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 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 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 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.
CHESAPEAKE 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
CLEVELAND 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
The year 2020 will be the year of plenty of Top Twenty lists here at Balladeer’s Blog. Here is yet another one:
CAL 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 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 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
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
Thanksgiving Week continues! I’m sure we all remember how the Pilgrims of the 1600s fled England to escape persecution for their horribly malformed faces (see left).
William Bradford sought out Professor Charles Xavier and together the two men parted the waters of the Atlantic Ocean so that Puritan Mutants could make their Exodus and walk all the way to the New World.
Upon arrival, Xavier decided to lie and say that he and his fellow Pilgrims had reached Plymouth Rock. This was not true, of course, but even then Charles Xavier was a pathological liar. 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
BRISTOL COLLEGE BAYHAWKS
Location: Fall River, MA
Comment: You almost can’t go wrong with any team name that adds the word “hawks” at the end. Continue reading
Like all levels of college sports, the JUCO ranks have waaaay too many teams called Tigers, Eagles, Bulldogs and Wildcats, but here are the 20 Coolest Names.
20. BAKERSFIELD RENEGADES
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Comment: If you “walk the streets of Bakersfield” you’re bound to hear about the Renegades, who have a nickname cool enough to be a rock group or a band of mercenaries in the notoriously bad post-apocalypse movie 2020 Texas Gladiators. Hard to believe in just a few years the country will be full of those marauding gangs, isn’t it?
19. HIGHLAND SCOTTIES
Location: Highland, KS
Comment: You just knew a dog lover like me would include this team! And there’s no truth to the rumor that their original mascot was Star Trek’s James Doohan standing on the sidelines and saying “I need more time, Cap’n!”
18. ASA AVENGERS
Location: New York, NY
Comment: Insert your own Emma Peal or “Why is the Avengers movie taking so long?” joke here. This school has one seriously cool nickname and logo, don’t they? T-shirt sales must be through the roof! And I’m sure their call to practice is either “We’re needed” or “Avengers Assemble!”
17. GARDEN CITY BRONCBUSTERS
Location: Garden City, KS
Comments: No, that’s not a typo, they go by Broncbusters, not BroncObusters. Under any name and in any sport they kick major butts. And you just haven’t busted until you’ve Broncbusted, y’know? 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