Top 14 Most Bizarre Team Nicknames In American Sports

Between these high schools and colleges you'll be scratching your head saying 'WTH?'

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

Now, when I say ‘nicknames,’ I mean mascots.

We could go into how Dartmouth has a giant walking keg as their mascot, but they’re the ‘Big Green.’ And why do the Phoenix Suns have a crowd surfing gorilla? A lot of things in life don’t make sense.

Overall, I’m here to talk generally about the strangest things or beings that represent teams as a whole.

But that being said, let me get something out in the open before we see the list of the truly most bizarre.

I got this idea because I’m from Illinois, which is why you’ll also see many mascots from the ‘Land of Lincoln’ on this list. Why in the hell Illinois seems to have the wackiest team names beats me. But do some homework and you’ll see I’m not the only one who feels this way.

There is some very strange school representation on the list below, and I’m not even including the Appleknockers, Cornjerkers, Pretzels, Polo Marcos or Wooden Shoes.


Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports. Follow him here or here. He’s happy he played for the Arthur Knights, a perfectly normal yet not over-used nickname. Eagles, Panthers, Bulldogs, Tigers and Wildcats are so vanilla.