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.)