Arizona — Phoenix
Giving the Phoenix to the Arizona Cardinals, who were once-upon-a-time called the “Phoenix Cardinals” themselves, was a no-brainer. As many comic book fans are well aware, the Phoenix was the official name of the cosmic entity that consumes Jean Grey of the X-Men, documented in the renowned “Dark Phoenix Saga.”
In the summer of 2019, the film adaptation of this storyline is set to come out in theaters, with Sophie Turner set to reprise her role as Grey.
Atlanta — Deadpool
Instead of the “Dirty Bird,” Atlanta’s professional football team gets to don the infamous “Merc(ernary) with a Mouth” on its helmet. In case you forgot: his name is not “Captain Deadpool,” but rather just Deadpool. While you might wonder why there isn’t a bird on the helmet, don’t forget that Atlanta’s red and black colors jive well with Deadpool’s getup.
For anyone who’s never seen the big screen depiction Ryan Reynolds’ take on the wisecracking anti-hero, do yourself a favor and go check it out (and make sure you check out the sequel too).