Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

Funny or Eliminated: Tournament of Funniest Team Names (Vocation Regional) (17 items)

By Carter Williams, Aaron Morton, Trent Christiansen and Lafe Peavler

May 12, 2014

Colleges and professional teams are named after a wide array of animals, professions and anything in between.

While some teams have generic names (i.e. Wildcats, Warriors, Knights), others go with more creative names to separate themselves from the pack.

We sat down as a team to find the whackiest sports names in the country. We had so much fun with it that we decided to make a 64-team tournament and allow you, the readers, select who has the silliest team name in college/professional sports in America (and Canada).

Voting will commence on the Deseret News Sports Facebook page.

Today we open the voting for the Vocation Regional.

Click here to vote for your favorites.

1 of 17. 1. Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch

Looking for Sasquatch? Well, the Community Colleges of Spokane says on its athletics homepage that it is the home of the Bigfoot. This mascot is so awesome that three colleges in the Spokane area use it as part of a shared athletic program. Bigfoot/Sasquatch has spawned several high-profile media campaigns, such as Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot and the Jack Link’s Beef Jerky commercials. It was only natural that someone would make the legendary creature a mascot. The only question is, how did the Community Colleges of Spokane claim Sasquatch first?

2 of 17. 2. Bethany College Terrible Swedes

Bethany College was founded by a group of Lutheran Swedish immigrants, so it makes sense that it would look back to its Swedish heritage with pride. Still, the word “terrible” has a different connotation today than when this college was founded in 1881. It’s definitely a more creative nickname than “Vikings.” That said, a nickname like this lends itself to some silly thoughts. Would the Swedish Chef from the Muppets be considered a Terrible Swede?

3 of 17. 3. Amherst College Lord Jeffs

Amherst College was named after the city in Massachusetts where the college is located, which is nothing unusual. What is unusual is that the athletic program uses the name of the man for whom the city and ultimately the college are named after: Lord Jeffery Amherst. Lord Jeff was a veteran on the British/American side of the French and Indian War, and he was the first British governor general in what is now Canada. Lord Jeffs is a controversial figure, particularly given reports that he advocated giving smallpox-infested blankets to Native Americans.

4 of 17. 4. North Carolina Wesleyan Battling Bishops

When was the last time you saw a bishop headed off to battle? Sure, there’s chess, but it would be unusual indeed to see a bishop of any church pick up a weapon and go to war. Of course, North Carolina Wesleyan is a religious college associated with the United Methodist Church, and those aspiring to join the clergy can further their religious studies there. There’s just something about thinking about a bishop going off to battle.

5 of 17. 5. Trinity Christian College Trolls

You don’t need to look under a bridge or in the comments of anything on the Internet to find the Trolls. You can find them at Trinity Christian College! At least this mascot is intimidating. He’s big, ugly and has a big club. Still, trolls don’t exactly have the best reputation. Didn’t Harry Potter take down a troll in the first book?