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Some Bay District School Board members are having a hard time swallowing the proposed name for a new elementary school: Breakfast Point Academy.

The school is located on land donated by the St. Joe Foundation, which wants to name it after a nearby subdivision. But board member Pat Sabiston questions what the mascot is going to be. Another member suggested “The Biscuits.”

Sabiston says middle school students have enough angst without having to worry about the name of their school.

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Is that childish? They can’t have a name like that! People will make fun of them. Like I’m doing right now.

Geez, at least they're not the Fighting Beavers or something.

(p.s. Anytime you guys get tired of hearing about Spam & Cookies County local politics, let me know. I always feel weird posting about it, but I feel like I'm living in a zoo sometimes.)

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I live in the "Beaver State". The mascot for OSU is Benny Beaver. The sports teams are referred to as "the Beavers". [I won't go into the controversy over changing the logo to the "angry Beaver".]

The whole state is a target for comedians. When I heard Leno make one, I thought: "Yeah, that joke hasn't been made a hundred times." [Roll Eyes]

My point--and I do have one--is that larger groups of people have had worse names & mascots.

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http://www.evergreen.edu/athletics/geoduck.htm
Evergreen State College uses the geoduck as it's mascot.


http://www.ucsc.edu/about/campus_mascot.asp
UC Santa Cruz uses the Banana Slug.


Both seem very proud of their mascots.

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The University of Akron uses a kangaroo -- the team name is "The Zips" or something like that. And Kent State has the "Golden Flashes," which conjures all sorts of inappropriate imagery (at least in my mind).

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My beloved UC Irvine Anteaters never get made fun of. Nope! Never!

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Ok, sliding off topic but maybe someone here will know.

There's a truck commercial currently running that's got some connection to college football (Mr. Gibbie mutes the commecials so I don't know what the voice over is). But the commercials show lots of different college mascots running through a downtown area of a large city. Like NYC or something. Not the cartoon character mascots but more like "real life" mascots. Like a real alligator for the Gators, stuff like that. In the middle of the rush is a giant, bouncing, something. Honestly it looks like a big hackysack. We can't figure out what or who it is. it could be a big rock, or a mud ball or a hackysack. Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?

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There is a town near Edwards in CA called Phelan. It is pronounced "Feelin'". They did NOT name their HS Phelan High... I was told it WAS because of the connotations...

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quote:
Originally posted by ULTRAGLORIA:


http://www.ucsc.edu/about/campus_mascot.asp
UC Santa Cruz uses the Banana Slug.


Both seem very proud of their mascots.

Darn tootin'!

I dislike the thought process where you can't give a kid an odd name or send them to and oddly-named school because they might get made fun of. A little teasing is not the worst thing in the world, and true bullying does not rely on unusual names. My first name was made into many a joke when I was a kid, and the greatest effect was that I thought other kids were incredibly dumb.

This idea that kids can't be different or they'll be teased mercilessly lead to several people I know not being put in specialized classes (GATE, Slingerland, et cetera) because their parents were afraid it would make them "weird." Well, maybe we should work on eliminating the idea that weird=bad instead of eliminating weirdness.

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Originally posted by Gibbie:
Ok, sliding off topic but maybe someone here will know.

There's a truck commercial currently running that's got some connection to college football (Mr. Gibbie mutes the commecials so I don't know what the voice over is). But the commercials show lots of different college mascots running through a downtown area of a large city. Like NYC or something. Not the cartoon character mascots but more like "real life" mascots. Like a real alligator for the Gators, stuff like that. In the middle of the rush is a giant, bouncing, something. Honestly it looks like a big hackysack. We can't figure out what or who it is. it could be a big rock, or a mud ball or a hackysack. Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about?

Gibbie

I'm thinking it supposed to be a Buckeye, but I'm not sure.

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Is it brown, with a lighter-colored spot on top? That's what a buckeye looks like.

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Kev is correct, it is a Buckeye.

Don't forget Scottsdale Community College with Artie the Artichoke. Sometimes SCC is refered to as the Fighting Artichokes, but I think that is informal.

