School soccer is again this week, with 129 groups within the the Division I Soccer Bowl Subdivision preventing for 4 playoff spots.
OK, the acronym FBS is approach higher than saying the complete identify of the division out loud. Fortunately, most of the nicknames for these dozens of groups are much less mechanical and extra of a wealthy tapestry displaying off the custom, creativity and historical past that makes the school recreation a lot enjoyable to observe.
However a few of these names, whereas endearing, are just a little on the market on nearer inspection. This is the story behind a number of the more unusual nicknames.
- Crimson Tide (Alabama) – The legend behind this nickname comes from a muddy 1907 recreation towards archrival Auburn during which the soil turned a purple hue, main a reporter to write down Alabama appeared like a “crimson tide” in a “sea of mud.” The strangest factor on the Alabama sidelines, nevertheless, is Massive Al, the varsity’s elephant mascot. Search all you need, however you’ll by no means discover a pachyderm within the Deep South. The origins of the elephant stretch again to 1930, when a fan marveling over the Tide’s expert linemen shouted from the stands “Maintain your horses, the elephants are coming.” So was born the group’s unofficial nickname of “Pink Elephants,” however Massive Al didn’t make his first look till 1979.
- Nittany Lions (Penn State) – Positive, everyone knows what a lion is. However what is the cope with Nittany? It’s fairly easy, truly: Near State School is Mount Nittany, the place unusual mountain lions as soon as roamed. Impressed throughout a 1904 baseball recreation towards Princeton – the place a Tiger statue intimidates guests – a Penn State scholar created the Nittany Lion because the “fiercest beat of all of them.”
- Buckeyes (Ohio State) – Ohio State is likely one of the most profitable packages in all of school soccer, even when their nickname isn’t precisely intimidating. However the tree has a particular historical past in Ohio, often known as “The Buckeye State.” Native to the state, particularly within the Ohio…