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A sad day in Cleveland [Mar. 26th, 2008|04:17 pm]
Zoethe
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I drove downtown this morning because I was running late. If I had instead taken the Rapid, I might have missed big money pissing on tradition.

We have a beautiful baseball stadium here, situated right in downtown Cleveland. Oh, I know it hasn't really been there that long, but it's an icon. Its facilities are so lovely that people regularly book it for proms and wedding receptions.

Jacob's Field. It even had a nickname, The Jake.

But no more. Now, it is Progressive Field. For, like every other big company that sucks up a stadium, Progressive Insurance had to turn that stadium into the biggest ad poster in town. And I mean, BIG. The sign is an enormous, garish, cheap-plastic looking monstrosity hulking over the southwest corner of the stadium. Several cranes were in operation today, putting it up.

So much for icons. Here's one for you, Progressive: a pirate. Take what you can, leave none for the rest.
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[User Picture]From: finding_helena
2008-03-26 08:28 pm (UTC)
Yep, my home city is now home to the newly renamed Nationwide Children's Hospital. Which I think is a really stupid name because obviously it is not "nationwide", it is located in one specific place.
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[User Picture]From: kmg_365
2008-03-26 08:28 pm (UTC)
I don't care how many signs they erect, I will never refer to the Garden State Arts Center as the PNC Bank Center.

Not. Gonna. Do it.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 04:24 am (UTC)
I feel the same way.
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[User Picture]From: fax_celestis
2008-03-26 08:35 pm (UTC)
Same thing in my neck of the woods: AT&T Park, the Giants' stadium.

Of course, the irony inherent here is that the Giants are black and orange, while AT&T is blue and white: the colors of their longtime rivals.
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[User Picture]From: blackcoat
2008-03-26 10:18 pm (UTC)
AT&T Park, AKA SBC Park, AKA Cingular Field, AKA AT&T Field.

Also, for the record: Beat. L. A.
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[User Picture]From: maddeningshroud
2008-03-26 08:36 pm (UTC)
We used to have Jack Murphy's Stadium.. a.k.a. The Murph. Then years ago Qualcomm took it over and told us to call it The Q. It makes me sad. :(
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[User Picture]From: dana3
2008-03-26 08:39 pm (UTC)
Did you think that the Jacobs brother, who made their money in real estate in Cleveland, were somehow NOT pirates on the North Coast?? They ~bought~ those naming rights, out of profits they'd made from selling and leasing lots of real estate in downtown Cleveland. Bought 'em, same as Progressive did when the remaining brother needed to get money out for the estate. While it doesn't trip over the tongue like 'the Jake' does, I don't find a big moral issue here. Same stuff, different buyer.
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[User Picture]From: fax_celestis
2008-03-26 09:24 pm (UTC)
I know! "Wrigley Field" and all that.
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[User Picture]From: kisekinotenshi
2008-03-26 08:44 pm (UTC)
Companies suck. Really. I'd almost rather they stamp their name on all the seats than put up huge, ugly billboards. At least on the seats we'll still see them, but they won't be staring us in the face all the damn time.

I guess I'm lucky that opera houses generally don't have to deal with the companies, just the really rich old widows that insist the new theater be named after their son/daughter/dead husband. Of course, they can be even worse sometimes. x.x

Edited at 2008-03-26 08:45 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: ponygirl118
2008-03-26 08:49 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I hear ye. Ain't it fun going to see a play at the WaMu theater? *makes a face*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 11:45 am (UTC)
A definitely lack of romance.
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[User Picture]From: gieves
2008-03-26 08:57 pm (UTC)
I called it "The Prog" in conversation with somebody at a zoo event a couple of months back and made her shoot wine out her nose. (I think that "The Prog" is the inevitable moniker as given by lazy Clevelanders, which actually fills me a vaguely malicious glee: it's so stupid that it's funny!)
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[User Picture]From: bec76
2008-03-26 09:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome! In my head, I've been calling it The Prog too. the thing is, you've got to be sure you get the sneer in at the right point... The Prrrrrrrrrrrrog.
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From: wildcelticrose
2008-03-26 09:20 pm (UTC)
Greetings from Seattle, land of QWEST Field and Safeco Field

Feh !!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 11:48 am (UTC)
Rather less evocative than the Kingdome.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 11:52 am (UTC)

Re: So, start a boycott

Yeah, if I was angry enough about that's what I should do. But it's so much less time consuming to whine about it in my blog....
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2008-03-27 03:23 am (UTC)
I feel that.

The domestic cricket competition in Australia used to be called the Sheffield Shield, and had been running since 1892. After over a century of history as the greatest domestic sporting trophy in the country (behind only the Ashes for total glory until the 90s) Pura Milk started sponsoring it... and had it renamed to the Pura Cup.

Personally, I've boycotted Pura Milk ever since.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 11:55 am (UTC)
That's dreadful.
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[User Picture]From: uplinktruck
2008-03-27 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's all about the golden rule. Wish they would have had naming rights when my kids were born. We're talking Ford Girl and Brown and Formam Boy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 03:12 pm (UTC)
And wouldn't you just love being paid for those endorsements?!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-03-27 04:48 pm (UTC)

F.U.

It was fun in Philly when the hockey rink was called the F.U. Spectrum.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2008-03-27 07:46 pm (UTC)

Re: F.U.

Outstanding!
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