Top 10: Unusual Team Mascots

Well, it has been awhile since I posted a top 10 because I just couldn’t come up with one I liked. The Big Guy was watching football the other day when I got an inspiration for another Top 10. The Big Guy liked the idea and even suggested a few teams.

#10 Hamlin (TX) Pied Pipers:  For a town named Hamlin I guess this one is an obvious choice. The piper in the logo looks pretty fierce nothing like the one from the story books.

Hamlin Pied Pipers
Hamlin Pied Pipers

#9 Sidney Lanier (AL) Poets: After Googling, Sidney Lanier I discovered that he was an American poet and musician who lived in the 1800’s. While Poet seems like a strange choice for a sports team mascot it is appropriate for the school’s name.

#8 Itasca (TX) Wampus Cats: We used to play Itasca when I was in high school. My favorite cheer when we played them was “Here Kitty, Here Kitty, Wamp Wamp (Clap hands together)”. I really did not know what a Wampus Cat was, so I decided to do some research.  Found out that according to Cheerokee legend a Wampus Cat is a mythical cat with six legs, four used for running and two for fighting.

Itasca Wampus Cats
Itasca Wampus Cats

#7 John Marshall (CA) Barristers: The school’s mascot does make sense because John Marshall served as Chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1801-1835. The idea of a lawyer as a team mascot is amusing. What do they do, sue their opponents?

#7 John Marshall (OH) Lawyers: Ok, #7 is a tie.

#6 St. Hubert (PA) Bambies: Yes, that is right Bambie. St. Hubert’s is a Catholic Girl’s High School.

#5 New Braunfels (TX) Unicorns: Not only does New Braunfels have the best waterpark in the U.S. the high school has a very unique mascot.

#4 New Berlin (IL) Jr./Sr. High School Pretzels: Not particularly a mascot that strikes fear the heart of opponents, it does make me hungry.  According to their website only two schools in the U.S. have Pretzels as a mascot.

#3 West Plains (MO) Zizzers: I don’t exactly know what a Zizzer is but they do have a cool logo.

#2 Danville (AR) Little Johns: I found the story behind Danville’s mascot rather interesting.  When French Explorer Jean Chavet left France to scout the Mississippi and Arkansas rivers he left behind his girlfriend Adrienne Dumonde. In desperation she followed him to the docks and pursued the cabin boy to let her take his place. The other crew members called her Petit Jean because of her small size. According to legend she for three years no one discovered her true identity. Her identity was not discovered until she became sic and was left with a local tribe. Petit Jean river and mountain are named in her honor.

#1 Ojai Valley School (CA) Spuds: A potato may be not only the strangest school mascot I’ve heard of but one of the least threatening.

Taco Wars

Taco Truck in Los AnglesIn Los Angeles the battle is brewing between taco trucks and traditional restaurants. The city of Los Angeles has passed a new law that will fine for parking a truck for longer than an hour to $1000 or 6 months in jail. Currently the fine is $60 for staying parked for more than 30 minutes. Restaurant owners claim that the Taco trucks unfairly steal their business and the law is needed to protect their livelihood. The truck owners believe they are being unfairly targeted by the city.

One of the things I miss about living in Texas are the taco stands or trucks. They offer inexpensive alternative to the usual fast food. The fare is authentic Mexican food and quite different from gringo style tacos. The tacos are usually served on corn tortillas with meat, onions, and cilantro. That’s right no cheese. Tortas are my favorite. Tortas are Mexican sub style sandwich. Tacos, tostados and cheese quesadillas sold for a dollar. While tortas and quesadillas with meat cost about $1.50. Of course that was about 5 years ago so I am sure the prices have gone up a little.

Instead of passing laws banning competition maybe the restaurants should offer a better value. The actions on behalf of the resturants reminds me of Demolition Man where the only restaurant available was Taco Bell. Do we really need to put people in jail for selling tacos? If the owner of a taco stand has business licenses, health inspection and pays taxes then they should have the right to be in business. One on the Taco stand owners mentioned in the NPR article even paid rent for the curb space he uses.

Update 2: On Myspace Hoax

HandcuffsToday, Lori Drew entered a non-guilty plea before a federal grand-jury in Los Angeles. Drew has finally been charged with something in a MySpace scam. Drew masterminded a scheme to humiliate 13-year old Megan Meier. Apparently, Drew was seeking revenge because Megan had terminated her friendship with Drew’s daughter. As a result of this scam Megan committed suicide.

Drew and Megan both lived in a suburb of St. Louis. However, previously neither local authorities or the FBI had been able to find any way to bring charges against her. It seems that an adult impersonating a teen to torture another teen does not violate any laws other than the Golden Rule.

Last month, Drew was charged in California for violating the MySpace terms of service. Drew’s trial is scheduled for July 26 and could face up to 20 years in prison for her crime. Drew has been charged with conspiracy and accessing a protected computer to obtain information. This is a statue that has previously been used to against individuals who have hacked into government computers. It is a long shot but finally something is being done to stop a predator.

