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Mascot madness

Posted July 2, 2009

Meteorologist Mike Moss came up with a great Carolina Conversations blog idea this week – unusual school mascot names. Mike remembers playing high school football against the Eastman Kodaks of Halifax County. Mike said the players had camera logos on the sides of their helmets. What a hoot! Eastman High was lost in the move toward consolidation but an Eastman Middle School remains in Halifax County. They’ve gotten away from the camera theme. They’re now the Eastman Kodiaks. Gosh, that’s funny!

What was your school mascot? Feel free to include high school and college. What’s the most unusual mascot you’ve heard? I’ll offer a CD prize to the person sending in the most unusual mascot name.

We were simply the Wildcats back in Morganton.   Kelcey Carlson's mom attended Shadeland High School in Indiana.  Shadeland was home of the Peppers. 

In college I went to Carolina and for those living outside this state The Tar Heels might seem like an unusual name. Of course the actual UNC mascot is a ram. I remember getting into a good-natured argument with a Georgetown fan at the 1982 NCAA Basketball Championship game in New Orleans over the meaning of a Hoya!

There are many humorous names. You may have heard of the Abington Galloping Ghosts in Pennsylvania. What are some others? Let’s have some fun with this.


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  • meruncc13 Jul 3, 2009

    I attended Broughton High School in Raleigh, which has the nickname of "Caps" - short for Capitals (why not?) I then attended Johnson C Smith University which has the nickname of "Golden Bulls" - which is the same nickname that my dad's high school in Fayeteville (E. E. Smith) has (funny isn't it?)

  • LMRA Jul 3, 2009

    darylfoot - I remember that! I loved that nickname! Always thought it would cool to get a t-shirt with the team name and logo!

  • darylfoot Jul 2, 2009

    Macon used to have a hockey team called the Macon Whoopee. No joke....

  • jasonhammond Jul 2, 2009

    I went to high school in Virginia, and we were the Churchland Truckers. Our mascot was actually a semi-truck!

  • carolinamissy Jul 2, 2009

    There is a minor league baseball team in Georgia called the Savannah Sand Gnats.

  • thinknc Jul 2, 2009

    I once saw a bumper sticker promoting the "Fighting Okra." I thought it was a joke, but later learned that the Okra are the mascot of Delta State University in Mississippi!
    I'm a Warrior from high school, and am loyal to the Wolfpack from college years...........pretty well-known mascots around here.

  • shutterbug Jul 2, 2009

    I was a Wildcat in high school and a Brave in College at UNCP (Pembroke State University)

  • PAINFREE Jul 2, 2009

    I like the Toledo Mud Hens, except when they beat the Durham Bulls!!! Strange Name, the Mud Hens.

  • carolinamissy Jul 2, 2009

    I was a Viking in high school and a Bishop in college

  • wolfpack41 Jul 2, 2009

    My wife grew up in Columbia,Missouri and went to Hickman High School. Their mascot is the Kewpie doll and they are called the Hickman Kewpies. There is a story behind it but I can't remember the whole thing now.




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