In this (for now) final Long Lost Logos column, we’ll be looking at what might have been for three of the most venerable SlamBall teams; the Rumble, Mob and Slashers. Of the 18 playoff appearances by teams in SlamBall to date, eleven have been accounted for by these three teams and the Rumble and Slashers have accounted for two of the three world championships so far. Team concepts are always evolving, so there’s no telling if these directions will be revisited. As always, we welcome your feedback.
First up, the Mob, which evolved from this…
I admit, not that much of an improvement, but the Mob team is consistently a fan favorite and their gritty combination of the red & black colors and heart do connect with fans. So let’s look at what could have happened with the Mob logo prior to last season. If you’re inclined, feel free to submit your own designs for the Mob, Rumble, Slashers or any other team logo both current and throwback. Who knows, you might inspire the iconic logo of a team going forward.
Now…onto the Mob alternates…
First up, an alternate take on the Mob name, shifting the focus from a gangster-type Mob to an angry Mob (like the one chasing Frankenstein with pitchforks). This led to a proposed logo that was kind of interesting…
Worth developing a bit? It wasn’t the gangster Chicago Mob we always associated with the team from the beginning, but it wasn’t a total loss. Continued to develop until we had this…
I could sort of see it. The “O” with the fist holding the torch kind of worked as a stand-alone icon and it didn’t track as an “out-of-context” letter. It mixed up the colors of the jersey nicely with the oranges and white shades in the flame. Big problem…and this goes out to anybody out there designing mass market stuff…fire is a big FAT no-no. We were basically advised that fire-based logos are asking for letter writing campaigns from anti-arson advocacy groups and children’s safety organizations. It could also have a negative developmental effect on younger fans.
“Wait a minute, I said…what about the Miami Heat logo?!?! How is that okay and this isn’t?” The answer…a cartoon basketball that’s implied to be on fire is in an entirely different GALAXY than a clenched (and presumably angry) fist holding a torch with the obvious intent to set something ON FIIAAAHHHH!!!
…I had no smart-ass comeback for that one.
And so we soldiered on. A half-hearted attempt back at the gangster motif notwithstanding…
…we returned to the logo that’s held it down for the Mob since the first season. I still think the logo needs tweaking to find something really iconic, but we’ll just have to see how it shakes out next season and beyond.
Which brings us to the Rumble logo, which went from this Lakers knockoff gem from the warehouse days…
…to this green/silver/black bad boy.
Definitely iconic. One of our better designs and has certainly connected with fans around the world. We took a spin around design-ville to see if we could come up with other cool takes on it.
Gotta say, that is pretty cool.
Again, VERY cool.
Not as cool, but in the ballpark of something that could be special.
So here’s what it came down to. The Rumble and Mob are forever linked by being the first two SlamBall teams and the original SlamBall rivalry. We’re very proud of that. The players respond to it and the fans appreciate the significance of the teams’ history. So we didn’t feel like we could alter the Rumble team until we were ready to “upgrade” the look and feel of the Mob team as well. Maybe we could have, but it didn’t seem right until we had the perfect, iconic development of the Mob logo to go along with the development of the Rumble logo (which still had a ways to go, but it was definitely cool…). So we went with the existing logos last season for the Rumble and Mob, but we knew FOR CERTAIN that we COULDN’T stand pat with the Slashers.
For those of you who didn’t see the first couple SlamBall seasons, the Slashers (even though they played their tails off) were a gigantic aesthetic disaster.
Now Adam Hooker and the Slashers did their best to make those uniforms look good, but cranberry and baby blue, despite being a throwback color scheme for several pro teams, just wasn’t cutting it. Maybe it works as an alt uni, I’m not sure. The logo was hard to read (as it had seemingly been “slashed” through a thousand times and it was mind-numbingly small on the uniform jersey). Seriously, the action shot above is a CLOSE-UP and can YOU read the logo on the jersey? (Sigh) I take total responsibility for those uniforms and going into the third season, I was determined to make them right. The first attempt used a baby blue and gray color scheme.
We had a baby blue & white concept for the Rousties, so we knew either a cranberry/grey/white or bright red/white/grey color scheme was the direction.
Which was going to be it, until we got the last idea…
Super clean, super legible…and incorporated the sword concept that we liked so much from the first revised idea. It was a go on the red/grey/white and the Slashers did their makeover proud by posting their best season and capturing the SlamBall championship.
And before anybody gets up in arms about the old Slashers uniforms (which I’m sure will be throwback unis for the Slashers on leap year day or in-the-event-of-full-eclipse games), just take a look at the team concepts next to each other. Any time you can go from this…
…to THIS -
You do it in a heartbeat.
Thanks for checking out all the Long Lost Logos columns from the SlamBall Archives. We’re always looking for ideas and direction for the teams development, new team ideas and so forth. Send in your ideas, sketches and drawings and we’ll include them in our mailbag segment.
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