My dad always talks about “the Knick game” or “the Yankee game”. But I have never, ever heard him or anyone else refer to the Giants in the singular. Is it because “Giant” is an adjective as well as a noun? I also generally don’t hear anyone speak in this singular form about other teams, just the Knicks and the Yankees.
Also, an unrelated question, but why is it that numerous basketball teams are named for singluar, rather abstract things like “Heat,” “Jazz” and “Magic,” but there are no baseball or football teams with these type of names?