Archive for March, 2013
The American flag has been through a lot since it was first created. The original 13-star version was adopted in June 1777 and as new states were added to the Union, the flag continued to change. The current 50-star flag, which was designed by Robert G. Heft as a project for high school, was adopted officially in July 1960, and has not changed since then.
The American flag represents a lot of meanings to a lot of different people and is present all over the world, as well as on the Moon. People find ways to display the American flag they love creatively such as on an American flag spare tire cover or on a T-shirt. It has been an especially powerful symbol in recent decades, as patriotism has been on the rise.
If you’re ever in New York City, you’ll find two types of die hard baseball fans: you’ve got fans of the New York Yankees and fans of the New York Mets. This is one of the biggest rivalries in Major League Baseball and the teams meet six times each season and even once faced off against one another in the 2000 World Series.
These rivalries are tied in with other New York sports rivalries as well. Fans of the Yankees tend to root for the New York Giants and the New York Rangers, while fans of the Mets usually root for the New York Jets and the New York Islanders. Some say this is due to different demographics, but it lets you know a few things about someone who’s got a New York Yankees tire cover.
Though certainly exaggerated, Saturday Night Live’s hit ‘Bill Swerski’s Superfans’ sketch was not too far off from how engrossed Chicago fans tend to be with their favorite teams. Whether it’s the Bears, the Bulls, the Cubs, or any other professional Chicago sports team, the people of Chicago are always quick to show their undying support.
Chicago fans of all types often find many different ways to show off their support to their beloved teams. Some of them choose to use window decals in their homes and cars, while others are satisfied with a Chicago Bears tire cover for each tire and perhaps a jersey or two. Regardless of how they show it, the world knows that Chicago is the place with the true ‘superfans’.
The Alabama Crimson Tide football team is among the most decorated and storied programs in college football history; they have the third most national titles of anyone in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA, behind only Princeton and Yale. Because of this, college football means a whole lot to people living in Alabama.
Due to their many championship wins in conferences and across the nation, Alabama fans are simply ravenous about the Crimson Tide football team. They play their home games in the fifth-largest stadium in the United States, which has a capacity of nearly 102,000 people. Crimson Tide fans are wont to have merchandise such as an Alabama Crimson Tide tire cover or jersey.
In 1987 and 1991, the Minnesota Twins broke baseball records by winning the World Series by winning all four home games, in both seasons. It’s surprising to know that there was a time where, regardless of this apparent home-field advantage, the Twins believed that the Metrodome was obsolete and the team began to threaten to move to another city for financial reasons.
In 202, the team almost disbanded because Major League Baseball determined that, relative to other franchises in the league, the Twins were not particularly financially viable as a team. In response to this, the Target Field was built to support the Twins and the team has been doing much better financially since then, with many fans still out purchasing Twins merchandise such as a Minnesota Twins tire cover.
The smiley face is a very interesting symbol that has become a major part of American culture over the years, and has inspired Internet emoticons, as well as many different popular products. The first smiley face ever recorded was in a 1948 film, though its more popular form was part of a promotion from a New York radio station, where the smiley face was emblazoned on a sweatshirt.
The smiley face was evolved to the classic look that it has now by a commercial artist named Harvey Ball and it is now an iconic symbol. It has been used by Wal-Mart as a store mascot, featured prominently in the graphic novel Watchmen, and appears on many, many different products such as smiley face tire covers.