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Posted: 08 January 2013 06:51 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Saw somebody post this attachment (which would make for a great T-shirt).

I do not understand what elephants have to do with “The Tide” or “The Crimson Tide”... or why elephants would be the mascot of a school in the southern U.S., far removed from their natural habitat.  The Tide makes sense, but elephants do not.

This has always confused me.

Anyone care to give a history lesson here?

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Posted: 08 January 2013 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Maybe because there are a lot of fat folks in trailer parks in Alabama?  Not sure….

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Posted: 08 January 2013 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have been to South Carolina many times, are you kidding ?

There are two things . 1) a sponsor of the team long ago had an Elephant in
                        their logo and advertisments.
                      2) I forget who referred to the offensive line as
                        pushing the opponent around like Elephants would
                        but that is another reason.
Has there ever been a Seminole on FSU’s team ?
A Turtle on Maryland’s team ?
A Wolf, a bug , whatever a hokie is , no one lives who was a Tarheel in the 1860’s, a Tiger, etc.???
I like Elephants .
Did you see ND’s fabulous defense pushed around ?

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Posted: 08 January 2013 09:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I remember reading the story on how Alabama got the mascot. I forget what decade it was, but it must have been in the early years. If I remember right it was Alabama vs Mississippi. Alabama was a heavy favorite, so they put in their second string O-Line for the first half and the game was fairly close. They were pulled in the 2nd half and the regular starters were put in, someone in the stands yelled out loud “here come the elephants.”

I’m of course paraphrasing the version of the story I read, some of the details I may have wrong.

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Posted: 08 January 2013 09:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Tusk works quite well when the Million Dollar Band plays it.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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harry carey - 08 January 2013 08:31 PM

Has there ever been a Seminole on FSU’s team ?
A Turtle on Maryland’s team ?
A Wolf, a bug , whatever a hokie is , no one lives who was a Tarheel in the 1860’s, a Tiger, etc.???
I like Elephants .
Did you see ND’s fabulous defense pushed around ?

chill out, im sure there has been a seminole on the fsu team, terrapins and wolves are native species for those respective areas, as were the tarheels in north carolina. Yellow Jackets (which are also native) and tigers were given their names by john heisman and everyone know when it comes to college football what heisman says goes. and a hokie is the sound that a turkey call makes. lots of turkeys in the woods over here

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Posted: 09 January 2013 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Has there ever been a Seminole on FSU’s team ?
A Turtle on Maryland’s team ?
A Wolf, a bug , whatever a hokie is , no one lives who was a Tarheel in the 1860’s, a Tiger, etc.???
I like Elephants .
Did you see ND’s fabulous defense pushed around ?

chill out, im sure there has been a seminole on the fsu team, terrapins and wolves are native species for those respective areas, as were the tarheels in north carolina. Yellow Jackets (which are also native) and tigers were given their names by john heisman and everyone know when it comes to college football what heisman says goes. and a hokie is the sound that a turkey call makes. lots of turkeys in the woods over here

Don’t forget fighting roosters are also native to the redneck fans of SC.  They have them in coops out back in their back yards.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 10:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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the “Fighting Gamecock” was Thomas Sumter, who drove cornwallis out of the south and is the top contributing factor to the surrender at yorktown

“Sumter acquired the nickname, “The Carolina Gamecock” during the American Revolution for his fierce fighting tactics, regardless of his size. A British General commented that Sumter “fought like a gamecock”, and Cornwallis paid him the finest tribute when he described the Gamecock as his greatest plague”
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Posted: 09 January 2013 11:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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GoTigers712 - 09 January 2013 10:50 AM

the “Fighting Gamecock” was Thomas Sumter, who drove cornwallis out of the south and is the top contributing factor to the surrender at yorktown

“Sumter acquired the nickname, “The Carolina Gamecock” during the American Revolution for his fierce fighting tactics, regardless of his size. A British General commented that Sumter “fought like a gamecock”, and Cornwallis paid him the finest tribute when he described the Gamecock as his greatest plague”
wikepedia

So you’re telling me it’s just a coincidence that rednecks like to fight chickens and that happens to be the mascot for a very redneck fanbase?  Hmm….my outlook has changed. 

If this were the case though, why not the Swamp Fox?  He’s a more recognizable name.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 11:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Though I actually like the name Swamp Foxes, I’m glad they picked the gamecock as a mascot.  It’s much easier to make fun of a chicken than a fox.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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i dont know exactly what it was. it looks like the school never officially adopted the name until well after reporters in the newspaper were calling it that

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Posted: 09 January 2013 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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The Tar Heel name has it’s roots in the Civil War. A N. Carolina unit was in a battle and the unit stayed in the field after others had fled. They were said to have stuck like tar was on their heels. Going forward the unit was called the Tar Heel boys. The Ram comes from the nickname given a full back in the 1920’s. A cherleader thought it a good idea to buy a ram to illustrate the idea. It stuck.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 04:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Tickle_It - 09 January 2013 10:15 AM
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harry carey - 08 January 2013 08:31 PM

Has there ever been a Seminole on FSU’s team ?
A Turtle on Maryland’s team ?
A Wolf, a bug , whatever a hokie is , no one lives who was a Tarheel in the 1860’s, a Tiger, etc.???
I like Elephants .
Did you see ND’s fabulous defense pushed around ?

chill out, im sure there has been a seminole on the fsu team, terrapins and wolves are native species for those respective areas, as were the tarheels in north carolina. Yellow Jackets (which are also native) and tigers were given their names by john heisman and everyone know when it comes to college football what heisman says goes. and a hokie is the sound that a turkey call makes. lots of turkeys in the woods over here

Don’t forget fighting roosters are also native to the redneck fans of SC.  They have them in coops out back in their back yards.


It doesn’t make much sense that Clemson is the Tigers though. Since Clemson is clearly the little brother compared to USC, shouldn’t you guys be the baby chicks?

 

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Posted: 09 January 2013 04:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I didn’t know 4 years erased 100+ of domination before that.  Lol pot calling the kettle black, Alabama’s rag doll.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 06:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Clemtgrs - 09 January 2013 04:48 PM

I didn’t know 4 years erased 100+ of domination before that.  Lol pot calling the kettle black, Alabama’s rag doll.

This is not the pot calling the kettle black.  This is the pot calling silver spoon black as Auburn is to Bama what SC is to Clemson.

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Posted: 09 January 2013 06:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Sorry yes, thats what I meant.

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