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Posted 2016 January 17

Why, Milwaukee Admirals, why?

Your previous logo was the gold standard in So Bad It's Good logos. An utterly over-the-top, utterly ludicrous logo that featured a skeleton (with eyes) dressed up in a bizarre mixture of naval and hockey uniforms (note the admiral's hat, formal naval jacket, hockey pants, and hockey gloves), with a skate on one foot and a peg leg for his other foot, and with a hockey stick made of a twig lashed with a rope to a shinbone and the bones of a foot with hockey tape wrapped around said toes. It may not have been intimidating, but it was memorable. Oh, dear god, was it memorable! If I live to be a hundred and on my 100th birthday someone asks me what the most memorable hockey logo I've ever seen is, I'll probably say it was the logo the Milwaukee Admirals used from 2006 to 2014. (Well, either that or I'll say, "What? Speak up, I can't hear you!") But this new logo...what were you thinking?

I suspect that what you were thinking was "We're going to take the best things from the old logo and drop the worst things from it, and in the process come up with a really great logo." And that sounds great in theory, but there's a major problem with it, which is that there weren't any best things in the old logo. What made the old logo so wonderful was that everything about it was terrible. There wasn't a single thing about the old logo that was good. Everything about it was bad, and it was bad by design and without apology. The only way to come up with a good logo to replace the old one is to completely throw the old one out and start from scratch. And you didn't do that.

Truth be told, this logo wouldn't be too bad — might even be good — if you'd make two simple changes. First, the skull has got to go. Your team isn't called the "Skeletons", after all. Put some skin on that face. Second, if you feel the need to put something in the middle of the bicorn, don't put an "A" made out of bones. Put an "A" in a normal font, or some stars, or just leave it alone.

And while I'm criticizing anyway, I'd like to point out that when U.S. admirals wore bicorns the long side went front-to-back, not side-to-side. Also, that single star on the logo? A single star is the insignia of a commodore, not an admiral (admirals have between two and five stars). But I'll let those slide if you fix the other things.

And you really need to fix the other things. The old logo was laughable in the best possible way. This logo is still laughable, but not in a good way at all.

Final Score: 18 points.
Penalties: Irrelevance, 14 pts; Name-Logo, 2 pts; YuckyLogo, 5 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -3 pts.

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