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The Top 10 Coolest Team Nicknames in History

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The art of the nickname has vanished in the past decade. Team nicknames almost never catch on and players nicknames often just include a players initials or their name abbreviated (See: KG, T-Mac, D-Wade, A-Rod, LT, T.O., and the list goes on and on). Amidst, the lack of creativity in modern day nicknames, these are the top 10 team nicknames in sports history. Click here to read the complete list of coolest team nicknames in history.


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    Steel Curtain

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    Steel Curtain
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    The "Steel Curtain" was the nickname given to the Pittsburgh Steelers defense of the 1970s while dominating the NFL by winning four Super Bowls.

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    Phi Slamma Jamma

    Houston's basketball team from 1982-1984 was nicknamed the "Phi Slamma Jamma" after the "Texas' Tallest Fraternity" and their ability to dunk.

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    Four Horsemen

    The Notre Dame backfield of the early 1920s, which included Harry Stuhldreher, Don Miller, Jim Crowley and Elmer Ladin, was nicknamed the "Four Horsemen" by sportswriter Grantland Rice.

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    Monsters of the Midway

    The "Monsters of the Midway" was first used as the Chicago Bears' nickname of the early 1940s, but reemerged for their 1985 Super Bowl team.

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    Murderers' Row

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    Murderers' Row
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    "Murderers' Row" refers to the first six hitters in the New York Yankees batting order, originally in 1918 and more famously in 1927.

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    Purple People Eaters

    The Minnesota Vikings defensive line of the late 1960s to late 1970s was nicknamed the "Purple People Eaters" after their ability to get to the quarterback and the color of their jerseys.

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    The Hogs

    The Washington Redskins' offensive line of the 1980s and early 1990s were nicknamed "The Hogs" after offensive line coach Joe Bugel called them hogs one day during training camp. The group helped pave the way to three Super Bowl titles.

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    Gashouse Gang

    The 1934 St. Louis Cardinals were nicknamed the "Gashouse Gang" due to a dirty appearance. Not dirty as in vulgar, but dirty as in smelly and unbathed.

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    The French Connection

    "The French Connection" refers to the Buffalo Sabres line of Gilbert Perreault, Rick Martin and Rene Robert, who were all French-Canadian.

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    The Big Red Machine

    "The Big Red Machine" was the nickname given to the Cincinnati Reds from 1970-1976, when they averaged 98 wins a season during that time span.

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