Rename the team!
Old 05-19-2012, 08:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The Raptors has always been a terrible name.

So, lets brainstorm and come up with something better.

Huskies
- Traditional, but overused by other teams.

(Red) Dragons
- I like The Dragons, no one has it yet. Also, Red Dragons sounds even better, IMHO.

Toronto Union Basketball Club
- I like the idea of a steampunk/railroad theme. It has blue collar, industrial implications, and it fits well with the history of the city. Other ideas along this line: Locomotive, Boilers, Steam Engine, Railers. The mascot could be an 1800s era conductor with a handlebar mustache. A steam whistle could be installed at the ACC for celebrations.

Does anyone else really dislike the team name?

Does anyone else think they have some better ideas?

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Old 05-19-2012, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't mind the current name

Toronto Raccoons

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Old 05-19-2012, 09:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The Toronto Coons.

Yes, that's perfect.

I don't see any issue with that name.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here comes the Huskie's suggestions. Lol
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:22 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Nah. Raptors works for me.
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The Dragons? Are we letting an 8 year old name the team?
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nah. Raptors works for me.
Yeah, me too. And I love the colour scheme too, you know that's the next debate.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:07 AM   #8 (permalink)
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The Dragons? Are we letting an 8 year old name the team?
No, we're letting Steven Spielberg name the team.

Toronto isn't exactly known as a hotbed of paleontology.

The only worse NBA name is the Magic, and that name is at least relevant to the city.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #11 (permalink)
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No, we're letting Steven Spielberg name the team.

Toronto isn't exactly known as a hotbed of paleontology.

The only worse NBA name is the Magic, and that name is at least relevant to the city.
Oh, I don't know. We're no worse then the Hornets, Wizards, Bucks, Trailblazers imo. Then again, no team in this city has a great name anyway.

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Old 05-19-2012, 10:28 AM   #12 (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.
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Blue Jays and Maple Leafs are both classic team names.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Blue Jays and Maple Leafs are both classic team names.

They're that because they've been around so long, but the names alone aren't all that great. I would argue though that Blue Jays/current logo is probably the best looking brand in this city. The Maple Leafs is an iconic brand, nobody disputes that but a blue leaf?
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:36 AM   #15 (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.
how dare you!? Dinosaurs are fucking awesome!
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:52 AM   #16 (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.
that statement works for like 95% of all other teams in all other sports too
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Awesome?
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:06 AM   #19 (permalink)
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The Raptors? Are we letting an 8 year old name the team?
Since then I've been lobbying for change. It's really a very embarrassing team name.
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Old 05-19-2012, 11:18 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Since then I've been lobbying for change. It's really a very embarrassing team name.
Lots of names are dumb. How many Lakes in LA to justify the name Lakers?

I never liked the name from day one and never will. I was always on the Huskies bandwagon and really wish they would have just used the name but I'm not going to cry over it.
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