13 Responses to London Rippers Critics “Way off Base”

  1. Zach says:

    I Love the Name…its sure better than CornHurlers or Beach Bums

  2. Ryan says:

    Great points Kristen. It is clear that those who oppose the logo and the team name should have put the research time in that you did. I agree. It is a cool name and logo, people need to chill out.

  3. Greg W says:

    Your lack of intelligence astounds me. Really. You are talking about turning the murder of prostitutes into a friendly brand. Which is a bad idea.

    Only the Rippers insist that that guy on the logo has nothing to do with Jack the Ripper at all. So if your article intends to support the use of ‘Diamond Jack’ as an acceptable mascot, you’ve just admitted you think he’s a depiction of Jack the Ripper. So you’ve proven the first point against ‘Diamond Jack’, you agree with the detractors that say he is, in fact, the serial killer.

    Second, to equate one individual with general ideas like ‘Avalanches’ and ‘Pirates’ is not a valid argument either. Would you name your team the Dahmer’s? The Sons of Sam? The Clifford Olsens? If the answer is yes, then you’ve lost me entirely. These names are not about defeating others in some kind of competition or with some kind of warrior spirit. These men, the very first being Jack the Ripper, victimized, and then brutalized helpless, unsuspecting people. If you think its ok to associate yourself with that and put it on a t-shirt, you go right ahead. I certainly have nothing more to say to you.

  4. Jared says:

    PC idiots don’t even realize that by crying about this they’re playing right into the hands of the team. This is getting them into the sporting news across the US. I live in California, would I have ever known or cared about a minor league team in Ontario? Definitely not.

    But now, I really want a London Rippers t-shirt to wear around because I think the name and idea is that awesome. God I love minor league baseball.

  5. LONROY says:

    I LOVE IT!!! It’s really cool and it achieves it’s purpose by causing all of this controversy; ultimately bringing the team more attention. Very clever marketing strategy.

  6. Fio says:

    Indians may be a politically incorrect name, but there a lot of positive attributes to associate with them. But Rippers? Even if fictional, could not think of any. Would it still be Ok if a team is named Oklahoma Bombers?

  7. Common Sense says:

    I think it’s safe to say that there are more valid concerns than overreacting to an “offensive” London minor league baseball logo. Was your great great great great great great great grandma killed by Jack The Ripper? I didn’t think so. In fact. Name one person who was killed by him. Oh…you don’t know any?That’s because you didn’t care at all until there was a comment section underneath this post. Freedom of speech is only good when you don’t waste your words. It’s a cool logo. I think I’ll leave it at that.

    Are we really comparing the Oklahoma City Bombing to a “possibly fictional” serial killer from the 1800s?

  8. Scot says:

    London is my hometown and I lived there for almost 25 years. This is quite typical of this city to find ways to waste effort on non issues instead of dealing with more pressing matters, like revitalizing downtown, lowering property taxes or improving the transportation system, which is one of the worst in Ontario for a city it’s size (almost half a million).

    In the late 80’s to mid 90’s this city was the farm team of the Detroit Tigers. They won a lot of championships, but there wasn’t much support, so the team left. 6 years later, we got a frontier league team called the London Wearwolves, who again won a lot of championships, and again were forced to leave due to dwindling attendance.

    Labatt Park, where the London Rippers will be playing their home games, is one of the oldest ballparks in use. A beautiful facility, which was recently ranked the best ballpark in the Eastern part of Canada. And it truly deserves a baseball team of any level or any name to occupy it’s friendly confines.

  9. Allen says:

    Very good article, Kristen, and, thank you for writing it. I give the team owner full credit for refusing to change the name. I agree with Jared. It was a clever marketing campaign, they have a great logo, and, I also want some team gear to wear. As soon as its available, I will be purchasing some.

  10. dave says:

    The logo and brand are not at all creative. I challenge anyone to suggest another visual concept present in the public consciousness that represents the word ripper (other than people who take their clothes off for a living). This is the most obvious association with that word; and it should be obvious to everyone that this is a desparate attempt at generating revenue through negative pubilicity. Did the owner just graduate from the Marilyn Manson school of business? His suggesting that the logo is actually based on some silly story, that hopefully took about five minutes to invent, is rather pathetic.

    For those who are concerned that the media is wasting their time by using newspaper and website space, as well as airtime, on this story rather than important matters like the fact that nobody really knows how to improve the economy, you shouldn’t worry because by this time next year (if not earlier) the team won’t be in business becuase the inept owner will discover that you can’t operate a minor league sports team just on the income from t-shirt sales to dissafected youth.

  11. Nicole says:

    I love the name and logo! Brilliant marketing.
    I can’t wait to go to a game and I wish this team much success.

    I just want to correct one post above, Labatt Park wasn’t voted best park in Canada, it was voted best Ballpark in ALL of Canada. Please come to London and see how beautiful it is for yourself – quite a treasure. 😉

  12. Chris says:

    You’re missing the point. Jack The Ripper wasn’t a force of nature, a predatory carnivorous animal, or a gang of outlaws. He also isn’t an imaginary character like Mr. Hyde, Freddie Kruger, Hannibal Lecter, or Dracula. He was a serial murderer of women, and a particularly sadistic one at that. Basing a franchise around the concept of Jack The Ripper is no different from basing it on Karla Homolka, The Zodiac Killer, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, Robert Pickton, or Ted Bundy. It’s not “hip” or “edgy”, it’s stupid, and to people who think of Jack The Ripper as the psychopath who mutilated women beyond recognition and ripped out their internal organs, as opposed to people who think of him as some romanticized iconic pop culture horror character, it’s offensive. For the record, “Ripperologists” generally believe that there are 3 letters supposedly written by Jack The Ripper which may indeed be genuine. One of those letters is the one in which he gave himself the nickname “Jack The Ripper”. Some believe it to be the work of a journalist, while others believe it’s from the killer himself. Though I hardly think that matters. The point is that a serial killer is not the greatest character to base a “family oriented” sports franchise that’s supposed to represent your city around. The fact that the team’s manager denies “Diamond Jack” and the team’s logo was in any way modeled after Jack The Ripper is the biggest insult to any functionally literate human’s intelligence. I don’t always agree with Megan Walker – in fact I rarely ever do – but in this case I can understand why she finds the whole team concept a tad insensitive. Anyone who can’t grasp the concept is either a complete moron or a political opportunist/contrarian who will always disagree with Meagan Walker simply because she’s Meagan Walker, and always agree with Rush Limbaugh (who approves of the whole Jack The Ripper concept) simply because he’s Rush Limbaugh. As for me, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second thought – well maybe an eye roll and a “keep it classy, London” – but I can understand why it’s caused such a s@#tstorm.

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