CLASSIC COOL

Some of my e-mailers have been suggesting teams for my Cool-Named Team Of The Day spot that have already been featured. To keep past Cool-Named Teams in one convenient location I’ll move their entries here after a suitable time.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

November 22, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE

Location: Lakeland, FL 

Division: NAIA

Conference Affiliation: The Sun Conference

Comment: Florida teams sport some of the coolest names in the country and Southeastern University is no exception. That logo looks great as well!

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – POMONA PITZER COLLEGE

November 16, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

POMONA PITZER COLLEGE SAGEHENS

Location: Claremont, CA 

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: These are no dumb clucks, these are Sagehens! (Sorry!) With this institution we get another classic example of what I consider to be the “oddball cool” of many college team nicknames.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY

November 8, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

MUSKINGUM UNIVERSITY MUSKIES

Location: New Concord, OH 

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Ohio Athletic Conference

Comment: No, their mascot isn’t a crying U.S. Senator standing in falling snow, it’s the fish called Muskies. Muskingum’s nickname and logo combine to give their teams that “oddball cool” feel that I love about so many college sports teams.  

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM -HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY

November 1, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

HAWAII PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SEA WARRIORS

Location: Honolulu, HI

Division: NCAA Division 2

Conference Affiliation: Pacific West Conference

Comment: What a terrific name for sports teams! At first glance the logo might make you think they were called the Sharks instead, but I love the shark imagery because it reminds me of one of my favorite figures in Hawaiian myth: Kamoho, the shark god. He’s the chief of the seemingly dozens of lesser shark deities in the Hawaiian Islands. Part of the fun comes from the fact that Kamoho is the older brother of Pele, the goddess of fire!    

THE COOLEST HELMET IN THE DAKOTA ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

August 13, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

Here’s a new feature to help all of us get in the mood for football season! I’ll be going through the NAIA and NCAA Division 3 conference by conference and looking at the coolest helmets in each.

Team: Black Hills State Yellowjackets

Comment: “Up and at’em….Atom Ant!” The Black Hills State helmet sports one of those mascots who are so cool-looking they should have their own cartoon series!

As always, football helmets courtesy of The Helmet Project at: http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – XAVIER (LA)

October 11, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

XAVIER (LA) GOLD RUSH/GOLD NUGGETS

Location: New Orleans, LA

Division: NAIA

Conference Affiliation: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Comment: In the opposite of what you might think, it’s the women’s teams that are called the Gold Nuggets while the men’s teams are the Gold Rush. An interesting fact is that since 1996 the Gold Nuggets basketball team has fewer home losses than Pat Summit‘s Lady Volunteers!  

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM- CARNEGIE MELLON

October 4, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY TARTANS

 

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: University Athletic Association 

Comment: “If it isn’t Scottish IT’S CRAP!”  As cool as Carnegie Hall and Mellon Bank are separately, like peanut butter and jelly they just get better when combined in their respective namesakes’ university. And as a bonus here’s their incredibly cool football helmets courtesy of The Helmet Project at http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/ 

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM- THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

September 27, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

UNIVERSITY  OF ALBERTA PANDAS

Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Division: NAIA

Conference Affiliation: Canada West Universities Athletic Association

Comment: Many people don’t realize some Canadian schools play various college sports in America’s lower divisions. I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like pandas unless they were traumatized by the long national nightmare we had trying to get the National Zoo’s panda bears to mate. The men’s teams at Alberta go by the name Golden Bears but since so many teams are called Golden Bears I’m going with the much cooler name the women’s teams use.    

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – WEBSTER UNIVERSITY

September 20, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY GORLOKS

Location: St Louis, MO

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: Like the Banana Slugs, the Gorloks have gotten so much exposure for their unique nickname I didn’t include them in my original D3 20 Coolest list. Here they are at last, and if you haven’t heard, the Gorlok is a mythical creature invented in a contest at Webster U. It has the paws of a speeding cheetah, the horns of a fierce buffalo and the face of a dependable St Bernard. I would have thought the Webster mascot would have the height of Emmanuel Lewis, the stocky shoulders of Alex Karras and the wall-eyes of Susan Clark, but I’m kind of weird

THE COOLEST HELMET IN THE ATLANTIC CENTRAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

