Monday, September 12, 2005


Have you ever noticed that there are some funky mascots out there. I was at a party recently were I didn't really know anyone except for Homer. I was introduced to some pretty cool people (including a Luger top 10!) and we began discussing the different colored shot glasses on the table. The shots were purple and yellow so I assumed the person who made them was a Lakers fan. Nope it turns out she was a Pointers fan.

What's a pointer you ask? I had the same reaction. It turns out that UW-Steven's Point are called the Pointers (after dog not the city). I mean couldn't they be a little more creative than this? As one girl pointed out at the party, does that mean that their big foamy hands at the football games just have one finger pointing into different directions?

After this conversation I started thinking about different mascots that were either weird or just plain dumb. Here's what I could come up with:

1) Stuff the Magic Dragon - I'm a huge Magic fan so this hurts but seriously, just because the team is in Orlando doesn't mean you gotta name it after an amusement park?

2) Oregon State Beavers - when I think of Beavers I sure as hell don't get all scared or intimidated, in fact I think of....nevermind

3) Any team with the mascot Aggies - just what the hell is an Aggie? Any Texas A&M alums out there care to share?

4) Pittsburgh Penguins - I'm not a hockey fan so I might be off base here, but really what the hell can a Penguin do? Waddle over and slap you with those little flippers, seriously?

5) New York Mets - this is actually short for metropolitans. Metropolitans? A city of 9 million people and you couldn't think of anything more creative than this? No wonder they end up playing second fiddle to the Yankees.

Are there any other mascots out there that ya'll can think about? My mind is drawing a blank but I'm sure there are more.


Anonymous Buddha said...

Just game back from there man ... the GameCOCKS!! My favorite T-shirt I saw at the game... Knights have Bigger Cocks!!

7:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The A&M stands for Agriculture and Military - so an Aggie must be some sort of farmer?

Umm...let's think. The UC-Santa Cruz (or is it Santa Barbara) "Banana Slugs," the Akron Zippers, Kent State Golden Flashes and the University of Hawai'i Rainbows are pretty ridiculous. Anything involving a number (49'ers, 76'ers)doesn't make a lot of sense.

Some things just don't seem like they would raly a team, or scare an opponent: Ohio State Buckeyes (some sort of nut), Stanford Cardinal (singular, not plural - its a tree), Temple Owls, Maryland Terrapins (turtles?). Here's a new one - the Philadelphia "Soul" - an arena football team.

What about the Miami Hurricanes...real upbeat these days.

10:16 PM  
Blogger hanmee said...

What about the Virginia Tech Hokies. It's essentially a castrated turkey.

Oh. An aggie is "an Aggie is a student at Texas A&M University. In the early 1900's A&M students were referred to as Farmers. The term Aggie began to be used in the 1920's and in 1949, when the yearbook changed it's name to Aggieland, Aggie became the official student body nickname"

6:29 AM  
Blogger chardrian said...

UC-Santa Cruz is the banana slug. UC-Santa Barbara (my alma mater) are Gauchos (yes, that's right Argentinian cowboys). The winner, however has to be Oglethorpe University. Not only is the name of the school a little wacko, its mascot is the super cool "Petey" the Stormy Petrel.

12:09 PM  
Blogger shoes said...

the best part of the penguins is that years ago they changed the logo so we would have a "tougher" looking pengiun. i always felt that tougher looking penguins would scare the polar bears and seals into leaving them alone

12:38 PM  
Blogger shoes said...

a&m is short for agricultural and mechanical...hence aggies

12:40 PM  

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