Category: Football

Legacy of Naming School Sports Teams

I’ve seen it mentioned that V.L. “Stubby” Currence provided the nicknames for at least two Southwest Virginia High School sports teams.

Graham G-Men

Graham G-Men

Graham High School, Bluefield VA – nicknamed the G-Men

While the Town of Graham was renamed Bluefield in a ceremony with its “sister-city” Bluefield, West Virginia, the school retained its name and adopted the moniker of “Graham Men” or “G-Men.”  The origin of the moniker dates back to ca. 1936 and Bluefield Daily Telegraph reporter Stubby Currence.  He often said in reference to the football team, “just as the FBI ‘G’overnment Men always get their man,” so do the “Graham Men” or “G-Men” get their man.  Athletes were also referred to as “G-Men” when they received a letter in sports.
Graham High School website

Richlands Blue Tornado

Richlands Blue Tornado

Richlands High School, Richlands, VA – nicknamed the Blue Tornado

The story I’ve always heard about Richlands is that the nickname originated with Stubby Currence in his description of a game played back in the 1930s or thereabouts. RHS wore blue jerseys and in this particular game generated a lot of offense. In his description of it for the Daily Telegraph, Currence supposedly described the Richlands team as moving down the field like a “blue tornado.” – By RichlandsAlum on How our schools got their nicknames, SWVASports.com Forums

I haven’t be able to personally verify if these stories are true. But was a cool legacy, if so. I’ll post if there are more teams Stubby may have helped name.

Comment how your favorite high school sports team got its name. I’d love to hear them.

~Melissa

What would Stubby think?

Yesterday, I checked on Ohio State (one of my alma maters) to make sure everything was running smoothly. While in the bookstore, I noticed a bevy of Jim Tressel books at 30 percent off.

Discount books on Jim Tressel at Ohio State bookstore

Scandal = Bargain bin

I know Tressel is old news but I wonder what Stubby would think of the all the college football scandals in the past few years. And then there is the big kahuna of sports scandals: Penn State.

Stubby was no stranger to college sports scandals during his time. But I wonder, can we expect college sports to ever be scandal-free?

~Melissa

Football is in the air – Morris Harvey College

So we’re back after our summer break and as promised, we got some sports memories on tap.

Morris Harvey Football team, Barboursville West Virginia

Helmets! We don’t need no stinkin’ helmets! Stubby is in the top row, far right. Click the photo to zoom.

Here is a photos from what I believe is the 1922 Morris Harvey College (later renamed the University of Charleston) football team from Barboursville, West Virginia. Stubby was not a player but was a coach or manager. The Dad points out that the ole Stub Man had colored his outfit in black ink because he was embarrassed by his duds.

Stubby Currence Morris Harvey

All covered in ink!

That sounded like a challenge. So I dug around and found an undoctored version of the same photo.

Stubby Currence Morris Harvey Football in a suit and tie

A bow tie revealed!

I have some other documentation to go through to match up who is who in this team photo. Stay tuned!

~Melissa