How Baseball's First Major League Night Game Got Its Lights

As you settle down to watch the Opening Day night games tonight, you probably won't be thinking about the massive array of lights that illuminate the game. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down. » 4/01/14 8:45am 4/01/14 8:45am

Why Olympic Mascots Are Always So Goddamn Creepy

Every two years, the world takes part in a figurative dance that's been decades in the making. First, it's the iconic passing of the torch. Then, an epic, national-pride-filled opening ceremony. And, finally, it's the moment we've all been waiting for. The holiest and most timeless of Olympic traditions: It's time to… » 2/12/14 3:20pm 2/12/14 3:20pm

NBA Logos As European Soccer Badges

We've seen this before with NFL logos, but it was about time for some enterprising artist to try his hand at basketball, the most internationally popular American sport. Six of our favorites are above, but click here to see Serbian designer Milan Vučković's reimagining of all 30 NBA teams as soccer crests. » 1/10/14 10:17am 1/10/14 10:17am

NFL Logos As European Soccer Badges, Part II

Football As Football, a project by a Minneapolis-based team of designers to reimagine all 32 NFL logos as crests in the style of various European soccer leagues, has entered Phase 2 of 4. That means that if you didn't love your team's badge the first time around, you've now got two styles to choose from. » 12/12/13 11:03am 12/12/13 11:03am

The Hidden History of the MLB Playoff Team Logos

This afternoon, postseason baseball will commence as the Cardinals take the mound against the Pirates. But in a different time, it would have been the Brown Stockings versus the Alleghenys. Here's how they—and the other six playoff teams—got where they are today, as told by their ever-evolving logos. » 10/03/13 1:24pm 10/03/13 1:24pm

Check Out (And Nitpick) These Redesigned NFL Logos

Redditor OspreyDawn, aka graphic designer Max O'Brien, spent the last several months creating the complete set of NFL redesigned logos you see above. This sort of thing happens periodically–here are some minimalist logos from January–but it's still a daunting task, and a good reminder that a. making good logos is… » 9/19/13 1:06pm 9/19/13 1:06pm

Is the Long-Abandoned Astrodome Worth Saving?

When the Houston Astrodome opened in 1965, it was hailed as technological marvel, the first enclosed, air-conditioned stadium ever—and the "eighth wonder of the world," according to some Texans. By 1995, it was so dilapidated that players refused to use it. Today, it’s an abandoned shell with a different nickname: “the… » 9/13/13 3:43pm 9/13/13 3:43pm

Tokyo's Clever Plan to Reuse 1964 Olympic Stadiums for the 2020 Games

Tokyo was chosen as the host of the 2020 Olympics this weekend, based on a $5 billion bid that's surprisingly slim compared to the money spent by other recent host cities. The crux of their proposal (besides that whole ice wall around Fukushima thing)? A plan to retrofit three major venues originally built for the 1964 … » 9/09/13 12:41pm 9/09/13 12:41pm

100 Years of Tour de France Bikes Map the Evolution of Cycling

There are few professional sports as closely bound to technology as cycling. A bike isn't just equipment, as skiis or a tennis racket might be—it's a partner in a symbiotic relationship between the machine and athlete. And it's remarkable to see how drastically certain parts of that machine have changed in the last… » 7/09/13 9:06am 7/09/13 9:06am