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Belleville Senators 10

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Posted 2017 December 2

Sigh. Where to begin?

Well, let's begin with the nonsensical name. Personally, I'm not a fan of "Senators" as a team name in any city. It makes me think of Congress, and I don't mean sexual congress. I mean boring, old-farts-droning-on-about-tax-policy Congress. As I write this, Congress here in America has an approval rating of 9%. I realize Canadians probably give their Parliament a higher approval rating, but somehow I doubt it's all that high. And when I look at the two senators from my state...yikes. For these reasons and more, I'm glad that Washington's baseball team decided to go with the name "Nationals" instead of "Senators" even though I don't think "Nationals" is a great name.

But at least in Ottawa and Washington, calling a team the Senators makes sense. After all, that's where the senators are. How many senators are there in Belleville? It's not a national capital. It's not even a provincial capital. It does manage to be the county seat of Hastings County despite not being in Hastings County, but counties don't typically have a senate (Hastings County definitely doesn't; I checked). If the team insisted on imitating its parent team's name, the least it could have done is scaled it down and called itself the Belleville County Commissioners.

Then there's the logo, which is just the letter B. That's pretty much it: you generally see the B in front of a rectangle whose top half is red and whose bottom half is black, but that hardly even counts. It's not even an interesting looking B. It's just your basic serif-font B. It may even be Times New Roman, for pete's sake.

Honestly, guys, it's like you're not even trying. Isn't there anything about your town you could name a team after? Something interesting in your history, perhaps? What's that? You were the location of the first school for the deaf in Ontario? Significant history, perhaps, but nothing to name a team after. Got anything else?

Dixie Lee Fried Chicken was founded there? Seriously? That's the best you've got?

<sigh> Fine. I give up.

Final Score: 10 points.
Penalties: Offspring, 5 pts; Yucky-Logo, 5 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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