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Friday, October 03, 2021

Today seems to be the day for major transactional news in the world of big-league sports team mascots:

- With the “birth” of your Oklahoma City Thunder, the Golden State Warriors are pre-emptively disassociating themselves from any possible perceived linkage with the rival NBA team by firing their mascot, who’s gone by the name of “Thunder”. Alternatives abound in the Bay Area; I suggest ditching that useless (and fantasy-sounding) “Golden State” while they’re at it.

- It took eight years of existence and an ownership change, but the Minnesota Wild are finally ready to trot out their first-ever mascot. Note the challenge:

Given that the team’s nickname is more of a concept than a tangible entity, the options appear endless.

“That was the challenge,” John Maher, team vice president for brand marketing, said this morning. “The team name and identity didn’t lend it to a mascot.”

That’s what I thought when the NHL announced its return to the State of Hockey back in 2000, and why I considered it a particularly stupid name. However, someone pointed out to me that the usage could be construed more as “the wild”, i.e. a wilderness region, filled with fierce northern beasts and such. Which I could accept more readily than the more X-Games sounding state of excitement that would be the other definition; but overall, I still think it’s a dumb team name.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/03/2021 01:35:51 PM
Category: Basketball, Hockey
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I don’t know where I suddenly picked it up, but of late, I seem to be favoring the term “screw the pooch”.

Aside from its aptness for describing a fouled-up situation (as popularized, if not necessarily originated, in Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff”), I’m not sure enough things are blowing up around me to qualify for overuse.

But hey, if it’s good enough for a New York Post hed, I guess it’s open season.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 10/03/2021 12:57:20 PM
Category: Comedy, New Yorkin', Wordsmithing
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