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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.

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One Response to “What The Hell Is A Billiken?”

  1. You might get to watch the acid trippers get their asses kicked by my mighty Flyers. Btw, they did beat Rhode Island on Thursday to become first in the division. GOOOOO Dayton Flyers.

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