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
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
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
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
@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
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
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
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
Keep in mind that Jeff Hunt was the mind behind the Ottawa Rebel lacrosse team too. He seems to love the singular noun R names.— TomSENS (@TomSENS) December 14, 2012
"Most of the criticism of the New Orleans Pelicans name is that it's not fearsome enough. We've established how bullshit 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.