(Update: Thanks for all the commentary. Well appreciated. Keep it coming.)
(Update 2: Even more astute commentary still coming. Updated below)
(Update 3: We’ll have a follow-up piece in the next few days)
Sure, we’ve got the Yanks….but maybe that’s only because Nigeria took “the Super Eagles.” That’s a good one–man, that’s good.
T&T’s Soca Warriors, very cool.
Much better than “the Stars & Stripes.” (“All men starboard, we’re tacking due north! Man the jib!”)
Cue Larry Ellison. What is this the America’s Cup?
The Nats? Alluding to a pestering insect that often ends up swatted is not the imagery we want to conjure.
What should the U.S. soccer nickname be? Do we have it already with the Yanks or does that conjure up too much Ruth, Gehrig and Mantle and more importantly a game with a stick and gloves?
Vote in our poll on the right. We threw out some choices, but they’re probably way off.
We need something awe-inspiring like:
“La Furia Roja!” (Spain’s Red Fury!)
“The Lions of the Atlas” (Morocco) (I mean, this namesake once took on Gladiators in Rome’s Coliseum)
“The Black Stars” (Ghana)
“Maschine Mannschaft” (Germany’s “Machine Team”….is that not perfect?)
“Bafana, Bafana” (RSA’s The Boys, The Boys)…this is just fun to say.
“Blue Samurai” (Japan)
Before you write-in a choice or vote a current one, let’s examine what TSG believes the criteria should be:
1) It needs to inspire respect through tradition, simplicity or fear.
For example, the Italians are named the Azzuri after Savoy Blue, the color of the royal dynasty that in 1961 unified all of Italy. That’s cool.
2) It should really be unique.
We’re not marketers here at TSG, but here is another reason to question the current nicknames of “Yanks”. The Yanks is clearly more recognizable globally as the New York baseball team with the most championships–it would be like the NBA Olympic Team calling themselves the Celtics (bad example) or the Lakers.
3) It has to make you want to wear a t-shirt with it on it.
Here is another challenge with “Stars & Stripes”–it’s just not going to sell a lot of collateral. Put that name in some capacity on a t-shirt and you may mistake it for a Ralph Lauren polo.
In keeping with the simple guidelines above, TSG is throwing a few concepts into the ring. One note here, we really wanted to delve into history, but the Boston sports scene just about wrecked (read: owns) all the ideas we have. “The Revolution,” what a phenomenal name–sadly taken by a mid-table MLS team. Again, “The Patriots,” done! Whoops, already bestowed upon the other football team in New England.
So our cursory names were throwing into the hat:
- The Rattlers The Rattlesnakes: We’ve already got the emblem and the slogan. Beyond that, the species is indiginous to the United States and the snake was a major symbol of the American Revolution.
- The Rebels: Another reference to the American Revoluion. Sadly, the top choices of the Patriots and the Revolution as mentioned above were already assigned. A reason to like the Rebels? Seem like the whole world and much of the U.S., including major television stations, are against the team, so it might work.
Or maybe TSG is completely offbase here; if so let us know. Confirm one of the names that already exists…hopefully it’s not the “Stars & Stripes.” I just see sailboats.
Write yours in, either in the comments or in the poll to the right and we’ll go from there and create another poll with the best answers.
Can’t we just impose a trade embargo on Nigeria or elect them to the UN Security Counsel for that Super Eagles moniker?
- The Rebel Yanks (courtesy of Jason Davis)
- The Rough Riders (courtesy of i like tuesday)
- The Outlaws (courtesy of Dylan)
- The Minutemen (courtesy of Berg)
- The Revolutionaries (courtesy of Jared)
- The Freedom Fighters (courtesy of free beer)
- The Sons of Liberty (courtesy of Andrew)
- The Rifleman (courtesy of Jared)
- The Buffalo (courtesy of Jared…again)
- The Militia (courtesy of Mark from TSG)