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Top 5 WORST Sports Teams Nicknames

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From top of my head...

1. New York Red Bulls... imo this is 1000x worse than ads on jerseys. It's bush league.

2. Cleveland Indians... the franchise can do nothing at all whatsoever creative with it. Worst cap in MLB.

3. Colorado Avalanche... 'Wild' I'm alright with, it's a quick word surrounded by superb branding within America's hockey hotbed; Avalanche is a mouthful.

4. Washington Wizards... WNBA'ish.

5. Syracuse Orange... I like it enough, non offensive, light, breezy... alas the nickname proper means nothing.

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The Wild should've gone with Voyageurs. I'll trade one of my favorite logos in sports for a half-decent trapper/fur transporter logo if it means that nickname reminiscent of an early 90's indoor soccer team went away.

we could've called them the "jerz" for short.

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The Wild should've gone with Voyageurs. I'll trade one of my favorite logos in sports for a half-decent trapper/fur transporter logo if it means that nickname reminiscent of an early 90's indoor soccer team went away.

we could've called them the "jerz" for short.

Ugh... Voyageurs is such a hippie word lols.

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I have a personal beef with team names that are "concepts" instead of just normal, plural nouns. Among the big sports in North America:

  • NFL gets a perfect 100% grade. Marshawn Lynch is a (singular) Seahawk and plays for the Seahawks (plural)
  • MLB may or may not be perfect, depending on how you feel about the Red/White Sox, instead of "socks." I'll let it slide.
  • NBA gets a 27/30 (90%) grade. Heat, Magic and Jazz buck the trend. Was Karl Malone a chord? Gm7? LeBron, Bosh and Wade were all degrees?
  • NHL also gets a 90% grade. Lightning, Avalanche and Wild break the model. Honestly, I can't even tell you a current hockey player's name. Wayne Gretzky.
  • MLS is a dismal failure. Red Bulls, Rapids, Timbers and Earthquakes are the only good names. #BlameEurope
  • WNBA is worse. Lynx, Fierce, Shock, Fever, Grief, Empowerment - I'll bet you can't even pick out which of those names I just made up.

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From top of my2. Cleveland Indians... the franchise can do nothing at all whatsoever creative with it. Worst cap in MLB.

Chief Wahoo is a great identity, but I agree that the generic identity they've been using is terrible. If they aren't going to use anything Native American related, they might as well change the name.

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  • WNBA is worse. Lynx, Fierce, Shock, Fever, Grief, Empowerment - I'll bet you can't even pick out which of those names I just made up.

I wish you had made up of all those but I am gonna say the last two.

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  • WNBA is worse. Lynx, Fierce, Shock, Fever, Grief, Empowerment - I'll bet you can't even pick out which of those names I just made up.

I wish you had made up of all those but I am gonna say the last two.

I am pretty sure "Fierce" is fake as well.

I think Lynx is serviceable. I'd rather see an animal with a plural that ends in "s" but it works better than most "non-s" names.

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  • WNBA is worse. Lynx, Fierce, Shock, Fever, Grief, Empowerment - I'll bet you can't even pick out which of those names I just made up.

I wish you had made up of all those but I am gonna say the last two.

I am pretty sure "Fierce" is fake as well.

I think Lynx is serviceable. I'd rather see an animal with a plural that ends in "s" but it works better than most "non-s" names.

Yup, Fierce and the last two are fakes. But it's basically a slam dunk layup that illustrates my point.

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I can't stand the common name Wildcats. They don't even pick which kind of cat to be. And so many college teams have that name. It's ridiculous.

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I can't stand the common name Wildcats. They don't even pick which kind of cat to be. And so many college teams have that name. It's ridiculous.

I can agree with this. It's very generic. It could essentially be a feral cat which is just non-domesticated household cat.

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Who are we?

THE WILDCATS!

Who are we gonna beat?

THE WILDCATS!

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I can't stand the common name Wildcats. They don't even pick which kind of cat to be. And so many college teams have that name. It's ridiculous.

In a fit of PC, my old middle school changed their name from Warriors (we had a large indian head as logo) to Wildcats, which won 84% of the vote over Gators, Twisters, and Wolverines. Seeing as it was a school in NW Washington, there weren't many Gators or Twisters in the area and I'm not too sure about the local wolverine population or if there even is one...

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CFL - Ottawa REDBLACKS

MLB - Cleveland Indians

MLS (tie) - Real Salt Lake / Sporting Kansas City

NBA - Utah Jazz

NFL - Washington Redskins

NHL - Columbus Blue Jackets

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My beef with Redskins:

Ignoring the pc arguments, which are valid, I dont believe it is strong enough to build a brand around. Look at washington, remove the logo from the helmets, which isnt that good of a logo to begin with, and the wordmark and they could be any name. remove just the wordmark, they could be indians, warrios, chiefs to name a few

Also, what is your mascot going to be, without being idiotic or offensive?

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It happened here in Australia in the BBL http://www.bigbash.com.au/

They did not want to choose identities that had anything to do with any animals or clash names, but chose scorchers and heat, and Thunder and Hurricanes. WTF?

What sport do you play?

Cricket, Why?

What's your teams name?

Strickers....

You said cricket not baseball :hockeysmiley:

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I can't stand the common name Wildcats. They don't even pick which kind of cat to be. And so many college teams have that name. It's ridiculous.

I can agree with this. It's very generic. It could essentially be a feral cat which is just non-domesticated household cat.

Yes. This. And who's the worst example of this? The University of Arizona. They have a desert themed logo, use the slogan Bear Down, yet they totally mail it in using a mascot as generic as the Wildcats. And it's made all the more egregious due to their biggest rivals, Arizona State, using probably the most unique mascot in all of college sports.

I'm not biased or anything, though. :P

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Who are we?

THE WILDCATS!

Who are we gonna beat?

THE WILDCATS!

Looking at you, SEC.

Go(eaux) Missouraburniana Tigers!

Fight Georgissipi State Bulldogs!

Husker fans also had a chuckle when we traded the Purple Wildcats of Kansas State for the Purple Wildcats of Northwestern with the Big Ten move. Same mascot, same primary color, same division.

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I can't stand the common name Wildcats. They don't even pick which kind of cat to be. And so many college teams have that name. It's ridiculous.

I can agree with this. It's very generic. It could essentially be a feral cat which is just non-domesticated household cat.

Yes. This. And who's the worst example of this? The University of Arizona. They have a desert themed logo, use the slogan Bear Down, yet they totally mail it in using a mascot as generic as the Wildcats. And it's made all the more egregious due to their biggest rivals, Arizona State, using probably the most unique mascot in all of college sports.

I'm not biased or anything, though. :P

In fairness, the Wildcats name probably came first.

I don't mind Wildcats. It's a good college name (and not as common as "Tigers")

There are enough of 'em out there that nobody else (new high schools and the like) should probably adopt it, though.

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NFL Houston Texans -Just Plain Lazy BRING BACK THE OILERS!!!

MLB Tampa Bay Rays-Still an awful name

NHL Minnesota Wild-There is a million choices that would be better

NBA Washington Wizards-So minor league sounding

MLS New York Red Bulls-a Fly by night :censored:ty tasting energy drink is the name of the team in the biggest market

CFL Ottawa Red/Blacks DING DING DING worst name ever!!!!

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