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The stupid thread. How did teams get their names?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by fervorfactor, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. fervorfactor

    fervorfactor Active Member

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    Some pro and college team's names make no damn sense. I wanted to understand where they came from. Add to the list and maybe Allbuffs can publish this, or not.

    Minnesota Twins - Minneapolis and St Paul are the TWIN cities.

    Los Angeles Lakers - A move by the Minnnesota Lakers (the land of lakes) to LA

    Green Bay Packers - Meat packing plants in Wisconsin.

    New York Mets - I thing that is short for Metropolitans

    Akron Zips - No clue

    Virginia Tech Hokies - No Clue

    Georgetown Hoyas - No Clue

    Alabama - Crimson Tide and why do they have an elephant as a mascot?

    I'm really curious about the Brooklyn/LA Dodgers. The rumor I heard was that it related to traffic.

    Many many others. This is just for fun.
     
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  2. InTheBuff

    InTheBuff Club Member Club Member

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    Many years ago, when all Georgetown students were required to study Greek and Latin, the University's teams were nicknamed "The Stonewalls." It is suggested that a student, using Greek and Latin terms, started the cheer "Hoya Saxa!", which translates into "What Rocks!" The name proved popular and the term "Hoyas" was eventually adopted for all Georgetown teams.
     
  3. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    Dodgers is believed to be a reference to the Brooklyn trolley's that were the main public transit back then. The reference is supposedly short for the "Trolley-Dodgers"

    Pretty sure all of these names can be looked up on Wikipedia though
     
  4. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    HAHA, so basically it means either the Georgetown Rocks or the Georgetown Whats?
     
  5. GoldenBuff

    GoldenBuff Club Member Club Member

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    This is not directly related to the question at hand but this always blows the mind of anyone who didn't know. So CSU used to be Colorado A&M. Their mascot is a ram whose name is CAM. Think about it for a minute...
     
  6. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    fify

    and "lakers" refers to Minnesota being the "Land of 10000 Lakes" SUCK IT, LOBLAW!

    So ya, betcha thought no one else knew that, did ya?
     
  7. Creebuzz

    Creebuzz Club Member Club Member

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    VaTech used to be the fighting gobblers with a turkey mascot. The costumed mascot sort of morphed into the "hokie bird" and then eventually the team name was shortened to the Hokies. At least it's something along those lines.
     
  8. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    Also, "Crimson Tide" has to do with the deadly Red algae blooms that hit the Gulf of Mexico from time to time that roll up into Mobile Bay. Elephant? No ****ing clue.
     
  9. sliderNcider

    sliderNcider MacLovin Club Member

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    Movie quote, rep for who gets it. "The Jazz moved to Utah where they don't allow music." Hint: Somewhat CU related
     
  10. Junction

    Junction Moderator Club Member

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    Va Tech also has a chant their students do (or at least used to...)

    Hokie hokie hokie hai!
    We're the boys from VPI (Virginia Polytechnic Institute)!!

    Don't know if the nickname comes from the chant or the other way around, though...
     
  11. ScottyBuff

    ScottyBuff Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure the elephant came from an early newspaper writer that described their offense as a stampede of elephants or something along those lines.
     
  12. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    OK - here's one.
    Auburn Tigers - but War Eagle, WTF?
     
  13. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    My head just exploded. I didn't know goats could be so clever. Woe is me.
     
  14. Creebuzz

    Creebuzz Club Member Club Member

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    I'm thinking South Park movie?
     
  15. White_Rabbit

    White_Rabbit Club Member Club Member

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    Why is Alabama's mascot an elephant?
     
  16. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    It is a generic battle cry for all intents and purposes. There are several possible origins.
     
  17. HotRack

    HotRack Rez BubbleHead Club Member

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    Not South Park movie but Trey and Matt in "Baseketball?"
     
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    Baseketball Funny movie
     
  19. fervorfactor

    fervorfactor Active Member

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    I agree. No fair double dipping. How about the LSU tigers and the bayou bengals? Pick one damnit.
     
  20. fervorfactor

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    Hoosier anyone? And then use it in a sentence. and Hoosier mama or daddy doesn't count.
     
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    UNC Tarheel?
     
  22. fervorfactor

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    Tarheel = sailor, as in Tar or old salt. Guess they used tar on ships to seal stuff and they got it on their heel.
     
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    [video=youtube;6KEvS-t-MDg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KEvS-t-MDg[/video]
     
  24. CVilleBuff

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    Yup, "Hokie" came from a song that won a competition for a new "spirit yell" at VT.

    Hoki Hoki Hoki, Hy
    Techs, Techs, VPI.

    ..and then later on an "e" was added to the end, and that's that. Some UVA fans maintain that "hokie" is actually a term for a neutered turkey, and at least one link online supports that claim.

    On big 3rd downs at Lane they have a turkey "gobble gobble" and the fans go nuts. They also do the "key play" **** that we do.
     
  25. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    I visited Alabama for the hell of it when looking at schools, and Crimson Tide came from a Bama/Auburn game in horribly muddy conditions (in red clay?) in which Bama played very well.
     
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  26. White_Rabbit

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    So why an elephant?
     
  27. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    A writer wrote that when the team took the field it sounded like elephants
     
  28. GregInArlington

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    fify
     
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  29. CVilleBuff

    CVilleBuff Club Member Club Member

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    I was just waiting for an "fify" on that one. Slow-pitch softball!
     
  30. ButtSac

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    May I recommend that anyone who does not already have the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia go buy it. It has the the history, stadium size, student pop. ect. for all FBS schools in it including how schools got their nicknames and mascots. I think the newest edition came out around '04 so it is a little outdated on some stadium and school size but none the less a great reference for questions such as this
     

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