CHAMPIONS! Ferris State Claims Michigan's "Best Sports Logo" Honor

CHAMPIONS! Ferris State Claims Michigan's "Best Sports Logo" Honor

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Bulldog Nation has spoken and Ferris State University is officially the home to Michigan's "Best Sports Logo" following a week-long online fan poll conducted by the Detroit Free Press.

Ferris State's "Bulldog" logo received nearly 50,000 votes over the six rounds of the competition and came up with a contest-best by securing more than 11,000 total votes in the title round while beating Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers to claim the state's top honor.

The Bulldogs' march to the title featured wins over the Port Huron Patriots in round one, former Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) rival Western Michigan in the second round along with another Mid-American Conference (MAC) school in Eastern Michigan during the third round.  FSU then beat the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Champions in the Grand Rapids Griffins during the quarterfinals before knocking off the National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings in the semifinals.

With the win, Ferris State Athletics and the FSU Alumni Association will celebrate and thank fans for voting during the upcoming 2013-14 athletics season.  The first 500 fans at the Bulldog football, basketball and hockey home league openers will receive free tshirts with others also given out at other FSU home sports contests throughout the year.

"We thank the entire Bulldog Nation and all the Ferris State alumni for their support and efforts in voting throughout this competition," said FSU Associate Athletics Director Jon Coles.  "It has been outstanding to see the pride displayed for our institution and we hope it builds momentum as we begin another season of Bulldog Athletics."

Ferris State jumped out to an early lead in the title round against the Tigers' Old English D and never looked back as the Bulldogs received nearly 60% of the total vote in the final round.  Fans helped push the vote in the Bulldogs' favor through use of social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook in addition to email and more.

In addition to winning the competition, the Bulldogs were the last collegiate team in the field and the only non-professional franchise to reach the final four as FSU joined the Detroit Lions, Tigers and Red Wings as the last four teams in the competition.  

The Detroit Free Press coordinated the online tournament to encourage fan participation in determining which logo fans thought was the best in the state. Many of the state's most iconic and obscure logos were included as logos from various high school, college, minor league and professional teams were featured among the 48 total logos involved at the outset.

Ferris State's "Bulldog" logo was created in 1979 by FSU alumnus Terry Davenport, who's the son of former FSU Athletics Director Dean Davenport. The current logo in use was later touched up by Ferris State's University Advancement & Marketing team in 2011.

FSU's external operations team, which is led by Athletics Director Perk Weisenburger, played an active role in publicizing and promoting the Bulldogs' involvement in the competition.  The department also received strong support from across campus with Ferris State's University Advancement & Marketing Team helping to push the vote out to all Bulldog alumni and supporters across the world.


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