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HS Thomas
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If Wanderers is the most common name for football clubs world-wide ,
[this is debatable,but I could gamble that a lot of towns worldwide have a football club named XYZ Wanderers (and lose)]
what are the most common names for other sports ?
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For baseball, i am not sure, maybe xxx socks.
 
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Players
Champs
Victory
That't the only 3 I can think of right now.
 
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one very popular name is : wildcat
on the top of my head:
Kentucky Wildcat
Arizona Wildcat
Northwestern Wildcat
I am afraid wildcat won't get this much attention in other countries.
 
Jim Yingst
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Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! At least, if you look at things like high school football, little league, etc. in the US. That's my guess anyway.
 
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Rovers
United
F.C.
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Jeroen Wenting
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hmm, didn't know all the world spoke English as their primary language
SC xxxx (where xxxx is the name of the town, suburb, founder or whatnot and SC stands for "sport club") is extremely popular.
 
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Yeah, I agree with HS Thomas there, 'F.C' and 'United' are the most popular, even on the other side of the globe!
 
HS Thomas
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A.C.
Milan common to that great footballing nation ,Italy!
As in A.C.Milan.
Inter-Milan.
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[ September 10, 2003: Message edited by: HS Thomas ]
 
Jim Yingst
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hmm, didn't know all the world spoke English as their primary language
You'll note that I did take care to note the specific context in which "Lions", "Tigers" and "Bears" are very common. I didn't pretend to speak about the whole world. Note that the very first line of the first post was about football clubs worldwide; the subsequent lines asked about "other sports" (and didn't really say whether the focus was worldwide or not). I submit that American football is one such other sport, to which my answer is quite appropriate, "worldwide"; baseball is another, for which it's true there are more non-english-speaking participants, but I still think lions, tigers, and bears are pretty darn common.
Also, given that SC == Sport Club, I think you've sort of undermined your original point here.
 
HS Thomas
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hmm, didn't know all the world spoke English as their primary language

If we are talking football (oh okay ,sports club) here, the likeliehood of there having been a club called "Baghdad Warriors" is pretty high.
Apparently the reign of Husay the terrible put a damp squib on Iraqi football, which is now being revived.
Googling only found a little known Baghdadi named club. I remember reading a blog a while back about this Iraqi teen-boy who followed English football (well, David Beckham) and had to do it secretly.
So what's in a name ?
Iraqi's will play ball again ... English football.

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Jim Yingst
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We are talking football (oh okay ,sports club) here.
Your original post specifically asked about other sports than football.
 
HS Thomas
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Sorry left out the IF.
I'll correct that if that's Okay.
I presume socks is Baseball.
Lions, bears and tigers are American football clubs.
(Even more :confused
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Jim Yingst
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Lions, bears and tigers are American football clubs.
Really, they're common names for any high-school-level sports team in America. Typically a school uses the same name for its (American) football team, its basketball team, its baseball team, and anything else the school competes in.
 
HS Thomas
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How about Bulls ? Chicago Bulls - don't ask me what they play though.

Can you explain this unusual use of Animal groups.
Especially as Lions and tigers don't go with the territory.
No Bison, Coyotes, Stallions ?
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Also, given that SC == Sport Club, I think you've sort of undermined your original point here. [/QB]

Not quite. Just 2 words that happen to be similar in many languages.
In English it would (for correct spelling) be sports club of course
 
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
How about Bulls ? Chicago Bulls - don't ask me what they play though.

Can you explain this unusual use of Animal groups.
Especially as Lions and tigers don't go with the territory.
No Bison, Coyotes, Stallions ?
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Also a decided lack of Weasels, Skunks, Mules
 
Jim Yingst
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Other animals are used too - it just seems that lions, tigers, and bears are favorites. It seems animals are most often chosen for their perceived ferocity (or perhaps strength, speed,size, courage, "nobility", whatever) rather than locale-specificity. (I should note that we do have mountain lions over here, so some "Lions" refer to that. But many refer more to African lions.) Other popular choices include wolves, wolverines, cougars, panthers, pumas. Bulls, bison, and stallions - sometimes. Coyotes don't seem that popular - I think they have sort of an unsavory image compared to some others. Non-mammals aren't very common. You might get the occasional rattlers, gators, sharks, cobras, pythons, dragons, eagles, or raptors. (Though in the last case it's usually from people under the delusion they're talking about a dinosaur.)
The most odd animal choice I can think of is the Banana Slugs, at UC Santa Cruz. No idea where that one came from. But it's not like they have a big athletic program there - I suspect they were just being funny.
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Here is one site that has a list of nicknames for sports teams. From scanning, they looked to be just US and Canada.
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HS Thomas
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Jim, Paul,
That's really interesting. I didn't know there were names like Sea Wolves
ShoreCats. That makes it much more interesting.

And Banana Slugs - sounds very bottom league whatever it is that they play.
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