The CFL is home to nine teams across the nation, but the city of Halifax has been lobbying to become the 10th franchise. If they receive a team, Halifax will have to start thinking of ideas for a team name.
On Monday, the @CFLinHalifax Twitter came up with a very controversial name idea, and it caused quite a stir:
We take the past and make it our future. The Halifax Explosions team concept is the manifestation of our history and our powerful culture. A sign to our opponents that danger is on its way. And history will be made. #CFLinHalifax #CFL #Halifax pic.twitter.com/MyvhUDlnJ2
— CFL in Halifax (@CFLinHalifax) January 29, 2018
The Halifax Explosion was a tragic event that took place on Dec. 6, 1917. The SS IMO crashed into the SS-Mont Blanc, which was carried with dangerously high explosive items. A massive explosion took place – killing around 2,000 people while 9,000 were injured.
Buildings and other infrastructures were completely destroyed. It’s the third largest man-made explosion in history, with only the Minor Scale/Misty Pictures tests and British Bang tests creating larger explosions.
After this Tweet was published, a number of Twitter users ripped the account for this idea:
Sounds dumb, looks dumber and strikes a little too close to alot of your fan base most likely. Quit trying to outsmart yourself and just so something nautical… admirals, man o' wars, clippers, sharks etc.
— Sean Beardow (@seanbeardow) January 29, 2018
I grew up in Dartmouth and this is an absolutely asinine idea.
— Dan Hayward (@danielhayward) January 29, 2018
The CFL later released a statement and emphasized that there is no affiliation between the league and @CFLinHalifax Twitter account. The statement also read that the CFL has “been advised by the potential ownership group for Halifax that it also has no affiliation with these fan accounts.”
Nova Scotia was rewarded with a CFL expansion team for the 1984 season, the Atlantic Schooners. However, the team had to fold after the owners weren’t able to find enough funds for a stadium.
In 2005 and 2006, the CFL did play preseason games at Huskies Stadium in Halifax. If the CFL does expand to 10 teams, it’s expected that the city will be rewarded with the franchise, though the league hasn’t given any indications about anything being imminent.
The Ottawa Redblacks became the ninth CFL franchise in 2014 – nine years after the city lost its Renegades franchise. We’ll see if the city of Halifax gets a team in the future, though we certainly hope the “Explosions” team name is not considered.
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