Category Archives: Cool names and cool logos

MORE COOL BUT NEGLECTED FOOTBALL HELMETS

Balladeer’s Blog’s readers can’t get enough of these blog posts about cool football helmets, so, since I aim to please here is another one.

Abraham Lincoln RailsplittersABRAHAM LINCOLN

Team Name: RAILSPLITTERS

Comment: How can you NOT love this name for the football teams of any educational institute at any level? The Railsplitters is great. The Emancipators would be great, too!

Roman Catholic CahillitesROMAN CATHOLIC

Team Name: CAHILLITES

Comment: Regular readers of Balladeer’s Blog know I’m a soft touch when it comes to incredibly cool helmet logos, especially when they’re combined with butt-kickingly unique team names. 

Benjamin Franklin ElectronsBENJAMIN FRANKLIN

Team Name: ELECTRONS

Comment: Electrons is a clever choice for a team named after good old Dr Franklin. Other possibilities might be the Stoves, the Kitefliers, the Lightning Bolts, or maybe the Cougars given his fondness for older wo- … naaah. Continue reading

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TWENTY MORE COOL-NAMED NJCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

Another Balladeer’s Blog Top Twenty list for 2020. This time it’s 20 more cool-named teams from the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). FOR THE FIRST TWENTY NJCAA TEAMS CLICK HERE 

Vance Granville VanguardsVANCE-GRANVILLE COLLEGE VANGUARDS

Location: Henderson, NC

Comment: Kudos to the folks at this institution for showing some creativity with the name of their sports teams! The Vanguards definitely stand out and their logo is very, very eye-catching!

Quinsigamond College WyvernsQUINSIGAMOND COLLEGE WYVERNS

Location: Worcester, MA

Comment: Quinsigamond is a mouthful, no doubt about it, and when you combine that memorable school name with the memorable team name Wyverns you have got the kind of magic that Balladeer’s Blog loves!

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsFAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS

Location: Bay Minette, AL 

Comment: With a nickname as cool as Sun Chiefs and with a logo that is as eye-catching as this one I can only hope that this college adds football at some point in the future.

newlogo01.aiCHESAPEAKE COLLEGE SKIPJACKS

Location: Wye Mills, MD

Comment: Don’t call them the Flapjacks. Don’t call them the Blackjacks. They are the Skipjacks, one of the most strikingly unique team names in any division of college sports. The Chesapeake College teams take their name from the sloop-rigged sailboat, not the tuna.  Continue reading

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TWENTY COOL-NAMED NCCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

Another Balladeer’s Blog Top Twenty list for 2020. Previously I featured cool-named college sports teams from the NAIA and USCAA. This time it’s 20 cool-named teams from the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association).

Yellowstone Christian College Centurions 2YELLOWSTONE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CENTURIONS

Location: Billings, MT  

Comment: “Thwow him to the GWOUND, thentuwion!” Had to be said, for the sake of all us Monty Python fans. Joking aside, Centurions is a terrific and almost unique team name in college sports.

saint katherine firebirdsUNIVERSITY OF SAINT KATHERINE FIREBIRDS

Location: San Marcos, CA

Comment: These teams were named after the Doug McClure post-apocalypse movie Firebird: 2015 AD. I’m KIDDING! They were named after the legendary firebirds themselves. 

Nebraska Christian College SentinelsNEBRASKA CHRISTIAN COLLEGE SENTINELS

Location: Papillion, NE

Comment: The Sentinels have got it going on! So does their institution, which has a knack for unique and memorable team names. Prior to going by Sentinels NCC’s teams were called the Parsons.

