Written in June, 2019, this light-hearted poem takes a curious look at names of professional sports teams.
Sports teams abound
Loyal fans cheer on
Unique names astound
What is a Laker?
Honoring “Land of 10,000 Lakes”
Minnesota becomes Los Angeles Lakers
What is a Dodger?
In Brooklyn, dodging the trolley tracks
Becoming baseball’s “Dem Bums”—the Dodgers
What is a Canuck?
Referring to a French Canadian
Now hockey’s Vancouver Canucks
What is a Celtic?
Honoring Irish, Welsh, and others
Now a trademark of the Boston Celtics
Who are the Knickerbockers?
Remembering Dutch settlers’ trousers
NBA Knicks shortened from Knickerbockers
Why the Wizards?
Depicting violence as the NBA’s Bullets
Transformed into the energized Wizards
What is the meaning of the Mets?
Official team name of baseball’s Metropolitans
Becoming New York’s “Amazin’ Mets”
What’s with the Jazz?
Utah certainly doesn’t fit today
Formerly in New Orleans as the Jazz
Why the Cleveland Browns?
Sounding like such a simple name
Founded by their coach Paul Brown
Pausing now to catch an exciting game
Let’s hope their name brings them fame