Happy Fourth of July!

And what could be more patriotic on our nation’s birthday than an item on our national pastime?

Cruising the Web site of the House Softball League, I noticed the wonderful team names.

Staffers from the office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, comprise the “Dragon Slayers,” a riff on the name some pundits bestowed upon their boss when he unseated House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, D-Tracy, last year.

A U.S. Mint team is called “Cold Hard Cash.” The Louisiana delegation’s team is called “Louisiana: At Least It’s Not Arkansas.” The office of House Republican Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., fields a team paying homage to Devo: “Whip It Good.” Staffers from the offices of Chris Shays, R-Conn., and former Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., call themselves “Shays Lounge and the Swinging Johnsons.” (!!!)

But my nomination for best team name is the “Booze Your Daddy’s Wicked Kitten Militia,” made up of staffers from the offices of John Boozman, R-Ark., and Pete Sessions, R-Texas. How can you not root for THAT home team?!?

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.