MascotsRecently I've been doing research for a book I'm writing. In the story there is a basketball team, and I needed to give the team a mascot or nickname so they would have a name like the Florida Gators or the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, just to name a couple. So I found a Web site that has a very extensive list of college mascots and nicknames. I found the list quite fascinating. Did you know there is a team known as the Banana Slugs? Yes, you read that right. Let's give a big cheer for the Banana Slugs of the University of California--Santa Cruz.
Did you know there are a lot of teams with Blue in their name? We have the Wesley College Blue. Then there are the Blue Angels, Blue Boys, Blue Demons, Blue Devils, Blue Hawks, Blue Hens, Blue Hose (what is this one?), Blue Jays, Blue Knights, Blue Raiders, Blue Streaks, Blue Tigers, and last but not list in the list of blues, the Blue Wave. The most popular mascot nicknames are animals. The top four are Eagles, Bulldogs, Wildcats and Cougars.
Another interesting nickname is the Billiken, the mascot of St. Louis University. What is a Billiken, you ask? It's sort of a good luck charm, a funny looking little guy with a pointy tuft of hair on the top of his head. You can take a look here: http://www.slu.edu/readstory/more/699
He was a popular craze in the early 1900's--that era's pet rock.
The last interesting nickname I found is the Zips of the University of Akron. The original name was the Zippers, which was shortened to Zips.
What was the name of your high school or college team? Mine is the Milligan College Buffaloes. Go Buffs.
Munson University is the name of my imaginary college. What kind of nickname should I give them? The Munson Mustangs? Do you have any suggestions?