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Alexandria Aces*
Altoona Curve
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists*
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Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
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Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Bluefield Blue Jays
Boise Hawks*
Bowie Baysox*
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
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Bristol Pirates
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Buffalo Bisons
Burlington Bees
Burlington Royals*
Calgary Vipers*
Capitales de Quebec
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Charleston RiverDogs*
Charlotte Knights*
Charlotte Stone Crabs
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
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Columbia Fireflies*
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Erie SeaWolves*
Eugene Emeralds*
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Everett AquaSox
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Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Florida Fire Frogs*
Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys*
Fresno Grizzlies
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gateway Grizzlies
Grand Junction Rockies*
Great Falls Voyagers*
Great Lakes Loons
Greeneville Astros
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Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Braves
Hagerstown Suns
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Hartford Yard Goats*
Helena Brewers
Hickory Crawdads
Hillsboro Hops
Hudson Valley Renegades
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Johnson City Cardinals
Joliet Slammers*
Joplin Blasters
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kansas City T-Bones
Kingsport Mets
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers*
Lakeland Flying Tigers*
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Laredo Lemurs
Las Vegas 51s
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends*
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Beach Armada*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lowell Spinners
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Osprey
Mobile BayBears*
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Britain Bees*
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New Jersey Jackals
New Orleans Zephyrs
Norfolk Tides*
Normal CornBelters
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers*
Olmecas de Tabasco
Omaha Storm Chasers
Orem Owlz
Ottawa Champions*
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pawtucket Red Sox*
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Pittsburg Diamonds*
Portland Sea Dogs
Potomac Nationals
Potros de Tijuana*
Princeton Rays*
Pulaski Mariners*
Quad City River Bandits*
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels*
River City Rascals
Rochester Red Wings
Rockland Boulders
Rojos del Águila de Veracruz
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats*
Salem Red Sox
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
San Rafael Pacifics*
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sarasota Reds*
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders*
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
Sonoma Stompers
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Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
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State College Spikes
Staten Island Yankees
Stockton Ports
Sultanes de Monterrey
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Chiefs
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Yankees
Tennessee Smokies
Texarkana Gunslingers*
Texas AirHogs
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Vaqueros Laguna
Vermont Lake Monsters*
Visalia Rawhide*
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
West Virginia Black Bears
West Virginia Power*
Wichita Wingnuts
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
York Revolution*
Capitales de Québec 81

Notice: All logos on this page are included within the parameters of 17 U.S.C. § 107, which states that the reproduction of a copyrighted work for purposes of criticism and/or comment is not an infringement of copyright. No challenge to the copyrights of these logos is intended by their inclusion here.
Posted 2014 August 18

Here we go again. Last week I spent a considerable portion of the article discussing that the New Orleans Zephyrs had to go with a fleur-de-lis in their logo because they picked a name which doesn't lend itself to a logo and a fleur-de-lis is representative of New Orleans. Now I'm reviewing les Capitales de Québec, and once again, it's a team whose name doesn't lend itself to a logo easily, so they went with a fleur-de-lis. Again, this is somewhat reasonable, because the flag of the province of Québec features four fleurs-de-lis on it.

Unlike the Zephyrs logo, in this logo the fleur-de-lis is not the largest feature. But it is nonetheless the most distinct, which should give you an idea of how generic the rest of the logo is. It's basically a variant on the "baseball-in-circle" logo, with the variation coming from the fact that the "circle" is actually a capital Q. And that's it. That's the whole logo.

I suppose I shouldn't blame them. If you look at other teams named the Capitals, it quickly becomes clear that they all struggle with what to do for a logo. For most of its existence, the NHL Washington Capitals have gone with a simple wordmark. The Sacramento Capitals of World Team Tennis included a drawing of the dome atop the California state capitol. The York Capitals* of American Indoor Football go with a man wearing a powdered wig and holding a football in front of a Revolution-era flag — in short, they tried to represent what York is (allegedly) the capital of. The Victoria Capitals of the Canadian Baseball League also went with a capitol dome; the Vienna Capitals of Austria's Eishockey Liga** go with an unrelated, abstract design which may or may not be intended to look like a fireball. Of these, the capital dome isn't an option for Québec: instead of a dome, the Parliament Building in Québec has a tower in an excessively ornate, Second Empire architecture. That leaves a wordmark, an unrelated design, or something representing the province of Québec. Les Capitales apparently decided to throw out the second option and split the difference between the first and the third. Is it a great solution? No. Is it really any worse than any other logo belonging to a team called the Capitals? No. So, whatever. Assuming they're not going to change the name from les Capitales (and I don't know how much I can criticize that when freaking York thinks they're allowed to use it), I suppose this'll have to do.

*The name comes from the fact that the Continental Congress met in York for a few months during the Revolutionary War while the real capital (Philadelphia) was under British control; York has never actually been the capital of anything.
**Yes, the name of the hockey team is in English despite being in a German-speaking country. This is not uncommon in European sports for some reason; other examples include the Hamburg Freezers of die Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the Kloten Flyers of Switzerland's National League A (whose league name is in English), and the Amsterdam Pirates of the Netherlands' Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

Final Score: 81 points.
Penalties: Alliteration, 5 pts; Equipment, 13 pts; Letter, 24 pts; Irrelevance, 39 pts.
Bonuses: None.


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