I originally set out to write about how the Houston Oilers NFL franchise wisely used "Intent-to-Use" trademark applications to reserve rights in all of its proposed names after moving the franchise to Tennessee. Having considered, but then later deciding against, having a contest to pick the new name, the team consulted with local experts and business people and ultimately filed federal trademark applications for the Tradition, Pioneers, Fury, Wolves, Vipers, Commanders, Presidents, and Tornados, before settling on the Titans name.
While researching the Titans name change, I stumbled upon the proposed names for the Seattle Seahawks, who actually decided to have a contest to decide the team name. I couldn't help but share, because it's so fun to imagine an NFL team with some of these names. My favorites are the "Seattle Mongooses" and "Seattle Bigfoots," simply because of the grammatical ambiguity (Mongeese? Bigfeet?). There is no doubt that Mari-Elise is disappointed that they didn't go with the "Seattle Yogas." But, with suggestions like the "Seattle Diarrheas" and "Seattle Sleazies," it's no wonder why the Titans decided against having a contest.
Here's the list:
Blue Sounders and Sounders
Green State Geoducks
Identified Flying Objects
Queen City Quinaults
Pike Street Misfits
Saints 'n Sinners
If you've got any suggestions for renaming your favorite (or least favorite) NFL team, put them in the comments below.
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