Appendix:English names of sports teams

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Nickname Official name Sport Notes
Addicks Charlton Athletic English football A corruption of the word 'haddock', named after a local fish and chip shop.
Ain'ts New Orleans Saints American football rhyming play on the non-standard English negative "ain't".
Als Montreal Alouettes Canadian football Abbreviation of official team name.
Amazin' Mets New York Mets baseball Referring to a period of success.
Amazin's New York Mets baseball Short version of the above.
America's Team Atlanta Braves baseball references a period of team success.
America's Team Dallas Cowboys American football Coined by Bob Ryan, the Vice President and editor-in-chief of NFL Films in 1979 as a title for the team's 1978 highlight film; based on the widespread fan base of the team outside its home environs.
Argonots Toronto Argonauts Canadian football Derogatory name used when team is performing poorly (i.e. "not" winning).
Argos Toronto Argonauts Canadian football Abbreviation of official team name.
A's Oakland Athletics baseball Short version of "Athletics" Emphasized by Charles O. Finley during his ownership of the team during the 60's and 70's.
Athletics Oakland Athletics baseball Official team name.
Avalanche Colorado Avalanche hockey Official team name.
Avs Colorado Avalanche hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
B.I.L.L.S. Buffalo Bills American football Used by detractors, acronyms for "Boy I Love Losing Super Bowls", in reference to the team's failure to win the Super Bowl in four straight tries during the early 1990s.
Baby Bulls Chicago Bulls basketball reference to the young average age of players on the team in the early 2000s.
Baggies West Bromwich Albion English football Acquired when the players played in long shorts (debatable - see the club's article on Wikipedia for more details).
Banjo Pickers Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian football Winnipeg place kicker Troy Westwood stated before a playoff game in 2003 that Saskatchewan fans were a bunch of "banjo-pickin' inbreds".
Bantams Bradford City English football A reference to the claret and amber colours of the club's strip
Battlin' Bucs Pittsburgh Pirates baseball Colorful version of "Bucs", short for "buccaneer", another word for a pirate.
Beaners Boston Bruins hockey Reference to Beantown, a nickname for Boston.
Beermakers Milwaukee Brewers baseball Name of an older team that once resided in Milwaukee.
Bees Barnet English football Based on colour of home strip
Bees Brentford English football Misinterpretation of an 1890s chant "Buck up Bs"
Bengals Detroit Tigers baseball Reference to Bengal Tigers, a species of tiger.
Big Blue Winnipeg Blue Bombers American football reference to the team's name and colours, possibly influenced or suggested by the nickname of IBM
Big Blue (Wrecking Crew) New York Giants American football from the color of their jerseys, influenced by the nickname of IBM[1]
BIG D Dallas Cowboys American football
Big Red Machine Cincinnati Reds baseball Reference to the 1970's teams that won six divisional titles and four pennants.
Birds Baltimore Orioles baseball Reference to orioles, which are birds.
Birds St. Louis Cardinals baseball Reference to the cardinal, which is a bird.
Black and Gold Pittsburgh Steelers American football from their uniform colours[2]
Black Cats Sunderland English football Named after the Black Cat battery gun that was where the stadium is now on the bank of the River Wear
Black Sox Chicago White Sox baseball Reference to the infamous 1919 team, which fixed the World Series and is popularly known as the "Black Sox".
Blades Sheffield United English football Local links with steel and cutlery. Used to be the nickname of Sheffield Wednesday until they became The Owls in 1899
Blake Street Bombers Colorado Rockies baseball Reference to the street Coors Field is on.
Blake Street Bullies Colorado Rockies baseball Same as above.
Blazers Portland Trail Blazers basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Bless You Boys Detroit Tigers baseball Reference to the teams from the 80's and surrounding years.
Blue and Gold Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian football after the team colours
Blue Crew Los Angeles Dodgers baseball Reference to one of the team's colors
Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays baseball After the bird blue jay.
Bluebirds Cardiff City English football Colour of home football kit & possibly named after 1909 children's play 'Blue Bird'
Bluenotes St. Louis Blues hockey
Blues Chelsea English football Colour of home football kit.
