Sorry, didn't mean to get your hopes up – Jon Gruden will be coaching the Buccaneers for the foreseeable future. We're talking about Tampa Bay's other professional team. No, not the Lightning, the Devil Rays. They seem to have lost their sympathy for the Devil:
After considering a complete change of identity to mark the end of their first decade, team officials apparently will instead drop the Devil and keep the Rays.
"We haven't made a final decision, but we are leaning toward the direction of a change in uniform, a change of colors, a change in logo and perhaps a slight modification of the name," team president Matt Silverman said. "But it's unlikely we will have a dramatic change in the name."
That decision represents something of a compromise, allowing the team to maintain what brand identity it has and connections, such as with the new rays tank while exorcising the devilish connotation that some find objectionable.
That's all well and good for the God-fearing residents of Tampa/St. Pete, but they'll wish they kept the Devil when Bud Selig ships the franchise to Sin City. Television and radio ratings are higher for the Yankees in the area, and it seems that the lights become dimmer every year at the the worst venue in MLB. You will see one of these teams in Las Vegas soon:
- Ray-Jays (Johnson)
- Out-of-State Weekend Strippers
Of course, I could be wrong, and it may be good that TB is shedding Old Scratch. Maybe Al Qaeda will stop rooting for them then. -KD