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Thread: UPDATE: Time For a Fresh Start? Change Name to Huskies? Sign Our Petition

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    Default UPDATE: Time For a Fresh Start? Change Name to Huskies? Sign Our Petition

    EDIT: Sign our petition: CLICK HERE TO SIGN

    James Cybulski from TSN has a good article this morning and brought up some good points regarding the Raptors and why the MLSE might want to consider changing the name to the Huskies. At least from a marketing stand point. For me, I also think it would be a fresh start for a franchise that in 15 years really hasn't done anything. And considering we stand to lose the face of our franchise this summer, what better time than now.

    Thoughts? Would you like to see the team change from the Raptors to the Huskies?

    In 15 NBA seasons, the Raptors have been to the playoffs five times. Fans have felt cheated by their former heroes, who couldn't leave town fast enough. There have been more draft day misses than hits and trades haven't really fared much better.

    But there was one bright spot this Raptors season: the Huskies. Introducing the past to the present was a brilliant marketing idea. The Huskies were Toronto's pro basketball team in the 40s that folded in 1947. The uniforms were slick and the merchandise was sold.

    I understand why they decided to name the franchise the Raptors back in the early 90s. Jurassic Park was all the rage at the box-office and babies were Barney-crazy. But let's face it: dinosaurs aren't cool anymore, unless you're five. Nothing of great substance has come of the Raptors' first 15 seasons, so here's what I suggest...

    Change the franchise's name to the Huskies. Do it as soon as possible, too.

    Ask any hoops fan that has a vested interest in the Toronto franchise and they'll agree - at least every fan that I've spoken to in recent weeks.

    No one rocks a Raptors jersey or cap on the streets, but I've seen a lot of dudes sporting Huskies gear. What NBA free agent says, "I want to be a Raptor!" They're slim and none, unless they get crazy He-dough.

    The Huskies represent an acknowledgement of the past, along with far more of a Canadian flair. And if nothing else, Huskies sell.

    Don't tell me people would complain. I think it would be overwhelmingly supported if MLSE recognized the switch would do nothing but good.
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    The Raptors name was so incredibly stupid, it was embarrassing. I'd love to know whose idea it was, because it was so incredibly short-sighted and obviously gimmicky, that they should never, ever get a job in marketing ever again. They might as well have called them the Cabbage Patch Kids, or TIckle Me Elmos for all the sense it made. If anyone wants to start a petition, I'd be the first one to sign it.

    My only reservation is what do you call the dancers?

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    Quote TIm W. wrote: View Post
    The Raptors name was so incredibly stupid, it was embarrassing. I'd love to know whose idea it was, because it was so incredibly short-sighted and obviously gimmicky, that they should never, ever get a job in marketing ever again. They might as well have called them the Cabbage Patch Kids, or TIckle Me Elmos for all the sense it made. If anyone wants to start a petition, I'd be the first one to sign it.
    LMAO ... that actually made me laugh. Cheers Tim.

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    My only reservation is what do you call the dancers?
    The Bitches? No disrespect. (Husky .... the dog ..... female dogs are referred as ....... bitches)

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    Quote TIm W. wrote: View Post
    The Raptors name was so incredibly stupid, it was embarrassing. I'd love to know whose idea it was, because it was so incredibly short-sighted and obviously gimmicky, that they should never, ever get a job in marketing ever again. They might as well have called them the Cabbage Patch Kids, or TIckle Me Elmos for all the sense it made. If anyone wants to start a petition, I'd be the first one to sign it.

    My only reservation is what do you call the dancers?
    I agree with you 100%, though in the name's defence, I believe it was voted upon by the GTA public from a list of possible team names.

    I'd also suggest we call them the Rabbits, because they're soft, defenceless, but know how to score.