One Syllable Team Names

For each league, guess the team names that have just one syllable.
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Last updated: June 3, 2015
First submittedApril 29, 2015
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NBA
Bucks
Bulls
Hawks
Heat
Jazz
Kings
Knicks
Nets
Spurs
Suns
NFL
Bears
Bills
Browns
Chiefs
Colts
Jets
Rams
Saints
College Football
(Bowl Subdivision)
Bears
Bulls
Ducks
(Orange)
Owls
Rams
Utes
Zips
NHL
Blues
Ducks
Flames
Jets
Kings
Sharks
Stars
Wild
MLB
Braves
Cubs
Mets
Rays
Reds
Twins
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Level 49
Apr 29, 2015
Cleveland Browns?
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Level 80
Apr 29, 2015
My dictionary says "orange" has two syllables. And where are the Cleveland Browns?
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Level 74
Apr 30, 2015
I checked two dictionaries and they both say two syllables: or-ange.
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Level 88
Apr 30, 2015
< tangent> This is something I've never understood. If orange has two syllables, then it's easy to come up with rhymes--lunge, grunge, etc--but if it is only one, then a good rhyme is more difficult, if not strictly impossible. However, many of the same people I know who claim orange has no rhyme will also assert that it's two syllables. < /tangent>
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Level 80
Apr 30, 2015
Reply to Platitude: Wikipedia says "two words rhyme if their final stressed vowel and all following sounds are identical". Since "o" is the final stressed vowel in (the two-syllable word) "orange", "lunge" and "grunge" do not rhyme with "orange".
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Level 88
May 1, 2015
@cpgatbyu: Completely agree with your definition of rhyming. My point is that if Orange is two syllables, then it has another stressed vowel, thus making it rhyme with lunge, et al. It's an odd word, sure, but people seem to want it both ways.
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Level 80
May 7, 2015
@platitude: "stressed vowel" means "vowel in a stressed syllable". Both syllables in "orange" aren't stressed, only the first. Hence, any word that rhymed with "orange" would have to end precisely with "orange".
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Level 88
Sep 8, 2015
@cpgatbyu, I can see your argument, but I still can't figure out a way to make 'orange' 2 syllables without stressing the a. I guess it is approaching the schwa though, so maybe.
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2016
but lunge and grunge don't rhyme with orange even if you leave off the first syllable...
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Level 79
Mar 28, 2017
@platitude: there's a difference between stressing (aka, accentuating) a syllable and pronouncing a syllable. Trust me, when you say the word "orange", you do not stress the a. You merely pronounce it.

OR'inj (only the o is stressed, while the a is pronounced)

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Level 67
Sep 3, 2019
Yea orange definitely does not rhyme with lunge grunge, even if you would just want it to rhyme with the -ange part of the word.

If you try to pronounce orange as one syllable, you'd get something like onsh.

I wonder why people have such difficulties with syllables (though the difficulty for plattitude seem to be more with the rhyming) I have seen it a surprising number of times on this site, for words where I couldn't even imagine how someone could see it in a different amount of syllables. It is seriously astounding to me (and no it is not something like "I don't believe people didnt know this or that answer" because peoples interests lie in different areas. and the exposure is different, europeans cant be expected to know everything about america and vice versa for instance. So that is understandable.)

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Level 67
Sep 3, 2019
Phalange keeps coming to mind, (as in phalanx) is orange was considered one syllable that would be a better fit that lunge or grunge
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Level 72
Apr 30, 2015
Likely in last place in the AFC North
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Level 74
Jun 2, 2015
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Level ∞
Apr 30, 2015
Added Browns, and no longer require the type-in of Orange since there are disagreements about how many syllables it has.
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Level 79
Jun 2, 2018
How is there disagreement? Can you find a dictionary that says it has only one? If you can, then there can be no argument, and if you can't, just remove it. I can't, but maybe you can?
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Level 67
Sep 3, 2019
I really cant see how people think it has one syllable. I can disagree with the number of syllables quizmaster has and say it is only one syllable. Just because I disagree with it, does make it so. Some things are just facts (like the amount of letters in the word tomato) and not open for interpretation (like pronunciation of tomato)

I wonder, is strawberry one syllable too? or banana? From now on I am gonna argue with everyone that claims it has more than one syllable. (Sorry if this comment comes of slightly agressive, if so I didnt mean to, but this is one just baffles me, it is one of the more crazy things that has been allowed on this site, just as crazy as someone claiming denmark, the country is in Asia, and including it, because there is one person that disagrees that it is in europe...)

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Level 67
Sep 3, 2019
I actually word understand it more if people thought it was three syllables, or-an-ge or something. But I really can't wrap my head around how they can think it is one, honestly,I cant see how they must be looking at it. To me it sounds like saying a cow is a bird or something, I have no idea why someone would say that and it is astounding to hear. (Unlike, which is still quite obviously wrong, when they think a bat is a bird, atleast in Thát case there is a reason where I can see their thought process took the wrong turn> In this case, I really can;t see it.)
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Level 59
Jun 2, 2015
Knicks are actually Knickerbockers, no?

