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Conn Tigers looking for new name. Vote here!!

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https://www.milb.com/connecticut/forms/connecticut-team-name-vote

The Connecticut Tigers have moved to Norwich and are getting a new name.  Follow the link above to vote for one of five options:

Norwich Golden Roses
Norwich Mill Mules
Norwich Narwhals
Norwich Salty Dogs
Norwich Sea Unicorns

To make sure I don't sway your vote, I'm not going to tell you what I picked.   That would be wrong.

On a completely different topic, look at this funny video:
 

 

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Thanks... I gathered it wasn't a recent move by some of the wording, but I assumed it was a year or two ago at the most. Looking it up, the move happened in 2010.

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Those names are pretty bad, but I do like it when teams tie back to a city's/region's history.  I kind of like the Mill Mules above the others.

I think I'll ask my 8 year old what she thinks.  I'd guess Narwhals or Sea Unicorns.

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So, Narwhal, but not narwahl... Sea Unicorn?  

https://www.milb.com/milb/news/connecticut-tigers-rebrand-as-norwich-sea-unicorns/c-312063120
 

Schermerhorn acknowledged that Sea Unicorns and another finalist, Narwhals, are "essentially the same thing." Narwhals, colloquially known as sea unicorns, are a living species of whale residing in Arctic waters. Norwich, as well as neighboring New London, were once heavily dependent on the whaling industry. Klein remarked there hadn't been any prominent whales in sports branding since the NHL's Hartford Whalers and they "loved the idea of bringing it back to Connecticut sports." 

"The question was, which name resonates more? Which is more unique and more uniquely ours?" said Schermerhorn, explaining the choice of Sea Unicorns over Narwhals. "In our logo set, the main character is a narwhal. The idea is that he's an underdog, tired of being picked on."

"Everything we do is dripping not just with story, but with metaphor. And that's sometimes better understood by the locals," added Klein. "So [the Sea Unicorn] is not just fighting, he's fighting his way back into prominence, restoring Norwich's due right of prominence in American lore. Norwich was a very affluent city."

 

I don't get it myself, but maybe Sea Unicorn has more meaning there?

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A lot of this wrangling is 'inside baseball" (literally!)but  one thing I'm pretty sure MiLB has right is that the independent team concept is a joke.

 

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