Utah Jazz is singular. So is St. Louis Blues. Both names indicate music, with St. Louis actually using a musical note for a logo. The Stanford Cardinal is singular, since it's a bright red. I would think that Crimson Tide is singular, too.
The local baseball team here, the Winston-Salem Dash, was named for the hyphen in Winston-Salem. Instead of the Dash, the team would correctly be the Hyphen. And, yes, the Dash is another singular team. I liked it when the team was called the Warthogs; I miss Wally the Warthog.
There's always a disagreement at a newspaper office over singular and plural headlines. Headline writers always make the St. Louis Blues plural — Blues defeat Canucks -- but technically it's probably wrong.
It would be so much easier if they'd just name teams the old way: the Packers, the Lakers, the Orioles. But no. Those days are gone.
I'm waiting for a team called the Blunder.
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