Mascot madness: the nation's best nicknames

Updated: August 14, 2009, 5:19 PM ET
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There are people in Arizona who actually love their Criminals while there are fans in Indiana who root for the Hot Dogs while eating hot dogs. These are just some of the funniest nicknames for high school football teams across the country.

ALABAMA
Frisco City Whippets

ALASKA
Palmer Moose

ARIZONA
Yuma Criminals -- the school was built on the site of a former prison, hence the nickname.

ARKANSAS
Hermitage Hermits

CALIFORNIA
Dunn Earwigs -- This school only recently started playing football, otherwise we might have been picking between the Poly Parrots of Los Angeles or the Bret Harte Bullfrogs of Altaville.

COLORADO
Fort Collins Lambkins

CONNECTICUT
Danbury Hatters -- this is the only school nickname synonymous with a U.S. Supreme Court case as the 1902 Danbury Hatters case helped transform anti-trust law.

DELAWARE
Salesianum Sallies

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (D.C.)
Cardozo Clerks

FLORIDA
Tarpon Springs Spongers -- the Lakeland Dreadnaughts also were considered but maybe we don't find that one so funny because the football teams from Lakeland have been so strong in recent years.

GEORGIA
Cairo Syrupmakers -- we just saw the Gainesville Red Elephants at the Nike 7ON passing tournament as well.

HAWAII
Kailua Surfriders

IDAHO
Clark Fork Wampus Cats

ILLINOIS
Cobden Appleknockers -- the Effingham Flaming Hearts are a close second.

INDIANA
Frankfort Hot Dogs -- the Hot Dogs were just ahead of the Jimtown Jimmies and Speedway Sparkplugs.

IOWA
Sheldon Orabs

KANSAS
Hill City Ringnecks

KENTUCKY
Lloyd Juggernauts

LOUISIANA
Crowley Fighting Gents

MAINE
Brewer Witches -- South Portland Red Riots were right up there, too.

MARYLAND
Forest Park Foresters

MASSACHUSETTS
Braintree Wamps

MICHIGAN
Bad Axe Hatchets -- if the Mt. Clemens Battling Bathers were from many other states, they'd be the pick.

MINNESOTA
Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms -- another of the very best nicknames in the nations.

MISSISSIPPI
St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws -- Brett Favre's nephew Dylan is a senior QB for St. Stanislaus.

MISSOURI
West Plains Zizzers

MONTANA
Anaconda Copperheads -- the Belfry Bats is another funny one.

NEBRASKA
Benson Bunnies -- it would be even funnier if they were the Benson Burners.

NEVADA
Tonapah Muckers -- the Muckers win out in a close call over the Gabbs Tarantulas.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Pelham Pythons

NEW JERSEY
Belvidere County Seaters

NEW YORK
Sleepy Hollow Horsemen

NEW MEXICO
Moriarty Pintos -- this one might only be funny if you drove a Pinto.

NORTH CAROLINA
Cary Imps

NORTH DAKOTA
Central Cass Squirrels

OHIO
Unioto Sherman Tanks -- Yes, there is an actual tank parked outside the school.

OKLAHOMA
Chickasha Fighting Chicks

OREGON
Tillamook Cheesemakers

PENNSYLVANIA
Boiling Springs Bubblers

RHODE ISLAND
Woonsocket Villa Novans

SOUTH CAROLINA
Mullins Auctioneers

SOUTH DAKOTA
Sturgis Scoopers

TENNESSEE
Cocke County Fighting Cocks -- Perhaps the funniest of them all is The Webb Feet of Bell Buckle, but they don't play football.

TEXAS
Hutto Hippos -- Hamlin Pied Pipers, New Braunfels Unicorns and Roscoe Plowboys are good ones, too.

UTAH
Jordan Beetdiggers

VERMONT
Burlington Seahorses

VIRGINIA
Fluvanna Flying Flucos

WEST VIRGINIA
Poca Dots

WASHINGTON
Taholah Chitwhins -- The Lincoln Abes and Camas Papermakers aren't slouches themselves.

WISCONSIN
Rhinelander Hodags -- the Mellen Granite Diggers deserve mention as well.

WYOMING
Big Piney Punchers