This bit of news simply knocks me out.
The Amarillo Sod Poodles, which is about to begin playing AA hardball, has been named the top team nickname in all of minor-league baseball.
The Sod Poodles beat out the El Paso Chihuahuas by a couple of percentage points in a vote taken by Fox Sports: MLB.
Is this the real deal? Is this poll legit, or does it assume credence merely because it gives the home team some positive karma?
I don’t know. I do think believe it’s kind of cool that a name that was greeted initially in the city by across-the-board scorn has won this particular honor.
I saw the names of the other teams being considered. I liked the Lansing Lug Nuts and the Hartford Yard Goats, too.
But I am one who has gone through a change of heart regarding the Sod Poodles name. I hated it at first, then grew to embrace it.
Now it appears that others like it, too.
Unless Amarillo’s baseball fans have stuffed the ballot box. Whatever . . . the Sod Poodles are No. 1!