Why are they called fevers? Explains the origin of Indiana's WNBA nickname mascot

Team names can be a volatile topic, especially in WNBA circles.

There are many teams blessed with flashy nicknames, from the Minnesota Lynx to the Las Vegas Aces. Most often, these names come from familiar places – either a specific place or phenomenon that exists in a team's city, or a name similar to that of another team in the same region.

However, for some franchises, the etymology surrounding their moniker appears to have no discernible logical basis. Rather, they are rooted in a feeling more than anything else.

In this area there is the Indiana Fever, whose name is anything but ordinary. Still, it is likely that few people know its origin.

So where does the name “Fever” come from? The Sporting News gives you the scoop on Indiana's name and mascot as the Caitlin Clark era begins.

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Why is Indiana's WNBA team called the Fever?

Contrary to popular belief, Fever's name is neither a social commentary on Big Pharma nor a reminder to wash your hands. You see, the name “fever” actually has nothing to do with pyrexia – an event in which body temperature rises to abnormally high levels.

Rather, the name “fever” seems to have something to do with the metaphorical term “fever,” which Merriam-Websters defines doubly as a state of heightened emotion and an “infectious, usually temporary insanity.”

The Hoosier State loves basketball. In fact, you could say that Indiana residents have developed something of a fever for the issue. Hence the name fever. It's elegant, easy to remember, and embodies Indiana State's broader basketball interest.

Indiana fever mascot

Given the ambiguity of the Fever's nickname, it's no surprise that their mascot is also shrouded in mystery.

The Fever enlists the services of one Freddy Fever, a shiny pile of red-40s and fur.

It's not the most complicated pattern. However, it is an indication that if they build things big enough, the masses will support them.

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