Franchise fresh start in Texas

China Cat Sunflowers name announcement

China (TX) - Greg Nims announced today that his 2006 SL franchise, the China Cat Sunflowers, will be located in the China metro area (1990 census population: 1144).

"The stadium and tax package was very appealing," stated Nims. "But the town name really clinched the deal."

After seven straight years of Widespread Panic names, the franchise decided to turn in a new direction after 3 straight sub-.500 seasons. The new name is after the Grateful Dead song China Cat Sunflower.

The lyrics of the song make as much sense as the last three years:

Copperdome bodhi drip a silver kimono,
Like a crazy quilt stargown through a dream night wind.

Nims closed the press conference by stating: "Sure, it's weird and the name sounds a little girly, but F.U."