Not a Trinacria
I do not know much about emojis. I understand that they add another layer to texting to convey emotions or shorten longer written messages. Maybe even pass on a secret code. I also don’t know what goes into making emojis. Furthermore, I have no idea what goes into getting an emoji design passed and added on as an option on your phone and apps. However, I think it’s time to add another one to the vast existing assortment. I think it’s time for a trinacria emoji.
I will explain for those of you who don’t know what that is. The trinacria is the symbol that represents the largest island in the Mediterranean sea. The Italian island of Sicily and its people. The trinacria has a few variations, but the main one is depicted on the Sicilian flag. It’s the head of Medusa, the gorgon in the center with snake hair and a set of wings. Then three bent legs create a triangular shape, referencing the form of the island. This is followed by each of the three legs representing a cape city around the island. Passero is located in the south, Peloro is located in the northeast, and Lilibeo is located in the west. Ending with three stalks of wheat added in during Roman times when Sicily was a major grain producer for the Roman Empire.
Currently, one does not exist. However, I think it is necessary because the three-legged symbol being used in its place is the flag representing the Isle of Man. For those of you who don’t know, the Isle of Man is entirely surrounded by other much larger islands. Located in the middle of the United Kingdom. Encircled by Northern Ireland, Ireland, England and Wales. They have a population of under 100,000 people, which makes me wonder how they even got an emoji flag as an option.
In contrast, Sicily has a population of 5 million people, not including the diasporas abroad. So, of course, I’m not writing about getting a Sicilian flag emoji. Instead, I’m writing about getting a trinacria emoji.
I don’t think I’m the only one thinking this. When I see people on social media comment about Sicily or being Sicilian and, in some rare instances creating Sicilian-themed content, the flag of the Isle of Man is used to represent Sicilian people and culture. I think Sicilians should have a trinacria emoji versus redefining the meaning of someone else’s flag. Other Italian-themed emojis already exist. Aside from the Italian flag, there’s the plate of spaghetti with the fork; pizza slice, malocchio, the (what) hand gesture, and the (two horns) hand gesture. I don’t think a trinacria emoji being created is that much of a stretch, and the people from the Isle of Man can have their flag as a symbol correctly represented them.
A battle for the northeast.
The NFL playoffs are starting, and there is one game, in particular, I have my eye on. Today is Saturday, January 15, 2022, and at 8:15 pm eastern time, the New England Patriots get another chance to prove they are the kings of the AFC East. Facing off once again the Buffalo Bills in the NFL wild-card round. After finishing the 2021-22 season in second behind the Buffalo Bills in the division.
The last time these two teams faced off was on Sunday, December 26, 2021. New England was coming into that game, having won their previous encounter with Buffalo at a score of 14-10. That game also marks the Patriots head coach Bill Belichick's historic 800th game as an assistant, coordinator and head coach. However, to the delight of Bills fans and the horror of Patriots fans losing at home in Foxborough. Ultimately the result of that game determined who took the division. The New England Patriots will also be hungry for redemption after losing their last regular-season game to another AFC East rival, the Miami Dolphins.
Their last game against the Buffalo Bills was a battle all the way until the fourth quarter. With the Buffalo Bills fighting for every inch, going for it on 4th and 1 yard four times during the game and converting. Including a few players on the Bills starting line posting career high numbers leading the Bills to prevail 33-21 over the Patriots'. Now for the tiebreaker, and in this game, everything is on the line. Today will find out which team's road to the Super Bowl gets to continue and who's going home.
Writing About Toronto.
I enjoy writing about Toronto and not just because I'm from here. It's because Toronto is the type of city where anything can happen. My first novel: North of the Dead, is set in Toronto. Currently, I have two short stories posted on my website: 'The Bird War on Acorn Ave' and 'When the Resident Called.' Both stories also occur in Toronto and contain elements from events I have experienced here or experiences I have heard from other people.
Working downtown in various hospitality positions over the years, I have seen many things, both good and bad. I have talked to a good number of people that have told me all kinds of stories and experiences. Crazy situations I did not think were possible in Toronto. Some stories prove to be true. So I picked out the elements of truth to write entertaining works of fiction.
The city itself has a district look to it and a mosaic of people from around the world that adds to the city's character. All things considered, I feel comfortable saying anything can happen here. That gives me a lot of good material to write about.
What is happening in Washington, DC? Why does their football team have the dullest name in the NFL, the Washington Football Team? With the dullest logo possible to go with it. A football with a big w in the middle. This team is in the NFC East division with teams named the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants. Having only the city name representing the team sounds off.
The Washington Redskins football team finally cut "Redskins" from their name for the 2020 NFL season, which had been on the horizon for years. However, it appears they did not have a new name ready at the time. Is there no money to budget for a marketing agency to help them launch a campaign for a new name or a rebrand?
I have a couple of suggestions. First, in Canada, the capital is Ottawa. The House of Commons is located in Ottawa, making it the center of political power in Canada. Ottawa is home to many politicians that live and work there. Like Washington DC is to the United States. Ottawa's NHL hockey team's name reflects that, the Ottawa Senators. I think naming them the Washington Senators would follow suit with the MLB team, the Nationals, and the NHL team, the Capitals. I believe the Washington Senators has a nice ring to it, and I highly doubt Ottawa will send a cease and desist letter. For example, the New York Jets and Winnipeg Jets both have the word Jets in their name, and no one cares.
Second, in case you're not feeling the Senators. Let us look to the NBA teams' initials W.W. standing for the Washington Wizards. Then, take a step in that direction, the Washington Warriors.
Thirdly, The CFL has a team called the Ottawa Redblacks. The MLB has the Cincinnati Reds, keeping with team names that have colour involved, the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox—referencing the colours of the team uniform. I think the Washington Reds or Royal Reds sounds cool. The team colour is currently burgundy. Red also seems to be a popular colour among Washington professional sports teams. Not too far off. Considering it is the American capital, there must be a proper name. The fans need a name they can stand by, and I think they have a good number of options they can go with. Put something.
Out with the old and in with the new. After over one hundred years in major league baseball, on July 23rd, 2021, The Cleveland Indians finally changed their name. However, is the new name any better? That's what I started to ask myself. The Cleveland Guardians is not the best-sounding named team in major league baseball. Not that their previous name sounded any better. I understand why they needed to change the name. Although, as some are probably thinking. "They couldn't think of anything better," which was my second thought. Then I took a moment to think about it.
Realistically, what is a better option? I have never visited Cleveland, and I know nothing of its history. Still, I tried to think of a better name. I looked up a little about its history; however, nothing could create a better-sounding name. I tried, and I could not do it. The best I could come up with was the Cleveland Cannons which is somewhat cringe-worthy. Even though it partially matches with their NBA team, the Cleveland Cavaliers with the same initials C.C. The city does not have the best-sounding name in the first place. That made it difficult to find a word that could rhyme nicely. C.G. happens to be the initials for the city's arena football team, the Cleveland Gladiators. It looks like this name is here to stay. I respect the owner's decision to change the name, and the logo suits the character. I hope the city transitions well to the new team name.