At HighwayHighlights.com, we love to explore the quirky side of all things Minnesota. A couple years ago, we wrote about of Minnesota’s funniest High School Mascots. This week, we jump back into that world to explore a handful more. And while most of Minnesota’s school mascots are just the standard-issue animals or warriors, there are a few whose logos that are just carbon-copy ripoffs of your favorite NFL teams. Like…..
5. Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars:
The Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars isn’t a total ripoff of the Jacksonville Jaguars logo, but it is quite close. They did change the big cat’s angle and colors a bit though.
4. Fertile-Beltrami Falcons:
Fertile High School in Fertile, MN, has essentially taken the Atlanta Falcons logo and added a little bit of blue and yellow. Otherwise, this is a straight-up carbon-copy of the NFL team’s logo.
3. Lac Qui Parle Eagles:
Similar to the Fertile Falcons, the Lac Qui Parle Eagles logo is basically just the Philadelphia Eagles logo with red trim instead of green.
2. Pelican Rapids Vikings:
Instead of adopting the Pelicans as their mascot like the New Orleans NBA team, Pelican Rapids decided they would be the Vikings, took our beloved NFL team’s logo, and painted the helmet black and erased the purple.
1. Alexandria Cardinals:
Alexandria, MN, has one of the nicest high schools in the entire state; the new complex opened just 2 years ago and cost over $70 million. They earn the number 1 spot on our list for the fact that they literally just copy-pasted the Arizona Cardinals logo.
So, how is this not copyright infringement you might be wondering? According to Brian McCarthy, director of corporate communications for the NFL, who stated back in 2010, that “the NFL supports football wherever it is being played, and if a youth team or a high school uses a name or logo of a particular team, that’s not really much of an issue with us.”
So basically, as long as the logo isn’t being used for profit, they don’t really care, as long as the high school asks permission. Are there any other mascots that we missed? Let us know in the comments!