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How About the Cleveland Denalis?

December 19, 2020 --

LPR learned, shortly after midnight, December 14, that the Cleveland Indians will drop their sobriquet for about the past 105 years.  Before that, as LPR read a Wikipedia entry for the soon-to-be-former Indians, the team was known as the Cleveland Spiders.  It seems to LPR, at risk of now offending entomologists, that "Spiders" is kind of creepy as a nickname for a baseball team. 

By the way, reportedly there are no plans in Atlanta, to drop the team name "Braves," nor in Kansas City, to drop the name "Chiefs."   Not even to drop the name "Blackhawks" as team name for the Chicago franchise in the National Hockey League.   (But how long can Atlanta, Kansas City and Chicago resist the pressure that has the former Washington Redskins now known as, what?, "Team Washington"-- the Washington Blanks? " or, the "Washington [Censored]".

LPR has a hunch that we will be in for lots of renamings after January 20, 2021.  Here is a suggestion, taken from the Obama second term.   The last legitimate president in the eyes of the Trump-haters famously changed, on his own as LPR recalls, the name of Mt. McKinley to Denali.  (LPR does not recall if Denali was preceded by Mount.)  Let this action by the 44th president be employed for all name changes of the teams in professional leagues in the U.S.A.  Accordingly, let the teams be known as the Washington Denalis, with the American Leage baseball team to be known as the Cleveland Denalis.  A name good enough for Barack Obama should be good enough for a major league team.