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

Friday, February 27, 2004



You could be the Tulane Green Wave. Green Wave? Have you ever seen a green wave? (I hear the Atlantic Ocean sometimes looks green, but Tulane University is located in New Orleans, which is not on the Atlantic Coast.) Is the Gulf Coast green? I just know I wouldn't want to get hit by a green wave!

Hey, there's a pattern here: Temple, Tulsa, Tulane. Maybe if your small college starts with a "T" you're obligated to have a weird nickname.

Thursday, February 26, 2004



How about the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes? Their logo looks like someone spilled cornbread mix on it and forgot to clean it up. To make matters worse, look at their mascot:


eeewww.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004



The Temple owls. Ok, it's bad enough to be an owl, but do they have to be such a dorky looking owl?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Next up are some of those smaller schools that got put at the back of the line when it came to handing out names.

The Dayton Flyers. Look, they don't even get a mascot. Just the words. Now, personally, I like the name "Flyers." It gives the impression of speed and action. But come on, can't one of their art design students come up with some sort of flying lightning bolt so they can at least have a symbol?

Monday, February 23, 2004

One of the first nicknames that springs to mind is from Texas Christian University. TCU is known as the "Horned Frogs." Hah. While other colleges get to be the Tigers or the Spartans or something else tough, these guys get to be…erm….toads. Horned ones at that. I'm sure there really is an animal named the horned frog, and it may be very feisty and tough, but this one just leads us down the freeway of making fun.

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.

Observe:
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