Discharged! Other Universally Hated New Looks In Sports
Our own Rick Chandler covered the backlash on what The Artists Formerly Known as the San Diego Chargers will brandish upon their move to Los Angeles. In the midst of a near unanimously negative response, the Chargers have more or less backtracked on this new logo, though this is the internet, where everything ugly lives forever.
Of course, this logo is FAR from the first to receive a universally hated reception. Several months ago, I too a stab at finding some of the most hated logo changes in sports history up viewing the backlash to the Instagram logo change. In honor of this #ThrowbackThursday, here are five more logo changes that fans universally hated just in time for the Chargers' goof. Look folks, we can't agree on much, apparently, as Americans today. But for now, let's sit back, relax, and hate!
Pittsburgh Penguins (1992)
The Penguins actually showed up on our last list too, as their "friendly" inaugural logo was derided by Steel City residents. This new logo, mockingly referred to by Pens fans and haters alike as "RoboPigeon", was also added for the 1992-93 season, just one year after the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. The Penguins reverted back to the (intimidating) skating Penguin logo in 2002, though RoboPigeon stayed on as an alternate logo before being fully phased out after 2007.
Big Ten Conference (2012)
If you think messing with college fans and their logos as bad...just wait until you deal with their CONFERENCE'S logos!!! Fans of Big Ten schools generally don't like each others...the conference is home some of the biggest rivalries in college sports, like Michigan-Ohio State...but they united in the hatred of the new logo, created to coincide with the ever growing conference, which went from 11 members to 14 in 2012. Fans were rather upset over the loss of the old one, which added the hidden numeral of "11" to reflect the number of schools. Sure, this logo should've met their demands, as the last two initials resemble a 10, but how DARE they not think of a way to insert a 14!!!
Miami Dolphins (2013)
Nothing showcases the hypocrisy of the NFL's concern over brain injury more than the evolution of the Miami Dolphins' logo. I mean for the first time in their history...the logo is NOT wearing a helmet!!! That wasn't the only thing fans were upset about, as other complained that the new logo removed the Dolphin's personality, as it was now a faceless creature. Though many fans were upset over the change, receptions became slightly less icy when Miami legends Dan Marino and Don Shula voiced their support of the logo.
Florida State Seminoles (2014)
Now, the 'Noles' new look was a subtle modernization, at best. For the record, here's what the old logo looked like...really not too much of a difference. Don't tell that to the good folks of Tallahassee, however, as they were not fans of the new logo, which was released just months after FSU football's national championship season. The previous logo had stood for two decades, though, really, that's no excuse for fans to declare they'd "never wear" this one. It got to the point where one frustrated FSU fan created a Google Chrome extension to replace any appearances of the new logo with the old one.
Cleveland Browns (2015)
You knew Nike was thinking craaaaaaaazy things when they announced they were going to make big changes to the Cleveland Browns uniforms, so fan were expecting quite the rebrand for the only team in NFL history that has gone fully-logo free on their helmets. While Nike did rebrand the uniforms quite a a bit, the helmet...well they just went from a gray to brown facemask. In other words, like many things in the history of the rebooted Cleveland Browns...oh heck, it's par for course with the old one too...this attempted rebrand was one big fail.
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