Here in river city, thoughts are turning to baseball. Our stadium (currently named John O’Donnel stadium…but probably going to be corportately named to something like Oscar Meyer field) is currently undergoing a multi million renovation.
I think this is a good thing. it’s a stadium nestled along the mighty Mississippi River, and baseball games at night there can be pretty nice. Past flooding issues, and an outdated infrastructure make the upgrade necessary. With an upgrade, game a name change for some reason.
The powers that be held a naming contest and hired some fru fru California firm to pick the winner and design a logo etc. The team used to be called the River Bandits, not a great name…but it captures the spirit ok I guess.
After numerous entries, the best choice apparently…was
The Swing Of The Quad Cities!!!
The logo features asaxophone vomiting a baseball …
See…it’s so clever. We’re the hometown of Bix Beiderbecke, the famous Jazz player…umm who played the trumpet…and of course there is the “swing” meaning in baseball. So clever, and so insipid.
This notion of using the “Of the Quad Cities” phrasing is so chi chi as to induce its own type of vomiting. “The Cubs of Chicago”? “The Yankees of New York”?
To be fair, when a named was proposed for the civic center built here, many people hated The Mark of the Quad Cities as a name…and it’s turned out to be a successful arena. That doesn’t mean you have to apply the same logic to your local baseball team.
Signed: dave of the beagles.