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The Best Sports Teams Not Named After Animals

Updated 30 Jan 2020 3.6k votes 79 voters111 items

List RulesOnly professional teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS.

Sports teams have been named after animals since organized sports have been around, but did you ever wonder how many profession sports teams are not named after animals? Football and baseball teams in particular have looked to other places for inspiration.

The Houston Astros, LA Galaxy, and Dallas Stars come from the astronomy world, while other teams like the Tennessee Titans and the New York and San Francisco Giants take their inspiration from Greek mythology. The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Islanders are even named after their city, and the Houston Texans are named after their state. These teams are champions full of Hall of Famers and MVPs, and they have accomplished all of that without naming themselves after animals.

So check out this list of all the professional sports teams not named after animals, and vote up the franchises that have had the most success in their sports. Then, head over and check out all the teams named after animals to get the other side of the coin.

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