Florence Freedom Release Top Five Possible New Team Names

The Florence Freedom announced Wednesday the top five possible new names.

The organization announced in October that it may drop "Freedom" as its mascot, and asked fans to submit ideas for a replacement.

The top five responses, according to the team, are: GoGoettas, Fossil Jockeys, Y’alls, Pop Flies, and No Sox.  
 
Fans are able to cast their vote for their favorite possible new mascot at florencefreedom.com until December 11.  
 
The organization spent weeks sifting through the thousands of names submitted by the fans in the first round of the contest, a news release said. The top five were selected due to their uniqueness and connection to the area.

The club, which competes in the Frontier League, offered some explanations for the proposed new mascots:

GO-GOETTAS

Florence is here to take back Goetta for its rightful Northern Kentucky owners. Choosing the name Go-Goettas celebrates this wonderfully weird piece of Northern Kentucky food culture, while giving the team an aspirational mindset to shoot for. 
 
FOSSIL JOCKEYS

Rising from the marshy pits at Big Bone Lick are the Fossil Jockeys: a group of raucous prehistoric riders who choose the mightiest beasts as their modes of transportation. 
 
Y’ALLS

We’re the first and last professional baseball team in the south (depending on which way you’re driving from), so we’ll take it upon ourselves to be the symbol for Southern culture. “Y’alls” as a name celebrates much more than a painted water tower, it celebrates who we are as Northern Kentuckians and Southerners, with “Go Y’alls” as our rally cry. 
 
POP FLIES

It’s no secret that we Northern Kentuckians love two things: pop and baseball. That's why we married those two concepts together as the Pop Fly, which is not only a common baseball term but a name for a fly who has an unquenchable sweet tooth. 
 
NO SOX

A nod to famous baseball names but with a Kentucky twist, the No Sox celebrates our relaxed, kick-up-your-feet kind of culture. Baseball and life are a little different down here in Florence, and the name No Sox lets everyone know they’re in for a unique experience. 
 
The newly named team will open the season and play its first regular season game on May 14, against the New Jersey Jackals. 

-Staff report

Photo: UC Health Stadium in Florence