Mascot madness: the nation's best nicknames
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.
Frisco City Whippets
Yuma Criminals -- the school was built on the site of a former prison, hence the nickname.
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.
Fort Collins Lambkins
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.
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (D.C.)
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.
Cairo Syrupmakers -- we just saw the Gainesville Red Elephants at the Nike 7ON passing tournament as well.
Clark Fork Wampus Cats
Cobden Appleknockers -- the Effingham Flaming Hearts are a close second.
Frankfort Hot Dogs -- the Hot Dogs were just ahead of the Jimtown Jimmies and Speedway Sparkplugs.
Hill City Ringnecks
Crowley Fighting Gents
Brewer Witches -- South Portland Red Riots were right up there, too.
Forest Park Foresters
Bad Axe Hatchets -- if the Mt. Clemens Battling Bathers were from many other states, they'd be the pick.
Blooming Prairie Awesome Blossoms -- another of the very best nicknames in the nations.
St. Stanislaus Rock-A-Chaws -- Brett Favre's nephew Dylan is a senior QB for St. Stanislaus.
West Plains Zizzers
Anaconda Copperheads -- the Belfry Bats is another funny one.
Benson Bunnies -- it would be even funnier if they were the Benson Burners.
Tonapah Muckers -- the Muckers win out in a close call over the Gabbs Tarantulas.
Belvidere County Seaters
Sleepy Hollow Horsemen
Moriarty Pintos -- this one might only be funny if you drove a Pinto.
Central Cass Squirrels
Unioto Sherman Tanks -- Yes, there is an actual tank parked outside the school.
Chickasha Fighting Chicks
Boiling Springs Bubblers
Woonsocket Villa Novans
Cocke County Fighting Cocks -- Perhaps the funniest of them all is The Webb Feet of Bell Buckle, but they don't play football.
Hutto Hippos -- Hamlin Pied Pipers, New Braunfels Unicorns and Roscoe Plowboys are good ones, too.
Fluvanna Flying Flucos
Taholah Chitwhins -- The Lincoln Abes and Camas Papermakers aren't slouches themselves.
Rhinelander Hodags -- the Mellen Granite Diggers deserve mention as well.
Big Piney Punchers