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Sociologically, it can be argued that most sports teams
have names that are like primitive "totems", involving a
psychological identification with certain characteristics
the type of entity referenced by its name.
For example, a team named "Giants" would like to
as being larger and more powerful
their opponents (useful in, say, American football, or
possibly British rugby). A team named "Wolverines"
prize fearlessness and viciousness (possibly useful in ice
Many teams are named after various predatory animals,
and while it is often true that they are powerful animals,
folks seem to ignore the fact that in the wild, the prey-
animals killed by those predators tend to be youngsters
and oldsters. Among humans it is not generally
to prey on the weak (and so, as just mentioned, the
victims get ignored when talking about totem-animals for
sports teams). Well, what of other predators, such as
"Piranhas" or "Cobras" or "Squids" or "Hyenas"? Some of
them might already be in use --I haven't thoroughly
Meanwhile, what of teams having such names as "Pirates"
or "Buccaneers" or "Raiders" or "Bandits" or "Reavers"?
Those names describe entities that are noted for bad
behavior --humans preying on humans! If such names are
"trendy", then what about adding to the list? "Assassins",
"Slashers", "Rippers", "Ninjas", and even "Terrorists"?
Finally, some animals are not generally considered to be
predators, and yet still are very powerful animals,
as totems for sports teams. Some of the following might
be in use, but I doubt all of them are: "Elephants",
"Hippos", "Rhinos", "Gorillas". I can't resist linking the
about the baby elephant and the 14 lions (OK, lionesses).
Young elephant survives 14 lions
As mentioned in the main text. [Vernon, Feb 21 2018]
A video partly about a female orangutan
Orangutans are impressively powerful, too. Too bad the name has so many syllables! [Vernon, Feb 22 2018]
||Note not talking about a single list here!
||It is curious that some animal team names are used
- e.g. "Tigers" - and others are not used - e.g.
||Nicknames are in a similar vein. A little logic and a group consensus. It would depend on the psychological makeup of the group concerned and each individual's feeling about the name. Naming is probably more an emotional equation. Look at Gamers' team names.
||Embedded Idea? Just why analysis won't get grant money.
||I'm picturing an arena battle between some Harlequins and
Wednesday. My money's on Wednesday because it's very
consistent from one week to the next. To make any headway, the
Harlequins would be forced to mime reverse intercalation: brutal
||That little elephant will be celebrating, with their siblings, on the fermented fruit tonight.
||It's always baffled me why the Team Tapeworms have never risen to prominence, given their persistence, wily ways, general resilience and ability to emerge into the light when least expected.
||[wjt], elephants are famous for their memories. I think that
elephant is going to have a lifelong extreme dislike of lions.
||I think the 'Lions' should be renamed the 'Baby Seals.'
||Over here, most sports teams have unofficial, fan-bestowed
nicknames. We have The Stoats (East Cheadle FC), the
Newts (Falkirk's quatloch team) and The Kidneys
(Sternchester's hockey team).
||There's the Anaheim Ducks.
||The Cleveland Browns. Discuss.
||Bostonians of course, are famous for their brightly coloured
hoisery, while Manhattanites are notorious for being thieves
((K)Nick in English being synonymous with "steal")
||Here, our national soccer team (which incidentally lost to
Italy or someone in 2010 when we hosted the World cup)
is called 'Bafana Bafana', which is Zulu for 'Boys Boys'.
Natural predators, indeed.
||[Vernon] The little elephant did a lot of charging. Depending on it's neurochemistry , or how emotionally bold and hyped up the animal was, and memory laydown, a leadership role might be on the cards.