Veteran sports reporter Terry Jones believes the Edmonton Football Team has already chosen a new name for the franchise.
The team released a survey on its website asking fans to vote on the seven final options. Sunday, February 14 was the deadline to cast a ballot, and the data will supposedly be used internally to select a new name.
Jones stated on Twitter: I have previously expressed my belief Edmonton EE settled on the name Elk some time ago and the rest has been a dog and pony show to make it feel like the best of many brutal options. We shall see.
Here are the seven options from the EE Football Team:
A stoic sentinel stands watch over the rugged wilds of northern Alberta: the mighty Elk. With antlers raised, dignified and proud, the bull Elk is forever ready to face all challengers. Quietly confident, just like Edmontonians. When called upon, they dig in their hooves and heave their bulk to assert their dominance within the herd and beyond. Always driving forward, always striving for greatness.
Majestic in stature and mighty in stance. The evergreen stands as a symbol of our city’s rugged and enduring nature. Always green, always reaching for the sky. Even through the harshest of elements. And like its namesake, our football club’s winning roots run deep in Edmonton. Ardent fans that stand as tall as a forest, strongest together, forever cheering ”Go Evergreens go!”
Ours is a legacy of victory unmatched by any CFL franchise of the modern era. 14 golden championship rings. Each a symbol of the grit, drive and determination it takes to be #1. We are the gold standard in Canadian football. Much like the loud and proud faithful fans who fill our stadium are the Green & Gold standard. They demand one outcome and only one team can deliver it: The Edmonton Evergolds. The pursuit of Grey has never looked more golden.
Edmontonians aren’t afraid of the dark. We spend over two-thirds of our winter days immersed in night. It builds a special breed of fan. And a special brand of football club. A team of the fastest, most fearsome players to ever set a cleat on the gridiron, always ready to knock our opponents’ lights out. When you enter our yard, don’t be afraid of the dark. Fear the Edmonton Eclipse.
Bold and spirited, the Elkhound is an ever loyal and fearless guardian. Bred for hunting, this four-legged dynamo’s bark is as fierce as its bite, known to intimidate big game and worthy opponents. Like Edmontonians, Elkhounds excel in cold weather and tense situations, using their strength, speed and agility to power past all obstacles towards victory.
Powerful. Fast. Nimble. Words often used to describe one of the most tenacious raptors in North America. And words that just as accurately reflect Edmonton’s football club. These golden eagles are born to soar and their gold pays respect to our outstanding championship history. In Edmonton, our Eagles are golden, and you can see them in our blue skies and on the turf as our Edmonton Eagles.
In Edmonton, our football universe is composed of four elements. Earth. The 110 yards of turf we vow to protect and conquer. Wind. The will to win that hits our foes like a force of nature. Water. The sweat we shed to earn the extra yard. Fire. The burning passion that fuels our pursuit of the Grey Cup. That’s what we’re made of. The question is, do the other teams have what it takes to brave the Edmonton Elements?
The Edmonton Football Team solicited names from the public in November 2020 and received 14,833 submissions with 2,047 unique name entries from all over the world. It resulted in a list of ten name submissions from fans. The club processed that information before determining the final seven options that have been presented above.
There is still no timeline for the announcement of a new name, although president Chris Presson has stated the team wants to unveil the fresh moniker in early spring.