Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Great Name

A few weeks ago, I received a wonderful gift from one of our members: The annual summer edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine. Our own David Barron has been writing articles for this great publication for years, and it made my day when I saw he had left a copy on my desk. I know, football is still a month away, but that's the point: This great magazine helps get me through the long, hot days of summer. One of my favorite things to do is look through the High School section to see some of the great mascot names throughout our state. For this month's column, I have selected the ten most unusual mascot names in Texas--with my comments.

Honorable mention: Port Lavaca Calhoun Sandcrabs, Fort Worth Poly Parrotts, Progreso Red Ants, Hamlin Pied Pipers. Don’t they sound intimidating?

10. Springtown Porcupines—The team’s looking sharp so far.

9. Rotan Yellowhammers--?????

8. Itasca Wampus Cats—Sounds like a great name for a country-western band.

7. Happy Cowboys—At least they sound cheerful.

6. Winters Blizzards—They play their home games at the Dairy Queen.

5. Roscoe Plowboys—Shazaam! Them Plowboys is playin’ good, ain’t they, Bubba?

4. Mesquite Skeeters—They’re tough, but no match for a can of Off.

3. Trent Gorillas—Ugliest cheerleaders in the state.

2. Hutto Hippos—All games at home; no bus strong enough to carry team.

1. Cuero Gobblers—My home team’s arch-rivals. Stinkin’ turkeys.

Here at Westbury, we're proud of our name. It means we want to be the Body of Christ in our neighborhood (Westbury and the surrounding areas), and that we follow in a line of outstanding faith, Biblical preaching, and evangelistic activity (Baptist). We're proud also of our slogan: "Opening Doors to New Life." It reminds us that we exist to help people find new life through worship (loving God), community (loving each other) and outreach (loving the world). But the best name we bear is the name of Christ. As Christians, we represent a team with the best name of all. The word Christian literally means“little Christ.” That name reminds us of how proud God is to have us on His team, but also of the great expectations He has for our lives. So discipline yourself, pray hard, and run to win (1 Corinthians 9:24), knowing that you’re on the best team of all!

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