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Piqua Indians Change Name to Piqua Football Team

PIQUA – Effective immediately, Piqua High School will rebrand itself from the “Piqua Indians” to the “Piqua Football Team,” pending the adoption of a new name, the Piqua Athletic Department announced Thursday.

This is not a final renaming for the school’s athletic teams. This is a temporary name to be used until someone can come up with something decent. 

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Everyone’s been just looking at us, waiting for us to change our name. We saw what they did with the football team in Washington, and figured they had some pretty smart people making those decisions, so we are just kinda following their model,” said Athletic Director Jeff McDoo.

The renaming applies to all sports, and the “soccer team” is thrilled with the idea of calling their sport “football” again. Other sporting teams are absolutely livid, particularly the bowling team, who tends to be a little more whiny than the contact sports kids. 

School administration has reminded students that the “Football Team” name is only temporary. 

The school will continue the process of retiring its former name, with hopes to be entirely rid of it on physical and digital spaces before the school year begins. Athletic Director Jeff McDoo said the team wants to include fans, business partners and alumni in the renaming process. 

“It’s a rebranding process that takes months. If you want to do it right, you have to take a deep breath, take a step back and go through the process,” he said. “We want to hear from every Piqua citizen on the matter before we take any next steps.”

A handful of crowd sourced names have already made their way to the Miami County Bugle Caller, with names such as the Edisons, Sewage Folk, Crazy Martins, Swamp Dragons, and Pacifiers making the rounds. 

In the meantime, the school has released modified sports uniforms, only replacing the “Indian logo” with a big ol’ P. The school intends to keep the exact same color scheme, no matter what the mascot changes to.

“It feels organic and natural to do this. I love the look of what we’ve done. It’s really strong, and will only get better. The new will go up, and the old will go down,” said McDoo.

Fans will be able to purchase Piqua Football Team merchandise from Fanatics.com and Piqua Official Sportz Shop in the coming days. 

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Jax McMahon

MCBC Senior Sportswriter. LSU grad. Class of '98. Football is king. Coldplay is soft.

This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Kelly

    If this is true, all you are is erasing history!

  2. Dustin ward

    This is bullshit and I feel that passed members of the school should vote on this because maybe there are people that want there kids to be Indians as well

  3. Brian Knisley

    LEAVE IT AS THE PIQUA INDIANS!!!! This is BULLSHIT!!! THERE IS NO NEED FOR A NAME XHANGE

    1. helen biermann

      They have to because the Indians as their name is illegal. The redskins have to change their name too.

  4. Jade H

    For you clowns that think this is real, chillax. Do you really think a news article is going to call a bowling team more Whiney than other sports players? Haha. Soften up.

  5. Judy arnold

    Everybody knows it’s Piqua football team…..duh! There is nothing demeaning about the current name. I’d be honored to have a team named after me.

  6. Rich Spraggs

    It’s about time. I am offended by the insensitivity to Native American that has been going on since, well, 1492.

  7. Judy Spaulding

    Congratulation to all the word “Indian” refers to people from India!!!! But to Indigenous Americans it is a racist term! Piqua means man who rose from the ashes in Shawnee.

  8. MITCHELL PEDROFF

    THE original name of the PHS team was the BIG RED. It was changed because of RED SCARE of Communism & the RUSSIAN REVOLUTION (1917). Too bad that we do not have the Piqua Dail Call for a historical reference.
    CHECK THIS OUT.
    WE can be called the BIG BLUE> reference to our uniforms
    FORMER Assistant Superintendent: MITCH PEDROFF

  9. Indian Nation

    Since when did the government pass a law that said you can’t honor the Indians? And besides, Its a major coincidence that right when we have a civil rights movement that they NOW decide to change our name. Bunch of crap. Even if the “government” forces us to change our name, we are still Indians on the inside and will still call each other Indians. What has the world come to….

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