A couple weeks back, I announced the adoption of HC Kometa Brno as my hockey team, since both the Avalanche and Thrashers seem headed for hockey tragedy in 2008-09. Now I'm proud to announce that the Post-Pessimist Association is taking on an AHL affiliate --
THE IOWA CHOPS.
The frowny-faced scolds of the hockey blog world have been up in arms about this team's mere existence in recent weeks, because the name is, I guess, improperly worshipful of the church of hockey. "Gordie Howe never played for a team called the 'Chops'!", they whine. If ever there was proof that hockey fans take shit way too seriously, this is it. Do baseball fans cry about the Albuquerque Isotopes? I don't know -- I don't really read baseball blogs other than Fire Joe Morgan. But I suspect they have better things to do with their time.
There's a lot to like about this Chops team! That's a nicely-drawn pig, I must say -- he looks angry, because he's just found out that he's going to be a pork chop in the near future. How's he going to deal with that anger? I don't know, but I'd guess via playing hockey. Although since he's apparently a disembodied head (maybe the rest of him is already in plastic containers at Kroger), he might not be so good.
A few more kudos: the pig (head) isn't carrying a hockey stick. Nice restraint there. And the team name isn't the "Chopz," as it would have been if this were 1998.
I'm really curious as to why this has excited such vitriol and breast-beating. Unless they're named after an animal, sports team names are intrinsically kind of dumb. If the St. Louis Blues or Indiana Pacers came around today, they would sound stupid. And if the Iowa Chops had come around in 1972, people would hail this as old school.
So go Iowa Chops. I plan to buy a t-shirt sometime soon (no jerseys - let's not get ridiculous here).