The 10 Worst Logos in Sports

Seth HermanContributor IMay 10, 2011

The 10 Worst Logos in Sports

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    Cleveland Browns
    Cleveland BrownsChris Graythen/Getty Images

    Over the years, we've seen some hideous logos come and (thankfully) go. Here are the 10 worst logos in professional sports, as of May 2011.

10. Atlanta Thrashers

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    Aside from the fact that nobody knows what a Thrasher is, this is a simplistic, not-intimidating-in-the-least attempt at a bird swinging a hockey stick. And it's pretty lame. I know that Atlanta loves the bird thing (re: Hawks and Falcons), but did they really have to keep with that theme with their hockey franchise? After all, the Braves logo is a classic...

9. Carolina Hurricanes

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    Carolina Hurricanes
    Carolina Hurricanes

    Is that a hurricane? Or a toilet flushing? And is that supposed to be a puck in the middle? Either way, it's not much to look at.

8. Portland Trail Blazers

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    Portland Trail Blazers
    Portland Trail Blazers

    For years I wondered how this is a depiction of a trail, or a blazer, or someone blazing a trail, or even someone playing basketball. And to this day, the meaning still escapes me.

7. Cleveland Browns

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    Cleveland Browns
    Cleveland Browns

    I would put this one higher, if not for the history behind the team and its logo, but let me just ask one question. The logo of a team named the Cleveland Browns is an orange helmet? Seriously? Are you kidding me? Why hasn't anyone pointed this out yet?

6. New Jersey Nets

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    New Jersey Nets
    New Jersey Nets

    Again, I ask you - the logo of a team called the New Jersey Nets features a picture of a ball going through a basket... without a net? I mean, who is designing these things? And is anyone checking them before they go through?

5. Tampa Bay Rays

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    Tampa Bay Rays
    Tampa Bay Rays

    While I applauded the decision to delete the "Devil" from the Rays nickname, the logo was far from creative. A baseball field? With a tiny ray of light emanating from the "R"? In an era where computer graphics have never been cooler, I can't imagine they didn't have anything better on the table.

4. Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Oklahoma City Thunder
    Oklahoma City Thunder

    I loved the nickname when it came out, but was horrified at the logo, and the team colors. What exactly does that have to do with thunder, may I ask? Is there anything orange and blue about thunder? And where are the clouds, lightning, or anything thunder-related?

3. Dallas Mavericks

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    Dallas Mavericks
    Dallas Mavericks

    Again, not sure what they were shooting for. A sleeping horse that looks like a slice of the moon? I've seen better horse logos for high school teams.

2. Tie: New York Jets, New York Giants

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    New York Jets & New York Giants
    New York Jets & New York Giants

    Okay, we get it: they want us to know they're from New York. Except that they're not. (both teams play in New Jersey)

1. Vancouver Canucks

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    Vancouver Canucks
    Vancouver Canucks

    If anyone - anyone at all - can tell me what a killer whale breaking through ice has to do with Vancouver, Canada, or a Canuck, i'll be interested to know. But until then, this is still the worst logo in professional sports.