“Why the heck did they name Seattle’s XFL team the Dragons?”
These were just a few of the mutters I heard around Seattle today as the Emerald City’s new XFL team officially debuted its name and logo. Drum roll please...introducing The Seattle Dragons.
So, why the Dragons of all mystical creatures? According to president Ryan Gustafson, the team wanted to create “something that was unique, but also part of the entire brand that represents the community of Seattle, with the imagery of the water, the city and just the fierceness of the character.”
Well, Seattle’s XFL franchise certainly created something. Here's a look at the team's mantra:
Rising from the turbulent sea. Beneath the darkening skies of their weather-hardened home. Relentless, ruthless, ravenous. Not of mythology, but of muscle and might. Not of folklore, but of football. This is your darkest fantasy, in cleats. The Seattle Dragons. Breathing fire.
The XFL rolled out names and logos for all of its teams on Wednesday, including the the New York Guardians, the Tampa Bay Vipers, the St. Louis Battle Hawks, the Los Angeles Wildcats, the Houston Roughnecks, the Dallas Renegades and the DC Defenders.
The professional football league, which lasted just one year in 2001, announced its rebirth last December. Seattle was named one of eight cities for the revamped league, which will hold games at CenturyLink Field in February 2020.