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The Catamount is more ferocious and stealthy than your typical wild cat as evidenced by its ability to wear human clothing.
Continuing on the trend of over-duplicating the Wildcats team name (which is one of the most popular nationwide), in Vermont, they took wildcat a step further.
Rather than simply saying "well we have cougars here and they're a pretty formidable symbol for a team" (also known as mountain lions in other parts of the country) the Vermont university gurus decided to get more specific.
Hence "The Catamounts" were born.
How often is catamount used in the common American vocabulary? I have two university degrees and have never used it except to learn about Vermont.
Those that seek to add this animal to their bracketology vocabulary should study up on the Merriam-Webster definition.
Unfortunately for the "Cats of the Mountains," they face No. 1 seed North Carolina in the first round.
Honorable Mention for Creative Cats: Cincinnati Bearcats
Much like the Liger of Napolean Dynamite fame, the Bearcat is a hybrid blending of genes between a bear and a cat. If you thought the Kentucky Wildcats were fierce, try playing against a Bearcat.
Honorable Mention for other Mountainous Creatures as Creative Team Names: Lehigh Mountain Hawks
Similar to Cincy, the folks at Lehigh knew they had to do better than simply "The Hawks." The only thing more honorable and powerful than your average city-dwelling cooper's hawk is a mountain hawk and the magnitude of mountains is what propelled this team to the tournament this year to face Duke's Blue Devils from Dante's Inferno's sixth circle of hell. If that doesn't sound epic enough, you're not a basketball fan.