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Sport If the Cleveland Indians change their team name, here are some of the best options

19:55  04 july  2020
19:55  04 july  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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The franchise has gone by the name Indians since 1915, but sports franchises are increasingly under criticism for using names, logos and uniform design elements that reference Native Americans. Already the Indians have phased out use of the "Chief Wahoo" logo, and the NFL's Washington Redskins are themselves discussing a name change after receiving pressure from sponsors.

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So perhaps gone will be Indians, and in its place will be ... something else. Let's take a look at some of the candidates to be that something else.

Cleveland Spiders

With apologies to the University of Richmond, "Spiders" is a woefully underused sports team name. In this instance, there's a civic connection: The city's short-lived National League franchise of the late nineteenth century was known as the Cleveland Spiders. You'll find this one to be a popular option on media sociale.

Cleveland Naps

Nap Lajoie spent the heart of his legendary career with Cleveland's American League team and was the AL's first true superstar. His star power was such that, yes, the Cleveland team was named the Naps before it was named the Indians. That means it would indeed be a nod to franchise history to roll the name back to "Naps." Bonus points are awarded since the word also signifies restorative time spent on the couch.

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Cleveland Fellers

In keeping with that franchise tradition of naming the team after a player, let's consider the Fellers with a nod to Paul Swydan of the Hardball Times for the idea. The name would of course invoke Bob Feller, author of a legendary fastball, the greatest pitcher in franchise history, and a war hero. Feller is also ordinary vernacular for "fellow," and that lends itself to all manner of branding punnery.

Cleveland Rockers

Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so this one is seamless enough. Guitar-bats on the jerseys and all that. Krokus had a couple of solid jams. They're not from Cleveland, but still.

Cleveland Crows

Note the pleasing alliteration! Bird nicknames are to be encouraged, and "crows" is a neglected avian species when it comes to sports iconography. But wait, that's not all. Straight from the pages of the Ralph Perkins II Wildlife Center & Woods Garden of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History we learn that, "American Crows are abundant in Ohio ...". Hills be shaken: There are crows in Ohio. So, so fitting. GO CROWS! CAW! CAW! CAW! CAW, CAW, CAW, CAW!

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Cleveland Blue Sox

White and Red are already spoken for, so let's complete the American palette with the Blue Sox. There's blue in the Cleveland uniform already, so yeah, sure. The goofiness of naming a team "Sox" is also a baseball mini-tradition that should be embraced and possibly expanded.

Cleveland Cuyahogas

Among MLB cities, only Pittsburgh's Monongahela is a cooler river name. The Cuyahoga River runs through Cleveland, and it's also the name of the county Cleveland is in. Is Cleveland the county seat? I would guess so, but I don't feel like looking it up.

Cleveland Great Lakers

Cleveland is situated on the shores of Lake Erie, which is a member in good standing of the Great Lakes. So Great Lakers. Also, the name implies that Cleveland is better than the Los Angeles Lakers, which is surely true.

Cleveland Unions

During the American Civil War, Cleveland became an important hub for the Union side, especially when it came to shipbuilding. Cleveland's population and economic base also boomed during those war years. Also, that side won.

Cleveland Blues

This was actually the name of the Cleveland Spiders before they were the Spiders. It also evokes those Union ties noted above. Please do know that a sum buck named Cinders O'Brien played for the Blues.

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Cleveland Cinders

I just told you about Cinders O'Brien, so I'm not sure why I'm explaining this one.

Cleveland Castles

President James Garfield is buried in a mini-castle in Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery. So there's the connection. Also, castles are pretty righteous, and to the extent that this scribe knows what he's talking about there's no team anywhere known as the Castles.

Cleveland Hazards

Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry is a local maritime hero because of his War of 1812 exploits, and the word also calls to mind some of the hazards we associate with Cleveland. For instance, the aforementioned Cuyahoga River once caught on fire, possibly leaving behind ... Cinders. Anyway, burning a river is hard to pull off.

Cleveland Burning River

See above. It's also the name of a local roller derby league. They had the name first, but everything's a negotiation.

We understand that you love all of those, but you can choose only one. CAW! CAW! CAW!

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