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LA Galaxy

What the :censored: does Galaxy have to do with LA?

Play on the stars in Hollywood. Very 90s.
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On July 15, 2015 at 7:29 PM, Discrimihater said:

Virginia Tech Hokies, anyone?

Actually the name Hokies came from a school chant started in the late 1800s or early 1900s, it was Hokie Hokie Hokie Hi...

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On 7/17/2015 at 10:31 AM, cubsfan2015 said:

The Colts were from Baltimore,who had racing history in them,the Belmont Stakes,etc.When the Colts moved,of course colts don't fit Indiana,but it was still ment for Baltimore.

The first Baltimore Colts (AAFC) folded. The Colts that moved to Indianapolis started as the Dallas Texans. No to be confused with the AFL Dallas Texans who became the Kansas City Chiefs. Nor, the current Houston Texans, who just couldn't think up something original.

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3 hours ago, IceBurgs70 said:

Flint Tropics?

 

Doesn't count. The team never existed & the movie's story was loosely based off the Oakland Oaks.

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The Boston Bruins, I guess fit this category?

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On 7/11/2015 at 11:25 AM, SCalderwood said:

Of course "Wizards" has a meaning. It is an actual word in the English language. If you look it up in the dictionary, you will see a definition, which means the word has "meaning." But it has no "organic" connection to Washington DC. It's a team name that is basically generic enough to work for any sport, in any city. That is what people here mean when they say a team name has no meaning.

This was pointless. Do you honestly think he didn't know the word "Wizard" had a dictionary definition? Everyone knew what he meant, and it was in perfect context to the thread. Why would you purposely misinterpret his statement, only to try and correct him with his originally intended logic? 

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19 minutes ago, O.C.D said:

This was pointless. Do you honestly think he didn't know the word "Wizard" had a dictionary definition? Everyone knew what he meant, and it was in perfect context to the thread. Why would you purposely misinterpret his statement, only to try and correct him with his originally intended logic? 

 

 

I'd chalk it up to him just being a smartass, honestly.

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On July 11, 2015 at 5:59 PM, C-Squared said:

Obviously, the Bills are a play on "Buffalo Bill," but I never liked how the name "Bills" doesn't fully stand alone as something that makes sense.

 

it really is a strange name when you think about it.

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5 hours ago, johnnysama said:

The Boston Bruins, I guess fit this category?

"Adams directed Ross to come up with a nickname that would portray an untamed animal displaying speed, agility, and cunning. Ross came up with "Bruins," an Old English word used for brown bears(from the Dutch "bruin" meaning brown) in classic folk-tales. The team's bearlike nickname also went along with the team's original uniform colors of brown and yellow, which came from Adams' grocery chain, First National Stores."

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On 7/17/2015 at 10:31 AM, cubsfan2015 said:

The Colts were from Baltimore,who had racing history in them,the Belmont Stakes,etc.When the Colts moved,of course colts don't fit Indiana,but it was still ment for Baltimore.

 

The Preakness is in Maryland.  The Belmont Stakes are in NY.  

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5 hours ago, jc... said:

I was wondering about the Nashville Predators. It turns out the name fits. 😂

http://www.homefacts.com/offenders/Tennessee/Davidson-County/Nashville.html

Lol, but the actual history of it is the discovery of a prehistoric sabre-tooth cat fossil during the construction of a downtown high-rise. It made national news, and the cave is still a preserved archaeological site, in the building's basement. 

 

When the time for a team identity came, the owner didn't want to go with an on-the-nose country music reference, in their name. It was eventually decided to use the Smilodon as a logo. From the logo, they held a name the team contest, and three finalists were pulled out of the submissions: Attack, Fury and Ice Cats. Leipold, not being a fan of any of the three added his own submission before the final fan vote. Predators won by a landslide. 

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In the past a team name didn't need to mean something to the area. Lions and Tigers and Bears are names that depict a tough aggressive animal. However now it seems that new team names need to have some association with the area. "Diamondbacks", "Rockies", are good examples of this. The "Ravens" are named after Baltimore's famous writer Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven". I think it is now almost impossible to name a new team something that doesn't relate to the area. It will be interesting what the new Las Vegas hockey team will be named, since they can't pick something that is related to gambling. Looks like it will be something with "Hawks" in the name, even though Chicago are the Black Hawks. 

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On ‎8‎/‎12‎/‎2016 at 11:57 AM, BeerGuyJordan said:

When the time for a team identity came, the owner didn't want to go with an on-the-nose country music reference, in their name. It was eventually decided to use the Smilodon as a logo. From the logo, they held a name the team contest, and three finalists were pulled out of the submissions: Attack, Fury and Ice Cats. Leipold, not being a fan of any of the three added his own submission before the final fan vote. Predators won by a landslide. 

 

And we are all thankful for his submission...

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On 7/17/2015 at 6:13 PM, cubsfan2015 said:

LA Galaxy

What the :censored: does Galaxy have to do with LA?

Because when Nike and adidas pick your names you get names like the Galaxy, Burn and Wiz.

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On August 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM, KittSmith_95 said:

 

Doesn't count. The team never existed & the movie's story was loosely based off the Oakland Oaks.

 

Is that true?

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1 hour ago, AstroBull21 said:

 

And we are all thankful for his submission...

Yes, yes we are. As much as I like that there's an actual story behing the name, I hate that it points out both how horrible naming conventions were in the 90's, and how the other 3 options indicate how bad an idea hockey in Nashville was, at the time. Sure, we've actually built something successful, but it really kind of has been an against-all-odds situation.

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On 7/16/2015 at 6:33 PM, 13DolphinsFan91 said:

New York Jets?

 

IIRC, they chose the name Jets

 

1) because of their proximity to LaGuardia Airport (when the Jets called Shea Stadium home) 
 

2) sportswriters like short nicknames -- makes great headlines in newspapers with few letters.

 

3) rhymes with Mets (shared stadium) --- so when the ABA was formed, Nets was a natural name for the BBall team in NY b/c it rhymed with Mets and Jets too!

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How about Georgetown Hoyas?

 

Hoya is suppose to be Greek (or is it Latin?) for "rock"...

 

But they have a bulldog as the mascot...

 

Or, did I "misremember" that explanation?

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