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Posted 2014 April 20

The "Smokies" name for a team near Knoxville was first used in 1925, and has been in use for most of the time since (although their was a twenty-year stretch from the early 70s to early 90s when teams used their parent team's name). The name was used for teams actually in Knoxville (and thus called the Knoxville Smokies) until the year 2000, when the Knoxville Smokies moved to nearby Kodak (about 20 miles to the east, and yes, it really does share its name with an old camera company) and renamed themselves the Tennessee Smokies. As such, it's one of those old names that we're supposed to say has been around so long that it would be a shame to change it at this point.

You know what I call a bad name that's been around for a century? A bad name that's been around long enough that someone should have changed it by now, that's what. And Smokies, if not a bad name, certainly isn't a good one. It's not impressive. I'm not saying the mountains themselves aren't impressive; they are (they're also quite beautiful). But that doesn't make the name any good. And there's certainly no lack of wildlife in the area to name a team after. Some people may think the name "Bears" gets overused in America, but it would be a perfect name for a team in the area of the Smokies. After all, there are bears all over the damn place in the Smokies. By the same logic, you could name the team the Wolves (or Red Wolves), Owls, Woodpeckers, Cuckoos, Hawks, Elk, Bucks, Foxes, or Bobcats. But really, I think the team should call itself the Kodak Bears. In addition to the obvious fact that bears are intimidating animals and they're definitely local, there's the pun off of Kodiak Bears, and the fact that the team is currently affiliated with the Chicago Cubs.

As for the logo, I suppose it's okay given the handicap the artist had to work with (I'm talking about the team name in case you can't figure that out). The team is called the Smokies and the logo features the Smokies. I don't know if that's a specific peak being represented in the logo (probably not; it looks too symmetrical to be a real mountain), but that is a pretty good representation of what mountains in the area look like. I could have done without the baseball in the background (given the perspective, that thing must be huge...maybe it's another example of a baseball/sun combination like Hagerstown and Jacksonville have?), and I'm also certain we don't need the word "baseball" in the logo, but these are the only problems with the logo itself. But as for the name...look, guys, you're not even the only team in the Smokies anymore. In fact, there may be over a half-dozen others, depending on just what you consider the boundary of the Smokies to be. Pick a better name already.

Final Score: 51 points.
Penalties: Region (egregious), 17 pts; Equipment, 13 pts; Obvious, 17 pts; Name, 10 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.


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