As seen in the past, whenever fan votes decide anything in the world of sports, it usually doesn’t go well.
The city of San Diego is trying to make their case to host the MLS’ next expansion franchise. Backed by former domestic superstar Landon Donovan, the SoccerCity SD expansion group (a $1 billion-plus redevelopment project) posted a poll on Facebook searching for a potential team name.
According to Deadspin, the group began with 1,000 submissions and narrowed them down to 20, with the final 10 names to be submitted to the MLS.
As you can imagine, the leading name is ridiculous.
Take a second to think about what possible names (with a San Diego connotation) that you can come up with. Now think about what the fans might have voted on.
Did you come up with “Footy McFooty Face”?
Well, that’s the current leader in the clubhouse, receiving over 2,500 votes and counting as of Friday morning.
It’s safe to assume that the MLS probably won’t honor the hilarious request of the fans, although if they did, it would be hysterical.
Of course, when those within the sports world got ahold of this information, they took to Twitter to post their thoughts.
While the internet jokes are certainly knee-slappers, Abby Hamblin of The San Diego Union Tribune wrote the following in her Friday afternoon article entitled, “A soccer team named ‘Footy McFooty Face?’ Really, San Diego?”:
“Bringing soccer to San Diego shouldn’t be a laughing matter. Many here are devastated to have lost the Chargers. The city has debated what to do with the Qualcomm Stadium site for years.”
She went on, “Taxpayer dollars, the city’s homeless population and even San Diego State University are wrapped up in this, and we can only hope the group involved picks a serious name.”
Well, that took a serious turn.
Regardless, for all non-San Diegans, we can only hope that Footy McFooty Face becomes the next MLS franchise.
As seen in the MLB's minor leagues, ridiculous team names have become a part of the American sports scene. The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Modesto Nuts, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Savannah Bananas, Toledo MudHens, Montgomery Biscuits and Hartford Yard Goats are just a few of the many examples.
While an absurd team name hasn't been featured yet in the MLS, isn't it time to switch things up?
The marketing possibilities and kit combinations are endless. Make this happen, MLS. Make this happen.