One of Chicago's baseball teams - the Cubs - grows up to become their football team - the Bears. In Detroit, they have Lions and Tigers (but sadly, no Bears - oh my!).

Are the names of the professional sports teams in any other American cities related in a similar way?

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    Related is not a meaningful term in the way you are using it here. Any two team names could be defined as related as far as I can tell; so this is an opinion based question. Appropriate for the chat room, but not here.
    – Joe
    Oct 22, 2015 at 14:45
  • what about the Nets/Mets/Jets? there are so many ways you can claim "related" that it loses meaning Oct 22, 2015 at 17:12
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    I don't know if questions like this would normally be considered okay on Science Fiction & Fantasy - even there I'd be surprised - but for a normal SE-type site, questions that don't have a clear answer are clearly off-topic. The point is, the definition of "related" is unclear: Lions and Tigers are related because of a movie quote? You could define almost any two teams to be related ("mets" and "cubs" both have four letters, "dolphins" and "marlins" are both aquatic, "dodgers" and "raiders" are both lawbreakers...) so the question has no useful meaning.
    – Joe
    Oct 22, 2015 at 17:42
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    It's a discussion question, and would be perhaps interesting for a discussion forum: but that's not the Stack Exchange model.
    – Joe
    Oct 22, 2015 at 17:44
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    Given Chicago's stock trading history, Bulls and Bears are related: just stock brokers with different attitudes
    – DJohnM
    Oct 23, 2015 at 5:32

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The New England Patriots (NFL) and the New England Revolution (MLS) both play in Foxborough in the Greater Boston area.

I would argue that similar to Cubs turning into Bears, the Patriots (Adams/Revere et al, not Bellichek and Brady) started with protests in Boston, including a well known incident with a tea shipment, before taking up armed hostilities in Massachusetts. This later turned into a Revolution with the support of the other 12 colonies.

  • Are we now counting soccer as a professional sport in the US?
    – Coach-D
    Oct 23, 2015 at 6:29
  • @Coach-D, I would say it is a professional league. The base Salary appears to be 50K USD, but with some players earning millions. mlsplayers.org/images/…
    – Fillet
    Oct 23, 2015 at 7:04

Same cities: - Colorado Rockies and Colorado Avalanche. - Dallas Cowboys(Team Logo Star) and Dallas Stars. - Houston Astros and Houston Rockets.

There might be more but I lived in those cities.


In honor of back to the future day being yesterday:

The Atlanta Braves and the Washington Redskins were both originally the Boston Braves (and then the football team switched from playing at the baseball teams stadium to the Boston Red Sox's stadium and switched their name to Redskins). Both of these teams eventually moved out, such that now Atlanta and DC have team names that are related.


St. Louis used to have both the football and baseball Cardinals. Can't get more related than that.

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