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2013-03-12 10:36:16 AM  
Go Tigers!
 
2013-03-12 11:00:51 AM  

Donnchadha: Go Tigers!

 
2013-03-12 11:28:11 AM  
i2.cdnds.net

Five Spartans? Not that there's anything wrong with that.
 
2013-03-12 11:33:39 AM  
5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never
 
2013-03-12 11:34:46 AM  
For football or basketball? Because you know.... there's a difference. Anyway. As you can see, kitty cats make up most of the team names while my charts are better than buzzfeed's scrolly picture gallery, although I will admit to liking the animal pictures because DOGGIES!

i27.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-12 11:35:12 AM  
"Cougars"

Well-played.
 
2013-03-12 11:45:20 AM  
Just one "Spiders" though. University of Richmond

/Named after an old timey baseball player
/No one cares.
 
2013-03-12 11:46:48 AM  

Di Atribe: For football or basketball? Because you know.... there's a difference. Anyway. As you can see, kitty cats make up most of the team names while my charts are better than buzzfeed's scrolly picture gallery, although I will admit to liking the animal pictures because DOGGIES!

[i27.photobucket.com image 799x752]


Is the 1 'Sucks' Duke? And shouldn't they technically count as Nefarious beings for being Blue Devils.And the mascot too.
 
2013-03-12 11:47:48 AM  
How many teams are named for hand orientation for manual sex acts? Just the one?
 
2013-03-12 11:49:15 AM  
 
2013-03-12 11:50:32 AM  

fruitloop: 5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never




Jayhawks are people, not birds.
 
2013-03-12 11:52:05 AM  
Go Eagles!

/not even in their conference tourney :/
//LGR
///at least we're good at hockey
 
2013-03-12 11:52:39 AM  

funk_soul_bubby: How many teams are named for hand orientation for manual sex acts? Just the one?


Yep, the Austin-Peay Western Grip Handjobs stand alone.
 
2013-03-12 11:59:40 AM  

funk_soul_bubby: How many teams are named for hand orientation for manual sex acts? Just the one?


No, there's the University of Florida-Indiatlantic UFIAs.
 
2013-03-12 12:01:49 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Jayhawks are people...


Well, only in the loosest sense of the word. Amirite?
 
2013-03-12 12:02:43 PM  
Who are we? The wildcats!

Who are we going to beat? The wildcats!
 
2013-03-12 12:10:50 PM  
Plus, Wildcats and Bobcats are the same exact animal, so that should push them right over the top.*


*Cue some alum of one of the random "Wildcat" schools screaming about how it's something totally different at their school.

/Go Terriers!
//No, the other ones.
///The other, other ones.
////Yes, those ones.
 
2013-03-12 12:15:23 PM  
Only one set of colonials
 
2013-03-12 12:16:36 PM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

I want that husky!!  If I can't have him, at least let me hug him.  Absolutely beautiful dog.  Such a shame that Storrs Correctional has sullied the husky's good name.  They should be forced to use a different name...Laptop Thieves would make a good nickname.
 
2013-03-12 12:18:36 PM  
They even had to change Syracuse from "Orangemen" to just The "Orange" in case overly tanned Jersey residents were offended
 
2013-03-12 12:29:25 PM  
"Bulldogs" alone accounts for like eighty schools.
 
2013-03-12 12:29:56 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: fruitloop: 5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never

Jayhawks are people, not birds.




thefarmclub.net
Looks like a bird to me
 
2013-03-12 12:33:38 PM  

fruitloop: 5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never


While Redhawks (etc) are a type of Hawk, Jayhawks are people, War Hawks are planes, and Seahawks are actually Ospreys.
 
2013-03-12 12:48:50 PM  

SuperChuck: Mid_mo_mad_man: fruitloop: 5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never

Jayhawks are people, not birds.

[thefarmclub.net image 428x377]
Looks like a bird to me




Notice the shoes and red legs ? Those are symbols of domestic terror groups active from roughly 1850's to 1865
 
2013-03-12 12:56:40 PM  
The University of South Carolina could regularly play 4 tiger teams in a football season. LSU, Auburn, and Missouri are all SEC, and Clemson is an annual rivalry game.

/4 teams is as much as one third and that's terrible.
 
2013-03-12 12:57:07 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Notice the shoes and red legs ? Those are symbols of domestic terror groups active from roughly 1850's to 1865


Preach it, bro. Jesse James is very misunderstood even to this day.
 
2013-03-12 12:57:21 PM  

Di Atribe: For football or basketball? Because you know.... there's a difference. Anyway. As you can see, kitty cats make up most of the team names while my charts are better than buzzfeed's scrolly picture gallery, although I will admit to liking the animal pictures because DOGGIES!

[i27.photobucket.com image 799x752]


Donnchadha: Go Tigers!


Add in hockey and you add another Tigers, the Rochester Institute of Technology plays up in Division I for mens and womens hockey. I've been waiting for an RIT/Princeton hockey game between the mens teams for a few seasons now. The womens team got the Tigers/Tigers game first.

