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What the Hull’s going on with the Tigers?

by Rob Dore | August 9, 2013
THUNDER TWAT: Is Assem doing little more than inviting ridicule on his club with the rename?

THUNDER TWAT: Is Assem doing little more than inviting ridicule on his club with the rename?

£10 free bet to registered Hull City fans after pointless name change

Shakespeare once wrote: “That which we we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Putting it another way you can polish a turd and call it a paper weight but it’s still just some shiny faeces holding down your quarterly reports. The name means nothing.

Not that we’re suggesting Hull is a turd of a club of course but changing their name to the Tigers doesn’t change anything about the club itself. Other than giving rival fans a clear target for their ridicule.

Club owner Assem Allam decided to change the club’s official title from Hull City AFC to the Hull City Tigers. Here’s his slightly odd reasoning:

“I don’t like being like everyone else. I want the club to be special. It is about identity. City is a lousy identity. Hull City Association Football Club is so long.”

So Hull City are now the only sporting team in the world with Tiger in their name. Except the Leicester Tigers, the Castleford Tigers, Detroit Tigers, the Claremont Tigers, the Chittagong Tigers and the Princeton Tigers, amongst many others.

This Americanisation of the club’s name is sufficiently embarrassing enough to qualify as a Ball of Shame moment. Which is why Paddy Power is giving everyone who has registered as a Hull City AFC/Tigers fan on our Team Pages with a free £10 bet.

So what’s next? The Chelsea 69ers, the Sunderland Supremacists of the Fulham Jacksons? You can back these very unlikely name changes here and should any of them actually come about we’ll be compensating those fans too.

Ball of Shame, where we make up for other people’s mistakes.

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