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Name a Valid North American Sports Team

For each clue, guess any valid team in the MLB, NBA, NFL, or NHL to which it applies.
Type only the team name, not the name of the city
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Last updated: September 28, 2022
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First submittedSeptember 28, 2022
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Whose name is a bird
Blue Jays | Cardinals | Ducks | Eagles |
Falcons | Hawks | Orioles | Pelicans |
Penguins | Ravens | Seahawks
Whose name is something that lives underwater
Dolphins | Kraken | Marlins | Rays | Sharks
Whose name has a Z in it
Grizzlies | Jazz | Trail Blazers | Wizards
Whose name recently replaced a Native American name
Commanders | Guardians
That existed before 1900
Braves | Cardinals | Cubs | Dodgers | Giants |
Phillies | Pirates | Reds
That has won at least 15 titles in its sport
Canadiens | Celtics | Lakers | Yankees
That represents the city of Detroit
Lions | Pistons | Red Wings | Tigers
Which has the same name as a team in another league
Cardinals | Giants | Jets | Kings | Panthers | Rangers
That failed to win a title for at least 85 years in a row
Cubs | Red Sox | White Sox
That moved from one city to another since 2000
Chargers | Grizzlies | Jets | Nationals |
Raiders | Rams | Thunder
From Canada, but not a hockey team
Blue Jays | Raptors
That Nolan Ryan played for
Angels | Astros | Mets | Rangers
That didn't exist in 2015
Golden Knights | Kraken
Whose name has a Christian religious connotation
Angels | Cardinals | Devils | Padres | Saints
That represents a city with a population < 200,000
Packers
That is more than 500 miles away from every other team
in the same league
Avalanche | Broncos | Mariners | Rockies |
Seahawks | Stars
That has defeated Tom Brady in the Super Bowl
Eagles | Giants
Whose stadium does not have a corporate
naming right deal
Angels | Bears | Cubs | Dodgers | Knicks |
Nationals | Orioles | Packers | Rangers |
Red Sox | Royals | Yankees
Whose name is horse related
Broncos | Colts | Pacers
Whose name is related to people who
pillage and plunder
Buccaneers | Pirates | Raiders | Vikings
55 Comments
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Level 83
Sep 29, 2022
Fun quiz!
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Level 83
Sep 29, 2022
Nice! The Nationals (Nationals Park) and Orioles (Oriole Park at Camden Yards) also do not have corporate naming rights.

Edit: The Royals also qualify. The stadium was renamed Kauffman Stadium in 1993 after the team’s recently deceased founder and owner. There’s no corporate sponsorship behind it.

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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2022
Added those, thank you.
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Level 84
Sep 29, 2022
Add Pacers for horse-related? From Wikipedia: The team is named after the state of Indiana's history with the Indianapolis 500's pace cars and with the harness racing industry.
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2022
Added Pacers.
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Level 23
Dec 15, 2022
same with san antonio spurs
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Level 65
Feb 28, 2023
and Dallas Mavericks
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Level 82
Sep 29, 2022
Phillies are named for the city of Philadelphia. Nothing to do with horses
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Level 75
Sep 29, 2022
If the question is meant as only the meaning behind the name, then agree, it doesn't fit.

But if it's a tongue in cheek play on how it *sounds* like "fillies", I can get behind that - though in that case I would argue that Cardinals and Mets (Metropolitans) should be accepted for the Christian connotations question.

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Level 84
Sep 29, 2022
Agreed. I've never heard of it as more than a take on the name of the city, and even the mascot is nothing horse like. There's no mention in their Brittanica article: "The Phillies were founded in 1883 and were informally known as both the Quakers and the Phillies (a shortened version of “Philadelphians”) until they officially adopted the Phillies name in 1890. "
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2022
Removed Phillies.
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Level 78
Sep 29, 2022
A number of things:

The Devils are named after the mythological Jersey Devil, which does not have biblical connotations.

A charger is a war horse, and is what the LA team is named after, even though they rarely represent their team with a horse these days.

The Phillies are named after people from Philadelphia. A filly is a horse (spelled with an "F").

The Pistons could be an iffy answer, as the horse mascot represents horse power, the very thing that pistons produce.

Strangely enough, when the Rays dropped the "Devil" part of their name, the ray actually represents the suns' rays. But they made this difficult by keeping the ray (fish) on their sleeves.

Other non-corporate teams: Rangers (NHL); Bears; Nationals; Orioles; Royals

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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2022
I looked into Chargers and the team of the name is not horse related.

Added the missing stadiums.

