View Full Version : Favorite Devil Mascot "Headbands"

09-02-2008, 12:11 PM
In the "New Blue Devil Mascot" thread, DukeUsul says there's a wall in Card with all the "headband" tape worn by the mascot over the years.

So here's my question: what are the best headband slogans you can remember? (please add year, opponent, and explanation if not immediately obvious...)

09-02-2008, 12:25 PM
The one I best remember: "Smoke the Bruins"

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09-02-2008, 01:12 PM
"Virginia is for Losers"

09-02-2008, 01:47 PM
Back when I was at Duke, we played Rhode Island in the NCAA's (late 1980's, can't quite remember which year, which in and of itself, is not good!) The Blue Devil sported a chippy headband that said 'End of the Rhode!'


Richard Berg
09-02-2008, 02:21 PM
My all-time favorite is "All UCon eat: Fried Huskpuppies"

edit: this was at the '04 FF

09-02-2008, 08:26 PM
Its sad that the only one I remember was from the 93 NCAA tourney first round vs Northern Illinois. "Whats a Saluki?"

09-02-2008, 10:44 PM
GTHC ... it gets the blood going when you first walk in on game day

09-02-2008, 10:44 PM
Southern Illinois, was there some very subtle point that I missed?

Capn Poptart
09-03-2008, 12:16 AM
The headband thing ceased to be clever or cute about the 2nd year...after that, it just seemed tired to me.

09-03-2008, 01:00 AM
Southern Illinois, was there some very subtle point that I missed?

That a Saluki is a weird, or at least unfamiliar mascot.

09-03-2008, 01:11 AM
I can't remember the year, but it was during the ACC season circa 1999-2002. We were playing Wake Forest in the midweek game, probably on a Wednesday, and the next game was Carolina on Sunday. The headband said "Wake today, funeral Sunday". I thought that was really funny. It's possible that was one of Carolina's down years and the funeral comment was in reference to the Maryland game, but I remember it as Carolina.

09-03-2008, 08:36 AM
Unfortunately, the one that sticks out in my mind was when the mascot wore a Buckwheat headband for Notre Dame's David Rivers, I believe in 1988. That's pretty much the all-time lowlight, but the student did send Rivers a written apology the following week.

Spencer's Daddy
09-03-2008, 11:01 AM
The Buckwheat headband was due to the uncanny resemblance of Mr. Rivers' current hairdo to that of Mr. Wheat, and not racial (even though the Devil was a member of Robert E. Lee's fraternity). In fact, I think I remember Rivers posing for a picture with the "O-Tay" sign.

This incident was still fresh the following month when Duke and Notre Dame were both playing in the Dean Dome in the first round of the NCAAs. My companion and I were yelling at the ND coach, using his nickname, which unfortunately rhymes with the N word. We almost got escorted out until we pointed out to the usher that Mr. Phelps didn't go by his given first name.

09-03-2008, 12:12 PM

oh wait, that was Jim McMahon.

09-03-2008, 12:57 PM
"1991, 1992,...2001?"

Clearly, that one worked out in our favor...:)

Gunnar Kaufman
09-03-2008, 01:53 PM
"Go to hell Carolina."