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2013-03-12 02:15:46 PM

Wellon Dowd: 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.


It's "Hoya Saxa" these days, but your answer seems to be essentially the same thing.
 
2013-03-12 02:22:59 PM

Di Atribe: 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.


I teach at the University of Evansville. Ace Purple (the actual mascot) is a riverboat gambler. We're on the Ohio River here.
 
2013-03-12 02:27:19 PM
http://kentuckysportsradio.com/?p=129198
More info on gaels and jaspers
 
2013-03-12 02:27:31 PM

JohnAnnArbor: EMU Hurons.


They're the Eagles now.
 
2013-03-12 02:29:18 PM

Di Atribe: Holy crap you have answers!


Every year I do a bracket based on who would win if the schools nicknames/mascots got in a fight.

It screws everything up when Wake Forest is in the tournament.
 
2013-03-12 02:30:41 PM

Di Atribe: 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.


The Stony Brook Seawolves are supposedly named after a mystical creature from Native American folklore. That's the story they tell - their teams used to just be the Patriots until they learned they were going to Division I - but I don't know if it's BS. So I'd put it under "noble beings," since you don't have a mythical creature category.

Would be interested to know what's included in "things that are awesome."
 
2013-03-12 02:31:13 PM

Di Atribe: Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.


Oh, and hose=socks, in this sense. You know, like the Red Sox.
 
2013-03-12 02:32:02 PM

WhoIsWillo: JohnAnnArbor: EMU Hurons.

They're the Eagles now.


That's my point.  For no good reason.  It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed.  The few actual Hurons liked the name.
 
2013-03-12 02:33:48 PM

WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Holy crap you have answers!

Every year I do a bracket based on who would win if the schools nicknames/mascots got in a fight.

It screws everything up when Wake Forest is in the tournament.




What happen with Jayhawks and the LSU Tigers? They are named after people, not the creatures
that they seem.
 
2013-03-12 02:37:49 PM

JohnAnnArbor: That's my point. For no good reason. It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed. The few actual Hurons liked the name.


Eastern did it before the trend began, based on the recommendation of the state board. I think you should be more pissed that they chose a boring name like Eagles to replace the previous team name, but it saved Eastern from a lot of heartache when the NCAA ruling about Native American names was passed down.
 
2013-03-12 02:41:49 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: What happen with Jayhawks and the LSU Tigers? They are named after people, not the creatures
that they seem.


Since LSU uses the Tiger in their logo, they are counted as a tiger.

Jayhawks are ranked on the human scale. Basically they're ranked as "humans with guns, able to defeat slaveowners." I believe they are right above Minutemen on my most recent hierarchy.
 
2013-03-12 02:42:08 PM
Hey, there's only one school with the name of Volunteers.

/and awesome, awesome bright, blinding orange
//and I will wear it
 
2013-03-12 02:43:10 PM

WhoIsWillo: JohnAnnArbor: That's my point. For no good reason. It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed. The few actual Hurons liked the name.

Eastern did it before the trend began, based on the recommendation of the state board. I think you should be more pissed that they chose a boring name like Eagles to replace the previous team name, but it saved Eastern from a lot of heartache when the NCAA ruling about Native American names was passed down.


Of course, we could have gone with the Emu.  Are they as awesome as an eagle?  Maybe not but they'd be way more unique and would line up nicely with the "Go Emu" cheer.
 
2013-03-12 02:43:52 PM

meanmutton: WhoIsWillo: JohnAnnArbor: That's my point. For no good reason. It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed. The few actual Hurons liked the name.

Eastern did it before the trend began, based on the recommendation of the state board. I think you should be more pissed that they chose a boring name like Eagles to replace the previous team name, but it saved Eastern from a lot of heartache when the NCAA ruling about Native American names was passed down.

Of course, we could have gone with the Emu.  Are they as awesome as an eagle?  Maybe not but they'd be way more unique and would line up nicely with the "Go Emu" cheer.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-12 02:46:32 PM

meanmutton: Of course, we could have gone with the Emu. Are they as awesome as an eagle? Maybe not but they'd be way more unique and would line up nicely with the "Go Emu" cheer.


I always called the the Ypsis when I did radio.
 
2013-03-12 02:51:41 PM

JohnAnnArbor: That's my point.  For no good reason.  It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed.  The few actual Hurons liked the name.