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Level 76
Dec 13, 2022
The more important question: how did the Devils never acquire Miroslav Satan?
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Level 83
Sep 29, 2022
I think the Cardinals fit the bill for "Christian religious connotation" as well.
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Level 74
Sep 30, 2022
Fully agree with cardinals as a christian connotation, first thing I tried, despite being a Saints fan I couldn't think of anything then did a full face palm when I saw the answers
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2022
Added Cardinals.
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Level 83
Sep 29, 2022
I think the Cardinals fit the bill for "Christian religious connotation" as well.
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Level 87
Sep 29, 2022
Toronto Raptors for 1?
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Level 50
Sep 30, 2022
Toronto's Raptors are dinosaurs.
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Level 87
Oct 2, 2022
But birds evolved from dinosaurs.
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Level 85
Sep 30, 2022
I was naming the stadium instead of the team! Argh!
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Level 80
Sep 30, 2022
If the knicks stadium counts then surely the NY Rangers stadium also counts since they both play at MSG
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Level 84
Sep 30, 2022
Nice quiz! Might consider accepting "Habs" for Canadiens.
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Level 65
Sep 30, 2022
Surely the Dallas Mavericks are horse related? Their logo is a horse...
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Level 83
Sep 30, 2022
It seems like I'm against the general feeling here, but I don't agree that Cardinals fits for the religious connotations question, since it's a level removed. They're named for birds which are in turn named for religious officials, but the team itself has bird connotations, not religious connotations.
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Level 72
Nov 3, 2022
Agreed. If Cardinals fit for Christian connotation, then Chargers should fit for horse connotation.
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Level 76
Sep 30, 2022
Isn't Cavaliers horse related, though? It does mean a mounted soldier/knight aka a horse riding tin can.
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Level 67
Dec 14, 2022
My first guess as well. Question should either be changed to "type of horse" or answers broadened.
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Level 82
Oct 1, 2022
would Rangers be horse related?
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Level 70
Oct 2, 2022
Surely spurs are horse related. nice test
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Level 78
Oct 5, 2022
Yeah, both cavaliers (literally horse riders) and spurs (a piece of equipment designed for riding horses) should qualify.
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Level 51
Oct 17, 2022
Warriors doesn't count for "people who pillage and plunder?" That seems perfect for this definition...
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Level 52
Dec 7, 2022
The warriors moved from Oakland to San Francisco in 2019 so they should fit for a team that moved from one city to another since 2000.
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Level 29
Dec 13, 2022
are mavericks horse related?
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Level 91
Dec 13, 2022
I thought so too, but I looked it up and James Garner who portrayed "Maverick" on the TV western was part of the original ownership group. It was chosen from the top three vote getters in a name the team contest beating out Wranglers and Express in a nod to their famous owner. The term maverick was originally applied to an unbranded cow, so it's more bovine in nature anyway. It eventually evolved to include the lone cowboy who claimed these cattle and then superseded it's original usage. I see no reason for Spurs and Cavaliers not to be acceptable answers, though.
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Level 74
Dec 13, 2022
Loved it!
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Level 47
Dec 13, 2022
The Phillies did not win a title from 1883 to 1980, well over 85 years. With that said, I do understand that the world series did not begin until 1903, which would only be 77 years, but the phillies did not even finish first in the league without the world series in the years from 1883 to 1903.
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Level 58
Dec 13, 2022
The Miami Heat terminated their naming rights agreement with FTX
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Level 79
Dec 13, 2022
Great quiz, type of quiz I wish I came up with
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Level 45
Dec 13, 2022
This quiz needs more time!
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Level 67
Dec 14, 2022
The Pelicans should be added to teams that have moved since 2000. They were the Charlotte Hornets and moved to New Orleans in 2002, then were renamed the Pelicans in 2013.
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Level 68
Dec 15, 2022
What about the Spungos?
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Level 57
Dec 15, 2022
Explain to me how the Dallas Mavericks are not horse related?
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Level 41
Dec 16, 2022
Could be Chiefs for a non-corporate stadium? Technically GEHA field, Arrowhead stadium. Too technical maybe
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Level 82
Dec 17, 2022
Did uncharacteristically well on this (for me taking a sports quiz), but still missed 2. Ran out of time guessing.
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Level 56
Jan 20, 2023
Mavericks are horse related bro.
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2024
The question says "whose name is horse related".

A maverick is a person, not a horse.

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Level 76
May 24, 2024
It's still horse-related. The question doesn't say the name is a type of horse, it says the name is horse-related, and Mavericks is definitely horse-related.
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Level 53
Feb 20, 2023
Very hard to do this when not updated. The Heat's stadium does not have a corporate name at the moment, and the Cowboys have defeated Tom Brady in the superbowl.
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Level ∞
Mar 29, 2024
Was there a backup kicker named Tom Brady or something?
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2023
add mavericks for horse related
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Level 67
Apr 1, 2024
The Brooklyn Nets have moved since 2000.
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Level 47
May 15, 2024
The rays are acutally a ray of sunlight not the animal
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Level 58
Jul 10, 2024
No Edmonton Elks replacing the Edmonton Eskimos?