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I can see Golden State being an oddity left to the dustbin with the Capital Bullets.

I'm old enough to remember that weirdness.

My reaction to that nonsense was the '70s equivalent of "WTF"?

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Wasn't the whole "Capital Bullets" thing 'cause of the move to the Capital Center?

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I can see Golden State being an oddity left to the dustbin with the Capital Bullets.

I'm old enough to remember that weirdness.

My reaction to that nonsense was the '70s equivalent of "WTF"?

Then there was the whole Bay State Patriots thing too ... I don't know if you would include New England Patriots/Whalers into conversation as well?

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Wasn't the whole "Capital Bullets" thing 'cause of the move to the Capital Center?

If memory serves me, it was only partly that. I believe Abe Pollin also wanted to market the Bullets as a regional (i.e., Baltimore-Washington) team and thought the name Washington Bullets would alienate Baltimore fans.

The name was changed the next year (1) to avoid confusion with the new Washington Capitals and (2 -- perhaps) because it was such a dumb name.

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I can see Golden State being an oddity left to the dustbin with the Capital Bullets.

I'm old enough to remember that weirdness.

My reaction to that nonsense was the '70s equivalent of "WTF"?

Then there was the whole Bay State Patriots thing too ... I don't know if you would include New England Patriots/Whalers into conversation as well?

I guess it's a gray area, but New England is more of a standard geographical name than a nickname. (Not that "The Golden State" isn't official - does "New England" have any official status to justify its sounding more formal?)

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I can see Golden State being an oddity left to the dustbin with the Capital Bullets.

I'm old enough to remember that weirdness.

My reaction to that nonsense was the '70s equivalent of "WTF"?

Then there was the whole Bay State Patriots thing too ... I don't know if you would include New England Patriots/Whalers into conversation as well?

I guess it's a gray area, but New England is more of a standard geographical name than a nickname. (Not that "The Golden State" isn't official - does "New England" have any official status to justify its sounding more formal?)

It'd be more official because the region is widely accepted as New England whereas Golden State is the state nickname for just California.

I'm trying to thing of other regions/states that could also use location nicknames ... Orange County, Bay State, what else?

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I can see Golden State being an oddity left to the dustbin with the Capital Bullets.

I'm old enough to remember that weirdness.

My reaction to that nonsense was the '70s equivalent of "WTF"?

Then there was the whole Bay State Patriots thing too ... I don't know if you would include New England Patriots/Whalers into conversation as well?

I guess it's a gray area, but New England is more of a standard geographical name than a nickname. (Not that "The Golden State" isn't official - does "New England" have any official status to justify its sounding more formal?)

It'd be more official because the region is widely accepted as New England whereas Golden State is the state nickname for just California.

I'm trying to thing of other regions/states that could also use location nicknames ... Orange County, Bay State, what else?

America's Finest City Padres of course!

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They better bring back a modernized The City alt...best basketball jersey of all time.

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I wouldn't mind California Warriors

I don't know why they didn't go to Oakland Warriors when they renovated the Coliseum. Heck, I still think they should move to San Jose. The San Jose Warriors isn't a bad name either.

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Where did Golden State come from in the first place? There's no other team whose geographical identifier is the nickname of the state or city they're in.

New England Patriots

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Where did Golden State come from in the first place? There's no other team whose geographical identifier is the nickname of the state or city they're in.

New England Patriots

New England isn't a nickname, it's the official name of the region

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Wasn't the whole "Capital Bullets" thing 'cause of the move to the Capital Center?

If memory serves me, it was only partly that. I believe Abe Pollin also wanted to market the Bullets as a regional (i.e., Baltimore-Washington) team and thought the name Washington Bullets would alienate Baltimore fans.

The name was changed the next year (1) to avoid confusion with the new Washington Capitals and (2 -- perhaps) because it was such a dumb name.

Another, albeit smaller reason they went with the regional name was that the team played the first month of their home schedule at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. Maryland is close to D.C, but I don't know if it's close enough to where you could say it's in Washington as compared to the Washington area.

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Wasn't the whole "Capital Bullets" thing 'cause of the move to the Capital Center?

If memory serves me, it was only partly that. I believe Abe Pollin also wanted to market the Bullets as a regional (i.e., Baltimore-Washington) team and thought the name Washington Bullets would alienate Baltimore fans.

The name was changed the next year (1) to avoid confusion with the new Washington Capitals and (2 -- perhaps) because it was such a dumb name.

Another, albeit smaller reason they went with the regional name was that the team played the first month of their home schedule at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. Maryland is close to D.C, but I don't know if it's close enough to where you could say it's in Washington as compared to the Washington area.

College Park and Landover are about the same distance from the District.

Another regional name example -- Annapolis, Maryland's Chesapeake Bayhawks.

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Golden State is weird but unique and established. The only acceptable change IMHO is San Francisco Warriors; anything else sounds weird or cumbersome.

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It'd be more official because the region is widely accepted as New England whereas Golden State is the state nickname for just California.

I'm trying to thing of other regions/states that could also use location nicknames ... Orange County, Bay State, what else?

A CFL expansion franchise that was to be based out of Halifax was going to be called the Atlantic Schooners. Sadly the stadium never got built so the team never became official...

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