Michael at Wishydig has been pondering the non-plural naming of sports teams: the Miami Heat, the Colorado Avalanche, the New York Liberty, the Utah Jazz. What, he asks, do we call the individuals on the teams?
Commenter Q Pheevr of A Roguish Chrestomathy has some good answers:
A member of the Avalanche is a Falling Rock.
A member of the Wild is a Wild Thing.
A member of the Lightning is a Bolt.
A member of the Heat is a Degree.
A member of the Magic is a Spell.
A member of the Jazz is a Note. (A group of three to five of 'em is a Chord.)
I'm still wondering about the Stanford Cardinal.
P.S. Michael observes that the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning have won the Stanley Cup only once, and adds, "Scientists say the team will have to move to another city in order to win it a second time."