HALIFAX — A group supporting a proposed CFL team in Halifax touched off a fiery debate online when it proposed naming the team after one of the country’s greatest maritime disasters.
On Twitter, CFL in Halifax pitched the idea of calling the football team the Halifax Explosions — a reference to the devastating explosion in the Halifax harbour in 1917 that killed about 2,000 people.
A similar name, the Halifax Xplosion, is used by the city’s team in the Maritime Women’s Football League.
CFL in Halifax is a creative group that makes fan art to generate discussion, and clarified Monday afternoon that “We are NOT the same people who are bidding for an official Halifax CFL team. That is a different group of business people.”
CFL in Halifax enthusiastically promoted the Explosion moniker, saying that 100 years ago “a force was unleashed that made this city stronger, bigger, and more united than ever before. Now we channel that force onto the football field as we flatten all that stands in our way.”
It didn’t take long for people to register their rebukes.
IT’S TIME FOR: The Halifax Explosions! 100 years ago a force was unleashed that made this city stronger, bigger, and more united than ever before. Now, we channel that force onto the football field as we flatten all that stands in our way. #CFLinHalifax #History #Halifax #CFL pic.twitter.com/Z37IJOjdBm
— CFL in Halifax (@CFLinHalifax) January 29, 2018
“You want to profit off the deaths of 2,000 people? It’s in really poor taste,” said one person, while another tweeted, “I grew up in Dartmouth and this is an absolutely asinine idea.”
Others were more creative with their disapproval.