As you may have heard, the Oklahoma City Thunder recently signed an advertising deal with Love's Travel Stop & Country Stores that put the company's heart logo on the front of each players' jerseys.
Here it is in case you haven't seen it.
Because it sticks out like a turd on the floor of a Love's bathroom, the patch has naturally received its fair share of criticism. On social media, most people have lamented its size, clipart feel, or the fact that a highway truck stop is the best the Thunder could do for a jersey sponsor. The Thunder players must agree, because they haven't won a game since it was unveiled.
As a result, Hayley and I thought it would be fun to come up with seven alternatives that would be better fits...
1. Toby Keith’s "I Love this Bar and Grill"
The Thunder prides itself on being the heart of Oklahoma City. With food items such as Fried Chicken Salad and deep-fried testicles, Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar and Grill could be considered the plaque in the arteries of Oklahoma City’s heart. Plus, instead of spending the time and energy to create the new logo’s design and placement, they can get an iron on Toby Keith red solo cup patch online for four bucks. – Hayley
Sure, the cost to sponsor the jersey would likely force Patricia's to pull all advertising on this website, but it would be worth it just to see what Patricia's outfits Russell wears to the game. – Patrick
3. Reba McEntire
As the patron saint of Oklahoma, the Thunder should want wear Reba McEntire’s likeness on their jerseys not only to honor her and vie for her protection. But also because Reba’s hair dye already matches the team colors and won’t clash like the big-ass yellow patch Love’s created. – Hayley
They're not an Oklahoma-based chain, or even located in Oklahoma, but if you're going to have a travel stop as a logo sponsor, at least pick one with spacious clean bathrooms. – Patrick
5. Mathis Brothers
This would make sense. Not only could Mathis Brothers afford to sponsor the jersey's, but Rit Mathis could furnish new Thunder players apartments like he did for the baseball player from Days Of Our Lives. The Thunder could also tie in other promotions, like Lady Americana mattress giveaways or Gerbil night. - Patrick
6. Watonga Cheese
Okay, Watonga Cheese may have fled Oklahoma following 2007's tropical storm Erin – yeah, we have to deal with tropical storms, too – but they would still be a great fit, because let's be honest, who doesn't like cheese? While we’re at it, the company might as well take over the sponsorship of the Love’s Kiss Cam. Instead having to sit through 45 seconds of random strangers awkwardly making out on camera, on the Watonga Cheese Curds Cam everyone just smiles and says, “Watonga Cheese, Please.” - Hayley
7. The Oklahoma City Thunder
You know what’s weird? The Thunder doesn’t even have its own logo on their jerseys. I know it’s kind of implied that the dudes in the game wearing blue with “Oklahoma City” labeled across their chest are indeed the Thunder. But I think if anything should be represented on the Thunder jerseys, it should be the Thunder logo. - Hayley