Team themes


Source: hdwallpaperspot.com

Source: hdwallpaperspot.com

In certain cities, the major league professional sport franchise nicknames can follow a common theme – either partially or entirely. The themes can range from various animals to rhyming/similar terms to historical events and legendary icons in local history.  Included are teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, AL, NL, CFL, MSL, USFL, WHA, WFL, ABA, and WNBA.

Here is my list of team themes from American and Canadian cities. Enjoy!

Atlanta (birds)

  • Falcons – football
  • Hawks – men’s basketball

Baltimore (birds)

  • Orioles – baseball
  • Ravens – football

Boston (history)

  • Patriots – football
  • Revolution – soccer

Charlotte (big cats)

  • Bobcats (former) – men’s basketball
  • Cougars (former) – men’s basketball
  • Panthers – football

Chicago (bears – 2/colors -2)

  • Bears – football
  • Black Hawks – hockey
  • Cubs – baseball
  • White Sox – baseball)

Dallas (cowboys/old West)

  • Cowboys – football
  • Mavericks – men’s basketball
  • Rangers – baseball
  • Stars (could be interpreted as a sheriff’s star) – hockey

Denver (nature)

  • Avalanche – hockey
  • Nuggets – men’s basketball
  • Rapids – soccer
  • Rockies – baseball

Detroit (big cats – 3/cars – 2)

  • Lions – football
  • Panthers (former) – football
  • Pistons – men’s basketball
  • Tigers – baseball
  • Wheels (former) – football

Houston (outer space)

  • Aeros (former) – hockey
  • Astros – baseball
  • Comets (former) – women’s basketball
  • Dynamo – soccer
  • Rockets – men’s basketball

Indianapolis (horses or horsepower)

  • Colts – football
  • Pacers – men’s basketball
  • Racers (former) – hockey

Miami (sea life – 2/nature – 5)

  • Dolphins – football
  • Heat – men’s basketball
  • Marlins – baseball
  • Panthers – hockey
  • Sol (former) – women’s basketball

New York City (rhyming)

  • Jets – football
  • Mets – baseball
  • Nets – men’s basketball

Oakland (rogues)

  • Invaders (former) – football
  • Raiders – football

Philadelphia (flying – 2/patriotic – 4)

  • Bell (former) – football
  • Eagles – football
  • Flyers – hockey
  • 76ers – basketball
  • Stars (former) – football

Phoenix (animals – 3/heat – 2/nature – 5)

  • Cardinals – football
  • Coyotes – hockey
  • Diamondbacks – baseball
  • Mercury – women’s basketball
  • Suns – men’s basketball

Sacramento (royalty)

  • Kings – men’s basketball
  • Monarchs (former) – women’s basketball

St. Louis (birds – 2/animals – 2)

  • Cardinals – baseball
  • Cardinals (former) – football
  • Rams – football

San Antonio (cowboys/old West)

  • Gunslingers (former) – football
  • Spurs – men’s basketball

Tampa Bay (outlaws)

  • Bandits (former) – football
  • Buccaneers – football

Washington (government)

  • Ambassadors (former) – football
  • Capitals – hockey and former men’s basketball
  • Federals (former) – football
  • Nationals – baseball
  • Senators (former) – baseball

Winnipeg (aviation)

  • Blue Bombers – football
  • Jets – hockey
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