Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Raptors? Worst Name Choice in Pro Sports?

Ok, so here's a bit we had on the Eagle 94.1 FM morning show today for our daily "Who's in Trouble in Sports?"

Forget the Raptors were bounced in five games by the Orlando Magic last night in the NBA playoffs... irrelevant. That's not why they drew our ire this morning.

Do the Toronto Raptors have the worst name in pro sports? Clearly they were named after a fad which was, at the time, dinosaurs.

The year was 1994. The Raptors were looking for a team name. A "name the team" contest ensued. Meanwhile, Jurassic Park was smashing records at the movie box office. Kids everywhere were on the playground acting like Triceratops, T-rex's and Brontosauruses or whatever they're called.

Dinosaurs were the thing.

So did the Raptors jump on a fad that is, well.... extinct?

What if they were called the Toronto Disco Dancers... the Toronto Bell Bottoms, perhaps the Toronto Rubiks Cubes? Better yet, how about the Toronto Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Bottom line, when choosing a name for a team, go with something with a little bit more staying power than some mid-90's fad.

Random cool name and logo? See below.

The old Prince George Spruce Kings logo of the BCHL. An angry tree with a hockey stick. Awesome. Bring it back!

Thanks to Jessica W. our News Director for bringing this one to my attention.


Ok, on a more serious note the WHL's bantam draft is Thursday. Tomorrow I'll post some bits from Broncos Director of Player Personnel Jamie Porter. The Broncos have a bead on a kid they think they can get with their 12th overall pick.

I'll post some highlights of our chat tomorrow. Word is there's no consensus #1 pick. Any of five or six kids could go in the slot occupied by the Red Deer Rebels.


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