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Man I loved espn 2 pro beach hockey. It was on during the middle of the day in the summer. Speaking of dumb singular names, Heavy Metal was my favorite team.

Two point shot, banked area behind the net, outdoors, on a beach. It was made for me.

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I thought it was Rocky Mountain Xtreme, with an X. I believe 1995 almost gave us the New Jersey Devils becoming the Nashville Hockey Tonks. Sometimes I wonder why we're nostalgic for this decade.

I never heard that one and if you made it up...Kudos.
I remember it from an old site called Neutral Zone Hockey, which sometimes just made crap up.

Hockey Tonk is a real thing, guys...

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I don't think it's fair to completely write off every singular sports nickname out there. It's really a case-by-case kind of thing. Some names that can be pluralized simply sound better in the singular. It might be because I'm so used to hearing it, but Colorado Avalanche sounds a lot better than Colorado Avalanches, and the 'Avs' moniker saves them a bit. The same goes for teams named 'Storm' instead of 'Storms'. For teams named after musical styles (Jazz, Toronto Rock), they're fine because they can be considered plural (you can sit at home and listen to a bunch of jazz, or a bunch of rock). Some teams, like the Magic, Wild, or Kootenay Ice would probably be better off if they had added a -men suffix to their nicknames (Magicmen, Wildmen, Icemen). Heat is very abstract, and a little strange in the same league as a team named the Suns, but is very fitting with the location. Besides, it's at least better than the Miami Juice.

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Lebron James is no longer a Heat.

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Lebron James is no longer a Heat.

But when he was a Heat he was a good Heat. And he made the Heats around him better.

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On this thread and in real conversations with people I've known, a lot of people see the Jazz as an exception to the other non-plural names they don't like. Is it the sound of the word? What is it about the Jazz?

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Maybe it's familiarity.

I can't think of another reason personally. It's an awful name.

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It ends in a sibilant, so it doesn't feel as different as "Magic" or "Avalanche" or "Wild."

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It ends in a sibilant, so it doesn't feel as different as "Magic" or "Avalanche" or "Wild."

This does make sense, I also can't think of other non-plural names that end in a fricative sibilant.

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Wait. Would a player for iSalsa! be a iSalsa!? If not, what would he be? These are the questions that plague me every night.

This is my way of saying singular team names are dumb.

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Wait. Would a player for iSalsa! be a iSalsa!? If not, what would he be? These are the questions that plague me every night.

This is my way of saying singular team names are dumb.

Yes, but your point is undercut by the fact that iSalsa! is so awesome that it transcends the limitations of singular team names :P

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Wait. Would a player for iSalsa! be a iSalsa!? If not, what would he be? These are the questions that plague me every night.

This is my way of saying singular team names are dumb.

Based on their education level, stick curve, astrological sign and white vs. yellow American cheese preference, the individual players were referred to as either a tomato, a pepper or an onion.

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Re: Pro Beach Hockey

Why hasn't anyone used Gargoyles since?

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I think a good example of plural being better than singular is with the Seattle Sounders.

What exactly is a "Sounder"? No idea, but it sure sounds better than Seattle Sound.

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I think a good example of plural being better than singular is with the Seattle Sounders.

What exactly is a "Sounder"? No idea, but it sure sounds better than Seattle Sound.

Seattle sits next to Puget Sound, which is a large body of water. So the Sounders are people who live near the sound.

Has nothing to do with sound as in noise or music.

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I think a good example of plural being better than singular is with the Seattle Sounders.

What exactly is a "Sounder"? No idea, but it sure sounds better than Seattle Sound.

Seattle sits next to Puget Sound, which is a large body of water. So the Sounders are people who live near the sound.

Has nothing to do with sound as in noise or music.

Put another way, "Sounders" is like "Islanders"

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I think a good example of plural being better than singular is with the Seattle Sounders.

What exactly is a "Sounder"? No idea, but it sure sounds better than Seattle Sound.

Seattle sits next to Puget Sound, which is a large body of water. So the Sounders are people who live near the sound.

Has nothing to do with sound as in noise or music.

Put another way, "Sounders" is like "Islanders"

You learn something new every day.

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