For the record CFLers I've never liked the name "RedBlacks". Don't take it personally Otttawa fans. I'm delighted Ottawa has finally got a CFL team again. Nevertheless, like everyone else I will get used to the name.
I recently saw the name RougeNoirs pop up. I do not know if it was being said tongue in cheek or used in a more serious context but it got me to thinking. When I heard it a couple of times I took a shine to it. I rather like the name. I'm not French Canadian so that is not the reason. I think what it is, is that it has a more regal ring to it. There are many French words that have a certain elegance to them. I'm wondering if over time more and more people will refer to the Ottawa RedBlacks as the Ottawa RougeNoir or Ottawa RougeNoirs?
Anyways, I was wondering how you might find yourself referring to the new Ottawa franchise so I created a poll. [There is no right or wrong answer by the way]
What did people think when their teams are named after the colour of socks you had on that day? Did anyone think the expos was a great name at the time, I doubt it. Look at teams names at least this is original and start winning, it will be a great name.
It’s funnny because I read a lot complaints about UNoriginal it is. Sure it’s just the team’s colours, but there’s still no other name like it.
Anyway, to actually answer the question, I’ll probably use Redblacks most of the time, even when speaking French. It’s what I’m used to.
Now I know a number of guys who are buying the French merchandise specifically because they prefer that version of the name. But hell, they’re buying the merchandise, so that’s what’s important, right?
We went through this ONE YEAR AGO when fans were asked to send suggestions.
Can we just let it drop now - get over it! The debate is over.
Yes RougeNoirs is "tongue in cheek", it's Ottawa 80% Anglo where English is the working language. Ottawa is in Ontario not Quebec, there are no language police telling businesses that they must have a French or bilingual name!!
The NHL team is the "Sens" , the junior team is "the 67s" University teams "The Ravens" and the "The GeeGees", in fact a GeeGee is a British name for a horse, hence their logo a horse. The baseball was "the Lynx" The NASL team is "The FURY" ALL English names. English names, not French, not bilingual.