At least my alma mater isn't involved since "Scarlet Knights" is a unique nickname... We're not a national power anyway so there's little chance for media nickname confusion, and based on our anticipated initial Big Ten Conference performance that will start next year, we'll probably be relegated to local-media-coverage-only for at least half a century or more.... (smile)
I'd keep Stanford Cardinal, and I didn't even go there. It's a color for god's sake. Louisville can have the bird version of Cardinals.
I did go to the University of Chicago, which also went with the color theme. Copy Harvard much? Curiously, though, they made it plural, the Maroons. Never quite figured that out. We did get a chuckle during movie night cartoons when Bugs Bunny would insult someone by saying "What a maroon."
Pomona College (plus Pitzer) are the Sage Hens, while the Zips of Arkon and the Sea Slugs of UC Santa Cruz are all pretty unique mascots. However, the state with the most aptly named big schools might be Oregon with the Beavers and Ducks...
26mi235 wrote:Pomona College (plus Pitzer) are the Sage Hens, while the Zips of Arkon and the Sea Slugs of UC Santa Cruz are all pretty unique mascots. However, the state with the most aptly named big schools might be Oregon with the Beavers and Ducks...
OkState used the Piston Pete logo for decades but neglected to register it. Wyoming started using a near identical logo, registered it, now OSU has to pay Wyoming royalty on the logo.
dunno who gets to keet the Cowboy name.. Of course, OSU was known as Aggies or Okalgs when it was OAMC (Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College) A&M colleges used to dot the nation. I think Texas A&M is the only one to retain the name.
I was a Bowling Green Falcon. The name was adopted in 1927 so I doubt we were the first.
If we had to be unique we could go the route of the Cleveland Browns (who adopted BG's colors as their own) and become the Perrys, after the coach who built the football team into a 1950s college division powerhouse. Completely unrelated: the city of Perrysburg is only 10 miles away, named for Commodore Perry (of the War of 1812).
Probably a more popular option would be the Ziggies, for the traditional post-game nonsense song Ay Ziggy Zoomba.
A number of HS in Oklahoma, many/ most/all of which have Indian students and some were originally all Indian schools have mascots names such as Braves, Warriors, Savages, Indians, Redskins or tribal names. I am not aware any have been pressured to make a PC name change. Years ago, University of Oklahoma Sooners had a mascot, "Little Red", an Indian student in native regalia who danced around a teepee in the end zone at football games. That tradition was abandoned under pressure from ????.. OU still maintains the "Sooner Schooner" a small scale Conestoga wagon pulled by Shetland ponies that, venue permitting, circles the end zone after a score. "Sooner",of course, has not always been a respected name. It was originally applied to claim jumpers who entered Indian Territory "sooner" than they should have prior to the Land Run of 1889.
I have always interpreted that these "savage" names were intended, not to be derogatory, but as complimentary; testament to the bravery, strength and cohesiveness of the American Indian. I have Comanche/Choctaw/Creek ancestors and I am not offended. A huge percentage of native Oklahomans have some/a lot/all Indian "blood". Maybe it is because most have succeeded in the White Man's World but it is just not a recurring point of contention. I will concede that not all Indians feel the same but I can honestly recall only one friend, a successful professional, who is less Indian than I am, grumble about Indian themed mascots...and he is from a county and community that is overwhelmingly American Indian.
The best nicknames (organic, regionally specific, state relevant and/or ORIGINAL): HM Montana Grizzlies HM Oklahoma Sooners 10. Purdue Boilermakers 9. Alabama Crimson Tide - even Donald Fagen knows this 8. TCU Horned Frogs 7. Florida Gators 6. Oregon Ducks 5. North Carolina Tar Heels 4. California Bears 3. Texas Longhorns 2.. Ohio State Buckeyes 1. Tennessee Volunteers - sanctioned by Teddy Roosevelt
The worst nicknames (stereotypical, regionally non-specific, irrelevant to the state and/or THOUGHTLESS): HM Princeton Tigers - at least they have Tigers' colors 10. Clemson Tigers 9. Houston Cougars - not a Cougar in sight 8. USC Trojans - LA climate is closer to Troy's 7. Pitt Panthers 6. Rutgers Scarlet Knights 5. LSU/Auburn Tigers - only one Tiger per conference please 4. Baylor Bears 3. Michigan State Spartans- it does not snow in Sparta 2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1. Wake Forest Demon Deacons - mixed metaphor!
The best nicknames (organic, regionally specific, state relevant and/or ORIGINAL): Hope College Flying Dutchmen Williams College Ephelia, the Purple Cow (Ephs)
The worst nicknames (stereotypical, regionally non-specific, irrelevant to the state and/or THOUGHTLESS): Crusaders of any kind (not a nice group of folks) U of Michigan Wolverines (no wolverines in Michigan)
Interesting: College of Faith Mighty Believers DET Denby Tech Prep Tars DET Southeastern Jungaleers DET Pershing Doughboys DET Cass Tech Technicians Huron River Rats Cranbrook Cranes Colon Magi Fordson Tractors (former home of Ford tractor manufacturing) Edwardsberg Eddies Escanaba Eskymos (odd) Gladwin Flying G's Gwinn Modeltowners Iron River West Iron County Wykons Ishpeming Hematites Manistique Emeralds Midland Chemics (home of Dow Chemical) Onekama Portagers Plymouth Salem Rocks Vassar Vulcans Ypsilanti Lincoln Railsplitters Zeeland East Chix Zeeland West Dux (the school split in two, both on one campus) Saint Mary HS Shillelaghs Britton-Macon HS Tories Saint Anthony HS Teutons Saint Vincent HS Gaels Saint John HS Gaels Galien HS Gaels Saint James HS Dales Faith Christian Conquerors Port Hope HS Bluestars Saint Mary HS Rustics Sacred Heart HS Thorns MacArthur HS Generals Three Oaks HS Oakers Waterford HS Skippers
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