I'll have you know, Peter, that the Duck is one of the most noble, agile and intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom...
...Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It's beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I'm proud to be a Duck, and I'd be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who's a Duck?
But yeah, I like their old name. "The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim".
Canucks - what the heck is a Canuck?
Ducks - oh, look a duck, so intimidating...
Penguins - psh, there are no penguins in Pittsburgh.
Rangers - looks like everyone wants to be the nerdy blue power ranger.
Coyotes - might as well be the Wily E. Coyotes.
Flyers - which is it, a shoe or a wagon?
Leafs - a leaf, really?
a canuck is both a derogatory term for a canadian and something that Canadians call them selves and each other to show pride
I don't understand why people don't get this. The only part of NYC that isn't an island is the Bronx. So unless the Islanders want to play at Yankee Stadium they won't have to change their name.
I think we can excuse non-locals non-understanding of NYC geography. It is a bit confusing to someone who's never visited here.
To explain: New York City is made up of 5 constituent parts, known as boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. Manhattan (the center of the city) and Staten Island (to the southwest) are their own relatively-small islands. The Bronx is a part of the mainland north of Manhattan. Lying to the east of Manhattan is a larger island known as Long Island. Brooklyn is the westernmost tip of this island. To the east is Queens. East of Queens are two suburban counties outside of the city, Nassau and Suffolk. When people speak colloquially of "Long Island", they are usually referring to these two counties. Nassau is where the Islanders currently play. Barclays Center is in Brooklyn, so the Islanders will still be playing on the geographic Long Island, even if they will no longer be located in the cultural "Long Island" suburbs.
which is a fairly interesting read imo, but I could be biased
Yup, everyone in New Jersey has at least heard about the urban legend The Jersey Devil. Its the perfect name for the only sports team in this state.
The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature or cryptid said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. The creature is often described as a flying biped with hooves, but there are many different variations. The most common description is that of a kangaroo-like creature with the head of a goat, leathery bat-like wings, horns, small arms with clawed hands, cloven hooves and a forked tail. It has been reported to move quickly as to avoid human contact, and often is described as emitting a "blood-curdling scream."[
I concur. It just seems weird to me when I refer to a team like Minny as the Minnesota Wild. "Setoguchi is now a Wild???" opposed to saying "he's now a Ranger or a Star"
What if a guy like Parros was traded to Dallas, he'd be a star? Instead of just a fourth line enforcer. Dumb name? Ranger is un-intimidating. Who's afraid of a park ranger. You can knock on literally any team name in the league. This thread is pointless.
I agree. Although the Wild is close, but at least that could be perceived as something dangerous.
The Blues are named after a classic blues song. I don't like team names that are named after intangible objects. It would be like naming the Flyers the Philadelphia Brotherly Love or the Philadelphia Love.