School mascots serve as rallying points for the school’s programs, with a particular focus on athletics. While mascots are usually silent, they get a crowd screaming like a bomb threat. Mascots can turn a cool crowd warm, and whip a warm crowd into a frenzy. So it makes sense that every serious sports team has their mascot costumes, to keep traditions in place and keep up with the other team’s mascot. Here are some completely ridiculous ones you may have never heard of.
Artie the Fighting Artichoke from Scottsdale Community College
An artichoke is a relative of the daisy family, believe it or not. Artie the Fighting Artichoke is just one of the violent plants cultivated by colleges out of a combination of heart and spite. When the 1970s-era student government put artichokes up against rutabagas and scoundrels, it must’ve been an easy choice. Everybody knows rutabagas are wimps.
Fighting Okra from Delta State University
Okra is a plant in the same family as hollyhocks, which undoubtedly qualifies it as a serious contender in the sports world. Delta State students were once known as “the Statesmen,” but apparently visions of Abraham Lincoln and FDR just couldn’t handle the brutal ferocity of okra. If you don’t eat your vegetables or if you try to play with them, they will exact their revenge by forcing you into a pitched battle. Fear the okra.
Green Wave from Tulane University
Believe it or not, the Green Wave wasn’t named for polluted water, but for a song. The Rolling Green Wave was published in Tulane’s school paper in 1920, and eventually became a traditional “salute” to opposing teams. People at sporting events issue green gloves, and when the opposing team leaves the field everyone waves to them.
There are a lot of ridiculous sports mascots, and many are fairly obscure. Sometimes the strangest thing about a mascot is its origins. While you may have never heard of the above-mentioned mascots, checking them out can lead to some serious “can’t believe that’s for real” hilarity.