Why are they called the Fever? Explaining the origin of Indiana’s WNBA nickname, mascot

Team names can be a fickle subject, especially across WNBA circles.

There are plenty of sides blessed with eye-catching monikers, from the Minnesota Lynx to the Las Vegas Aces. More often than not, those names stem from familiar places — either a distinct locale or phenomenon that exists in a team’s city or a name analogous to that of another side in the same region.

For some franchises, however, the etymology that surrounds their sobriquet appears to have no discernible basis in any sort of logic. Rather, they’re rooted in more of a feeling than anything else.

The Indiana Fever exist in this space, owning a name that is anything but ordinary. Yet, it’s likely few folks know its origins.

So, just where does the name “Fever” come from? The Sporting News gives you the details on Indiana’s name and mascot as it enters into the Caitlin Clark era.

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Why is Indiana’s WNBA team called the Fever?

Contrary to popular belief, the Fever’s name is not a social commentary on Big Pharma, nor is it a reminder to wash your hands. You see, the name “Fever” actually has nothing to do with pyrexia — an occurrence where one’s body temperature rises to abnormally high levels.

Rather, the name “Fever” appears to have to do with the metaphorical term “fever”, which Merriam-Websters’ doubly defines as a state of heightened emotion and a “contagious, usually temporal craze.’”

The Hoosier State loves hoops. In fact, it could be say Indiana residents have developed something of a fever for the topic. Hence the name, Fever. It’s sleek, easy to remember, and embodies the state of Indiana’s broader basketball interest.

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Indiana Fever mascot

Given the ambiguity of the Fever’s nickname, it’s unsurprising that their mascot, too, is shrouded in mystery.

The Fever enlist the services of one Freddy Fever, a gleaming pile of red-40 and fur. 

It’s not the most intricately woven of patterns. It is, however, an indication that if they build things large enough, the masses will come out to support.


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