Moody BIble Institute Archers bigMOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE ARCHERS

Location: Chicago, IL

Comment: Set your Mood Rings to “contemplative!” This team name comes from the school’s reference to their famous Arch, NOT to people who wield a bow and arrows, but that’s a common misconception. Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: CLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Cleveland Community College YetisCLEVELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE YETIS

Location: Shelby, NC

Comment: Special thanks to reader Andrew, who informed me about this incredibly cool name for the sports teams at Cleveland Community College! Continue reading

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TWENTY COOLEST-NAMED USCAA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

The year 2020 is going to be the year of Top 20 lists here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here we go with the 20 Coolest-Named College Sports Teams in the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

Webb Institute WebbiesWEBB INSTITUTE WEBBIES

Location: Glen Cove, NY

Comment: Sure, some people may have gone with Webslingers or even Webbslingers for this team but that would not be true to Webb Institute’s location and lore.

Great Bay College HeronsGREAT BAY COLLEGE HERONS

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Comment: Herons are similar to storks and ibises and dwell on every continent except Antarctica. Their coolness factor and obvious adaptability make them an ideal mascot for a college’s athletic teams!   

Pratt Institute CannoneersPRATT INSTITUTE CANNONEERS

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Comment: The team name Cannoneers all by itself would put Pratt Institute on this list but when you throw in that terrific logo at left it takes everything to the next level.  

East West University PhantomsEAST/WEST UNIVERSITY PHANTOMS

Location: Chicago, IL

Comment: Goths and college sports fans alike can get behind the incredibly cool team name and logo for the Phantoms of East/West University!  Continue reading

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TWENTY MORE COOL-NAMED NAIA COLLEGE SPORTS TEAMS

The year 2020 will be the year of plenty of Top Twenty lists here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here is yet another one:

calmaritimekeelhaulersCAL MARITIME KEELHAULERS

Location: Vallejo, CA

Comment: The name Keelhaulers may sound like a bar (“It’s Ladies’ Night at Keelhaulers!”) but that’s no problem since their mascot looks like he can definitely handle himself in rough company.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN TROLLTRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS

Location: Palos Heights, IL

Comment: No, their mascot isn’t a message board jerk provoking flame wars, it’s an old-school Troll like you’d find in fairy tales and myths.

columbia_koalasCOLUMBIA COLLEGE FIGHTING KOALAS

Location: Columbia, SC

Comment: Okay, koalas would be scary enough, but FIGHTING Koalas? Those babies will mess you up badly! Continue reading

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COOL-NAMED COLLEGE SPORTS TEAM: FAULKNER STATE

Faulkner State Sun ChiefsFAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS

Location: Bay Minette, AL

Division: NJCAA

Comment: This excellent institution was founded in 1965 and has additional campuses in Continue reading

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COOLEST CANADIAN COLLEGE FOOTBALL TEAMS

College football season is just over a month away in the divisions covered here at Balladeer’s Blog. To whet our appetites here’s a look at The Coolest Canadian College Football Teams.

Montreal CarabinsMONTREAL CARABINS

Location: Montreal, QC

Comment: My Canadian readers tell me Carabins are a military unit which wields Carbines, making this name virtually unique. 

Ottawa Gee Gees GOODOTTAWA GEE GEES

Location: Ottawa, ON

Comment: GG originally stood for “Garnet & Grey” so it was combined with Gee Gee, slang for a racehorse, hence the horse on the helmet.

Acadia AxemenACADIA AXEMEN

Location: Wolfville, NS

Comment: The name Axemen still sounds cool, despite its use in the title of a few reality shows in recent years. Continue reading

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SIX NEW TEAMS JOIN THE NCCAA

Six new institutions will be joining the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) for the 2018-2019 season. Here they are in descending order of team name coolness:

Erskine Flying FleetERSKINE COLLEGE

Team Name: FLYING FLEET

Location: Due West, South Carolina

Geneva College Goldent TornadoesGENEVA COLLEGE

Team Name: GOLDEN TORNADOES

Location: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

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COOL-NAMED TEAM: FIVE TOWNS COLLEGE

Five Towns College SoundFIVE TOWNS COLLEGE SOUND

Location: Dix Hills, NY  

Division: USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association)

Comment: Located on Long Island, Five Towns College was established in 1972 and has gained a reputation as a path to music-related careers in the entertainment industry. Continue reading

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