Wanted: Pig puns for the St. Paul Saints' new hog

Swine o' the Times? The Ham-maid's Tale? We've got some name ideas for the new St. Paul Saints ball pig.

After a dreary winter, it's time to get back to America's pastime and a Minnesota tradition unlike any other.

Naming the St. Paul Saints' ball pig.

The team is once again taking suggestions for what to call their live team mascot. Every year they adopt a 20-pound piglet, and raise it through the season. By the end it's 200-plus pounds, and goes into retirement, the team says.

They've been doing this since 1993. This year, you can submit your ideas through this Star Tribune page, up through May 15. The person who submitted the winning name gets some prizes, including a meet-and-greet with the still-unnamed swine.

Let's brainstorm

So let's discuss this a bit, and narrow down the possibilities.

Here's a list of actors and actresses born in Minnesota to get you started. And here are Minnesota authors, and some Minnesota musicians.

There are some names you should probably not use, since they've been done:

  • 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

And we've got a few other thoughts:

– You can't go wrong with another Prince-themed suggestion. (Paisley Pork? Swine o' the Times?)

– Other local ties could also be favorable. (John Ham Hawkes? Jessica Biel-L-T?)

– Maybe think about big pop culture references too. (Star-Lard? The Ham-maid's Tale?)

Anyway, the Saints' opener is May 18, at home against Gary SouthShore.

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