/Had $5 on the Tigers to win.
//So glad it wasn't a tie.
 
2013-03-12 01:00:54 PM  

Shotgun Justice: The University of South Carolina could regularly play 4 tiger teams in a football season. LSU, Auburn, and Missouri are all SEC, and Clemson is an annual rivalry game.

/4 teams is as much as one third and that's terrible.




Plus 3 Bulldogs. Mississippi State, Georgia, and SC St
 
2013-03-12 01:02:02 PM  

Tex Colorado the Arizona Assassin: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 625x334]

I want that husky!!  If I can't have him, at least let me hug him.  Absolutely beautiful dog.  Such a shame that Storrs Correctional has sullied the husky's good name.  They should be forced to use a different name...Laptop Thieves would make a good nickname.


You can download a gigantic version here
 
2013-03-12 01:19:27 PM  

LucklessWonder: Is the 1 'Sucks' Duke? And shouldn't they technically count as Nefarious beings for being Blue Devils.And the mascot too.


I made it for the Farks, so yes, the one "sucks" is Duke. Otherwise, they would be in with the other devils.


LucklessWonder: Just one "Spiders" though. University of Richmond

/Named after an old timey baseball player
/No one cares.


I CARE! I had to research a bunch of these to figure out WTF they were.* I didn't research Richmond because I thought I already knew what a Spider was. You can regale me with the story, if you want. I like stories.

*Among these: Zips, Hokies, Tarheels, does Cardinal mean the color or the bird, Mocs, Chanticleers, Salukis, what exactly type of animal is a wolverine anyway, are the Paladins good or bad, and everything listed under "Something Baffling." Here's what I have in case anyone has an explanation for any of 'em:

Evansville Aces
UAB Blazer (dragon?)
Presbyterian Blue Hose
St Bonaventure Bonnies
Iona Gaels
StMary's Gaels
Kent St Golden Flashes
Canisius Golden Griffins
Stetson Hatters
Indiana Hoosiers
Georgetown Hoyas
Manhattan Jaspers
Virginia Military Keydets
New Orleans Privateers
Stony Brook Seawolves
Saint Louis Billikens

Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.
 
2013-03-12 01:20:13 PM  
Virginia is full of unique college nicknames.

Cavaliers/ Wahoos
Hokies
Spiders
Monarchs
Patriots
Dukes
Flames
Lancers
Keydets
Tribe
 
2013-03-12 01:30:06 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: SuperChuck: Mid_mo_mad_man: fruitloop: 5. Hawks (9*) SCHOOLS: Hartford, Lehigh [Mountain], Maryland Eastern Shore, Miami [Red], Monmouth, St. Joseph's, Seattle [Red], Southest Missouri [Red], Tennessee-Martin [Sky]

Holy shiat.

Louisiana-Monroe [War], UNC Wilmington [Sea], Wagner [Sea], Kansas [Jay]?

/Redskins forever, Redhawks never

Jayhawks are people, not birds.

[thefarmclub.net image 428x377]
Looks like a bird to me



Notice the shoes and red legs ? Those are symbols of domestic terror groups active from roughly 1850's to 1865


The outlaw josey wales knows all about red legs.
 
2013-03-12 01:31:26 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: Who are we? The wildcats!

Who are we going to beat? The wildcats!


I was hoping this comment would show up.
 
2013-03-12 01:36:14 PM  
Then you have the Canadian Football League, which despite only having had nine teams at the time, had two known as the Rough Riders. But it was ok because one team didn't put a space between Rough and Riders.

Many CFL fans were happy to see the Ottawa team go out of business just so they wouldn't have to see anymore Rough Rider on Roughrider action.

/Go Banana Slugs!
 
2013-03-12 01:38:55 PM  
Evansville Aces - They are aces like in playing cards.
UAB Blazer (dragon?) Yes, it's a dragon
Presbyterian Blue Hose
St Bonaventure Bonnies
Iona Gaels  - Speakers of Gaelic
StMary's Gaels
Kent St Golden Flashes - It is not technically anything
Canisius Golden Griffins Mythical creature
Stetson Hatters
Indiana Hoosiers Someone from Indiana, probably a redneck.
Georgetown Hoyas - Rocks. Though the mascot is a bulldog
Manhattan Jaspers - The man who brought baseball to Manhattan
Virginia Military Keydets - A Cadet, spelled phonetically.
New Orleans Privateers - Basically a naval wartime mercenary
Stony Brook Seawolves A mythical creature from an Indianan Tribe, known to bring it's viewerrs good luck
Saint Louis Billikens

Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.
 
2013-03-12 01:45:01 PM  

Di Atribe: Here's what I have in case anyone has an explanation for any of 'em:


Forgot to tag you in the above post.
 