Blues Chester City English football Colour of home football kit.
Blues Ipswich Town English football Colour of home football kit.
Blues Birmingham City English football Colour of home football kit
Blueshirts New York Rangers hockey
Boatmen Toronto Argonauts Canadian football in reference to the team's foundation by the Argonaut Rowing Club of Toronto, which in turn was derived from Jason and the Argonauts, mythical heroes and boatmen who are the namesake of both the rowing club and the CFL team
Bolts San Diego Chargers American football From the lightning bolt design on their helmets.
Bolts Tampa Bay Lightning hockey Referencing a "bolt" of lightning.
Bombers Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian football abbreviation of team name
Bombers New York Yankees baseball Short version of above.
Boro Middlesbrough English football Short version of name
BoSox Boston Red Sox baseball Combination of "Boston" and "Sox". Coined by media to distinguish from the Chicago White Sox, or "ChiSox".
Boys in Blue Kansas City Royals baseball Reference to one of the team's colors.
Boys of Summer Los Angeles Dodgers baseball From the Brooklyn years. Reference to baseball being the only major sport played during the summer. Usage has faded with time.
Bravos Atlanta Braves baseball Variation of braves.
Brew Crew Milwaukee Brewers baseball Short version of the nickname "True Blue Brew Crew".
Brewers Burton Albion English football Local links to the brewing industry
Brewers Milwaukee Brewers baseball Official team name.
Brew-Hahs Milwaukee Brewers baseball An ESPN invention (as in "brouhaha")
Broad Street Bellies Philadelphia Phillies baseball Name for the 1993 NL Championship team. Reference to their lack of physical fitness, and the nickname of the NHL's nearby Philadelphia Flyers, the "Broad Street Bullies".
Broad Street Bullies Philadelphia Flyers hockey during the team's Stanley Cup runs during the 1970s, their home ice was the Spectrum on Broad Street in South Philadelphia. The team currently plays in the Wachovia Center, also on Broad Street.
Bronx Bombers New York Yankees baseball Reference to the team's home, the New York City borough of the Bronx, along with their propensity for hitting "bombs" (home runs).
Bronx Zoo New York Yankees baseball Used by detractors. Reference to the team and the Bronx's turbulent times in the late 70's, and also the name of a book written by former Yankees pitcher Sparky Lyle about the team's 1978 season. Still used sometimes to describe the organization and stadium. The term has been embraced by many Yankees fans.
Broons Boston Bruins hockey Eye dialect spelling of official team name.
Brownies Cleveland Browns American football (reference to an early Browns mascot).
Brummagem Birmingham City English football Local pronunciation of "Birmingham"
B's Boston Bruins hockey
Buccos Pittsburgh Pirates baseball Familiar version of the above.
Bucs Pittsburgh Pirates baseball Short version of "buccaneer", another word for a pirate.
Bucs Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football abbreviation of team name
Buds Toronto Maple Leafs hockey probably based on the team's use of a leaf as a logo.
Bulls Chicago Bulls basketball Official team name.
Bulls Hereford United English football After the local breed of cattle.
Bummers Winnipeg Blue Bombers Canadian football derogatory play on "Bombers", either by rivals or by their own fans when the team performs poorly.
Bungles Cincinnati Bengals American football a play off the team's name, used by detractors.
C.O.L.T.S. Indianapolis Colts American football An acronym for "Count On Losing This Sunday". An insulting phrase and joke used by people during the years when the Colts as a team struggled to win.
Canaries Norwich City English football Home strip is same colour as bird, used in logo
Canes Carolina Hurricanes hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
Caps Washington Capitals hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
Cardiac Kids Philadelphia Phillies baseball A 1950s nickname.
Cardinals Woking English football Colour of the Cardinal Red in the home kit
Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals baseball Official team name.
Cards St. Louis Cardinals baseball Short version of "Cardinals".
Carmines Boston Red Sox baseball a type of red pigment, the nickname is used often by former Red Sox player and current White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson.
