In an interesting move that has garnered very little publicity, the new MLS franchise has changed it’s name from the Houston 1836 to the Houston Dynamo. The old name was a tribute to the year that the city was founded, but the Hispanic population aparrently caused an uproar because 1836 was also the year that Texas gained it’s independence from Mexico. I’m not sure how that offensive or demoralizing to Hispanics who are living in Texas, but the county controller at least had a problem with it.
So, now the team, which moved to Houston for the upcoming season after failing to secure a stadium deal in San Jose after last season, has been renamed without even playing a single game. The name is very similar to the Houston Dynamos of the United Soccer League, who only played a single season in 1984, though they claim no connection.
In my opinion, both names are pretty bad. I understand using the city’s founding year as a tribute, but as a team name it’s terrible. ‘Dynamo’ isn’t much better because it doesn’t identify with much besides 1980’s buzz-words.
But worst is the rampant abuse of political correctness. It’s the equivalent of having a large number of british people move into Massachusetts so that they represented a majority of the population, and then complain that the name ‘Patriots’ is insensitive to them because the lost the Revolutionary War. It’s just flat-out rediculous.
But the name was awful to begin with!