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    Default The McGill Redbirds: new name for a new era to wear, and cheer for with pride

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    McGill University has chosen a new name that will take its men’s varsity teams into the University’s third century. The name — chosen with the aim of paying homage to Athletics and Recreation’s tradition and history while simultaneously uniting our community — is the McGill Redbirds.
    “This decision was the culmination of extensive consultation, debate and deliberation,” says Deputy Provost, Student Life and Learning Fabrice Labeau, co-chair of the Men’s Varsity Teams Naming Committee. “While several names emerged as top choices, in the end the Redbirds rose to the forefront for its strong links to both the past and present of McGill Athletics and Recreation.”
    Redbirds.

    Wait, Redbirds.

    Redbirds, hmm.

    Redbirds.

    Redbirds. Seriously?

    SERIOUSLY?????????
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    Hmmm.....

    So, why is this better than Martlets?

    or Red Martlets?

    Is "bird" a dumbed down "Martlet" ?
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    I suppose it could have been worse

    the McGill BIG M.

    Or, the McGill Maniac
    the McGill Machine
    The McGill Mumbletypeg
    The McGill Mumblecore
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    When people hear red bird they usually think of Cardinals----the birds, not the red robed prelates in the Vatican.

    Picked up this trivia on the net.

    The red bird symbolizes lessons of distinctiveness, staying true to ourselves, and recognizing our place and the power we have within ourselves. A cardinal's spiritual meaning is one of a fight against insecurities.
    Founded in 1848, the University of Ottawa adopted its official colours Garnet and Grey, and like many nineteenth-century institutions, the athletics teams were known only by the school's colours. Eventually, a connection was made between the shorthand "GGs" and "Gee-Gee", the common British nickname for a racehorse. The unique Gee-Gees name and iconic logo known today is a result of 170 years of history in Ottawa

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    They should have just taken up 'Yardbirds' if they really wanted to emphasise 'birds' part of it.
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    Alright, let's name the Red Generics

    Neither the first nor the last bland thing that will come out of political correctness. Bury a (tainted) tradition and replace it with nothing.

    Hard to get pissed at nothing of substance.
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    I'm not exactly sure why people hate the name. It is as good as any name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilligan View Post
    I'm not exactly sure why people hate the name. It is as good as any name.
    Right but that's the complaint.

    Instead of seizing the opportunity to choose a distinctive name like Martlets ... they chose RedBirds.

    Nothing wrong with it (and its better than York University, which deliberately chose... Lions) but its still a missed opportunity.

    (Having said that - it does occur to me that maybe there was resistance to the men's teams "taking" the women's nickname)

    (note for those not into trademarks and branding - its generally better to chose a trademark that is distinctive - i.e. that no one else is using or close to it and stands out in a crowd - so that you can then build a distinctive brand. Gee-Gees, Queen's all-gold uniforms, are good marks/branding)
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    I was all for moving all teams to the Martlet umbrella, oh well at least they went off the conference board and didn't just settle on the Red and White.

    I guess having no feet, they had their heads stuck in the clouds.


    Apparently Red Bird....isn't such a hot choice that could be the next complaint....that lack of a space is critical Redbird.
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    2015: 11 weeks, 16 games, 6,247kms.
    .......
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    2008: 12 weeks, 19 games, 6,191kms.
    2007: 11 weeks, 18 games and 7,531kms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gilligan View Post
    I'm not exactly sure why people hate the name. It is as good as any name.
    In fact, you're quite wrong considering they changed the name cause of a complaint in regards to Native people allusion. The new one is worst than «Redmen» :
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bird
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bizz View Post
    In fact, you're quite wrong considering they changed the name cause of a complaint in regards to Native people allusion. The new one is worst than «Redmen» :
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bird
    It is a pretty big stretch to think they're alluding to this figure in any way.

    A better link would be: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redbird

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    Pretty big strech indeed, but someone will probably file a complaint; each minute reason is good to file one according to some.
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    Look at the marketing positives!

    Classic Bird fight!

    Big Birds vs Red Birds
    Aka Queen's vs McGill

    A new form of an old classic was just presented to us on a silver platter.
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