Drew has loudly complained that she and her family are being unfairly persecuted. Also, she has claims that she did nothing wrong. If Drew did nothing wrong why did she delete the account shortly after Megan’s death and tell another teen involved in the plot to keep her mouth shut. Drew called the other teen while emergency personnel were at the Meier home. Drew’s own actions indicate that she is aware her actions are wrong. It is time that she be held accountable.

Wonders of America

Last week Good Morning America began a series about the 7 Wonders of America. Last Monday and Tuesday, I wrote about the 1st wonder: The National Mall and the 2nd wonder: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Things just got busy and I didn’t have time to follow up on the others.

3rd American Wonder: The Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Chris Cuomo talks to Wilfred Whatoname, Jr., a Hualapai Indian tribe member,

GMA’s Chris Cuomo talks to Wilfred Whatoname, Jr., a Hualapai Indian tribe member.
Check out Chris’s shoes.

4th American Wonder: The Badlands

The Badlands, South Dakato

South Dakota’s Badlands

5th American Wonder: Saturn V Rocket

Saturn V Moon Rocket

Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Al

6th American Wonder: The Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA

Tribute to Tejas (Texas)

San Jacinto Monument Today in 1836 the Texican forces under the command of General Sam Houston defeated the Mexican troops led by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. The short but decisive battle took place near Buffalo Bayou (Houston). While the Mexican forces were taking a nap, Houston launched an attack on the Mexican camp. By the time the Mexican forces woke and figured out what was happening it was all over but the shouting. The entire battle lasted 18 minutes, making it one of the shortest battles in military history. Officially today is San Jacinto Day. Today’s post is in honor of those and other Texicans who fought for independence. Before you send comments about how the war between Texas and Mexico was really funded by the U.S. to steal Texas from Mexico I just want say that when my family first moved to Texas they became Mexican citizens. Well, enough serious stuff and learning on with the festivities and fun.

Texas Facts

  • Texas Flag framed by Mesquite TreeBeaumont to El Paso: 742 miles. Beaumont to Chicago: 770 miles. El Paso is closer to California than to Dallas.
  • The real Texas Rangers are a part of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). There are only 134 officers for the entire state with 254 counties in the state that most rangers cover 2-3 counties. No, the Rangers do not patrol the streets like in Walker Texas Rangers. That show is so messed up in many ways, that it would take several posts to cover. Also, they are nothing like an army or militia force that would be the Texas Guard (National Guard).
  • The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. Yes, that is one ranch not some fancy development called a ranch.
  • Don’t Mess with Texas is an anti-littering campaign. It didn’t come from the Alamo. The battle cry was Remember the Alamo! Remember Gonzales! Remember Goliad.
  • World’s first rodeo was in Pecos, July 4, 1883.
  • The Capital of Texas is seven feet taller than the U.S. capital.
  • The Flagship Hotel in Galveston is the only hotel in North America built over water.
  • More wool comes from the state of Texas than any other state in the United States. Edwards Plateau in west central Texas is the top sheep growing area in the country.
  • The Heisman trophy is named for John William Heisman the first full-time coach and athletic director at Rice University in Houston.
  • Texas is the only state to enter the United States by treaty instead of territorial annexation. Texas is also the only state legally allowed to fly its flag at the same height as the U.S. Flag.
  • Six flags have flown over Texas and eight governments.: Spain, France, (Spain), Mexico, Texas, U.S., Confederate (U.S.) So if you ever wondered where 6 Flags theme parks get their name it comes form Texas. The original 6 Flags Park is in Arlington, Tx. That is Arlington not Dallas. No they are not the same city.
  • The state was an independent nation from 1836 to 1845.
  • The first word spoken from the moon on July 20, 1969 was Houston.
  • 70% of the population of Texas lives within 200 miles of Austin.
  • Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product. There is no period after the Dr in Dr Pepper. Yes, I can tell the difference between regular Dr Pepper, Dublin Dr Pepper and even that fake stuff but that is another post.
  • Average yearly rainfall totals in West Texas are less than 8 inches while in East Texas totals exceed 56 inches.
  • Texas’ largest county is Brewster with 6,208 square miles. Compared to Rhode Island is only 1,545 square miles, Delaware with 2,489 square miles and Connecticut with 5,543.
  • The first suspension bridge in the United States was the Waco Bridge. Built in 1870 and still in use today as a pedestrian crossing of the Brazos River.

