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Old 11-09-2016, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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Strangely enough at one time the hockey team Rangers were going to be called the Giants, lol. That means New York would have had 3 Giants teams until the baseball team left.

Anyway, while the name ranger is most often associated with Texas because of their famous Texas Rangers, rangers were found all over America during the colonial and pioneer days. New York for instance, had Rogers Rangers in Upstate New York during the French and Indian War and the Queens Rangers mostly Downstate during the Revolution. I do think the name fits better with Texas though.
The NY Rangers were originally called Tex's Rangers, for Tex Rickard, the owner of the old Madison Square Garden. And the name was supposed to sound like "Texas Rangers". I don't get the point of naming a NY team after Texas
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Rams - Nothing to do with LA
The LA Rams came from Cleveland where they were also the Rams.

But to be fair, there are Bighorn Sheep (Rams) that live in the San Gabriel Mountains Northeast of the city, so it's an appropriate nickname.
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:04 PM
 
Location: 352
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Wouldn't the Utah Jazz be the least appropriate pro sports team name in the U.S.?
Yep. Doesnt get anymore out of place than that.
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Old 11-09-2016, 09:24 PM
 
Location: 352
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I know OP said 4 team cities, but I want to branch out. Some good ones I havent really seen in this thread:

Carolina Hurricanes, San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Phoenix Suns

Lame ones: Tennessee Titans, Toronto Raptors (its cool as hell because its a dinosaur, but obviously doesnt fit lol), Jacksonville Jaguars, anything with Sox, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns (?), Indianapolis Colts, Oakland (soon to be LV) Raiders, Buffalo Sabres, GS Warriors, Nashville Predators, UTAH JAZZ (at least they had the Rockies on their jerseys at one point).

Thought: I thought it was interesting Atlanta kept a bird theme with the Falcons, Hawks, and Thrashers. Also what in the world is a "Pacer?"
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Old 11-10-2016, 05:29 AM
 
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I know OP said 4 team cities, but I want to branch out. Some good ones I havent really seen in this thread:

Carolina Hurricanes, San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Phoenix Suns

Lame ones: Tennessee Titans, Toronto Raptors (its cool as hell because its a dinosaur, but obviously doesnt fit lol), Jacksonville Jaguars, anything with Sox, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns (?), Indianapolis Colts, Oakland (soon to be LV) Raiders, Buffalo Sabres, GS Warriors, Nashville Predators, UTAH JAZZ (at least they had the Rockies on their jerseys at one point).

Thought: I thought it was interesting Atlanta kept a bird theme with the Falcons, Hawks, and Thrashers. Also what in the world is a "Pacer?"
To your last question: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indi..._500_pace_cars
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Apparently the Giants (baseball team) used to be called the NY Gotham's when they were in NY (Gotham is a nickname for NYC). That makes sense, but it was changed to Giants because the coach called the players "his Giants". So it's not even named after NY at all. Then the NFL team just decides to be completely unoriginal and use the same name for NY football and baseball. And what makes it worse is that the baseball team is no longer in NYC. It's now in San Francisco.

I can't decide if that one is the worst, or the NY hockey team that was named after Texas
MLB influenced NFL in NYC in many ways.......

in addition to the New York Giants, there were also the New York Yanks and Brooklyn Dodgers in the NFL. And, of course (with a note of credit to Shea Stadium's LaGuardia neighbors), the New York Jets were named in relation to their fellow Shea tenants, the Mets (and so we get the whole Mets, Jets, Nets thing). Of course, the Jets were originally an AFL franchise called the New York Titans, "Titans" by any measure is a word that closely relates to "Giants".....interestingly the Giants and Titans faced each within long field goal distance across the Harlem River in Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds respectively.

As for "And what makes it worse is that the baseball team is no longer in NYC. It's now in San Francisco.", well, of course, you're right about that in terms of NYC. But there is something very unique about the San Francisco Giants that (I believe...although could be wrong): no team in professional sports has retained its connection and identity with its previous home than the Giants. The Giants fully embrace New York and the New York era into their persona in innumerable ways; the Dodgers, in comparison, have brought little of Brooklyn to Los Angeles.
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Old 11-16-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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If we expand it to the MLS we then start to see much better alignment for several cities:

Spot On:
Chicago Fire
Colorado Rapids
DC United
New England Revolution
Portland Timbers
San Jose Earthquakes
Seattle Sounders
Philadelphia Union
Vancouver Whitecaps
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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Apparently the Flyers name was chosen because it sounded well with Philadelphia, conveyed motion, and would be easy to fit in newspaper print.

https://www.nhl.com/flyers/news/flye...named/c-672935
c'mon, folks, let's be honest here: wouldn't we all have loved it more if they were the Phlyers?
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Old 11-16-2016, 09:06 AM
 
Location: The City
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c'mon, folks, let's be honest here: wouldn't we all have loved it more if they were the Phlyers?


that would be Phat
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Old 11-16-2016, 01:06 PM
 
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I know OP said 4 team cities, but I want to branch out. Some good ones I havent really seen in this thread:

Carolina Hurricanes, San Antonio Spurs, New England Patriots, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals, Phoenix Suns

Lame ones: Tennessee Titans, Toronto Raptors (its cool as hell because its a dinosaur, but obviously doesnt fit lol), Jacksonville Jaguars, anything with Sox, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns (?), Indianapolis Colts, Oakland (soon to be LV) Raiders, Buffalo Sabres, GS Warriors, Nashville Predators, UTAH JAZZ (at least they had the Rockies on their jerseys at one point).

Thought: I thought it was interesting Atlanta kept a bird theme with the Falcons, Hawks, and Thrashers. Also what in the world is a "Pacer?"
Nashville Predators comes from when they were building the Batman Building downtown they found Sabre tooth Tiger fossils in the ground, which halted construction for a while, so yes, it is connected to Nashville.
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