Now stop what you’re doing and try saying “the Delaware 87ers” aloud. It’s about as smooth as Shawn Bradley running the point in a prom dress. Here’s the official reasoning behind the name, via the team’s press release:
The team name “87ers” was selected in recognition of Delaware’s place in United States history, as it was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution on December 7, 1787 … The 87ers team will also be nicknamed the “Sevens,” a nod to the way the parent club’s official name is often shortened to the “Sixers.”
Why not just call them the Delaware 12-7-1787’ers? It still hits that awkward note just as hard, yet it’s so much more unique.
The clunky team name immediately brought back memories of the fateful 2007 NBA D-League draft, when one magical moment delivered the realization that both the D-League draft was actually televised, and the league actually contained a franchise known as the Colorado 14ers.