Thursday, July 31, 2014

Funniest team names: Noah Should Have Left These Off the Ark (17 items)

May 15, 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 wackiest 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, to select who has the silliest team name in college/professional sports in America (and Canada).

Today we open the voting for the "Noah Should Have Left These Off the Ark" Regional.

Read the list here

Click here to vote for your favorites.

Read about the Vocation Regional here.

Read about the Wild Animal Regional here.

Read about the Food and Things Regional here.

1 of 17. 1. St. John’s College Platypi

Like the make up of the platypus, the story of St. John's is a bit strange. The private liberal arts school has two campuses: Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Annapolis, Maryland. And it has two mascots — both a little strange. While the Platypus is used as a mascot, most of the teams go by the nickname "Books," which refers to its curriculum based on "reading and discussing seminal great works of Western civilization."

2 of 17. 2. Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Fort Wayne, Indiana — the capital of strange names — was named after Revolutionary War General Mad Anthony Wayne, so the Mad Ants makes sense to the hometown fans of the NBA Developmental League team. The Ants have been less mad lately after winning the D-League title and their top scorer getting a cool profile in Sports Illustrated.

3 of 17. 3. Greensboro Grasshoppers

The Marlins' single-A affiliate's logo is about as wimpy as it gets, but the team gets props for being unique. The storied franchise changed its name from the Bats in 2005, the same year it moved out of 80-year-old War Memorial Stadium.

4 of 17. 4. Bryant & Stratton (Cleveland) Lemmings

Of Bryant & Stratton's 10 campuses, Cleveland has the worst (best?) nickname in the Lemmings. Not exactly intimidating to face an animal known for jumping to its death.

5 of 17. 5. Life Running Eagles

Life University, which is known for its doctoral degree program in chiropractic care, has always played well in the back-breaking club sports (like hockey and rugby). But why are the Eagles running, not flying?
1. InterestedObserver
Provo, UT,
May 15, 2014

How about UC Santa Cruz' Mascot

2. MPS
Kirtland, NM,
May 16, 2014

I understand we are talking about college team mascot names. However, my high school alma mater has this team: The Farmington Scorpions.

3. Foxtrot
Mountain View, CA,
May 16, 2014

@InterestedObserver

Agree, the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs is awesome. I especially love their slogan: No known predators!

4. Utes11
Salt Lake City, Utah,
May 16, 2014

In West Virginia there is a little town by the name of Poca. Yep....they are the Poca "Dots!"
When a football player makes a good play, he gets a Dot sticker for his helmet.

5. cavetroll
SANDY, UT,
May 16, 2014

How about the UC Irvine Anteaters?