Thursday, March 08, 2007

Thursday Thirteen #25-An NCAA One

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Thirteen Of Sparky's Favorite Nicknames

Back in college, I had a neat bar trick. I was able to name every Division One Universities Nickname, all 270 of them. You could name a school and I could spit back Wildcat or Eagle or whatever. And I would be so confident in my presentation, that I could fool you, even if I did not know the name for sure. So, here is a list in no particular order of my favorite nicknames to get you prepped for March Madness.

1.The Idaho Vandals-Before I got into college, I thought the Vandals were a bunch of guys with spray paint cans.

2.University of New Orleans Privateers-Named after the pirates who were hired by the government to help defend the cities port during the was of 1812 I think.

3.Delaware Blue Hens-This is my alma mater, of course they made the list. Named after some fighting chickens, as well as the Delaware Regiment in the Revoloutionary War.

4.Holy Cross College Crusaders-Hmm, a catholic school named after Catholic Warriors, enough said.

5.Florida State Seminoles-The only Indian tribe that did not sign the peace treaty that led to the Trail of Tears. Now each member of there tribe gets about $1000 a month from profits from there gaming casinos in Florida. Plus, during football games, the indian brave comes out with a flaming spear. Who could go against that?

6.Montana Grizzlies-Tell me who is not afraid of a Grizzly Bear?? Now, how about a group of Grizzly Bears??

7.South Carolina Gamecocks-Besides the fact that they have one of the best entrances in all of football, The theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey, but shorten the name and see why its cool.

8.Air Force Falcons-Out of all the service academies, including those few private ones down south, this name fits the Academy the best.

9.Arizona State Sun Devils
-If you cant believe that a Sun Devil does not exist after spending an afternoon in Tempe in June, then you must be wearing some frozen underwear. Plus, the school loves using Thunderstruck!

10.Pepperdine Waves-The school is in Malibu, on a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. While it has to be hard to study in a place like this, they also must see some pretty cool waves. Plus there soccer team is pretty good.

11.Vermont Catamounts-A mountain lion indigenious to the Green Mountains of Vermont, making this a natural choice. Plus if I mention a cat, I wont get hate mail from Zeus, Lola, Kukka or Bettina.

12.Wichita State Shockers-No its not lightening bolts, it has something to do with Wheat or something. But there mascot is scary looking.

13.U of Texas at San Antonio Road Runners-Now, everyone thinks Road Runners are cute little birds that go "beep beep". If you have not seen a road runner in the wild, you will know they are not cute, they have sharp claws and nasty tempers.

Honorary mentions to the University of Hawaii Warriors, though I did like there name more when the were the Rainbow Warriors.

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Christie said...

my husband is the same way.. he knows every single everything about college football and their mascots. i always snicker at #7.

Nancy said...

We are not sports fanatics in our house.

How can a team be called "Waves".

my kids cannot stand that they are called the Crusaders.

jenny said...

i don't know any of that as I have not live long enough here in the US :-)

Anonymous said...

The middle school that I work at is also the Seminoles!

Great list

Mama Duck said...

Wow, I can say I learned something today now!! What a great trick!

Lil' Duck Duck

Queen of Wands said...

Wahoo, "Go Cocks"!

crowwoman / rhian said...

ummm - these are all sports related right? yup - there go my eyes, glazing over. My bestbud told me recently that U of I had to stop using their mascot due to native american protests. And that's as much as i retained from what i'm sure he considered a very important sports related conversation. And I probably only remembered that because my grandmother was blackfoot so i'm sensitive to those ethnic issues. Yay Indians... I mean native americans... i mean indigenous peoples...whatever.

Tink said...

Wow, all 270... We don't have those nicks over here, but I wouldn't be able to catch up with them!
Thanks for visiting my cat quotes TT.

Mommy the Maid said...

What a great idea for a TT list. I didn't know any of those...or any for that matter. LOL

My TT is up and all about Srping.

Anonymous said...