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Yeah, I just saw the one in the desert on YouTube and it's definitely a buckeye. It was a little harder to tell in the NYC one, though I couldn't think of what else it could have been.

ETA: more on topic: my high school mascot was the sand crab. You can imagine the kinds of clever uses of "crabs" the other teams came up with. I liked having such a unique mascot. Also, the mascot of the nearest junior high was the fiddler crab which is a smaller type of crab.

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Yay!! That's it! Thank you all. I knew someone would know. I didn't know that a buckeye was a real thing. I guess I didn't really think about what it was.

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Originally posted by Gibbie:
Yay!! That's it! Thank you all. I knew someone would know. I didn't know that a buckeye was a real thing. I guess I didn't really think about what it was.

Gibbie

Buckeye is to buckeye tree as acorn is to oak tree. They're related to chestnuts -- unshelled chestnuts look similar, but are much smaller.

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I used to work with a guy from The Buckeye State. He carried the things around with him and handed them out to people he was introduced to. He'd explain that the buckeye was just like him, "a useless nut."

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The school district I attended growing up used to call it's teams the "Hillbillies". Then some rancher gave them a goat to use as a mascot and they changed to the "Battlin' Billies". School themed items were often emblazoned with a big goat.
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My hometown school mascot was a mule. It never bothered me. Of course it made it easy for the other schools to say "We're gonna kick your ass".
Sparklygirl

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I used to teach at a performing arts high school. Our school colors were teal, pink, and yellow. And our mascot was the "Fighting Pigeons."
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My son-in-law graduated from Cuero (Texas) HS home of the Gobblers. Yes, their mascot is a turkey.

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Presbyterian Blue Hose (Clinton, SC) -- According to the college's website, several rumors exist on how this nickname was adopted, including a story that the Presbyterian Scotch-Irish wore blue stockings in the Puritan beginnings of the United States, or that a fierce war-like band of Scotch-Irish named the Hose painted their entire bodies blue before going into battle. The true story probably lies in a 1935 letter written by then-athletic director Walter Johnson to an inquiring English professor in Virginia. He remembered changing the school's athletic uniforms to blue, including blue stockings and jerseys. An unknown sports writer started calling the Presbyterian College teams the Blue Stockings in his articles. In later years “Stocking” became abbreviated to “the Hose,” particularly in newspaper headlines, and was more or less officially adopted by the student body in the late 1950’s.


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Actually, I think "Breakfast Point" is a cool name for a school.

Heck, the name of my daughters' middle school is Turkey Foot.

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Our mascot was the raider that was riding a three legged horse.

We were bad at sports. [lol]

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quote:
Originally posted by sparklygirl:
My hometown school mascot was a mule. It never bothered me. Of course it made it easy for the other schools to say "We're gonna kick your ass".
Sparklygirl

That was my high school mascot too!

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quote:
Originally posted by sparklygirl:
My hometown school mascot was a mule. It never bothered me. Of course it made it easy for the other schools to say "We're gonna kick your ass".
Sparklygirl

That was my high school mascot too!
Did your school have a problem finding someone to dress up as the mascot? Ours always did. I will say they were always able to paint the mule on the gym floor with a sort of mean and menacing look though. [Smile]
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But everyone at the school will be the Biscuits, or whatever. (Hehe. Soggy biscuits.) Ahem. It's not as if they're coming in contact with kids from other schools every day.

Most likely, the ones who will be coming into contact with kids from other schools will be the athletes--and I'm sure they'll be able to handle themselves.

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quote:
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But everyone at the school will be the Biscuits, or whatever.

No, that was sugegstion made in jest by a school board member.

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I don't know what their mascot is...I was just using that as an example. Everyone at the school will be the [insert stupid nickname], so it's not as if there's going to be that much teasing going on--except for the kids from other schools.

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There's nothing wrong with being the "Biscuits." Just ask this minor-league baseball club.

I've got a friend who teaches at a college in Georgia. They call themselves the Fightin' Geese. He gave me a t-shirt last year from the school; it's one of the coolest ones I own (I'm not even sure if they have any athletic programs, but they do have a mascot).

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