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Renaming professional sports teams

While Northwest Rankin High School—from whence I graduated—was being built, I was among a lucky select number of high school students who were picked to help determine the high school colors and mascot for the future school. So much time has passed that I honestly don’t remember how influential my fellow students (of whom I can only remember three. There may have been more, but I only remember the three…possibly because they are female) and I were. I do remember we did not want to be anything similar to Pearl or Brandon (the schools from which most of the students for NWR would be drawn) and we didn’t want to be like Ole Miss or MSU. Those in the area know, of course, that we went with a Cougar and with Southern Miss colors.

All that is said to say I think it would be more interesting if professional athletic teams were to choose their mascots reflective of town history or even town (regional) personality. I realize there is a tiny instance of that now, but barely so much as to be noticeable. Therefore, I’d like to propose the following new names to be more representative of the communities they serve.

Boston WitchBurners

Atlanta Smokestacks (you non-history folks ask someone interested in history why this one makes sense)

NY Hurryups

NY Stuckups (they DO have two teams, y’know)

Minnesota Cheeseheads

Miami Crackheads

San Francisco Fruits & Nuts (okay, so 49ers worked, but not so much anymore)

Tennessee Hillbillies (Banjo-pickers is a close second)

Dallas Guntoters

New Orleans Crocodile Eaters (though “hunters” came in a close second)

Chicago Rumrunners (Mafia comes a close second)

LA Smogs

Houston Oilers (yeah—see, that one once made sense)

St. Louis Flood

Washington Liars (keep in mind this is DC, not the state!)

I could keep going, but I think it might be more interesting for any and all additional thoughts and suggestions to the list. No, I don’t expect anyone with enough clout to pay attention to this list, but it is fun putting together.

I’m sure I’ll have something more serious to say next week.

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Origin of “Hotty Toddy”

Disclaimer: This post may offend some. Offense is not intended. Humor is intended. However, seeing as to how I may likely fail at my attempt at humor, offense may follow. Thus, if you are a University of Mississippi fan (sometimes referred to as That School Up North), please do not read any further. I would hate to offend my Rebel Black Bear friends. Both of you are important to me.

Anyone who’s spent any time around SEC sports is well aware of the foul-mouthed chant so dearly loved by the Ole Miss faithful. All other eleven schools in the SEC are repulsed by both its vulgarity and by its execution, which is generally only done when 85% of the participants are fully inebriated. Black Bear faithful are quick to point out that there is a “kid-friendly” version, but regrettably cannot remember those words.

It’s funny, though—if you aren’t already laughing—at the general misunderstanding of the “Hotty Toddy” term. 98.32 percent of the current student body believes it comes from a form of hot totty, which is, of course, a hot alcoholic drink. Serve them another, please.

Fans of rival Mississippi State claim it comes from a time when teams hurled slurs at one another during sporting events and a drunken Ole Miss fan heard an angry Mississippi State fan yell “hoity toity” which, of course, means “Pretentiously self-important, haughty or pompous.” The Ole Miss fan, in his drunken stupor, took it as a challenge to imbibe more alcohol. Serve him another, please.

Fans of rival LSU also claim it comes from a time when fans of the team hurled slurs (as well as beer bottles) at one another.  Of course, the LSU faithful were actually yelling “potty potty,” which was a stab at the ever poor quality of the Ole Miss football team. Serve them all another, please.

Fans of rival Arkansas claim no knowledge of the obnoxious chant and are insulted when intoxicated Rebels accuse the Razorbacks of having an obnoxious cheer. Razorback fans wonder how that new coach is working out for the Rebel Black Bears and are thankful not to have to play such football powerhouses as Jacksonville St.

Fans of rival Alabama, which is not really a rivalry at all as Alabama rarely loses (44-9-2), have actually never heard the Hotty Toddy chant. They’ve heard of it, but it seems the Bamrs begin their own famous Rammer Jammer chant at kickoff of their games with Ole Miss. The Rammer Jammer chant is generally done after victory is assured. They’ve all had enough, thank you.

Of course, no one associated with the University can remember the REAL origin of Hotty Toddy—statistics say memory is the first thing to go when one is intoxicated.

LATE EDIT: As I seem to be getting a LOT of hits recently…I think I discovered why and just HAD to post this very humorous youtube video. Not sure how long it will be up before the Black Bear lawyers force it down–so watch it while you can!

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Not yer Daddy’s 4H

I spent last week in the company of some of the brightest and most talented teenagers I’ve ever had the opportunity to be around. As one of the instructors in the 4H Technology and Expressive Arts Camp held at Mississippi State University, I spent the week teaching “Graphic Storytelling” to a group of teenagers interested in that art. Other tracks offered at the camp were logo design, dancing, robotics, gaming and creative writing. Dancing seemed to be the most popular track—Dancing with the Stars, I guess?

I’ve taught Graphic Storytelling before and hope to do so many times again in the future. Graphic storytelling is something I enjoy and I like the idea of helping to pass on that love to younger artists. The cool thing is that the concepts work not just for comic books or graphic novels, but also for movies, animation, and even video games.

I was also able to meet the best-selling author Bryan Davis (Dragons in our Midst) and hear him speak at the camp. What an incredibly nice guy he is! I’d recommend picking up one of his books on that fact alone!

But really, I was most impressed by the kids. And before you go there—yes, I probably allowed myself to pre-suppose what the kids were like: this was a 4H camp, after all, they’re used to working with horses and goats and cows. Boy was I surprised. One group of the campers built a robot using legos…and then controlled it with a Wii remote! It was a working forklift robot and it was demonstrated on the last day—I saw the thing work!

Then there was this group of incredibly gifted musicians that played/performed during most of the breaks. Music wasn’t one of the tracks, it just happened to be what they did in between sessions and during breaks. I first heard them and saw the display of talent the first night we were there during a talent show. Seems a bunch of the kids, though, are part of a group called “Southern Sounds” and travel around considerably so that they can perform. Brittany sang Sky Full of Angels for her part in the talent show and was later asked to be a part of the group. Before the week was over, the group was doing several new songs and performed for a luncheon on Friday. Brittany sang Proud Mary with them, a song which she’d never heard before. One of the Moms caught it on video, so I’m hoping to get a copy and post it on Youtube before long. Yeah—I’ll post it here when I do!

One really fun thing I was able to do was teach an entire new group the incredibly awesome game of Diplomacy! I’d planned to only do the game one night, but they had so much fun they demanded I run it the second night as well. A couple of the players even asked me where they could obtain a copy for themselves. Of course, it is out of print so I could only send them to ebay. However, they’ve let me know already that they’ve signed up for an online game.

Needless to say, I learned a lot about 4H last week…and there seems to be so much more I need to learn!

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