The Tribe, A Name Synonymous With Success

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Written by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music)

Edited by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740)

Before I continue, I’ll let you catch your breath from laughing so hard at my title.  I know what you’re thinking.  Did this guy just call the Cleveland Indians a successful organization?  Well before I ruin any credibility that ‘Our Sports Report’ may have built up, please allow me to explain.

“The Tribe” is the affectionate term that Cleveland Indians fans use for their team when it is performing well.  Even the venerable Tom Hamilton noticeably increases his use of “The Tribe” during the high times.

This is not a new phenomenon, but I had admittedly never noticed it until Frank Deford pointed it out to me in his novel, The Entitled.  (By the way, that’s a great book if you’re a baseball fan…I highly recommend giving it a read.)  But that aside, as I think about it, many teams have this sort of thing going for them.

Joe Thomas, a good friend of mine and a fellow baseball fan, never fails to send me a text message that reads, “Go Red Legs!” whenever they stomp on my Cubs.  Of course, I am always sure to give him the old, “Go Cubbies!” whenever we stomp on the Reds.  But other teams have it as well.  The Browns become the Brownies, the Yankees become the Bronx Bombers, the Brewers become the Brew Crew, and the list goes on.

Similarly, the Indians name is usually prefixed with an expletive of some kind when the team is doing poorly.  You frequently hear small children saying, “Those #$%%@#$@# Indians blew it again!” in the midst of a losing streak.  In similar fashion, the Browns become the Clowns, the Bengals become the Bungles…or the Beng-Gals, the Cubs become the Mini-Bears…or those #$$@# Cubs, etc. etc. etc.

But we here at ‘Our Sports Report’ want to know about more of these team nicknames.  From high school to the professional levels, we want to know them all.

We want to reward all of our readers out there with a little contest.  Leave us a comment below (directly on the blog comment section…commenting on Facebook or replying on Twitter doesn’t count) and at the end of this week, Curt and I will pick a winner.

The winner will receive…a $10 Subway gift card!  If nobody replies, we shall go to Subway and get fat by ourselves.

The winner will be announced on Saturday’s blog post…and on Facebook and Twitter.

So send those nicknames our way!