Casualty of Capitalism

Exiled into Wilmington, Delaware by virtue of corporate layoffs. (Note: Unless otherwise stated, all photos on this blog are Copyright 2005, Michael Collins, and cannot be used without permission.)

Location: Wilmington, Delaware, United States

Graduate of University of Maryland School of Law; University of Maryland, College Park (Economics/Political Science).

Monday, November 22, 2004

Dust Up in DC

We've all seen the footage of the War on the Floor at the Palace at Auburn Hills last weekend. Ron Artest is rightfully out for the season (CONSPIRACY ALERT: Coincidence that just a few days ago he talked about how much he wanted the season off to promote his rap album? I think not.) and a plethora of assorted fellow high paid thugs will join him for X-Box tournaments at the Artest mansion while they serve lesser, varying sentences.

Then we had the Tigers/Gamecocks melee in South Carolina during the Clemson vs. South Carolina game on Saturday. The several minutes long bench-clearer ended once both coaches and stadium security settled the players. As a consequence of the conspicuous lack of class both teams displayed, each has decided not to pursue a bowl game this post-season.

Finally, today we had another "basebrawl" in DC, the city's first in several decades. A baseball fight in late November? Seems some overzealous protester decided today's franchise name unveiling was the perfect place to impose his First Amendment rights on everyone in attendance. Our selfish, pitiful loudmouth was escorted by force by security and a member of the DC Council:

Yesterday's gathering was preceded by a brief protest when District resident Adam Eidinger, 31, stormed to the podium and yelled, "This is a bad deal, people!" Eidinger remained on stage yelling before several officials -- including 73-year-old Charlie Brotman, the former public address announcer at RFK Stadium for the Senators, and District Councilman Harold Brazil -- wrestled him away, with the help of security.

Those are strong-arm tactics typical of the DC government!! Hopefully Mr. Eidinger is getting a chance to practice his First Amendment rights to his heart's content in the pokey tonight.

So what about the name? I don't like it personally. Too plain. And what exactly is a "National," anyway? How do I cheer for something as intangible as the plural of an adjective? Luckily, this name change might just be an early marketing ploy to make some quick dough during the offseason while we wait for the REAL DC whatevers to take the field:

The name, though, could be temporary. The franchise, owned by the other 29 MLB teams, is up for sale. A new owner will be allowed to petition MLB to change the name.

Certainly, there's a better name out there. Why don't we name the team in honor of our fighting men who are engaged in some pretty amazing feats of heroism halfway around the world? Now would be the perfect time.


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