Cats Florida Panthers hockey the Panther is a cat
Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers basketball Official team name.
Cavs Cleveland Cavaliers basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Celts Boston Celtics basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Chairboys Wycombe Wanderers English football Local links to the furniture making industry
Chefs Kansas City Chiefs American football origin Snickers candy bar commercial; however, the NFL has licensed official "Kansas City Chief Head Chef Cookie Jars"
Cherries Bournemouth English football Colour of strip described as 'cherry stripes'
Chesapeake Watershed Region Indigenous Persons Washington Redskins American football translation of team name into exaggerated politically correct. It was later changed to "Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons" (see below) since the Baltimore Ravens also share the Chesapeake Bay region.
Chief Wahoo's Tribe Cleveland Indians baseball Reference to the team's logo, an Indian called "Chief Wahoo".
ChiSox Chicago White Sox baseball Combination of "Chicago" and "Sox". Coined by media to distinguish from the Boston Red Sox, or "BoSox".
Citizens Manchester City English football Developed from 'City'
Clarets Burnley English football Colour of home strip
Club Sheffield F.C. English football Due to the fact they were the "Original Football Club"
Cobblers Northampton Town English football Local links to the shoe making industry
Cottagers Fulham English football From club's ground, Craven Cottage
Crew Milwaukee Brewers baseball Short version of the nickname "True Blue Brew Crew".
C's Boston Celtics basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Cubbies Chicago Cubs baseball
Cumbrians Carlisle United English football From Cumbria, the county the club are from.
Da Raidahs Oakland Raiders American football The way Chris Berman of ESPN says, "The Raiders"
Dads San Diego Padres baseball Same as above.
Daggers Dagenham & Redbridge English football Based on club name
Dale Rochdale English football Short version of name
Damn Yankees New York Yankees baseball Reference to the play and movie by the same name.
Dawgs Cleveland Browns American football according to Hanford Dixon, then a cornerback with the Browns, he gave his defensive teammates this nickname to inspire them before the 1985
D-backs Arizona Diamondbacks baseball shortened form of official name
DeadSkins Washington Redskins American football rhyming play on team name; used by detractors.[3]
Defenders Detroit Pistons basketball
Dem Bums Los Angeles Dodgers baseball From the Brooklyn years. Reference from the team's problems during the era getting a world championship.
Devils New Jersey Devils hockey Official team name.
Devs New Jersey Devils hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks baseball Official team name.
Diamonds Rushden & Diamonds English football Short version of name
Dirty Birds Atlanta Falcons American football team dubbed themselves by this name during their race to Super Bowl XXXIII[4]
Dolly Blues Lancaster City English football Derived from the fact that team originally played in the same colour as the 'Dolly Blue' washing tablets
Dolts Indianapolis Colts American football rhyming play on name with a term for "idiot"; by detractors
Dons Milton Keynes Dons English football Short version of, and homage to Wimbledon FC (MK Dons was formed when Wimbledon F.C. owners attempted to translate Wimbledon's footballing history to Milton Keynes. MK Dons has since acknowledged that those honours rightly belong to Wimbledon F.C.and the community of Wimbledon.)
Dons A.F.C. Wimbledon English football Derived from Wimbledon have an ancient, football playing school in the area.
Doomsday Dallas Cowboys American football
Double Blue Toronto Argonauts Canadian football in reference to the team colours, Oxford blue and Cambridge blue
Ducks]] Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, now known as the Anaheim Ducks hockey
Eagles Crystal Palace English football Club logo features eagles
Elephants Oakland Athletics baseball Short version of a reference to their mascot, which is a reference to a comment made, calling the team a "white elephant".
Esks or Eskies Edmonton Eskimos Canadian football abbreviation of team name
Evil Empire New York Yankees baseball Used by detractors. Reference to Galactic Empire of Star Wars and the famous indictment of communism by Ronald Reagan. Coined as a term for the Yankees by Red Sox executive Larry Lucchino after the Yankees got rights to deal with Jose Contreras. The term has been embraced by many Yankees fans.
