Flint, Michigan, is getting a team in the Ontario Hockey League next season and the owners aren't quite sure what to name it. Michigan residents have a clear favorite, though.
According The Flint Journal, the ownership group has registered five names with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: Flint Pride, Flint Phoenix, Flint Sparks, Flint Vikings and Flint Tropics. Yes, the Flint Tropics, just like from the Will Ferrell movie Semi-Pro.
Back in 2008, when the movie came out, Ferrell told SI.com how the film's creators came up with the name:
I think they loved the idea of a Midwest kind of town with an odd name. When you look back at the ABA, it had the Kentucky Colonels and other weird out-of-the-way places that had teams. Flint made sense because it was a small market and why would they have a team? The reason that it's the Tropics is because teams would move almost every year. In the first year of the league, the Minnesota Muskies had the second-best record in the league and they still had to move. They moved down to Florida and become the Floridians, so stuff was in transit all the time that it made for a funny combination.
The team's name is expected to be announced on Feb. 20.
- Dan Gartland