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Hudson Valley Renegades 47

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Posted 2013 August 11

The Hudson Valley Renegades play in Wappingers Falls, New York, except for one small detail, which is that they don't. The team's address says Wappingers Falls, but the team is actually located in nearby Fishkill. Fishkill and Wappingers Falls, incidentally, do not touch. If there is any logic to this, it is apparent only to the people at the United States Postal Service, because damn sure I don't understand it. In any case, in the process of doing the research for this review, I checked out the Wikipedia page for both towns, and on the page for Wappingers Falls I read one of the funniest things I've seen on a webpage in a long time. I am speaking of the following sentence:

"The repeal of the tariff made it impossible for the company to compete with German-made combs."

Now, in context, this might not seem unreasonable. However, it's hard to say because there's not really any context here. The previous sentence mentions the closing of the comb company, but there's no other mention of the comb company, including no mention of its founding. The town history mentions the creation of a cotton mill, the opening of a printworks, the closing of the cotton mill, the closing of a comb factory which gets no mention other than the fact that it closed, and the closing of the printworks. Why those three business, and only those three, are worthy of mention is a mystery to me, but I find it delightfully random.

Better still, there's a section devoted to "Places of Worship". The section has subsections for an Episcopal Church, a Baptist Church, and a Presbyterian Church, and then mentions in passing "Other places of worship include United Methodist Church of Wappingers Falls, and St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church." That's it. Apparently, Episcopalians and Baptists and Presbyterians in Wappingers Falls are cool but Catholics and Methodists are lame. Actually, the Catholic church gets its own web page, but is still hardly mentioned on the Wappingers Falls page. As for the Methodist church, if anyone gives a shit about it, they've never been involved in editing anything on Wikipedia.

Anyway, the team decided to say they are from "Hudson Valley", which I suspect is because even they aren't certain where they are. Or maybe they do know where they are but feel that "Fishkill" is too silly to use in their team name. Personally, I feel the exact opposite: "Fishkill" is too silly to not use in their team name. If I owned a baseball team in Fishkill, rest assured that I'd use "Fishkill" as part of its name, and I'd probably give it some truly dreadful team name as well — the Fishkill Fish Killers or Fishkill Killer Fish or something equally bad. And you don't even want to contemplate the logo, because let's face it: If you name a team the Fishkill Killer Fish, the logo has to be something completely ludicrous. It would probably be the first team to earn a Bush League Factor score with four digits. I'd actually make that my goal. Because no way does a team called the Fishkill Killer Fish deserve anything less. But the team went with the relatively normal name of Hudson Valley Renegades. As for the logo, it's not going to earn a four-digit score, but did want to make certain they had at least a two-digit score, because they stuck a raccoon in the logo for no good reason.

As best as I can determine, the Hudson Valley Renegades have used a raccoon in their logo for as long as they've been the Hudson Valley Renegades. I can't find an explanation why. I can think of a couple of possibilities — it's a local animal; the mask over its eyes makes it look like a bandit — but neither convinces me. Local animal? Raccoons are a local animal over most of the contiguous United States, roughly half of Canada, and all of Latin America (they're also been introduced in Germany, the Caucases, and Japan, incidentally). As for the mask making it look like a bandit, that may be true, but do you know what else looks like a bandit? A bandit, that's what.

But that being said, I really do like the way they've drawn the raccoon in this logo. I think I've mentioned before that I like logos that make prominent use of negative space, and this logo does an excellent job of that. I also like the highly abstract nature of the raccoon's face. I'll take this over some cartoony drawing any day of the week. At least, I will since the team is called the Hudson Valley Renegades. If they were the Fishkill Fish Killers, that would be a different story.

Final Score: 47 points.
Penalties: Region, 8 pts; Irrelevance, 39 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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