The competition to name Boston College's 9-year-old male bald eagle mascot has a few finalists. Sadly, it doesn't look like BADASS BIRD OF PREY OF INFINITE MAJESTY or Luke Beakly made the cut, but there are still a few suitable candidates remaining. Let's break them down:
Aquila (Latin for eagle)
'Aquila' is the Latin and Romance languages word for 'eagle,' which, sounds reasonable. Aquila is also a constellation in the northern sky, representing an eagle who carried Zeus's / Jupiter's thunderbolts in Greco-Roman mythology. Thunderbolts? Sounds ... intimidating.
Pros: Carries thunderbolts, general badassery
Cons: Sounds like 'tequila' (debatable whether this is truly a bad thing)
Magnus Buchan: Why dincha just piss off, Fischer? Ya dotty wee skid mark!
Max Fischer: Is that Latin?
Margo II (original live eagle was named Margo for Maroon & Gold)
Boston College's live eagle mascot was named "Margo" in September 1961, the winning name in a student-run name-the-eagle contest. The name was formed by combining the first letters of the Boston College colors, maroon and gold, obvi. Many live college animal mascots have Roman numerals after their name to denote their place in the succession of live animal mascot badassery. Uga IX, War Eagle VII, Ralphie V etc. If the return of the live eagle mascot is all about bringing back some old traditions, this is a fine naming candidate.
Pros: Live eagle mascot tradition continuity
Cons: Margo is a woman's name of French origin, a diminutive of Margaret. BC's BAMF bird of prey is a 'dude' and not in a Don Brown sort of way -- he's a 9-year-old male bald eagle.
BosCo (Mix of BOSton and COllege)
Much like MarGo is an acronym for the school's colors, BosCo is an acronym for "BOSton COllege." Also perhaps a nod to a powerhouse high school football program in northern New Jersey? Or a chocolate syrup.
Pros: No mistaking where this eagle goes to school
Cons: Sounds more like the name of a dog, no?
Ignatius (Iggy for short)
Ignatius is the founder of the Society of Jesus, considered a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. The main principle of his Jesuit Constitutions became the Jesuit motto: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam ("for the greater glory of God"). Boston College is a Jesuit Catholic school. You can see the connection here.
Pros: Hat tip to the founder of the Jesuit order. Boston College is the only Jesuit Catholic school playing FBS football.
Cons: Can a bird of prey be named after a saint? What are the rules surrounding this sort of thing?
Welles (After former student-athlete and 9/11 hero, Welles Crowther)
Welles Remy Crowther is a Boston College grad who lost his life during the September 11 attacks in New York City, only after saving at least a dozen lives. The man in the red bandana's legacy lives on at Boston College with the annual running of the 5K The Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandana Run.
Pros: Eagle would look even more badass rocking a red bandana
Cons: Naming our eagle mascot after a real-life eagle hero like Welles has no drawbacks
You can vote on the name of BC's live eagle mascot here. The winning name will be revealed at the Boston College-Florida State game on Sept. 28.