JerseySenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2009

In honor of Barack Obama, the Brooklyn Cyclones are changing their name to "Baracklyn." Yes, they can.

It's a one-night gimmick on June 23rd. They're really going all out with this thing, going so far as to offer free tickets to anyone named McCain or Palin, and two for any plumber named Joe. And it goes without saying, they'll be distributing Obama bobbleheads-- or should I say, Obobbleheads?

Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting the president, but this is a little too much. First of all, the guy hasn't done a thing in office. Second, he's the president, not some cheesy mascot. You want to cheer him on, great. The bobbleheads are a cute way to show how happy you are with his election, and how optimistic you are of things to come. But this is a grand, juvenile gimmick that makes Obama seem like another contestant on American Idol. He's not Edward Cullen, a figurehead posing for a slew of fangirls across the country. He's the president. Support him, certainly. But changing a minor league team name to a horrifically corny pun of his name? Come on, we're more dignified than that, right?

Had the Cyclones hosted an "Obama night" with promotions and stuff, I'd applaud them. But I gag at the sound of the word "Bracklyn," and I fear his position is being taken lightly. Call me old-fashioned, but this seems awfully weird.