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Posted 2014 July 7

If you're neither a geography nerd nor from the Midatlantic, then you're probably wondering where the heck Delmarva is. I am both a geography nerd and from the Midatlantic, so I didn't have to ask. Delmarva is the name of the peninsula that is home to Maryland's Eastern Shore, most if not all of Delaware, and (for reasons I've never fully understood) two counties of Virginia. It's kind of its own thing, and I'm sure most of the Marylanders and Virginians on the peninsula don't understand why they're part of a state dominated by people living across the Bay from them. In fact, there have been proposals to make a state out of the Peninsula, presumably by having Delaware absorb the rest of peninsula. This makes surprisingly little difference in population or area, as it turns out. Delaware is the 45th largest state in terms of population; a combined Delmarva would move up to about 41st. Sizewise, Delaware ranks 49th and Delmarva would rank 48th, moving ahead of only Connecticut. Considering the fact that such a change would have to be approved by the legislatures of all three states and by the United States Congress, I doubt it's ever going to get anywhere, but I'm sure people on the peninsula will continue to discuss it from time to time, whereas Marylanders and Virginians who don't live on the peninsula will continue to be surprised to learn that there are actually people who live on the peninsula.

This is not the only proposal among Marylanders to split away and form their own state. Some people in the western counties have proposed splitting away to form a state as well. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that there's also a movement among the counties in the southcentral part of the state to bolt as well. What I'm saying here is that pretty much every part of Maryland that isn't in the Baltimore-Washington region hates the part of Maryland that is in the Baltimore-Washington region (and everyone who lives there), and wants to get away from them. But that area accounts for about 70% of the state's population, so I think the rest of the state is stuck with them until they decide to kick the rest of the state out.

That being said, this disdain does not stretch to baseball. Maryland baseball fans, by and large, are O's fans. This stretches to the minors as well. There's only one team in Maryland that isn't affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles, and that team (the Hagerstown Suns) is affiliated with the Washington Nationals. This of course means that the Shorebirds are an O's affiliate, which in turn probably explains both the name (for those who don't know, the Orioles are nicknamed "The Birds") and the color scheme. Considering that the O's have gone back to their cartoony "smiling bird" logo, I think the Shorebirds actually have a better logo.

The Shorebirds play in Salisbury, which is pretty close to the geographic center of the peninsula and thus about as far as you can get from the shore and still be on Delmarva. In spite of this, the name makes sense. First of all, "shorebird" is a term for a particular order of birds regardless of where those birds happen to be. Second, "as far as you can get from the shore and still be on Delmarva turns out to be about twenty miles. I'm sure there's no lack of shorebirds in Salisbury. Hell, I live about two hours from the coast and there's plenty of shorebirds where I live. If we can have shorebirds, so can Salisbury.

In short, I really don't have a lot to criticize here, and I certainly don't have anything to snark about. The logo isn't fantastic, but it's a good logo for a good name which fits the area well. About the harshest criticism I can come up with is that I don't like the color orange. Yeah, that's the harshest thing I can come up with. That ought to sum it up quite nicely.

Final Score: 12 points.
Penalties: Region (doubly-egregious), 27 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts; Graphic, -9 pts.


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