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Sports Minded -- Animal Crackers

National Guard Bureau

WASHINGTON, June 19, 1998 – How many U.S-Canadian professional teams (NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB) have wild cats as team names?

Six -- Florida Panthers (NHL), Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL), Detroit Lions (NFL), Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), Carolina Panthers (NFL) and Detroit Tigers (AL)

How many U.S.-Canadian professional teams use a wild canine as a nickname?

Two -- Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) and the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)

How many NFL teams have birds as team names?

Five -- Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks

Of the major U.S.-Canadian sports leagues (NBA, NHL, NFL and Major League Baseball), how many have nicknames associated with bears?

Four -- Chicago Cubs (NL), Chicago Bears (NFL), Vancouver Grizzlies (NBA) and Boston Bruins (NHL)

How many "Tigers" are there in college football's Southeast Conference?

Two -- Auburn and Louisiana State

Name the last U.S.-Canadian professional team with an animal nickname to win a major championship.

Denver Broncos (NFL)(January 1998)

How many professional teams use sea creatures as nicknames?

Four -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays (AL), Miami Dolphins (NFL), Florida Marlins (NL) and San Jose Sharks (NHL)

How many teams of the Pacific 10 Conference use animal nicknames?

Seven -- UCLA Bruins, Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers, California Golden Bears, Arizona Wildcats

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