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BULLETS PUT FORTH NEW NAME CHOICES, WASHINGTONIANS SEE DOGS

     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).
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