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20 Strangest Division I Team Names


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Wichita State Shockers
Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State Shockers

Drawing by Laura Reyome

I'm afraid Laura has taken some serious creative liberties with her drawing of the Wichita State Shockers. The name does indeed seem to suggest electrocution and an intimidating ability to strike down opponents with a bolt of lightning.

The actual definition of the word is a bit less awe inspiring: one who harvests wheat. Purportedly, the name dates back to a 1904 poster for a football game. The team earned the "shockers" moniker because many of the early players harvested wheat to earn money. A shock is a bundle of grain stacked in a field for drying. A shocker is the person harvesting and stacking the grain. Although I do prefer lightning bolts, I think I'd be willing to put my money on the guys out there clearing thousands of acres of grain. Learn more about the Shockers on the Wichita State website.

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