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Sioux Falls Canaries 128

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 2022 May 15

Sioux Falls, South Dakota has a population of roughly 200,000 people, which is approximately 458% of the population of South Dakota. And if I'm honest, I'm just a little bit jealous of one thing it has. Below is a picture of Falls Park, located at the falls for which Sioux Falls is named:

As you can see in the background, this is not outside of town or even on the outskirts. This is basically downtown. See the person toward the lower left of the photograph? You can walk from the spot where he is to the corner of First and Main in about ten minutes. Or at least you could if First actually intersected with Main, which it doesn't (it stops one block west of Main). But you get the idea. Raleigh has nothing like this. The closest thing downtown Raleigh has is a creek that got covered over decades ago. That's...not the same.

The Canaries' stadium isn't much farther from downtown; it's about a twenty-minute walk from the nonexistent corner of First and Main in the opposite direction from the falls. Before the Canaries, it was home to a team called the Packers, and before that to a team called the, um, Canaries. Those Canaries were the original tenants of the current Sioux Falls Stadium, but before them there was another stadium in town, which hosted a different team called the— well, you know. Yes, Canaries is one of those names that goes back to 1492, so whether you like it or not it isn't going anywhere, or at least if it does it'll soon be back. (The current team changed its name from the Canaries to the Pheasants in 2010, and back to the Canaries in 2013.) Truth be told, it's no worse than Cardinals or Orioles, and it's a hell of a lot better than Trash Pandas or Biscuits.

As for the logo...well, it's better than the logos for the Trash Pandas and the Biscuits, but that's not exactly a high bar to clear. Truth be told it's basically a laundry list of the things in minor league logos that inspired me to create the Bush League Factor in the first place. Anthropomorphized animal? Check. Dressed as an athlete? Check. Facial expression that's probably intended to look tough but fails miserably? Check. You don't actually see logos like this much anymore; it seems like teams have generally moved either toward less cartoony, more stylized logos (think les Aigles de Trois-Rivières or the Delmarva Shorebirds) or else toward utterly ridiculous atrocities (think the Fort Wayne TinCaps or Lansing Lugnuts). These days, a logo like this almost looks quaint.

That doesn't mean it's good though, and it isn't.

Final Score: 128 points.
Penalties: Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts.
Bonuses: None.


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