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2013-08-30 11:06:29 AM  
The student body held an election to decide on a new nickname, and while Robber Barons garnered the most support, new president Donald Kennedy expressed his concern that the moniker was disrespectful to school founder and railroad magnate Leland Stanford.

Heh, I like that one.

thehistoryleague.com
 
2013-08-30 11:35:08 AM  
They sort of missed the A&M one ... Agricultural & Mechanical College = Aggie.  (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).
 
2013-08-30 11:41:32 AM  
Neat.
 
2013-08-30 11:46:44 AM  
Buckeyes are also poisonous. Fear the Killer Nuts!
 
2013-08-30 11:47:45 AM  

Cowboy Spencer: They sort of missed the A&M one ... Agricultural & Mechanical College = Aggie.  (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).


Lots of schools use/have used that.  Michigan Agricultural College for one.  Now known as Michigan State.
 
2013-08-30 11:52:19 AM  
What a bucket of fail. It doesn't tell you what the nicknames of the teams are in many cases.
 
2013-08-30 11:53:29 AM  
Lots of fun ones out there.  Demon Deacons.  Hilltoppers.  Gophers.
 
2013-08-30 12:13:17 PM  
Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

i27.photobucket.com

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.
 
2013-08-30 12:18:38 PM  
Kentucky State?  Really?
 
2013-08-30 12:22:19 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.


Oh, yeah, I remember that from another thread a while back.  Good job.
 
2013-08-30 12:31:13 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Cowboy Spencer: They sort of missed the A&M one ... Agricultural & Mechanical College = Aggie.  (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).

Lots of schools use/have used that.  Michigan Agricultural College for one.  Now known as Michigan State.


Basically every A&M/ agricultural school in the country was nicknamed the Aggies at one point or another.
 
2013-08-30 12:35:30 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.


Read some of the books by Tufte and try again.
 
2013-08-30 12:37:56 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.


Space machinery?
 
2013-08-30 12:50:25 PM  

duckpoopy: Read some of the books by Tufte and try again.


Here, I have something for you to read.

I said it was old. I didn't say it was the most amazing thing I'd ever done. fark off.


Intelligent_Donkey: Space machinery?


University of Toledo Rockets!
 
2013-08-30 12:53:14 PM  

Di Atribe: duckpoopy: Read some of the books by Tufte and try again.

Here, I have something for you to read.

I said it was old. I didn't say it was the most amazing thing I'd ever done. fark off.


Intelligent_Donkey: Space machinery?

University of Toledo Rockets!


Who play in the Glass Bowl.
 
2013-08-30 01:04:14 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Who play in the Glass Bowl.


I did not know that. So I looked it up. I thought there'd be more glass.

I also learned that the University of Toledo was founded in 1872, before rockets even existed.
 
2013-08-30 01:06:28 PM  

Di Atribe: JohnAnnArbor: Who play in the Glass Bowl.

I did not know that. So I looked it up. I thought there'd be more glass.

I also learned that the University of Toledo was founded in 1872, before rockets even existed.


Well, liquid rockets.   The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.
 
2013-08-30 01:08:11 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.


So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?
 
2013-08-30 01:12:19 PM  
How each college team in the AP Preseason Top 25 got its nickname...except the Broncos, who we have no clue about.

Though I am trying to think of any off the top of my head that aren't easy to track down.  Granted, most of the Tigers, Wildcats, Bulldogs and Eagles are just because they're popular, but otherwise...

\at least my college doesn't happen to share ::cough::copy::cough:: its colors, mascot and fight song with another school, like *some* schools in Rhode Island do....
 
2013-08-30 01:13:27 PM  
I like that a lot of them were derived simply from the teams reading the paper the next day and going, "Yeah, that sounds good."
 
2013-08-30 01:20:50 PM  

Cowboy Spencer: They sort of missed the A&M one ... Agricultural & Mechanical College = Aggie.  (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).


And look like retards while doing it.
 
2013-08-30 01:31:42 PM  

Cowboy Spencer: (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).


That reminds me: why does the University of Colorado call itself CU and not UC or U of C?
 
2013-08-30 01:37:33 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Cowboy Spencer: (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).

That reminds me: why does the University of Colorado call itself CU and not UC or U of C?


Why is Kansas KU?  Is it because Kentucky State (ha!) is UK?
 
2013-08-30 01:38:03 PM  
Notre Dame and Northwestern should play a game every year where they change their names to The Fighting Methodists and the Catholics on the scoreboard.
 
2013-08-30 01:38:04 PM  
Site blocked at work. Are they Jayhawks there?
 
2013-08-30 01:45:27 PM  

Maturin: Site blocked at work. Are they Jayhawks there?


They said "top 25."
 
2013-08-30 01:48:39 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Maturin: Site blocked at work. Are they Jayhawks there?

They said "top 25."


Yeah, are they there?
 
2013-08-30 01:56:52 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Well, liquid rockets. The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.


Ooooooooooh neato! Thanks for the update!


bertor_vidas: So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?


