XFL Unveils 8 Very Boring Team Names and Logos

The much-anticipated debut of the league is coming in February 2020

XFL Unveils Team Names and Logos
The XFL logo on a colorful backdrop. (XFL)
By Evan Bleier / August 21, 2019 3:08 pm

On Wednesday, the XFL revealed the names and logos for its eight teams.

Unfortunately, they are about as bland as plain toast made from Wonder Bread.

The names of the teams are: Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks, Seattle Dragons, Tampa Bay Vipers and Washington Defenders.

Though anticipation for the league, even if just to see it fail, is relatively high, the team names and logos don’t really do much to add to it. The names are unoriginal and the logos look like they belong on the title screen of an Atari game instead of the side of a football helmet.

And we aren’t the only ones that feel this way.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky calls the logos “disappointingly generic.”

“They look like the teams in a direct-to-Netflix movie that opted not to pay up for real Arena Football rights,” he writes. “They look like the logos on SB Nation’s team sites. They look, more than anything, like the league announced the logo unveiling before realizing they hadn’t created any logos yet, and then quickly hired someone for not very much money to draw them all in a day.”

The league’s reveal of its first player, Landy Jones, was similarly underwhelming. Jones, who did have a standout collegiate career as a starter at Oklahoma, was a career backup in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and never really showed much at the pro

“I’m looking forward to joining the XFL and playing the game I love,” Jones said of joining the XFL. “I can’t wait to suit up.”

As of now, we don’t know if the 30-year is going to be a Renegade, Roughneck, Wildcat, Guardian, BattleHawk, Dragon, Viper or Defender and it probably doesn’t matter.

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