The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

5 May 2005

They're no angels, either

Xrlq (rhymes with "strlq") notes that an Assemblyman from Orange County has introduced a bill to require a disclaimer by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to the effect that, well, they're not actually in Los Angeles, which is exactly the sort of consequence that logically follows from the adoption of the second-dumbest team name in recent history.

Which, of course, leads to the obvious question: What happens to "Bears Football presented by Bank One", now that JP Morgan Chase has acquired Bank One?

Posted at 2:38 PM to Dyssynergy

Does anyone else remember the "Brooklyn Patriots of Los Angeles" from Jackie Gleason's old TV show, The Life Of Reilly"

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 3:39 PM on 5 May 2005

There's a slew of teams that aren't where they say they are. Orchard Park Bills just doesn't have that ring to it.

It was fun nominating Angels during my AL fantasy baseball auction. "Los Angeles Erstad of Darin, $1."

Posted by: Matt at 3:42 PM on 5 May 2005

I assume that the first dumbest team name is the Utah Jazz (formerly located in New Orleans).

Posted by: Juliette at 4:43 PM on 5 May 2005

Oh, Utah has as much jazz as, say, Los Angeles has lakes. :)

But the dumbest name, I thought, was that convoluted Chicago Bears thing I mentioned in the body of the post.

Posted by: CGHill at 6:17 PM on 5 May 2005

In all the times I visited San Francisco as a kid, I never did see a single Giant. On the other hand, folks in Buffalo probably see more Bills every month than they want to.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:30 AM on 6 May 2005

I did, for a while, enjoy the rhymes inherent in the New York state of mind, be it in baseball's National League (the Mets), the NBA (the Nets, later moved to New Jersey), the NFL (the Jets), and, while it lasted, Team Tennis (the Sets). And if I remember correctly, the first off-track wagering facilities in the area were tagged "The N.Y. Bets."

Posted by: CGHill at 9:36 AM on 6 May 2005

They're thankfully easy to forget, but it never occurred to me that the worst team name ever was anything other than the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

"Of Anaheim" is becoming to team names what "in bed" is to fortune cookie fortunes.

Posted by: Matt at 1:14 PM on 6 May 2005