Sunday 6 January 2013

Gingerbread IWS and Ticats vs. Ti-Cats

Not a lot of news since the team announced the signing of Orlondo Steinauer as the new defensive coordinator, but there are still some Tiger-Cat related stuff to talk about. One is a cool picture I saw, while the other is a question I have been wondering about for some time.

First, the picture. A couple of days ago I came across this tweet by Kate McKenna, who many will remember from her stint as the host of Ti-Cats TV back in 2010, that featured the picture below.

That's a gingerbread replica of Ivor Wynne Stadium!

I don't know where Ms. McKenna came across this photo, but it's really cool and quite detailed. That looks like it took a lot of time to construct and kudos to whoever made it. Also, if it needs to be demoed to make room for a new gingerbread stadium on the same location, I'll be more than happy to bulldoze it and take the rubble home with me (and I don't even like gingerbread all that much).

But that's not all today. The current downtime we are experiencing has also given me a chance to think and that led me to something I've been wondering about for quite some time, but just never got around to asking:

Why is it that the team writes it Ticats and not Ti-Cats?

As you have probably figured out, I always write it as Ti-Cats. I do that because they are the Tiger-Cats, not the Tigercats. I feel like the hyphen should stay when the team named is shortened. Yet, officially, the name is written as Ticats when shortened. But why?

I have never been told the reason and I would love it if someone could fill me in on why the hyphen is ditched when the name is shortened. That is, if there is a reason. So I'm putting this out there and maybe someone who knows will fill me in on why it is written as Ticats and not Ti-Cats.


  1. I have no idea why it's "ticats" and not "Ti-Cats" on the team site. I've seen the latter quite often in the media and it was probably more widely used going back in time.

    It wouldn't surprise me though to learn that their web-geeks inadvertently set up the team's online presence without the caps and the hyphen, and it stuck.

  2. It's a branding thing. When Bob took over the team in 2003, There were discussions about which to use, Ti-Cats, or Ticats. They decided to use Ticats because of it's simplicity.