Fresh off the department's claim that it hasn't actually changed the team's name from Golden Gaels to Queen's Gaels, and is instead deliberately referring to the team by an incorrect name in its press releases, the Kingston Whig-Standard has corrected the mistake that the department refuses to; the phrase "Golden Gaels" now dots every university athletics article in the community's leading fishwrap.
Sports Editor Mike Koreen, whose awesomeness has already been buoyed by his revolutionary policy of quick updates to the paper's website after big games, as well as his readership of this very blog, has finally made the right decision and evidently isn't looking back. Quoth the ed himself in last Saturday's Whig: "isn't it great to say that name again?"
It sure is, Mike -- even for those of us who never stopped.
On the national level, Globe and Mail OmniBlogger James Mirtle has given the issue some much needed attention on a site that gets (slightly) more traffic than this one.
His treatment seems to echo a lot of what we've already seen around these parts, strangely. Getting Jock Climie's take on the issue? The Queen's Journal did it. Mr. Climie comparing it to the Toronto Maple Leafs suddenly calling changing their name?
"Would people be upset if they became the Toronto Leafs instead of the Toronto Maple Leafs?"Sounds like:
"Imagine the fallout if MLSE started referring to its hockey division as the Toronto Leafs. There would be a huge hullabaloo." -- N. Sager (no, wait that's far too obvious -- let's say Neate S.), August 29Indeed, while Neate correctly predicted the emerging hullabaloo -- and is such a fanboy that he can only be flattered that one of his Golden Gaels heroes used his line [preceding line was inserted by Mr. Sager, for the record - TK] -- it's still well played by Mr. Mirtle to correctly identify the reasons for that hullabaloo. It also demonstrates the awesomeness of OOLF, but then I'm biased.
Obviously, the Golden War is yet to end. Despite cratering media support, the Queen's Athletics Department continues to push the use of an incorrect name for the team (which is not a knock on the hardest working man in sports information, Mike Grobe -- it's not his decision). The Queen's Journal has still conveniently omitted the Golden from its sports section for months on end. Not to mention The Score, but at least they were interview-served when Queen's D-lineman Dee Sterling corrected resident jockocrat D.J. Bennett during one of their brutal on-field interviews. CKWS-TV is still on the wrong end of the issue, though they're used to a lack of editorial independence given their ra-ra-ra work for the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs (more on that in a few months).
But thankfully, the department's allies in this endeavour of outright silliness are becoming fewer by the week. According to Mirtle's piece, the official line is now "We'd prefer you to call us the Queen's Gaels."
And I'd prefer you to call me The Artist Formerly Known as Tyler King. Thank god nobody's doing either anymore.
Though my alter-ego still sounds better than Queen's Gaels.