Mighty Ducks are quite a bit like the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1. Name Diets
Does this Mighty make me look fat?
Both Anaheim and Tampa Bay trimmed down their names to be more credible/so that ESPN would make fun of them less often. Let's be honest, though. It wasn't the names that made these teams a joke.
The Ducks literally made good on the infamous Wayne Gretzky quote, while the Rays were a perpetual drum that MLB teams just loved to beat. (Don't worry, Tina Turner, we're not going to make a joke about you this time)
3. Whoa, wait, they're GOOD?
Anaheim didn't sneak up on us in the post-lockout era since they signed Scott Niedermayer and then benefited from the ... uh, weather in Edmonton to snatch Chris Pronger. But few people saw Anaheim coming the year the Ducks (then mighty) shocked the Detroit Red Wings and came within a game of winning a Cup.
That lines up better with the Rays' shocking run last season, a year in which Evan Longoria became more famous than his hot-ass Tony Parker banging family member (at least with one demographic, namely baseball dorks).
4. Certain inexplicable factors
Both teams play in warm climates, where many potential fans would rather go to the beach, amusement parks or have sex with vapid individuals than watch these teams. Many people question the existence of the Ducks, asking how there possibly could be three professional hockey teams in California. Many people question the existence of the Rays, wondering why that team would work when the Florida Marlins struggle enough on their own.
So, those were the parallels, but baseball isn't exactly our area of expertise. Any other similarities? Does Lou Pinella share some mystical kinsmanship with Mike Babcock? Let us know if there's anything we missed.