Edmonton’s beloved Canadian Football League team is getting more news headlines in a summer without football than they would have received game coverage. The topic is their nickname. It’s been a topic of discussion for as long as I can remember which goes back to before the internet. With the internet making the world smaller while giving everyone a microphone, the debate has become more and more heated.
Here’s a fun little exercise. The beautiful baseball stadium in the heart of downtown that the Edmonton Prospects currently play in, what is it called? Depending on the reader, the first answer to that question is either Re/Max Field, Telus Field or John Ducey Park. Does the name of the baseball stadium change the fact it is a baseball stadium?
Another example, if this was a “regular year” and someone asked you how to get “Klondike Days”, would you tell them it’s just off Capilano Drive or Gretzky Drive? Both answers would be correct if you are old enough to have been driving that road before the name change. Sometimes you just call things what you are use to calling them.
What’s my point? The football team could rename itself the Northern Alberta Northerners, and droves of fans would still call them some version of the double EE that we grew up with.
If and/or when the team name changes, the tab on this website will change accordingly. As the the title states, “”a rose by any other name would smell as sweet which in this case translates to whenever football returns at the Commonwealth Stadium I will be cheering for the team hailing from Edmonton.
“CTV News contacted the 13 “premier partners” currently listed on the team’s website.” I wish CTV News would have handled this situation like Toronto Blue Jays radio announcer Jerry Howarth handled the nicknames of the baseball teams from Cleveland and Atlanta.
Howarth explained that he received a letter in 1992 from a First Nation tribe explaining why the nicknames were offensive and vowed to no longer use them. The man took a non-confrontational approach to a change he wanted to see in baseball. He stated his opinion and carried about his business. Imagine the power of a big-time media company stating they would refuse to use the nickname of a Club in support of those who wanted change.
All I can do is ask everyone to stop and smell the roses.