Faiders Oakland Raiders American football by detractors.
Fathers San Diego Padres baseball Reference to "padre" meaning father in Spanish.
Fins Miami Dolphins American football play on abbreviation of name with the appendages of a dolphin
Fins Florida Marlins baseball Reference to the fins of a marlin. Also nickname of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, which share the facility with the Marlins.
Fish Miami Dolphins American football while the mascot and team logo of bottlenose dolphins are certainly not fish, but mammals, some of the sources for the heraldic dolphins are. The rhyme when they played in the Miami Orange Bowl was squish the fish in the Orange Dish.
Fish Florida Marlins baseball Reference to marlins, which are fish.
Flaming Thumbtacks Tennessee Titans American football a humorous interpretation of their team logo, actually a flaming stylized letter "T"
Fleet Ebbsfleet United English football Short version of name
Flubs Chicago Cubs baseball Used by detractors, mainly White Sox and Cardinals Fans.
Flying Frenchmen Montreal Canadiens hockey
Foxes Leicester City English football Hunting tradition of the county
Friars San Diego Padres baseball Reference to "padre" meaning father in Spanish, as in a priest.
'Gades Ottawa Renegades Canadian football abbreviation of team name
Gas (unofficial) Bristol Rovers English football Old ground next door to a Gasworks
Gashouse Gang St. Louis Cardinals baseball Name for the 1934 World Championship team. Reference to their shabby appearance and rough tactics.
Gills Gillingham English football Short version of name
Glovers Yeovil Town English football Local links to the glove making industry
G-Men]] San Francisco Giants baseball Reference to nickname for a government agent.
G-Men New York Giants American football initial of team name, possibly a play on the term for a government (e.g. FBI) agent
Gnats San Francisco Giants baseball Used by detractors, especially Dodgers fans.
Goats Saint Louis Rams American football when playing poorly
Go-Go Sox Chicago White Sox baseball refers to the 1959 AL Champs
Grecians Exeter City English football
G-State Golden State Warriors basketball
Gulls Torquay United English football Seaside link
Gunners Arsenal English football Local links to military arsenal
Habs Montreal Canadiens hockey
Halos Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball Reference to the halo of an angel.
Hammers West Ham United English football Although this may initially appear to be based on a simple shortening of the name, observation of the club's crest will reveal crossed metalworking hammers, indicating the club's origins as the football team of Thames Ironworks.
Harriers Kidderminster Harriers English football Short version of name
Hatters Luton Town English football Local links to hat making industry
Hatters Stockport County English football One of Cheshire's and Britain's main hatting industry towns
Hawks Atlanta Hawks basketball Official team name.
Hawks Chicago Blackhawks hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
Heat Miami Heat basketball Official team name.
Hoops Queens Park Rangers English football Design of home strip
Hornets Watford English football Colour of strip
Imps Lincoln City English football Legend of the imp statue in Lincoln Cathedral (also "Red Imps")
Iron Scunthorpe United English football Local links to the iron industry
Irons West Ham United English football Originated as Thames Ironworks football team (see also "Hammers")
Isles New York Islanders hockey
Jags Jacksonville Jaguars American football abbreviation of team name
Jail Blazers Portland Trail Blazers basketball
Jays Toronto Blue Jays baseball Short version of "Blue Jays".
Jest New York Jets American football humorous misspelling of team name; used when team is performing poorly
Jints New York Giants American football shortened version of "Giants"
Jints San Francisco Giants baseball Short version of "Giants"
Jndjans Cleveland Indians baseball used to make fun of the way the I's look like J's on their home jerseys
Jokeland (Faders/Traitors) Oakland Raiders American football by detractors
Kings of Queens New York Mets baseball Reference to the team's home, the New York City burough of Queens.
Knickerbockers New York Knickerbockers basketball The team's rarely-used official name.
Knicks New York Knickerbockers basketball Abbreviation of Knickerbockers, the rarely-used official team name.
Lakers Los Angeles Lakers basketball Official team name; the team was originally located in Minnesota, known for its many lakes.
