OTTAWA NAMES NEW CFL TEAM: "OTTAWA TIGERCATS"
If there's one thing a bureaucrat is good at, it's coming up with a great name.
Ottawa's new CFL team, The Ottawa Tigercats, set to hit the turf in 2014, proudly bearing their new name, despite having no coaches and limited draft prospects. While sports pundits point out the new team name bears a striking similarity to the Hamilton Tiger-cats, owner Jeff Hunt noted "tigercats" is all one word, unlike Hamilton's "tiger-cats."
After the Ottawa Rough Riders folded in 1996, the City of Government Workers has been looking to express their unique culture through football.
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"We're really excited about playing the other roughriders," says Hunt, who has longed to take out his Western rivals. "Our team's identity is unique, and we'll show them we're not going to live in their shadows anymore. Just wait til they see our lineup of awesome mascots."
The mascots, announced last night at their seventh press conference, includes an old man in a top hat - "Laces-In Lou" - who will delight fans with his off-beat cheer: "Okee Dokee, Okee Gnocci, (pause) Jumpin' Jellybeans, Rip 'em up!" Their cheeky tiger mascots, "Lines" and "Tee Cee", have been eating right and exercising in the ''cub lair", working on new dance moves and an Okee Dokee routine. Tee Cee says, "Let's just say we eat Hammers for breakfast in the Big O."
Hamiltonians may not be happy with Ottawa's nomenclature, but it has inspired us to get them a new nickname: "Steal town."
Farley Hammerton, editor-in-chief
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