How Top Sports Teams Got Their Names

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    We all know how important a good name is, it helps to dictate what people think about when they hear it. This can be about anything from a person, to a brand, a business, or even when naming your new motorcycle club. It’s important to choose one that reflects exactly what you are trying to convey.

    One great example of how important a name is, is in the world of professional sports. Just think about your favourite sports team, no doubt the name conjured up something inside you the first time you heard it. Most teams choose a name that inspires courage, and shows the team in a strong and positive light. After all, there’s a reason that there’s no team called the ‘Michigan Losers’ or the ‘Atlanta Cowards’. They wouldn’t exactly strike fear into their opponents.

    Here, then, is a quick look at how some of the top sports teams got their names. 

    Milwaukee Bucks

    The Milwaukee Bucks recently won the NBA Finals for the first time since 1971, thanks to a talented squad and the exceptional skills of their mega-star player Giannis Antetokounmpo. In fact, Antetokounmpo scored an insane fifty points in the final game to give the Bucks the win.

    The basketball team’s name, though, was interestingly chosen by a public vote way back in 1968. Over 14,000 Miluwaukeeans chose the name Bucks, probably due to how intimidating the huge animal is with its massive pointy horns. They must’ve forgotten that they can be dazzled and debilitated by bright lights.

    When you look at what the other choices were however, you start to see why Bucks were the animal chosen. They included; Ponies, Beavers and Skunks. Not exactly the most threatening options that belong to the animal kingdom. Though personally, we’re upset that they didn’t choose the Milwaukee Skunks.

    Vegas Golden Knights

    The NHL team, the Vegas Golden Knights, have only been around since 2017. In their first season though, they managed to blow away all expectations and make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals, where they were narrowly defeated in five games by the Washington Capitals. One of the reasons that they did so well in their inaugural season could have been their name. Ok, Ok, the players and coaching probably helped more, but it is a great name that lends the team a serious edge. 

    The hockey team’s owner, Bill Foley, chose ‘Knights’ to be in the name as a homage to the Black Knights of the United States Military Academy, and because he believed Knights to be ‘the epitome of the warrior class’. He then added ‘Golden’ because Las Vegas is known as the glitziest and most glamorous city in the US; one that loves things that sparkle and loves to gamble. That’s why millions of punters travel there every year to try their luck.

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    Los Angeles Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers are easily one of the most famous sports teams in the entire world. People wear their logo on t-shirts, baseball caps and deck themselves out in their famed gold and purple jersey all across the globe.

    Yet, one thing that is troubling if you think about it, is that their name doesn’t actually make any sense. This is because there are no actual lakes in Los Angeles. Yup, zero. The closest thing that the city has to a lake is the river that flows through the city, that you might recognise from movies such as Grease.

    The reason that they are called the Lakers is because the franchise was moved from its original home in 1960, and they just kept the name. Where they were based before, Minneapolis in Minnesota, the name came from the state’s nickname, which is the ‘The Land of 10,000 Lakes’. Guess when the owners moved and decided to keep the name, they were just massive fans of alliteration.

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