Basketball and Dinosaurs

Red dinosaur on yellow background
Rawr.

I am not a basketball fan.

But I have always held a small spot in my heart for the Toronto Raptors. For a few reasons—but let’s be honest here. It’s mostly because I’m a big dinosaur fan. Not to mention the fact that the team’s name was basically inspired by one of my all-time favourite movies, Jurassic Park. Some of you may recall the naming contest that was held back in 1994 when Spielberg’s dino-tastic blockbuster was everything.

Now that the Raptors have made history by making it to the NBA Finals, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon. I’m all for this team.

And all of a sudden I wanted to know, are there any other teams in North American major league sports (CFL, MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL) with a dinosaur in their team name?

Turns out, there is NOT.

(Unless you count sharks or hornets, which have prehistoric ancestors from and preceding the age of the dinosaurs. Minor details.)

So, to sum up. Today I learned that the Raptors are indeed the only major league sports team named after a dinosaur (as far as I could find in my research anyway). Making them that much more awesome, if you ask me.

Go, Raptors!