Sometime ago I got this one via email and decided to hang on to it. Hope you enjoy it, I found it amusing. Texas Logo With Hat

Rules for Living in Texas

  • Pull your droopy pants up. You look like an idiot.
  • We have one stoplight in town. We stop when it’s red. We may even stop when it’s yellow.
  • It’s called a ‘gravel road’. I drive a pickup truck because I need or want to. No matter how slow you drive, you’re going to get dust on your Lexus. Drive it or get out of the way.
  • They are cattle, and oil wells. That’s what they smell like to you. They smell like money to us. Get over it. Don’t like it? I-20 and I-10 go east and west, I-35 goes north and south. Pick one.
  • So you have a $60,000 car. We’re real impressed. We have $250,000 cotton strippers that we drive 3 weeks a year.
  • Every person in every pickup waves. It’s called being friendly. Try to understand the concept.
  • Trucks are made to get dirty. Don’t bring your Eddie Bauer Limited Edition to my huntin’ camp and expect to leave clean on Sunday. It won’t happen.
  • We all started hunting and fishing when we were nine years old. Yeah, we saw Bambi, too. We got over it.
  • If that cell phone rings while a bunch of doves are coming in, we will shoot it out of your hand. You better hope you don’t have it up to your ear at the time.
  • Go ahead and bring your $800 Orvis Fly Rod. Don’t cry to us if a flathead breaks it off at the handle. We have a name for that little 13-inch trout you fish for—bait.
  • Yeah, we eat catfish, carp, and crawdads. You really want sushi and caviar? It’s available at the corner bait shop.
  • The “Opener” refers to the first day of deer season. It’s a religious holiday held the closest Saturday to the first of November.
  • Our women hunt, fish, and drive trucks – because they want to. Our women are some of the best looking in the country.
  • We open doors for women. That applies to everyone regardless of age!
  • No, there’s no “Vegetarian Special” on the menu. Order steak. Order it rare. Or, you can order the Chef’s Salad and pick off the two pounds of ham and turkey.
  • When we fill out a table there are three main dishes: meats, vegetables, and breads. We use three spices – salt, pepper, and Picante Sauce!
  • We don’t care what you folks in Cincinnati call that stuff you eat… It AIN’T REAL CHILI!! Chili was born and bred in San Antonio…. and real chili never met a tomato! Real chili doesn’t have beans. Think about how silly “Northern Chili sounds”. Chili was developed by the Vaqueros or Mexican cowboys.
  • You bring “Coke” into my house it better be brown, wet, served over ice, and plenty of it! You bring “Mary Jane” to my house she better be cute, know how to shoot, drive a truck, and have long hair.
  • High School Football is as important here as the Lakers and the Knicks, and a more fun to watch.
  • Yeah, we have golf courses. Don’t hit in the water hazards – it spooks the fish.
  • Colleges? Try Texas A&M, Hardin-Simmons, Texas Tech and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. They come outta there with an education and a love for God and country, and they still wave at passing pickups when they come home for the holidays.
  • We have more Navy, Army, Marines, and Air Force than any other state, so, “Don’t Mess With Texas”.
  • Also, remember what Governor Sam Houston (President or General if you prefer) once said, “Texas can make it without the United States, but the United States can’t make it without Texas!”

In honor of Texas eat some real barbecue or some thick sliced beef brisket served hot and with warm sauce. We don’t care how many sauces you have just so it is warm. Pulled should never be used in the same sentence with Brisket. It is served either sliced or chopped. No it won’t be dry if you thick slice it. Why is that people in Texas and Oklahoma can do what outsiders believe is impossible? No BBQ isn’t pork or chicken. If you are unclear about what real BBQ is read this. If you can’t find real BBQ then eat some Tex-Mex. No that is not Taco Bell, which is neither Mexican or food. If you don’t know what Tex-Mex is find the nearest On the Border. Yes, there is a difference between Tex-Mex and Mexican food. Every Texan living in exile knows that On the Border has good Tex-Mex. If you can’t find that cook a nice thick steak and throw some cheese enchilda’s on top and serve with Ranch Style Beans (or Texas Beans as they are called outside of Texas). Since my husband is an Aggie (graduate of Texas A&M) we will be attending our local Muster. Hope you have a happy San Jacinto Day.

Wacky News Item: Pot Vending Machine

VendingmachineFound another wacky news item on, that is right a vending machine that dispenses marijuana. An inventor in Los Angeles has created a machine that dispenses medical marijuana. California is one of 11 states that allow medical use of marijuana. However, the federal government does not recognize the state laws. The machines were created to reduce costs and increase security. Oh, yeah it also reduces the number of employees needed to run a facility. In case of a raid by federal agents fewer employees will be arrested. These machines are a little more complicated than normal vending machines. You can’t just put your money in and get a package of pot. It requires fingerprint identification and a pre-paid card, that is to prevent illegal use of the machines. You can read the original article here.

OK, I realize this happened in California but this is wild. Vending machines that dispenses pot is just way too wild even for California. Even with all of the security measures I’m not sure that it will really prevent drug use by minors or other illegal drug use. Of course, since the federal government doesn’t recognize California’s law I guess even state authorized use of pot is illegal drug use. Of course, taxing and allowing these machines would be an unusual tactic in the war on drugs. Put the drug dealers out of business by providing a cheaper and better product. However this whole thing just seems like a bad idea. What do you think?