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Fan’s Choice: XFL Team Names

The fans have spoken! What do the names Dallas Outlaws, Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Avengers, New York Hitmen, St. Louis Stallions, Seattle Wolfpack, Tampa Bay Sharks and Washington Generals have in common? They were the top vote-getters in our “Fan Choice: Team Name Poll.”

Why did we do this? Mainly, to give XFL fans a voice. Plus, we did it back in 2000, and it was a whole lot of fun. Why not do it again? Just as in 2000, we understand the league’s marketing team is in the process of selecting team names using more stringent criteria than we have presented. That’s their job, and we respect them for it. We just wanted to have a little fun while we waited for the official team name announcement.

Two Rounds of Voting

In the first round of voting, 14 – 28 January 2019, we asked fans to submit team name ideas for each of the eight XFL cities. For each city, we compiled a list of the most popular team name suggestions.

In the second round of voting, 28 January – 14 February, fans were asked to vote on as many of the team name suggestions they thought were worthy. As well, fans were allowed to “write-in” any team name they thought was better than the suggested names.

Voting was strong. In the second round, fans made a total of 18,258 unique votes. By “unique” we mean multiple entries by the same IP address were filtered, leaving only the first entry by any particular IP address as a counting vote. By doing this, we ensured any one individual couldn’t sway the results through multiple entries.

Results

We present to you the results of the XFLBoard Team Name Fan Choice voting.

Dallas (2391 total votes)

  1. Outlaws – 12.7%
  2. Desperados – 12.0%
  3. Gunslingers – 11.3%
  4. Wranglers – 8.2%
  5. Marshals – 7.1%
  6. Vipers – 4.6%
  7. Longhorns – 4.5%
  8. Defenders – 4.4%
  9. Dinosaurs – 4.2%
  10. Dragons – 4.1%
  11. Posse – 4.0%
  12. Red Riders – 3.7%
  13. Sheriffs – 3.6%
  14. Dynamos – 2.7%
  15. Toros – 2.1%
  16. Leviathans – 1.9%
  17. Barbs – 1.8%
  18. Stars – 0.3% (write-in)
  19. Armadillos – 0.2% (write-in)
  20. Bulls – 0.2% (write-in)
  21. Lone Stars – 0.2% (write-in)
  22. Demons – 0.1% (write-in)
  23. Drillers – 0.1% (write-in)
  24. Dynasty – 0.1% (write-in)

Houston (2580 total votes)

  1. Oilers – 16.1%
  2. Roughnecks – 10.5%
  3. Outlaws – 8.0%
  4. Gamblers – 7.8%
  5. Hustlers – 6.5%
  6. Wranglers – 6.5%
  7. Comets – 5.8%
  8. Stampede – 5.8%
  9. Drillers – 5.6%
  10. Moonlanders – 4.0%
  11. Riggers – 2.8%
  12. Howlers – 2.7%
  13. Wildcatters – 2.5%
  14. Vaqueros – 2.4%
  15. Navigators – 2.3%
  16. Launch – 2.1%
  17. Bullriders – 2.1%
  18. Guns – 1.9%
  19. Harriers – 1.1%
  20. Apollos – 0.2% (write-in)
  21. Riders – 0.2% (write-in)
  22. Hurricane – 0.2% (write-in)
  23. Hazards – 0.2% (write-in)
  24. Voyagers – 0.1% (write-in)
  25. Rodeo – 0.1% (write-in)

Los Angeles (1988 total votes)

  1. Avengers – 10.2%
  2. Extreme – 9.5%
  3. Quakes – 9.2%
  4. Assault – 7.0%
  5. Archangels – 6.6%
  6. Stars – 6.4%
  7. Sabercats – 6.3%
  8. Conquistadors – 5.5%
  9. Legends – 4.9%
  10. Rush – 4.7%
  11. Watchmen – 4.6%
  12. Condors – 4.3%
  13. Sabertooths – 3.8%
  14. Heat – 3.4%
  15. Breakers – 3.2%
  16. Pacifics – 3.2%
  17. Paradise – 1.7%
  18. Ravers – 1.7%
  19. Knights – 0.2% (write-in)
  20. Raiders – 0.2% (write-in)
  21. Stars – 0.2% (write-in)

New York (2081  total votes)

