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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 2012 August 24

This, dear reader, is not the proper way to draw a logo with a bear in it. Bears in logos should look intimidating, not cute. This looks like the artist was trying to make the bear both intimidating and cute. It is neither.

I get the feeling that the artist didn't actually want to draw this. Indeed, I could be wrong, but I can't help but think there's a subtle protest going on here. Unlike most logos, this one has the team's name twice. But most of the second "GATEWAY" is covered by the bear's right arm. All you can see is the last two letters and part of the first letter. In other words, the artist secretly stuck the word "GAY" in the logo. It's subtle, because most of the "G" is obscured, but it is there. Meanwhile, the second instance of "GRIZZLIES" has all of its letters at least partly visible. This could be accidental, but you can't tell me that the artist couldn't have drawn this differently. It would have been very easy to resize the bear so that it was entirely within the diamond that includes the name.

I also suspect the artist would have much rather been drawing a logo for a football team. The sleeve, after all, looks like most of a football (albeit a white one with a blue stripe running the length of it). And the bear has eyeblack. Yes, I know that some baseball players wear eyeblack. But it's getting less common as more games are played at night, and many players just wear sunglasses. All in all, I'd say eyeblack is a lot more common with (and a lot more associated with) football than baseball. Maybe the hidden "GAY" isn't aimed specifically at this franchise, but is instead the artist's opinion of baseball in general?

So what we have here, in essence, is a logo with more hidden messages in it than an Electric Light Orchestra album. As a result, after a while I started looking at the logo intently, wondering if I'd missed anything. Could there be Freudian implications in the baseball bat? Unlikely, I decided: of course a baseball player is going to be holding a bat in that position,* and it isn't drawn in a way that makes it any more phallic than a baseball bat is in the first place. But there could be other things. If I look at the eye from just the right angle will I see a wedjat? Are there Freemason symbols hidden in it? I never found any, but there has to be one. There are Freemason symbols in everything. Just look at a map of downtown Toronto if you don't believe me. It might take you a while to find them, but keep looking. They're there. Trust me.

Ultimately I didn't find anything else in the logo, other than a shadow that may or may not represent an ejaculating penis. And no, I'm not going to tell you where that one is. That one probably says more about me than about the artist in any case. Sometimes a shadow is just a shadow. And sometimes, a bad logo is just a bad logo. But I'm not convinced that this is one of those times.


*Note, however, that one again a baseball player in a logo is depicted as being left-handed. For those who care, that puts the current count at eight left-handed players, six right-handed players, and one (the cat in the Gary SouthShore RailCats) who is drawn so poorly that I can't tell if he's a lefty or a righty.


Final Score: 180 points.
Penalties: Region, 8 pts; Alliteration, 5 pts; Diamond (egregious), 33 pts; Letter (this is my way of penalizing them for putting the name in the logo twice); Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts; Logo, 12 pts.
Bonuses: None.


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