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I thought they just didn't like ducks
2006-05-02 09:39
by Bob Timmermann

The United Methodist Church will not hold its 2012 international conference in Richmond because the AAA team there is called the Braves. This violates a policy adopted by the UMC in 2004.


The Richmond Braves don't have a mascot. They have a duck -- "a big, happy, yellow" one named "Diamond Duck," Braves spokesman John Emmett said.

The Richmond Braves could have just told the Methodists that they call themselves the "R-Braves" also. Maybe it would have fooled them.

2006-05-02 09:55:08
1.   Eric Enders
"The Richmond Braves don't have a mascot. They have a duck."

I wonder what Oregon alums would think of that comment.

2006-05-02 09:57:36
2.   Bob Timmermann
The University of Oregon's mascot is a guy walking around with a mask on that makes him look Phil Knight and he carries a large dollar sign.
2006-05-02 10:22:18
3.   DXMachina
This minor leaguer walks into a bar with a duck on his head...
2006-05-02 12:41:11
4.   Daniel Zappala
I know you're joking, Bob, but the Ducks have two mascots now, one that looks like Donald Duck, and another more fearsome-looking, Nike-clad duck who rides a motorcycle around the stadium. A bit much if you ask me.

Never again will I write "fearsome-looking" and "duck" in the same sentence.

2006-05-02 12:55:52
5.   Bob Timmermann
The Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan use mascots that sort of look like ducks. Two are cute. Another one is meaner looking. I think he's supposed to be a crow. The mean one is called "Mr. Carrasco".
2006-05-02 13:14:57
6.   Eric Enders
Hey, there's a fearsome-looking man swinging a machete -- duck!
2006-05-02 13:18:27
7.   Bob Timmermann
No Methodists were hurt in the posting of this story.
2006-05-02 14:22:36
8.   NoPepperGames
I take it you missed the article about how the Jewish Federation refuses to hold any international conferences in Nippon, Japan?

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