The Tallahassee Tentacles: What Sports Team Would Your Favorite Fantasy World Support?

On the final day of our Finland tour, during the Helsinki convention known as Tahtivaeltaja Day, the Tallahassee Tentacles were born. Having learned our home town used to have a semi-pro hockey team and being very familiar with the amount of squid in my books, including City of Saints & Madmen, Finnish SF/F fans had come up with perhaps the most brilliant idea ever: hockey jerseys and t-shirts for a fictional team with a squid as the mascot.

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So imagine our surprise on being presented with jerseys and seeing a good 40 people wearing either the t-shirt or jersey as we wandered around the con. I think I began to think the team must actually exist. Certainly, inasmuch as I’d also invented a fake freshwater squid and talked about intrusions of fantasy into the real world, it seemed utterly appropriate—and one of those acts of inspired imagination that makes me love SF/F readers.

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(Front row: me, Ann, Jukka Halme, Sari Polvinen. Back row [from left]: Johanna Vainikainen-Uusitalo, Tapio Ranta-aho, Pasi Vihinen, Henry Soderlund, Tami Tietavainen, Juha Tupasela, Ninni Aalto [who did the logo], Pasi Valkkynen, Marianna Leikomaa, and Ari Seppi.)

So my question to you, dear readers, is: What sports team would you expect to find in your favorite fantasy world? Either there or intruding into the real world?

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More on our Finnish trip here and here.

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    I like the sound of the East Fremantle Thaks. Thak, as I cannot stop myself from explaining to people, was an ape-like humanoid, neither fully ape, nor fully man, nor fully … from REH’s Rogues in the House. And he could probably run, and mark and kick, and play a full four quarters and still have energy to bite the heads off chickens after the game.

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