Texas Longhorns. What's more Texan than a Longhorn? besides the Alamo, that is.
Colorado Buffaloes. Like a hand and a glove.
Such a symphony of location and mascot are not always so harmonious though.
Los Angeles Lakers for example. Before moving to La La Land, they were the Minneapolis Lakers. That makes sense. Minneapolis is in Minnesota and Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Los Angeles? The Land of 10,000 Bloods and Crips.
All of this got me to thinking - what are some of the more unusual sports team nicknames from high schools and colleges that dot The Fruited Plain?
In order to find out, I let the Boys at Yardbreaker do the heavy lifting.
Here's what I discovered:
|Itasca, Texas - Because 'Wampus Armadillos' Was Already Taken|
|Utah - Better Than 'Gravediggers'|
|Chattanooga (TN) Central High Purple Pounders - With Cheese?|
|Shotgun Slugs Was Out of the Question|
|Illinois - We Have Enough Teams Called the Giants|
|Their Top Rival is the Pancake High School Aunt Jemimas|
|Washington - Hated By Environmentalists Everywhere|
|'Scrapping Stinkers' Just Didn't Sound Right|
|This Name Barely Beat Out 'Watersmeet Nimrods & Reels'|
|AZ -Named for Refugees From Los Angeles|
|Almost Called 'The Butte Holes'|
And then there's my Alma Mater, The University of Texarkhoma: