Well, so much for spies and snitches who led me astray.
The Amarillo baseball franchise that starts playing ball next spring today revealed the name of the Double A team that will take the field next April.
Amarillo Sod Poodles? Yep, that’s it, man! Sod Poodles.
Get used to it.
A friend who said he knew what was coming today told me he thought the team would announce another name, even though Sod Poodles had gotten the most public attention. That was the subject of an earlier blog post.
I can imagine now that the chatter, tittering and muttering has commenced already. Many of Amarillo’s residents are now talking about the new name, which is what the owners of the team wanted when they announced the list of five finalist names a few months ago.
I’ll admit one thing for sure: I hated Sod Poodles when I first saw the name on the list of five finalists listed by the Elmore Group, owners of the franchise. I rated the name at the bottom of the finalist list, right next to Jerky.
Then I thought about it. And I thought some more about it. Over time, the name began to grow on me.
The Elmore Group, the team owners, said it sought a quirky name, one that would generate some discussion in Amarillo and around the Texas League, to which the team will belong.
I’m betting the team owners will accomplish their mission once the Sod Poodles name is circulated around the league — and around the country.
Is this my idea of a suitable name for a baseball team? No. However, it does have a curiously attractive ring to it.
I cannot explain it. It just does.