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Evolution of the Detroit Pistons Logo

Since moving to Detroit in 1957 the Pistons have had an ever evolving logo. The late 50’s brought a lovable robot comprised of actual pistons (who just loved to shoot hoops!). Not exactly striking fear into their opponent’s hearts, the logo would soon take on a darker image by morphing into an Alfred Hitchcock-esque profile of a fierce piston head. After thousands of complaints from parents of horrified children, the executive team decided to drop the tin-man and go for a standard look. Thus the essential element of all future Pistons’ logos (excluding the brief and zany lightning bolt era) would be established. Andy Warhol designed the basketball with the Detroit Pistons wordmark emblazoned across the center. No, not THE Andy Warhol, Andy "The Cobra" Warhol from Kalamazoo. You may be familiar with his other work, the great and challenging board game ‘Kerrr-plunk!’ Anyway, back to the logo. It was simple and to the point and didn’t result in night terrors for kids all the way to the U.P.

Minor changes throughout the sixties and seventies would eventually lead to the logo that would become synonymous with the championship days of the Bad Boys. In 1996, John Tesh left Entertainment Tonight which set America into a state of widespread panic. Like others, the Pistons searched the stars looking for a reason "Why!?" Their interstellar search yielded a great discovery, a half- Pegasus and half-Phoenix, named Hooper. This flaming horse soaring through a teal sky initially provided the team with a jolt as they won 50 games for the first time in six years. After seasons of continual playoff misery, the organization felt it was time to return to the classic red, white and blue in 2001. Although they kept the equestrian themed logo, the Pistons did introduce an alternate logo for the center court, excluding the city’s name. Failing to repeat as NBA champions in 2005 the team decided to finally add Detroit’s name onto their once alternate logo, now using it as their primary.

I know you are all asking. "Why are you telling us stuff we already know", "Who’s John Tesh?" and "Do you want to review the alphabet with us too?" Maybe another day, for now I want to pose the question… "Are you happy with the Detroit Pistons current primary logo?" If not, would you like us to return to a former logo? Maybe you have a great idea/design for a new logo? Personally, I like the current logo but have always been the fondest of the Bad Boys era logo. So I thought what if that classic logo bred with the modern logo? What would their lovechild look like? I think it would a little something like THIS...

Logo A's font is in all white, while Logo B's font is outlined in blue. Please share your thoughts in the poll below!

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