Multiple focus groups, a random sample distribution and random online activities couldn’t have produced a more milquetoast name for George Washington University. Formerly known as the Colonials, the school announced Tuesday via a social post led by (notable?) alumnus Chuck Todd that the school will now be known as ... the Revolutionaries.
The name change was done to lessen the offensiveness of said the previous name. The new name — meanwhile — is not much better. Nothing done after months of work, the Washington, D.C. way! The reactions from the greater college basketball Twitter audience was as great you’d expect.
Here’s some of my personal favorite Tweets from the day in no particular order.
They wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas
A school with a hippo statue on campus surely could have done better, right? And if below is indeed true, this is the biggest D.C. travesty since Al Gore lost to George W. Bush in the election.
a GW president bought a bronze statue of a hippo but his wife hated it. so he made a plaque with a fake story about George watching hippos in the Potomac and put it on campus. we rub it during finals for good luck.— Robert G. Reeve (@RobertGReeve) May 24, 2023
but market research reacted negatively to GW Hippos. cowards https://t.co/ym7TesGsuA pic.twitter.com/4jkT4GqMVg
RIP to the Hippo mascot. It had its chance.
The Hippo Statue was already there, @iAmTheWarax .— Iron Capt, (@Ironcapt) May 24, 2023
“GW's association with hippopotamuses began when President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg bought a statue of a hippopotamus in 1996 and gave it as a gift to the class of 2000.” https://t.co/V1yxeS25W2. https://t.co/CuOYq8VTuN
Just some political fun
The A-10 might be heading in a direction more familiar to fans of L*****y or O*al Roberts.
Between the Revolutionaries and the Culture Keepers, the A10 is heading right https://t.co/cOsRMA6ZFm— Aces SZN (@GhostMcHistory) May 24, 2023
She should have resigned years ago, but here we are with judges yet to be confirmed. Just to rabbit trail for a second, there should be an age limit in Congress.
the only Blue Fog in Washington will continue to be Diane Feinstein’s mental state— &rew (@Brewed4TheDrew) May 24, 2023
A centrist wet noodle is what I call my REDACTED.
this is the perfect embodiment of GW— The Big Game Boomer (@LilBonaX) May 24, 2023
a centrist wet noodle like chuck todd announces a mid nickname https://t.co/bquiCxAtxh
They have a point.
Folks, the last time a group proclaimed themselves Revolutionaries in DC it was an absolute disaster https://t.co/OJleXKeGUc— Waystar Royco Pine Bills (@WestPineBills) May 24, 2023
Todd announcing it puts the cherry on top.
Legitimately the dumbest name imaginable. No school in the country embodies a revolutionary spirit less than a place that is best known for minting lanyard wearing lobbyists and establishment political operatives. https://t.co/10UcOHHIpH— Curry Hicks Sage (@CurryHicksSage) May 24, 2023
If the mascot isn’t a likeness of one of them then what was the point?
GW Revolutionaries new court dropped pic.twitter.com/QieJroY43f— rex potray, phd (@rexpotray) May 24, 2023
Shoulda been the Blue Fog
MMM resident Tweeter Nick Lorensen wanted Blue Fog, and judging from the Twitterverse, that was a popular ask.
The popular vote doesn’t matter.
Compilation of prominent GW Basketball figures and their favorite moniker options:— David Korn (@david_korn4) May 24, 2023
1: Chris Caputo: “Presidents”
2: Caroline McCombs: “Blue Fog”
3: James Bishop: “Blue Fog”
4: Brendan Adams: “Blue Fog”
5: Mayowa Taiwo: “Revolutionaries” pic.twitter.com/UhIKM0TQi1
The “Too Many Syllables” Category
GW probably somehow spent more millions of dollars than there are syllables in revolutionaries to reach this conclusion #bluefog— Mark Wrighton Fan Club (@GWGerblin) May 24, 2023
Many have pointed out “Revs” will be the shorthand and that is just, just awful.
Just leaving this one here
Che Guevara, a true Revolutionary was “not afraid to break boundaries and change the game” so GW will not mind if I sell this AI generated new athletics logo outside the Smith Center https://t.co/mObwy0fgRl pic.twitter.com/OMtHrG13Fl— rex potray, phd (@rexpotray) May 24, 2023
At the end of the day we will forget this ever happened and move on with our lives, but it is fun to have some fun.