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Is San Diego’s NASL Team Named for an Anchorman Reference?

San Diego finally has a name for its new pro soccer team: 1904 FC.

Now, obviously the team wasn’t founded in 1904, nor was San Diego established in that year. It’s also not a nod to Benfica or Schalke 04, which were founded in 1904. So it may look like the club just picked a random date from a hundred years ago and tacked on FC at the end, continuing America’s long tradition of vaguely European names for soccer teams. But no, the name comes from the 19th letter of the alphabet (S) and the fourth (D).

Hang on, though. What if the name is actually a reference to the Will Ferrell movie Anchorman? In the 2004 film, Ferrell’s character claims the city of San Diego was “discovered by the Germans in 1904.”

The team says the idea for 1904 FC came from a fan, and we all know sports fans would never act in bad faith and choose a joke name for a team. Oh, wait, San Diego soccer fans already did that earlier this year, voting overwhelmingly in favor of “Footy McFooty Face” for a potential MLS club.

I find it entirely plausible that this unnamed fan thought 1904 would be an Anchorman reference subtle enough to slip under the club’s noses and reverse-engineered the alphabet explanation to make it happen.

Berlin's players kneel down before the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin. EFE

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while coaching staff, officials and substitutes took a knee off it. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while coaching staff, officials and substitutes took a knee off it. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (Annegret Hilse/dpa via AP)

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Hertha’s starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (Annegret Hilse/dpa via AP)

'Take a knee' comes to Germany through Hertha solidarity

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Herthas starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (Annegret Hilse/dpa via AP)

'Take a knee' comes to Germany through Hertha solidarity

Players of Berlin kneel down prior to the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. Hertha Berlin nodded to social struggles in the United States by kneeling before its Bundesliga game at home to Schalke on Saturday. Herthas starting lineup linked arms and took a knee on the pitch, while coaching staff, officials and substitutes took a knee off it. The action was intended to show solidarity with NFL players who have been demonstrating against discrimination in the US by kneeling, sitting or locking arms through the anthem before games. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Bayern flying on Heynckes' return; Dortmund home record over

Hertha's Karim Rekik, left, and Vladimir Darida, center, react as Schalke's Guido Burgstaller, right, celebrates after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC Berlin and FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli (R-covered) and Schalke's Naldo (R) while Berlin's Mathew Leckie leaves the field after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli (C) shakes hands with Berlin's mascot (L) after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's player cheer after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli (R) shakes hands with Berlin's Mathew Leckie (L) after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- (L-R) Berlin's Mathew Leckie, Berlin's Peter Pekarik and Berlin's Karim Rekik after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli (C) shakes hands with Berlin's mascot (L) after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- (L-R) Schalke's Leon Goretzka, Naldo, Guido Burgstaller and Max Meyer cheer after scoring the 0-2 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's players (R) cheer after scoring the 0-2 next to Berlin's players during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke'Äôs Guido Burgstaller (R) scores the 0-2 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke'Äôs Guido Burgstaller cheers after scoring the 0-2 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Naldo (L) and Schalke'Äôs Guido Burgstaller cheer after scoring the 0-2 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Valentino Lazaro (R) in action against Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli recceives the yellow card during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Valentino Lazaro (front) receives a foul from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Valentino Lazaro (front) receives a foul from Schalke's Benjamin Stambouli during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (L), Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri (C) and Schalke's Amine Harit (R) cheer after scoring the 0-1 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) scores the 0-1 by penalty against Berlin's goalkeeper Rune Jarstein during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (R) scores the 0-1 by penalty against Berlin's goalkeeper Rune Jarstein during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Leon Goretzka (C), Schalke's Amine Harit (L) and Schalke's Thilo Kehrer (R) cheer after scoring the 0-1 during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Hertha Berlin Players Kneel During German Anthem

The starting eleven and coaching staff for Bundesliga club Hertha Berlin took a kneel before their match against Schalke 04 on Saturday.

The team's twitter said the team kneeled in the name of tolerance, responsibility, and a tolerant Berlin.

It is unclear whether Hertha Berlin, currently 11th in the Bundesliga table, took a knee during the German national anthem or if it was not during the anthem, but just before kick off.

Kneeling during the national anthem has been a topic of national debate across the United States after former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest racial injustice. Since then, dozens of football players and other athletes have kneeled during the anthem.

"Berlin is colourful," the stadium announcer said, per ESPNFC. "Hertha BSC stands for diversity and against violence.

"For this reason, we are joining forces with the protest of our fellow American athletes to take a stand against discrimination.

"For a tolerant Berlin, both now and forevermore."

In September, U.S. President Donald Trump made headlines when he suggested that NFL owners should "fire" players who protest during the anthem and referred to protestors as "son of a b----."

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Franco di Santo (L) in action against Berlin's Niklas Stark (4-L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's Thilo Kehrer (C) in action against Berlin's Ondrej Duda (L) and Berlin's Mitchell Weiser during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Genki Haraguchi (L) receives a red card and leaves the pitch during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Per Skjelbred (2-L) in struggles with Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri (6-L) as a reaction to a given red card against Berlin's Genki Haraguchi (not in the picture) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Per Skjelbred (L) in struggles with Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri (3-L) as a reaction to a given red card against Berlin's Genki Haraguchi (not in the picture) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke'Äôs Guido Burgstaller is getting medical care after a foul by Berlin's Genki Haraguchi (not in the picture) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's chairman of the board Clemens Toennies (C) watches the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's head coach Pal Dardai (L) and Schalke's head coach Domenico Tedesco during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Genki Haraguchi (R) in action against Schalke's Daniel Caligiuri during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's goalkeeper Rune Jarstein in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Schalke's fans hold a banner reading 'Ultras for ever' before the the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's goalkeeper Rune Jarstein in action during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

Berlin (Germany), 14/10/2017.- Berlin's Marvin Plattenhardt (R) in action against Schalke's Leon Goretzka (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC vs FC Schalke 04 in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2017. (Alemania) EFE/EPA/CLEMENS BILAN (EMBARGO CONDITIONS - ATTENTION: Due to the accreditation guidlines, the DFL only permits the publication and utilisation of up to 15 pictures per match on the internet and in online media during the match.)

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