  1. Hitmen – 14.3%
  2. Empire – 12.6%
  3. Knights – 11.8%
  4. Nighthawks – 9.1%
  5. Emperors – 7.6%
  6. Liberty – 6.5%
  7. Apples – 6.4%
  8. Guardians – 5.7%
  9. Imperials – 4.7%
  10. Hustlers – 3.9%
  11. Rail Cats – 3.9%
  12. Kings – 3.7%
  13. Scrapers – 2.5%
  14. Pumas – 2.4%
  15. Dominion – 2.3%
  16. Generals – 0.1% (write-in)
  17. Gothams – 0.1% (write-in)

St. Louis (2264  total votes)

  1. Stallions – 14.8%
  2. Archers – 14.6%
  3. Spartans – 9.7%
  4. Clydesdales – 8.7%
  5. Sentinels – 8.0%
  6. River Rats – 7.6%
  7. Spirits – 7.1%
  8. Rhinos – 5.8%
  9. Frontiersmen – 4.0%
  10. Blues – 3.9%
  11. Gateway – 3.6%
  12. Steeds – 3.3%
  13. Plainsmen – 2.5%
  14. Flow – 1.7%
  15. Rams – 0.5% (write-in)
  16. Knights – 0.5% (write-in)
  17. Steam – 0.2% (write-in)
  18. Explorers – 0.2% (write-in)
  19. Silverbacks – 0.2% (write-in)
  20. Browns – 0.1% (write-in)
  21. Saints – 0.1% (write-in)
  22. Steamers – 0.1% (write-in)

Seattle (2225  total votes)

  1. Wolfpack – 9.5%
  2. Sasquatches – 8.8%
  3. Lumberjacks – 8.5%
  4. Emeralds – 8.4%
  5. Sea Monsters – 7.3%
  6. Tridents – 6.4%
  7. Steelheads – 6.2%
  8. Stingrays – 5.8%
  9. Orcas – 4.9%
  10. Scream – 4.9%
  11. Timberwolves – 4.8%
  12. Knights – 3.8%
  13. Kings – 3.3%
  14. Lynx – 3.2%
  15. Silencers – 2.9%
  16. Stallions – 2.9%
  17. Needle – 2.9%
  18. Sonics – 0.4% (write-in)
  19. Grunge – 0.2% (write-in)
  20. Supersonics – 0.2% (write-in)
  21. Kraken – 0.2% (write-in)
  22. Reign – 0.2% (write-in)
  23. Storm – 0.2% (write-in)
  24. Dragons – 0.1% (write-in)
  25. Rain – 0.1% (write-in)
  26. Seals – 0.1% (write-in)
  27. Thunder – 0.1% (write-in)

Tampa Bay (2477  total votes)

  1. Sharks – 16.9%
  2. Tiger Sharks – 10.7%
  3. Bandits – 9.7%
  4. Barracuda – 8.2%
  5. Blaze – 6.7%
  6. Pirates – 6.5%
  7. Thunderbirds – 6.1%
  8. Tsunami – 5.6%
  9. Tridents – 5.2%
  10. Vipers – 4.6%
  11. Blazers – 3.2%
  12. Bombardiers – 2.7%
  13. Rouges – 2.5%
  14. Aviators – 2.5%
  15. Corsairs – 2.5%
  16. Bulls – 1.7%
  17. Rangers – 1.5%
  18. Hurricane – 0.2% (write-in)
  19. Thunder – 0.2% (write-in)
  20. Storm – 0.2% (write-in)
  21. Hurricanes – 0.2% (write-in)
  22. Tigers – 0.2% (write-in)
  23. Rays – 0.1% (write-in)

Washington D.C. (2262  total votes)

  1. Generals – 13.9%
  2. Federals – 11.0%
  3. Warlords – 7.9%
  4. Sentinels – 7.9%
  5. Warriors – 7.9%
  6. Senators – 7.0%
  7. Defenders – 6.0%
  8. Americans – 6.0%
  9. Warhorses – 5.8%
  10. Blue Coats – 5.6%
  11. Cadets – 4.2%
  12. Guardians – 4.2%
  13. Presidents – 4.0%
  14. Pride – 3.4%
  15. Impact – 2.7%
  16. Warhawks – 0.4% (write-in)
  17. Bullets – 0.1% (write-in)
  18. Force – 0.1% (write-in)
  19. Warbirds – 0.1% (write-in)

 

Mark Nelson reports on XFL football for XFLBoard.com, and is the host of the XFL Xtra podcast. As the founder and owner of XFLBoard.com, he has been following the league since February 2000. Please feel free to contact Mark if you have an idea for a story, or to suggest a guest for the podcast. Email: mnelson@xflboard.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/4marknelson

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