Should've become the Herons just to mess with 'em.

Robert1966: The Stony Brook Seawolves are supposedly named after a mystical creature from Native American folklore. That's the story they tell - their teams used to just be the Patriots until they learned they were going to Division I - but I don't know if it's BS. So I'd put it under "noble beings," since you don't have a mythical creature category.


Until this thread and looking it up on the Stony Brook site, I'd just assumed it was named after the submarines, which were probably named after that mystical creature.
 
2013-03-12 02:53:09 PM

meanmutton: Of course, we could have gone with the Emu.  Are they as awesome as an eagle?  Maybe not but they'd be way more unique and would line up nicely with the "Go Emu" cheer.


Also a good point.

THEY HAD TWO BIRDS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN WAY BETTER TO USE.

/my school should've kept "Savages" but just gotten rid of the Native American imagery
 
2013-03-12 02:53:13 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Holy crap you have answers!

Every year I do a bracket based on who would win if the schools nicknames/mascots got in a fight.

It screws everything up when Wake Forest is in the tournament.

What happen with Jayhawks and the LSU Tigers? They are named after people, not the creatures
that they seem.


Hey, our own Tigers are named after people too, if you want to get technical: The Tigers were a group of men who protected Columbia from Confederate raiders in 1864.
 
2013-03-12 02:53:43 PM

JohnAnnArbor: WhoIsWillo: JohnAnnArbor: EMU Hurons.

They're the Eagles now.

That's my point.  For no good reason.  It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed.  The few actual Hurons liked the name.


CMU Chippewa here. When I was taking PhD coursework at Central Michigan, I worked for the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe's behavioral health services, so I had the nickname conversation with both the university and Sag-Chip leadership. The Tribe has a great relationship with CMU and the Chippewa name is a source of pride for the tribe, university, and community. I hope CMU doesn't go the way of the Hurons, err, Eagles.
 
2013-03-12 02:55:52 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Holy crap you have answers!

Every year I do a bracket based on who would win if the schools nicknames/mascots got in a fight.

It screws everything up when Wake Forest is in the tournament.

What happen with Jayhawks and the LSU Tigers? They are named after people, not the creatures
that they seem.


And who were those people named after? Animals.
 
2013-03-12 03:01:21 PM

Di Atribe: my charts are better


Would a roadrunner be a non-threatening bird, or a scary one? Because, while watching them dart about is awesome, they're not really the most intimidating bird of prey out there. Unless you're a coyote and/or Acme products are involved, then they're rather badass.
 
2013-03-12 03:11:26 PM

SuperChuck: And who were those people named after? Animals.


Since there are real Tigers, there is something to judge them by. There's no such thing as a Jayhawk.
 
2013-03-12 03:13:27 PM

Di Atribe: StMary's Gaels


As one of the posters earlier stated, a Gael is indeed a speaker of Gaelic.

In the case of Saint Mary's College, however, the name came about after a sportswriter referred to the football team as "Gaels" because apparently in those days the team had a lot of Irishmen on it (at the time SMC athletic teams were known as the Saints). The name stuck, and we've been Gaels ever since.
 
2013-03-12 03:25:56 PM
Crimson Tide.  Best nickname ever
 
2013-03-12 03:27:55 PM

JohnAnnArbor: WhoIsWillo: JohnAnnArbor: EMU Hurons.

They're the Eagles now.

That's my point.  For no good reason.  It was the PC "look-at-me-be-righteous" types that got that changed.  The few actual Hurons liked the name.


The EMU marching band started using the old Huron logo again this past football season, granted it's on the inside of their jackets.
 
2013-03-12 03:34:18 PM
Let's come up with new ones, like say: The Penn State Rapists. Not a lot of things scarier or more intimidating than rape.
 
2013-03-12 03:39:41 PM

WhoopAssWayne: Let's come up with new ones, like say: The Penn State Rapists. Not a lot of things scarier or more intimidating than rape.


There is nothing scary or intimidating about Porky Pig raping Elmer Fudd.  (Unless you're Elmer Fudd.)
 
2013-03-12 03:39:56 PM

SuperChuck: And who were those people named after? Animals.


And where did humans come from? Animals. In the end it all goes back to animals. Damn animals.
 
2013-03-12 03:43:45 PM

Hang On Voltaire: Crimson Tide.  Best nickname ever


Call me Decon Blue!
 
