Not Just for Kids

 Vol. 10, No. 11

March 14-20, 2002

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The National Collegiate Athletic Association ranks the nation’s college basketball teams by region and skill. That’s not how we rank them.

We rank them by names. For their name, most teams choose a mascot that’s a strong animal or a warrior. Some choose a place name or nickname. Some add color to their choice.

So when we watch March Madness, where 65 college basketball teams play for one championship, we’ll be rooting for the teams with our favorite names.

Amphibians and Reptiles
Gators: Florida
Terps: Maryland
Longhorns: Texas
Bulldogs: Georgia, Gonzaga, Mississippi State
Huskies: Connecticut
Salukis: Southern Illinois
Terriers: Boston University
Wild Animals
Badgers: Wisconsin
Bearcats: Cincinnati
Bruins: UCLA
Golden Bears: California
Grizzlies: Montana
Panthers: Pittsburgh
Wildcats: Arizona, Davidsonville, Kentucky
Wolfpack: North Carolina State
Bluejays: Creighton
Cardinal: Stanford
Ducks: Oregon
Eagles: Boston College, Winthrop
Golden Eagles: Marquette
Jayhawks: Kansas
Jayhawks: Kansas
Seahawks: UNC-Wilmington
Bad Guys
Blue Devils: Central Connecticut State, Duke
Good Guys
Saints: Siena
Good Guys Gone Bad
Demon Deacons: Wake Forest
Gauchos: University of California-Santa Barbara
Cowboys: McNeese State, Oklahoma State, Wyoming
Fighting Irish: Notre Dame
49ers: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Buckeyes: Ohio State
Hilltoppers: Western Kentucky
Hoosiers: Indiana
Musketeers: Xavier
Quakers: Pennsylvania
Rebels: Mississippi
Sooners: Oklahoma
Natural Forces
Crimson Tide: Alabama
Flames: University of Illinois-Chicago
Golden Flashes: Kent State
Golden Hurricane: Tulsa
Hurricanes: Miami
Red Storm: St. John’s
Waves: Pepperdine
Aztecs: San Diego State
Braves: Alcorn State
Crusaders: Holy Cross, Valparaiso
Fighting Ilini: Illinois
Pirates; Hampton
Rainbow Warriors: Hawaii
Racers: Murray State
Red Raiders: Texas Tech
Runnin’ Utes: Utah
Spartans: Michigan State
Trojans: Southern California

Name your own team. Choose an animal. Add a color or a quality. Then add the name of your neighborhood. Come up with one nobody else has thought of. Like the Calvert County Crimson Catfish. Or the Anne Arundel Avid Ardvarks.

Kids’ Stuff

Friday, March 15
It’s Not Spring Just Yet
Warm up by the fire after a short nature hike and sip hot chocolate as you hear a warm story and make a nature craft to take home. All ages. 10am-noon @ Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. $2.50 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/741-9330.

Wearin’ O’ the Green
Sport your favorite green apparel for a St. Patrick’s Day party of green refreshments and other fun stuff. Ages 3-5. 10:30am @ Northeast Community Center, Chesapeake Beach: 410/586-1101.

Saturday, March 16
Stream Exploration
Explore streams and ponds for frogs, turtles, fish, dragonflies and other aquatic insects. Bring shoes to get wet, extra clothes and towel. All ages. 2-4pm @ the Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, Lothian. $2.50 w/discounts; rsvp: 410/741-9330.

Sunday, March 17
Feelin’ Green
Tired of bland winter colors? Join Ranger Brian on a search for evergreens: pines, firs, spruces, hemlocks and hollies. All ages. 1pm @ Kinder Farm Park, Millersville. Free; rsvp:

Tuesday, March 19
Take a Hike
Take a one-hour wildlife adventure nature hike w/Park Ranger Lisa Wolfe. Pre-school ages w/parent. 11am @ Earleigh Heights Ranger Station, Severna Park. Free; rsvp: 410/22-6244.

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