. There's also a hidden "H" formed by the hoop and "R."

Check out Fanatics line of Houston Rockets gear here.

7. Montreal Expos 

At first glance, this logo looks like an "M" in the colors of the French flag. A lowercase "e"  and "b" are tucked into the "M." Officially, the letters stand for Montreal Expos Baseball. A popular theory says that the letters are actually "EJB," the initials of Elizabeth Bronfman, the daughter of a former Expos owner.

8. Arkansas–Pine Bluff Golden Lions 

This lion gets its mane from the letters "UAPB," for University of Arkansas Pine Bluff. 

9. Big Ten Conference 

The "IG" in BIG is meant to look like a ten, so that two words fuse into one. Also check out Big Ten's logo when there were 11 teams involved. 

10. Montreal Canadiens 

The H inside the Canadien logo officially stands for "hockey," but some fans think it refers to the team's nickname, the "Habs." 

11. Washington Capitals 

The Washington Capitals tried to incorporate several patriotic elements into their alternate logo. An eagle and the Capitol Building come together to create a very American "W" for Washington. 

12. Winnipeg Jets (1979-1990)

Hockey teams love hidden symbols! The "J" in the original Jets' logo is also a hockey stick. 

Vintage Jets gear is still available at Fanatics.

13. Winnipeg Jets 

After coming back to Winnipeg in 2011, the Jets got a new logo. There is a not-so-hidden maple leaf behind the jet. The notch at the top indicates north and is a wink at True North Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the team. 

14. Minnesota Wild 

The Minnesota landscape makes up this logo’s bear shape. A setting sun fills its ear and a running river doubles as the bear’s mouth. Most interestingly, the eye is meant to be the North Star, a potential nod at Minnesota’s previous team, the Minnesota North Stars.

15. Colorado Avalanche 

The snow/streak from the hockey puck that wraps around the "A" is shaped like a "C" for Colorado. 

16. Michigan Stags 

You may not know this short-lived WHA team, but for the short time they played, the Stags sported this deer on their sweaters. The legs make the shape of an "M" for Michigan.

17. Washington State Cougars 

This fierce cougar from Washington State University is made up of the letters "WSU."

18. Arizona Diamondbacks (2007)

This alternate logo uses the letters "D" and "B" to create the image of a snake. The following year, pupils were added to the snake's eyes to make the image clearer.

19. Minnesota Twins 

The "win" in Twins is optimistically underlined.

20. Tampa Bay Rays 

The home of DJ Kitty has a yellow light on the "R" to suggest that the Rays refers to both devil rays and rays of light. 

21. Minnesota Timberwolves (1996-2008)

This alternate logo combines an "M" and a "T" to create the image of a wolf. Sorta.

Timberwolves gear new and old are on sale now at Fanatics.

22. Portland Timbers

The axe is also a "T" for Timbers.

23. New Jersey Devils 

This one might be a little obvious to some people, but it took me forever to realize the devil takes the shape of "NJ" for New Jersey, and is not just striking a sassy pose. 

24. Washington Wizards 

The wizard's beard helps create the shape of a blue "W" for wizards. The outline of the basketball is also a crescent moon. 

Show your Wizards fandom with some help from Fanatics

25. St. Louis Blues 

The Blues logo does not have any hidden letters or shapes, but it possibly has a hidden meaning. The winged note bears a striking resemblance to a 64th note. St. Louis was founded in 1764. Unfortunately, this is not an official explanation, but a well-received fan theory.

All of the logos above are available on retro gear over at Fanatics!

Additional Sources: SportsLogos.net, TSN, The Roosevelts, and the Facebook group "Best Day of My Life: When I Realized the Brewers Logo Was a Ball and Glove AND the Letters M and B."

Save Up to 80 Percent on Furniture, Home Decor, and Appliances During Wayfair's Way Day 2020 Sale

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Wayfair

From September 23 to September 24, customers can get as much as 80 percent off home decor, furniture, WFH essentials, kitchen appliances, and more during the Wayfair's Way Day 2020 sale. Additionally, when you buy a select Samsung appliance during the sale, you'll also get a $200 Wayfair gift card once the product ships. Make sure to see all that the Way Day 2020 sale has to offer. These prices won’t last long, so we've also compiled a list of the best deals for your home below.

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50 Years of Monday Night Football's Memorable Theme Music

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Monday Night Football turns 50 years old today—notably on a Monday! And as the Raiders and Saints warm up for tonight's kickoff, fans will know it's game time when they hear four distinct, descending notes. But it wasn't always that way. The biggest game of the week has been soundtracked by a handful of theme songs, starting back on September 21, 1970.

When Monday Night Football premiered on ABC, it was accompanied by the thoroughly groovy, Hammond organ-heavy “Score” by Charles Fox. The composer had previously written the theme for ABC’s Wide World of Sports, and he would later make a name for himself doing the theme songs for Happy Days and The Love Boat, as well as composing Roberta Flack’s Grammy-winning “Killing Me Softly with His Song.”

“No network had ever programmed a regular sporting event in the evening in prime time,” Fox wrote in his autobiography, and though no one could know what a juggernaut the show would become, he set about writing a funky soul-jazz tune. The song was released under the alias “Bob’s Band”—presumably because Fox was employed at the time by Bob Israel’s Score Productions, a music company specializing in theme songs and background music.

Fox retained its rights over that song, but the show moved on to a new opener after a few years. “Monday Night Football is still on the air, but my theme was replaced after seven years by someone named … Bob Israel,” Fox wrote of his former boss. Well, almost. First, there was a version simply called “ABC – Monday Night Football Theme” that aired from 1976 to 1981. Then in 1982, Israel’s Score Productions was brought in to update that song. The three composers of the 1976 piece unsuccessfully sued for copyright infringement.

Then, in 1989, Johnny Pearson’s “Heavy Action” rang in a new era of watching live sports from the comfort of your La-Z-Boy. Though the company had retained the rights to the song a decade previously, they used it primarily as background music and didn't make it an official theme until '89. The first four notes of the British composer’s opener became synonymous with American football, and the song is likely one of the most widely and easily recognized themes in television history.

Also in 1989, country star Hank Williams Jr. reworked his earlier hit "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" into a bar-room blues rocker that spoke of "turning on [his] TV for some pigskin fun." The song was a huge success and ran in various forms on the program for over 20 years. Williams enthusiastically growling "Are you ready for some football?" became as identifiable to the show as the opening notes of "Heavy Action."

Unfortunately, in 2011, Monday Night Football (which in 2006 moved from ABC to ESPN) dropped Williams' theme after he made controversial statements about President Barack Obama on Fox News. The network reverted to featuring "Heavy Action" most prominently, and in 2015 they reworked the theme yet again. That intro, which ran before each of the season's games, featured archive videos and computer generated players to highlight some of the greatest plays and playmakers in the history of the broadcast.

In 2017, Hank Williams Jr. and all his "Rowdy Friends" made their way back to the top of the football broadcast, but they've been replaced again in 2020 for Monday Night Football's 50th anniversary season with a cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up," courtesy of Butcher Brown.

Yeah, we're definitely ready for some football.