Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Rider Prophet Salutes Bad Team Names: Colour Me Unimpressed

This week’s edition of my salute to bad team names will hopefully debunk the myth that colours are inherently cool and their coolness can transfer to otherwise lame objects via osmosis.

Top 5 – Adding A Colour To A Bad Team Name Doesn’t Make It Any Better

5. University of Evansville Purple Aces (NCAA) – Aces come in red and black (and occasionally naked girl) but not purple. Regardless it’s a pretty bad mascot.

4. Saint Francis University Red Flash (NCAA) – To me a red flash seems more like a symptom of a serious medical condition than something I associate with sports. They should probably have that checked out.

3. University of North Texas Mean Green (NCAA) – My understanding is that the University of North Texas originally competed in the NCAA under one of the organization's staple names, the Eagles. That all changed when a standout defensive tackle came along in the late 1960's, "Mean" Joe Greene. Greene was so good that the school changed the name of not just the football team, but every varsity team on campus - while they would retain the Eagle as the mascot, the teams would forever more be known as Mean Green. Fortunately this method of team naming didn't catch on across the sporting world, or we could be eagerly anticipating games between the Edmonton Swamp Dogs and the Saskatchewan Undertakers... or worse, the Big Nates.

2. Cornell University Big Red/ Dartmouth College Big Green (NCAA) – I feel like Principal Skinner… “And the award for the children who obviously had no help from their parents...” Honestly, way to put zero effort into a team name. My only guess is that the schools are not artistically inclined and were looking for a logo that would be easy to draw. The odd thing though is that Cornell’s logo feature’s a brown bear. Mind boggling!

Winner: Presbyterian College Blue Hose (NCAA) –

Of all the potential mascots out there the Presbyterians went with the mighty hose. But not just any hose, a blue one. Straight from the garden shed to the athletic field. I’m not sure what exactly it was about the hose that made the Presbyterians go “Now that would make a great mascot”. I mean sure being beaten with a hose is no fun but on its own a hose is not very intimidating.

Dishonourable Mentions: Tulane University Green Wave (NCAA), Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (NCAA), Columbus Blue Jackets (NHL)


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From the Presbyterian College site - A Blue Hose is a fierce Scottish warrior. If you have ever seen the movie Braveheart, you have seen a true Blue Hose.”

Now a Division 1 athletic program in the Big South

Despite this depiction, it still has been asked many times where Presbyterian College received its Blue Hose nick­name.

Several rumors exist and Ray Frank in his book, “What’s In A Nick­name” delved into the subject. Frank discovered that there were many opinions. One story had it that the Presbyterian Scotch-Irish wore blue stockings in the Puritan beginnings of the United States. Another said that a fierce war-like band of Scotch-Irish named the Hose painted their entire bod­ies blue before going into battle.

Yet, probably the true story lies in a letter dated June 15, 1935, written by then PC athletic director Walter Johnson to an inquiring English professor in Virginia.

[Quoting from Walter Johnson’s letter] ‘It was about the sec­ond or third year, 1915, if I remember right, Stockings. I think it happened this way: I changed uniform colors to blue, wearing blue stockings and jerseys, and some sports writer started calling in his articles the Presbyterian College teams the Blue Stockings.’

In later years “Stocking” became ab­breviated to “the Hose,” particularly in newspaper headlines. It was more or less officially adopted by the student body in the 1950’s.

All the PC media guides since 1996 continued to elaborate on the issue, quoting an article by Ben Hay Ham­met entitled “The Spirit of PC.” The piece by Hammet articulated that, “Johnson always insisted on the fact that his players wear long blue socks similar to stockings (after all, there were White Sox and Red Sox in base­ball).

Coach Johnson’s explanation may sim­ply be coincidental to the fact that the phrase “Blue Stocking Presbyterian” goes back informally quite a few years in the denomination’s history.” Nev­ertheless, PC’s athletic nickname was shortened to Blue Hose in 1954.

Luke said...

Do you think Presbyterian College has someone on staff who's only job is to defend and explain how the school's team name came to be. That was very informative.

Also, no love for the NYU Violets?

Although that doesn't technically fit with the theme I guess.

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That seems to happen every time I do one of these posts, someone posts the origin of the name. It's like I've been flagged by the NCAA and they have someone assigned to defend their team names.

In this case I'm glad they did. I though the Presbyterians were dumb for naming a team after a hose. However, now that I know they are named after stockings or pantyhose, its way more embarrassing for them.

As for NYU, I had yet to come across them in my half assed research. Had I know about them a team called the Violets would definitely have made this list.

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well from what i can tell Jonathan sure does love his blue hose or is it the act of getting the blue hose that he loves and deffends so heartfully. you would think that the blue hose would be hated by all males. well jonathan if you ever do finish you may sing a different tune.

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