What Your Favorite Teams Were Almost Called
Old 06-03-2009, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Few team names seem quite as dated as the Toronto Raptors'. The team started play in 1995 with a mascot that was obviously a nod to Jurassic Park, which had destroyed box-office records a couple of years earlier. However, looking at the list of names the Toronto franchise could have chosen, the Raptors seems like a terrific choice. The other nine finalists were the Tarantulas, Beavers, Bobcats, Dragons, Grizzlies, Hogs, Scorpions, T-Rex, and Terriers. "The Hogs" makes sense since Toronto's historic nickname is Hogtown, but it lacks a certain menace and would have been catastrophic when the team picked Oliver Miller in the expansion draft. The rest of the finalists, however, look largely like they were culled from a list of things 13-year-old boys think are awesome, so kudos on picking the Raptors name. (This decision might mark the last time a franchise under Isiah Thomas' direction made a wise choice.)

What Your Favorite Teams Were Almost Called
By Ethan Trex, from The Wall Street Journal, apparently reprinted from 'mentalfloss.com,' whatever that is

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Old 06-03-2009, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Toronto Hogs and Oliver Miller. That would've gone hand in hand
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i still have no idea why they didn't choose 'towers'.
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if they were called beavers I think the media/people would have a lot of fun insulting the team b/c they're soft, or pussies
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Toronto Towers would have been great

florida flamingos and orlando juice
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Funny i always attributed 'Raptors' to something some 13 year old boy thought would be awesome...and therefore really isn't.
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Toronto Towers would have been great

florida flamingos and orlando juice
Man, if a baseball team was called, "the juice".....well, lets just say there would be a lot of testing going on
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Why not the Toronto Huskies? Going back to our roots.
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Why not the Toronto Huskies? Going back to our roots.
Huskies is a stupid name . It was then as it is now.
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Why not? And something I still can't belive is that the first professional basketball game was the New York Kickerbockers vs. Toronto Huskies. I eam Toronto. Seriosuly WOW
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Huskies is a stupid name . It was then as it is now.
What's so bad about Huskies?
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I'm kinda feeling the New York Skyliners to be honest.
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so our team was named from a Spielberg flick?
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The reference to the raptors/t-rex was because of the movie, but also because of the ational pride some people in some cirlces feel about Canada being home to The Badlands, where the t-rex and many other major archeological finds have been made.

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Huskies is a stupid name . It was then as it is now.
You sound so ridiculously childish.
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I think the University of Conneticut had something to do with the team not being named the Huskies. It would have been a lot of red tape from what I remember.
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