The New England Patriots were almost named the Bay State Patriots.
The Boston Patriots were football nomads in their first decade in the AFL, playing games at Fenway Park, Harvard Stadium, Braves Field and Boston College’s Alumni Stadium. But when the team moved to Foxborough in 1971, team owner Billy Sullivan wanted a new name to go with the new location. He eventually came up with the Bay State Patriots, to honor the entire region. The name lasted a month, as the NFL evidently didn’t appreciate what the initials of the team’s new name would spell. (Think about it.) From then on, it was the New England Patriots.