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Bad minor league nicknames - 04/02/14

  I got to thinking about the Sounds baseball team, which still calls to mind the Puget Sound, where I lived (in Seattle) for three years. But I know the nickname here in Nashville is supposed to refer to Music City, which makes complete sense. Whether the logo is a good one is a different question.

  So I looked for some other minor league names, and boy, are there some bad ones. For one, the Richmond "Flying Squirrels" is on the "bad" list. Although if it were a Colorado Rockies farm team -- it' a San Francisco affiliatae -- it might make sense. (See: "Rocky & Bullwinkle.") There are also the Las Vegas 51's, a reference to Area 51 in Nevada. The logo is pretty funny, though, looking like an alien. Then there are the Ashville "Tourists," the Auburn "Doubledays," and the Lehigh Valley "Ironpigs." Although if I had to be a pig, I'd want to be made of iron. But the absolute worst nickname has got to be the Montgomery "Biscuits." Yes, after the morning food item. Would anybody speak glowingly of a Biscuit, in the same way they would a Yankee or a Brave? I don't think so. And the logo? It has a pad of butter for its teeth. I kid you not.

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