While I have yet to read any news of yellowjacket infestations this year (it is early in the season, after all), I have been able to see countless stories about sports teams named for this small yellow-and-black pest. From Little League to college sports (most notably, Georgia Tech), it seems quite popular for a team to call itself the Yellowjackets. No wonder. Yellowjackets are aggressive, with a painful sting and bite. They strike fear in the hearts of anyone who dares to oppose them. The colors yellow and black are a striking combination. The name lends itself to punny newspaper headlines using various forms of the words "sting", "swarm" and "buzz." Plus, yellowjackets are politically neutral -- no danger of any minority groups protesting the name or the mascot because it's not P.C.
So I will keep monitoring these newsalerts daily for any pertinent bug stories. And in the meantime, I'll be seeing anywhere from one to six stories per day come through my inbox about the results of the Yellowjackets' last game or meet, be it in California, Kansas, Georgia or anywhere across this fruited plain.
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