By RanterX on June 26, 2014
The buzz around the sports world right now surrounds the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians due to their nicknames and logos offensively portraying Native Americans. So why not take that a step further? With how easily Americans are offended these days, it’s almost as if any team’s nickname could be construed as offensive.
Here’s a look at 20 sports teams that have wildly “offensive” nicknames.
Throughout the years, there have been so many people who have died working in steel mills. Did Pittsburgh not think of the grieving families when it decided on its nickname?
If you have any knowledge of the Civil War, then you know exactly why this is offensive. Not only was it used as a derogatory term back then, but it’s still used to demean someone who isn’t from your part of town.
Those poor people of New Orleans suffered one of the biggest natural disasters in US history when Hurricane Katrina hit, and Tulane thinks having a huge wave as their nickname is appropriate. Just despicable.
They might be in California and know what it’s like to deal with an earthquake, but San Jose still shouldn’t make those terrible tremors seem like a good thing. Just ask the folks of Northridge how they feel about that.
Come on now. I know it’s just a bird, but that nickname is rather offensive. The fact that the mascot is named “Cocky” is just a back-handed slap because they know they’ve gotten away with a having a crude nickname.
Another team glorifying a natural disaster that takes lives all the time. This trend of naming teams after catastrophic events is just disgusting.
I guess “Browns” isn’t necessarily offensive on its own, but any Cleveland franchise is offensive just because it’s from Cleveland. Plus, the “Browns” most look like and incite thoughts of a piece of… You know what.
Recovering alcoholics must have a hard time being baseball fans in Wisconsin. They can’t take part in America’s past time without being reminded of the vice their trying so hard to avoid. Leave it to the Brewers to counteract all of AA’s hard work.
Yeah, let’s condone breaking things and being a nuisance to society. Way to give all of those rebellious teenagers out there the perception that being a vandal is acceptable.
As if enough trees aren’t already being cut down, the Timbers are basically condoning global warming. All of those nature conservationists must be so offended by this inconsiderate MLS team.
Named after the “Indian Packing Company,” the Packers continue to poke fun at all of those factory workers who are underpaid and underappreciated. The divide between NFL players and blue collar folks continues to widen…
So it’s not just Native Americans who are having shots taken at them. Apparently the people at the University of Notre Dame are making a mockery of the Irish and the stereotype that they tend to drink and get into fights. It’s just so insulting.
Same situation. I’m curious to see the stats on how many of the Celtics’ players, coaches and officials are actually of Irish decent. Complete misrepresentation of a proud group of people.
I feel so bad for all of those abnormally tall people out there who have their differences shoved in their faces every time they watch a Giants game. How insensitive.
Magic is the work of the Devil, at least according to some people. For those radically religious people who aren’t fans of magic, the Wizards moniker is simply appalling.
What about the other side of the spectrum? For those atheist and satanic folks who don’t believe in a higher being, the nickname Saints completely fails to take their personal preferences into account.
Again, just completely ignoring how the atheists and satanic people of the world feel. It’s like the Angels were just aiming to be offensive.
Not only are numerous species of dolphins endangered, but they continue to be illegally hunted every day. How about you people in Miami have a heart and stop using the dolphins’ peril for your benefit?
Approximately 75 people die from stings every year due to anaphylactic shock. While that might not seem like a lot, having Hornets as a mascot just mocks those who lost loved ones to those flying fiends.
If this one really needs to be explained to you, you’re either a Raiders fan or you have the IQ of a gold fish.
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