Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Morning ride...

During my drive to work in the morning, all twelve minutes of it, I listen to NPR radio (yes I'm officially old). This morning as I was pulling in to the office parking lot, the following story was being read and I sat with my mouth slightly hung open the thought "you've GOT to be kidding me" running through my mind:
No Lions And Orioles And Bears? Oh, My!
by Frank Deford

What began as one man's frustration is slowly turning into a more serious movement that merits our serious attention.

Several months ago, Adam Winter of Saginaw, Mich., grew more and more angry. He is a man who has two loves — pro football and animals — and as the Detroit Lions continued to lose games, Winter became increasingly upset that the magnificent lion should be associated with such a woebegone franchise.

When Detroit — that is, the Lions — finished this past season without a victory, Winter prevailed on his state senator to introduce a bill in the Michigan Legislature that would ban the Detroit franchise from exploiting the nickname of the lion. The rationale: It's unfair to insult a proud beast that is unable to defend its own good name.

In Glen Burnie, Md., Lauren Spencer heard about this and went to her state representative, asking that a similar bill be enacted in Annapolis, preventing the Baltimore baseball team from exploiting the brilliant oriole.

Spencer even wanted the bill to prevent the Baltimore franchise from using the bird's striking orange and black colors for its uniforms, but it was ruled that whereas the oriole itself should be protected from the damage to its reputation, orange and black were colors in the public domain and beyond any statute enforcement.

Similar bills were soon put in the hopper in Tennessee, where the noble grizzly bear has been insulted for years by the Memphis basketball team, and in Arizona, where the beautiful cardinal had become a figure of fun because of the disreputable football franchise. The recent surprise success of the Cardinals did, however, result in that bill's being temporarily bottled up in committee.

Moreover, now some devoted animal defenders from the Humane Society and PETA have formed an organization named STEAM — that's an acronym for Stop Teams Everywhere from Animal Mascots — with the intent of creating federal fish and wildlife legislation to halt all sports franchises from appropriating God's creatures as their nicknames.

As the organization's president, Constance Bloodgood, says, "This year's Detroit Lion is last year's Tampa Bay Devil Ray. No animal deserves to be associated with the potential ignominy of defeat. It's time for human beings to stop insulting all the beasts of the field."

I can only say, hooray. It's about time our animal friends had such protection from gratuitous injustice. And also ... April Fool!

They got me. My SIL Lashelle had even asked me last night what sort of foolish post I was going to write THIS year on my blog. She claimed she was ready for me and I in turn was convinced that I would believe NOTHING I read today. WELL. That lasted until 6:58 a.m. SO, for all those that I upset last year with THIS post and THIS post, I've been repaid. Happy April Fool's. I hope the joke you fall for is as benign as the one that got me!


  1. That was funny. But nothing can top that "one" year. Way to play it safe this year. LOL

  2. Well, you got me too. That was a good one. I might try to share it with Chip and see how far I can go before he guesses that I'm fooling him.

  3. Reporting back to say that Chip TOTALLY BOUGHT IT, and was in COMPLETE AND DISGUSTED SILENCE as I related the story. I kept waiting for him to say YOU'RE KIDDING for me to reply, Yes, I am. But he never said it. Because he was so disgusted. In the end, when I told him it was all a joke, he was still a little disgusted that we live in a crazy enough world that it COULD HAVE BEEN TRUE.

    My husband: telling the real story, even on April Fool's Day.

  4. Whimsy that's AWESOME! Sorry Chip!

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