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Clever Names for Fantasy Football Teams

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Clever Names for Fantasy Football Teams

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Regular readers of this feature--and we know you're out there--know how your Field Correspondent feels about fantasy football. To reiterate: We'd rather eat dirt than play fantasy football.

But that doesn't stop us from writing about it, since every other human being in the Western Hemisphere seems to be playing, including our 78-year-old mother who until recently was connecting to the internet via dial-up. (You remember dial-up, right? It was invented by the same guy who invented Morse code, and it is just slightly faster than sending messages via that code.)

Back to the subject: fantasy football. If the sites dedicated to it are any indication, half of the entertainment value is coming up with a clever nickname for your team, which may be why the frustrated-creativity crowd at the Word Factory was all into this stuff. If you're not as creative as our former cohorts in the Liberal Media, there's a way online to come up with a clever name for your squad of misfits. It's called the Fantasy Football Team Name Generator, and it's at football.razzball.com/fantasy-football-team-name-generator.

It's simple. You choose one entry from two categories and then click a button. Category 1 includes "Non-Pro Team City," an assortment of adjectives, and an entry called "Crayola and Mail Order Catalog Colors." Category 2 includes "War Terms," "80s Villains," and "Items That Include Ground Meat." See if you can figure out where these came from: Coral Taco Salads, Hyperventilating Axe Wielders, and Odessa Ewings. If you're too lazy to even choose category entries, there's a re-creation of the famous Google button, "Feeling lucky," which led to the Crippling Turncoats, the Warped Knights, and the Brockton Impalas. We might know better, but there are some Minor League Baseball teams that seem as if they used this site to pick a name. …

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