The 4 Baffling mascots:

Akron Zips
Indiana Hoosiers
Kent St Golden Flashes
UAB Blazers

Volunteers are Local Caricatures.
 
2013-08-30 02:03:54 PM  

Di Atribe: JohnAnnArbor: Well, liquid rockets. The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.

Ooooooooooh neato! Thanks for the update!


bertor_vidas: So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?

The 4 Baffling mascots:

Akron Zips
Indiana Hoosiers
Kent St Golden Flashes
UAB Blazers

Volunteers are Local Caricatures.


Hoosiers? Just a bunch of cotton-stowers.
 
2013-08-30 02:05:42 PM  
I love that Georgia's was, "Wildcats isn't original; two teams have it. Let's by truly original and get a name only one other school has."

lol georgia
 
2013-08-30 02:11:01 PM  

Maturin: Hoosiers? Just a bunch of cotton-stowers.


Oh really? The research I did basically turned up, "It's a word someone made up & it stuck."
 
2013-08-30 02:18:08 PM  

Di Atribe: Maturin: Hoosiers? Just a bunch of cotton-stowers.

Oh really? The research I did basically turned up, "It's a word someone made up & it stuck."


Possibly, also may have been a derivation of "Whose yer daddy?'.
Also was said by Mike Tyson after his bout with Evander Holyfield.
 
2013-08-30 02:24:05 PM  

Di Atribe: JohnAnnArbor: Well, liquid rockets. The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.

Ooooooooooh neato! Thanks for the update!


bertor_vidas: So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?

The 4 Baffling mascots:

Akron Zips
Indiana Hoosiers
Kent St Golden Flashes
UAB Blazers

Volunteers are Local Caricatures.


What are the Commodores?  Nefarious characters?  Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.
 
2013-08-30 02:30:36 PM  

Di Atribe: JohnAnnArbor: Well, liquid rockets. The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.

Ooooooooooh neato! Thanks for the update!


bertor_vidas: So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?

The 4 Baffling mascots:

Akron Zips
Indiana Hoosiers
Kent St Golden Flashes
UAB Blazers

Volunteers are Local Caricatures.


I think "Zips" is from zippers on rubber products like boots, etc.  (Rubber being an Akron thing and all.)
 
2013-08-30 02:34:20 PM  

jackiepaper: JohnAnnArbor: Cowboy Spencer: They sort of missed the A&M one ... Agricultural & Mechanical College = Aggie.  (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).

Lots of schools use/have used that.  Michigan Agricultural College for one.  Now known as Michigan State.

Basically every A&M/ agricultural school in the country was nicknamed the Aggies at one point or another.


New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts - New Mexico State
Agricultural College of Utah - Utah State
North Carolina A(gricultural)&T(echnical) State University
Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas - Texas A&M
Northern Branch of the College of Agriculture at Berkeley - UC Davis
First District Agricultural School - Arkansas State (Aggies until 1925)
Colorado Agricultural College - Colorado State coontil 1957)
Connecticut Agricultural College - UCONN coontil 1934)
Kansas State Agricultural College - Kansas State coontil 1920)
Maryland Agricultural College - Maryland coontil 1916)
Agricultural College of the State of Michigan - Michigan State coontil 1925)
Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi - Mississippi State coontil 1932)
North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts - North Carolina State coontil 1922)
Oklahoma Territorial Agricultural and Mechanical College - Oklahoma State coontil 1924)
Corvallis State Agricultural College - Oregon State coontil 1916)
 
2013-08-30 02:39:21 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

I'm confident that some of you will have some corrections for me, so I'll have an excuse to re-do it.


Is Purdue a caricature of a local resident in your graph?


Also, FTA - Florida State Crackers would have been awesome (did not know it was originally a Women's college) - they could have been the dainty crackers
 
2013-08-30 02:41:08 PM  

Di Atribe: Damn right I have a graph for that. It's kind of old, but it was a lot of fun to make. I had a good time researching for it:


I'll see your

[i27.photobucket.com image 602x513]

and raise you this
 
2013-08-30 02:41:26 PM  

JohnAnnArbor: Di Atribe: JohnAnnArbor: Well, liquid rockets. The West did have some of the more primitive solid-fueled rockets; "rockets' red glare" and all that.

Ooooooooooh neato! Thanks for the update!


bertor_vidas: So who falls into the "Baffling" category? Also, Volunteers are in which group?

The 4 Baffling mascots:

Akron Zips
Indiana Hoosiers
Kent St Golden Flashes
UAB Blazers

Volunteers are Local Caricatures.

I think "Zips" is from zippers on rubber products like boots, etc.  (Rubber being an Akron thing and all.)


I don't know where the get the name Zips, but the mascot is a kangaroo named Zip.

Hoosier would probably fall under Local Caricatures, given that it's a nickname for people from Indiana but they might have some other mascot they use on the field.

The Blazers use a fire-breathing dragon.

Kent State uses a Golden Eagle
 
2013-08-30 03:03:34 PM  

PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.


Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?


p the boiler: Is Purdue a caricature of a local resident in your graph?


