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The Legacy of Puss Ellyson #OriginStories #LetTheVenomSinkIn

December 16, 2013

So, the Webstur the Spider, huh? Spiders... they’re a little outside of the normal mascot spectrum. Spiders are kind of small aren’t they? Just little black bugs? Perhaps UR should have chosen a different, less unusual mascot. The Richmond Titans, the Richmond Bobcats, the Richmond Gladiators, perhaps are all available and well, less unconventional choices. 

Well guess what? Conventionality belongs to yesterday and you are dead wrong! SpidURs are completely badass, pants-wettingly terrifying creatures, and by far one of the coolest mascots out there. Which one is more intimidating, a buckeye or a spider? Let us rephrase that, shall we? A freaking nut, a small itty, bitty thing that grows on a tree, or an eight-legged monstrosity straight from the depths of hell? You don’t see people facing down Huskies, Badgers, or Jayhawks on Fear Factor. No, you see contestants being driven to tears by just the mere presence of a few spiders. 

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                    buckeye versus spider

                             Pictured: Something that will haunt your nightmares and

                                   something that you make candy out of

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Now that it has been scientifically proven (I’m sure there was science involved up there somewhere) that a Spider is the most badass mascot out there, you, as a rational, progressive person who believes in the infallibility of modern science, must agree that a Spider is the most badass mascot out there. What you may not be aware of is that we were not always the Richmond Spiders. Like all badass things, the Spider mascot has a badass origin story...

Way back in 1876, we were known as the Richmond Colts (not as solid a name as the Richmond Spiders, but still a whole lot better than the North Carolina Tar Heels). Our baseball team was constantly on fire throughout the last few decades of the nineteenth century, but in 1894, led by pitcher Puss Ellyson, we were positively unstoppable.

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                    Richmond colts

                                                 Pictured: The Richmond Colts

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A sports reporter from the Richmond Times Dispatch, Evan Raglund Chesterman, came by to watch a practice one day and it was then that UR history was made. In an article the next week, Chesterman used the term “spider” to describe Puss’s “lanky arms and stretching kick” and how he “seemed to take to the field with his fellow teammates as a spider in a web.” The name stuck and Puss became known as The Spider. After a few years, the term Spider was then generalized to refer to all Richmond baseball players and then, eventually, all Richmond athletes. An article in the February 1920 issue of The Collegian suggested that “the spider was the synonym of success, good judgment and painstaking perseverance.” The idea of the spider as the University mascot became permanent. Like I said, badass. And how it that for a legacy Puss, huh? Puss plays baseball for a few seasons and then generations and generations of students adopt his nickname as a source of pride. Again, incredibly badass. I dare you to try and best that sort of legacy. 

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                    Puss

                                                              Lookie there

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Over the years the Spider mascot has gone through several transformations. The current muscly, headband-donning, scary design was decided upon in November 2010 when The Collegian presented several new designs and asked readers to vote for their favorite.

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                    red spider

                                              This was WebstUR's predecessor.

                               Notice the fangs and cape. Rather frightening, I'd say. 

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Another issue of Webstur's evolution was his name; For years, “Spidey” was the name of choice, but unfortunately Marvel had a copyright on that name. So, once again, a list was presented and readers were encouraged to vote for their favorite name.

                    Spiderman

                                                          Its all this guy's fault. Tsk tsk.

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The newly named and newly designed mascot was first officially presented to the world during reunion week in June 2011, giving you the modern version of WebstUR...

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                    WEBSTUR

           Pictured: Intimidation, badassery, and what Lucifer himself has nightmares about

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Also, here is a link about how Richmond has the greatest mascot in the Sweet Sixteen:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/644114-march-madness-2011-power-ranking-the-mascots-of-the-sweet-sixteen

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I'm out,

Maddie

A Richmond SpidUR. No other description necessary.

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P.S. That eight-legged monstrosity down there is my school mascot. Good luck sleeping tonight.
                  Spider

So here's the deal, my name is Maddie and I'm kind of about my home state of California and that #collegelyfe. Quick and clean facts: I travel a lot, worship my family (two parents, three sisters, two brothers, two nephews, two nieces, and a ton of cousins), listen to classic rock and jazz, read Harry Potter way too often, am Red Bull's main consumer, play on the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, eat a lot of ice cream, am a Psychology/Criminal Justice double major, a Boatwright Scholar, and really want to be, like, a female James Bond, 'cause that would just be such an exciting, badass life, amirite? 

Take care and read up, folks, 

Maddie Lawrence

Westhampton Class of '17,


Why UR?

Why UR? Cause I'm about that life. No, seriously, I chose UR cause its a good school that gave me a big scholarship... thats why I chose Richmond, and now that I'm here, I know how many other good reasons there are to attend. Reasons like all the awesome people, reasons like the amazing desert bar in the D-Hall, reasons like how pretty the lake is at sunset, reasons like the Big/Little program, reasons like how interesting classes turn out to be (even classes with majorly boring names!), plenty of good reasons, in other words. Remember, one richmond, spider nation, we are UR.