With college football season upon us, millions of us are glued to the television and radio each week cheering on our favorite teams...but not everyone attending college can consider themselves among the Chosen Few to be a "Tiger" or "Razorback" or for that matter a "Bulldog" or "Demon". Some kids will grow up paying homage to an Alma Mater mascot as bad as these.

  • From wikimedia commons
    From wikimedia commons

    Texas Christian University "Horned Toad"

    No offense to my good friend Gerry May of KTBS TV, who's one of the most avid local supporters of TCU...but a "horned toad"...Really?Sounds more like a wife's insult to her husband than a mascot, but according to Texas Christian University "The Horned Frog (actually a lizard) has been TCU's mascot longer than TCU has been the university's name. Four students helped make the decision in 1897, when AddRan Christian University (renamed TCU in 1902) was located in Waco."

  • From Emily on Flickr
    From Emily on Flickr

    Syracuse "Orange"

    I gotta steal a couple of quotes on this one. From ESPN "A flashback from a bad acid trip in the '70s." And from bleacherreport.com "No kid ever dreams of one day growing up to be a "color". Course year after a year another college student proudly stands up to represent one of Crayola's favorites.

  • From JM Rosenfeld at Flickr
    From JM Rosenfeld at Flickr

    Stanford "Tree"

    Not "Pine" Tree or "Cedar" Tree or even "Mighty Oak". Just "Tree". Sometimes decorated in Christmas Ornaments or vividly colored with red branches but neverendingly still just a "Tree". A 3rd grader telling Mom that he would be a "Tree" in a school play is insult enough but imagine the total shock of a proud Dad who gets that phone call from Junior telling him to "look for me at all the football games on tv this year" only to discover his son is that goofy kid dressed as a "Tree". Dad probably quit his job and moved to New Mexico.

  • From oddee.com
    From oddee.com

    Evergreen State "Geoduck"

    The best way to describe how embarrassing this one is can be summed up best in The Geoduck Fight Song (they actually have a fight song...) Go, Geoducks go, Through the mud and the sand, let's go. Siphon high, squirt it out, swivel all about, let it all hang out. Go, Geoducks go, Stretch your necks when the tide is low Siphon high, squirt it out, swivel all about, let it all hang out. 'Nuff said...I rest my case. Words and music by Malcolm Stilson, 1971

  • From Delta State University
    From Delta State University

    Delta State "Fighting Okra"

    The pride of Cleveland, Mississippi - Delta State University and the feared "Fighting Okra". As you well know, there's nothing that can scare the bejeebers out of you like a ticked off vegetable. Remember those terrible nightmares you had as a child of that horrible "Fighting Okra" coming to drag you off into the garden? Course you don't. Nobody does. Fighting Okra? Sounds more like the college took a dare from several rednecks in Mississippi to brand themselves that way...but what else could you expect from a university with the "Bologna Performing Arts Center"???? C'mon people....Okra, it's what's for dinner.

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