Fitting nickname for Arizona for sure! I lived in Tempe for 6 months as a kid - we're Canadian - so as you can imagine, we didn't fare all that well in the heat :-)

Anonymous said...

What a neat list of nicknames, and interesting tidbits about each! I'm especially fond of "Catamounts." :D

Happy TT, and thanks for visiting my blog!

Michael - Lover of Amy said...

I never knew about the Vandals either until UCF's opening game of Duante Culpepper's senior year. We hosted Idaho for what became our highest-attended game ever. The vandal is a bird, kind of like a very large crow.

Regarding the Seminoles, the guy on the horse with the flaming spear is Chief Osceola and I believe his horse is named Renegade.

We used to have a trivia question about the number of NCAA Div I teams with neither a color, nor a plural ending in "s" in their name.

Also, regarding UCF, before we became the Golden Knights, we were once called the Citra-nauts. The mascot was a humanoid body with a large orange for its head.

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PJ said...

Blagging when you're not sure of something is a handy skill... Happy TTing!

Christine~AreWeThereYet! said...

Go ASU! I live not 10mins from the stadium! And yes I'm here in June, and I can tell you they do exist!LOL!
Also, I've seen a real roadrunner.They are pretty big birds, and they hop more than they fly, but they aren't what you'd expect, you're right about that too!
Have a great Thursday,Sparky!

Gela said...

Cool! I like trivia, but I'm not good with the sports...this is an interesting list!

Happy Thursday!

Wylie Kinson said...

Goodness - how does your mind hold all that trivia? I can barely remember my kid's names!!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Wylie cracks me up...

You have a geeky brain, to be sure. This is a good thing. (I just hope the brewing contest doesn't have to do with trivia of this sort. Hmm. Brewing contest???)

Raggedy said...

I am not a fan of sports but I recongnize some on your list. I enjoyed reading them.
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
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Laughing Muse said...

When wheat is cut and bundled up, then left to stand and dry out, those bundles are called "shocks". That scary-ass looking mascot is an anthropomorphic shock of wheat.

...but yeah. It looks like something dredged from a bad kids' cartoon. When I was a little kid, I thought it was a stalk of broccoli, and it looked *mad*.

Kimo & Sabi said...

We was happy to see some cats (Mt Lions) on this list!

Vader's Mom said...

I'm still trying to get over the TCU Horned Frogs. Seriously, that's the best they could do.

Anthony said...

Cool list.

I used to see a girl at our gym wearing one of those South Carolina hats with the shortened name on it. The nerve.

I like the Blue Rocks, too - speaking of Delaware. And their mascots, Rocky Bluewinkle and Mr. Celery.

Newspaper Hack said...

From a South Carolina grad to the rest of the world (especially those in the northeast) -- yeah. Cocks. We get it.

USC's been around since 1801. The joke's gotten a little old and juvenile.

And maybe no one knows this, but the name came from Revolutionary War General Thomas Sumter, who was known as "The Gamecock." South Carolina also had another colorful guy in the revolution, Francis Marion, who was known as "The Swamp Fox."

If things had gone another way, Carolina would be known as the Foxes.

whenn said...

I have no idea what you're talkin about (non-american), but they sure as hell have some funny names! :)

Thank you for stopping by!!

Carmen said...

No Cavaliers on your list? I'm saddened. ;) I don't need any help getting excited about the tourney. I'm just hoping that my Wahoos don't embarrass themselves. :)

she said...

Names are interesting, but the mascots are far more fun ;)

Kathy said...

Good idea for a list! I enjoyed reading it. Check'd your profile, too, nice to see your a Duck fan. Tho' I live in PA now, I was born & raised in Oregon, when the Ducks were has-beens. Their programs are improving.

Happy TTing!

Neila said...

And here, my only bar trick is tying a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.

Being from Kansas, I almost went to Wichita State. Nothing scarier than a stalk of wheat. I went to the University of Kansas instead. Go Jayhawks!!