A candid, no holds barred look at those screwy college nicknames. You know the ones. Hoyas, Tar Heels. Yeah. Those ones.

Sunday, February 22, 2004

As promised, here's the first installment of my series on College team nicknames. What's that, you say? Where's it been? I dunno. Stop asking questions and just read. Jeez.

This is the helmet and logo of the California Lutheran University's Kingsmen. Now, under normal circumstances, I would find their mascot name a little weird. The Kingsmen? Is it like, "all the king's horses and all the king's men?" Or is it a musical group? Anyway, I don't find it strange simply because this is the same as my high school's nickname. I've only found two other schools with this name. California Lutheran U. and a prep school in New York. However, CLU's women's teams are not called Kingsmen. They are called "Regals." You see, it's still king-related (regal and all that), but it contains, cleverly enough, the word "gals!"

I always wanted our high school to have a "normal" name. Our two rivals were the Cavaliers and the Mustangs. But now that I've been out of high school for awhile (oooh, say nearly 25 years now!), I've come to appreciate those odd, strange names of teams from across America


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