Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:54 AM
Not every nickname is supposed to be scary - some are purely for local history. Who is scared of a Jazz? A Twin? A steel worker? A beer brewer?
Some are/were a combination of intimidating mascots + history: Chicago Bulls, Charlotte Hornets, Minnesota Vikings for examples.
Some are just nonsensical... Banana Slugs, Wizards, etc.
For some reason, weather nicknames rub me the wrong way. Thunder, Heat, Hurricanes, Lightning. I don't know why.
All the lakes in LA, lions in Detroit, saints in Nola, titanic sized people in TN, et al Really back up the argument about no panthers in the Carolinas.