Originally posted on The 6th Sens  |  Last updated 12/14/12
Ottawa Rush a strong candidate for Ottawa CFL team name, the Citizen has learned ottawacitizen.com/sports/Ottawa+… via @sensreporter — James Gordon (@SensReporter) December 14, 2012 Hope they make the Kappa Gamma Gamma sorority they're aiming for. RT @sensreporter Ottawa Rush a strong candidate for Ottawa CFL team name. — Radek Bonk's Mullet (@BonksMullet) December 14, 2012 Oh, no. Please, no. @sensreporter: Ottawa Rush a strong candidate for Ottawa CFL team name, the Citizen has learned ottawacitizen.com/sports/Ottawa+… — John Bowman (@johnbowman) December 14, 2012 @team1200 Ottawa Rush?? WTF is this, the arena football league circa 1991. #Bustoutthezubaz #CFL — Sabs (@saboothatswho) December 14, 2012 Awful RT @stumillscbc OSEG's Jeff Hunt says, though not preordained, "Ottawa #Rush" is a name in the running for 2014 CFL franchise #ottcity — Toban M (@tobanm) December 14, 2012 Rushriders? @chrismccluskey: After the band? Do not approve :)@stumillscbc OSEG's Hunt says Ottawa Rush name in running for CFL franchise — kady o'malley (@kady) December 14, 2012 They're thinking of calling the CFL team the "Ottawa Rush"? Oh, why not just go with "The Ottawa Footballz"? — Colby Cosh (@colbycosh) December 14, 2012 Hey #Ottawa, don't stand by while the new #CFL owners try to name our new team Ottawa Rush. So, so terrible.Rush is a CONTENDER? Really? — Ryan Wright (@WrightRyan) December 14, 2012 Please God no. RT @sensreporter: Ottawa Rush a strong candidate for Ottawa CFL team name, the Citizen has learned ottawacitizen.com/sports/Ottawa+… — Spencer Callaghan (@Senturion) December 14, 2012 Yuk! MT "@stumillscbc: OSEG's Jeff Hunt says,though not preordained,Ottawa #Rush" is a name in the running for #nameottawasCFLTEAM#cbcott" — Mike Tiger (@NotTigger) December 14, 2012 @cfhorgan @kady @chrismccluskey @stumillscbc Agreed. Ottawa Rush sounds like a lame-o morning chat show. — Karen Pinchin (@karenpinchin) December 14, 2012 I see 'Ottawa Rush' is in the running as name for the CFL team. Will Geddy Lee be on the logo? Why does it have to be another 'R' word? — Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) December 14, 2012 It will be really awkward when the Ottawa Rush average -1.4 yards per carry. — Rob Hoadley (@robhoadley) December 14, 2012 Reminder that sports owners have terrible taste @stumillscbc: Jeff Hunt says "Ottawa #Rush" is in the running for 2014 CFL franchise #cbcott — Rob Annan (@robannan) December 14, 2012 Ottawa Rush? Please, football Gods, make that name go away. #CFL #Ottawa — Fraser McDonald (@FraserMcDonald) December 14, 2012 Bleccccch! RT @sensreporter: Ottawa Rush a strong candidate for Ottawa CFL team name, the Citizen has learned ottawacitizen.com/sports/Ottawa+… — Gord Smith  (@elgordo99) December 14, 2012 @huntsy67 #Ottawa Rush? Please no. Pick a name with some meaning and relevance to our city. You're better than this. — VanDen (@S_VanDen) December 14, 2012 the ottawa rush is a terrible name btw. sincerely hope that's not chosen. — Alanna (@Alanna287) December 14, 2012 The Ottawa Rush sounds like it was named by Poochie. — marissa eansor (@missy2916) December 14, 2012 The Ottawa Rush sounds like a really poorly named WNBA team — Sophie Merckx (@TheMerckxist) December 14, 2012 Not a fan. Sounds like an arena-league team -- "Ottawa 'Rush' in contention as CFL team name" yhoo.it/TYKCBm — Yahoo! Sports CFL (@YahooSportsCFL) December 14, 2012 Ottawa Rush? No thanks, no one remember the failed NLL team named that? #cfl — Joel Gasson (@JGasson_21) December 14, 2012 "R" names better than "Rush": Raccoons, Rutabagas, Rabbits, Rainbows, Racists, Recyclers, R&D, Rascals, Rabbis, Razor Ramons, Rollerbladers — ⓢⓒⓞⓣⓣ (@Wham_City) December 14, 2012 @wham_city double R: Rancid Rabbits, Raging Ringworms, Reliable Rams, Relaxing Reindeer, Rabid Rats, Rhetorical Roosters, Redundant Raptors — Spencer Callaghan (@Senturion) December 14, 2012 @hockeyscanner terrible. i thought that the days of non-plural team names