Wednesday, July 09, 2008

This logo is making me hungry

Uh oh. Puck Daddy points us to something truly awful:
Team owner Schlegel Sports announced today the new name of Iowa’s AHL hockey team, the “Iowa Chops”.
“We really feel this name perfectly represents our vision of the new team,” says team owner Kirby Schlegel, CEO of Schlegel Sports. “It illustrates Iowa’s agricultural heritage while also playing into the definition of ‘chops’, having nerve, resilience and staying power. The word ‘chops’ can mean continually defeating someone, and that is the reputation we expect Iowa’s new team to gain in the league.”
The new logo depicts a vicious boar’s head in the team colors of crimson, grey and black, and was designed to depict the tougher style of hockey coming to Iowa.
It ... is a pig.

I'm going to have to amend my list, as Wilbur here is going to oink his way to infamy when this team hits the ice in the fall.

UPDATE Blogger Earl Sleek, in homage to the fact the Chops are the Anaheim Ducks' affiliate, has developed an alternate logo for the new team:


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At 7:22 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I laughed out loud.

This is still not nearly as bad as the Dallas Stars Mooterus.

At 7:24 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

I read that at first as CHOMPS

I think that would be better, because the pig is about to... chomp

At 7:38 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Being a Ducks fan, people have been trying to hassle me about this today, but what they fail to realize:

1. The AHL is so far off my radar; this is likely a logo I'll hardly ever really see.

2. Uh, remember, I'm a guy who rooted for a cartoon duck for a near-decade; obviously it's not a huge problem for me.

3. I can draw a pig, if needed.

4. I prefer nearly any name/logo that gets people away from saying "Baby Ducks".

At 7:39 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Earl, I dare you to draw piggy here with a goalie mask jumping out of the ice.

That is all.

At 8:57 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

For the record, I think the pig is better than a cartoon duck... but then, I pretty much hate disney.

Actually, well, I dunno.

The pig jumping out of the ice... well, that could be quite possibly the greatest logo ever

At 8:59 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger Nick said...

seriously, the more I look at that pig jumping out of the ice, the harder I'm laughing. that's really good.

At 9:02 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pigs, ducks - both farm animals.

Here's the thing - they could have called the team the Boars or the Hogs and at least had the name of a live animal.

Chops are FOOD, and therefore dead, and not especially active at anything (including hockey). :)

It is a pretty mean looking pig, though.

At 9:46 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It needs a some Photoshop help to put an apple in its mouth.

At 9:56 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks more like the logo to a slaughter house than a sports team.

At 10:00 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they play Duelling Banjos and yell Squeal Like A Pig ala Deliverance???

At 10:23 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger Garnet said...

They're dead meat all right.

At 10:43 p.m., July 09, 2008, Blogger d-lee said...

Iowa produces more pork than any other state, by a long way. They also have way more pigs than people.

Second leading pork producer? Second most pig-populous state? My home, North Carolina.

Still, this is completely ridiculous.

At 11:50 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have seen more frightening logos, but I at a loss to remember any of them. As I look at this, the word "ghastly" comes to mind.

At 11:56 p.m., July 09, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't boars usually have tusks and not fangs? I guess I wouldn't want to be trapped in a pen with an angry pig, they could probably really put a hurtin on somebody, but that's still about as bad as Linux Torvalds' angry penguin.

Earl, I'm not sure this is any better than Baby Ducks. Now you get to be the Pork Chops. Speaking of cheering for a cartoon character, did you see the initial press conference announcing the team and its name? Hil-ar-i-ous.

I was thinking about it. Wasn't Anaheim's last farm team the Portland Pirates? Or am I thinking wrong team? How are they the Baby Ducks (although that's usually what I called them) whereas Springfield isn't the Baby Oil? Fredericton - Baby Habs (but Hamilton wasn't). Saint John - Baby Flames (but Omaha isn't). St. John's - Baby Leafs (but Toronto isn't). Even the Cape Breton Oilers weren't the Baby Oil.

What is the process for declaring a particular farm team to be a Baby Parentteam rather than some other nickname?

At 11:05 a.m., July 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What happens if they draft a Jewish player? Chops are not kosher!

At 1:59 p.m., July 10, 2008, Blogger Bill Needle said...

It's one of the pigs from Mr. Wu's pen in Deadwood.

At 2:32 p.m., July 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great name! Hockey players are pigs for the most part.

Signed, Pam

At 6:55 p.m., July 10, 2008, Blogger miah said...

I am still laughing. That pig out of the ice is amazing.

Aww, I liked the Dallas Stars Mooterus.

The Chops REAL logo is indeed frightening. It seems ghorish to have a soon to be slaughtered pig as your mascot. Wow, can you even imagine the mascot?! What if it's a guy in a pig suit and his good buddy "Bill the Butcher" who chases him around the rink w/ a meat cleaver? This is sounding better and better.

At 9:29 p.m., July 10, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 10:26 p.m., July 10, 2008, Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Top notch, "Kevin Lowe"! I loved it.


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