Lambs Tamworth English football Team plays at The Lamb Ground, named after a local pub
Lambs Saint Louis Rams American football a lamb being a soft, cuddly, meek baby sheep (as opposed to a ram, being an aggressive full-grown male sheep); rhyming nickname used by detractors when team performs poorly
Lastros Houston Astros baseball Used by detractors.
Latics Oldham Athletic English football Short version of name
Latics Wigan Athletic English football
Le Bleu-Blanc-Rouge Montreal Canadiens hockey French, "The Tricolour" after the flag of France, which has the same colour scheme (blue-white-red).
Le Tricolore Montreal Canadiens hockey French, "The Tricolour" after the flag of France, which has the same colour scheme (blue-white-red).
Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs hockey
Leos British Columbia Lions Canadian football Latin, leo)
Les Glorieux Montreal Canadiens hockey French for "The Glorious Ones"
Les Rouges Montreal Canadiens hockey after the red colour of their jerseys
Liedowns Detroit Lions American football a play off the team's name, used by detractors
Lilywhites Preston North End English football Colour of home strip
Lilywhites Tottenham Hotspur English football Colour of home strip
Lions Detroit Lions American football Official team name.
Lions Millwall English football Featured on badge.
Lone Stars Texas Rangers baseball Reference to Texas's nickname, the "Lone Star State".
Lords of Flatbush Los Angeles Dodgers baseball A nickname of the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn.
Los Angelitos Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball Name in Spanish. Reference to the large hispanic population of Los Angeles.
Los Doyers Los Angeles Dodgers baseball Name in Spanish. Reference to the large hispanic population of Los Angeles.
Los Gigantes San Francisco Giants baseball Spanish for Giants. Used on the team's uniform on Cinco de Mayo of 2007.
Los Tiburones San Jose Sharks hockey Spanish for "The Sharks".
Loveable Losers Chicago Cubs baseball Referencing a long period without winning a pennant.
Loveable Losers New York Mets baseball From the 1960's. Reference to the teams mediocrity in it's early years.
Magpies Newcastle United English football Based on colour of home strip
Magpies Notts County English football Based on black and white colour of home strip [5]
Man U Manchester United F.C. English football Shortened form of components of team name
Mara Tech New York Giants American football a reference to Wellington Mara, the team's former owner.
Mariners Seattle Mariners baseball Official team name.
Mariners Grimsby Town English football Club is based on the coast.
Mavericks Dallas Mavericks basketball Official team name.
Mavs Dallas Mavericks basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Metropolitans New York Mets baseball Reference to the 19th century New York baseball club. Source of the "Mets" name.
Mighty Whites Leeds United English football Based on the colour of the home strip.
Millers Rotherham United English football Based on ground name (Millmoor).
Minstermen York City English football York Minster is a famous landmark in the city.
Miracle Mets New York Mets baseball From 1969, the year when the Mets went from losing club to world champions.
Monkey hangers Hartlepool United F.C. English football During the Napoleonic wars the citizens of Hartlepool allegedly hung a monkey believing it to be a French spy.[6]
Monsters of the Midway Chicago Bears American football originally applied to the University of Chicago "Maroons", a strong (former) college football team; "Midway" refers to the Midway Plaisance, a long, green swath of boulevard space bordering the southern end of the campus. The University discontinued its football program in 1939, and the Bears adopted the nickname
Motor City Kitties Detroit Tigers baseball Reference to Detroit, the "Motor City", and tigers, which are felines.
M's Seattle Mariners baseball Reference to the first letter in "Mariners".
Mutts New York Mets baseball Usually used by Yankees fans
Nats Washington Nationals baseball Short version of "Nationals".
Navy Blazers Columbus Blue Jackets hockey
New York Football Giants New York Giants American football this comes from the days when there were two New York sports teams with the nickname "Giants"; also the old home of the San Francisco Giants
New Yorkers New York Yankees baseball Reference to New York City, and the publication "The New Yorker".
Niners San Francisco 49ers American football Abbreviation of official team name.
Northsiders Chicago Cubs baseball To differentiate from the South Side residing White Sox.
