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?
VIRGINIA WINS!!! The Hoos start the #CWS with a 5-3 victory over Arkansas. pic.twitter.com/UJORIC87Px— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 13, 2015
#omahoos stealin bases and hearts everywhere #CWS— Whitney Hosey (@wlhosey) June 13, 2015
All tied up thanks to another #BennyBomb from #BennyBaseball. #OmaHogs #CWS pic.twitter.com/JgMyhrd2Jh— #OmaHogs (@RazorbackBSB) June 13, 2015
#OmaHoos take the lead! Pinero and Thaiss deliver 2-out RBIs... UVa up 3-2. #CWS http://t.co/gTMttxhfTw— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 13, 2015
Can u say BEST fan in the country?!? #SpoonSanity #OmaHogs pic.twitter.com/1UfhkOA1lC— Razorback Foundation (@RazorFoundation) June 13, 2015
Checking out the #OmaHogs and #OmaHoos at the College World Series! pic.twitter.com/LNnjFKQS1N— Matt (@BigRedMatt6) June 13, 2015
They are calling the Hogs here at TD Ameritrade. 2 on, 1 out in the 2nd for Arkansas. #CWS pic.twitter.com/vrCFai6PWW— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 13, 2015
It's a sea of red at TD Ameritrade Park but the Hoo Crew has arrived! #OmaHoos pic.twitter.com/aXlcpug9EZ— Hoo Crew (@UVaHooCrew) June 13, 2015
First pitch of the CWS. #OmaHogs #Bucketlist pic.twitter.com/5Y0xsegM90— Mark (@MarkTaurisani) June 13, 2015
Good luck to my #OmaHogs today. Go get it!! Always reppin the "A" @RazorbackBSB pic.twitter.com/aLJUiaNjFW— Dallas Keuchel (@kidkeuchy) June 13, 2015