At the college level and throughout the professional ranks, clever team nicknames flood the landscape of sports.
These unique names capture the essence of the city their team represents or personify a school’s history, geography or tradition.
Plus, they can be both educational as well as entertaining.
Team names cover the spiritually themed: Saints, Demons, Friars, Bishops and Crusaders. They also comprise the animal kingdom with names like the Gators, Mustangs, Bears, Eagles and Buffaloes.
Even weather centric references like Hurricanes, Gaels, Cyclones, Storm and Tornadoes make up another clever collection of intimidating team names.
However, at #10, the noblest category of team names rightfully starts Favorite Sports Royalty.
With its sovereign assortment of majestic monikers, royal names reign supreme over both college and pro sports.
In this chapter, we pay homage to cleverly coined teams who metaphorically sit on thrones, oversee estates, govern nations, lead countries into battle or preside as potentates over geographic areas.
The world of sports furnishes us with kings, barons, knights, chiefs, dukes, dons, lords and other governing authorities.
In the college ranks, we look no further than Durham, NC where the NCAA’s Duke University calls home. The mighty Blue Devils, or Dukies, have wielded their power and authority over college basketball as a genuine duke would preside over his people.
In addition to Duke, there are plenty of other regal names that surface in college sports. You’ll find Monarchs from Old Dominion University, Lord Jeffs at Amherst College, Dons from the University of San Francisco, Regals from Cal Lutheran and even more Dukes from James Madison University.
You’ll even find Barons from at least three schools and seven teams nicknamed Royals from assorted colleges and universities.
Plus, let’s not forget the Knights. They may rank at the bottom of the royal, noble and chivalric order, but they’re regals nonetheless.
In college sports, warring knights actually comprise a diverse palette of colors. Schools range from Scarlet Knights at Rutgers, to Blue Knights at Urbana (OH) College, to Golden Knights at the University of Central Florida and finally to Black Knights at West Point.
Even the sport of kings, horse racing, is represented in the college ranks with the regal Thoroughbreds from Murray State.
Not to be outdone, as king of the jungle, the Lion is the nickname of choice for 11 NCAA sports teams.
At the professional level, there is no shortage of kingly or royal names either. And, Kansas City seems to have cornered the market on nicknames involving crowns or royal headgear.
The city’s pride, the NFL Chiefs, signifies royalty among Indians. But, Kansas City proudly boasts Major League Baseball’s Royals, too.
Ironically, the town’s former NBA franchise was known as the Kansas City Kings. That regal title is now taken by the league’s Western Conference team known as the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings nickname finds its way on the front of NHL jerseys, too. It‘s fitting that hockey’s greatest player ever, Wayne Gretzky or the Great One, wore a Los Angeles Kings jersey at the end of his career.
In international football or soccer, a sports fan needn’t look far to acknowledge two of the most majestic and noble names that dominate the world’s most glorious game.
Chelsea in London, with its 100 year-old tradition, has changed its badges (patches worn on shirts) over the years. However, the genesis of the team’s nickname, the Blues, has always remained.
The Blues name derives from not only the team’s royal blue uniforms. But, it also is recognized by the image of the badge’s lion which is emblematic of the Viscount of Chelsea, one of the royal families governing London in the early 1900s.
The jewel in the crown of royal nicknames belongs to Real Madrid. A regular UEFA Champions League contender, it’s the home team to some of the greatest FIFA footballers in the world like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric.
In addition, Forbes Magazine valued Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable sports franchise at a staggering $3.3 Billion.
Now, that’s a king’s ransom!
In addition, it’s a primary reason why regal team nicknames start this book Favorite Sports Royalty.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!