Nucks Vancouver Canucks hockey
Nuggets Denver Nuggets basketball Official team name.
Nugs Denver Nuggets basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Oilers Tennessee Titans American football a reference of the team's name before it moved to Tennessee, the Houston Oilers.
Old Browns Baltimore Ravens American football a reference of the team's name before it moved to Baltimore, the Cleveland Browns.
Olde Towne Team Boston Red Sox baseball
Orange and Black San Francisco Giants baseball Reference to the team's colors.
Orange Crush Denver Broncos American football an old nickname for a 3-4 defense that was known to "crush" the run.
Orange Nation San Francisco Giants baseball Reference to the team's colors.
O's Baltimore Orioles baseball Short version of "Orioles". Fans usually loudly shout the "Oh" at the beginning of the seventh line of the National Anthem in unison.
O's Leyton Orient English football Initial of name.
Owls Sheffield Wednesday English football Based on name of local area (Owlerton), after a visitor to the city drew a cartoon depicting Sheffield Wednesday as an owl.
Pack Green Bay Packers American football abbreviation of name, and a play on the collective term for a group of animals such as dogs or wolves
Pads San Diego Padres baseball Short version of "Padres". Pronounced "Pods", and also spelled that way.
Pale Hose Chicago White Sox baseball Variation of "White Sox".
Pats New England Patriots American football abbreviation of team name
Patsies New England Patriots American football play on nickname "Pats" (above) and the term patsy, "a person who is easily manipulated or victimized".
Pens Pittsburgh Penguins hockey Abbreviation of official team name.
Pensioners Chelsea English football Originates from the Chelsea pensioners, based at the nearby Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Phailures Philadelphia Phillies baseball For their long history of losing, usually used by detractors.
Phightin' Phils Philadelphia Phillies baseball
Phightin's Philadelphia Phillies baseball Short version of above. (Most Phillies fans will add "Ph" instead of an "F" for most anything associated with the Phillies)
Phils Philadelphia Phillies baseball Short version of "Phillies"
Pilgrims Boston United English football Local links to the pilgrims who went to the New World
Pilgrims Plymouth Argyle English football Local links to the pilgrims who went to the New World
Pillies Philadelphia Phillies baseball Reference to an amphetamine scandal in the early 1980s.
Pinstripers New York Yankees baseball Reference to the team's pinstriped uniforms.
Pirates Bristol Rovers English football Local links to shipping
Pompey Portsmouth English football Nickname for the city
Pondscums New York Mets baseball Used by detractors.
Pool Hartlepool United English football Short version of official team name.
Pool Liverpool English football Short version of name
Posh Peterborough United English football Believed to derive from former manager Pat Tirrel proclaiming that he was looking for: "Posh players for a posh team"
Potomac Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons Washington Redskins American football politically correct terms[7], popularized by NFL columnist and District of Columbia|D.C. resident Gregg Easterbrook in his weekly column Tuesday Morning Quarterback.
Potters Stoke City English football Local links to the pottery industry
Preds Nashville Predators hockey
Purple People Eaters Minnesota Vikings American football from their jersey color, and a play on the novelty song Purple People Eater by Sheb Wooley
Quakers Darlington English football Local links to religious movement
Rags New York Rangers hockey Used by detractors.
Railwaymen Crewe Alexandra English football Local links to railways
Rammers Saint Louis Rams American football Extension of official team name.
Rams Derby County English football Folk song "The Derby Ram", and by extension an emblem of the city
Raps Toronto Raptors basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Raptors Toronto Raptors basketball Official team name.
Rays Tampa Bay Rays baseball Official team name.
Rebels F.C. United of Manchester English football Club was formed by disaffected fans after the takeover of Manchester United by Malcolm Glazer.
Red Devils Manchester United F.C. English football Nickname originally belonged to nearby rugby league team Salford
Red Devils Crawley Town English football
Red Dragons Wrexham English football Featured on logo
Red Imps Lincoln City English football Colour of home kit and legend of the imp statue in Lincoln Cathedral
Red Sux Boston Red Sox baseball Used by detractors, mainly Yankee fans.
Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals baseball Reference to the cardinal, which is a red bird.
Redlegs Cincinnati Reds baseball Temporary team name to differentiate from Communists during the Red Scare, who were also referred to as "Reds".
Reds Liverpool English football Colour of home kit
Reds Nottingham Forest English football Colour of home kit
Riders Saskatchewan Roughriders Canadian football abbreviation of team name
Riversiders Blackburn Rovers English football After a side of the ground adjacent to a river
Robins Altrincham English football Colour of home kit same as a robin's chest
Robins Bristol City English football Colour of home kit same as a robin's chest
Robins Cheltenham Town English football Colour of home kit same as a robin's chest
Robins Swindon Town English football Colour of home kit same as a robin's chest
Robins Wrexham English football Colour of home kit same as a robin's chest
Rocks Colorado Rockies baseball Short version of official team name.
Rovers Blackburn Rovers English football Official team name.
Rovers Doncaster Rovers English football Official team name.
Rovers Tranmere Rovers English football Official team name.
Rox Colorado Rockies baseball Imitation of the names of the Red Sox and White Sox.
Royals Reading English football The town is in the Royal County of Berkshire.
R's Kansas City Royals baseball Reference to the old team logo, the most prominent feature of which was a large "R". Also the first letter of the team's name.
Runnin' Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals baseball Name for the 1980's Cardinals. Reference to their speed and small-ball tactics.
Saddlers Walsall English football Links to the saddle making industry
Saints Southampton English football The club was originally known as Southampton St. Mary's
Saints St Albans City English football
San Antonio Saints New Orleans Saints American football because a rumored move to San Antonio, Texas due to damage caused by Hurricane Katrina
Sandgrounders Southport English football
Sawx Boston Red Sox baseball Imitation of the Boston accent.
Scrubs Chicago Cubs baseball Used by detractors, mainly White Sox and Cardinals Fans.
Seagulls Brighton & Hove Albion English football Other than the obvious, a response to the similar sounding nickname 'Eagles' of their arch rivals Crystal Palace
Seasiders Blackpool English football Based on coast
Sens Ottawa Senators hockey
Seraphs Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball A type of angel.
Shakers Bury English football Club's first chairman, JT Ingham, said before a Lancashire Cup game with Blackburn, "We will shake them. In fact, we are the Shakers."
Shaymen Halifax Town English football Originates from the club's ground
Sheagles Philadelphia Eagles American football this is used against the Philadelphia Eagles and can also be used to flip around the Eagles chant E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES! into S-H-E-A-G-L-E-S SHEAGLES!
Shmoes Edmonton Eskimos American football Yiddish term wikt:Schmo|schmo, "a stupid or obnoxious person"
Shots Aldershot Town English football Short version of name
Shrews Shrewsbury Town English football Short version of name
Shrimpers Southend English football A historic local industry; alliterative
Shrimps Morecambe English football Possibly related to the fishing/shrimping industry in the region
Silkmen Macclesfield Town English football Local links to the silk industry
Silver and Black Oakland Raiders American football from the colors of the uniforms
Sinners New Orleans Saints American football "sinner" is often a paired opposite of "saint"; used by detractors[8]
Sixers Philadelphia 76ers basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
'Skins Washington Redskins American football abbreviation of team name
Sky Blues Coventry City English football Colour of home strip
Sky Blues Manchester City English football Colour of home strip
Snakes Arizona Diamondbacks baseball variation of diamondback, a kind of snake
Sonics Seattle SuperSonics basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
South Side Hitmen Chicago White Sox baseball refers to the 1977 team
Southsiders Chicago White Sox baseball To differentiate from the North Side residing Cubs.
Sox Boston Red Sox baseball Short version of "Red Sox".
Sox Chicago White Sox baseball Short version of White Sox
Spireites Chesterfield English football Due to famous crooked spire in the town
Spurs Tottenham Hotspur English football Short version of name.
