The Alliance of American Football (AAF) kicks off their inaugural season on Saturday, Feb. 9, the start of a 10-game schedule.
Which of the league's eight teams have the best names and logos?
8. Salt Lake Stallions
The Salt Lake Valley — and entire state — is filled with fascinating history (e.g. mining, railroads), yet they opted for a horse for the sake of alliteration?
7. Birmingham Iron
The name is great. The logo sucks. Was it created on Madden 2004?
While simplistic logos have their place, this one doesn't have any place.
6. Memphis Express
FedEx is based in Memphis. We get it. The AAF wants sponsorships money. We get it.
5. Orlando Apollos
Are there Greek gods running around Orlando these days?
The Apollos are partially saved by a unique and simple oval logo, but a city filled with digital media companies couldn't have done a little better?
4. San Antonio Commanders
City-appropriate colors. Alamo. Star. Military sword.
The Commanders' logo checks all the historical boxes, though it could use some flash.
3. Atlanta Legends
“Atlanta makes legends — that’s what the city does," AAF co-founder Charlie Ebersol said of the Legends' logo.
A deeper gold might've worked better with the purple.
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2. San Diego Fleet
The AAF and Fleet nailed it with a classy logo that honors the city's naval history. While gray is usually a poor choice for primary logos, it's offset perfectly by the darker battleship gray.
1. Arizona Hotshots
One of the best names in sports history.
The Hotshots are named after a group of firefighters, the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who were killed in a fire in 2013. Hat tip to the team for rolling the dice with an unconventional color scheme that came out beautifully.