In the realm of sports team names, there are those that inspire awe, evoke fear, or simply make you go, "Huh?"

That's how the Amarillo "Calf Fries" have had me feeling lately.

So the Sod Poodles change their name from time to time to honor a culinary delicacy that makes most people squirm—calf fries. And while only temporary, forgive me if I don't leap for joy.

Now, I appreciate a good dose of humor as much as the next person, but "Calf Fries"? Really? It conjures up images of frying pans and farm animals, rather than our fierce baseball team on the field. It's a peculiar choice that leaves me scratching my head in bewilderment.

But hey, who am I to judge? Perhaps the whole point of the temporary name changes is to turn some heads. Maybe the local Herford residents will rally behind the team, chanting "Go Fries, Go!" Or maybe it's just a brilliant strategy to sell more ballpark concessions over—a clever ploy to make us all associate baseball with deep-fried delicacies.

Still, I can't help but feel a pang of nostalgia for the good ol' Sod Poodles even if the name is gone for a game or two It has a certain charm, that's grown on. me. Plus, it's just plain fun to say hear the Sod Poodles theme song from time to time over the course of a game.

So, here's to hoping that this temporary name change doesn't stick around for too long. Let's savor the quirkiness of the Sod Poodles and hope that they'll soon reclaim their rightful place in the realm of whimsical team names. Until then, I'll be at the ballpark, cheering half-heartedly for the "Calf Fries," and secretly longing for the day when we can all shout, "Go Sod Poodles!" once more.

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