Momentum is building for the Washington Redskins to change their nickname, to the point where it now seems like an inevitable conclusion. Dan Snyder and Company almost assuredly know that, which is why they’ve registered Bravehearts as a possible new moniker for the franchise.
But there are plenty of other teams who could use a facelift. Two weeks ago, the editors at cover32 used their weekly Power Rankings to rate each of the 32 teams nicknames; for various reasons, they pointed out which ones were good and which ones were bad.
Today, it’s time to take it to the next level. Saying something isn’t up to snuff is the easy part; coming up with a better alternative takes some brainpower.
So with that in mind, here are 10 teams other than the Redskins who need a new nickname, plus a suggestion for a better moniker:
10. Buffalo Wings
The Bills have shown a penchant for wanting to use their city name as a means of creating a play on words, which is fine. But it’s definitely time to update the pop-culture reference. Entire generations of football fans no longer know anything about Buffalo Bill Cody. Nor do they understand the “Buffalo Nickels” reference that the team once considered. But everyone gets how Buffalo and Wings go together; so it’s time to update the silliness.
9. Arizona Scorpions
The Cardinals is a nickname that has been attached to the franchise for nearly 100 years, traveling with it from Chicago to St. Louis to Phoenix. So plenty of people will say that the team needs to stick with tradition; that’s a bunch of hooey. Cardinals doesn’t make any sense given where the team is located. But naming them after the most-venomous scorpions in North America – the Arizona bark scorpion – is perfect.