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  1. Not to mention this guy in the mid-70s from Marvel ( yes, I am that old):
  2. umm, that was on the previous page about three times...
  3. Just found another, bringing this back from the dead:
  4. The problem is so many common verbs can also be used as similar nouns: RUN - I run every day. I went on a run yesterday. KICK - Watch me kick the ball. The kick is good! SURF - I will surf on my surfboard while the surf is rolling in. FLY - I will fly to New York to buy a fancy new pair of pants. There is a fly on the fly of the new pants!
  5. It IS a great example, but as I stated in the criteria, "... not minor leagues or developmental leagues or colleges". If I were to include minor/development leagues, off the top of my head, this would obviously be one, as would the Albuquerque Isotopes and the Capital City Go-Go. Any other ideas, suggestions or comments welcome.
  6. 1. BUFFALO BILLS (All-America Football Conference, 1947 to 1949; American Football League, 1960-1969, NFL, 1970- present). The original AAFC Bills were named after spending one year as the “Bisons" which had been the traditional nickname for many Buffalo teams. Owner James Breuil held a name-the-team contest in hopes of choosing a more distinctive nickname; and the winning choice was "Bills", which was a play on the name of the famed Wild West showman Buffalo Bill Cody: When Buffalo was awarded a franchise in the new American Football League in 1960, owner Ralph Wilson revived the name “Buffalo Bills”, a name which continues on to this day. Many people know of Buffalo Bill Cody as a famed Wild West figure, and while in his youth he HAD been a scout, pony express rider, and a bison hunter, what many do not know was that he was most of all a showman, an international celebrity, and an American icon who helped popularize Western culture via his shows. He founded "Buffalo Bill's Wild West", a circus-like attraction that toured annually not only in the US but across the world-- not just for several years, but for decades (1883-1906). He and his show played before millions of common folk as well as luminaries such as Queen Victoria, Pope Leo XIII, the future Kaiser Wilhelm II and the future King George V. Larry McMurtry, along with historians such as R.L. Wilson, asserts that at the turn of the 20th century, Buffalo Bill Cody was the most recognizable celebrity on earth.
  7. 2. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (NFL, 1967-present) One of the lesser know fact about the New Orleans Saints name is that it comes not from the area's Catholic heritage, and not just as a generic name, but instead from perhaps the most popular New Orleans Dixieland jazz standard, "When the Saints Go Marching In". Though the song began as a Christian hymn and a black spiritual, it was later adopted as a jazz standard and became more famous as such. The song (often with adaptation of the lyrics) is often used as a fight song by many other sports teams around the world. Also not as well know was the fact that despite the presence of a "name the team" contest after the franchise was awarded to the city (fittingly, on All Saints Day in 1966) the name 'Saints' for the franchise was essentially a fait accompli. As far back as the early 1960s, local business man and entrepreneur Dave Dixon had been leading the charge to acquire either an NFL or AFL franchise for the city-- dealing with league officials and owners, pushing local and state elected politicians, setting up exhibition games, etc. In various items in print during those time, he always referred to the prospective team as the New Orleans Saints, well before a franchise was formally awarded:
  8. 3. ST. LOUIS BLUES (NHL, 1967-present) Founded in 1967, the St. Louis Blues are one of the six teams from the 1967 NHL expansion that doubled the size of the league. The team was named by owner Sid Saloman Jr. after W.C. Handy's popular tune, "St. Louis Blues." Other names under consideration were Mercury and Apollo as the space capsules with those names were built in St. Louis. Despite color changes over the years, the team logo, a stylized musical note, has remained rather constant.
