Most Guessed North American Teams by Sport

For each of the major pro sports leagues, name the 5 most guessed teams on their quizzes.
Featured Quizzes used: NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA
as of October 16th 2019
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: October 16, 2019
First submittedOctober 16, 2019
Times taken11,944
Rating4.29
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Hockey (NHL)
87%
Pittsburgh Penguins
86%
Boston Bruins
86%
New York Rangers
85%
Toronto Maple Leafs
84%
Los Angeles Kings
 
 
Football (NFL)
92%
New York Giants
92%
New England Patriots
89%
Dallas Cowboys
89%
New York Jets
88%
Green Bay Packers
Baseball (MLB)
97%
New York Yankees
95%
Boston Red Sox
91%
Chicago White Sox
86%
Oakland Athletics
86%
New York Mets
 
 
Basketball (NBA)
96%
Los Angeles Lakers
90%
Miami Heat
90%
Boston Celtics
86%
New York Knicks
86%
Chicago Bulls
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Level 69
Oct 16, 2019
Interesting. As a Brit who, like most people over here, doesn't follow American sports, it is amazing the difference in the four. I know the names of most NFL sides and got 4 of the 5 answers. I got four of the MLB teams, but had never even heard of the fourth answer in the list. I got 2 of the NBA teams but recognised, and should probably have got, the other 3.

As for the NHL, I got one by mistake and have never heard of the other four teams.

Strange how some US sports have seeped into my subconscious and others are totally blank.

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Level 90
Oct 16, 2019
You may have heard of the fourth MLB team without realizing it. They're more well known by what their logo says (trying to follow your lead and keep from giving away the answer here); try googling their logo and see if maybe you really did know them. :)
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Level 81
Oct 16, 2019
Plus, you get the A's for free if you guess the Astros.
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Level 81
Oct 16, 2019
That's why I thought Reds would be there, because you get that free when you're guessing Red Sox.
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Level 82
Oct 16, 2019
I thought some quizzes accepted either AT or AC for that MLB team, so was confused when it wasn't and then didn't guess them further. Also, in Finland, much more likely to know the NHL team names, just can't avoid hearing them on tv. MLB, NBA, NFL .. much easier to avoid.
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Level 78
Oct 18, 2019
On a multi-sports quiz I always guess the New York baseball, football, and basketball teams named the Mets, Jets, and Nets because they're easy to remember.
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Level 86
Oct 16, 2019
If I were a statistics major in college and looking for a good term paper subject, the various reasoning for why the Penguins top the NHL list (as opposed to how the other 3 sports pan out), why Oakland has a spot on the MLB list, why the less-popular teams from multi-team cities make the list, and why Toronto is on the NHL list would make for a pretty wide-ranging discussion.
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Level 71
Oct 16, 2019
I'm from Pennsylvania and I would not have guessed the Penguins. As for Toronto Maple Leafs, my first guesses were the six original NHL teams which includes Toronto
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2019
Most people just don't know the NHL that well, and the Penguins have been consistently in and around the Stanley Cup Finals for the last decade, much more so than any other team. They won the Cup (pretty much the only time an NHL team gets national press) back-to-back in 2016 and 2017, and they have the league's biggest star in Sidney Crosby. The Leafs are one of the NHL's signature franchises, and are Canada's most famous team. A lot of people probably think of Canada when they think of hockey (I know I do). People probably think of the White Sox immediately after thinking of the much more famous Red Sox, although I'll admit I was amazed they topped the Cubs on this list. I'm pretty baffled by the A's, whom even most baseball fans forget about. The only reasonable guess is that lots of people get credit for them after typing just "As," so anyone typing the Astros (another perennial powerhouse and recent champ) automatically gets the A's.
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Level 83
Oct 16, 2019
Major sports haven Boston is the only city to have all its teams guessed. New York City also has 4 on the list, out of 9 total.
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2019
5 NY teams
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Level 56
Oct 18, 2019
True, having more than 1 team in NYC can make them kinda forgettable, also they are forgettable
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Level 82
Oct 16, 2019
Man, I have been on Jetpunk too long. I was completely stumped as to how "Red Sox" could be so much higher than "Reds" because I didn't think it was possible to type "Red Sox" without typing "Reds" first.

