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Friday, July 14, 2017

Gwinnett Braves Announce Finalists for Team Renaming Constest

“The final six options are the Gwinnett Buttons, the Gwinnett Big Mouths, the Gwinnett Gobblers, Gwinnett Hush Puppies, Gwinnett Lambchops and the Gwinnett Sweet Teas.”

Those are some truly lousy choices for team name, save one.
There is only one real choice here: “Gwinnett Buttons”.
The name would honor Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence, and county namesake, Button Gwinnett.

And it won’t sound so strange when Lin-Manuel Miranda & Stephen Colbert bring their hit, one-song musical “Button!” to the Broadway stage: https://youtu.be/uhFeQSBZUSk

Justin Turner Overdrive Posted: July 14, 2017 at 02:37 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 14, 2017 at 11:54 PM (#5493960)
As a G-Braves fan, I've been super-dreading this story finding its way here. Have at it, fellers...
   2. Scott Lange Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM (#5493964)
Gwinnett Buttons is a very good name. Gwinnett Hush Puppies is mediocre. The rest are awful.
   3. stevegamer Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:15 AM (#5493966)
Buttons & Hush Puppies are pretty decent.

I'm guessing Big Mouths references bass fishing. It may be okay, but don't like it as much as the first two.

Lambchops & Sweet Teas are awful. Admittedly if it was the town or county of Burnside, I could see Muttonchops as a great name.
   4. Batman Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:31 AM (#5493969)
Gwinnett Forthegippers. Then you use Ronald Reagan as your logo and collect all the money from the kind of people who want Reagan merchandise.
   5. Nero Wolfe, Indeed Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:41 AM (#5493971)
   6. Howie Menckel Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:46 AM (#5493972)
talk about a can't win

actually the Gwinnett Cantwins is a better name

this is amusing
   7. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: July 15, 2017 at 08:56 AM (#5493987)
When I lived in Little Rock I used to hate fielding the question about the AA team, the Travelers. I even petitioned the GM to put on the back of the mascot a sign that said Robert E Lee's horse was named Traveller. The question then was what that had to do with Arkansas. The answer is nothing, the team was named for "Arkansas Traveler" which is a song, type of canoe, and a whole bunch of other stuff from Arkansas. Once they picked the name they coopted the horse.

Point being, cool historical nicknames are only cool to people who name teams.
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: July 15, 2017 at 09:54 AM (#5493989)
Paltrows has been eliminated?
   9. Stormy JE wanted to milk the soft power dividend Posted: July 15, 2017 at 10:28 AM (#5493991)
I can't believe Neck Stabbers isn't a finalist.
   10. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 15, 2017 at 12:59 PM (#5494025)
When I lived in Little Rock I used to hate fielding the question about the AA team, the Travelers. I even petitioned the GM to put on the back of the mascot a sign that said Robert E Lee's horse was named Traveller. The question then was what that had to do with Arkansas. The answer is nothing, the team was named for "Arkansas Traveler" which is a song, type of canoe, and a whole bunch of other stuff from Arkansas. Once they picked the name they coopted the horse.


Having spent virtually all of the first 42 years of my life in Arkansas, & a fair amount of that following the Travs, I must admit that any link to Robert E. Lee's horse utterly escaped me. The song was quite celebrated back in the 19th century, predating the horse. I've always liked the name; I'm "arktrav" on at least a couple of random message boards.

ETA: Also, you're not in Little Rock anymore?
   11. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 15, 2017 at 01:03 PM (#5494026)
In the fantasy league we used to run in the Democrat-Gazette newsroom, several of us were prone to coming up with team names based on Arkansas towns. I'm still partial to my own Hoxie Morons & Paron Theticals. Somebody else had the Helena Handbaskets.
   12. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 15, 2017 at 02:23 PM (#5494044)
Gwinnett Forthegippers. Then you use Ronald Reagan as your logo and collect all the money from the kind of people who want Reagan merchandise.

More target-rich an environment for exactly that Gwinnett could not possibly be.
   13. LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: July 15, 2017 at 02:52 PM (#5494047)
More target-rich an environment for exactly that Gwinnett could not possibly be.
They probably don't even use a left fielder.
   14. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 15, 2017 at 03:07 PM (#5494052)
They probably don't even use a left fielder.

The joke growing up was that Gwinnett roads have two lanes...a right lane and a far-right lane.
   15. Pujols Shot Ya Posted: July 15, 2017 at 03:33 PM (#5494054)
If they go with Buttons, you could refer to a player as a button man... which is something, I guess.
   16. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: July 15, 2017 at 04:23 PM (#5494064)
When I lived in Little Rock I used to hate fielding the question about the AA team, the Travelers. I even petitioned the GM to put on the back of the mascot a sign that said Robert E Lee's horse was named Traveller. The question then was what that had to do with Arkansas. The answer is nothing, the team was named for "Arkansas Traveler" which is a song, type of canoe, and a whole bunch of other stuff from Arkansas. Once they picked the name they coopted the horse.

In one of the old Spalding or Reach Guides from before WWI, the Little Rock Travelers "team photo" consisted of the manager carrying a giant suitcase with head shots of all the players enclosed within. The New Orleans team from that same era featured uniforms with large six pointed stars on the front of the jersey.
   17. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: July 15, 2017 at 04:39 PM (#5494068)
Oh, gweat!
   18. eddieot Posted: July 15, 2017 at 05:01 PM (#5494071)
Can't we just go with the Paltrows and call it a day?

(ducks)
   19. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: July 15, 2017 at 05:42 PM (#5494078)
If they go with Buttons, you could refer to a player as a button man... which is something, I guess.

They will certainly and instantly be jeeringly known as The Butts.
   20. bigglou115 is not an Illuminati agent Posted: July 16, 2017 at 01:33 AM (#5494260)
ETA: Also, you're not in Little Rock anymore?


Yeah, I got tired of working criminal defense and divorces as a solo practice, so when an opportunity popped up in the Miller/Lafayette county prosecutor office I jumped on it. I'll be back up in LR in a few years I imagine.
   21. bookbook Posted: July 16, 2017 at 08:08 AM (#5494271)
The Gwinnett Gwinners (or Glosers if you're a pessimist)
   22. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 16, 2017 at 11:53 AM (#5494299)
so when an opportunity popped up in the Miller/Lafayette county prosecutor office I jumped on it.


Lafayette County is where I grew up -- in Stamps.
   23. winnipegwhip Posted: July 16, 2017 at 02:33 PM (#5494333)
As a decedent of United Empire Loyalists I find that team name offensive.
   24. Bote Man Posted: July 16, 2017 at 03:07 PM (#5494341)
Lafayette County is where I grew up -- in Stamps.

I bet their team is named the Postage Stamps???
   25. Bote Man Posted: July 16, 2017 at 03:09 PM (#5494342)
As a decedent of United Empire Loyalists I find that team name offensive.

I'm sorry to hear of your untimely passing. We hardly knew ye.
   26. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: July 16, 2017 at 03:51 PM (#5494379)
Lafayette County is where I grew up -- in Stamps.

I bet their team is named the Postage Stamps???


Cancelled Stamps, the way things have gone the last couple of decades.

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