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February 17, 2014

He's a lumberjack and that's ok: REDBLACKS unveil their new mascot

Via @REDBLACKS twitter today:

  • ".@OSEG_Corporate has announced that the #REDBLACKS mascot's official name will be "Big Joe" in English and "Grand Jos" in French."
  • ".@OSEG_Corporate a annoncé aujourd'hui que le nom officiel de la mascotte sera « Big Joe » en anglais et « Grand Jos » en français"
  • "FYI - new mascot account is @BigJoeGrandJos #RNation"
Some of Ottawa-Gatineau's French community complained about the original name, Big Joe Mufferaw.


UPDATE MARCH 28: The mascot will be known as Big Joe Mufferaw.  The REDBLACKS made the announcement early today.  They'll also produce a series of books for kids in partnership with the family of the late Bernie Bedore, Ottawa Valley storyteller. More info...


UPDATE: Here's the video that was shown just prior to the mascot's unveiling today. Starring Jeff Hunt as himself.


Screen capture from REDBLACKS web site.

The Ottawa REDBLACKS unveiled their new mascot today at a 67's game. The football club says "The REDBLACKS’ mascot is a tribute to the mighty lumberjacks and log-riders who rode logs from the Upper Valley down the Ottawa River and helped to found our city." 

You can suggest a name for the mascot at OttawaREDBLACKS.com. So far he's nameless but the early favourite seems to be Big Joe Mufferaw, named after the legendary Ottawa Valley lumberjack immortalized in the Stompin' Tom song.  I bet you'll be hearing a lot of that song at Lansdowne Park this summer.

Here's the first photo of the mascot that the REDBLACKS posted to their Twitter feed.  I like it. Plaid shirt and suspenders, a big grin and an even bigger Mulroney chin, a red toque, Popeye arms and wielding an axe. He was also wearing skates at the unveiling, but that's only because it was at a hockey game. That's not part of his usual garb. He reminds me of a friendlier version of the Acadia Axemen mascot.

At least they didn't go with this…

A couple of other Ottawa organizations have used lumberjacks as a mascot / icon in the past.  The Ottawa Loggers (roller hockey team, 1995-97) had a lumberjack mascot:

And Flapjack's, a pancake truck in the Glebe, has a lumberjack in their logo:

See also: Ottawa Sports Guide
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