In the words of a famous philosopher, “What are those!?”
During the mid-90s, the Canadian Football League expanded into the United States with teams like the Sacramento Gold Miners, Shreveport Pirates, Las Vegas Posse, and Memphis Mad Dogs
One team that never played a down due to the CFL suspending its U.S. operations in the spring of 1996 were the Miami Manatees.
And after digging up some photos of the team’s helmets and uniforms, maybe that’s a good thing.
Yes, that is a manatee holding a football against the backdrop of either a sun or a firecracker going off inside a small black rice bowl.
The color scheme of the uniforms were just as hideous.
I’m not sure who owns the trademark for the Manatees’ nickname and uniforms, but I don’t think he or she will have to worry about any kind of infringement from a professional franchise in the future.