Weird, comical, unusual team nicks/mascots

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  1. robycop3

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    We may have had this topic some time back, but it's summertime & therefore rerun season.

    Also, if anyone knows the history of some of these nicks or mascots, please share.

    Let's start with Wake Forest DEMON DEACONS...an oxymoron if I ever heard one!

    The Georgetown HOYA nick comes from the college newspaper, "The Hoya", begun in 1920. "Hoya" is the name of a genus of flowering plants such as the wax plant, which are often vines of climbing, spreading growth characteristics. The writers of the paper looked for a name which could be common for the whole university, but would be both unusual and non-offensive to anyone. Since several species of hoyas grew on the campus, those students decided to call the paper "The Hoya", and soon, the school decided upon that handle for their athletic teams. I don't know when or how they decided upon the bulldog as the team logo, but the hoya certainly isn't a bulldog!

    The name "hoya" comes from botanist/scientist Robert Brown, who named the newly-discovered genus after fellow botanist Thomas Hoy(D.1821), his close friend, who was famous in his day for his gardening projects for the Duke of Northumberland.

    We have the Crooksville, Oh."Ceramics",(high school) named after a large factory once located there.

    Ohio Wesleyan BATTLIN' BISHOPS...Must play lotsa chess or replay the Crusades.

    St. Louis BILLIKENS...Early in the 20th century, an illustrator, Florence Pretz, drew a caricature of an ancient Asian "god" of good luck, which was seen by someone from the Billiken Company of Chicago in 1908. They acquired the rights from her to manufacture pocket-size figures of her drawing, which soon started a fad of "good-luck charms" akin to the rabbit's foot fad in our lifetimes. The figures were called billikens after the maker.

    In 1910, some St. Louis sportswriters thought St. Louis U. football coach John Bender resembled a billiken, noted, "Why, Bender's a regular Billiken!" An illustrator drew Bender as a billiken, calling the team "Bender's Billikens". that pic & story became so popular on campus that soon "Billiken" became the official name for all St. Louis U. athletic teams. The billiken lives on in the face of the St. Louis mascot.

    U.C. Santa Cruz BANANA SLUGS???????????

    My local university, Marshall Thundering Herd(Bison logo), played the University at(NOT "of")Buffalo Bulls. Kewl, right? Many teams are called "Bulls". But during a ladies' basketball game, the BUFFALO announcer repeatedly referred to his team as the "LADY BULLS"!!!!!!!! (Lololol!)
     
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    Demon Deacons? I don't know if that is an oxymoron, I think I may have met some of them. ;)
     
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    Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys
     
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    Lansing Lugnuts- who wants a piece of hardware to be their mascot?
     
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    I shouldn't but:
    My son had a group in College (Western Baptist)calling themselves "The Four Skins." They were (I think) a mathematics team.
     
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    4His_glory: Lansing Lugnuts- who wants a piece of hardware to be their mascot?

    Why, the DETROIT WHEELS, of course!
     
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    My alma mater, Nyack College, was called the "Fighting Parsons" for many years (probably over 100 yrs). Then they went through this brief period when they were the Purple Pride (seriously! I know what you're thinking, ha, ha). For obvious reasons, I suppose, they dumped that nickname. Now they're the "Warriors."
     
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    And then there are the Golden Gophers of Minn.
     
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    Lets not forget the:

    Banana Slugs ---
    University of California-Santa Cruz

    Battlin' Beavers ---
    Blackburn College

    Black Squirrels ---
    Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania) (baseball team only)

    Claim Jumpers ---
    Columbia College-Hollywood (Los Angeles, California

    Dirtbags ---
    California State University-Long Beach (Long Beach, California) (men's baseball only
     
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    There's a community college here who's mascot are the Thunder Ducks.
     
  11. OCC

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    Gamecocks?
     
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    West Bromwhich Albion

    "The Baggies"
     
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    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?

    Mighty Ducks of Anaheim?

    New York Mets? Who wants to be a "Met"? lol
     
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    Watch out now. [​IMG] :mad: [​IMG]

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WONDERBOYS! :rolleyes:

    Of course, then there is the Southern Arkansas University Muleriders, The University of Arkansas Monticello Bollweavels, The Henderson State University Reddies, and the Danville High School Little Johns. [​IMG]

    There. Now I don't feel so bad about my school being the Wonderboys. BTW, has anyone ever heard the story about how they became the Wonderboys?

    I won't bore you.

    Joseph Botwinick
     
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    LOL no I've never heard the story Jospeh. Please share it. [​IMG]
     
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    Here is the short story:

    http://www.halcyon.com/marcs/mascotcoll.html
     
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    Hey thanks for the link. I just saved it...pretty cool site.
     
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    I always found the Stanford Cardinal to be a little disconcerting.
     
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    Yeah the "Cardinal" is an odd name.

    We have a college football team up here called the Ottawa GeeGees. lol
     
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    Weren't they called the Indians or something similar till the 70s?
     

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