This is a very old entry — images are small, formatting is off.
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2013 by Armin
Established in 1966, the Miami Dolphins are part of the East Division of the American Football Conference in the National Football League (NFL) and are based in sunny Miami, FL. The Dolphins have won two Super Bowls, both in the early 1970s, and are the only team to have won all games in a single season but are best known for having Dan Marino as a QB for many years. Lately, not much has been noteworthy to the Dolphins until last December when a sketch of their new logo was leaked and then again in early March when another version was leaked until it was confirmed in late March that, indeed, a new logo was being introduced and unless they are leaked beforehand, new uniforms are set to appear later in April.
Since its introduction, 47 years ago, the Dolphins’ logo has been suffocating its own mascot with a helmet over its hole (which I am sure has an official anatomical name) so, even though the essence of the logo is still there, this is quite a significant change for the organization and their fans. In terms of cartoonish logos, the old one was pretty good, with plenty of decent detail in the dolphin and a good, aggressive look — although who is really afraid of a dolphin with a tiny helmet? The new logo does away with the fantasy of a helmet-wearing logo and instead goes for something more… acquarium-ish. It’s an okay drawing of a dolphin swimming (instead of jumping out of the water) and looks fairly convincing and even a little mean, with those slit eyes. The sun doubled (perhaps tripled) in bursts and now looks more like the beginning of a lower back tattoo, which may sound like mocking but for a sports logo it’s actually not a bad trait. I have no attachment to the old logo so to me this seems like a move in the right direction to bring some seriousness to the team’s identity.