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    Default MLSE Responds to Raptors Name Change Idea

    HAHA ... my online petition just got a boost courtesy of TSN. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Ballswin.

    Although, according the rep from the MLSE it won't matter, I still think its nice to have our voices heard.

    Apparently we struck a nerve here. Talk of changing the Raptors name to the Huskies happened to be the most read story on TSN.ca on the day the suggestion of swapping names was put forth.

    The support was overwhelming, with the vast majority agreeing with the thought that the name change from the Raptors to Huskies was the way to go.

    Within hours Huskie-nation or the 'Dawg-pound' was energized.

    Bram, one of those hard working dudes that you see behind the scenes on SportsCentre every night informed me of a petition that was started...http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/torontohuskies2010/

    A twitter site was created... http://twitter.com/torontohuskies

    Warren, a frustrated Raptors season ticket holder forwarded me a link to this facebook site requesting the Raptors be renamed the Huskies…

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gi...4688735&v=wall

    I went to Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment and informed them of what was happening and asked them if they'd consider the name change. Here's what Tom Anselmi, MLSE's Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer had to say on the matter…

    "We're pleased that a lot of our fans like the Huskies third jersey. It's a great traditonal brand that has ties to Toronto's strong basketball roots. That said, there have been no discussions about changing the Raptors name permanently. It has been our name since inception and we know our fans love it and identify with it."

    Fair enough. We can take it for what its worth OR we can let MLSE know its time to make the dinosaur extinct. Make your voice be heard. Sign the petition. Join the facebook group. It all helps. Remember, the Raptors are Canada's only pro hoops team so this encompasses all of Canada. Forward the petition to your friends and make your voices loud.

    The numbers will make them think twice.

    Go Huskies? Yes we can!
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    This whole huskie thing is stupid. Do you really think they didn't think of this already? The reason we aren't the Toronto Huskies is because there is already the minnesota timberwolves.

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    Hey, if there is money to be made they'll do anything including strapping Peddie as the lead dog on the sled...and he'll yap too. Mush.

    So, Doc, come up with a plan on how to cross brand "Huskies" the basketball team with a dogfood and you might get your wish...as well as a new job...marketing director possibly???

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    I agree, Ark23. I don’t get the Huskies thing at all. It was a failed franchise that operated for one year back in the ’40’s ... and I’ve never known of anyone who recalls anything about them at all.

    The name might’ve been cool had the Raptors initially gone with it, but trying to get them to change it now is a waste of time and even a bit silly, imo ... ‘though it seems I’m in a small minority, there.

    As for selling Huskies jerseys at Raptors games ... just a meaningless (and heartless) cash grab by MLSE, as I see it. And I think Raptors fans already do more than their share. (But ... fill your boots if it makes you happy. Lol.)

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    Quote Bendit wrote: View Post
    So, Doc, come up with a plan on how to cross brand "Huskies" the basketball team with a dogfood and you might get your wish...as well as a new job...marketing director possibly???
    I was thinking about the dog litter pads. (http://www.ugodog.net/) With interchangeable NBA team logos for you and your dog to urinate on. I think the Celtics and Magic will likely be two of the most popular ones. Once that takes off I'll look at adding specfic players like VC, T-Mac and by next fall Chris Bosh, for fans and their pet dogs to golden shower on.

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    This whole huskie thing is stupid. Do you really think they didn't think of this already? The reason we aren't the Toronto Huskies is because there is already the minnesota timberwolves.
    No. Naming an NBA franchise after a popular movie at the time is stupid. Changing it to something more timeless just makes sense. I'd go for something else, but the Huskies name is out there already, so it makes more sense than just making up a new one.

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    Change the name and resign Johnson would be cool since Johnson's nickname is "Big Dawg" He could become the unofficial mascot of the "Dawg-pound"

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    No, changing the name of the team is stupid. Period. Get over the jurassic park bellyaching, raptors is the team name. The blue jays were named by parent company labatt blue, hoping they would be called the blues for short...seriously, and what the hell is the idea naming a hockey team after a leaf from a tree? What the __ is so great about huskies that everybody is so excited to buy new gear? This is just insepid to me, sorry, everytime I see that petition I want to shake someone.

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    Or we could stick with the good name we have right now and thank our lucky stars that we aren't like the habs... LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR TORONNNTOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO TORONTONIANS!!!

