Our Team Has Identity Issues
May 10, 2010
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Another team in the New York area that has a strange nickname is Manhattan College, which goes by the Jaspers. The inspiration for that was Brother Jasper who, in the late 19th century, brought to the Catholic campus an obscure sport called base ball. He became Manhattan’s first coach, and Brother Jasper is also credited with the invention of the seventh-inning stretch.
There are several other nicknames that one doesn’t associate with athletic prowess (Stetson University Hatters, UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs). There are some that seem intentionally obscure: Western Carolina and University of Vermont both call their teams the Catamounts. I’ll save you the trouble of looking it up — catamount is a general term for wild cats such as cougars and lynxes.
There are others we could ridicule, but the prize for dumbest name goes to the Rhode Island School of Design, which calls its hockey team the Nads. That name was selected for the sole purpose of having its student section chant, “Go, Nads”. Yeah. Haha, very funny, kids. Thanks for the reminder that sophomoric humor originated with sophomores.
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[JR: Not very important from a Jasper perspective. But the Nads part made me laugh. ROFL! I thought we could all enjoy it. Maybe I am sophomoric? That sophomore year was a GREAT years! Like Groundhog Day, I could repeat that a few dozen times. Shoulda, coulda, and woulda!]
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