Teams Whose Names Don't End in "S"

Try to guess these American professional and college sports teams whose names don't end in the letter S.
The city or university name is not required
As of 2021–2022
Not including "Washington Football Team" which I'm not sure is an actual name
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Last updated: July 8, 2021
First submittedJanuary 9, 2013
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College Football
(Bowl Subdivision)
Alabama Crimson Tide
Illinois Fighting Illini
Marshall Thundering Herd
Massachusetts Minutemen
Navy Midshipmen
NC State Wolfpack
Nevada Wolf Pack
North Texas Mean Green
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Stanford Cardinal
Syracuse Orange
Tulane Green Wave
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
NBA
Miami Heat
Oklahoma City Thunder
Orlando Magic
Utah Jazz
MLB
Boston Red Sox
Chicago White Sox
NHL
Colorado Avalanche
Minnesota Wild
Seattle Kraken
Tampa Bay Lightning
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Level 49
Feb 12, 2013
They don't refer to Stanford as "the Stanford Cardinals"???
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Level 43
Feb 12, 2013
No, they are named for what their primary color is in their football jerseys, Cardinal.
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2017
Hmmm... good point! Then we should add Canadien to NHL. The team is le club Canadien de hockey and French language headlines and broadcasts regularly refer to them as le Canadien. Canadiens is an English (and sometimes French) shorthand; just like Cardinals.
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Level 87
Aug 24, 2017
No, not just like Cardinals. Stanford isn't known as the Cardinals, at all, in any language, ever. As for your Montreal statement, it would be valid if this quiz were written in French. But... it is not.
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Level 72
Aug 28, 2021
Never seen anything in French other than les Canadiens de Montreal.
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Level 71
Feb 12, 2013
North Dakota isn't in the NCAA, but North Texas Mean Green is. Also, got Fighting Irish, but decided I didn't need "fighting" for herd and Illini. Couldn't figure out why it wasn't working. Oops.
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Level 41
May 3, 2013
North Dakota is in the NCAA. They are just not an FBS or Division 1-A team
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Level 58
Feb 12, 2013
i only watch basketball so i only got the nba teams. oh well, i guess its time to start looking into some of the other sports.
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2014
I tried St. John's Red Storm, but they don't do football.
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Level 87
May 19, 2014
Nope, not unless you count intermural.
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Level 51
Feb 10, 2015
They used to have an FCS level team, but they got rid of it in like '02.
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Level 66
Feb 8, 2015
I wonder if the NFL has a rule that your name has to end in "s".
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Level 44
Aug 24, 2017
i guessed 0
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Level 83
Aug 24, 2017
I usually tank on sports quizzes but somehow got 4/5 on this one. I missed Crimson Tide because I typed in Red Tide.
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Level 67
Aug 24, 2017
Curious as to why the % for the two "Sox" teams would be different. Would think anyone getting one would get the other.
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Level 66
Aug 24, 2017
They're only off by 2%. I imagine people who don't follow baseball can recall the Red Sox easily enough, as they are one of the signature teams, and get a ton of media coverage. The White Sox, despite a long history, have become an afterthought. They've been mediocre or terrible for a decade, and they are totally eclipsed by the Cubs in the Chicago market. I think that's enough to explain a 2% difference.
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Level 63
Aug 25, 2017
The WNBA seems to have gone crazy with these...
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Level 72
Oct 5, 2020
I was thinking the same thing: Dream, Sky, Sun, Fever, Liberty, Lynx, Mercury, Storm.... I guessed several of those in case there were colleges using those names.
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Level 23
Aug 25, 2017
What about the New England Revolution?
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2018
They are a soccer team.
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Level 83
Jul 17, 2018
My stupid brain initially interpreted "not ending in S" as "not plural," so it took me forever to come up with things like Illini and Minutemen.
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Level 76
May 14, 2020
Proud to get 100%. Time to update the linkedin profile!
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Level ∞
Jul 8, 2021
With qualifications like that, no way you don't get hired!
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Level 86
Dec 26, 2020
What about Washington's NFL franchise?
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Level ∞
Dec 26, 2020
Waiting for them to decide on their new team name before I update all the quizzes. But it would be very meta if they changed their name to simply "Football Team".
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Level 85
Jul 8, 2021
About like Montréal calling themselves the Canadian team.
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Level 66
Aug 29, 2021
I hope they go with the Football Team. It's simple. And it won't offend anyone (or anyone who would watch).
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Level 83
Aug 30, 2021
The people offended by the past name I doubt spend any time watching football. They have to spend the majority of their time being offended or it would never have become an issue. I'm sure they could find a way to be offended by the name Football Team, as well. Perhaps on behalf of all international soccer fans who don't watch? (since they're being offended on behalf of other people in this case, too, polls of indigenous Americans find that the majority either have no problem with the Redskins name or find it positive)
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Level 85
Jul 8, 2021
Got all the pros and zero college.
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2021
Ditto.
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Level 81
Jul 10, 2021
Isn't "Sox" just an abbreviation for "socks"? The Chicago White Sox shortened their name from the Chicago White Stockings. The Red Sox are named after their predecessor, the Boston Red Stockings, and their logo is, of course, a pair of red socks. Although the names don't end with "s", they are clearly intended to be considered plural, so they end in "s" in spirit.
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Level 62
Aug 28, 2021
A lot of these are plural. It's not asking for teams that are plural, it's asking for teams with names that end in "s." Sox doesn't end in "s."
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Level 59
Aug 28, 2021
Or it could be that the original Red Stockings were the later Boston Braves, or that they stole the name from the Cincinnati Red Stockings and did not want to be associated with them?
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Level 74
Aug 28, 2021
Midshipmen and Minutemen would be excluded as well (Fighting Illini may also be). Thundering Herd may be as well since a herd is multiple bison, not one. NCSU and Nevada would be out since you have to have multiple wolves to have a pack. The quiz didn't ask for non-plural names; it asked for names that didn't end with 's'.
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Level 27
Aug 28, 2021
I think the Illini should be accepted for Illinois. A lot of people just call them the Illini.

Also, I think Washington Football Team should probably be added, though this is probably their last year with that name.

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Level 56
Aug 28, 2021
I think you have a point, but the full name is what is needed. That's the Illinois Fighting Illini (named after Chief Illiniwek, if I recall). It's like me calling my team the Wildcats. Kansas State Wildcats is our full name, and if I say the Wildcats, most people around where I live know who I mean. However, if I went further east and said the Wildcats, most people would assume I meant Kentucky. Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and go ahead put the full name to be sure.
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Level 83
Aug 30, 2021
I got them both, but, feels wrong giving credit to both "Sox" teams just because they can't spell.
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Level 52
Aug 31, 2021
Great quiz, love it. Good to learn some obscure American college football nicknames as well.
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Level 73
Sep 2, 2021
FWIW I really, really hope the Washington Football Team keeps their name as that. I actually think it's good branding, in a somewhat ironic way. But at the very least it can't be worse than the Browns name/logo.