I admit it, until yesterday I’d never heard of the Ravens. Or if I had, I thought it was a band, not a football team. I don’t generally think of sports in the same vein as, you know, culture. (I don’t generally think of sports at all, but that’s another story.)

I started thinking: What if other sports teams followed Baltimore’s lead? After all, these guys just won the Super Bowl. Did Poe come back from the dead to give them a boost? What if other major sports teams were renamed to reflect local literary icons?

I lived in Boston for many years, and my first ‘real’ job was at Houghton Mifflin. Every morning I walked from the Park Street subway station past the Old Granary Burying Ground, where legend and tourism brochures claimed Mother Goose was buried.

So, Pats, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins: y’all can duke it out over which team grabs my suggested rename: The Mother Geese. And if you don’t like that, there’s always the Walden Ponds.

I’m not holding my breath for either of these names to take, but I had fun thinking about it. So I’m punting the ball to your court (oh! sports reference! mixed metaphor!) Have a literary rename for your favorite team? (Dana Mason, I don’t want to rub it in, but the 49ers could really use some help.)

Feel free to share the new names here. Go team go. (Yeah, I’m a geek. But if you’ve read this far, you know you are, too.)

3 comments to Nevermore!

  • Oh you’re hilarious. 🙂 Steinbeck is from these parts. I’m afraid to even venture there. Thanks for rubbing it in. We almost had them in the end but those lame a$$ stupid refs don’t know holding when they see it. And that wasn’t even the first bad call of the game for us. They totally missed the pass interference way earlier in the game. I smell a bias pig. I guess it’s a good thing I’m more of a baseball fan. The Giants will be back in business very soon…very soon. 🙂

    So…what kind of cleverness can you get out of Steinbeck?

  • Funny, the man is reading Grapes of Wrath right now. How about The Grapes? or Dustbowl?

    It’s a good thing I’m not in marketing.

  • Did Steinbeck ever write about the Gold Rush. If he did, then I think we can stick with the 49ners. 🙂 The Grapes?? Now that’s funny.

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