Sunday, January 29, 2012

Is this the Panthers' new logo?

7:45 p.m. update: Panthers reveal new logo




This is a picture, taken from the Nike Football Facebook page this weekend, of a pair of Panthers' gloves with what looks like the team's new logo. Here also is the old logo, for comparison. Note that the new one -- if it's real, and it appears to be --- has more electric blue on eyes, teeth and whiskers. Otherwise the changes seem subtle except for that blue lip.


Whenever there's a Throwback Uniform day in the NFL, the Panthers never can participate. They have never really altered their uniforms or their logo in any real sense.

That, however, may be about to change. Nike is replacing Reebok as the maker of NFL uniforms this season -- that may be one reason why it was so hard to find a Cam Newton jersey around Christmas, since Reebok apparently wasn't interested in making a lot more of them.

But Nike is apparently going to tinker with the Panthers' uniform (with the Panthers' and the NFL's permission, of course). And perhaps this is a sneak peek of the new logo part of that tinkering. The changes are fairly subtle if this is not just a stylistic "gloves-only" kind of thing -- the whiskers used to be gray and now are blue, for instance, and the teeth and eyes look a bit different.

Alert reader Stephen R. spotted this link and sent it along to me, and it looks legit. So I'm going to change an "off day" into a workday and start asking some questions. When you go to the Nike Football Facebook page, the other teams' logos basically look the same on their gloves -- the Panthers is the only one at first glance that looks obviously different.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Logo looks Cool. it would look better on a Black helmet though

Anonymous said...

day late and a dollar short.

Anonymous said...

Anon. 4:49: Hadn't thought about it buy you are right - a black helmet with this logo might look pretty slick.

Anonymous said...

Scott: If you actually wrote on something other than this crappy blogger platform, more people might actually comment - hence more page views... But this system is the pits for trying to have blogger actually "see" ones open ID... Are times so tough you guys can't spring for the server space?

Anonymous said...

Is the cat wearing lipstick?

Anonymous said...

A black logo on a black helmet would look horrible! Also, I think a simplification of the unis would be nice but please dear god not while Nike is in charge. I don't want the Panthers covered in hidden Swooshes like Denver and Arizona State.

Anonymous said...

I've been wanting an all black uniform for years. Panthers are black. Also, it would look pretty sick.

Sheckie Lewis said...

Im shocked Fowler has the stones to call himself an NFL Writer, yet doesn't know team logos are owned and controlled by the League and the individual teams, NIKE has nothing to do with that, nor or they able to "tinker with" team logos ever, period.

I realize this is a blog and whatnot, but maybe do some simple research next time? Pfft. Hack

Anonymous said...

I believe Steve Smith has a ReeBok contract, so I don't he will be wearing these, but this could change with Nike taking over on 2012.

Anonymous said...

I was at the stadium for my childs school field trip, they have the new uniforms, black helmet, awesome new uniforms, I have found them on the net also if you just google new nike panther uniforms pretty much all the teams are getting a makeover, very dramatic makeover, the rumors were going on all season online but now you can see them.

Anonymous said...

Wish they'd ditch the WWE style font.

Clay K. said...

I wish they'd leave the current uniform alone. Appreciation whatever tradition you have is a great thing, especially for a team that has little to none.

Anonymous said...

Nike Jersey designs for every team (excluding Packers) were leaked almost a year ago, but it was never confirmed to be true designs. They were very different :/

Anonymous said...

Why would we want a new logo that has a fat lip? Did the Panthers get punched in the mouth?

MichaelProcton said...

What exactly is cool about giving your logo a fat lip?

Anonymous said...

Sheckie if you will do some simple reading, you will notice that Scott says with the Panthers and NFL's permission.

Anonymous said...

I hope not.

Anonymous said...

Don't like the blue lip. Looks like the panther has a beard.

Anonymous said...

It looks great. I like the way the Panther looks more muscular in its neck and the lip is defined and you can see the furrow between the eyebrows. Looks like Cam if he were a cat. New franchise QB, new logo, new team! can't wait for next year! Go Panthers!

Anonymous said...

Tradition dies in the face of corporate money every time. Sad. I can't believe a team like the GB Packers would stand for major changes.

Anonymous said...

I love it! I can't wait to see what our new uniforms are gonna look like. I sure hope we have an all black version or at least black pants and a white top. This is a much needed change. Good job Panthers!!!

Peter said...

Does that lip and blue color remind anyone else of the Colts?

Anonymous said...

I like that shade of blue much better but I do wish they would change the white in their uniform to silver grey. I would like to see how the black and blue and silver would look --stunning!

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