September 30, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

Team: NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS

Location: Newport News, VA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Comment: It’s the return of the Coolest Helmet feature! NNAS has one of the most eye-catching helmets in D3. In fact when they wear their maroon jerseys and the gold pants their entire uniform looks 1A-caliber! The Builders’ motto is “We build great ships: Craftmanship … Scholarship … Leadership” If you’re wondering why, if they build great ships, they’re not called the Shipbuilders instead, well, just say it out loud a few times and you’ll see the potential minefield they’re avoiding.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – ST MARY’S COLLEGE

August 31, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

SAINT MARYS COLLEGE BELLES

Location: Notre Dame, IN

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Comment: Get it? The Bells Of Saint Mary’s becomes “The Belles Of Saint Mary’s” for this female institution’s sports teams, just as it became The Bells Of Saint Berwyn in a memorable Son Of Svengoolie comedy sketch. This school should use a mascot like a woman in a Belle Of The Ball outfit kung-fu fighting her way through a line of suitors. It’s got a classical yet contemporary appeal that would ring the chimes of Belles fans everywhere!

THE COOLEST HELMETS IN THE SOUTHERN COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

November 6, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

Team: MILLSAPS MAJORS

Division: NCAA Division 3

Location: Jackson, MS

Comment: If you can’t make it out that’s a sword going through the “M” on the helmet. I love the helmets and the name Majors is pretty cool, too, just ask Lee Majors. The Majors pretty much redefine the term “ranked team” along with those teams called the Generals, the Colonels and the Captains.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – UC-SANTA CRUZ

August 26, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

UC-SANTA CRUZ BANANA SLUGS

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Independent

Comment: The Banana Slugs have been the Gold Standard for unusual team nicknames for so long I even included a note in my D3 20 Coolest List saying why I was leaving them off. For all their fans who were wondering, here they are at last! And it takes more than table salt to stop THESE slugs!

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – WHITTIER COLLEGE

August 19, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

WHITTIER COLLEGE POETS

Location: Whittier, CA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Comment: Remember this exchange in Aristophanes‘ comedy The Frogs – Question: What do you expect a poet to do? Answer: Why, save the nation, of course! We won’t be putting that much pressure on the Whittier teams, thankfully. It would be easy to go the cheap joke route and say something like “What’s the matter? Was the nickname The Ballet Dancers already taken?” But I actually think poets are pretty cool – just ask Francois Villon!

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM- SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE

August 15, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE VIXENS

Location: Sweet Briar, VA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Old Dominion Athletic Conference

Comment: As the nickname Vixens would imply this is an all-female institution. (For those who don’t know a vixen is a female fox). Really cool name for sports teams and their colors are pink and green so that’s pretty cool, too!

THE COOLEST HELMETS IN THE KANSAS COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

October 7, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

Team: TABOR COLLEGE BLUEJAYS

Division: NAIA

Comment: Yes, as a “Confidential Source” revealed to Balladeer’s Blog back when I did the 20 Coolest College Sports Logos, Tabor has gotten rid of the boring “TC” helmets and brought back an even cooler version of the Bluejay profile helmets! These things are great looking and are guaranteed to produce additional wins all by themselves!

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – VITERBO UNIVERSITY

August 9, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

VITERBO V-HAWKS 

Location: La Crosse, WI

Division: NAIA

Conference Affiliation: Midwest Collegiate Conference

Comment: In the grand tradition of the A-Team, G-Forces and the X-Men it’s the V-Hawks, a name so cool it could be a model of sports car!

 

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM: FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL

August 5, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

FRANKLIN AND MARSHALL DIPLOMATS

Location: Lancaster, PA

Division: NCAA Division 3

Conference Affiliation: Centennial Conference

Comment: The Diplomats (“Oh, that word”…Fans of the musical 1776 will get it.) is a pretty cool nickname for sports teams. I guess the only real downside would be people calling them “The Dips” for short. By the way, from now on I’ll be judging U.S. State Department Diplomats by whether or not they “give 110 percent” and if they “came to play”, just like I judge Franklin and Marshall Diplomats.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – OREGON TECH

June 28, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

OREGON TECH HUSTLIN’ OWLS

 Location: Klamath Falls, OR
Conference Affiliation: Cascade Collegiate Conference

Comment: Hustling Owls? I didn’t even know Owls PLAYED pool!

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

July 2, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

LUBBOCK CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY CHAPARRALS

Location: Lubbock, TX (Well, d’uh!)
Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference

Comment: This school’s teams have got a butt-kicking nickname, a butt-kicking logo and I’ll let you go ahead and insert your own High Chaparral joke here. Bonus points for the best use of Blue Boy‘s wimpiness in your wisecrack.

MAYVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY COMETS

Location: Mayville, ND
Conference Affiliation: Dakota Athletic Conference

Comment: After indulging myself with a High Chaparral joke with LCU earlier this month I’ll refrain from making either a groan-inducing Bill Haley OR Hale-Bopp reference and just ask you which Comets football helmet you think is cooler -the old-school one on the left or their latest one on the right.

As usual you can contact me with your opinion at Thtcom15@aol.com
Football helmets courtesy of The Helmet Project at http://www.nationalchamps.net/Helmet_Project/

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – DORDT COLLEGE

July 8, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

DORDT COLLEGE DEFENDERS

Conference Affiliation: Great Plains Athletic Conference

Comment: Gee, do you think the X-Men and the Fantastic Four ever get jealous that the Defenders have sports teams named after them? (Marvel Comics geeks will get it)

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – ROGERS STATE

ROGERS STATE UNIVERSITY HILLCATS

Location: Claremore, OK
Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference

Comment: I’ll bet everyone affiliated with this university wishes they had back all the moments from their life spent explaining “No, it’s HILL-cats, not hellcats”! Just to really confuse people the Rogers State University marching band should start doing a rendition of the theme song from the bad biker movie Hellcats. (bad movie buffs will get it)

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – LIFE UNIVERSITY

July 15, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

LIFE UNIVERSITY RUNNING EAGLES

 Location: Marietta, GA
Conference Affiliation: Association of Independent Institutions

Comment: I guess after rejecting names like “flying turtles” and “swimming kitty cats” as being too odd-sounding common sense prevailed and the good people at Life decided on the nickname Running Eagles for their sports teams.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES

July 18, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

Location: Rapid City, SD
Conference Affiliation: Dakota Athletic Conference

Comment: You know sports teams must be good when they have so many Cafes named after them! (Just be glad I didn’t go with the “Hardrock, Coco and Joe” reference I originally had planned.) What I really want to know is if their marching band does a rendition of Sixteen Ton.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

July 26, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

SOUTHERN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY CRIMSON STORM

Location: Bethany, OK

Conference Affiliation: Sooner Athletic Conference

Comment: With all due respect to the Alabama Crimson Tide and the IUP Crimson Hawks I think Crimson Storm is one of the coolest names for a team! It would also make a great name for a band. You can just picture cd’s titled “The Greatest Hits Of Crimson Storm” or “Crimson Storm: Live In Concert” or “Crimson Storm: Feel The Scarlet Rain”etc.

TODAY’S COOL-NAMED SPORTS TEAM – SUNY-CANTON

August 1, 2010 by balladeer | Edit

SUNY-CANTON KANGAROOS

Location: Canton, NY

Conference Affiliation: The Sunrise Conference

Comment: To cut the sports world’s equivalents of The Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons off at the pass, I’m aware that Division 1 has the UMKC Kangaroos and Division 3 has the Austin ‘Roos but this is a site for NAIA sports, comprende? The preceding is intended to cover up the fact that I couldn’t think of any kangaroo-related jokes. Doesn’t that make you hopping mad? (Sorry.)

MORE COOL STUFF

The 20 Coolest-Named USCAA and NCCAA Sports Teams – https://glitternight.com/2010/11/24/the-20-coolest-named-uscaa-and-nccaa-sports-teams/

The 20 Coolest-Named JUCO Sports Teams: https://glitternight.com/2010/10/18/the-20-coolest-named-juco-sports-teams/

For the NCAA Division 3′s Coolest-Named Teams click here: https://glitternight.com/d3-20-coolest/

For the NAIA edition of The 20 Coolest College Sports Teams You May Never Have Heard Of click here: https://glitternight.com/2010/06/21/the-20-coolest-named-college-sports-teams-you-may-have-never-heard-of-naia-edition/

For The 20 Coolest College Sports Logos click here: https://glitternight.com/2010/07/20/the-20-coolest-college-sports-logos/

For The 20 Coolest Football Helmets In NCAA Division 3 click here: https://glitternight.com/2010/08/23/the-20-coolest-football-helmets-in-ncaa-division-3/

For the 20 Coolest-Named Sports Teams In NCAA Division 2 click here: https://glitternight.com/d2-20-coolest/

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