was over (eg heat, magic, wild) - rush has no ottawa significance! — Max London (@maxelondon) December 14, 2012 Ottawa Rush? Is that the best they can come up? It SUCKS! Please go back to the drawing board and find a better name. #ottawacfl — Adam Goldberg (@cyberadam26) December 14, 2012 @hockeyscanner No. The name "Ottawa Rush" is terrible. I can't stand singular team names. — Chris Avery (@chrisavery) December 14, 2012 i love this city even though it can't get literally anything right. #ottawa #rush #ottcity — phil (@lucky_evans) December 14, 2012 Lot of crack backs against 'Rush' as potential football team name. Back to drawing board, CFL Ottawa? No rush. — Wayne Scanlan (@HockeyScanner) December 14, 2012 the kind of logo you'll get with "Ottawa Rush" will be less memorable than the Carolina Hurricanes — ⓢⓒⓞⓣⓣ (@Wham_City) December 14, 2012 1-for-2. Nobody loved the Renegades. RT @elseldo what is Ottawas love with the letter R for football teams anyway? — Cam Charron (@camcharron) December 14, 2012 I'm not sure if it's based on fact, but please don't call the Ottawa CFL team the Rush. #please — SensChirp (@SensChirp) December 14, 2012   Ottawa Rush? Are they a CFL team or roller hockey? — Shawn Mullin (@shawnmullin) December 14, 2012 Leading vote-getter for Ottawa CFL team name is Rush. Why not just call them the Xxtreme and give them all XFL jerseys and bleached goatees. — Matt English (@mattomic) December 14, 2012 Is Ottawa Rush confirmed? Thats terrible. — Jason Knox (@KNOXTOX) December 14, 2012 Lol the possible Ottawa CFL team names are "rush, river rats, raftsmen"....the new franchise is already a mess — Rocco de Boer (@Rock_DeBoer) December 14, 2012 Online reactions to Ottawa Rush name are very negative. Hope OSEG and @huntsy67 are watching! #oseg #cflottawa — Red Scarf Union (@redscarfunion) December 14, 2012 First impressions aren't everything right?   Clearly OSEG is lacking vision if "Rush" is "worthy of consideration". I can understand wanting to keep red/black/white as the colour scheme, but this notion the name has to start with an "R" seems really limiting, which is why something as banal as "Rush" is likely to be the name. Is it too much to ask for a name that's an actual thing, that's plural, preferably that the Ottawa populace can identify with?   I suggest taking a cue from what New Orleans did last week, announcing a switch of their name from Hornets to Pelicans. In an excellent piece at Deadspin last week titled "**** You, Pelicans Are Awesome: A Defense Of The NBA"s Best New Team Name", Barry Petchesky innumerated the pitfalls professional teams have succumb to of late: "Most of the criticism of the New Orleans Pelicans name is that it's not fearsome enough. We've established how ******** that is, but you get the sense these bellyachers would have been happy with a more traditional predatory animal. Well, that's how pro sports team got into the mess they're in today. The truly classic names aren't aggressive—Yankees, Packers, Browns, Maple Leafs—and yet they'd never get past the first public Facebook vote today. Not edgy enough. For the last couple decades, franchises have just been picking whatever deadly local animal springs to mind. And so we've ended up with "cool-sounding" names like the Timberwolves, Grizzlies, Diamondbacks, and Devil Rays, which sound like they ought to be Arena Football teams. Barring that, the default has been the predatory cat, and just in the last 20 years, we have the Jaguars, Bobcats, two different Panthers, and the oh-so-imaginative Predators, whose logo is a saber-toothed tiger. The Pelicans are here to assure you that your mascot can have a killer instinct and local significance without appealing to a fourth-grader's sensibilities." With David Roth at Vice offering this rejoinder: "The decade-long proliferation of implied plurals appears to have abated, which is nice," There is no need for Ottawa to join the likes of Magic, Heat, Wild.  Think harder Mr. Hunt.    
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