Back in February of this year, CBC/Sportsnet NHL analyst and noted fun-hating old guy Don Cherry took issue with the Carolina Hurricanes’ penchant for creative celebrations, and famously called the team a “bunch of jerks.” The Hurricanes, whose previous claim to fame was that their franchise was once the Hartford Whalers, embraced the term and ran with it. The ‘Canes made “Bunch of Jerks” T-shirts, which they then revised to “Bunch of Front-Running Jerks” in response to further criticism from Cherry.
Now the local baseball team wants in on the fun. The Triple-A Durham Bulls will hold “Bunch of Jerks” night in collaboration with their intra-city hockey-playing neighbors. The Bulls will wear Hurricanes colors, as they did on Hockey Night last year, with this year’s look reflecting Carolina’s alternate black sweaters.
Bunch of Jerks Night will take place August 23, with baseball- and hockey-themed promotions throughout the evening.
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 SportsLogos.net, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names (also available on Kindle). 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.