billikenThe questions that have plagued the Atlantic Ten over the past few years have inexplicably remained the same:

1. How does Fordham afford uniforms?

2. Why didn’t Chris Mooney jump when he had the chance?

3. What in the holy hell is a Billiken?

I actually did a few minutes of research on the origins of the Billiken and discovered this golden nugget:

“The Billiken is a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz of Kansas City, Missouri, who is said to have seen the mysterious figure in a dream.”

This is some serious L. Ron Hubbard/Nation of Islam shit right here. Does your average Saint Louis fan even know that the school’s mascot can attribute its conception to a dream some harpy claims to have experienced while likely battling influenza sweats?

Say what you will about Dayton’s uninspired logo and color scheme, we sure have over the years, at the very least the Flyers have a nickname that can be traced to a suitable genesis. Dayton’s nickname is, of course, derived from the pamphlets (or “flyers”) the Marianist priests used to hand out along Irving Avenue that advocated homosexual conversion practices. The priests would famously (and even controversially) attempt to transform young men of questionable sexuality into rock-hard personifications of masculinity and heterosexual virture. The program took place at a remote farm in Xenia where the priests would perform various sex acts on teen boys, while vigorously reinforcing (verbally, and oftentimes physically) that their actions were an abomination and an affront to God. Although the camp was quickly shuttered by the Catholic Church, the results being rather inconclusive, the “flyers” the priests handed out to rouse enrollment became the stuff of legend in the greater Dayton area. Hence, the Dayton Flyers.

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This is all we need to know — The Saint Louis Billikens (clears throat) lost to Fordham (wipes brow) by eighteen points (releases bowels).



Achraf Yacoubou • G (6’4″/210) • Jr.
10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg

Is on team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

Austin McBroom • G (5’9″/165) • Jr.
8.6 ppg, 2.0 apg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

Davell Roby • G (6’4″/200) • Fr.
5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

Milik Yarbrough • F (6’6″/230) • Fr.
10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.



Mike Crawford • G (6’4″/200) • So.
7.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

John Manning • C (6’11″/240) • Sr.
2.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.0 bpg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

Marcus Bartley • G (6’4″/170) • Fr.
4.3 ppg, 41% 3fg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.

Austin Gillmann • C (6’10″/210) • Fr.
3.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg

Is on a team that lost by 18 to Fordham.


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You guys read the part where SLU just lost to Fordham by eighteen, right?