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  1. Yes, they're referring to Quebec City here, not the whole province. Either way, this is exciting!
  2. True, in fact. The Odawa were well to the west, mostly along Lake Erie, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, if I recall. My understanding is that the name "Ottawa" is derived from the Algonquin term "Odawa" not in reference to the people themselves ("the traders") further west, but in reference to the noun itself and the trade that was commonly conducted in the area due to the meeting of the Rideau and Ottawa rivers. I always thought that bit of local history was worth acknowledging, though I certainly take your point on the potential geographic confusion.
  3. Agreed. Had he not been so needlessly critical of the CPL and tried so hard to paint the Fury as the victim, I'd be happy to have him join. But now . . . I just wouldn't feel right having him captain the ship. If Atlético coming in means wiping the slate clean of the Fury, then fair enough. Let it actually be a clean slate without the JDG/OSEG front office baggage that undermined what so many of us wanted and sank the team so many of us loved.
  4. Going slightly off-topic here: with all the commotion around a brand new team apparently on its way, I'm surprised people have only really been focusing on the name as the key part of the branding. Has anyone seen/developed any concept art for a logo? There was tons floating around before the big unveilings took place for the other teams.
  5. Team for 2020 confirmed, players already being scouted, plans in place - this might just be the real deal. 🙂
  6. https://ottawacitizen.com/sports/soccer/mls/ottawa-fury-fc/pro-soccer-back-in-ottawa-group-hoping-to-field-team-in-2020-cpl-season/wcm/913f4f77-7387-4d70-a3e2-bef45c5d4c8b/amp The Ottawa Citizen is now reporting on the buzz. 👀
  7. Eh, agree to disagree. I'm not saying the names are perfect by any means (Y9 still puzzles me), but overall I think they did a good job of finding ways to connect with the communities. Appealing to Van Isle as a whole and not just Victoria, celebrating the sporting history of Halifax at Wanderers grounds, commemorating the deeds of the VC recipients in Winnipeg . . . those all seem much more authentic to me than taking a name from a club on another continent and transplanting it here. Having Atletico involved is phenomenal, but I'd just rather have a more "Ottawa" name that speaks to the character/history of the area. As for the ones I threw out, again, nothing is perfect. I know full well that Lansdowne is not in what was once Bytown, but having a name that tries to appeal to the city as a whole and its history was more my line of thinking (like how we don't have the Kanata Senators in the NHL). On the Odawa point, by no means am I suggesting unilaterally co-opting an Indigenous name. Any recognition/incorpation of the Indigenous history of the area would have to be done in consultation with the relevant Algonquin groups (thinking Kitigan Zibi). My job has actually seen me working exclusively on Indigenous files and meeting with FN, Inuit and Métis groups for the last four years, and I'm well aware of the sentiivities surrounding cultural appropriation. I just think this could be a good opportunity to engage on the matter and recognize the region's history/heritage more prominently.
  8. Maybe I'm out to lunch here, but given the CPL's focus on having club names/branding/identities that truly resonate with each community and help tell their story, I don't see why they'd go with "Atletico" anything. I get that Atletico is the money behind this, but I feel like an extension of their brand would be a mistake. I'd much rather see Odawa (personal favourite), Bytowne or Rideau FC than another Chivas USA attempt. Sidenote: a hilarious tongue-in-cheek name would be Phoenix FC. References pro footie in the nation's capital rising from the ashes . . . and gives a shout-out to all the federal public servants *still* being affected by the Phoenix pay system fiasco. 😛
  9. Oh, don't get me wrong - I'm already over the moon at the prospect of a CPL team finally being in Ottawa. As soon as everything gets confirmed, I'll be one of the first to get season tickets (something I could never justify with the NASL/USL, just given the sheer number of teams I couldn't care less about). I wish it had worked out with OSEG and the Fury, but I'm not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. As for JDG: No. Non. Nein. Nee. Nyet. NAY NAY. Too much bad blood and needless animosity. He's made his bed, now he has to lie in it.
  10. Not going to lie, I'll be sad to see the Fury brand go if that turns out to be true. It's a known quantity in the community and certainly built a name for itself these last few years. I'll never forget cheering on the Fury during their 2014 friendly against Rangers, or their 2015 NASL semi-final against Minnesota United. This is the club that really helped me embrace local football and got me so passionate about growing the game in Canada through the CPL. Despite the immense anger I have with OSEG and JDG over the nonsense last year, I was really hoping I could keep cheering for my club. Sigh. Now then, back to my tempered enthusiasm for a return to pro footie in Ottawa while trying not to get my hopes up again only to have them dashed aside.
  11. Tongue-in-cheek reference to the current rumours flying around?
  12. Agreed. I want footie back in the capital, but 2021 is fine by me.
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