Colleges and professional teams are named after a wide array of animals, professions and anything in between.

While some teams have generic names (i.e. Wildcats, Warriors, Knights), others go with more creative names to separate themselves from the pack.

We sat down as a team to find the whackiest sports names in the country. We had so much fun with it that we decided to make a 64-team tournament and allow you, the readers, select who has the silliest team name in college/professional sports in America (and Canada).

Voting will commence on the Deseret News Sports Facebook page.

Today we open the voting for the Food and Things Regional.

Click here to vote for your favorites.

Read about the Vocation Regional here. Read about the Wild Animal Regional here.

1. North Carolina School of the Arts Fighting Pickles

This one is just so out there, there’s almost nowhere to begin with this. The Fighting Pickles? The name was selected by the school’s student body in 2010 to represent the school. There’s no indication what inspired the name, other than maybe a bad case of indigestion.

2. Montgomery Biscuits

Of all the food-named teams (yes there’s more), nobody has a more lovable mascot than a biscuit that has googly eyes and appendages. After the team relocated to Montgomery from Orlando, the Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays held a fan contest, and naturally the biscuit won. While more teams side with scary and threatening nicknames and mascots, biscuits are high in calories and fat, so they’re probably just as deadly — just give it time.

3. Scottsdale Community College Fighting Artichokes

The Fighting Artichokes are a classic reminder of what happens when you let students vote on a mascot name. Much like the aforementioned pickles, the Artichokes just make you laugh based on the absolute obscurity of the name. However, the mischievous grin on the face of the school logo makes you wonder if you’re in for a bad night after trying the artichoke dip at that party you went to.

4. Concordia (Minn.) University Cobbers

Before we discuss the name, let’s congratulate the Cobbers for having more picks than the Texas Longhorns in the recent NFL draft. So what is a Cobber? According to the university, a cobber is a good buddy, a pal in Australia and a good companion in Hebrew. And while a Cobber might mean a person in those references, the university went with a double meaning by making the mascot a corncob. There’s more to the story, but all you need to know is the logo is a corncob. A very threatening corncob.


5. Wichita Wingnuts

The Wingnuts fall under the same category as almost all other wacky names. A team left it up for fans to decide the team name. The team has multiple mascots, including a squirrel, yet the official logo appears to be a disgruntled baseball with a screw in the fashion of a beanie cap. Or is it wings because: 1. They are the ‘Wing’ Nuts and 2. Wichita is the “Air Capital of the World.” There’s just so much going on, it’s hard to tell what this team nickname actually means.

6. University of Toronto Varsity Blues

This name originates long before the popular movie, but it lands on the list because that movie makes this a head-turning name. If there was a “Varsity Blues” sequel called, let’s, er, say “Varsity Reds,” we might have added the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds to this bracket.

7. Akron RubberDucks

It’s funny because the team is named the RubberDucks because we think of rubber ducks being a part of a bubble bath. However, the name makes sense considering Akron’s rich rubber history. The logo is pretty awesome because the duck has tire treads in it. Either way, it’s a name that definitely gets you to crack up when you first see it.


8. Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

This one lands in both the silly and funny categories and the “that’s totally awesome, that name rocks” category. It’s silly when you think of the Louisiana Cajuns as the “Ragin’ Cajuns,” but given that rich fighter pilot history just past World War II, it’s awesome too.

9. New Orleans Voodoo

The arena football teams always seem to have more unique names, but going with a mythical curse nickname always cracks a laugh. Like its counterpart, the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Voodoo is both silly sounding and awesome at the same time.


10. Fort Wayne TinCaps

Fort Wayne might be the capital of unique names, considering three different teams made this tournament of 64. In 2009, the TinCaps were adopted as Fort Wayne’s Single-A team’s new nickname, as voted by the fans. Why the TinCaps? It’s a nod to everyone’s favorite elementary school hero, Johnny Appleseed, according to ballparkguide.com. But the logo itself is an apple, not Appleseed’s likeness, with a malevolent smirk, wearing a tin cap.

11. Los Angeles KISS

The KISS are arena football’s newest team, mostly owned by rock ’n’ roll legends Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (of KISS). Naming a team after your band works well if the public generally likes your band. Yeah, it’s weird that there’s a team called the KISS, but it could be worse. Just imagine if Chad Kroeger owned the newest CFL team and named them the Nickelback.

12. Lansing Lugnuts

The Lugnuts fit in Michigan, considering the state’s rich automobile history, but making your team’s logo a loose screw is a little weird. Even more bizarre, the logo’s face seems sad or dizzy.

13. Normal CornBelters

This is another one of those double meaning team names. Normal, Illinois, is in the nation’s corn belt, and they like to belt home runs there, we assume. However, the logo isn’t fierce or intimidating. Instead, it’s a corncob that appears either smug or uninterested. Hopefully that’s not an artist’s rendition of the fans' experience at CornBelters games.


14. Delta State Fighting Okra

Delta State technically isn’t the Fighting Okra, but students helped rename the school’s mascot from the Statesmen, according to collegevisits.org. The school’s athletic department chose not to adopt that name, thus they slide all the way down here as the No. 14 seed because Delta State is sill Statesmen in sports. However, they are the Okra in the hearts of the students, and that’s good enough for a No. 14 seed.


15. Modesto Nuts

Another professional baseball team named after food, the Nuts play Single-A ball in California. They are in the midst of naming their third mascot, a pistachio, to add to Wally (walnut) and Al (almond) — other Modesto Nuts mascots.


16. Corpus Christi Hooks

We’re all for naming a team after inanimate objects, and while we’ve had at least one fishing horror involving hooks, there’s something about naming a team about hooks that doesn’t seem right. Does that make the team players Hookers?

The logo features an angry hook holding a bat, which is quite entertaining.

Voting will commence on the Deseret News Sports Facebook page.

Today we open the voting for the Wild Animals Regional.

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Read about the Vocation Regional here.

Read about the Wild Animal Regional here.