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vaticanplum
01-27-2006, 11:37 AM
Don't think I've seen this anywhere else, sorry if I missed it...

http://sports.tbo.com/sports/MGB2U77YXIE.html

Worked so well for the Reds during that whole Communism thing.

Unassisted
01-27-2006, 11:40 AM
Maybe they can hire this guy to be their new mascot.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2003/Jan-20-Mon-2003/photos/romano.jpg

Ravenlord
01-27-2006, 11:44 AM
i like "Devil Rays"

KronoRed
01-27-2006, 11:46 AM
Good to hear.

westofyou
01-27-2006, 11:46 AM
I vote for Colt 45's

Heath
01-27-2006, 12:02 PM
I didn't like the technicolor mumbo-jumbo when they first came out. I like the blue/forest stuff. I have the BP cap and home jersey and a green sweatshirt that's the deep forest color. The uni's are great - with the "Rays" on the home & the "Tampa Bay" on the road. Its a great color scheme.

I agree to drop the "Devil". I think "Stingrays" would be cool - that's a ocean-type moniker that would keep the name.

I do not like the idea of the Tampa Bay Tarpons, which would be a homage to the long time team in the Florida State League. The Tarpons would & could be easier to "make fun of" by dropping the "r" for a "m". Although that would be a marketing/give-a-way beyond bad-taste.

M2
01-27-2006, 12:03 PM
I've thought the new Rays ownership has done some smart things since taking over (though the baseball operation still refuses to engage in open trade), but this is beyond stupid.

Wonder if Duke's going to change its nickname too?

Red Leader
01-27-2006, 12:07 PM
i vote for the Hell Bats. :)

M2
01-27-2006, 12:11 PM
i vote for the Hell Bats. :)

Or perhaps to play to their southern fan base they could try the Beelzebubbas.

LoganBuck
01-27-2006, 12:17 PM
The Reapers or Tampa Bay Swordfish.

Red Leader
01-27-2006, 12:18 PM
Or perhaps to play to their southern fan base they could try the Beelzebubbas.


:laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

Good one.

corkedbat
01-27-2006, 12:18 PM
satan's minions

savafan
01-27-2006, 12:22 PM
Tampa Bay Whatizits

There is already a mascot available
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39279000/jpg/_39279039_atlanta_mascot.jpg
I miss that guy.

westofyou
01-27-2006, 12:23 PM
(though the baseball operation still refuses to engage in open trade),And now they're going to sign Braynan too.

Unassisted
01-27-2006, 12:26 PM
IMO, they should condense the name further and call themselves the Bay Rays. After all, that rhymes with "pay raise" and who wouldn't like one of those? ;)

MrCinatit
01-27-2006, 12:27 PM
seeing long names are now "in":
Tampa Bay We May Be Bad, But The Yankees And Redsox Be Our Bee-aches

flyer85
01-27-2006, 12:28 PM
should have went for the eggs.

M2
01-27-2006, 12:30 PM
IMO, they should condense the name further and call themselves the Bay Rays. After all, that rhymes with "pay raise" and who wouldn't like one of those? ;)

They should only use that name if this guy can be the mascot:

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Palms/1845/graphics/ray2.gif

deltachi8
01-27-2006, 12:33 PM
I have always liked the FLaming Envelopes

Caveat Emperor
01-27-2006, 01:05 PM
I say it's time to bring Bucco Bruce back, somehow:

http://www.i-nflhelmet.com/buccobruce.gif

Yachtzee
01-27-2006, 01:08 PM
Or perhaps to play to their southern fan base they could try the Beelzebubbas.

http://www.deadmilkmen.com/images/covers/beelzebubba.jpg

Red Leader
01-27-2006, 01:09 PM
http://www.i-nflhelmet.com/buccobruce.gif

:thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


Ahhhhhh, I miss the Bucs, pre-Raymond James

Shaknb8k
01-27-2006, 01:13 PM
There has been talks for years about "getting the Devil out of town". A few years ago when I was down there the world devil was hardly seen anywhere at games. So if I was to guess they will officially change it to just the Tampa Bay Rays.

MartyFan
01-27-2006, 01:15 PM
I didn't like the technicolor mumbo-jumbo when they first came out. I like the blue/forest stuff. I have the BP cap and home jersey and a green sweatshirt that's the deep forest color. The uni's are great - with the "Rays" on the home & the "Tampa Bay" on the road. Its a great color scheme.

