Of the many great mysteries in sports, the name “Golden State Warriors” might be the most puzzling. Why not Oakland Warriors? California Warriors? Even the Bay Warriors has a nice little ring to it.
The use of a state nickname has perplexed sports fans everywhere throughout time. As far as we can tell, the Warriors are the only team that has a non-state, non-city as its locale. So, in an effort to make us Warrior fans feel better, we present some options for other teams to consider (with the help of Wikipedia’s list of official and unofficial state nicknames):
The Beaver State Trailblazers
The Pelican State Saints
The Show Me State Cardinals
The Crossroads of America Pacers
The Butternut State Titans
The Los Angeles Golden State Angels of Anaheim
The Rocky Mountain State Rockies
The Grand Canyon State Suns
The Gopher State Vikings
Land of the Red Man Hornets
Any other good ones?
[P.S. One day we’ll get “Photoshop.” Promise.]
List of U.S. State Nicknames [Wikipedia]