Stolf’s Blog 11/13/2011

The news that the Florida Marlins have been renamed the Miami Marlins (see today’s Poutine-on-a-Stick) is great news for me, being a long-time proponent of “geographical correctness” in sports. That “Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim” deal was almost as big a dud as the Edsel or New Coke, IMHO. Can the “Boston Patriots” be next?!?!


It all started in 1961 when the Washington Senators relocated to Minneapolis. Prior sports teams had always used the name of the city, as they did everywhere else…Minneapolis Lakers in NBA, minor league Minneapolis Millers, etc. The story we Baby Boomers grew up with was “Minnesota” was meant to include both Minneapolis and St. Paul, and in some sense acknowledge that their home park was in Bloomington (not Coon Rapids?!?!?)…we always heard “half way between the Twin Cities,” altho if you never looked at a map, and weren’t from there, you might be surprised that it isn’t exactly the way you pictured it. Management felt part of the reason the Lakers left for Los Angeles was the fans of St. Paul didn’t support the team, so the original plan was to call the team the “Twin City Twins.” League officials nixed this for whatever reason…parenthetically, the NFL did the same thing with the “Bay State Patriots,” resulting in that lame-o “New England” designation.

“Minnesota” Twins was the compromise, altho the TC for Twin Cities remained on the caps, and the early logo represented the 2 cities reaching across the Mississippi River in friendship and good cheer. That fall, the expansion Minnesota Vikings followed suit, and and the statehood fad was off and running. Dallas, Phoenix, Denver, you’re next, guys!!! And of course Anaheim and Minnie, geez…

B*A*K*E*R*S   D*O*Z*E*N

(1) I suppose it’s just human nature to put undue importance on not changing one’s mind.

(2) Lily Tomlin: A true teacher gives you something to take home beside homework…

(3) …she also said: You always think: Why doesn’t somebody
do something about that…until you realize, you’re somebody…

(4)  The trouble with calling problems “issues” is they’re still problems…

(5)  >>>> Or as Gramps used to say: Ignorance is bliss, so cheer up!! <<<<

(6)  Will Rogers: Those who fly into a rage always make a bad landing…

(7) Come the holidays, Cool Daddy can’t break his cat from the habit of eating tinsel…
well, it doesn’t seem to hurt her…and they do have the fanciest hair-balls in town!…

(8) All things considered, age is a high price to pay for maturity…but it is what it is.

(9) From B. Franklin: He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals…

(10) …and also: It is easier to resist the first desire than to satisfy those that follow…

(11) …what’s more: For every one that dies from hunger, a hundred die from eating…
(and that was true way back then?…well, sure…didn’t you hear, gout is back?…)

(12) And Grandma used to warn me: Never eat a cookie that needs a shave…

(13) With the modern sense of “stress” as problems or worries,
the older sense of “putting stress on something” as emphasizing
its importance or significance, is hardly ever heard anymore…

POUTINE-ON-A-STICK

The “Miami Marlins” comes about because they are moving to a new ballpark within the city limits of Miami proper in 2012…actually, in Little Havana..Los Marlins? The olds park, these days called Sun Life, was in the suburb of Miami Gardens. See Monday’s Deep Fried Hoodsie Cups for the Tampa Tampons…oops, sorry Tarpons. Uni’s don’t look too bad, a little dull maybe…and some photos I’ve seen show an orange “sweat-stain” on the black jersey…Thank you frickin’ Denver Broncos!!!!

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