I agree to drop the "Devil". I think "Stingrays" would be cool - that's a ocean-type moniker that would keep the name.

I do not like the idea of the Tampa Bay Tarpons, which would be a homage to the long time team in the Florida State League. The Tarpons would & could be easier to "make fun of" by dropping the "r" for a "m". Although that would be a marketing/give-a-way beyond bad-taste.


When I lived in the area there was a lot of debate and in fact PUBLIC OUTCRY when the team was named "Devil Rays"...even though it is a fish...people thought it would be better to name them the "Stingrays" and an advertising agency I worked for went as far as mocking up logo's uniforms and about a dozen marketing angles for the team to consider...needless to say, they kept the other name.

savafan
01-27-2006, 01:21 PM
I say it's time to bring Bucco Bruce back, somehow:

http://www.i-nflhelmet.com/buccobruce.gif

Tampa Bay Flamers? :devil:

Caveat Emperor
01-27-2006, 01:37 PM
Tampa Bay Flamers? :devil:

What, are you trying to say something about people who walk around in pastel colors with plumed hats winking at people?

RedsBaron
01-27-2006, 01:46 PM
I agree to drop the "Devil". I think "Stingrays" would be cool - that's a ocean-type moniker that would keep the name.


If they use "Stingrays" as the nickname, they could then consider using as a symbol a '63 split-window, or maybe a '65 fuelie, or maybe an early 70's LT1. Corvette used the Stingray name from 1963 through 1976.

TRF
01-27-2006, 01:49 PM
How about the Tampa Bay Abandon all hope ye who enter here's?

Or the Tampa Bay Mephistopheles.

What a dumb idea.

westofyou
01-27-2006, 01:52 PM
http://www.section219.com/Portals/0/ProductImages/rowdies_cap.gif

savafan
01-27-2006, 01:52 PM
How about the Tampa Bay Abandon all hope ye who enter here's?

Or the Tampa Bay Mephistopheles.

What a dumb idea.

Along that same line, what about the Tampa Bay Inferno?

That actually sounds pretty cool

Red Leader
01-27-2006, 01:54 PM
Hurricane's? Nah, that's taken by Miami area.

How about CAT 5's?

Chip R
01-27-2006, 01:55 PM
What, are you trying to say something about people who walk around in pastel colors with plumed hats winking at people?

He bears somewhat of a resemblence to Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Caveat Emperor
01-27-2006, 01:57 PM
Along that same line, what about the Tampa Bay Inferno?

That actually sounds pretty cool

Or, keep the whole fire & brimstones thing AND and get the Muslim population interested in baseball: "Tampa Bay Great Satans"

Caveat Emperor
01-27-2006, 01:58 PM
http://www.section219.com/Portals/0/ProductImages/rowdies_cap.gif

I see your Rowdies, and raise you:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v398/notoriousap/logo/bandits.gif

flyer85
01-27-2006, 02:23 PM
Tampa Bay Flamers? :devil:

a better mascot
Pirate (http://www.stargods.org/GayPirate.jpeg)

westofyou
01-27-2006, 02:23 PM
Mighty no more - team to change its name to Anaheim Ducks next season

posted January 27 @ 12:55, EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (CP) - The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are Mighty no more.

The NHL club said Friday it will change its name to the Anaheim Ducks starting next season, dropping Mighty from the moniker after nearly two thirds of fans surveyed said they supported the switch.

The team is also considering changes to its logo, identity and uniforms.

"The process is still very much underway and we do not expect to be ready to make any further announcements until the end of the season," owner Henry Samueli said in a release.

The Mighty Ducks nickname was widely ridiculed when Walt Disney Company, the club's original owner, announced it after the expansion team was granted for the 1993-94 season.

Disney was looking to capitalize on the popularity of its hit 1992 movie, The Mighty Ducks starring Emilio Estevez, by linking its new team with it.

Eventually the Mighty Ducks name became just as accepted as other nicknames initially panned, like the Penguins, and fans wanted the team to retain a link to the original.

"In selecting the name the Anaheim Ducks," said Samueli, "we are respecting the heritage of a tremendous organization that has been a very important and visible part of the community, not to mention Western Conference champions and a Stanley Cup finalist."

The name change came after months of research by a public relations firm which included telephone surveys of season-ticket holders.

