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Ford Learns From Hometown Success, Changes Detroit Lions' Name To Red Wings

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 28: Quarterback Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions is tackled by defensive end Marcus Howard #92 of the Indianapolis Colts at Ford Field on August 28, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
Kasey WahlCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

It has often been quipped that a person's name says a lot about him or her. Apparently Detroit Lions owner William Ford Sr. has adopted the same philosophy in regards to his NFL team, as he announced the big change from Detroit Lions to Detroit Red Wings Wednesday.

"There is a lot that can be appreciated and learned from the other fine franchises here in Detroit, and we thought that now, coming off an unfavorable season, would be just as appropriate a time as any to start listening," Ford said at his press conference Wednesday afternoon.

"There is a lot in a name, and historically, the name 'Red Wings' has meant big things in Detroit. We would like to keep that tradition strong."

Critics have already begun scrutinizing Ford's ambitious endeavor, arguing that such a switch is tacky, tasteless and adds unnecessary drama going into the regular season. But when asked why he made such a sudden change so close to the season opener, Ford responded it wasn't sudden at all.

"It isn't so much a hasty decision. We've been planning such a switch for some time now. In fact, our recent logo modification was just a first draft of what we will reveal on Sunday in New Orleans. The current draft just wasn't cutting it. We needed something with a little more red, and a few more wings."

Some critics have questioned the effectiveness of such a switch, asking what the team formerly known as the Lions hopes to accomplish by changing its name.

"It's quite simple, really," Ford explained. "We as an organization looked at numerous ways we can improve the well-being of this franchise. We asked ourselves what we could do that is most cost effective, time effective, and requires as little brain economy as possible. We looked at our NHL brethren and thought, in lieu of their long history of success: that's it. We can change our name. Plus, after watching our new boy, Matthew Stafford, in college, red was a more becoming color on him anyway."

The city of Detroit will, in effect, be the first city with two professional sports franchises with the same mascot.

"[The change] is exciting, because no two professional teams from the same city have the same mascot. The Detroit Red Wings will be the first team in history to have won both multiple Stanley Cups and Lombardi Trophies, and I think that will say a lot about the fine city of Detroit," mused Ford. "Red Wings. The name just screams, 'winner!'"

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