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10-11-2012, 08:26 AM
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Official "Ottawa RedBlacks" Thread Part I: "Embarrassing Logo" Edition

Ottawa Highlanders


Hey guys and gals!

So, it seems that the CFL group plans on holding some sort of contest to name the team. So I guess now's as good a time as ever to start sharing some details of the proposal I have been working on for the past year.

I first met up with local sports historian Jim McAuley around this time last year to discuss finding a name for the CFL franchise. We looked over old photos and such, and talked about the name Rough Riders. One thing that came up was Theodore Roosevelt's elite army called the Rough Riders, and that sparked a research into military themes that would resonate with Ottawa.

During my research, I stumbled upon the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. Thought it had a cool sound to it so did more research and found out some pretty interesting stuff:

1. The Camerons Highlanders are Ottawa's official regiment
2. In WWII, they were the first to land at the battle of Normandy
3. During WWII, the Camerons were stationed at Landsdown before taking off for the war. During their time there, they helped out cleaning the Rough Riders locker rooms and got to watch games.
4. The regiment was formed of two battalions, the 1st and the second, with the first being the soldiers leaving for war and the second staying back to recruit and train. Nothing special here but thought there was a bit of a parallel with the actual team and the extensive coaching staff of a football team.

So, Jim and I teamed up with Rocket 57 Illustration to get to work on branding. Our main goal was to demystify the Scottish connotation the name might have and make it clear that it was an hommage to the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. The reason being that the Ottawa population might be aware of the reference, but the general public wouldn't. We wanted to keep the brand away from anything too modern looking. So after many iterations of the logo(s), we finally got the look we were looking for.

In february of this year, our team met with the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa and presented our proposal. They shared stories and provided insights into their history. Turned out that at some point, prior to being called the Camerons, they were actually the Ottawa Highlanders.

So, since then we've been waiting to share our work with the people of Ottawa/Gatineau. I will wait for an official announcement from the team to present the whole thing, but I will share a teaser later on today Hope you like it!


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Exciting news! looking forward to it

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I like it and I'm excited to see the "teaser"

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It'll be hard to rid the name of the 'Scottish' connotation and link it to the Cameron Highlander regiment, especially in a national context (we'll know in Ottawa, but you just know that every road game, the stands will be full of furrowed brows and people asking why we went with a "Scottish name" ), but that doesn't stop me from liking it

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It'll be hard to rid the name of the 'Scottish' connotation and link it to the Cameron Highlander regiment, especially in a national context (we'll know in Ottawa, but you just know that every road game, the stands will be full of furrowed brows and people asking why we went with a "Scottish name" ), but that doesn't stop me from liking it
That's why we concentrated or efforts on creating a logo that would represent the regiment

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Seems like an interesting concept JS, too bad RoughRiders is off the table as part of the re-entrance agreement....listening to the radio this morning it sounds like they want to keep the "R" theme....perhaps something like Ottawa Royals, or Ottawa Regals.....kind of hard when you want to stay with an R name

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Seems like an interesting concept JS, too bad RoughRiders is off the table as part of the re-entrance agreement....listening to the radio this morning it sounds like they want to keep the "R" theme....perhaps something like Ottawa Royals, or Ottawa Regals.....kind of hard when you want to stay with an R name
Well, the R has obvious ties to the team, but we found the link between the Camerons' and Landsdown quite interesting in its own way

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Well, the R has obvious ties to the team, but we found the link between the Camerons' and Landsdown quite interesting in its own way
Looking forward to seeing the teaser. I could buy into this name, I just hope the logo is fairly simplistic and nothing like the Minnesota Wild.

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I'd rather something without war connotations.

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Seems like an interesting concept JS, too bad RoughRiders is off the table as part of the re-entrance agreement....listening to the radio this morning it sounds like they want to keep the "R" theme....perhaps something like Ottawa Royals, or Ottawa Regals.....kind of hard when you want to stay with an R name
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I'd rather something without war connotations.
I personally like the idea. It is not promoting war, it is promoting our history. As time goes on, we have less and less people that remember the war or were in it. Anything that might spark a youths interest in learning more about our role in WWII is good in my books.

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I hope the colours are the same as the Rough Riders, 67's, Rebels, Renegades, and of course Senators.

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I hope the colours are the same as the Rough Riders, 67's, Rebels, Renegades, and of course Senators.
Those colours date back to the old Ottawa Athletic Club and any team in Ottawa not sporting those colours would make a big mistake

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Those colours date back to the old Ottawa Athletic Club and any team in Ottawa not sporting those colours would make a big mistake
I will take that as a yes, they match.

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First of 3 teasers...


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already liking it!

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I like the tie in with history, but think even fans of Ottawas team would just go with a Scottish theme. Look at the Sens.

I dont think they ever would go with it, but I think Shiners would be a pretty cool name. The Shiners war is a pretty big part of Ottawas history.

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I'd rather something without war connotations.


So are you one of those people who don't acknowledge the First and Second World War, because in your mind you think it "promotes" war?

Jimini Crickets, I won't say what I REALLY want to say in fear that I'll get in trouble, which I get in enough of on these boards.

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I love it already! Doesn't sound awkward like some other similar suggestions I've heard I.e. Ottawa Riflemen, Ottawa Cannons.

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Also, enough teasers, lets see the whole thing

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Here's my proposal:

Ottawa Rogues





They can practice here...




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Here's my proposal:

Ottawa Rogues





They can practice here...



lawled. GOTHAM CITY 4 LYFE.

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It is not promoting war, it is promoting our history.
Bang on.

That said, I prefer Sly St-Laurent's Raftsmen idea.

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Ottawa Rakers ('cause even our football team cleans up on the Maple Leafs) ?

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I like the Highlanders name. As long as Red and Black are apart of the colours, I'm happy.

I'm also happy that I'll have another team in Ottawa to cheer for.

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