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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