Since the New York Sentinels have moved to Hartford, Conn. the UFL and the local Hartford Fox affiliate are having a contest where the sports fans of Hartford can pick the name of the team. There are four choices, and in typical UFL fashion none of them are very appealing. I would name the team the Hartford Whalers a homage to the old NHL hockey team from the area. Since that is not a choice here is a ranking of my least favorite to most favorite.
Hartford Travelers- This doesn’t exactly roll of the tongue, nor does it sound like a football team. While it is a board maritime kind of name, I don’t think it would work very well. What would the logo be? A guy with a suitcase, no I don’t think this one is going to work.
Hartford Guardians- Hum, I like the medieval theme of it, and the team could keep the black part of their color scheme. However it feels a little too corporate. Hartford, Conn. is a hub of insurance companies and I don’t think mainstream sports fans will accept such corporate branding.
Hartford Knights- Again a cool medieval kind of name that works well with the teams established color scheme. However I can think of several mid tier sports leagues with teams that already feature teams with this name.
Connecticut Yankees- I like this name, when I first read it I though of the Mark Twain book, a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and I of course thought of the New York Yankees. There has not been a Yankees football team since the 1940’s, and the name sound good. Plus they may lure in some New York fans because of the Yankee moniker.