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Bob Lind, Published November 29 2010

Lind: Stumping for UND Green Sox

Today, let’s hear from Philip Felde of Moorhead. Phil is a 1951 graduate of North Dakota State University and was an employee of Northwestern Bell and US West from 1956 to 1983. He spent 23 of those years in the engineering department, the last 17 getting buildings built, added to or remodeled in North Dakota. The other four years were in the plant operations department in Grand Forks, Harvey and Williston.

And he’s interested in history. And in names of sports teams.

First, history.

Phil says Neighbors’ items about Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson, who grew up in Mountain, N.D., made him dig up information on him.

Stefansson, Phil says, questioned some “facts” of nature, such as that wolves necessarily travel or did their hunting in packs.

But he may have changed his mind on that, Phil says. He found a book by Stefansson in which he discussed what formation musk oxen would make to protect themselves from attacks by predators, which he described as “bands of wolves.”

“I think,” Phil writes, “he got the phrase from the local folks; he doesn’t say that he had actually seen it happen.”

Now, Phil goes from explorers to exploring a possible new name for the University of North Dakota sports teams.

Since the school is dealing with no longer using the Sioux name, Phil has a proposal:

Take the present name, Sioux.

Remove every other letter, leaving “sox.”

The school’s prevailing school color is green.

So, name the team the UND Green Sox.

That, Phil notes, is both environmentally appropriate (think green) and fits in with other team names such as the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox.

“Doesn’t that knock your socks off?” Phil asks.

Right on, Phil.

Go, Green Sox, go!

And now, Neighbors will brace for counterattacks from Bison fans.

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