More stuff that happened while I was out...Houston 1836 is no more, Houston Dynamo takes its place.
The team officially gave its 1836 name the boot and announced it will build its brand around Dynamo during an unveiling ceremony at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
"Dynamo is a word to describe someone who never fatigues, never gives up," team president Oliver Luck said. "The new name is symbolic of Houston as an energetic, hard-working, risk-taking kind of town."
The name is not Dynamos, as in the short-lived professional team that roamed the pitch at Butler Stadium briefly in the mid-80s as part of the now-defunct United Soccer League. It's Dynamo as a reference to an energy source and in tribute to the city's outgoing spirit and ties to energy, Luck said.
The nixing of 1836 was expected after the name was deemed offensive by some in the Hispanic community shortly after its unveiling Jan. 25.
Reaction on soccer Web blogs, including the Chronicle's, has been mixed. The new name has been called everything; from "lame", "horrible" and "unoriginal" to a "PC debacle" to "catchy" and "unique."
Many bloggers were angry the name was changed to begin with, calling it an "insult to Texas history." Most, though, suggested that the team move on and focus on the game.