Odd Mascots and the GSC Conference

Tonight I watched the Southern Arkansas vs. Arkansas Tech game (after “mulegating” by the Welcome Center)….My first SAU football game. It was a close game, with the momentum swinging back and forth several times during the game…But, alas, SAU lost 36-29 in the last minutes of the final quarter.

As I watched the “Muleriders” take on the Arkansas Tech “Wonder Boys,” It occurred to me that the Gulf South Conference (GSC) is full of interesting mascots…

Of the original 1909 Arkansas schools we have the Southern Arkansas Muleriders, Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Boll Weevils and Arkansas State Indians…O.K. Indians may be a liability politically, but it is not really an unusual mascot…maybe that’s why they have moved on to the Sunbelt Conference.

But back here in the GSC we also have the Henderson State “Reddies” (roughly “meaning those who wear red”)…I doubt that this mascot name is a reference to communist sympathies…but I wonder if anybody would get it if I started calling them the “HSU Pinkos.”

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One Comment on “Odd Mascots and the GSC Conference”

  1. October 27, 2006 at 12:28 pm #

    Just don’t associate “Wonder Boys” with “Pinkos,” or you might get unwelcome attention from suspiciously homophobic good ol boys…;)

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