Top 10 Worst Sports Team Names

The Top Ten
1 Houston Texans The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The team competes in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference South division.

It's not a stupid name. To tell you the truth, there was a team in the city of Houston called the Oilers, but that team moved to Tennessee. They wanted to show Texas pride, which is hard to do since the Cowboys run supreme on Texas for now.

The New York New Yorkers. The Buffalo New Yorkers. What does a bull have to do with living in Houston? The city is mostly not a bunch of rodeo, cattle-driving cowpokes. Houston is too much of a melting pot to be considered the majority as "Texans". They should have picked Bobcats.

So they chose to be idiots and name this after the state they play in? Come on, why don't you be like the Houston Oilers 2.0 or something?

2 Washington Redskins The Washington Commanders are a professional American football team based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In 2020, Washington after 87 years got rid of the Redskins trademark due to it being labeled racist to native culture. It was named the Washington Football Team until February 2022, when the team was renamed the Washington Commanders.

I heard the new name the football team. So bad I don't want to capitalize. I had no problem with the Redskins and most people of Native American descent don't think it was bad. If you were all worried about racism shame on you, because you brought the worst name to the NFL. I am a Cowboys fan and I feel bad for players and fans. You know I'll buy a football team in DC one day then they won't be THE football team.

Racist. People are not mascots. What's next the Washington Caucasians or the Washington Hispanics? Stupid idea for a mascot. Native Americans deserve respect. This is their land, not ours. They were here first.

They are not the Redskins anymore. Thankfully

3 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim The Los Angeles Angels (known as the California Angels from 1965 to 1996, the Anaheim Angels from 1997 to 2004, and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2005 to 2015) are an American professional baseball franchise based in Anaheim, California, near Los Angeles. The Angels compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division.

"Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim", when anglicized, becomes "The Angels Angels of Anaheim". Their rival teams should be "San Francisco Saint Francis of Daly City", "San Jose Saint Joseph of Sunnyvale", and "San Diego Saint James of Chula Vista".

Well it's no wonder they have a stupid name considering they used to be owned by disney.

This is just a bit of a stretch.
If they wanted to still represent Anaheim, why didn't they just stay there?

4 Cleveland Browns The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Browns compete in the National Football League as a member team of the American Football Conference North division. The Cleveland Browns are one of the four teams to have never been to a Super Bowl, and one of two teams to go 0-16.

Really? After their coach? Would the New England Belichicks be bad enough?

Brown is not a mascot. Just doesn't make sense.

5 New York Knicks The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Manhattan, in New York City.
6 Utah Jazz The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division.

Naming your team after a wimpy style of music. No other NBA team will ever view them as a threat.

Utah - Home of Jazz music? You do know you could have changed the name when the team moved right?

Utah isn't even known for jazz, that's New Orleans.

7 Miami Floridians

Oh? So what about the Chicago Illinoisans or the Boston New Englanders? Naming your team after the state or region they play in is just absolute bull crap.

8 Stanford Cardinal The athletic teams for Stanford University, the Cardinal compete in the NCAA Division I as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The school is known for strong programs in various sports, including swimming and tennis, and has won numerous Directors' Cups for overall athletic performance. Cardinal red is the main color.

Not that is makes it a better name, but it is Cardinal and not Cardinals because the team is named after the color instead of the bird.

I'm confused what this name is supposed to mean.

Why is Cardinal not a plural?

9 Los Angeles Lakers The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Lakers compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division.

Head coach: Frank Vogel

Arena/Stadium: Staples Center

NBA championships: 2020, 2010, 2009, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1988, 1987, 1985, 1982, 1980, 1972, 1954, 1953, 1952, 1950,... read more

When they moved from Minnesota to LA, they kept the team name, even though Los Angeles isn't even known for having tons of lakes.

Is there a lake in Los Angeles I didn't know about?

I don't recall there being any lakes in LA.

10 St. Louis Blues The St. Louis Blues are a professional ice hockey team in St. Louis, Missouri. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.
The Contenders
11 Los Angeles Clippers The Los Angeles Clippers, often abbreviated as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles.
12 Denver Nuggets The Denver Nuggets are an American professional basketball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets compete in the National Basketball Association as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division.
13 Toronto Maple Leafs The Toronto Maple Leafs, officially the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club and often simply referred to as the Leafs, are a professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario. They compete in the National Hockey League (NHL) as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference.

Funny, because it's "leaves" and not "leafs".

14 Minnesota Wild The Minnesota Wild are a professional ice hockey team based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League.

Please choose a specific species of animals. Think...umm... coyotes. And the existing Coyotes should change their name to Cacti because that is what is in Arizona.

15 Cleveland Indians The Cleveland Guardians are an American professional baseball team based in Cleveland, Ohio. The Guardians compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division.
16 Philadelphia Phillies The Philadelphia Phillies are an American professional baseball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division. They play their home games at Citizens Bank Park. They won the World Series in 1980 and 2008.

They Should have stayed with the name Quakers, they have a role in the history of Philadelphia. "Phillies" just makes them sound lazy.

Dum name. You might as well call the Reds the Cincinnati Cincies and the Giants the San Francisco Francies.

Worst state, worst name

17 New Orleans Saints The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints currently compete in the National Football League as a member club of the league's National Football Conference South division.
18 Phoenix Suns
19 Washington Wizards The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association, as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

"Abracadabra, the ball's in the net now! "

This is the exact opposite of what I'd expect a Washington D.C. team to be called.

20 Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
21 Oakland Athletics This MLB team is part of the American League West division and represents Oakland, California. With a history of World Series championships, their home games are played at the Oakland Coliseum. The team's colors are green, gold, and white.

Really? Not everyone on a baseball team is all that athletic. Would you call a Chicago team the pitchers?

Athletics, what is this a high school sports program? I will knock some sense into them.

It's honestly not that bad, although the nickname could be a lot better.

22 Middletown Middies
23 Boston Red Sox The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts, that competes in Major League Baseball.

Next it's gonna be the Miami Blue Sox, Houston Yellow Sox, and the Chicago White Sox! Oh wait, the last one already exists.

24 Binghamton Rumble Ponies

"A tribute to the Triple Cities' rich carousel heritage, the Rumble Ponies is a herd of fierce horses that no carousel center pole can contain." It's funny because no one gives a flying french fry about carousels and the name is the polar opposite of fierce.

Adding "Rumble" in front of Ponies does not make it sound more fierce.

Just plain stupid!

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