Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

Funniest team names: Food and Things Regional (17 items)

By Carter Williams, Lafe Peaver, Aaron Morton and Trent Christensen

May 14, 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 Food and Things Regional.

Click here to vote for your favorites.

Read about the Vocation Regional here. Read about the Wild Animal Regional here.

1 of 17. 1. North Carolina School of the Arts Fighting Pickles

This one is just so out there, there’s almost nowhere to begin with this. The Fighting Pickles? The name was selected by the school’s student body in 2010 to represent the school. There’s no indication what inspired the name, other than maybe a bad case of indigestion.

2 of 17. 2. Montgomery Biscuits

Of all the food-named teams (yes there’s more), nobody has a more lovable mascot than a biscuit that has googly eyes and appendages. After the team relocated to Montgomery from Orlando, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays held a fan contest, and naturally the biscuit won. While more teams side with scary and threatening nicknames and mascots, biscuits are high in calories and fat, so they’re probably just as deadly — just give it time.

3 of 17. 3. Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes

The Fighting Artichokes are a classic reminder of what happens when you let students vote on a mascot name. Much like the aforementioned pickles, the Artichokes just make you laugh based on the absolute obscurity of the name. However, the mischievous grin on the face of the school logo makes you wonder if you’re in for a bad night after trying the artichoke dip at that party you went to.

4 of 17. 4. Concordia (Minn.) University Cobbers

Before we discuss the name, let’s congratulate the Cobbers for having more picks than the Texas Longhorns in the recent NFL draft. So what is a Cobber? According to the university, a cobber is a good buddy, a pal in Australia and a good companion in Hebrew. And while a Cobber might mean a person in those references, the university went with a double meaning by making the mascot a corncob. There’s more to the story, but all you need to know is the logo is a corncob. A very threatening corncob.

5 of 17. 5. Wichita Wingnuts

The Wingnuts fall under the same category as almost all other wacky names. A team left it up for fans to decide the team name. The team has multiple mascots, including a squirrel, yet the official logo appears to be a disgruntled baseball with a screw in the fashion of a beanie cap. Or is it wings because: 1. They are the ‘Wing’ Nuts and 2. Wichita is the “Air Capital of the World.” There’s just so much going on, it’s hard to tell what this team nickname actually means.

1. RockOn
Spanish Fork, UT,
May 15, 2014

Which category houses Georgetown Hoyas??? As the chant goes, "What's a Hoy-a??)

2. iNKSpot
Wilsonville, OR,
May 18, 2014

The Scottsdale Artichokes got their team name during the Vietnam War, with students wanting the least aggressive name possible. How "Fighting" got into the mix is anyone's guess.