Just as Cleveland is also Cavaliers, even though their commonly called Cavs.

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Level 49
Jun 2, 2015
I agree that only full names should be used. I call them the Mavs, Raps, Celts, Leafs, Habs etc.

Knicks and Mets are the same thing.

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Level 75
Jun 2, 2015
While technically right, neither NY team has really been called by their "full names" in eons. All newspaper sport sections refer to them as Knicks & Mets and rarely say Cavs or Mavs.
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Level 58
Jun 2, 2015
I'd say college really has no place on this quiz - the only ones with more than 8% are teams that share their name with another team, from the Big 4.
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Level 65
Jun 2, 2015
Missed my alma mater (owls), so that was sad...still got a good amount though
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Level 63
Jun 2, 2015
Central Florida Knights are in the Bowl Subdivision, aren't they?
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Level 63
Jun 14, 2015
No response to my original comment, but I still think Knights should be included.
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Level ∞
Jun 15, 2015
Yeah, I will add them when we update the quiz next. I don't like to update the quiz so soon because it resets everyone's stats.
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Level 43
Nov 4, 2016
Now that it has been over a year, think it is time to update this to include the UCF Knights?
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Level 66
Sep 24, 2020
Well that didn't happen.
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Level 63
Jun 2, 2015
If the intent was to list the answers in alphabetical order, you should put the Bucks before Bulls and Spurs before Suns. Alphabetical order sometimes helps me fill in the answers I'm missing based on what I have so far. And it just messes with my OCD for the rest to be in order except those two!
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Level ∞
Jun 3, 2015
Fixed
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Level 62
Jun 2, 2015
This quiz needs a lot more time.
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Level 53
Jun 2, 2015
Not nearly enough time on this quiz
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Level 83
Apr 10, 2018
The timing is usually pretty appropriate for the quizzes here, but I totally agree with you on this one. Needs at least a couple more minutes; it's a LOT of teams to think through!
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Level 45
Jun 2, 2015
Knicks and Mets are referred to as Knicks and Mets on their jerseys and all official marketing and merchandise from the teams. The Cavaliers have a few jerseys that just say "Cavs," but their official home jersey has the team's entire name on it: there is nothing that the Knicks or Mets wear that says "Knickerbockers" or "Metropolitans," respectively. The Oakland Athletics are known as the A's, but their home jersey says "Athletics" on it, and the team's logo, while featuring their disctinctive 'A' also includes the word Athletics. Many teams have informal nicknames, from the A's to the Orioles being called the 'Os' and the Mavericks and Cavaliers being known as the Mavs and Cavs, respectively, but those nicknames are informal, while with the Knicks and Mets, those are the teams' names at this point.
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Level 57
Jun 4, 2015
and boston bruins?
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Level 89
Jun 7, 2015
bru-ins... two syllbles
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Level 79
Jun 2, 2018
Boo-urns!
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Level 45
Jun 4, 2015
Where are the Giants?
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Level 89
Jun 7, 2015
gi-ants... two syllables
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Level 79
Mar 28, 2017
I guess this only goes to prove the old axiom is true: there are 3 kinds of people in the world....the kind that can count, and the kind that can't.
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Level 51
Aug 31, 2015
The New York Mets full name is Mets, not Metropolitans. They got that name from the original New York Metropolitans baseball team, who were nicknamed the Mets. Knicks on the other hand is short for Knickerbockers. So I think that Mets should stay and Knicks should be removed.
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Level 70
Nov 24, 2015
I got a point! On a US sports quiz! First one.
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Level 48
Mar 5, 2016
Neat quiz idea
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Level 75
Jun 9, 2016
Why is there discussion about orange? It quite clearly has 2 syllables... I can't imagine how to pronounce it with only 1 syllable
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Level 79
Jun 2, 2018
Remove the "a", I guess. Ornge. Otherwise, I can't figure out how the presence of a vowel doesn't begin a new syllable.
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Level 75
Jun 29, 2018
Sure - if you make it a different word, then it might have only 1 syllable
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Level 67
Sep 3, 2019
Onsh Works too :D`or maybe oansh
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Level 59
Aug 24, 2017
great quiz but not enough time. also, Knicks is technically short for "Knickerbockers," hardly one syllable.
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Level 80
Jun 27, 2018
Bruins?
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2018
The Brunes?
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2018
I went through all the cities geographically and listed them then quit only to find a handful of the thousands of college teams were included. Oh well, I'm not wracking my brain for obscure stuff like that.
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Level 82
Aug 4, 2018
And reading through these comments, how many illiterates out there can't pronounce two-syllable words?
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Level 61
Mar 13, 2020
Missing the UCF Knights and the Liberty Flames