Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens for winning a football game during last night’s Destiny’s Child reunion concert. I have always admired the Ravens for being the only literary-themed franchise in professional sports, and they get bonus points for picking a dark, 19th-Century poem filled with themes of heartbreak and death.
This championship team and its three authorial mascots (ravens named Edgar, Allan, and Poe) have inspired me to imagine a league of our own with names based on works of middle-grade literature. These might include:
- The Connecticut Tesseracts: Named after the four-dimensional constructs in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.
- The Washington Bridges: Named for the titular construction project in Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson.
- The Mixed-Up Files of New York: Named after this blog (and also From the Mixed-Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg).
- The Mississippi Thunder: Named for a farmhand in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.
- The West Virginia Beagles: Named for the dog in Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
- The Seattle Yonders: Named for A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, and based in a city that’s a long way from Chicago.
- The California Whipping Boys: Named for the character in The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman.
- The Green Lake Holes: Named for the products of hard labor found in Holes by Louis Sachar.
- The Alaska Wolves: Named for the pack encountered in Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.
- The Seoul Shards: Named after the pottery pieces in Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard.
Have ideas for additional teams? Leave them in the comments!
Greg R. Fishbone is the author of the “Galaxy Games” series of midgrade sports and sci-fi from Tu Books at Lee & Low Books. Visit him at http://gfishbone.com.