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Billikens, Boilermakers, & Banana Slugs: The Stories Behind College Nicknames

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by Greg Metzer
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Billikens, Boilermakers, & Banana Slugs: The Stories Behind College Nicknames by Greg Metzer

Most fans of college athletics have heard of the Indiana Hoosiers, the Georgetown Hoyas, or the St. Louis Billikens. But what exactly are Hoosiers, Hoyas, and Billikens? Where did these nicknames originate? For more than a century, collegiate athletes have proudly competed with these and other names on their uniforms, and neither they nor the fans who so robustly cheered them on had the slightest clue what the moniker meant. The answers lie within this interesting and informative book. Author Greg Metzer has provided all the answers in "Billikens, Boilermakers, and Banana Slugs", his follow-up to Rock Band Name Origins. Metzer has scoured the archives of collegiate athletics to uncover the meaning and origin of 160 university monikers. Many are immediately recognizable, such as the Fighting Irish, Cornhuskers, or Nittany Lions. Many are unique, like Boxers or Pride. Some are just downright silly, including the Fighting Okra and Banana Slugs. Regardless, each nickname has an origin that is part of the history of its respective university. Metzer takes you through each one alphabetically, from the Air Force Academy to Youngstown State, including every major American university�with one notable exception. See if you can find it. This cleverly written historical abstract is sure to entertain and educate the reader, whether a sports fan or not. You will never look at college athletics the same way again after you read "Billikens, Boilermakers, and Banana Slugs".

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Size: 2.0 MB
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781632683328 (DRM-EPUB)

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