2013-03-12 01:48:46 PM  
St. Bonaquitter - was Brown Indians, decided to change it to something meaningless
Steton - named after the guy who started the hat company
 
2013-03-12 01:50:22 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Evansville Aces - They are aces like in playing cards.
UAB Blazer (dragon?) Yes, it's a dragon
Presbyterian Blue Hose
St Bonaventure Bonnies
Iona Gaels  - Speakers of Gaelic
StMary's Gaels
Kent St Golden Flashes - It is not technically anything
Canisius Golden Griffins Mythical creature
Stetson Hatters
Indiana Hoosiers Someone from Indiana, probably a redneck.
Georgetown Hoyas - Rocks. Though the mascot is a bulldog
Manhattan Jaspers - The man who brought baseball to Manhattan
Virginia Military Keydets - A Cadet, spelled phonetically.
New Orleans Privateers - Basically a naval wartime mercenary
Stony Brook Seawolves A mythical creature from an Indianan Tribe, known to bring it's viewerrs good luck
Saint Louis Billikens

Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.


Just to confuse things further, the VMI basketball team is also known as the Runnin' Roos (short for Kangaroos)

/yeah, I know
 
2013-03-12 01:50:31 PM  
Di Atribe

I was trying to figure out where the Boilermakers were. I figured it had to be a) Caricatures of local residents; 2) Machinery; or potato) Things that are awesome.

For reference
 
2013-03-12 01:51:52 PM  
The  Billiken was a charm doll created by an art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz of, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream. In 1908, she obtained a on the ornamental design of the Billiken, who was-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile and a tuft of hair on his pointed head. His arms were short and he was generally sitting with his legs stretched out in front of him.
 
2013-03-12 01:53:48 PM  
Let me try that again:

The Billiken was a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz of St. Louis, Missouri, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream. In 1908, she obtained a design patent on the ornamental design of the Billiken, who was elf-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile and a tuft of hair on his pointed head. His arms were short and he was generally sitting with his legs stretched out in front of him.
 
2013-03-12 01:54:36 PM  
Also, it's Evansville Purple Aces, come on now...
 
2013-03-12 01:54:56 PM  
The PC blue hose got their name from the blue colored socks they wore in the 1920's. They were referred to as the Blue Stockings, but it was shortened to Blue Hose to fit better in newspaper headlines.
 
2013-03-12 01:55:04 PM  
EMU Hurons.
 
2013-03-12 01:56:57 PM  

clintster: WhoIsWillo: Evansville Aces - They are aces like in playing cards.
UAB Blazer (dragon?) Yes, it's a dragon
Presbyterian Blue Hose
St Bonaventure Bonnies
Iona Gaels  - Speakers of Gaelic
StMary's Gaels
Kent St Golden Flashes - It is not technically anything
Canisius Golden Griffins Mythical creature
Stetson Hatters
Indiana Hoosiers Someone from Indiana, probably a redneck.
Georgetown Hoyas - Rocks. Though the mascot is a bulldog
Manhattan Jaspers - The man who brought baseball to Manhattan
Virginia Military Keydets - A Cadet, spelled phonetically.
New Orleans Privateers - Basically a naval wartime mercenary
Stony Brook Seawolves A mythical creature from an Indianan Tribe, known to bring it's viewerrs good luck
Saint Louis Billikens

Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.

Just to confuse things further, the VMI basketball team is also known as the Runnin' Roos (short for Kangaroos)

/yeah, I know




The Billikens are named after a local cartoon. One of local high schools in Missouri uses the Kewpies as a mascot. A Kewpie is a type of doll
 
2013-03-12 02:01:22 PM  

Shotgun Justice: The University of South Carolina could regularly play 4 tiger teams in a football season. LSU, Auburn, and Missouri are all SEC, and Clemson is an annual rivalry game.

/4 teams is as much as one third and that's terrible.


Their current cross-division rival is aTm, but still, point taken.
 
2013-03-12 02:05:29 PM  
Twenty nicknames make up more than one third of all NCAA Division I schools

And . . . ?
 
2013-03-12 02:09:24 PM  

WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Here's what I have in case anyone has an explanation for any of 'em:

Forgot to tag you in the above post.


Holy crap you have answers!

And I did research "Hoosiers" & all I could ever find is "resident of Indiana." Every other "local caricature" name had a story behind it, but I couldn't find anything with Hoosiers. It appears to be just a word someone made up.

And wow, thanks everyone for your insight on some of these names! This is awesome! I was hoping to update a chart today. Woohoo!
 
2013-03-12 02:11:39 PM  

Di Atribe: Here's what I have in case anyone has an explanation for any of 'em:

Georgetown Hoyas


From what I've read, at one time Georgetown students would cheer a good play with the cry, Saxon Hoya!, which is Latin for "What rocks!" This was shortened and adopted as the team name.

I am neither a Georgetowner nor a Latin scholar, so I can't vouch for the authenticity of that story.
 
2013-03-12 02:12:24 PM  
Stetson was DeLand University until John B. Stetson (the hat guy) bailed them out of a financial crisis in 1889.

The school keeps trying to change the mascot but the students keep overriding them.

/Graduated from their law school, crash their free alumni functions.
 
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