It’s that magical time of year when the TV is stuck on nothing but college basketball and emotions go from excitement to anxiety and back to excitement in a heartbeat! March Madness is when the best of the best NCAA college basketball teams come together and compete in a tournament to crown the top team in the country. Sports fans live for this time of year! But don’t worry if you haven’t formed a loyalty to a certain team yet. Here at batteryPOP, we don’t know who to choose either. The one thing we do know is that some of these college teams have the weirdest names and mascots! For instance:
Wichita State Shockers. The real shocker here is how they came up with their team name. It has to do with harvesting wheat, which has nothing to do with basketball! While being called the Shockers is definitely cool, how do you make that a mascot? Wichita State tried by creating some sort of yellow wheat man with hair that looks like he just got an electric shock! Talk about bed head.
Manhattan Jaspers. Is Jasper a person, an animal, or an object? Turns out, Brother Jasper was the first baseball coach at Manhattan University, back in the 1800s. The Jaspers don’t have an actual mascot, so if we had to decide on what Jasper would be, we think he would be a green friendly ghost like Casper but with a little more school spirit!
Saint Louis Billikens. We don’t even know where to start with this one. When the word Billikens is said, what comes to mind? A Billy Goat named Ken? Nope…it’s weirder. A Billiken is a funky little charm doll that has a very wide grin on its face. So to make their mascot, Saint Louis merged that with what looks like a bat of some sort. Go figure.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The strangest thing about this team name is that Oklahoma is not exactly known for hurricanes. Tornados, yes. Hurricanes, no. Tulsa’s mascot is Captain Cane, who looks a lot like a cross between Superman and Jay Leno. We think someone should really rethink this this as a giant gold painted hurricane. Oh…wait, that WAS their old mascot!
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. We first thought Coastal Carolina made up a word and then made up a mascot to go along with it. Chanticleer sounds like something you use to clean the windows, not a mascot. Then we looked it up…a chanticleer is a ROOSTER. Yeah, we can’t explain that either, but we are fans of their cool mascot, a big, muscular bird with a mohawk. Where can we get one of those?
Enjoy the Madness!