Toronto Metropolitan University's logo.

In 2021, Toronto’s Ryerson University announced it would change its name to Toronto Metropolitan University following widespread protests about its name. The school (initially founded in 1948 as Ryerson Technical Institute) was initially named for Canadian educator Egerton Ryerson, but that name had drawn fire for a while given Ryerson’s writings’ influence on the establishment of the Canadian residential school system for First Nations children.

In addition to the overall school name change, the school has also decided to change its name and mascot for its athletics teams. Those teams, formerly known as the Ryerson Rams, compete in U SPORTS, the highest level of post-secondary competition in Canada.  The school announced Monday they’ve picked “The TMU Bold,” and they’ll have a new falcon mascot. (They will still keep the gold and blue colours, though.) Here’s that announcement:

“Bold,” however, carries a lot of connotations of typography’s textual emphasis through font-weight modification, or the “Bold” command found in word-processing software, content management systems, and HTML tags. And that led to a lot of jokes along those lines:

For a joke along different lines, though, Ben Waldman had a good line about the school picking the wrong feathered mascot:

The Bold at least does have the advantage of seemingly not being a name or nickname used by any other sports team. At least, Bold is not listed in the extremely extensive Wiktionary appendix “English names of sports teams.” So there’s some market differentiation.

And while there isn’t a Bold logo outlet, at least the university logo seen at the top (used on the athletics department page for this announcement; the URL there is still “,” but that will presumably be changing soon) looks to be in a bold emphasis. It would have been unfortunate if they went with Bold if the university logo was italicized or underlined.

And there are perhaps potential partnerships out there, maybe for a “Bold roast” with one of the numerous coffee chains set up in Toronto, or with any number of the companies that have used “bold” in advertising campaigns (including Cadillac, Tecate, and Guinness, but not, which instead went with “Fortune favors the brave“). And in the end, this will probably go back to not being noticed by many. But at least it led to some good typography jokes. And maybe we’ll get a “Fortune favors the bold!” play-by-play call on a win someday.

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About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.