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The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC West)

The Best and Worst NFL Logos (AFC West)

Sports
With the 2012 National Football League season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 32 current NFL franchises. Primary, alternate, and helmet logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today I look at the four squads of the AFC’s West division. Previous entries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North, NFC North, AFC South, NFC South Denver Broncos Best I shared my thoughts on Denver's classic D logo quite a few years ago, and my opinion remains unchanged. It's unique, it's colorful, and it went into one of the great identities in pro sports. And this is coming from someone who places the Broncos in his to...
Remembering Al Davis (1929 – 2011)

Remembering Al Davis (1929 – 2011)

People, Sports
You need to know two things about me to get some context for this post. One, I've been an Oakland Raiders fan for just about 30 years, which means I've seen some sweet highs and a lot of dismal lows. Two, I am not a professional journalist and so I haven't had an Al Davis tribute ready to go for years -- which means these are my unedited, unprepared thoughts about the man in the minutes immediately after I heard about his death at age 82. I'm sure there are other articles and tributes that can properly frame Al Davis's legacy in a way I can't, but it needs to be said -- if you have even a passing interest in the National Football League, take five seconds right now and thank Al Davis. He, along with men like Wellington Mara, Pete Rozelle, and Lamar Hunt, was one of the titans of profess...
Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Here’s some stuff I enjoyed this week

Internet, Links
Here’s a fresh batch of some quality interweb finds I’ve come across over the last 7 days: Dana Carvey + Linkin Park = Satan shooting explosive diarrhea in your face! (You Just Made My List!) A look at the worst men in sports.  No Al Davis, strangely enough.  (Deadspin) Even if you don't know what https is, change this Facebook setting now. (Gawker) "The arrow of time", a year-by-year history of the unhappiest family ever.  (Zone Zero) Remember zany, watermelon-smashing comic Gallagher?  Now he's paranoid, bitter, homophobic, right-wing nutjob, watermelon-smashing ranter Gallagher. (The Stranger) This is where TLC is heading, and you know it. (Urlesque) A graphic overview tracing the evolution of the Hipster (Gawker) Matthew Baldwin (Defective Yeti) is rating all the ...
Why I am now a Seattle Seahawks fan

Why I am now a Seattle Seahawks fan

Sports
For the next month (at most), I am switching my NFL allegiance from my beloved Oakland Raiders to the Seattle Seahawks.  Why?  Well a few reasons.  For one, I need a break from Al Davis and his batshit crazy ownership moves, like letting go of the first semi-competent head coach he's had in a decade (Tom Cable) and the best defensive player he's had in a decade (Nnamdi Asomugha). But don't worry, I'm no bandwagon fan.  As soon as the Seahawks either get dumped from the playoffs or win the whole damn thing at Super Bowl XLV (that means 73 in Italian, right?), it's back to the Silver & Black for me.  But I'm really hoping for the latter right now. It's not that I give a damn about the Seahawks, a former hated AFC West rival.  It's that they're doing such a marvelous job pissing off...