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
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.
UNIVERSITY 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 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
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
FAULKNER STATE SUN CHIEFS
Location: Bay Minette, AL
Comment: This excellent institution was founded in 1965 and has additional campuses in Continue reading
FIVE 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
BISMARCK STATE MYSTICS
Location: Bismarck, ND
Comment: Now THIS is what I’m talking about! With this institution’s teams you can tie in Otto Von Bismarck, Harry Potter or any other fictional magicians you prefer to use. Continue reading
With the WNBA season coming up what better time for a look at the coolest team names in the league’s history. This list will include franchises that folded along with teams that are still active.
12. HOUSTON COMETS
Comment: The Comets were one of the Original Eight WNBA franchises and were the league’s very first dynasty. The Comets won the WNBA championship for the first four years of the league’s existence. To put that in perspective not even the NBA’s Jordan/Pippin Bulls or Kobe/Shaq Lakers were able to win four titles in a row.
11. LOS ANGELES SPARKS
Comment: Another Original Eight franchise, the Sparks labored in the shadow of the Houston Comets for years. In 2001 the Sparks seized the opportunity to unseat the Comets as Western Conference Champions and went on to win the 2001 and 2002 WNBA titles. High-profile University of Tennessee player Candace Parker joined the Sparks for the 2008 season. Continue reading
SAINT CLAIR COUNTY COLLEGE SKIPPERS
Location: Port Huron, MI
Division: NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association)
Comment: You can insert your own Gilligan’s Island comment if you like, but I find the nickname Skippers to be Continue reading
ACADEMY OF ART URBAN KNIGHTS
Location: San Francisco, CA
Division: NCAA Division Two
Conference Affiliation: Pacific West Conference
Comment: You’d expect an academy of art to have an incredibly eye-catching logo like this but this institution takes things to the Nth degree by also having an unbelievably cool nickname for its sports teams.
Bonus: I was torn between which Urban Knights logo to use so I’ll just go ahead and use both. Behold: Continue reading
VERMILION COLLEGE IRONMEN
Location: Ely, MN
Comment: There are so many ways we could go here. We could do a Black Sabbath reference (and I’m betting that Iron Man is performed ad nauseum by their marching band) or maybe a Marvel Comics superhero reference. Continue reading
LANDMARK COLLEGE LANDSHARKS
Location: Putney, VT
Comment: “This was no boating accident!”
What’s not to love about a Continue reading
MILWAUKEE TECH STORMERS
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Conference Affiliation: North Central College Conference
Comment: Milwaukee Area Technical College is an outstanding institution with a name for being a pathway to long and prosperous careers. Continue reading