Mascot memories; exploring the history of UAB mascots

By on April 11, 2012
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Dragons can breathe fire and fly, as well as mingle with other mythical creatures. And in my opinion, that makes us the most badass school.

But how did we get where we are and who came before our very own Blazer?

Why, Beauregard T. Rooster, for one, reigned as our mascot for thirteen powerful years.

Beauregard who was by far a step up from our original mascot, a “pink dragon-like creature,” and would definitely have made a more handsome formal date. I must admit, I like Beauregard. I wish that I could have met him, danced with him, dry cleaned his suit. Not sure how awesome our apparel would be if we had a rooster as a mascot, though.

A rooster does not seem like that bad of a mascot, because unfortunately, I’ve heard worse. For example, Hueytown High School’s infamous Golden Gopher, and one school in New York used to be the Violets.

When our football team was introduced, it was decided that a rooster was not a strong enough figure to bring onto the field and represent our men of high status and elite athletic ability.

And so, we changed from the effeminate rooster to a more masculine Viking, deemed “Blazer” by a school-wide vote, a name that won over Titans, Warriors, and Barons.

Blaze, fire, Viking. The train of thought loses me somewhere between fire-breathing and Viking hats. Unfortunately, our Viking only lasted a sad, pitiful eight months after angering crowds and scaring children.

In the months following Blazer’s demise, UAB had to ask the question, “What exactly is a Blazer?” Now, I would like to know who voted for Blazers when apparently no one knew what a Blazer was in the first place.

One student suggestion for a mascot was “Blazerback,” a fire-breathing pig. I can’t help but imagine what exactly a Blazerback would look like. I’ve seen hogs that are five times bigger than me. Wouldn’t that be more frightening than a Viking?

In 1996, after rejecting Blazerback, Blaze the dragon was introduced, taking us back to our true roots. Thankfully, our new dragon went through some color changes as well as much needed plastic surgery and dental work, because the first dragon looked like a dragon that had been cross-bred with a pig, given science-fiction teeth and finally a tutu.

Okay, so maybe our first mascot was a Blazerback. It has the qualities. After all, it was described as “pink, dragon like.”

I am permanently satisfied with Blaze. A true dragon and a symbol of life and growth.

Also, tattoo fanatics would have more fun with a dragon covering their arm than a rooster, or a Viking, or a pink Blazerback.

If we ever change mascots again, I really want to create a combination of our rocky past. Maybe a pig dragon with a beak, feathers, huge muscles and mumbled language?

Okay, let’s just keep Blaze. Can we all agree on that?

Information drawn from Kaleidoscope articles from January 12, 1993; September 14, 1993; September 27, 1994; and January 2, 1996.

Emmett Christolear
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christolear@uab.edu

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  • Beauregard T Rooster

    As a former Beauregard… I am biased. BTR was one awesome mascot.

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