Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pro Teams Without "S"

BY SCOTT MORGANROTH

Throughout my lifetime, I was always under the impression that the letter "S" is plural. That's what my English Teachers and Professors in Grade School and College taught me. 

But these people should look in the Sporting World because Marketing & Creativity have taken over. As I researched this, there are some really Neat Nicknames that don't require the letter "S" at the end to make them plural.

These nicknames are becoming more common with the Arena Football League, WNBA, Major League Soccer, and the United States Football League. While it will be impossible to mention every team in all of these auxiliary leagues, I'm going to list the main ones because of their creativity. Some of these nicknames came during the expansion era in the NHL and NBA as well as relocation.

In this list, the NFL is the only league where every team's nickname does end in an "S" and everything is plural as we know it.

I hope you enjoy reading this list as much as I had fun composing it. 

NBA (4)
1. Miami Heat
2. Orlando Magic
3. Oklahoma City Thunder
4. Utah Jazz (formerly New Orleans)
NHL (3)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning
2. Minnesota Wild
3. Colorado Avalanche
NFL (0)
All Plural
MLB (2)
1. Boston Red Sox
2. Chicago White Sox
WNBA (9) in 12 team league
EASTERN CONFERENCE 
1. Atlanta Dream
2. Chicago Sky
3. Connecticut Sun
4. Indiana Fever
5. New York Liberty
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1. Minnesota Lynx
2. Phoenix Mercury
3. Seattle Storm
4. Tulsa (formerly Detroit) Shock
Major League Soccer  (MLS) 12-18 Teams
EASTERN CONFERENCE
1. Philadelphia Union
2. Columbus Crew
3 Sporting Kansas City
4. Houston Dynamo
5. D.C. United
6. New England Revolution
7. Chicago Fire
8. Toronto FC (Football Club)
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1. Los Angeles Galaxy
2. FC Dallas
3. Real Salt Lake
4. Chivas USA
Original North American Soccer League (NASL) 
1. Dallas Tornado
2. Chicago Sting
3 New England/Jacksonville Tea Men
4. Montreal Manic
5. Philadelphia Fury
6. Detroit Express
Original USFL
1. Chicago Blitz
2. Denver Gold
3. Los Angeles Express
Arena Football League (AFL)
1. Detroit Drive
2. Chicago Rush
3. Tampa Bay Storm
4. Philadelphia Soul
5. Grand Rapids Rampage
6. Kansas City Brigade
7. Colorado Crush
8. New Orleans Voo Doo
9. Charlotte Rage
10. Detroit Fury
11. Georgia Force
12. Utah Blaze
13. Spokane Shock
14. Fort Worth Cavalry
15. Las Vegas Sting
16. Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
17. Texas Terror
18. Pittsburgh Power
19. Kansas City Command
20. St. Louis Stampede
21. Milwaukee Iron

I look forward to your feedback as to which ones you like the most.

Scott Morganroth can be reached at scottsports33@aol.com and his blog can be seen at www.scottsports33.com.






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