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BULLETS PUT FORTH NEW NAME CHOICES, WASHINGTONIANS SEE DOGS
Published February 5, 1996
The five choices to rename the Bullets -- Dragons, Wizards, Express, Stallions and Sea Dogs -- were met with little praise by local media. Norman Chad of the WASHINGTON POST: "This is the lamest group of choices since Chevy introduced its luxury Geo line" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/3). Dick Heller of the WASHINGTON TIMES: "Compared with some of these suggestions, Bullets sounds like a real winner" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 2/3). Bullets Owner Abe Pollin wants a less violent name when the team moves into the new MCI Center for '97. A contest to rename the team sparked 500,000 entries, but according to a POST editorial, none of the five winners "has a thing to do with the city, its climate, landmarks, history or primary activity, which is the government" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/3). As for Sea Dogs, Frank Ahrens of the POST notes that "Washington has the rich maritime tradition of, say, Fargo, N.D." (WASHINGTON POST, 2/5). Fans at USAir Arena loudly booed the choices over the weekend when the name contest was announced (THE DAILY).