Stags Mansfield Town English football
Stamps Calgary Stampeders Canadian football abbreviation of team name
Stankees New York Yankees baseball Use by Mets and Red Sox fans; "stank" implies stink.
Stanley Accrington Stanley English football
Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers American football coined in their glory years of the 1970s, has been resurrected due to their recent success; play on the term Iron Curtain
'Stros Houston Astros baseball Short version of "Astros".
Stumps Calgary Stampeders Canadian football pejorative play on abbreviation of team name
Super Hoops Queens Park Rangers English football Based on the pattern of the home strip
Supes Seattle SuperSonics basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Swans Swansea City English football Short version of the name
Swords Buffalo Sabres hockey A nickname derived from their title, the "sabres", which is a sword
Tabbies Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian football Reference to the team logo and a humorous allusion to a tabby cat.
Terras Weymouth English football Club plays in a terracota coloured kit.
Terriers Huddersfield Town English football Named after the Yorkshire Terrier breed of dog.
Texas Warriors San Antonio Spurs basketball Reference to home state.
Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder basketball Official team name.
Ti-cats Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian football Abbreviated form of official of team name.
Tigers Hull City English football Colour of home strip
Tigers Gloucester City English football Colour of home strip
Tigs Detroit Tigers baseball Short version of "Tigers".
Toffees Everton English football Unknown. Possibly named after a local toffee shop, or the nickname for the local Irish population
Tomales Toronto Maple Leafs hockey Taken from the first two letters of each word of the teams full name ('TO'ronto 'MA'aple 'LE'afS)
Toon Newcastle United English football Local pronunciation of 'Town', meaning City Centre where the ground is situated
Tractor Boys Ipswich Town F.C. English football Local links to agriculture
Tribe Cleveland Indians baseball Tribes are social structures among Indians.
Tricky Trees Nottingham Forest F.C. English football
Trotters Bolton Wanderers English football In the 19th century, one of their pitches was adjacent to a piggery and clearances often end up in there. Players had to 'trot' through the pig-pens to retrieve the balls.
True Blue Brew Crew Milwaukee Brewers baseball A name consisting of a short version of "Brewers" and words that rhyme with is.
Twinkies Minnesota Twins baseball Familiar version of "Twins". Also a popular snack cake.
T'Wolves Minnesota Timberwolves basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Tykes Barnsley English football Colloquial name for a Yorkshireman.
U's Cambridge United English football Initial of name
U's Colchester United English football Initial of name
U's Oxford United English football Initial of name
Valiants Port Vale English football Based on official name
Vics Northwich Victoria English football Based on shortening of official name
Vikes Minnesota Vikings American football abbreviation of team name
Vikings Doncaster Rovers English football
Villans Aston Villa English football Based on official name
Wahoos Cleveland Indians baseball Same as above.
Wheeze Kids Philadelphia Phillies baseball Name for the 1983 NL Championship team. Reference to their lack of youth.
White Elephants Oakland Athletics baseball Reference to their mascot, which is a reference to a comment made, calling the team a "white elephant".
White Sux Chicago White Sox baseball Used by detractors mainly Cub fans
Whiz Kids Philadelphia Phillies baseball Name for the 1950 NL Championship team, in reference to their youth.
Wings Detroit Red Wings hockey
Wings Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball Reference to the wings of an angel.
Wiz Washington Wizards basketball Abbreviation of official team name.
Wolves Wolverhampton Wanderers English football Based on shortening of name
Yanks New York Yankees baseball Short version of official team name.
Yellows Cambridge United English football Colour of home kit.
Yotes Phoenix Coyotes hockey Abbreviation of official team name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bigblueinteractive.com/
  2. ^ http://www.blackandgoldbrigade.com/
  3. ^ http://www.tpmcafe.com/story/2005/11/20/163558/96
  4. ^ http://www.atlantafalcons.com/history/1990s.jsp
  5. ^ "Notts County, History", Notts County.
  6. ^ "Monkey Legend", Hartlepool United.
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/nflnetwork/story/7630560
  8. ^ http://www.dustbury.com/archives/001666.html