"While there was support for keeping the current name, the majority of those surveyed, nearly two thirds, supported some sort of name change," David Paine, CEO of PainePR, said in a release. "At the same time, the research found strong support generally for preserving the history of the team in some way."


http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/shownews.jsp?content=h012727A

KronoRed
01-27-2006, 02:23 PM
Bandits!

I like it :D

M2
01-27-2006, 02:26 PM
Bandits!

I like it :D

Yes, because crime is much more family friendly than fish.

TheGARB
01-27-2006, 02:32 PM
How about the Tampa Bay Deviled Eggs?

What else could cause this much joy?

http://www.gangofpour.com/vacation2000/Socool2000/gabo.jpg

rdiersin
01-27-2006, 02:33 PM
I'm in the minority. I like this guy

http://fishyphotos.com/ImageFolio31_filesold/gallery/Capt._Robert_McCue/BOCA_GRANDE_JUMP.jpg

M2
01-27-2006, 02:33 PM
How about the Tampa Bay Deviled Eggs?

What else could cause this much joy?

http://www.gangofpour.com/vacation2000/Socool2000/gabo.jpg

All right, that was beverage-out-your-nose funny. No fair.

Maldonado
01-27-2006, 03:09 PM
If they must change the team name to something having to do with the local fauna, there are a lot better other choices than Devil Rays. The place is overrun with these HUGE roaches called Palmetto Bugs. There are stories in the paper about once a month of alligators eating someone's dog or sister, but then again, the U of Florida probably has the lock on anything Allligatorish. There certainly are sharks in the area, but the ownership may be scared that will scare away the tourists. I guess after all this I'm at a loss for what to call them.

savafan
01-27-2006, 03:11 PM
How about Tourists?

Maldonado
01-27-2006, 03:18 PM
"How about Tourists?"

Well there certainly are plenty of those. For that I guess the mascot would be an 80 year old guy in plaid shorts and knee high black socks, with a T-Shirt saying "Is it always this Hot?"

M2
01-27-2006, 03:23 PM
"How about Tourists?"

Well there certainly are plenty of those. For that I guess the mascot would be an 80 year old guy in plaid shorts and knee high black socks, with a T-Shirt saying "Is it always this Hot?"

Or this guy -

http://www.teamline.cc/images/logos/AshevilleTourists.gif

corkedbat
01-27-2006, 03:27 PM
I say it's time to bring Bucco Bruce back, somehow:

http://www.i-nflhelmet.com/buccobruce.gif


The Gay Blades?

Maldonado
01-27-2006, 03:28 PM
Now THAT'S the perfect mascot for the Tampa Bay Tourists. Technically I could be considered a tourist too, since I'm not a native, but one of the many people coming here and driving up the real estate prices. I don't wear bad shirts and knee high socks though.

KronoRed
01-27-2006, 03:45 PM
Yes, because crime is much more family friendly than fish.
The USFL team rocked though :cool:

M2
01-27-2006, 03:52 PM
The USFL team rocked though :cool:

Hey, I'd be all for it. Far as I'm concerned they could call the team the Tampa Bay Bundys, but I just can't get my head around the culture that praises theft and freaks about fish.

Anyway, check out this cute, little tasmanian angel:

http://biology.wsc.ma.edu/mammals/marsupials/TasmanianDevil01.jpg

Doc. Scott
01-27-2006, 05:51 PM
Tampa Bay Flamers? :devil:

Yeah, Bucco Bruce always looked like Isaac Mizrahi's version of a pirate... or maybe the singer for a third-rate Sunset Strip pop-metal band.

cincinnati chili
01-28-2006, 09:45 AM
I have mixed feelings on this one. On the one hand, it's discouraging that an abundance of people in this market in the year 2006 are so small-minded to be put off by the word "Devil." On the other hand, I'm a big "perception is reality" guy.

The target audience, no matter how irrational, doesn't like the word "Devil." Your brand isn't very strong to begin with. Might as well change it.

So glad I don't live in the St. Pete area.

RFS62
01-28-2006, 09:49 AM
Tampa Bay Manatees or Sea Cows.

The fighting cows.

Kinda has a South Park ring to it.

Yachtzee
01-28-2006, 11:05 AM
Well, they play in St. Petersburg, so why not call them the "Leningrad Cowboys"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leningrad_Cowboys

cincinnati chili
01-28-2006, 01:26 PM
Well, they play in St. Petersburg, so why not call them the "Leningrad Cowboys"?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leningrad_Cowboys

The people of Trampa/St. Pete telephoned to say they didn't get your joke.