August 27, 2017

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 11 comments

I looked up Reliant Stadium today and found out it's now NRG Stadium.

I'm tired of having to figure out what a pro team's stadium is currently named. I'm going to start referring to them as Texans Stadium, Jaguars Stadium and so on. Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

posted by rcade at 10:41 AM on August 27

Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

I'm in, but Giant Jets scare me!

posted by tommytrump at 11:05 AM on August 27

I looked up Reliant Stadium today and found out it's now NRG Stadium.

Since I have no clue what team/sport is played in Reliant/NRG stadium, I'm with you. I still call the Hurricanes stadium...well...the Hurricanes stadium. I believe it's still officially named after a bank. PNC?

posted by NoMich at 11:07 AM on August 27

Until we get to Washington DC and don't want to call it Redskins Stadium.

I think Belichick would be fine with people calling Gillette Field "Triple Stainless Razor Park".

Anything to gain an edge.

The way Blake Bortles has been going, if someone wanted to call the Jags stadium "Van Down By The River" I'd be OK with that.

Why hasn't the Seattle stadium subtitle been changed to "Home of the 12th Person"?

If you called the Denver facility Broncos Stadium, it would be only a matter of time before newly prosperous pot shop owners got together, bought the naming rights, and started calling it Mile High Stadium again.

Wonder what the Oakland Raiders new home in Vegas will be called. Of course, some people were referring to Vegas as a black hole long before Al Davis ever founded the franchise.

posted by beaverboard at 11:40 AM on August 27

Who's with me? Strike a blow for the proletariat!

Sounds like a plan.

posted by bender at 11:55 AM on August 27

"Powerlessness is a supporter's lot". The final round of the AFL season goes down to the last second.

posted by owlhouse at 09:16 PM on August 27

I'm tired of having to figure out what a pro team's stadium is currently named.

One of the online baseball forums I frequent is having fun with something called "Take Back the Ballparks".

That some well-heeled corporate sugar daddy is willing to fork over big bucks to the local extortionist baseball owner for naming rights doesn't mean we have to play along. Why should we be forced to follow all the latest merger and acquisition activity to keep up with the name outside that limestone and steel ode to corporate welfare?

The idea is to come up with a name that isn't tied to any corporate entity, and still reflects the location/team/culture/history.

They've already voted for San Francisco Giants (China Basin), Texas Rangers (The Ballpark in Arlington), and are currently voting on San Diego Padres.

posted by grum@work at 01:03 AM on August 28

Down in Oz, the public broadcaster (the ABC) has a charter that forbids advertising. So during sports coverage, they still refer to the stadia by the "proper" name.

It's a blessing.

posted by owlhouse at 01:18 AM on August 28

Somehow Fenway Park has escaped this trend, but I am still waiting for something like "Dunkin Donuts Field at the Fenway". Of course, it's not at the Fenway, just nearby.

For those unfamiliar with the City of Boston, the Fenway is part of a series of parks that extend around the city to form what is called"The Green Necklace". Fenway Park is a few short blocks from the park named The Fenway.

posted by Howard_T at 10:50 AM on August 28

If they ever change the name of Fenway Park, the only acceptable replacement is Diamond City...

posted by MeatSaber at 08:29 PM on August 28

Please leave Fenway just the way it is. No better place to take in a sporting event.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:57 AM on August 29

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