A couple of days after the fight, Clay publicly announced that he had joined the "Black Muslims"—which was widely viewed as a hate group against white people—and started going by the name Cassius X. This evoked widespread public condemnation. Martin Luther King Jr. Liston had a loaded.
Notoriety[ edit ] A small sampling of the Oakland Zoo in January The Oakland Zoo has been noted as being one of the most formidable student cheering sections in college basketball. Anonymous players in the article were quoted describing the Oakland Zoo with the following descriptions: It's like a zoo.
Pitt described this as the first NCAA basketball jersey to ever showcase their respective student section. Broadcast live locally on WPTS and streamed over the internet, the radio show starts 30 minutes before every Pitt men's basketball home game and is cohosted by the entire Oakland Zoo student section.
During the broadcast of the game that follows, game stoppages also include live check-ins with the Zoo. Hale attended a game with high school teammate and friend Cameron Saddler. The initial idea for the Zoo came from Matt Cohen and Zach Hale during the January 6, basketball game against Syracuse where they determined the Pitt student section was too calm.
The group is now an officially recognized student group of the University, and with over 2, members, is the largest such group. Predecessors and noted fans[ edit ] The history of specifically organized student sections and especially notable fans of the University of Pittsburgh basketball extend beyond the formation of the current iteration of the student cheering section named the Oakland Zoo.
Tiger Paul[ edit ] "Tiger" Paul Auslander, an unofficial cheerleader for Pitt basketball in the s and early 80s, was well known by fans for his sideline antics "Tiger" Paul Auslander served as an unofficial cheerleader at Pitt basketball games in the s and early s.
At 5'4" andthe diminutive graduate of Peabody High School in Pittsburgh earned his nickname from his football coach who encouraged him to hit the blocking sled harder by instructing him to "Be a tiger!
Following high school he also coached amateur basketball teams in the city and his enthusiasm on the sideline caught the attention of Pitt head coach Tim Grgurich who invited him to Fitzgerald Field House to liven up the crowd.
Typically, his routine would involve dressing in outlandish outfits, sprint along the floor, and doing jumping jacks or push-ups. He was once ejected from a game at Temple University for arguing with an official. Auslander drifted away from the basketball scene in the early s and eventually moved to Nevada where he died in During intermissions and time-outs, Panther Paul would get out of his seat and lead the crowd in cheers with a fist pumping motion.
His exuberant nature combined with short stature and portly appearance made him a fan favorite. The Field House Fanatics, deriving their name from Fitzgerald Field House that was the former home facility used by the university's basketball team, sat in one section of bleachers on the baseline behind the basket.
T-shirts were made up for the Field House Fanatics, however they lacked the overall coordination and status as an official student group that the current Oakland Zoo section enjoys. They creatively heckled opposing players and worked to distract them while shooting free-throws at the basket in front of the section, but the section slowly diminished in size and disappeared during a slump in basketball quality at Pitt during the mid to late s.
Her dancing antics resulted in her making frequent scoreboard appearances and she became a familiar sight at Pitt home games. In some iterations, the back of the shirt resembles a jerseywith the name "Panthers" printed above a large number 6,  which stands for the "Sixth Man in the Stands," the fans.
The designs for the to seasons were completed by Pitt graduate student and former Oakland Zoo President David Jedlicka, known as "the Bald Guy". Since theT-shirt logo designs have been by graphic designer Sean Montgomery  and have incorporated various elements from the University of Pittsburgh's seal that itself includes a stylized version of the city of Pittsburgh's coat of arms that in turn is derived from the arms of the namesake of the city, William Pitt.
On the backs of these recent t-shirts there is also a depiction of the university's Cathedral of Learning. Oakland Zoo T-shirts are available for purchase by the general public in the University of Pittsburgh's Pitt Shop and other outlets. Other merchandise, including pink ladies Oakland Zoo t-shirts, hoodiesand polo shirts are also available.
Individually numbered Oakland Zoo animals outfitted with Oakland Zoo t-shirts that were produced in the first edition of the Oakland Zoo collection with release date included Corey the GiraffeRomper the MonkeyFrancis the Polar Bearand Porter the Tiger Legal issues[ edit ] InOakland Zoo founder Matt Cohen filed a trademark infringement suit, on behalf of the club, against a local t-shirt vendor Chuck Bonasorte.
The judge ruled that there was no way to establish the trademark, and that the Bonasorte's business, The Pittsburgh Stop, was selling the shirts before the Zoo. The "Oakland Zoo" trademark was later registered by the University of Pittsburgh.
A portion of the Oakland Zoo can be seen at the bottom. Pitt won the nationally televised game Waiting times for the best seats in the Oakland Zoo section of the Petersen Events Center can extend for hours before the game's tip-off.Liston vs.
Clay Background. Liston was the World Heavyweight Champion at the time of the first Liston–Clay fight in Miami Beach on February 25, , having demolished former champion Floyd Patterson by a first-round knockout in September Ten months later, Liston and Patterson met again with the same result—Patterson was knocked out in the first round.
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