XFL Team Name Predictions

xflblogThe new version of the XFL will attempt to field a league next spring.  The next big date on the calendar is expected soon  when the league will announce the team names.  Here are some of the favorites for team names along with my personal picks:

DALLAS

Dallas did not have a franchise in the old XFL so this will be first time a team has been fielded in Dallas.  What can they do to compete with the Cowboys?  Some of the team name ideas have been Outlaws, Desperados, Gunslingers, Wranglers and Marshals.  I think they will keep some sort of Texas-type name.

  • Fan Favorite:  Outlaws
  • My Pick:  Wranglers

HOUSTON

Houston has had the Gamblers in the United States Football League (USFL) but nothing else since then.  Some fans want the old Oilers name back but I don’t think the XFL will go that way.  Some other favorites include:  Roughnecks, Outlaws, Gamblers, Hustlers and Wranglers.  I’ve always thought the name Armadillos would work but maybe not this time.

  • Fan Favorite:  Oilers
  • My Pick: Outlaws

LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles had a franchise in the previous XFL named the Extreme and won the league championship but I don’t think that name will return for the newest edition.  With the Hollywood tourism in L.A.  I’m thinking more like the Stars.  Stars isn’t anything original and probably a worn-out semi-pro name but with an L.A. team, it would work.  Other favorites include:  Avengers, Extreme, Quakes, Assault and Archangels.

  • Fan Favorite:  Avengers
  • My Pick:  Stars

NEW YORK

New York also had the Hitmen in the first XFL but I don’t think the league will repeat with the same names they had before.  New York is one of the more difficult cities to name since they have had so many professional sports franchises.  I’m going out on a limb and going with Heroes.  Other favorites are:  Hitmen, Empire, Knights, Nighthawks and Emperors.

  • Fan Favorite:  Hitmen
  • My Pick:  Heroes

ST. LOUIS

St. Louis has not had a good experience with football.  First they had the Cardinals, then the Rams and now nothing until the XFL.  It’s time for St. Louis to have their own team and not something transplanted.  I’m going with the most popular fan favorite of Stallions but I also like the Steamers.  Other likely names are:  Archers, Spartans, Clydesdales, Sentinels and Spirits.

  • Fan Favorite:  Stallions
  • My Pick:  Stallions

SEATTLE

The XFL has given us some clues as the secret got out this week that they have trademarked the names Wild, Force, Fury, Dragons and Surge.  I don’t like any of those but they are better than having a “Sea” (insert name here).  Other popular choices are:  Wolfpack, Sasquatches, Lumberjacks, Emeralds and Sea Monsters.

  • Fan Favorite:  Wolfpack
  • My Pick:  Surge

TAMPA BAY

Having lived in Tampa a few years ago, I can tell you that it all about pirate crap there.  I think they will go with something like that this time although Tampa Bay did have the Bandits in the USFL.  I’m going with the singular name “Krewe”.  I normally detest singular team names but if you lived in Tampa, you would understand.  Other popular choices are:  Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Barracudas and Blaze.

  • Fan Favorite:  Sharks
  • My Pick:  Krewe

WASHINGTON

Washington had the Federals in the old USFL but the team was really bad and moved to Orlando.  With people hating the Redskins name of the NFL team, the XFL would score some big points with a less offensive name.  Top choices are:  Generals, Federals, Warlords, Sentinels and Warriors.

  • Fan Favorite:  Generals
  • My Pick:  Warriors

So here they are.  My team name predictions:

  • Dallas Wranglers
  • Houston Outlaws
  • Los Angeles Stars
  • New York Heroes
  • St. Louis Stallions
  • Seattle Surge
  • Tampa Bay Krewe
  • Washington Warriors

Here Comes The Bacon…

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People that know me, know that I like to read about obscure sports teams, leagues and unique nicknames.  Well, here comes another one.   Yesterday, the city of Macon, Georgia announced the name of their newest baseball team.  Give it up for the Macon Bacon.

Yes, I laughed too and then the reality of how stupid people get with naming these new teams.  They all want a unique name and one that no other team has.  Well, I’m pretty sure there isn’t another team named the “Bacon”.   Of course, Macon will be in the same league with the Savannah Bananas.  Can’t wait to see the headlines of that first game when the Bananas and Bacon meet at home “plate”.

Of course, Macon did bring us the most controversial sports nickname of all time with the “Macon Whoopees”.

The Macon Bacon beat out the names Macon Soul, Macon Hits, Macon Heat and Macon Noise.  I had submitted an entry in the name-the-team contest but it apparently wasn’t weird enough.  I had submitted the name:  Macon Reddings to honor Otis Redding who was a music legend from Macon as well as the name of a bird.  I guess my entry was too tame.

Macon will begin play in the Coastal Plain Baseball League which is a 16-team league in the Southeast.  The league fills its roster with college players.  This will be Macon’s first team since the Macon Pinetoppers played for one season in the Peach State League in 2011.   One of the nation’s oldest baseball stadiums has been dormant since then.

Macon has been home to the Macon Peaches, Macon Redbirds, Macon Pirates and Macon Braves.  The Braves did well but not well enough to keep them in Macon when the city of Rome, Georgia, lured them away with a new stadium.  Macon hasn’t had an affiliated baseball team since the Braves left for Rome.   Independent teams have played in Macon but those leagues never lasted.  The Macon Music played in the South Coast League in 2007 but didn’t return for another season.

I’m wondering if Bacon merchandise will sell like….hot cakes.

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Yep, there will be a lot of ways to play on this name.  I can just see some college baseball prospect getting the news he will be playing for the Bacon.   Seriously?

The announcement of the new team name also came with bacon-flavored snacks for people in attendance for unveiling of the logo, uniforms and hats.

Here are the other teams in the Coastal Plain League:

  • Edenton (NC) Steamers
  • Fayetteville (NC) Swampdogs
  • Holly Springs (NC) Salamanders
  • Morehead City (NC) Marlins
  • Peninsula (VA) Pilots
  • Wilmington (NC) Sharks
  • Wilson (NC) Tobs
  • Asheboro (NC) Copperheads
  • Florence (SC) Red Wolves
  • Forest City (NC) Owls
  • Gastonia (NC) Grizzlies
  • High Point-Thomasville (NC) HiToms
  • Lexington County (SC) Blowfish
  • Savannah (GA) Bananas
  • Martinsville (VA) Mustangs

If I could create my own league, I thought of an all-food league which would include existing teams such as the Montgomery (AL) Biscuits, Jacksonville (FL) Jumbo Shrimp, Modesto (CA) Nuts, Portland (OR) Pickles and Savannah (GA) Bananas.

The world of naming sports teams has gone completely crazy.

Now I suddenly have an urge for bacon.