Big East Mascots May Raise Honest Questions

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In nearly all sports, a team’s nickname and mascot are designed to instill a large sense of pride and hopefully a desire to win. That may have been missed by Syracuse University when it adopted the color orange as the school’s color and compounded it by having an orange as a mascot. Wearing orange fan gear isn’t so bad, but seriously, an Orange for a mascot? It is located in New York, not a place that is usually associated with the citrus fruit. Imagine the pride of their sports teams being proud to be an…orange. With a nickname like orange, their choices were obviously limited. Other options could have been a seven-foot tall crayon. Maybe the orange wasn’t such a bad choice after all.

Questionable nicknames and mascots abound in college sports when you consider the Connecticut Huskies. The name University of Connecticut, abbreviated UConn does sound a lot like Alaska’s Yukon where the husky is a native animal. Never mind it’s located on the other side of the continent, at least it makes some sense. Their mascot? A husky named Jonathan after a colonial governor, is sure to strike terror into their opponents.

Georgetown Hoyas are named after a long-held school chant. Unless you are fluent in Greek and Latin, you probably don’t know that Hoya Saxa means “what rocks,” and which word is represented by Hoya; what or rocks? Adding to the confusion would be the college’s mascot…a bulldog. A show dog named Jack was the first official mascot and every bulldog since then has carried the same name. The bulldog was selected due to its tenacity, so maybe Hoya means rock.

If you say the word D-men three times real fast it may come out demon, hence the name change for the DePaul Blue Demons, which were originally called the D-men for the men of DePaul. The mascot also carries an original name. Dressed in blue, it is named DIBS meaning Demon In Blue Suit.

Add a leprechaun to the field to symbolize an Irish university and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish could be a little confusing. The school’s name was chosen due to the Civil War fighting Irish Brigade, but adding a little green man and a pot of gold may have taken some of the fight out of the team.

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