  9. 4. TORONTO RAPTORS (NBA, 1995 – 2015) Toronto re-entered the NBA on November 4, 1993, when the NBA, as part of its expansion into Canada, placed its 28th franchise in the city (there had been an earlier team for one season, the 1946–47 Toronto Huskies). While there was some initial sentiment in reviving the Huskies nickname, team management realized it would be nearly impossible to design a logo that did not substantially resemble that of the Minnesota Timberwolves. As a result, a nationwide contest was held to help name the team. Over 2,000 entries were narrowed down to ten prospects: Beavers, Bobcats, Dragons, Grizzlies, Hogs, Raptors, Scorpions, T-Rex, Tarantulas, and Terriers. The final selection—Toronto Raptors—was unveiled on Canadian national television on May 15, 1994. It should be noted that the choice was clearly influenced by the overwhelming popularity of the film Jurassic Park, which was released the previous summer (1993). “Raptor” is a shortened form of velociraptor, a swift, medium-sized, particularly vicious dinosaur; one that is thought to have operated in “packs” or “teams”. It was heavily featured in the 1993 movie. Prior to that movie being released, the name “Raptor” was rarely a part of the daily lexicon and was not nearly as well-known as a type of dinosaur, particularly when compared to larger examples such as the brontosaurus, T-rex, triceratops, etc. More often than not, when the term was used it was used as an alternate form to describe “birds of prey”. The 1993 movie (and its sequels) changed all that, and no doubt the use of the Toronto Raptor dinosaur logo over the following nearly twenty years also pushed the dinosaur/Raptor connection deeper into the public psyche. However, the move to drop the dinosaur and move to the "clawed ball" logo has effectively separated the name's link to the pop culture origin of the team.
  10. 5. KANSAS CITY WIZ/WIZARDS (MLS, 1995-2010) Our next entry is a case of "who do you believe?" in terms of the development of the name, colors and uniforms. One of the founding franchises of the MLS in 1995, the Kansas City Wiz' s name, geography and prominent rainbow motif were obvious references to the movie (and book) 'The Wizard of Oz'. Novelty T-shirts for sale in catalogs at the league's beginning backed this up, with a Wizard of Oz flying monkey and the phrase, "Bad Monkeys, Red Cards". But the Wiz’s own 1996 media guide claimed, preposterously, that drawing a connection to the classic film was “never an intention of the club”. General Manager Tim Latta instead boasted of a “medieval, Knights of the Round Table theme” for the club’s marketing efforts. Similarly, owner Lamar Hunt claimed "it had nothing to do with The Wizard of Oz,” says Rob Thomson, a VP who has been with the organization since 1997. But Thomson also notes that claim from Hunt was “curious,” given the team’s ties to (Dorothy’s) Kansas and the (somewhere-over-the) rainbow color scheme that made the team’s early jerseys stand out. Why then did no one in the organization want to acknowledge the obvious reference to the Wizard of Oz? It is mainly because in truth, they had little to do with the name, logo, color scheme and uniforms of the team when they were first developed. From the beginning, the MLS has had a different style of ownership, with the league operating under a single-entity structure in which teams and player contracts are centrally owned by the league, and each MLS team having an investor-operator (not an "owner" in the traditional sense) that is a shareholder in the league. Rather than individual owner efforts and asking the fans to pick their name, back in 1995 the league’s four kit suppliers – Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Puma – had been given permission by the league to design the brands for the teams they were supplying. Adidas was tabbed to set up Kansas City’s brand identity. And they came up with … Wiz. Though the club’s colors were officially Carolina blue & black, the defining features of the club’s original names and look were the garish rainbow stripes on the team kits: It should be noted that after the first year of play, legal action from New York-based electronics retailer Nobody Beats the Wiz led the franchise to alter course slightly and become the more conventional Wizards. And that's the way they stayed until new ownership changed to the more Europhilic Sporting Kansas City in 2010.
  11. 6. PHILADELPHIA SOUL (Arena Football League, 2004-2008 and 2011-2019) Another in a line of music-based teams, the franchise began play in 2004, using a stylized musical note with a football (reminiscent of the St.Louis Blues and New Orleans Jazz logos). While some may have thought the name "Soul" to be somewhat generic or even referring to soul music in general, the name "Philadelphia Soul" referred specifically to the "Philadelphia soul" music genre, (also called Philly soul, the Philadelphia sound, or Phillysound), a genre of late 1960s–1970s soul music characterized by funk influences and lush instrumental arrangements, often featuring sweeping strings and piercing horns. Popular examples of this genre include hits by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Three Degrees, the O'Jays, and the Delfonics; Mc Fadden & Whitehead's "Ain't No Stopping Us Now", the Trammps "Disco Inferno" from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and perhaps the most famous, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" by MFSB, which was used and adapted as the theme song for the TV show Soul Train. As such, the name is another in the tout ensemble mode, similar to the Colorado Rockies or Florida Panthers, the place name and team name referring to a specific whole. It is interesting to note that while team co-owner Jon Bon Jovi was a famous musician, his style of pop rock bore no resemblance to the genre of music known as Philadelphia soul. The Philadelphia Soul surprisingly lasted for 14 years over two iterations of the Arena Football League, ending when the league ceased operations for a second time in 2019.
