Omaha Potholes April Fools joke becomes reality

Written By:  •  Wednesday, April 3, 2019

When the Omaha Storm Chasers announced on Twitter earlier this week that they would they would play a game as the Omaha Potholes, it did not seem that farfetched an idea. It would hardly be the most outrageous temporary minor league rebrand we’ve seen—especially considering that the Bowling Green Hot Rods have already announced that they’ll play a game as the Sinkholes to commemorate the earth swallowing up a handful of Corvettes at the nearby Corvette Museum.

But sure enough, a quick glance at the calendar should have warned us to be weary of any news we saw cross our feed that day. The promotion was an April Fools joke, which ensnared none other than sports business reporter Darren Rovell, who unsuspectingly tweeted the news to his followers.

In light of a surprisingly positive reaction to the prank, though, the Storm Chasers announced today that they will indeed hold an Omaha Potholes night, and Darren Rovell is invited to throw out the first pitch. The team will use the evening, which will include Potholes gear and on-field pothole-related activities, to raise money to repair damage done to little league fields by recent flooding in the Omaha area.

The game will take place April 24.

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Paul Caputo

Paul Caputo is a grown man who collects plastic ice cream helmet sundaes from minor league baseball stadiums because he likes logos that much. He is the author of the first book published by, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names. He can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball and he maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook. Paul is a Philadelphia sports fan, but he's not so bad.