We could go into how Dartmouth has a giant walking keg as their mascot, but they’re the ‘Big Green.’ And why do the Phoenix Suns have a crowd surfing gorilla? A lot of things in life don’t make sense.
Overall, I’m here to talk generally about the strangest things or beings that represent teams as a whole.
But that being said, let me get something out in the open before we see the list of the truly most bizarre.
I got this idea because I’m from Illinois, which is why you’ll also see many mascots from the ‘Land of Lincoln’ on this list. Why in the hell Illinois seems to have the wackiest team names beats me. But do some homework and you’ll see I’m not the only one who feels this way.
There is some very strange school representation on the list below, and I’m not even including the Appleknockers, Cornjerkers, Pretzels, Polo Marcos or Wooden Shoes.
Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports. Follow him here or here. He’s happy he played for the Arthur Knights, a perfectly normal yet not over-used nickname. Eagles, Panthers, Bulldogs, Tigers and Wildcats are so vanilla.
Josh is originally from the small berg of Arthur, Ill, proudly the Amish capital of the state. It also has one hell of a pumpkin patch.
Josh has enjoyed dipping his toes into a variety of careers since graduating from the University of Alabama, the most rewarding thus far having served as a youth director in southern California for four years, and his broadcasting career which has garnered two Emmy awards and three Edward R. Murrow Awards.
Josh enjoys loud rock music, Tom Hanks movies, dogs that like to cuddle and long runs. He is also always in search for America's greatest cheeseburger. Follow him here if you would like to be friends!