According to this article in today's Blade, these are two of the names being considered for a hockey team (Walleyes) and an arena football team (Peckerheads). Actually, the name for the football team would be the Woodpeckers with 'Peckers' and 'Peckerheads' as the nicknames.
"Mud Hens general manager Joe Napoli said walleye and woodpecker are on a short list of names under consideration for the franchises.
“We have the intentions of registering some other names as well,” he said.
The Hens organization submitted approval of the name for the minor league hockey team with the patent office in May, 2005. The paperwork for the arena team name began last May. All the applications are pending.
Mr. Napoli said the trademark requests will act as safeguards to protect the use of the name if they are chosen for the franchises."
I don't know about these names - 'the walleyes' sound, well, fishy.
The Walleye gets its name from the fact that its eyes, like cats, reflect light. Other for being able to see well in dim or murkey waters - and for being good to eat - they're not really known for anything. And I don't think it'd be easy to develop a walleye mascot. Besides, they're slaughtered by the thousands every year for food...and they don't even put up a good fight when you fish for them.
As for the Woodpeckers, 'peckers' or 'peckerheads' ... all I can say is that you can't be serious. Do we really want a team who's nickname is the same as part of the male anatomy? And even if you say you're not going to use such nicknames, you know your opponents will. And that's not good for any team, nor the morale of their fans. If you think the country laughed at the mayor's idea to move the deaf to the airport, wait 'til they get wind of this one!
Your thoughts on this???
p.s. Did you note the date that the Mud Hens submitted the name to patent office - May, 2005????