2013-03-12 03:56:58 PM

show me: SuperChuck: And who were those people named after? Animals.

And where did humans come from? Animals. In the end it all goes back to animals. Damn animals.


What's wrong with animals? Many of them are tasty.
 
2013-03-12 03:59:57 PM
As far as I know there's only one Dragons (Drexel University)

Too bad we:

1. Suck at most sports
2. Play in a small conference
3. Are sporadically slightly higher than mediocre in basketball
4 Do not have a football team
 
2013-03-12 04:29:35 PM

Di Atribe: 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.


Blue Hose because of the socks they used to (and occasionally do) wear. Much like White Sox, Red Sox, or Black Sox. Hose is another word for stockings, which is another word for socks. There's also some tacked-on Scottish nonsense, but it was originally about socks.
 
2013-03-12 04:36:36 PM

Mid_mo_mad_man: Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.


Wifey used to teach there. She said it's based on the scottish tradition of "flaring up" your kilt to show your privates to the enemy before a fight. The clan that represents the PC mascot wore blue hose under their kilts. She also said the first time she went to a football game she thought they were yelling "GO BLUE WHORES!" and the students got a kick out of her asking what that was all about.
 
2013-03-12 05:06:47 PM

Gonz: Would a roadrunner be a non-threatening bird, or a scary one? Because, while watching them dart about is awesome, they're not really the most intimidating bird of prey out there. Unless you're a coyote and/or Acme products are involved, then they're rather badass.


Definitely non-threatening. Observe the Spawn greeting one such roadrunner.

i27.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-12 05:26:28 PM

Dougie AXP: As far as I know there's only one Dragons (Drexel University)

Too bad we:

1. Suck at most sports
2. Play in a small conference
3. Are sporadically slightly higher than mediocre in basketball
4 Do not have a football team


You are the only DI Dragons, however UAB is the Blazers and they use a Dragon as a mascot.
 
2013-03-12 05:30:46 PM

WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Holy crap you have answers!

Every year I do a bracket based on who would win if the schools nicknames/mascots got in a fight.

It screws everything up when Wake Forest is in the tournament.


Awesome. I'm usually terrible at picking my brackets, so this year, it's all mascot deathmatch.
 
2013-03-12 05:44:36 PM

WhoIsWillo: Dougie AXP: As far as I know there's only one Dragons (Drexel University)

Too bad we:

1. Suck at most sports
2. Play in a small conference
3. Are sporadically slightly higher than mediocre in basketball
4 Do not have a football team

You are the only DI Dragons, however UAB is the Blazers and they use a Dragon as a mascot.


I would argue the semantics. While their mascot is a dragon, they're the "blazers" just like Alabama has an elephant mascot but they are the "Crimson Tide". Texas A&M are the Aggies and their mascot is a damn dog.

Drexel is THE DRAGONS.
 
2013-03-12 05:48:34 PM

Dougie AXP: I would argue the semantics. While their mascot is a dragon, they're the "blazers" just like Alabama has an elephant mascot but they are the "Crimson Tide". Texas A&M are the Aggies and their mascot is a damn dog.

Drexel is THE DRAGONS.


I would agree, I was just providing you the information. The Blazers were named after the Portland Trailblazers, so their official nickname contest designation would be either Lewis and Clark OR an incarcerated NBA player.
 
2013-03-12 05:51:18 PM

WhoIsWillo: Dougie AXP: I would argue the semantics. While their mascot is a dragon, they're the "blazers" just like Alabama has an elephant mascot but they are the "Crimson Tide". Texas A&M are the Aggies and their mascot is a damn dog.

Drexel is THE DRAGONS.

I would agree, I was just providing you the information. The Blazers were named after the Portland Trailblazers, so their official nickname contest designation would be either Lewis and Clark OR an incarcerated NBA player.


Well then I apologize for being a dick.

/rough day
//needs a beer
 
2013-03-12 06:14:47 PM

Dougie AXP: would argue the semantics. While their mascot is a dragon, they're the "blazers" just like Alabama has an elephant mascot but they are the "Crimson Tide". Texas A&M are the Aggies and their mascot is a damn dog.

Drexel is THE DRAGONS.


I am a Longhorn fan, but I have to admit that that damn dog is about the cutest, most spoiled, sweetest damn dog. Maybe I have a weak spot for collies, though.


