What’s in a Name? The Football Mascots Edition Posted by: Rod Ford | 0 Comments
The football mascot is more mercurial than you might think. By that we mean, colleges that seem to have always been the tigers or the bulldogs or the gamecocks, well, those have changed once or twice in over the course of a school’s lifetime. If you’re curious, Mental Floss has a story on how every school in the Preaseason top 25 got its nickname. And it’s an interesting read, even if you’re not into football.
For instance, the Georgia Bulldogs were formerly known as the Red and Black and the “Wildcats” until an Atlanta Journal sportswriter sort of suggested in print that a “bulldog” would be a great mascot for the college. After that, it stuck. I wonder if it still works like that? Some team should really adopt the armadillos as a mascot. Well, nevermind they’re maybe not too bright. Oh, how about the Catahoula Cur as a mascot? One blue eye and one brown one… that’s intense and intimidating. Right?
But we digress.
Over in South Carolina, the gamecocks nickname was adopted after a game.
According to USC’s website, the Gamecock nickname was adopted in 1902 after South Carolina upset Clemson, 12-6. USC students paraded through the streets carrying a transparency that depicted a gamecock standing over a fallen tiger.
And over at Stanford, their cheerleaders apparently dance with a giant tree, which seems completely undignified, but to each his own. To each his own.
See the entire story here.
If you could change the mascot of your favorite football team, what would it be?
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