As a lifelong genre fiction fan and a hardcore sports aficionado, I enjoy when the two seemingly divergent pastimes overlap each other. I particularly appreciate sports teams with fantasy or mythology influenced names. So with the start of both college and professional football right around the corner, here are some of my favorite fantasy-influenced teams as well as some interesting ideas for new and improved team names.... like the Cleveland Cthulhus!
Tennessee Titans – There’s something really cool about a football team named after the Elder Gods of Greek mythology.
San Francisco Giants – insert steroid joke here.
Drexel University Dragons, Tiffin University Dragons, Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons, SUNY Cortland Red Dragons
DePaul Blue Demons, Northwestern State University Demons, Duke Blue Devils
I love this fusion of sports and fantasy but there are so many more fantastical creations out there than just demons and dragons… If I had my way, I’d infuse even more fantasy into sports names, mascots, etc. Here are some ideas for the NFL:
Buffalo Bills = Buffalo Basilisks
New York Jets = N.Y. Jabberwocks
Miami Dolphins = Miami Minotaurs
Washington Redskins = Washington Werewolves
Cleveland Browns = Cleveland Cthulhus
Arizona Cardinals = ‘Zona Zombies
And what about vampires, shapeshifters, gargoyles, ghouls, sorcerers, wraiths, goblins and orcs? I don’t know about you but I’d much rather watch a football game pitting the Cthulhus against the Werewolves than the Browns against the Cardinals…
And instead of chicken wings and beer, we could order up a tankard of mead with some barbequed dragon wings – with extra blue cheese, of course!