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  1. I've always had a soft spot in my heart for colleges and universities with unusual mascots, specifically the Trinity College (IL) Trolls.
  2. Am I the only one bugged that his hat no longer says "Mr. Peanut" on it?
  3. I don't like how the face fits into that "shield" in their wordmark. It makes him look like he has no neck. The grey shadow bugs me. If they had formed it to fit the contours of his face a bit more it would work, but the way it is now simply doesn't.
  4. Louisville Lightning (a nod to General Electric) Louisville Browns (a nod to the local dish, the Hot Brown) Louisville Mammoths (a nod to Mammoth Caves, about an hour south of the city) Louisville Scriveners (a nod to Henry Watterson, the famous journalist for whom I-264 was re-named) Memphis Blues (too obvious, though) Memphis Smoke (a nod to the barbecue tradition) Memphis Bombers (a nod to the Memphis Belle, the iconic B-17 bomber) Memphis Hounds (a nod to the Elvis song) There are probably a few more for Memphis. (EDIT: The Memphis Belle was a B-17, not a B-29. Apologies.)
  5. Louisville (no hometown bias) because nobody can decide whether it's located in the South or the Midwest. Most larger cities have histories and regional tastes that make it a bit easier to figure out names for fictional sports teams, but mid-sized ones can be challenging, especially ones that are located inland and don't have the coastal/nautical themes to fall back on. Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Omaha, Columbus, and Portland (OR) also give me trouble for those reasons.
  6. What is the blue signature looking thing on the bottom left say? I see a U and D, but what does that first word say? Apparently it is the signature for Delaware's mascot. HER name is YoUDeeee FTFY. Delaware's mascot is a "she", as hens are female. And as far as I know, she's the only mascot the school has. (I know some schools have separate mascots for their male and female athletics programs, but aside from UL Lafayette, I think YouDee is the only female D-1 mascot who serves as the only mascot for the school.) (I could be wrong about that, though.)
  7. The old WCC logo, which highlighted the locations of member schools in the logo itself. Very clever - and a shame they didn't just update and modernize that concept after BYU joined instead of completely changing it.
  8. The CAA will probably argue that they deserve to jump to FBS before the Big Sky doex.
  9. Agreed. Those notches look tacky, I think.
  10. But again, that's true of graduates of just about every conference, not just the Big Ten. That doesn't say anything about whether Maryland or Virginia would make a more attractive candidate for expansion.
  11. ... except nobody here gives two farts about the Big Ten except for Big Ten alumni (but then you could say that about any conference). The Big Ten is a decidedly Midwestern conference, whereas DC is a decidedly Mid-Atlantic (some would say Southern despite its strong progressive bearings) city. DC doesn't care about college football. That's part of the reason Maryland football has struggled to fill Byrd Stadium even during the early Fridge years when they were ranked in the top-10. And if what you claim is true about the Big Ten not needing Maryland or Rutgers to expand influence to the Eastern Seaboard, then why would the Big Ten even consider expansion at all?
  12. First off, I never said Maryland was Penn State's biggest rival, I said Penn State was Maryland's biggest rival. There's a difference. Second, who do people in the DMV care about if not Maryland? Virginia? Two hours away from DC. Georgetown? They play football in the Patriot League. Virginia Tech? Nobody around here even knows where Blacksburg is, let alone drives down there for games. This isn't the same Virginia that was ranked year-in and year-out during the 90s and early 2000s. This Virginia has trouble generating enough interest for even regional TV coverage (living in Richmond for three years, I can recall exactly three times that Virginia had a football game on TV that wasn't broadcast on ESPN). Maryland controls the DMV in terms of college sports. Georgetown comes in second. Virginia isn't even on the radar here.
  13. Virginia plays second-fiddle to Virginia Tech because of their perception not only in the Commonwealth but nationally. UVa is seen as a school full of rich white kids who play soft in football and can't get their act together in basketball. In terms of student enrollment, UVa is something like sixth behind George Mason, VCU, Old Dominion, Virginia Tech and James Madison. UVa's academics are top-notch, yes, but since when was any of this realignment nonsense focused on academics? Nobody in Virginia cares about the Big Ten. The SEC? Sure. But in the South (and Virginia is no doubt a "southern" state), the perception of the Big Ten is one of entitled kids who play second-rate football. Maryland is located in a media gold mine, located between DC and Baltimore and commanding both markets. They have far more prestige in basketball and a higher ceiling for growth in football (remember: UnderArmour CEO Kevin Plank is like their personal ATM machine). If AD Kevin Anderson could ever get his act together and stop firing good coaches for "great" ones like Randy Edsall, Maryland has the potential to be a powerhouse in at least a half-dozen sports. Heck, in the past ten years they've won National Championships in Men's BB, Women's BB, Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, and have been pounding at the door in Men's Lacrosse for at least the past fifteen years. Oh, and Maryland's biggest rival in football already plays in the Big Ten (Penn State).
  14. Why would the Big Ten want Virginia when they could have Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Pittsburgh instead? Virginia is far, far down the list of possible expansion candidates. Nobody wants a school where the two biggest sports on campus are baseball and lacrosse, even if the academics are top-tier. Why do you think Rice has been left out in the cold by both the Big XII and the Big East?
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