“The ramblings and grumblings of author Ad Hudler”

Hello, police? There's a wave roaming around the courthouse
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

I had promised my daughter that if her mock trial team made it to state finals again this year (and they have) I would ask to borrow and don her school's mascot costume and parade around the event at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando. To my surprise, she said something like, "Oh, WOULD you?! That would be so cool!"

So: If all goes well, and if I can squeeze my 6-2, 220-pound frame into the costume, I will become Tsunami Sam for a few hours on March 26.

Isn't that the coolest mascot? Tsunami Sam is the personification of Fort Myers High School's mascot, the Green Wave. I've always loved mascots that accurately portray the geographic reality of their schools, and because we in Fort Myers are situated on the green Gulf of Mexico (in case you haven't noticed, it is NOT blue or azure, as the travel brochures proclaim), the Green Wave is a VERY appropriate mascot.

Other good mascots:
The Tarpon Springs Spongers (the community was settled by a clan of sponge divers from Greece.)

The Brush Beetdiggers (town in eastern Colorado, in the heart of beet-growing country)

Nebraska Cornhuskers ('nuff said)

Goodland (Kansas) Cowboys

Miami Hurricanes

And one of the strangest mascots I've ever seen: a high school in Omaha called the Benson Bunnies.

What are some of the cooler mascots? And some of the dummer ones?
And what are some other mascots we'd like to see?

How about the Palm Beach High School Cake Eaters?
Or this: Seattle High School Eco-Terrorists.
Or this: The Fargo Pheasant Hunters


Blogger Karen said...

I am from Southern Louisiana and our college mascot was a Cayenne Pepper. The mascot was originally a Ragin Cajun, and that is what supporters are still called, but I suppose they thought that a dancing red pepper was better than some crazy cajun man. The pepper's name is Cayenne and he looks like a red jalapeno, very appropriately Ragin Cajun/South Louisiana right?

March 4, 2009 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

Hey, K: I'll bet the girls at your alma mater were smokin' HOT!

March 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

I am a Macon Georgia transplant - and I don't think the local Ice Hockey team still exists, but what WAS the mascot for the Macon Woopie?

March 4, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Ad Hudler said...

If I'm remembering correctly, the mascot for the Macon Whoopee was a stork...which is VERY funny.

March 4, 2009 at 11:29 AM  

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