Top 10: Unusual Team Mascots 3.0

Back by popular demand Top 10 Unusual Mascots. Professional teams have been included in version 3.0.

#10: Webster University Gorlock is a mythical creature that was designed by Webster staff. It has the paws of a cheetah, the horns of a buffalo, and the face of a Saint Bernard dog.WUGorlock

#9: The Albuquerque Isotopes  are a Minor League Baseball team based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The team is the Triple-A affiliate of the Colorado RockiesABQIsotopes

#8: University of North Florida Ospreys UNFOsprey

#7: Richmond Flying Squirrels  are he Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants team in Richmond, Virginia. RICHMONDFlyingSquirels

#6: Cairo High School Syrupmakers  is nicknamed the “syrup city” because Roddenbery’s syrup plant was formerly located in Cairo. During a driving rainstorm in the middle of a football game many years ago, workers at the local syrup shelter brought over their rain coats labeled “Roddenbery’s Syrup” on the backs of the jackets to keep the players dry. Reflecting this heritage, the Cairo High School football team was named the Cairo Syrupmakers. In 1986 ESPN named “Syrupmaker” the number one nickname for a high school sports team. The girls teams are the “Maids” and the boys teams the “Makers”.CAIROsyrupmakers

#5: Leigh Valley Iron Pigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.LEHIGHVALLEYIronPigs

VTHokies#4: Virgina Tech Hokies  According to the Virgina Tech website the word Hokie   has nothing to do with a turkey, the schools previous nickname. It was coined by O.M. Stull (class of 1896), who used it in a spirit yell he wrote for a competition.  Stull won the $5 top prize for his cheer, now known as Old Hokie:

Hoki, Hoki, Hoki, Hy.
Techs, Techs, V.P.I.
Sola-Rex, Sola-Rah.
Polytechs – Vir-gin-ia.
Rae, Ri, V.P.I.

#3: The Las Vegas 51s, formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets. LV51sCosmo

#2: Texas A&M Aggies — So I was a little surprised to see that the Fighting Texas Aggies were listed as an unusual mascot. Of course, The Big Guy is an Aggie so that is just normal around our house. Aggies is derived from the school’s name Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. Texas A&M home of the Twelfth Man. During a game in 1922the Aggies suffered so many injuries in the first half the coach recruited student E. King Gill out of the stands to suit up and stand by, ready to play if needed. Gill didn’t play. Today Aggies stand during games to support their team.

12th Man

Reveille, the first lady of Aggieland, is the official mascot of Texas A&M. Unlike other school’s mascots Reveille is a five-star general and the highest ranking member of the Corps of Cadets. The current Reveille is Reveille IX. She was officially introduced on May 9, 2015.


#1: St. Francis Xavier University X-Men — No Dr. Xavier’s school doesn’t really exist.  St. Francis Xavier is one of the oldest Universities in Canada. However, the do have a cool name.STFXXmen

TDZ Retrospective – Top 10: More Unusual Team Mascots

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.Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms

#9 Chickasha (OK) Fightin’ Chicks:Chickasha Fighting Chicks

#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. Speedway High School

#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.Scotdale Community College Home of the Fighting Artichokes

#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.

Yuma High School Criminals

#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.


Top 10: Unusual Team Mascots

Originally published November 1, 2008 this has been one of the all time post popular posts on TDZ. It actually started out as kind of a joke with The Big Guy and I discussing 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.

My Favorite Teams

My favorite professional teams are the Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars.

Rangers are headed to the World Series!

I’ve been a Texas Rangers fan for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Tarrant county they were the team to watch. Also, my Granddaddy liked the Rangers.

Guess I discovered the Mavericks in middles school. Guess I became a because of location. They also had several of my my favorite players for a while.

At the time, the Minnesota North Star’s decision to relocate to North Texas seemed like a strange move at the time. Like many in Texas I was introduced to hockey through the Stars.

I also follow several college teams as well. Of course, I like my alma mater, Hardin-Simmons. HSU has done pretty well since dropping down to D3 in the 1990’s.

The Big Guy is both an Aggie (Texas A&M) and Gator (University of Florida) so I’ve been assimilated. It should be interesting this year with A&M moving into the SEC.

Finally, growing up in Ft Worth, Texas I’ve always liked the TCU Horned Frogs.  Spent my preschool years tagging along with my mom. She was a graduate student.

Amazing Teen

This one has been sitting in my drafts folder since October and I just haven’t gotten it written.   I first saw this on the ABC World News with Dianne Sawyer. On October 14Aaron Fortheringham was selected as ABC’s Person of the Week.  Like many teens Aaron is into extreme sports and can often be found at his local skate park. Unlike, other skaters Aaron uses a wheelchair to pull off back-flips. Aaron was born with spina bifida. He got his first wheelchair when he was 3 by the time he was 8 Aaron was using a wheelchair most of the time. Several years ago Aaron’s older brother Brian took him to a local skate park.  A bunch of skaters pushed Aaron to the top and he promptly fell out of his chair. Aaron got back up and tried again. Eventually he was dominating the skate park.  Aaron can even do a back-flip in his wheelchair. One day he would like to design a reasonably priced line of rugged wheelchairs for kids that would all other kids to get out and move.