Then I remembered that in the rest of the world, spaces are a thing . . .

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Level 77
Oct 17, 2019
But the data set comes from Jetpunk quizzes. So I'm still not sure how that's possible
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Level 60
Oct 18, 2019
Has to be because of the people that actually type in "Boston Red Sox" instead of just "Red Sox"
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Level 65
Oct 17, 2019
No dodgers, and cubs over white sox?..da Bears not makin it?
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Level 44
Oct 17, 2019
I'd guess White Sox make it because people think that right after they type Red Sox
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Level 56
Oct 18, 2019
The Bears are the last Midwestern team I think about, even after the Lions and Bengals.
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Level 81
Oct 17, 2019
Wow I got 5 points on a sports quiz.
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Level 56
Oct 18, 2019
At least Pittsburgh is here for something. (Not that I really care about sports, but it's always nice to see the Burgh represented.)
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Level 78
Oct 18, 2019
Since the answers did not include the St. Louis Blues or Cardinals I am adding them here even though the Cards just did miserably against the Nationals in the NLCS. But we still have the Stanley Cup. Go Blues!
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Level 30
Oct 18, 2019
As a german who isn't into any sports this was a bit funny. First I remembered Baseball-Caps with Yankees and Red Sox Logos, second somewhere in my mind a team named "Chicago Bulls" popped up. I didn't know fur sure, what sport those three could have been since baseball-caps arent exclusive to baseball. The fourth and last I got was "Oh ice hockey, maybe there is a team called 'Icebears'... no, well then maybe 'penguins'... Here we go!!!" ;)
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Level 81
Oct 18, 2019
probably would be called the Polar Bears if anything
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Level 78
Oct 22, 2019
The German just used literal translation
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Level 81
Oct 18, 2019
and I'm kind of surprised the Chicago Bears (NFL) aren't here. They're from a big city and also have the 2nd-best all time record in the league after the Cowboys.
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2019
They must have just missed it. The Cowboys are, generally speaking, the league's most famous team. The Patriots are known everywhere for now because they are in the Super Bowl every freaking year. Then you've got the two New York teams, and the Packers are an iconic team that is always on national television and has had a superstar quarterback (which always translates to national press) leading them for twenty straight years. I'd imagine the Bears have to be next on the list. Maybe the Chiefs if the results skew toward recency. Also everyone knows the Browns, but for all the wrong reasons.
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Level 83
Oct 18, 2019
I got 17/20 for 4 points. This has got to be one of my best ever scores on a sports quiz!
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Level 65
Oct 18, 2019
Nice job. I feel that way when I do well on a science quiz.
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Level 56
Oct 18, 2019
In my 20 years on this Earth I've never heard of the Los Angeles Kings.
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Level 61
Oct 19, 2019
Don't buy for 1 second that the white sox were guessed more than the cubs...
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Level 51
Jul 24, 2020
Well when I think of baseball the Red Sox pop immediately into my mind after the Yankees, and then with sox in my head I think of the White Sox
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2019
It's an objective fact that if you're a Patriots fan, you're a bad person.
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Level 49
Oct 25, 2019
Go A's!
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Level 21
Oct 27, 2019
I typed in Astros but the "as" counted as the Athletic's (A's)
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Level 71
Sep 4, 2020
Not gonna lie, as someone that lives in the US it did take me a minute to realise why the NY Jets and Giants are both on here and the Pittsburgh Steelers aren't
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Level 25
Dec 10, 2020
I get 100% but get 0 points?
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Level 68
Dec 10, 2020
Did you take it untimed by any chance? You don't get points for untimed
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Level 67
Dec 16, 2020
I still don't get how the A's are here because of the Astros but the Reds aren't here despite the Red Sox being here. Reds are currently 7th behind the Cubs. Apparently a significant portion of people really are typing out the city names.
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Level 20
Mar 1, 2021
Me when I see the Jets there: CONFUSION