June 5, 2016
PRO Rugby Fans Name Teams
Photo: PRO Rugby
The fan voting has ended and the five PRO Rugby teams now have their names. The names represent something about the team’s location and history.
San Diego Breakers
San Francisco Rush
The Denver Stampede reflects the ranching and its drives to markets. Aviation was a key theme for Ohio with the Wright Brothers. Sacramento was on a Pony Express route and in the 1880s was part of the construction of the building of a transcontinental railroad. San Diego has had a rich tradition with the Waters and therefore, Breakers reflects this importance. Finally, San Francisco thrived during the Gold Rush days.
This is a fan friendly league. For now the fans have spoken. Names are a symbol of identity. Style of play and interaction with the community are other factors that impact identity.
Eight weeks have gone by and the league, teams and players have been tremendous in delivering an excellent product, rugby. Fans have been supporting, but greater fan support is needed.
Summer is here and two months remain in the season. Perhaps it’s time for a road trip. If not, it is important to view the prorugby.org streams or watch One World Sports if the channel is available.
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