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The St. Paul Saints draw from politics to name their 2017 ball pig

But it's probably not what you're thinking.

It's not Prince themed. There's no Minnesota-specific tie. Heck, this hog's not even named after a person.

But he's got a name now.

The St. Paul Saints' ball pig for the 2017 season will be known as Alternative Fats.

The team made the announcement on Facebook live Wednesday. (It was supposed to come out during their World’s Largest Game of Catch, but it got canceled due to weather.)

The presenter said they got more than 3,000 suggestions, narrowed it down to a top 10, and debated it internally to pick the best one.

"This was probably the hardest year for us," he explained, saying they've almost always gone with a play on someone's name.

There were lots of Mary Tyler Moore-related suggestions. (They're doing a tribute to her on Opening Day, so decided to pass.)

And there were lots of Trump, Putin and Kim Jong-un variations. But they didn't want to "take that direct shot at anybody," he said.

So they landed on Alternative Fats.

"We appreciate Kellyane Conway, Sean Spicer for bringing that phraseology into our lexicon," he added.

Oh, the Saints also introduced their full roster of humans during the video. The Saints’ opener is Thursday, at home against Gary SouthShore.

The team's been doing this ball pig thing since 1993. Previous names include:

  • Little Red Porkette
  • Pablo Pigasso
  • Stephen Colboar
  • Mackleboar
  • Kim Lardashian and Kris Hamphries
  • Brat Favre
  • Slumhog Millionaire
  • Boarack Obama
  • Justin Bieboar
  • Notorious P.I.G. (aka Piggy Smalls)
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Garrison Squealer

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