Whilst watching the Miami, Fla.-Oklahoma game at a local watering hole I found myself once again contemplating the above question, as well as what even IS Oklahoma’s mascot. Well, here are some similar questions, and this time they come with answers!
MIAMI, FLA: How Is A Hurricane An Ibis? Miami adopted a native marsh bird called the Ibis as the official mascot in 1926, after its school yearbook “The Ibis”. The Ibis is known for its bravery as a hurricane approaches. Folklore maintains that other birds look to the Ibis for leadership. The Ibis uses its instinct to detect danger. It is the last sign of wildlife to take shelter before a hurricane hits, giving warning that danger is imminent. As the storm passes the Ibis is the first to reappear, a sign that clear skies are approaching. (Wiki source)
Well, Sebastian the Ibis not only represents the Hurricanes, but looks NOTHING like an ibis… He looks like a duck. Try and tell me this ain’t a duck:
OKLAHOMA: How Is A Sooner A Wagon? The official mascot of the Oklahoma Sooners is the Sooner Schooner. Schooners are the covered wagons early settlers traveled in. Why not just be a Sooner?
ALABAMA: How Is A Crimson Tide An Elephant? According to Rolltide.com, The story of how Alabama became associated with the “elephant” goes back to the 1930 season when Coach Wallace Wade had assembled a pretty good football team.
On October 8, 1930, sports writer Everett Strupper of the Atlanta Journal wrote a story of the Alabama-Mississippi game he had witnessed in Tuscaloosa four days earlier. Strupper wrote, “That Alabama team… At the end of the quarter, the earth started to tremble, there was a distant rumble that continued to grow. Some excited fan in the stands bellowed, ‘Hold your horses, the elephants are coming,’ and out stamped this Alabama varsity.”
Strupper and other writers continued to refer to the Alabama linemen as “Red Elephants,” the color referring to the crimson jerseys.
STANFORD: How Is A Cardinal A Tree? Well technically this one doesn’t belong in this article because the tree isn’t really the mascot of Stanford. Stanford doesn’t have an official mascot so it is basically just the color, cardinal, which is like a deep crimson. GET. A. MASCOT!!!
HARVARD: How Is Crimson A Human Named John Harvard? Again with the colors, but this time the official mascot is actually John Harvard. A creepy recreation of the founder of the University, John Harvard:
IOWA STATE: How Is A Cyclone A Cardinal Bird? Don’t really know the answer to this one. Apparently Cy the Cardinal was chosen by students in 1954 to represent the school colors of cardinal and gold. Naming him “Cy” doesn’t really do anything to associate him with the school’s nickname… BE A TORNADO!!!
TULANE: How Is A Green Wave A Pelican? Riptide the Pelican is the Green Wave’s official mascot. Sure there are a lot of pelicans down in Naw’leans, but if you’re the Green Wave, what’s wrong with a big ol’ green wave??
Well apparently in 1963, Athletic Director Dr. Rix Yard felt Tulane needed a more virile symbol for its athletic teams. Working with Eldon Endacott, the manager of the Tulane bookstore, he arranged for a new mascot to be created. Art Evans, art director for Angelus-Pacific Co., in Fullerton, California who had created such noted college mascots as the Purdue “Boilermaker” and Southern California “Trojan” designed a determined looking Green Wave. In 1964 the determined Green Wave design was adopted and became the mainstay logo of the athletic department for over twenty years. During that time various mascots depicting a Green Wave were used, the last nicknamed “Gumby” by the students because of his resemblance to the children’s cartoon character.
But then, on August 19, 1998 a new set of athletic logos were unveiled to better identify and represent the Tulane athletic teams. The marks accentuate the Tulane colors or green and blue, the unique Green Wave nickname and re-established the pelican as a visual symbol. A new pelican mascot was also introduced and given the name Riptide in a vote of the Tulane students.
GEORGE MASON: How Is A Patriot A Gunston? No one even knows what Gunston was, but he damn sure wasn’t a patriot. Peep No. 13 on Drivl.com’s list of worst D-I mascots for a hilarious explanation of this unexplainable beast of a mascot. Apparently someone at George Mason finally woke up, and in 2008 changed the mascot from the Gunston beast to the “Patriot”, which makes much more sense.