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Grand Junction Rockies 31

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Posted 2019 June 20

Scoring the Bush League Factor for a team shouldn't be as hard as this has proven to be.

The issue is the name. Grand Junction Rockies. Do they deserve to receive the "Local" bonus? Well, Grand Junction is in Colorado, and there are mountains in the area, and the mountains in the Colorado are the Rockies, so Grand Junction is in the Rockies, right? Only, maybe not. First of all, you'll note that the logo for the GJ Rockies has replaced the peaks from the Colorado Rockies logo with a mesa. So maybe there aren't mountains in the area, but mesas. Except, of course, that mesas are a type of mountain. But are the mesas in Colorado part of the Rockies, or is there a separate range? How do you decide, anyway? Mountain ranges aren't defined by lines the way city and state boundaries are, and there's not a hard and fast rule for where the boundary might be like there would with a river ("That wet part? That's the river. That dry part? That's not.") Well, I suppose there's a bit of a fudge factor with rivers, too ("That part that isn't dry now but will be the next time it rains"). The difference is with a river the fudge factor can be measured in feet, whereas for a mountain range it's going to be measured in miles, maybe tens of miles, perhaps even hundreds of miles.

I spent way too much time looking into this, and as you can expect, the answer wasn't consistent. For what it's worth, I found an article online written by someone in Grand Junction who was saying the name was ridiculous because Grand Junction isn't in the Rockies, and the maps I found on National Geographic's website said it's not in the Rockies, either. That's good enough for me. So no local bonus for the GJ Rockies. In fact, I'm going to give them "Local" as a penalty. This is partly because the team has a name that is a local reference for a locale that it is specifically excluded from. But mostly it's because I'm irritated at how much time I spent looking into this and I'm taking it out on the team.

As for the logo, I want to like it more than I do. The idea of replacing the more traditional mountain with a mesa of the sort you actually see around Grand Junction is a nice idea. Unfortunately, the way the side goes from vertical to diagonal, in the proportions it's drawn, makes it look like a hat. Grand Mesa (the world's largest mesa, located near Grand Junction and thus almost certainly the specific mesa the logo is meant to evoke) does have that vertical-then-diagonal side, but in reality the vertical portion is very small and the diagonal part accounts for most of the height. I'm sure there are artistic reasons the designer drew it that way, but I'm also certain a more accurate drawing would look less like a hat. So I can't agree with that artistic decision. Second, there's too much grey and not enough purple in the logo. If you look at the Colorado Rockies logo you'll see that the mountain is almost entirely purple; that, combined with the black banner, gives it a bold look. But with so much of the mesa being grey, the GJ Rockies logo lacks that punch.

I can think of an easy fix for that (swap the colors), but then you'd still have that strange hat-looking thing. And I can think of an easy fix for that (draw it more accurately), but then you'd have the name to contend with. Maybe they should just start over. Let's just all pretend none of this ever happened.

Final Score: 31 points.
Penalties: Offspring, 12 pts; Equipment, 13 pts; Local-as-Penalty, 6 pts.
Bonuses: None.


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