There has been a lot of talk about the upcoming Super Bowl regarding some rare aspects of the teams. Two old franchises, neither has cheerleaders, etc. One thing I noticed is the they are both examples of the rare team that is named not for some animal or force of nature but named for the working people of their cities; Steelers named after Pittsburgh’s iconic steelworkers and Packers after meat packers.
Below is a list of teams in the 4 major North American sports that I think fit this bill as being named for a working profession iconic of a region. Am I missing any? Any sports teams otuside of North America that are named this way?
Pittsburgh Steelers - Steelworkers
Green Bay Packers - Meat Packers
San Francisco '49ers - gold miners
Houston Oilers (defunct)
Milwaukee Brewers - beermakers
Seattle Mariners - sailors
none that I see.
Hartford Whalers (defunct)