When my daughter Sara Bacon was in high school, she had a good friend named Katie Macon. I always thought they’d make a great law firm — Macon Bacon & Associates, or some such. Never did I imagine that Macon Bacon would be the name of a college baseball team, much less that it would be assailed as politically incorrect.
But such is the utterly insane and humorless world that we live in. Playing upon the national mania for cured pig meat, a Macon, Ga.-based baseball team calling itself Macon Bacon has a bacon strip named Kevin as a mascot and sells menu items like “6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Bacon Wrapped Bacon, Steak Cut Bacon, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon Dog, Bacon Loaded Cheese Fries, Bacon Loaded Mac N Cheese, and Bacon Chips.”
Now killjoys with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have denounced the team, reports the New York Post: “Macon Bacon’s glorification of bacon, a processed meat that raises the risk of colorectal cancer and other diseases, sends the wrong message to fans.” The physicians recommended plant-based imitations of meat as a substitute.
Macon Bacon President Brandon Raphael basically told the physicians group to take their zucchini and eggplants and shove them where the sun don’t shine. The fans love the team’s name, he said. “The Macon Bacon will be sizzling forever and will not consider a name change. Ever.”