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Obscure sports trivia

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Chef2, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. ADanielPandR

    ADanielPandR Member

    How many past and present professional or collegiate sports teams can you name that were named after a U.S. state bird?
  2. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Odds would say Phillies and Pirates, but maybe Mets and Cubs at some point in the 1960s? Or some pre-1900 teams.
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  3. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    My guess is the Phillies and the old Boston Braves, mid-1930s.
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  4. mpcincal

    mpcincal Well-Known Member

    The Orioles and the former Atlanta Thrashers come to mind, and I think a few state have a cardinal as their state bird, though I don't know if any of the pro sports teams of that name have it specifically because it's the state bird.
    And, and some may know, the Nuggets were born as the Denver Rockets of the ABA. However, per Terry Pluto's book on the ABA, there was actually some discussion of naming the team the Colorado Lark Buntings, but the owner decided to name it Rockets after his trucking business.
  5. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Yes, the famous 1962 Mets (40-120) finished the season against the ninth-place Cubs, who had also lost 100 games. I looked up 1898, where St. Louis and Washington both lost over 100 games, but their last meeting that season was Aug. 26.
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  6. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    The 1928 Braves (103 losses) and Phillies (109) last played each other in a doubleheader on Sept. 8, then finished against the western teams. Let me make sure they didn't repeat that futility, since the Phillies were really good at accomplishing that.
  7. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

    Stunningly, the Florida State Bird is the northern mockingbird. How it isn't a snowy egret, an ibis or a flamingo is absurd.
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  8. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Whose career home run record did Babe Ruth break?
  9. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Roger Connor, I think.
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  10. cyclingwriter2

    cyclingwriter2 Well-Known Member

    Correct, Roger Connor. Though, it wasn’t discovered until later.
  11. ADanielPandR

    ADanielPandR Member

    You're right, the cardinal is pretty common. I don't know for sure, but I would guess the University of Louisville chose the cardinal because of its status as Kentucky's bird. It is also the state bird of Illinois, and Arizona's NFL team did start as the Chicago Cardinals.
  12. CD Boogie

    CD Boogie Well-Known Member

    Mets and Phillies?
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