Monday, May 30, 2005

Getting a little carried away

My ISP has a running news ticker that operates when I'm online. Across the screen just flashed a story about someone who wants to see the name of the hated New Jersey Devils changed.
The Associated Press report quotes New Jersey state Assemblyman Craig Stanley.
"This is an age where symbolism is very important," said Stanley, a Baptist deacon whose resolution to rename the team is to be introduced in the Assembly next month. A new name would be chosen in a statewide competition.
Stanley's legislative district includes parts of Newark, where the Devils are scheduled to move into a $310 million, 18,000-seat downtown arena in September 2007, from the Meadowlands sports complex in East Rutherford.
"I've always cringed when people say they're going to see the Devils," said Stanley. "The merchandise, the paraphernalia is based on the actual demonic devil. Personally, it causes a little bit of an issue with me."

But the name didn't come from the great Satan, as Weird N.J. - a guide to some of the state's more offbeat tourist attractions, notes, according to the AP:
The mythical Jersey Devil - with bat-like wings, a forked tail and oversized claws - was said to terrorize Pine Barrens dwellers in the 18th-century after being born the 13th child to poor South Jerseyans and morphing into a dinosaur-like beast.
Bottom line, with all due respect to Mr Stanley: I want to be able to continue to hate the Devils.