And, while sports are certainly minor in comparison to keeping the world safe, the pain we may encounter still matters. It matters very much.
For our tribe, band kids always reign supreme—because if you can march backwards playing music and survive sight reading and summer camp, then, by George, we think you have a darn good shot at being amazing. Because you already are.
In this unprecedented time of uncertainty, that is the one thing of which I am sure. Even if you don’t step on that field again, your senior season matters.
Go out of your way to make others feel welcome, valued, and seen. Stop focusing so much on who is leaving you out or what group you want to be part of. Some girl is thinking that same thing and wishing she could be included with you.
The most loyal fan (besides a Coach’s Wife of course) at any athletic event is the school mascot. Rain or shine, night or day, year after year teams count on their mascots to cheer for them on the sidelines. A great mascot knows when to get the crowd going, when the team needs a boost, and how to entertain the fans during timeouts.
All this hard work is often overlooked. So we thought we’d take a minute to say thanks to all the Lions, Rams, Tigers, Panthers, Bears, and Pioneers. You’re Great! We appreciate you.
However, today we’re giving an extra shout out to the mascots that are especially memorable for many reasons.
Rocky Ford, CO: Meloneers
Fun Fact: The school phrase is “Fear the Melon.”
Chinook, MT: Sugarbeeters
Fun Fact: The Mascot’s name is “Shug.”
Hutto, TX: Hippos
Fun Fact: Legend has it this mascot was chosen when a hippo escaped from a circus train.
Winters, TX: Blizzards
Fun Fact: Winters, TX rarely sees snow … much less a blizzard.
New Braunfels, TX: Unicorns
Fun Fact: This mascot is actually the result of a misunderstanding. According to kwnewbraunfels.com, the unicorn was originally taken from a coat of arms of Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels. They thought the arms depicted a blue unicorn in a gold field. However, it was later discovered it was not a unicorn, but in fact a lion. I guess there was no turning back.
Hamlin, TX: Hamlin HS Pied Pipers
Fun Fact: The school often chooses to shorten their name to the Pipers and uses an H as their logo rather than their mascot. Could it be the rats?
Cuero, TX: Gobblers
Fun Fact: Cuero won the 2018 state championship, with star Jordan Whittington breaking the state rushing record that had been set by Eric Dickerson in 1978.
San Antonio, TX: Central Catholic Mighty Buttons
Fun Fact: We don’t get it either. But head basketball coach Joe Cortez boasts ten state championships, so the buttons really must be MIGHTY.
Amarillo, TX: Sandies
Fun Fact: The cheerleaders hold up signs during games that say “Blow.” We suppose sand in the eye would make it hard to compete.
Hoopeston, IL: Cornjerkers
Fun Fact: Cornjerking is a harvesting process also called corn snapping, corn shucking, or corn husking. Intimidating, huh?
Frankfort, IN: Hot Dogs
Fun Fact: The maximum weight of a Dachshund is around 32 pounds.
Logansport, IN: Berries
Fun Fact: Despite having Felix the Cat as their official mascot and logo throughout academic and athletic programs, the moniker of Logansport High School’s athletic teams is the Loganberries, which is a pun on the city’s name. The loganberry is a hybrid of a blackberry and a red raspberry. The basketball gymnasium at Logansport High School is named the Berry Bowl.
San Jose, CA: Bellarmine College Preparatory School Bellarmine Bells
Fun Fact: This prep school, whose mascot is a huge angry bell, happens to be an all boys school.
Priddy, TX: Pirates
Fun Fact: Why yes, they are the Priddy Pirates 😉
Bay St. Louis, MS: St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws
Fun Fact: A Rock-A-Chaw is a sand spur. For context for us Northers, a sand spur is a weed.
Cleveland, MS: Delta State Fighting Okra
Fun Fact: According to Wikipedia, “The ‘Fighting Okra’ grew out of humor among students about the improbability that anyone would find a Statesman’ particularly frightening. In the mid-1990s, a student vote was taken, resulting in the university taking on ‘The Fighting Okra’ as an unofficial mascot.”
Columbia, MO: Kewpie Naked Babies
Fun Fact: A Kewpie is a character that was drawn in a comic strip to teach people to be merry and kind at the same time. It was a cutesy, genderless version of Cupid, with wings on its shoulders, starfish hands, and a head that comes to a point called a topknot.
New Berlin, IL: Pretzels
Fun Fact: According to Theo Nust, a beloved member of the New Berlin community, the mascot was born out of a story from a basketball tournament in the 1920’s when some of players began throwing pretzels at one another.
Itasca, TX: Wampus Cat
Fun Fact: There are actually 6 high schools who claim this mascot, which is explained to be “an undefined imaginary animal.“
Poca, WV: Poca Dots
Fun Fact: While the original mascot was actually a Native American riding a horse, they are most commonly known as the “Dots.” They were first referred to as the ‘Poca Dots’ in 1928 during a storming football game when a reporter said, “They look like a bunch of red polka dots running around the field!”
Robstown, TX: Cotton Pickers
Fun Fact: The community is proud of their rich history and how they provided for themselves, including picking cotton.
Key West, FL: Conchs
Fun Fact: Key West locals are also called Conchs.
Perkins-Tryon Public Schools, OK Demons
Fun Fact: We appreciate one coach’s motto: “Fight! Finish! Faith! And Go Demons!”
Martinsville, IN: Artesians
Fun Fact: Artesians are spring bath houses.
Pender, NE: Pendragons
Fun Fact: Pendragon is also the last name of legendary King Arthur.
Omaha, NE: Mighty Bunnies
Fun Fact: We’re not exactly sure why Benson chose this mascot, but legend has it that when the school was built, it was built atop a hill full of bunnies. We’ll just be over here trying to decide which is mightier: a bunny or a button.
You get the best of the man who loves the game, but cares about your character more. While most of the world sees you as wins and loses and what you did right and what you messed up, he sees the man you can become. He sees your strengths, but he also takes the time to help you improve your weaknesses.
As someone who has seen it first hand in my home, thank you for being a positive role model for my children. We appreciate you and we love watching you become the athlete that you worked so hard to be.
You know what? Nobody's life is perfect. If you realize that now, you will save yourself much anxiety, pain, and stress. During season, schedules are crazy, nights get late, and your home will most likely become a mess. As a recovering perfectionist, this is something that freaked me out . . . especially early on in the season.