Orange You Gonna Answer This Trivia Question?


Oh yeah? Squeeze THIS, Georgetown!

One of college basketball’s greatest rivalries came to an end Saturday as the #5 Georgetown Hoyas defeated the #17 Syracuse Orange at home 61-39, and captured the Big East conference title. Next year, Syracuse will depart for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), so unless the teams meet in a tournament, the excitement of their 33-year beef is pretty much kaput.

But, ladies, one thing the teams still have in common is being parts of the answer to the following classic sports trivia question: What are the Division I colleges with mascots that don’t end with “s”?

In other words, you have your Tennessee Volunteers and your UCLA Bruins, but can you name some of the 20-odd teams with mascots like the Cardinal (Stanford) or the Orange (Syracuse)? Note: there is a lot of sports bar hair-splitting over this question, and I’m sure I’m missing some or out of date, but in general, these are (in no particular order) the major, non-plural programs:

  • North Carolina State Wolfpack
  • St. Johns University Red Storm
  • Syracuse University Orange
  • University of Illinois Fighting Illini
  • Stanford University Cardinal
  • University of Alabama Crimson Tide
  • University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • United States Naval Academy Midshipmen
  • Marshall University Thundering Herd
  • Tulane University Green Wave
  • University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane
  • University of North Texas Mean Green
  • University of Massachusetts Minutemen
  • Hofstra University Pride
  • William and Mary Tribe
  • University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux
  • Cornell University Big Red
  • Dartmouth College Big Green
  • Harvard University Crimson
  • Howard Bison
  • North Dakota State University Bison
  • Bucknell University Bison
  • Elon University Phoenix

Now, about the Georgetown “Hoyas.” My Interwebs sources (so it must be true) say that in Latin, the traditional Georgetown cheer of “Hoya Saxa!” actually means “Great rocks!” So, because it’s plural already, you don’t need the “S.”

Regardless, debating this question will impress your friends and family, singular, plural or otherwise.


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