Dougie AXP: /rough day
//needs a beer


Afarkingmen to that. *grouse*
 
2013-03-12 06:28:11 PM

Di Atribe: Definitely non-threatening. Observe the Spawn greeting one such roadrunner.


She is mere seconds away from having an anvil dropped on her.
 
2013-03-12 06:45:47 PM
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2013-03-12 07:18:44 PM

Di Atribe: Dougie AXP: would argue the semantics. While their mascot is a dragon, they're the "blazers" just like Alabama has an elephant mascot but they are the "Crimson Tide". Texas A&M are the Aggies and their mascot is a damn dog.

Drexel is THE DRAGONS.

I am a Longhorn fan, but I have to admit that that damn dog is about the cutest, most spoiled, sweetest damn dog. Maybe I have a weak spot for collies, though.


Dougie AXP: /rough day
//needs a beer

Afarkingmen to that. *grouse*


I've met the collie (spent 5 years working in Beaumont and befriended many a longhorn and a&m fan) anyway went to college station for a longhorn/aggies game with a group of aggie alums (I was rooting for the longhorns just to be THAT guy) and they dragged me to some of the preface festivities. And there she was.
 
2013-03-12 08:51:27 PM
Go Gators!!!!
 
2013-03-12 09:22:59 PM

WhoIsWillo: Evansville Aces - They are aces like in playing cards.

Mascot is a riverboat gambler.
UAB Blazer (dragon?) Yes, it's a dragon
Presbyterian Blue Hose
Believe their mascot is a kilted highlander type guy.
St Bonaventure Bonnies The mascot is a wolf, because St. Francis tamed one.
Iona Gaels  - Speakers of Gaelic; mascot is a leprechaun.
StMary's Gaels - no mascot.
Kent St Golden Flashes - It is not technically anythingbut the mascot's an eagle
Canisius Golden Griffins Mythical creature
Stetson Hatters
There's no mascot; the Hatters comes from the fact that Stetson made hats.  That's it.
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.
Mascot is a kangaroo
New Orleans Privateers - Basically a naval wartime mercenary *no longer D1 - they dropped after Katrina.
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.


Those are some of them.  Also, the Aggies all have unique mascots:
UC Davis - a mustang
NMSU - Pistol Pete, a cowboy
NCA&T - another bulldog
Texas A&M - a collie (no costumed mascot though)
USU - a bull

Oh, and obviously, Oklahoma is either a Conestoga wagon or the two horse mascots.  Think that's it.

\GO FRIARS! BEAT CINCY!!
 
2013-03-12 09:43:48 PM
Go Flying Geoducks! Evergreen State for NCAA hackey-sack champions again in '13!!
 
2013-03-12 10:00:54 PM
Evansville Aces - They are aces like in playing cards.
UAB Blazer (dragon?) Yes, it's a dragon
Presbyterian Blue Hose Believe this is like "Red Sox" or "Red Stockings". Some teams are named after the hosiery they wear.
St Bonaventure Bonnies
- The mascot is a wolf, because St. Francis tamed one.
Iona Gaels  - Speakers of Gaelic
- and the descendents thereof
StMary's Gaels - no mascot.
Kent St Golden Flashes - It is not technically anything
Canisius Golden Griffins Mythical creature
Stetson Hatters There's no mascot; the Hatters comes from the fact that Stetson made hats.  That's it.
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
- Privateers were similar to pirates, but employed by corporations and countries semi-legally
Stony Brook Seawolves A mythical creature from an Indianan Tribe, known to bring it's viewers good luck
Saint Louis Billikens
- A once popular charm doll that the coach was said to look like.
 
2013-03-12 10:28:57 PM

WhoIsWillo: Di Atribe: Seriously, a blue hose? A blue hose.

Oh, and hose=socks, in this sense. You know, like the Red Sox.


Yeah, sometimes you'll hear a mouth breather on EshiatPN refer to the Chicago White Sox as the pale hose.
 
2013-03-13 01:13:42 AM
Don't forget that the Vanderbilt Commodores were named after the man who invented contract bridge.
 
2013-03-13 04:17:13 PM

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I'm at work today, rockin' my red in a sea of blue. Praise Jeebus, the 'Tops are in the tourney. Sure, we'll probably get bounced in the first round...but, we're in!
 
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