  12. 7. MIGHTY DUCKS OF ANAHEIM (NHL, 1993-2006) One of the most unusual names on the list and most obviously pop-culture-derived is this one. In early 1993, an Anaheim Arena crowd cheered Disney Chariman Michael Eisner’s decision to name the team after Disney’s box-office hit movie from the previous year, “The Mighty Ducks.”. The movie was also about a hockey team, in this case a struggling youth hockey team who, with the help of their new coach, become champions. Eisner admitted that the name was a little different and could be ridiculed, and team general manager Tony Tavares admitted that he “begged” Eisner not to go with The Mighty Ducks as a team name, “but after seeing some of the promotions, it was fine,” he said. With Disney at the helm, the team did become a clear hit in terms of merchandising. Tie-ins also occurred with two sequels to the original movie (wherein the youth hockey team wore the same jerseys as the pro team) as well as a Mighty Ducks animated TV series about anthropomorphic hockey playing ducks. Over time, the hoopla died down, and in 2005 Disney sold the franchise to Henry and Susan Samueli, who changed the name of the team to the more generic 'Anaheim Ducks' before the 2006–07 season, taking away their obvious pop culture connection.
  13. 8. CHICAGO STING (NASL, 1975-1984; MISL, 1984-1988) For our next team, we once again use the movies as a source. The Chicago Sting were founded in 1974 and competed in the NASL for the first time in the 1975 season. The team was named in reference to the popular (and Best Picture award-winning) 1973 film, The Sting, whose action was set in Chicago of the 1930s. The logo featured a slightly anthropomorphic bee or yellow jacket, wearing a 1930s era-appropriate boater hat. Also of note was the font used in the logo, which was VERY similar to that of the movie poster and the inter-title cards used between each section of the film. That font in fact was designed to be reminiscent of that used on the cover of the old Saturday Evening Post—a popular publication of the 1930s. The Sting lasted to the bitter end of the NASL in 1984, then transitioned over to the indoor-only MISL later that same year, but folded four years later.
  14. 9. CLEVELAND FORCE (MISL, 1978-1988 and 2002-2005; developmental club, present day) One year after the debut of the hit movie "Star Wars" a team was founded with its name and accoutrements influenced by that movie. The Cleveland Force was formed in 1978 as one of six founding franchises in the upstart Major Indoor Soccer League, and from its beginning, the Star Wars influence was obvious. The team's nickname was of course a reference to the Force, a mystical power used by the Jedi Knights in the film. The team theatrics originally included a costumed Darth Vader 'mascot' and Star Wars music, until the team faced litigation. In 1979, new owner Scott Wolstein worked out an agreement with George Lucas and a year later, the mascot and music returned. While attendance was low in the team’s earlier years, by the 1982-83 season the team’s popularity boomed and began to far outpace the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, their co-tenants at the suburban Richfield Coliseum. In addition to drawing large crowds, the team also had a strong sponsorship base, a booming camps program and a strong merchandise business. But the owners folded the team in 1988. It was soon replaced by a new team, the Cleveland Crunch. But after 14 years, the name returned. In 2002, new owners of the Cleveland Crunch re-branded the team anew as the Cleveland Force. (The “new” Force also played in a “new” Major Indoor Soccer League, which had no connection to the original MISL that folded in 1992). The retro/nostalgia angle didn’t take; crowds remained small and the new Cleveland Force folded in 2005. However, like the force ghosts of the Star Wars universe, the Cleveland Force name just won't die. It now lives on as a developmental competitive youth soccer club serving the Cleveland area. Formerly known as CSA Impact United, they recently changed their name to Cleveland Force SC.
  15. 10. NASHVILLE KATS (Arena Football League, 1997-2001 and 2005-2007) Our next team is also a musically-themed one, but in this case, it refers to a specific SONG. The first version of the Nashville Kats were founded in 1997 and were specifically named for the song "Nashville Cats" by The Lovin' Spoonful. The song peaked at Number 8 in 1967. The Nashville Kats peaked about as high as the song did; while they often made the playoffs, in neither of their two incarnations did they make it to the league championship.