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Sunday, August 27, 2006

ARKANSAS TECH: NOT MUCH TO SAY WHEN YOU'RE HIGH ABOVE THE MUCKY-MUCK
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A quick tidbit discovered while cruising the news after watching an apparently tranquilized Ed Orgeron literally grunt his way through the preseason edition of "The O Show" with a terrified co-host in the Ole Miss locker room (though the Orgeron did not appear, unfortunately, in any commercials throughout the half-hour, the otherwise inept production did pull out the 'wow' factor with one stunning blonde "reporter" at the Rebels' summer camp for women, whose wooden voice overs could have been salvaged if she were onscreen for more than six seconds), where SMQ caught a story on the ESPN news wire with the headline:
Wonder Boys' quarterbacks must make up for lost time
Is this a story about an intramural team? No! It was referencing the offseason misfortunes of two injured quarterbacks at Arkansas Tech, which does actually field a Division II football team officially dubbed "Wonder Boys." The rest of Arkansas Tech's male teams are also known as "Wonder Boys," though the women's teams - which outnumber the men's, six-five, in a blatant violation of Title IX - are the "Golden Suns." In which galaxy does there exist a golden sun?

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Wonder Boys: Misguided attempt to recruit a confused and girlishly attracted Katie Holmes? Probably worth the effort


Only a day earlier, the wire service had picked up this headline:
Boll Weevils heavy underdogs again this year
Due to the eradication efforts of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, SMQ should think so.

Actually, this article was previewing - seriously - last Saturday's matchup between the aforementioned Boll Weevils of Arkansas-Monticello and the favored triple option attack of the Southern Arkansas Muleriders. The game was the first of this college football season, and was scheduled to be played at a high school stadium because "a new turf installation project at the Muleriders' Wilkins Stadium isn't expected to be finished in time." Arkansas-Monticello's site is reporting an 18-15, comeback Mulerider victory, a "heartbreaker" for the scrappy Weevils, who allowed the winning touchdown pass with just 1:09 left in the game. No attendance estimate was available.

At any rate, since SMQ considers 'Razorbacks' second only to 'Gamecocks' in the annals of exceedingly cool regional mascots, he can only surmise the state's Depression Era mascot-assigning panel used up its entire cache of style points on its flagship school. Either that or they just pulled up to the edge of the respective campuses and named the teams the first thing they saw there. Which still would not explain "Wonder Boys," as if anything possibly could.

UPDATE
Wikipedia, trusty as ever, comes up with an answer too strange to be made up (not that anything on Wikipedia could ever be made up, of course):

In 1919, Arkansas Tech's football team played what is now Arkansas State University, which claimed to hold a mythical state football title and were heavily favored to win the game. However, Tech won the game on the shoulders of John Tucker, a student at Tech at the time, who returned two punts for touchdowns and kicked two extra points. The sportswriter for the Arkansas Gazette referred to the team as "a bunch of Wonder Boys." Tech's men's athletic teams have been known as the Wonder Boys ever since, and Tucker was labeled as "The Original Wonder Boy."

Tired of being referred to as the "Wonderettes," the female athletes of Arkansas Tech held a contest in the spring of 1975 to determine what their new mascot would be. Several names were nominated, but in the end, the athletes selected Golden Suns as their new mascot.

So there you go.

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My brother played for the Wonder Boys of Arkansas Tech. Good times.

And thanks for the giving up the propers for the coolness of the Razorback nickname. We haven't had much to cheer about the last couple of years, but at least our nickname is unique! Now I must go and add SMQ to my links section
 
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