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California became our 31st state on this date in 1850 and the Union has never been the same.
September 10, 2009
Today we discuss stupidity, mediocrity, political correctness, hypocrisy and the lack of imagination in this country.
On a college and professional level.
Yes, it's that serious. Just in case you thought delving into team nicknames was a trivial matter.
I think this might prove interesting even for those out there that don’t know the difference between the Detroit Lions (tickets are still available) and Detroit Tigers.
Not to pick on Detroit, but these are disgraceful examples.
The woods are full of bears, giants and various forms of cats.
When Kentucky plays Villanova you can’t tell the nicknames from each other because they’re both Wildcats.
Which brings me to Peterman's first rule of nicknames:
They have to at least speak to the identity of the city or state they’re from.
The Green Bay Packers, for instance, reflect the identity of a meat- packing town, not the way they packed it in last year.
However, Packers fails on my second rule:
Since sports are aggressive by nature, there should be something virile, or at least vital about the name.
The New Orleans Saints is an example of a team meeting the first criteria, but not meeting the second; it may be the reason they’ve been playing like saints lately.
The University of North Dakota “The Fighting Sioux” meets both criteria. In fact, it has been under fire for being politically incorrect, because some people think it’s offensive and want to get it changed.
Not bothering to notice that the Washington Redskins are in our Nation’s Capital.
St. John's University used to be the Redmen. After a storm of protest a few years back they’re now called the "Red Storm" and haven’t had a decent basketball team since.
(McCarthy would be investigating them today.)
Then there are the nicknames that are downright idiotic.
After the New Orleans Jazz moved to Utah, Utah managed to keep the “Jazz” nickname.
Whoever made that decision should be sent to the salt mines.
The University of California-Santa Cruz is the Banana Slugs. Their cry, “Go Slugs.”
Although you might have to appreciate the nickname of California State University-Long Beach Dirtbags. Yeah, we're dirtbags. So what? But they are a geology school.
High also on creativity are the "Fighting Artichokes" of Scottsdale Community College. Shades of The Fighting Irish.
But let’s get serious:
The Pittsburgh Steelers. Indigenous and manly.
The Purdue Boilermakers' nickname goes back to 1891 when the Purdue football team defeated Wabash College 44–0 and an account of the game called them the "Burly Boiler Makers."
(So named after their engineering department—also scores double as a two fisted burly drink.)
Certainly, a contender.
Since we started with Detroit, it’s only fitting to end there. The winner for the best nickname, in my Eye, is:
The Detroit Pistons.
Native to the Motor City. Tough. Vital cog. Indispensable.
Think you’ve got something better? Let's hear it. Or a nickname you'd like to revise?
College Nicknames smargon.net Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Brief Introduction to the History of Names sca.org Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Presidential nicknames everything2.com/ Take a look at an interesting article we found.
Favorite celebrity nickname?