Start your Jack Bauer digital clocks, ladies and gentlemen. You have 24 hours to visit Revis Island.
This isn’t a joke—Treasure Island, an actual city in the state of Florida, will be changing its name to “Revis Island” for one day to honor newly minted Tampa Bay cornerback Darrelle Revis.
The Bucs’ announcement states that Bob Minning, the mayor of Treasure Island, is issuing a “special proclamation” that will rechristen his good city Revis Island starting at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.
The name will last a full 24 hours, and the Buccaneers organization is encouraging fans to come out for the announcement. Cheerleaders, the Bucs mascot and “front office representatives” will be on hand to ring in the occasion, which is set to take place at The Club at Treasure Island.
For reference, Treasure Island is an actual island. It is located along a chain of barrier islands off the west coast of Florida, near the Tampa Bay area. It earned the name “Treasure Island” in the early 1900s when crooked property owners in the area buried and then “discovered” wooden chests with the purpose of drawing headlines and raising property values.
It would appear the people of Treasure Island still have a solid handle on drumming up press.
Also, don’t worry about losing to New York, Buccaneers fans. Mayor Minning knows that was a fluke.
“Despite Sunday’s heartbreaking loss to the Jets, we’re still very excited about the upcoming season,” Minning announced. “Darrelle Revis was an outstanding offseason acquisition. We wanted to welcome Mr. Revis to our island community and celebrate the Bucs’ 2013 home opener in a fun, family-friendly way.”
What can a football fan expect to find on Revis Island?
“An island filled with interceptions, touchdown returns and batted passes,” according to Minning’s proclamation.
Revis is taking the adulation in stride.
“I’m honored and humbled to receive this special honor from the City of Treasure Island,” Revis said in response to the proclamation. “Ever since I became a Buccaneer, the support I’ve received from the Tampa Bay community has been tremendous. I’ll do my best to live up to this honor.”
With that, I’ll leave you with a final note from Minning, whom I picture wearing a monocle and waving a pink flamingo cane while making this statement.
“We always remind beach-goers to wear the appropriate sunscreen. But I guess at Revis Island, you don’t need any sun screen—because at Revis Island, you’re ALWAYS covered!”
Revis Island—second only to Margaritaville.