They say that naming a pop sports team is a lot like naming your kid: Look for something different, but not something people will laugh at.
After perusing the nicknames of the Big Four pop sports--World TeamTennis, Arena football, Roller Hockey International, and the Continental Indoor Soccer League--it appears that most everyone was clear on that concept.
A few team owners ignored conventional wisdom, creating nicknames that break the rules in their own progressive, endearing kind of way.
How else can you explain roller hockey's Vancouver Voodoo or Calgary Rad'z?
Or, a tennis team called the Penguins?
Or, the Anaheim Bullfrogs? Is that another Mickey Mouse name or what?
Well, at least it's original and somewhat imaginative, not like a few years ago when Arena football teams kept offering us generic, dull, singular nicknames such as Detroit Drive , Charlotte Rage , Tampa Bay Storm and San Antonio Force .