Yes. The makers of the boilers!


rugman11: and raise you this


THAT is beautiful! I wish I had the time to make stuff like that. Awesomesauce.


flak attack: I don't know where the get the name Zips, but the mascot is a kangaroo named Zip.


flak attack: Kent State uses a Golden Eagle


Right. I saw that they were using a kangaroo (samesies for the eagle), but the kangaroos are not the official mascot (even though that would be totally righteous). Because if I did that, then I'd have to count Texas A&M Aggies under dogs because they use Reveille (whozza good doggie.... good Reveille.... good boy).


flak attack: Hoosier would probably fall under Local Caricatures, given that it's a nickname for people from Indiana but they might have some other mascot they use on the field.


I could probably put them under caricatures. I think I just put them in the baffling category because no matter how much I dug, I couldn't figure out what a Hoosier was supposed to be. I had the same problem with the Tarheels at first, except they kind of explained that one with the pine forests of North Carolina that produced tar pits.


flak attack: The Blazers use a fire-breathing dragon


And this is something that there is DEFINITELY not enough of.
 
2013-08-30 03:25:15 PM  
I just assumed they were called crimson tide because they whined like biatches in best when they didn't get their way!
 
2013-08-30 03:26:53 PM  
Di Atribe: 

Right. I saw that they were using a kangaroo (samesies for the eagle), but the kangaroos are not the official mascot (even though that would be totally righteous). Because if I did that, then I'd have to count Texas A&M Aggies under dogs because they use Reveille (whozza good doggie.... good Reveille.... good boy).

They only play basketball but U of Missouri - Kansas City are the Kangaroo's.  Never saw a wild kangaroo when I lived there but who knows.

flak attack: The Blazers use a fire-breathing dragon

And this is something that there is DEFINITELY not enough of.


How True
 
2013-08-30 04:03:45 PM  
 
2013-08-30 04:11:22 PM  
Nefarious characters
 

i450.photobucket.com

We're not "Nefarious".  We are hard-working Americans, creating countless jobs in the insurance and maritime security sectors.  And we don't like this tyrannical government using Big Navy to infringe on our right to do a dishonest day's work!
 
2013-08-30 05:37:34 PM  

Di Atribe: PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.

Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?


The Commodores are named after the school's namesake, "Commodore" Vanderbilt, one of the aforementioned robber barons.
 
2013-08-30 05:50:32 PM  

PluckYew: JohnAnnArbor: Cowboy Spencer: (This is the point where I'm also contractually obligated to note that A&M was the original University of Texas, which is why Aggies refer to the school in Austin as Texas University (t.u.)).

That reminds me: why does the University of Colorado call itself CU and not UC or U of C?

Why is Kansas KU?  Is it because Kentucky State (ha!) is UK?


They don't have a clue.

http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/ukku.html

Incidentally, Kentucky University (KU) started as Bacon College, renamed itself as Kentucky University, merged with Transylvania, spawned off Kentucky A&M (which became the University of Kentucky), and then went back to calling itself Transylvania.
 
2013-08-30 07:11:04 PM  

ArkPanda: Di Atribe: PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.

Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?

The Commodores are named after the school's namesake, "Commodore" Vanderbilt, one of the aforementioned robber barons.


Actually the name refers to the stadium which is nicknamed the "Brickhouse"
 
2013-08-30 07:37:02 PM  

Agent Nick Fury: ArkPanda: Di Atribe: PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.

Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?

The Commodores are named after the school's namesake, "Commodore" Vanderbilt, one of the aforementioned robber barons.

Actually the name refers to the stadium which is nicknamed the "Brickhouse"


No it is in reference to Vanderbilt but why Vandy would ever be in a preseason top 25 article I will never know.
 
2013-08-30 08:55:18 PM  

ArkPanda: Di Atribe: PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.

Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?

The Commodores are named after the school's namesake, "Commodore" Vanderbilt, one of the aforementioned robber barons.


No
classic.motown.com
 
2013-08-30 10:36:59 PM  

steamingpile: No it is in reference to Vanderbilt but why Vandy would ever be in a preseason top 25 article I will never know.


QFT but good for them. I'm looking forward to watching Northwestern here in the BigTen. It's going to be a fun football season for 25-2, since we all know who #1 will be.

Louisville cracked me up. Great article and lots of fun useless trivia. Paragraphs full of history, rivalry and intrigue. I can't wait to ask my Clemson friends about their history. Louisville gets one sentence. Poor Louisville.
 
2013-08-31 07:50:51 AM  

ArkPanda: Di Atribe: PluckYew: What are the Commodores? Nefarious characters? Local Caricatures? Hope it isn't Something Racist.

Commodores are noble. I thought they were like, Navy captains or something like that?

The Commodores are named after the school's namesake, "Commodore" Vanderbilt, one of the aforementioned robber barons.


Di's right though, a Commodore was a leader of a group of ships, today they're called Rear Admiral.

Cornelius was called "Commodore" even though I don't think he had a naval or sailing background and yes he was a "Robber Barron".
 
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