Ok, ok. I'll admit it. I watch One Tree Hill. Now yes, that show is on the CW, and the network is generally geared toward the 16-30 year old women, but that's besides the point.
Anyway, on last nights episode I became aware of perhaps the sweetest team nickname in the history of sports.
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Super original. Original is good. And what's even cooler is that the name came from the public.
This is straight from a press release on their SITE.
June 18, 2007 - The Fort Wayne NBA D-League team is proud to announce its highly anticipated team name. Our “Name the Team” promotion allowed fans to choose from four names – Coyotes, Fire, Lightning and Mad Ants.
The Fort Wayne community voiced their opinion and the Mad Ants was their clear favorite. A live broadcast took place tonight on Indiana’s NewsCenter 21 with Team President Jeff Potter revealing the team name and official logo.
Here's where the name comes from.
The team held a name-the-team contest on their website where fans could vote on one of the four finalists: Lightning, Fire, Coyotes, and Mad Ants. The winning name of Mad Ants was announced on June 18th, and is a salute to the city's and fort's namesake, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne.
So, a sweet name and a bad ass logo, AND this is the D league! What more could a new team hope for? No THUNDER maybe? Well, maybe if the NBA ever returns to Seattle, the new owners can take note.