The Central Baseball League is no more. Half of the teams joined the Northern League defectors to form the new American Association while the other half joined the upstart United Baseball League. But one team got left behind and got kicked out of their baseball stadium in favor of a new team.
The Edinburg Roadrunners, after years of success at the box office but idiotic management that eventually led to their demise, were given the boot earlier this year. Enter the Edinburg Coyotes, possibly the United Baseball League's best shot at success. Unfortunately the chose a name with two strikes against it from the outset.
First of all, the old team was called the Roadrunners, the new team is called the Coyotes. Have you figured out the connection yet? It is so lame you wouldn't believe it. The Coyotes refer to Wile E. Coyote who, of course, chases after the Roadrunner. That might be a little funny if it weren't for the fact that the Roadrunner always gets the better of the Coyote. That is a bad start. Strike one.
Secondly, a coyote is a term used down in the Rio Grande Valley (and all along the border) for someone who illegally smuggles Mexican immigrants into the USA. Coyotes aren't very well liked. The Mexicans don't like them because they typically treat the immigrants like crap while in transport and the white folks don't like them because they bring the Mexicans into to town illegally. Strike two.
Now, if the logo at the beginning of this post is their logo, we've got strike three. (I haven't been able to find an official logo for the Coyotes yet - they have no website, the local newspapers were of no help, and the UBL website is still under construction. The logo is from this design site) This logo, like all logos from the State of Texas, has way too much going on. A coyote howling, a baseball moon, a baseball moon shadow, the state of Texas with Edinburg marked with a star, a big blocky coyotes script, Edinburg in a box and a baseball diamond in the background. Seriously, what else could they possibly squeeze in there?
I can't believe I am going to say this because I used to work for the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings and the Edinburg Roadrunners were our arch-rivals on and off the field, but I already miss Rowdy and the Roadrunners. Despite better and more likeable management (they couldn't get much worse than the Roadrunner's management) the Coyotes are a really poor substitute and they have already struck out with me. (Homeless Rowdy photo found here with other really cool photographs)