2016 August 28: Baseball - Kingsport Mets
2016 August 27: Baseball - Binghamton Mets
2016 August 20: Baseball - Greeneville Astros
2016 August 13: Baseball - Somerset Patriots
2016 August 7: Baseball - Potomac Nationals
2016 August 4: Baseball - Kannapolis Intimidators
Once again, we turn our attention to the annual tradition of saying goodbye to those hockey teams who did not survive the summer. Fortunately, this summer has been less eventful than most, and certainly less eventful than last season, which saw a massive reshuffling of AHL and ECHL cities.
The only city to truly lose hockey is Portland, Maine, where the AHL Pirates have relocated to become the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds are replacing the Falcons (also of the AHL), who left town this summer to become the Tucson Roadrunners. Also losing a team, albeit temporarily, is Lafayette, Louisiana, where the SPHL Louisiana IceGators are suspending operations for a season while the CajunDome undergoes renovations. My condolences to the fans in Portland, and here's hoping nothing bad happens to derail the IceGators' plans to return next fall.
As noted, the other changes in the minor league hockey landscape don't involve cities losing hockey. The ECHL Evansville Icemen are gone, but the SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts will fill the void. Meanwhile, a decade-long absence of hockey in the Roanoke Valley finally ends with the debut of the SPHL Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. Finally, a few purely cosmetic changes: the AHL Toronto Marlies and SPHL Columbus Cottonmouths have new logos, and the AHL Lake Erie Monsters have renamed themselves the Cleveland Monsters (the logo remains unchanged except for replacing the words "Lake Erie" with "Cleveland").
Reviews should start to get posted late in October, or maybe early November.
"What's the Bush League Factor?" you may be thinking.
Basically, it's a not-too-serious attempt at quantifying how lousy some of the logos in minor league hockey and baseball are. Certain offenses have been catalogued -- cartoony logos, logos with irrelevant features in them (such as a bear in the logo for a team called the "Aces"), trendy and/or garish colors, and so forth. Each offense has been given a point value, and the scores have been added up.
Some people would say that I need to get a life, and they may be right, but until then I'm going to keep working on this.
Updates should come roughly once a week during the season...maybe more often, maybe less. Keep checking to see what I have to say. With every update one team (sometimes more if I'm feeling ambitious) will be spotlighted. Teams will be done in a seemingly random order (it isn't, but the exact order is left as an exercise to the reader).
Navigation is fairly straightforward. Look at the links on the left and click on the team or department you want to go to.
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