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Napa Silverados 35

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Posted 2021 September 26

It's a bit of a show of faith that I'm even doing this review. The Pacific Association, which is the league the Silverados play in, last played in 2019, having cancelled both the 2020 and 2021 seasons due to COVID-19. The league currently has only three teams. The Silverados themselves debuted for the 2018 season, which means they've spent as many seasons inactive as they spent active. So honestly it wouldn't surprise me to find out before the 2022 season begins that the Napa Silverados, and possibly the entire Pacfic Association, have folded. But officially they both still exist, so here we go.

If you think of Napa today, you almost certainly think of wine, and the wine industry in the area is almost as old as the city itself: the city was founded in 1847, and the first commercial winery opened in 1859. But around that same time there was a silver rush in the area, centered on the Silverado Mine a bit to the northwest. So the name definitely has local color. In fact, it seems to be all over town: there's a Silverado Resort and Spa, Silverado Winery, Silverado Golf and Country Club, Silverado Orchards, Silverado Dental Care, Silverado Trail...you get the idea. I'm starting to think the team could have given itself a wine-themed name and it would actually be less of a cliché. Of course, one of the other teams in the league — one of the two other teams in the league — is the Sonoma Stompers. Having two thirds of the teams in the league have wine-themed names would be a bit much, even for a league centered in California's wine country.

In any case, the name has an undeniably Old West feel to it, and the logo matches this, being simply the name of the team written in a font that screams Old West. Not very original, but it gets the job done. And I'm not sure what else they could have done. They couldn't put a Silverado in the logo because...what is a silverado, anyway? As best as I can determine, it's basically anything that has something to do with silver. That means so many things qualify as a silverado that there's really nothing you can draw and have people say "Yep, that's a silverado!" So what the heck, write the name out in and Old West-y font and be done with it.

It may not matter next year anyway.

Final Score: 35 points.
Penalties: Obvious, 17 pts; Letter, 24 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.


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