Give Thanks -- You Almost Got Stuck Rooting for the Florida Flamingos
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|Nothing strikes fear like the fightin' flamingos.|
The Wall Street Journal put together a list this week of the ten worst names almost picked for pro teams, and some near-disasters in Florida made the list.
Topping the local list: the Florida Flamingos. According to the Journal, former Marlins owner, trash magnate, and fire-sale specialist Wayne Huizenga wanted to name the Fish after the fear-inspiring pink bird.
Have you watched the Marlins this year? They're three games under .500 after getting spanked by the Cardinals last night -- and they're lucky their record isn't worse.
Now imagine them prancing around in hot-pink flamingo-embroidered uniforms at a stadium named for a rip-off Jimmy Buffett beer. Could there be a more ridiculous Major League franchise? Things could be worse, Fish fans.
Orlando Magic fans should also be happy for more than just winning their first ever Finals game on Tuesday. Their franchise was inches away from being named the Juice.
The Orlando Juice would have been a ridiculous enough name. But imagine that franchise with all the connotations it would carry today.
Could you really watch a Juice game without imagining O.J. rocketing down the freeway in his Bronco, or Jose Canseco popping some roids into A-Rod's ass?