How about "The Celtics" ... that should carry more recognition and meaning than anything else they could come up with, and not serve to separate them from the starters. Let's keep this a team, not a jumble of segmented units with their own identities. Time for Ubuntu to return.
I understand the sentiment, but I disagree with your dismissal. The starters and the bench are already segmented, that's he sports work. By praising the second unit, and giving them a name specific and unique to them, it recognizes guys who don't get the honor of starting and let's them hang their hat on something of their own.
It's something as old as sport. Whether its 'shrek and donkey' or whatever, it lets guys who don't get the honor of a starting spot still get a title to call their own that isn't 'role player' or just one guy who is the 'sixth man'.
Now as per the actual name from Terry, I think they can do better.
I have no porblem with individual nicknames or even a duo here-and-there, but I think concentrating on Ubuntu and identifying as a cohesive unit as Celtics
, should be the focus and priority. In 2007-2008, it was the team, and only
the team, and it was the right perspective, IMHO.
Now, in practice scrimages and the like, it's great to have "Bench versus Starters", etc., but when they step onto the court against other clubs, Celtic Pride should be the primary team identity, and not fragmnets. And just who is this "Gangster Squad", (or whatever it ends up being called, that name I dislike quite a bit, actually)?All
the bench players? A certain five? And if so, where does that leave the end-of-bench guys? Looking for their own
nickname? It's just all pretty divisional and unnecessary, IMO, and takes away from the whole team focus thing. Just my opinion, and to each his own. In the end I guess it's no big deal either way, but I prefer a single team focus.
Even the "Big Three" thing was a bit annoying at times, and intimated that "Hey, we're the big shots, and you guys are just the supportinmg cast", and it has now infected every team and every sport, it seems, and just become ridiculously overused, as nobody knows who you're talking about whenever you use the term.
Whatever, no biggie, and if it works for the team in a positive way, then all the better. That's just the way I see it, and I think this club has drifted away from Ubuntu and concentrating on working as one
cohesive group. I'd like to see less
division, and sometimes these small unit labels can be counterproductive to that.
Just me blowing my steam, though, and it is what it is.