Monday, October 23, 2006

The Boalt Hall Blue (and Gold)

I watch too much sports. Way too much. So much so that I cried for missing the UCLA Notre Dame game on Saturday. But thinking about the Fighting Irish, I remembered an old trivia question a friend once asked me. How many team names DO NOT end with an "s." The list I have so far is:

Alabama Crimson Tide
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Stanford Cardinal
Orlando Magic
Miami Heat
Colorado Avalanche
Tampa Bay Lightning

Am I missing any? Also this post is not meant to be sexist. It is, but it wasn't meant to be. And there are too many teams in the BCS top 25 with "Tigers" as a team name.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LA Galaxy, DC United, Manchester United, Harvard Crimson, Utah Jazz, Illinois Fighting Illini, Alabama Crimson Tide ... and btw, I'm female, and I don't find your post sexist.

10/23/2006 1:13 AM  
Blogger Max Power said...

Syracuse Orangemen, Minnesota Wild, Dartmouth Big Green, Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox

But do WNBA, MLS, and Ivy League count as "sports" for this list?

10/23/2006 1:23 AM  
Blogger Armen said...

Max you're right. I didn't consider WNBA, MLS (or any other soccer clubs like Real Madrid), or the Ivies. I also didn't count the "sox" because it's just a spelling trick. But I did miss the Jazz, Illini, Orangemen, and Wild.

10/23/2006 1:27 AM  
Blogger Willie said...

I'm pretty sure Syracuse is just the Orange now. There's also the Nevada Wolfpack, Tulane Green Wave, and Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

The thing about teams like Manchester United is that isn't their nickname. Man U are the Red Devils.

10/23/2006 8:22 AM  
Blogger Tacitus said...

You could probably get a lot more as you move down into the ranks of smaller colleges, but I'd point out St. John's (NY) Red Storm.

In a law related corollary, this summer my friends liked to joke about the tendency of Brits to slap an "s" on the end of a law firm name as some of their largest firms have names ending in "s" (e.g. Linklaters, Freshfields, Lovells, etc.). Skaddens was a common mistake. Just put an "s" on the name of your firm (or a friend's firm, if you haven't been at a firm), and see if it doesn't make you giggle.

10/23/2006 9:16 AM  
Anonymous Justin said...

Marshall Thundering Herd...

10/23/2006 11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't forget Springfield U's Nittany Tide (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faith_Off). Not to be confused with Springfield State, considered by many to be a cow college -- "Lenny (proudly): You're just saying that because it was founded by a cow (stares bovinely)"

who am i armen?

10/23/2006 12:26 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

You know my JJ-dar is spot on.

10/23/2006 2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Syracuse – Orange
St. Johns – Red Storm
Tulane – Green Wave
Harvard – Crimson
Stanford – Cardinal
Umass – Minutemen
Notre Dame – Fighting Irish
Alabama – Crimson Tide
Dartmouth – Big Green
Hofstra – Pride/Flying Dutchmen
Illinois – Fighting Illini
Marshall – Thundering Herd
Navy – Midshipmen
North Texas – Mean Green
Cornell – Big Red
Bucknell – Bison
University of Tulsa – Golden Hurricane
University of Wisconsin Green Bay – Phoenix
North Carolina State - Wolfpack

And I'm out.

-Martin

10/23/2006 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you leave out the Arena Football league?

There you have
the (erstwhile) St. Louis Stampede (mid 1990s)
Colorado Crush
Chicago Rush
Grand Rapids Rampage
Kansas city brigade
Utah Blaze
Philadelphia Soul
Georgia Force
New Orleans VooDoo
Tampa Bay Storm

10/23/2006 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently you also forgot the XFL:
Orlando Rage
New York/New Jersey Hitmen
Los Angeles Xtreme
Memphis Maniax

10/23/2006 10:20 PM  

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