A Messi, Kind o’ Taco Tuesday

Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief, can’t we, now that Jim Host has found himself corporate naming sponsor for the new arena. KFC Yum! Arena it is.

We know already that’s too unwieldy to last. Too many syllables. No rhyme.

So, we are all beside ourselves wondering what the place will come to be called? Of course, I have a suggestion, but my track record along these lines isn’t very good.

When Adam Dunn was starring for the RiverBats, I suggested we call him Big Lumber. The guy could smack it. And he was kind of slow. Very clever moniker, thought I. Even suggested it to team authorities. Which greeted my entreaty with a yawn.

I’ve always referred to U of L’s football home as the Pizza Bowl. Which name has been consistently and improvidently ignored by one and all. So, Papa John’s it’s been, much to my chagrin, but to the delight of John Schnatter.

Two syllables is the most any resonant nickname can endure if longevity is the goal. Which means KFC Yum! has double the number necessary. Hey, maybe they can call the place the double/ double and rename that new cholesterrific chicken/ chicken, bacon/ bacon, cheese/ cheese but no bun bun sandwich of theirs?

I’m thinking the Yum! might be the one. But, uh, maybe not. I doubt The Bucket’s gonna do it.

My suggestion: The Taco.

The roof line kind of flips over like a taco shell, right? Well, kind of, work with me here. So, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it until shouted down by the masses.

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Just to confirm to you my loyal readers that I’m keeping up with all the obscure (to you, if not the rest of the world) sports you could care less about, I referenced futbol superstar Lionel Messi in the header.

He’s been on a tear for F.C. Barcelona lately. Including a three goal hat trick — in the first half — in the last Champion’s League W against Arsenal.

Well, the semis kick off this afternoon as Barca takes on Internazionale Milano. It’s a road game for my red & blue faves, but they haven’t allowed the European flight restrictions to impede their journey for a 2d straight Champions League title. Game on. 2:45 p.m. on Fox Soccer Channel, should you be looking for an excuse at work this afternoon.

Tomorrow’s other semi features Olympique Lyonnaise at F.C. Bayern Munchen.

Remember these are simply the first leg of this round. The teams meet again next week, switching venues. Total goals in both games advance. Away goals count more than home goals.

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Missed the usual media announcement prior to yesterday’s presser by The Rick. No biggie. Probably wouldn’t have gone anyway. But everybody’s favorite sports radio whipping boy, My Man Lachlan, was all over it last night.

And I’ve got to add my vote in agreement on one thing. U of L was NOT a young basketball team last year. Three senior starters and a soph who played a lot as a freshman. No freshman being allowed significant minutes by The Rick.

So, Rick, not that you care, but add my name to the list of folks who are tired of that ersatz excuse for last season’s mediocrity. Give it up.

– Seedy K

One Comment

  1. cbcard
    Posted April 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    The big problem with last year’s team wasn’t youth. It was LOFT.

    That is Lack of Freakin’ Talent!

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