OMAHA, Neb. -- As Virginia and Arkansas lifted the lid on the 2015 College World Series on Saturday afternoon, social media lit up with two of the more opportunistic hashtags of the tournament. While on the field, it was Cavaliers vs. Razorbacks, Twitter and Instagram used some different names -- #OmaHoos vs. #OmaHogs.
Why the Hogs?
Arkansas students picked “Razorbacks” as the official school mascot in 1910. The name had been popularized when football head coach Hugo Bezdek addressed the home crowd after a returning from a 16-0 victory against LSU, saying that the team played like a “wild band of razorback hogs.”
Why the Hoos?
Virginia’s official nickname is the Cavaliers, but “Wahoos” has been a popular substitute since the late 1800s. According to Virginia legend, rival Washington & Lee’s baseball team dubbed the nickname. It became a general term for Virginia students by the 1940s and has evolved into a nickname for the athletic teams.
The #OmaHoos won the game on the field, beating the #OmaHogs 5-3. But who won the hashtag battle?