Leading Off: How does Virginia Beach Ballers sound?

08/28/2012 12:00 AM

12/28/2012 12:11 PM

How does Virginia Beach Ballers sound?

Just for the snickers and giggles, let's say there's an ounce of weight about the Kings-to-Virginia Beach speculation.

What would be an ideal name for an NBA team to be called in Virginia?

Here are a few ideas knocking around in my attic:

Virginia Beach Ballers.

Virginia Beach Sand Castles.

Virginia Beach Boys.

Virginia Beach Whales.

Just maybe 50-year-old Roger "Don't Call it a Comeback" Clemens is smarter than we think he looks.

By pitching with the independent Atlantic League's Sugar Land (Texas) Skeeters this past weekend, he's starting to get himself back in shape to return to major league baseball. And if he can't pitch in the majors, he'll settle for the Houston Astros, who have been playing at Triple-A level for most of this season.

With his team losing 16 of its past 20 games and being 36 1/2 games out of first place in the National League Central, owner Jim Crane will do almost anything to fill seats.

Perhaps there's room in Houston for Barry Bonds, who could warm up with the San Rafael Pacifics, and Manny Ramirez, who could first come back to the River Cats.

It's a win-win situation for these players and Crane.

Clemens and Bonds could avoid being cut short in this year's Hall of Fame vote, and Manny could be Manny again. And for the Astros' owner, the three-ring circus would be a better attraction than the Triple-A team he has today.

What to watch

Baseball, Giants at Houston, 5:05 p.m., CSNBA: The lowly Astros are just what the Giants need.

Today's poll

Which name would be best for a Virginia Beach NBA team?

Ballers.

Sand Castles.

Boys.

Whales.

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment fiels;' or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Monday's results

How will the Dodgers' trade affect the outcome of the National League West race?

Dodgers will win: 42%

Giants will win: 56%

Arizona will win: 2%

Total votes: 236

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