often times its because the name of the state or area sounds better or relates better to the overall name.Why was the team named after the state not the city? Are there other Tennessee centres of population within spitting distance?
No one in Memphis claims to be part of Tennessee either.Except when their college basketball team is doing well, of course.
We've got a 51st State now? Man, have I been out of the loop.Probably because they played in Memphis after the move from Houston.
other examples are Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Arizona Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Floorida Panthers, New England Patriots, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Panthers, Texas Rangers, Utah Jazz, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning.who knows why