What The Hell Is A Billiken?
Posted by Matt on January 11, 2008
Rick Majerus and the Saint Louis University Billikens set a new Division I record for sucking last night when they lost to George Washington by a score of 20-49. Yes, I said 20…as in 20 points — 7 in the first half and a whopping 13 in the second — which happens to be the lowest recorded score in a game in the modern era. However, a team scoring a mere 20 points in the shot clock-era isn’t the most perplexing story surrounding Saint Louis. Truth be told, the question everybody has is: What the hell is a Billiken?
I’d like to think that whatever it is, Majerus has already eaten it but Wikipedia defines a Billiken as (and if its on Wikipedia you know it’s true):
“…a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Ms. Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Missouri, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream. In 1908 she patented the Billiken who was elf-like with pointed ears, a mischievous smile, and a tuft a hair on his pointed head.”
Wow, no wonder they only scored 20 points. If my mascot was the result of some crazy lady’s bad acid trip I wouldn’t even come out of the locker room, let alone play.
♣ Linkage: ESPN.com
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