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Anonymous asked in SportsOther - Sports · 1 decade ago

WHY DO AMERICAN SPORT TEAM HAVE ANIMALS AND OTHE STRANGE NAMES AFTER THE CITY?

DOLPHINS, REDSOX ,GALAXY? WATS THE POINT OF THE SILLY NAMES AFTER THE TEAMS ? NEW YORK CITY? LA UTD? OR JUST PLAIN BOSTON,SIMPLY NO NEED FOR IT AS SOUNDS A BIT BABYISH

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Nicknames have been around since the turn of the 20th century and late 19th century when team sports came on to the scene of the American sporting culture. All College sport teams also have nicknames and not just pro sports in America. So it has become a longstanding tradition.

    Probably made a good way to advertise the teams by giving them nicknames and know is used to sell merchandise.

    Sometimes the nicknames are specific to the region or city in question such as the Colorado Rockies (MLB Baseball team), but often not such as the case with the Detroit Lions (NFL FOOTBALL TEAM). Some teams such as the LA Lakers who originally played in Minneapolis (Minnesota is land of the 1,000 lakes) and kept the name when they moved to LA out of tradition to their original origins.

    Professional baseball came on the scene in 1876 with one of the older teams being the Chicago Cubs who went through 3 other nicknames Chicago White Stockings (1876-1889), Colts (1890-97), Orphans (1898-1901) and finally the Cubs 1902.

    Here is another example to how the Pittsburgh Pirates came to get their nickname. Founded in 1887 they where originally the Alleghenys (A river that runs through Pittsburgh and forms the Ohio, also a mountain range in western PA) until they changed their name to the Pirates in 1891. This came about when they where accused by another club of hijacking another player under contract and the name Pirates was hung on them.

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teams/pirates.shtm...

    When it comes to American Football teams again nicknames where a long standing tradition with both college teams and pro. Take the name Green Bay Packers this team was created in 1914 and was originally funded by the Indian Packing Company (employee of Earl "Curly" Lambeau one of the co founders of the organization) providing $500 in equipment and allowing the team to practice on the company field.

    When it comes to New York City your talking about 2 pro football teams the Jets and Giants, NBA team Knicks (Knickerbockers is a historical nod the original Dutch settlers who wore pants that rolled up just to the knee "came to be known as Knickerbockers) and 2 pro hockey teams Islanders (who play out on Long Island) and the Rangers. There is also 2 MLB clubs as well the NYY Yankees ( People from the North where called Yankees by those in the South) and Mets (Short for Metropolitan).

    http://www.nba.com/knicks/history/why_knickerbocke...

  • Joanna
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Congratulations on picking four completely irrelevant sport franchises to represent the United States alongside the Yankees and the Red Sox...You probably couldn't describe the origin of either franchise's team name without using Wikipedia. Yeah, let's name our teams after a city! That's really exciting! Hell, you didn't even MENTION a football team, so I'm not sure why you're posting in this section.

  • 1 decade ago

    the chicago bears were named after the chicago cubs. The New Jersey Nets were originally from New York and they wanted a name to rhyme with the Jets and Mets

  • Ashley
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Because we like to buy shirts, hats and other merchandise with cute little bears or tough looking sharks on them!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because animals don't complain if you use their names , there been groups of native americans complaining about the use of the names , indians , braves , chiefs , warriors black hawks, , they don't use names like the running rednecks , the fighting arabs , so we like using names of animals [ tigers , lions , bears , colts , cubs , ect. ect.ect. ] or non human things [ red soxs, white soxs , steelers , titans , red wings , reds , blue jackets ,

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