Originally posted, December 8, 2010.
The piece I wrote about unusual team mascots has been one of the most popular posts I’ve written. I decided to do a second list. Several of the teams in this list were from the comments of the 1st list. This time I have included college mascots as well. Also, I have only included official mascots. This eliminated mascots like Delta State Fighting Okra. While Mr. Okra is an unusual mascot the schools official mascot it the Statesmen.
#10 Blooming Prairie (MN) High School Awesome Blossoms: While the mascot does look mean for a flower, it isn’t that intimidating. Wonder if they have some sort of sponsorship with Outback Steakhouse.
#8 Sheldon (IA) High School Orabs: The name is a combination of orange and black.
#7 Speedway (IN) High School Sparkplugs: The town of Speedway is on the west side of Indianapolis. Actually I think the mascot is pretty cool looking.
#6 Poca High School (WV) “Dots” : While not very threatening it is appropriate.
#5 Scottsdale (AZ) Community College Fighting Artichokes: It seems that the students chose the Artie the Artichoke as the college mascot in as form of protest. The students were furious because they felt too much money was being spent to make the school a junior college sports powerhouse. The other ran three choices for mascot were the rutabaga, and the scoundrel. At first the administration voided the election, but the artichoke stuck around long after the political fight ended.
#4Yuma (AZ) High School Criminals: Apparently the nickname Criminals started out as an insult against the team from a rival team. At one time Yuma High was housed in what had been a territorial prison.
#3 Boiling Springs (PA) High School Bubblers: Couldn’t find a logo for this one.
#2: Lone Oak (KY) High School Purple Flash: Couldn’t find any information about the origin of the mascot. But because purple is my favorite color, they have made it to the top of my list.
#1: Texas Christian University Horned Frogs: In doing research for this post I discovered TCU Horned Frogs listed on another list of unusual team mascots. Being from Ft. Worth I was pleasantly surprised to see my hometown team listed. I really never thought about a horned frog being unusual. A horned frog or horny toad as it is called is really a lizard not a frog. Horny toads are indigenous to the Southwest United States.