Balticfox

Where and when did this "Empire" thing with the Eskimos arise? What's it all about anyway?

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Radically Canadian!

Abendschan

Where and when did this "Empire" thing with the Eskimos arise? What's it all about anyway?

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Not hard to figure that out - the EE Empire began in 1973, Edmonton made it to nine Grey Cups in a ten year span. Cheers

DPop13

Where and when did this "Empire" thing with the Eskimos arise? What's it all about anyway?

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The Empire is a marketing gimmick that has been used for two seasons and comes from Rider fans referring to the Edmonton Eskimos as the "Evil Empire" back when Huge Campbell was the G.M.

This reference was often used in conjunction with the Campbell Football Leauge comment by the Saskatchewan conspiracy theorists while the Riders held telethons to stay alive.

It is much like how the Edmonton got its original team name taking a slight by a Calgary reporter who threw a slur toward the northern Alberta team calling them Esquimaux and embracing it.

As per normal the Edmonton franchise takes the negative and makes it into a positive and in this case they have flipped the playing of "Star Wars Empire" theme in Regina as a rallying and marketing challenge.

It is rather well done and it is something that the CFL needs more of to get fans back in the seats:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0CS_eWKGuQ        

Balticfox

Good answer! Thank you.

In the early years of the 20th century, the Eskimos unveiled a polar bear logo which I thought was very cool. But the logo quickly disappeared after only a year or so. 

What happened? Did the WWF protest cruel and unusual treatment of polar bears? Did the polar bear escape and eat several Eskimos? Or do Eskimos fans just dislike polar bears for whatever reason?

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