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    Quote jamesk wrote: View Post
    No, changing the name of the team is stupid. Period. Get over the jurassic park bellyaching, raptors is the team name. The blue jays were named by parent company labatt blue, hoping they would be called the blues for short...seriously, and what the hell is the idea naming a hockey team after a leaf from a tree? What the __ is so great about huskies that everybody is so excited to buy new gear? This is just insepid to me, sorry, everytime I see that petition I want to shake someone.
    Well, the Maple Leaf is on our national flag and is a symbol of our country. The Blue Jay is a an actual bird that is native to the area. The Raptors (or Velociraptor) is an extinct dinosaur from what is now Asia and has absolutely no connection to Toronto, or even Canada, what-so-ever. It would have made about as much sense to call then the Toronto Pandas.

    As for buying new gear, I haven't bought any NBA article of clothing since the Grizzlies left Vancouver (and then I just bought one jersey as a keepsake), and couldn't care less about new gear. I just think the name is stupid, childish and would like the Toronto basketball name to have SOME sort of meaning or connection to the city or country.

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    Well, the Maple Leaf is on our national flag and is a symbol of our country. The Blue Jay is a an actual bird that is native to the area. The Raptors (or Velociraptor) is an extinct dinosaur from what is now Asia and has absolutely no connection to Toronto, or even Canada, what-so-ever. It would have made about as much sense to call then the Toronto Pandas.

    As for buying new gear, I haven't bought any NBA article of clothing since the Grizzlies left Vancouver (and then I just bought one jersey as a keepsake), and couldn't care less about new gear. I just think the name is stupid, childish and would like the Toronto basketball name to have SOME sort of meaning or connection to the city or country.
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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    Well, the Maple Leaf is on our national flag and is a symbol of our country. The Blue Jay is a an actual bird that is native to the area. The Raptors (or Velociraptor) is an extinct dinosaur from what is now Asia and has absolutely no connection to Toronto, or even Canada, what-so-ever. It would have made about as much sense to call then the Toronto Pandas.

    As for buying new gear, I haven't bought any NBA article of clothing since the Grizzlies left Vancouver (and then I just bought one jersey as a keepsake), and couldn't care less about new gear. I just think the name is stupid, childish and would like the Toronto basketball name to have SOME sort of meaning or connection to the city or country.
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    Default Hate the Huskies

    Please make note of the Counter-Petition in support of MLSE keeping the Raptors name.

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    Although I'm not in favour of a name change (I do like the Huskies colours/gear which is why I got one of those dope warmup jackets ), I love the fact that Doc's petition/movement is grabbing some attention for RR! Your starting a powerful movement and RR just keeps growing! Keep up the hustle Doc!

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    Raptors is a great name. Only if we had some players who embodied the ferocity of an actual raptor.

    Personally I think we should scrap the whole Huskies thing. It looks ridiculous and I didn't even know the huskies existed until this year. I went to the first game they were wearing the Huskies jerseys and was like WTF!?!

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    Quote Ark23 wrote: View Post
    This whole huskie thing is stupid. Do you really think they didn't think of this already? The reason we aren't the Toronto Huskies is because there is already the minnesota timberwolves.
    But what about the Magic and the Wizards. They both deal with magic. But I agree with you that the Huskies thing is silly

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    Quote Tim W. wrote: View Post
    Well, the Maple Leaf is on our national flag and is a symbol of our country. The Blue Jay is a an actual bird that is native to the area. The Raptors (or Velociraptor) is an extinct dinosaur from what is now Asia and has absolutely no connection to Toronto, or even Canada, what-so-ever. It would have made about as much sense to call then the Toronto Pandas.

    As for buying new gear, I haven't bought any NBA article of clothing since the Grizzlies left Vancouver (and then I just bought one jersey as a keepsake), and couldn't care less about new gear. I just think the name is stupid, childish and would like the Toronto basketball name to have SOME sort of meaning or connection to the city or country.
    The Lakers team name has nothing to do with Los Angeles. "The Lakers' franchise was founded in 1946 in Detroit, Michigan before moving to Minneapolis, where the team got its official title from the state's nickname, "Land of 10,000 Lakes.""(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Lakers"

    I do not think that the name of a city's sports team has anything to do with where the city is located. Does the Magic have anything to do with Orlando, does the Wizards have anything to do with Washington, does the Hawks have anything to do with Atlanta?

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    How many Grizzly bears have you guys seen in Memphis? How much fear do the NYC Knickerbockers(socks) strike in you? New Jersey has been hitting anything but net lately.
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    The Jazz got their nickname when they were in New Orleans which of course made perfect sense at the time just as Thunder does for Oklahoma; i.e. there are a lot of lightning and thunder storms in Oklahoma.

    When the New Orleans team decided to move to Utah they wanted to change their nickname like the Thunder did to something more appropriate for the new location in Utah.

    However, the NBA commissioner at the time Larry O'Brien refused to let them change it. I don't recall the reason. Its probably available on the Net if someone wants to take the time to look it up unless one the members knows the reason.
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