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Old 05-19-2012, 11:23 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Ask around outside the fan base and you'll find that Raptors is one of the top five lamest team names not just in the NBA but in all of North American pro sports.

Seriously, when was the last time you saw someone wear Raptors gear, not because they're a fan, or affiliated with the team, but because it looks good?

Answer: never, because dinosaurs are lame as hell.


Wiazards, wild, bucks, blue jackets, islanders

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Old 05-19-2012, 11:27 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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Blue Jackets has to be the dumbest name. The Raptors aren't even close to having the worst team name, and the claw logo imo looks good. I'd rather have a Raptor as a logo then a Bee,a Deer or some guy selling fish sticks.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:37 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Blue Jackets has to be the dumbest name. The Raptors aren't even close to having the worst team name, and the claw logo imo looks good. I'd rather have a Raptor as a logo then a Bee,a Deer or some guy selling fish sticks.
That one would kinda be awesome. I'd back that team.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:39 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:46 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:54 AM   #27 (permalink)
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That one would kinda be awesome. I'd back that team.

Then you should start following the Islanders
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:09 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I'd prefer it if you'd justify the ones you're giving instead of just randomly picking franchise names.

You can divide team names into four groups:

- inherited/cool sounding names
- names that are from the culture of the city
- names that are both cool sounding and relevant to the city
- names that are a double fail of being both stupid and irrelevant.

The Raptors is firmly in the double fail category.

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:18 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Islanders is a decent franchise name because they play on Long Island, and New York City is located on several islands (Manhattan, Staten, Long).

The Blue Jackets' name and logos were inspired by Ohio's Civil War history.

The Bucks, maybe not so much of a coincidence, was also chosen in a team naming contest. People do hunt deer in Wisconsin, though. And Bucks are fearsome creatures.

Minnesota is famous for its wilderness, especially the lakes region.

You may not like the logo or jerseys, but the names make sense.

Wizards isn't a great name, its only relevance is that it begins with a W, like Washington. Apparently, ownership has considered going back to the traditional Bullets name, which was inherited from the Baltimore Bullets.

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:20 PM   #30 (permalink)
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If the team was founded in 1985 would we be the Jedis?

If the team was founded in 2005 would we be the Hobbits?

No, instead the team was founded in 1995 and we get the Craptors.

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:31 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:35 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Well, I DO remember watching LL Cool J rock a Raptors' hat on the Jay Leno show... so, that right there shows you... uhm... something.

I think the Toronto Huskies is ok, only because of the historical reference, but besides that, it's a pretty boring name and design.

I was already a dinosaur nerd before the team was named the Raptors, and I think the name and logo are awesome. While, it does lend itself to "extinction" jokes, when people talk about the team moving, I really do like the name, the colours (now that there's no purple - too many Barney references), and the logos. I think the claws look badass.
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:39 PM   #33 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:44 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:49 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #36 (permalink)
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I'm all for renaming the team but we all know it wont' happen. Also, if you renamed the team now it would make the name even more meaningless than the raptors.

I could see the headlines now

Toronto change name because fans upset with the origins of the original name "raptors"
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:25 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Well, if it's going to be a movie name it could be a lot better.

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Old 05-19-2012, 03:46 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:48 PM   #39 (permalink)
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How about the Toronto Lakers?

It would make more sense than the LA Lakers, and would have the side benefit of really annoying Laker fans.

Even better: Toronto Great Lakers
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Old 05-19-2012, 03:58 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Maybe a military theme, like the Toronto Forces, but a less awkward name.

Toronto Battalion

Toronto Dragoons
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Toronto Highlanders (also good to honor the early Scots settlers, and another movie)
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I'd suggest the Toronto Mounties, but I think that isn't such a good one.

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