In order to understand this, you have to understand some of our local culture. I teach in Cincinnati, OH, but I live in Kentucky. (You know... the home of the 2012 NCAA basketball champs. You may have heard about it.) Every season there is a Crosstown Shootout between University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. Since our area is quite devoid of any good professional sports, college sports reign supreme. This young lady summed up the rivalries quite well. Read and enjoy!
My comment to her: At least UK has a trophy to throw and didn't get knocked out by a nut.
The Three Little Alligators
By Anna R.
Once upon a time, there were three little alligators trying to decide where to go to college. Their choices were the University of Kentucky, Xavier University, and the best of all, University of Cincinnati. The first little alligator, Tuck, decided to go to the University of Kentucky. The second alligator, Xavier, chose to go to Xavier University. The smartest alligator, Baehr, went to the University of Cincinnati.
The little alligators did not know that a giant mutant rabbit had just eaten his way through the Appalachian Mountains and was heading northwest. The rabbit smelled the blue cabbage that made up most of the buildings at the University of Kentucky. When the rabbit got there, he said “I’ll gnaw and I’ll chew, and I'll eat all the way through” and so he did. As the UK Athletic Director was throwing the NCAA 2012 Men's Basketball National Championship trophy at the rabbit, Tuck escaped and went to live with his friend Xavier at Xavier University.
The giant mutant rabbit was still hungry and headed north. He smelled the blue carrots that made up most of the building at Xavier University. When the rabbit got there, he said “I’ll gnaw and I’ll chew, and I'll eat all the way through” and so he did. As the XU Men’s Basketball coach, Crispy Mac, was running away, the rabbit grabbed him and ate him. But that gave Tuck and Xavier the chance to run to their friend Baehr at the University of Cincinnati, the greatest of all universities.
The rabbit was still hungry and he headed cross town. The rabbit couldn't smell anything but he heard the sounds of metal that made up most of the buildings at the University of Cincinnati. When the rabbit got there he said “I’ll gnaw and I’ll chew, and I'll eat all the way through” and so he tried.
Since the University of Cincinnati has the smartest students, with the approval of the Head Football Coach, Butch, they set up a trap at Nippert Stadium. Baehr and his friends along with the smart cats trapped and killed the giant mutant rabbit. The whole campus celebrated with rabbit stew. Forevermore, Baehr and the cats were joined together; the University of Cincinnati now had their mascot, the Baehr-cat. Today, the University of Cincinnati's mascot is the Bearcat.