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Old 2010-10-30, 18:57   #1
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Which U.S. major-league1 (basketball, baseball, football, hockey (NHL))2 teams/franchises, past or present, have been named for a type of manmade weapon3?

(I know one example two examples, but there probably are others.)

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1 Just the major-league teams, please, not the "Townofyourchoice Trebuchets", for example. Also, teams based outside the U.S., such as in Montreal or Toronto, are not allowed.

2 Oh, okay ... soccer, too.

3 Just a weapon, not a weapon-bearer like "Warriors", "Braves" or "Rangers" -- but "Trebuchets" would count. Also, must be manmade, not a type of weather, like "Storm", or a phenomenon that could be part of the operation of a weapon, like "Fire", "Flames" or "Fusion" but isn't a whole weapon by itself.

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Old 2010-10-30, 20:09   #2
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buffalo_Sabres ?
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Old 2010-10-30, 20:12   #3
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That's one of the two I know.
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Colts ?

( Colts , including "Houston Colt .45s" (sic!) )

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Old 2010-10-30, 20:38   #5
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From Wikipedia:
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Baton Rouge has a successful rugby team, the Baton Rouge Redfish 7, which began playing in 1977 and has won numerous conference championships. Currently, the team competes in the Deep South Rugby Union as a Division II team.[30]
The city has an Australian rules football team, the Baton Rouge Tigers, which began playing in 2004 competes in the USAFL



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A truncheon or baton (also called a cosh, Paddy wacker, billystick, b'tawn, billy club, nightstick, sap, blackjack, stick) is essentially a stick of less than arm's length, usually made of wood, plastic, or metal, and carried by law-enforcement, corrections, security, and (less often) military personnel for less lethal self-defense, as well as control and to disperse combative and non-compliant subjects. A truncheon may be used to strike, jab, block, and aid in the application of armlocks. Truncheons are used to a lesser extent by non-officials because of their easy concealment, and are outlawed in many jurisdictions. They are also frequently used to rescue people who are trapped—for instance, in cars or buildings that are on fire, by smashing windows and doors.

Don't know if that is one of the answers you were thinking of


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Rockets might be considered weapons as well?
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Rockets might be considered weapons as well?
New York Jets?

Saint Louis Gunners would be close.

Baltimore_Bombers, NFL, never got off the ground.

Baltimore Bullets of the NBA

Indianapolis Jets, NBA

St. Louis Bombers, NBA

The Baltimore and the Washington Bullets, now the Wizards

Springfield Armor of the NBA Development Leauge previously the Anaheim Arsenal
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Not the Indianapolis Colts, whose horseshoe team logo indicates an animal reference.

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( Colts , including "Houston Colt .45s" (sic!) )
I doubt that the old Chicago Colts name referred to anything but the animal, but have no evidence either way.

The Houston Colt .45s (1962-1964) are indeed the other instance I know. (What's the error?)
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From Wikipedia:[/U]


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Don't know if that is one of the answers you were thinking of


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Are you referring to "Baton" in the city name? I wouldn't count that.

Besides, according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_Rouge,_Louisiana the "red stick" after which the location was named referred to a boundary marker rather than a weapon.
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Rockets might be considered weapons as well?
Hmm... some references say the Chinese first used them for fireworks, others for fire arrows.

Any sufficiently powered device could be used as a projectile ("kinetic") weapon. Cars have been used as such, but I wouldn't accept "cars".

Rockets don't have to be weapons, but can be simply transportation devices.

Does a saber have a non-weapon use? A sharp blade intended for, say, harvesting would best be differently-shaped. So I'd say that a saber is primarily a weapon, though it could be used to harvest wheat or slice a loaf of bread. A Colt .45 could be used as a can-opener, but ...

Rocket? I'm going to rule that it's primarily a propulsion device; it requires guidance and a weapon-type payload to be much of an effective weapon. Also, I'm fairly sure a team adopting that name would intend to imply speedy propulsion rather than a weapon.
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New York Jets?

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Indianapolis Jets, NBA
Same properties/uses as rocket, I think, so not a weapon.

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Saint Louis Gunners would be close.
Weapon-users rather than weapons themselves.

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Baltimore_Bombers, NFL, never got off the ground.
Weapon-user (air or ground) or transportation device.
Ditto.

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Baltimore Bullets of the NBA
Yes. (I forgot about them earlier.)

Bullets: yes. Wizards: only on Middle-Earth.

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Springfield Armor of the NBA Development Leauge previously the Anaheim Arsenal
Oooh... but neither. Armor = (protective) clothing. Arsenal = where weapons are stored. And the Development League isn't major.

Thanks for all those suggestions!

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