Nickname: Just a History Lesson
- XFLBoard.com Reporter
January 2001) - When the XFL announced that Memphis would
be one of their inaugural cities, a name had to be chosen that
would fit that community. Some may say that the name "Maniax"
was chosen solely for the purpose of portraying the WWF-style
of toughness and crazed behavior. Nobody really thought that
there may be some truth to both the Maniax logo and the Maniax
First a history lesson.
the 1870's, a disease carried by mosquitos had hit Memphis.
Yellow fever (or what was called "yellow-jack" at
the time) had come to plague the city.
citizens of Memphis didn't know what was causing the disease.
They tried all kinds of home remedies, including the spreading
of lime on the streets throughout the city. Residents were perishing
so quickly that bodies were picked up by horse-drawn
wagons and led to the nearest Cemetary. The horses had made
the trips so many times, they knew the way by heart, and men
were no longer needed to guide the wagons.
death toll rose to the point that Memphis was no longer considered
a city. Some tried to flee the city to save their own lives
from the disease, and surrounding towns became worried that
these people would carry the plague with them. Those fleeing
were considered crazed "maniacs" by the outsiders,
and were normally shot on site.
were told to children of yellow skinned, glazed eyed, zombie-like
and fever crazed Memphians leaving the city. Does this sound
familiar to you?
is where the Memphis Maniax mascot comes into play, with his
maniacal look and glazed eyes, he has a place in Memphis history.
Perhaps his nickname from this point forward should be "Yellow
So the next time you watch a WWF sponsored event, remember that
as the XFL tries to create it own niche in American History,
they have also used a bit of history from our past to build
ever thought Vince McMahon would give us
a history lesson?