Humboldt State Lumberjacks. One of the biggest tree-hugger U's has... The Lumberjacks. Irony, we has it.
My High School's team was was the Trojans. Not so bad in itself, but with the brand name Trojan Condoms floating about, one can't help but see a potential connection.
Then the local college has the Bearcats. So which is it, I ask: Are you a bear, or a cat?
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The Gauchos - that's kind of like calling yourself the culottes, right? knee-length wide bottom pants, popular in the (late 70s and earlly 80s?? can't remember for sure). Actually, it's a south american cowboy.
And wombats aren't *rodents*, they're *marsupials*!
UT-Chattanooga used to be "moccasins" - are you sure that was referring to shoes and not snakes??
Adding a new one:
Huron High School in Ann Arbor is the River Rats. And although they have a rodent as the mascot, apparently the name also refers to "a logger employed in driving logs down a river." (The school is across from the Huron River.) Another high school in town is the Pioneers. The school used to be called Ann Arbor High School, but now it goes by Pioneer - so they're the Pioneer Pioneers! Would-be students of the newest high school (Skyline) chose the boring Eagle for their mascot - they could have been something like Salamanders, since there was a wee bit of a controversy about maybe destroying the habitat of a listed species when building the school.
Interesting school mascots were covered on an episode of the Way with Words radio show. Apparently there is a school that has the Fighting Kewpies as their mascot! You can hear the show here:
(and great, thanks to LazerWulf, I have the tiny bit of "Boomer Sooner" that I know stuck in my head. Too bad it couldn't be a snippet of Fiddler on the Roof instead!)
I went to a small town high school in Idaho, in the town of Kuna, where the Kuna High School mascot was the Kaveman. Yes, they really did spell it with a K not a C. It seems like an okay mascot, until you realize that this high school cannot spell Caveman correctly.
I'm a Fighting Sponger(not someone who leeches off of others, but rather someone who collects defenceless sponges off the bottom of the ocean), and my mother was a Logansport Berry.. so I must have inherited my bad school name.
As a UNL grad (Class of '00), believe me when I tell you that "Cornhusker" is an improvement. The college's original football team name? "The BugEaters."
Welcome to Nebraska. We can't name things. We're aware.
Proud(?) graduate of Logansport(IN) High School
Felix the Cat
Football played at the Berry Patch
Basketball played in the Berry Bowl
We put fear in ourselves!
My University and High School had acceptable names (Wolfpack and Raiders, respectably) but my Middle School... Well my Middle School's team name was the MAGIC! The Mendive Magic... How can you get pumped about the MAGIC? It's not even a thing, just a supernatural construct to explain how things work before science. >.>
No Arizona posters yet, huh?
Three cheers for the Scottsdale
However, it also falls under the student-body-selected file. Apparently, some rebellious 70's college kids wanted to discourage focus on athletics. [scottsdalecc.edu] LOL
I love that you make fun of the Cornhuskers. Moving from Iowa (the real corn state) to Nebraska (the beef state) to have a team named the "Cornhuskers" confused me. Really it should be the Nebraska Cow Tippers...
I come from Sugar City, Idaho. Proud home of the Sugar-Salem Diggers, 'cause we dig sugar beets.
It's very close to tater peelers. Just a couple steps ahead in the preparation. :)
My mascots were all pretty standard (Eagle, Knight, etc), but how 'bout a little love for the Allegany Campers of Cumberland, MD?
Cumberland is, of course, the home of Dr. McNinja.
The webcomic circle is now complete.
My mom went to a high school in Madison, WI. Awesome town and great college mascot of a badger... Her high school though? The pur-golders. Yes, their school colors were purple and gold. What a waste.
Williams College in NW Massachusetts is The Purple Cows.
Website says: "At the beginning of the 20th century there was a popular campus humor magazine called 'The Purple Cow.' In 1907 by a vote of the student body, the college mascot was proclaimed to be a purple cow."
Gah, there are too many comments to check if these have been mentioned, but there are the terrifying Laguna Beach Artists, and my college mascots... the Tartans. We weren't even pieces of cloth, we were patterns for pieces of cloth. Very intimidating.
I see my esteemed neighbor their Deacons (who are at least a real team ;)) and see them... the Fightin' Quakers, of Guilford College.
Give ya a moment for that to sink in...
I had a normal run with Bulldogs, Cougars and Gators. Then I went to college at Western Kentucky University as a proud Hilltopper! The campus is on the highest hill in town and the original mascot was a student in a white top hat and tails. The Big Red mascot on ESPN is the Big Red Spirit and he's beloved of all students and locals.
I see that the Concordia Cobbers have already been mentioned.
But some of the other schools in Concordia's conference (the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) are worthy of mention just for the sheer...originality of their names. Well, original for religious Scandinavian immigrants, anyway.
I give you my alma mater, the Saint Olaf Oles! (No, the women's teams are not nicknamed the Lenas.)
Then there's the Gustavus Adolphus Gusties.
And of course, the Augsburg Auggies. (Seeing a pattern starting to develop here?)
The Saint Thomas...Tommies.
The Saint John's...Johnnies.
Then there's the Carleton...Knights. (But we always called them Carls for their impertinent lack of conformity.)
The rest of the schools in the conference are fairly normal, and therefore uninteresting for the topic at hand.