Weather-related team names

While much of the United States and Canada is mired in the throes of winter, it gives us time to celebrate the great winter and other weather-related team names.

It's cold out there, in fact it's freezing in most places, especially in Fargo, North Dakota where I spent my college years. Fargo once hosted an indoor football team appropriately named the Fargo Freeze. Several other teams have adopted Freeze, or adaptations of it such as Northern Freeze, Freezers and Freezz (the 'zz' ending being a Utah ifavorite). Feeling the Chill yet? Minnesota and blizzards go hand-in-hand during the winter, so Minnesota Blizzard is an apt moniker, especially for a hockey team. Variations of Blizzard include Blizzards, Blue Blizzard and Irish Blizzard. The Vermont Ice Storm serve as a dangerous variant of a blizzard. Love the snow? They do in the Poconos, where they have the Pocono Snow. Take a jaunt up north from there to find the Western New York Thundersnow. Be careful you don't get Frostbite!

Had enough of the cold? Let's go to the (non)polar opposite - the Heat! The most famous Heat are the Miami Heat NBA franchise. ♫ "It's like a Heatwave" ♫  In Hot Springs, Montana you'll find the Hot Springs Savage Heat. California has been home to the California Sunshine and the Sacramento Scorch

California has also played host to a few teams of a different weather ilk - the Bakersfield Fog and the San Francisco Fog. The University of San Francisco was originally known as the St. Ignatius College Grey Fog

Wind is a major factor in weather, from the mild Breeze to the extreme Hurricanes and everything in between. Different types of relatively innocuous Winds include Whirlwinds (Whirlies), Dust Devils/Dustdevils/Dusters, Golden Gusties, Zephyrs, Chinook/Chinooks, Monsoon/Monsoons and Gales/Golden Gales. More devastating wind events include Tornado/Tornados/Tornadoes, Twisters, Cyclone/Cyclones, Typhoons on up to Hurricane/Hurricanes.

Many of the above team names are types of Storm/Storms. Events associated with Storms include Thunder, Thunderbolts and Flashes of Lightning. Extreme storms such as tornadoes and hurricanes can lead to Floods, which inspired the name of the Zanesville Flood Sufferers - one of the classic baseball team names of the early 20th century.

Please note that many of these team names have color variations - to see the complete list, click on the 'Browse' tab above.




Halloween team names

Halloween is just around the corner, and kids (and adults!) can't wait! You can be almost anything for Halloween, but the holiday is synonymous with some nocturnal mischief makers.

We'll detail some of the better #HalloweenTeamNames, and you can suggest your own!

"Well, there are all manner of lesser imps and demons, Pete, but the great Satan hisself is red and scaly with a bifurcated tail, and he carries a hay fork."
- Ulysses Everett McGill "O Brother, Where Art Thou"

Devils Lake SatansThere have been a couple of Satans teams (they're both defunct now), most notably the Devils Lake Satans of North Dakota. There are Devils aplenty – most notably the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils. ¿Hablas español? Hay Diablos! The El Paso Diablos were a long-time Minor League Baseball franchise and back in the 1950s there was a team known as the Diablos Rojos ("Red Devils"). There are lots of other "colored" devils, such as the Duke Blue Devils, and other adjectived devils such as the Arizona State University Sun Devils. Though relatively innocuous, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were de-deviled to appeal to a broader demographic. There are also Demons galore - most famously the Blue Demons of DePaul University and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Several animals act as Halloween's "spirit animals". Black Cats are favorites, and Bats also adorn Halloween decor. (How appropriate are the Belfry Bats of small-town Belfry, Montana?) The Great Bend Bat Cats straddle the line between the two. Ah-hoo! There were Werewolves of London! And there have been several incarnations of Beast. But so far, no Chupacabras that we know of!

What other creatures roam the night? Why Zombies, of course! Sadly, only one team in our database has donned the moniker, although the Monroeville Zombies (Zack and Miri Make a Porno) make our Fictional Teams List. Witches not only are a perennially popular costume, but are part of American history. Remember the infamous Salem witch trials? Salem, Massachusetts hasn't forgotten - their high school team name is the Witches. A Warlock has come to be known as a male witch, although witches may be male or female. Other practioners of Magic (the National Basketball Association has the Orlando Magic) include Wizards (the NBA has the Washington Wizards) and the Mystics (Washington's WNBA franchise). Voodoo is represented by the Voodoo Dolls and Voo Doo Dawgs.  Ghosts (Casper, Wyoming had a Minor League team named the Casper Ghosts. Get it?), Ghost Riders and Phantoms haunt the landscape of minor league sports. Goblins make a sole appearance at the high school level, and there seems to be a lot of Spirit - so much that we'll call it Spirits. The Flying Dutchman is a legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever - and Flying Dutchmen can be found in places where Dutch immigrants settled.

Feel free to add to our list by contacting us, commenting below, or tagging #HalloweenTeamNames on Twitter. Happy Halloweening!