There are only four major professional sports leagues in North America. So you would think the self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” would at least know the names of the teams that play in those leagues. And yet, time after time after time, they continue to mangle the name of one of the best teams in Major League Baseball.

We don’t even know how many dozens of times the talking heads in Bristol referred to the team as the “Tampa Rays.” A phenomenon that we find bizarre considering we NEVER hear anybody say “Tampa Bucs” or “Tampa Lightning.” And those teams actually, you know, play in Tampa.

And there is at least one writer at ESPN.com that didn’t get the memo that the Rays exorcised the Devil three years ago…

Exhibit ‘A’ is the American League East, where both the Yankees and Devil Rays are almost assured of a trip to the postseason.

Unbelievable. Hey, if you are a fan

and want to keep calling them the “Devil Rays” because you liked that moniker better, that is fine. But if you want to be a sportswriter, GET THE GOD DAMNED NAME RIGHT. Cool? Cool.

 
 

9 Comments

  1. Hal (RSA) says:

    That is a great question. It bugs the heck out of me. I think they just don’t respect the team for some reason. And I think there is plenty to respect.

  2. Charles says:

    Why don’t we just use Devil in front of every other team’s name to level the playing field.

    Big 4 game series with the New York Devil Yankees starts tonight!

    • Beth says:

      That’s definitely my favorite response.

      And can we claim that the Patriots play in England (since it’s as difficult to remember the “New” as it is to remember the “Bay”)?

  3. d-money says:

    I don’t even watch Devil sportscenter anymore or Devil baseball tonight. I can’t stand that douche Devil John Kruk.

    I only watch the MLB network.

    They still mess it up now and again but not as much.

  4. Don says:

    Three reasons:
    1) Not much prep work…mainly just reading prepared script where it is easy to inject/omit words
    2) unknowledgeable people, hired for camera presence instead of “sports experience”
    3) low “respect” for the Rays…not as “important” as the reporting on the “Big Boys”
    If you want to be a “sports writer” be “COOL”…not smart!

  5. Gus says:

    MLB Network, by contrast, almost always gets the Rays-St. Petersburg-Tampa Bay thing right.

    Couldn’t figure out how Jayson Stark had a column last week about “things have never been more in doubt” (or words to that effect) for the Rays franchise. And of course, Gammons is already casting doubt on their future, so that his BoSox (he appears on the NESN post-game shows — how isn’t that some ethical conflict?) are relevant again.

  6. Amanda says:

    Would they call the NFL team the Green Packers?

  7. caladesi says:

    ∑ $ (pee) Й
    = Devils Я Us=

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