Friday, July 11, 2008

Rename the Wizards

The Fort Wayne Wizards -- Midwest League (A) affiliate of the Padres -- is looking for a new name. As is usually the case with these things, they asked for submissions from the general public and got something like 2,500 suggestions. That usually ends the analysis, as someone from the team sifts through and picks the best (read: most marketable) choice from the submissions. Fort Wayne is taking it a step further, and asking citizens to weight four broad thematic categories of names:
Fort Wayne icons and/or prominent historical individuals;
Fort Wayne geography;
Fort Wayne's history as a center of innovation and invention; or
the "Old Fort" or similar military theme.

That's kind of cool in that it will weed out dumb 90s-era names like "Wizards" or "Magic" or what have you. For what it's worth, I voted for the first category, with the hope that they go with the "Mad Anthonys" in honor of the city's namesake.

And if they don't use it, I'll start a hardcore band under that name.


Mark Runsvold said...

Is "Fort Wayne Bullets" asking too much?

Richard Dansky said...

How about the Stately Fort Wayne Manors?