View From the Press Box: Dion Clisso 12/21

Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: December 21, 2010 - 4:30 PM

One thing that is great about football is that style over substance doesn’t win. You have to put in the work, be focused and well coached to win a football game.

There are a lot of teams filled with athletes that look good getting off of the bus, but don’t play together and therefore, don’t win many games.

We know that’s what the season is all about hard work, dedication, trusting your teammates and listening to your coaches. The teams that did those things went deep into the playoffs and won state titles.

Well the season is over and we can take a look at some of the more fun things that don’t necessarily lead to wins, but do get teams noticed.

As a fan of sports and high school football in particular I am a fan of uniforms and logos. A school that has a great logo and a classic uniform will always be a favorite in my book. The beauty of the logo and uniform is that some look great year after year while some of the newest fit right in ones that have been around forever.

Some of the old school logos that I love are Lawrence. The “chesty” Lion is a classic and has been around forever. For a school with a great tradition it is nice to see them stick with that logo even though new logos come around all the time.

The great thing about that Lawrence Lion is he looks proud and happy. It is a classic look that harkens back to 1950s with more cartoonish mascots. While I am not saying this looks cartoonish, it is a softer look than today’s logos.

These days logos look mean and angry. Two in particular are bird logos from St. Joseph Benton and Pleasant Hill. Benton’s Cardinal is one of the tough new looking birds and the same goes for the Rooster of Pleasant Hill.

The Rooster and Cardinal are nice looking birds and these newer tougher looking animals seem to be the norm. I really like this new type of logo. Birds aren’t exactly the toughest animals in the kingdom so making them look angry helps just a little.

That may be the best way to make a logo, take a nice looking animal and make it look tough. Take the fierce Lion and make it look friendly.

Of course sometimes there are just the basic paw prints for a dog or cat. Throw those in with the “power” cats or tiger heads that are out there. With more than 130 teams in the Kansas City Metro there is always a little bit over everything.

Who knows, maybe this offseason some school will come up with a new logo that is something totally different. It could be great and bring some attention to a program that needs a change of pace. It could also be a change from a classic that nobody wants to see changed. Either way a great logo is one of the fun things about high school football.

Let me know what your favorite logo is and we will have a contest to see judge the best logo in the Metro. Send nominations to