Solar Max wrote:
Dave in Korea wrote:
Some other decent names have been bandied about. One connected to the logging/river history of the region would be cool to me.
The "Rough Riders" were the men who rode the log booms down the Ottawa, Gatineau and Rideau rivers in the 19th and 20th centuries. There can be no more connected name than that.
Ottawa fans are unanimous on this issue; and if the heritage of the name is lost, (especially after Ottawa fans voted overwhelming online to name the Renegades "Rough Riders", but the Watters group didn't care about that) they will lose a significant part of the fanbase right off the bat.
I've never seen a source that calls the log riders Rough Riders (Raftsmen or Shanty Men, yes. Rough Riders, no). I believe that connection was made relatively recently because it seemed to make more sense than having Ottawa named after the mounted regiments, which were centred in Ottawa when the football team started. Those same regiments who would have been horse-breaking Rough Riders, which also explains their military colour scheme and the old wild horse logo. However, if you have seen a source on Ottawa's logging history calling the log rollers "Rough Riders" I'd love to see it.
A nickname with a real historical connection to logging would be cool to me, though perhaps a more modern name would suit today's fanbase?
It was a shame how the Watters group handled their "name the team" sham of a vote . . . but let's not overstate the matter, Ottawa fans are not "unanimous" on the issue. The team will probably lose some fans if they're not called Rough Riders. Conversely, they'd probably lose some fans if they are
called the Rough Riders. That's just life. The new ownership will just have to do their best to attract as many fans as they can.
Dream out loud.