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Name our mascot, win a ticket to Big Omaha

Omaha April 22, 2009 by Danny Schreiber

Mr. Prairie DogWith Big Omaha just weeks away, it’s time to give our furry little friend a first name as he’ll be in the spotlight hosting some of the nation’s top innovators and entrepreneurs.

I mean, seriously, when a blogger sticks a camera in his face and says, “What’s your name?” He’ll be in a pickle.

So, here’s where you and a free ticket to BIG Omaha come in:

1. Think really hard. Mr. Prairie Dog is looking for a cool and catchy name. 2. By April 27th, add your entry in a comment below, filling in the blank: ___________ the Prairie Dog. 3. Check back April 29th when the winner will be announced.

Digging into the details:

- Mr. Prairie Dog is male, so please be nice, he’s not a Patsy. - Contest ends at midnight April 27th. - You may submit as many entries as you’d like. - If you win, we’ll give you a code to use to redeem your ticket, and if you’ve already purchased a ticket, we’ll refund the cost of your ticket. - The winning ticket is non-transferable. - The mascot’s name becomes property of Silicon Prairie News, but the post will remain in our archives to give you credit.

And remember, tickets are going fast and the price is going up. Buy your ticket today and submit a kick ass name to earn a refund on the 29th.

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Chuck. He looks like a Chuck.

And my, what a play on words and visuals can be made from
"Chuck the Prairie Dog"......

Apr 22, 2009 at 06:53 AM

Omadog the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 06:59 AM

Shon-ga-ska the prairie dog.

After Logan Fontenelle - the "Last Great Cheif" of the Omaha tribe who was largely responsible for securing the land where Omaha exists today.

Since Omaha means "Dwellers on the bluff" - it seems appropriate to name the little prairie dog after an individual who played such a large role in Omaha's history.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:01 AM

Dodger the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:02 AM

NULL Pointer but your can call him Mr. Pointer ;)

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:05 AM

Plainer the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:06 AM


Buck (due to his teeth)

RoSS (because of the RSS reader)

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:07 AM

Oh! Or RuSS.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:08 AM

Ralph. After Ralph Vaerst, who coined the term "Silicon Valley".

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:11 AM

Pixel the Prarie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:11 AM

Gary the Prairie Dog. Originally Gairie the Prairie Dog, but he changed his name to Gary because people couldn't spell it. You could try following him @garydee but it seems someone is squatting that name or something.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:13 AM

Epic the Prarie Dog because he does epic shit.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:14 AM

Ping the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:23 AM

Digerati the Prairie Dog

or Dogerati the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:27 AM

How about "Nick Ashley". Awesome name, NO?

alright then, maybe 'Ajax' - my dog seems to like it.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:27 AM

I got to get into this dude's pelt and crawl around for a few days. Who's the [prairie dog's] ally. His friends. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:29 AM

Crush the Prarie Dog

Wait? What?

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:31 AM

Stephen Colbert.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:31 AM

Spiridon the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:34 AM

re: prairie dog name

my suggestion for the name is "Beacon", not to be confused with bacon, which is tasty but not a good name. - Peter Cales -

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:36 AM

Rosco the Prairie Dog.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:41 AM

Jefferson Slaw Bootski

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:46 AM
Marcus R

Scout the Prarie Dog
(or maybe Scoop?)

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:48 AM

I like the idea of him being some kind of Journalist / Super Hero. Maybe he needs a pair of beefy glasses.

So, on that note, "Spark Kent," which is cover for his superhero persona, of course.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:51 AM

Venture the Prairie Dog, 'cause entrepreneurship can be a major undertaking.

Maven the Prairie Dog, 'cause this blog is a source of knowledge unrivaled in the area.

Drama the Prairie Dog, 'cause he looks just like this dude.

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:53 AM

Oscar the Big O Prairie Dog?

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:54 AM

'Epic'? How about "Chocolate Rain the Prairie Dog" or 'Don't Taze Me Bro the Prairie Dog'? Something super flimsy, overused, and soon forgotten, for sure!

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:54 AM

Bo the Prairie Dog! Bo knows best! (a former Kansas City Royal - midwest)

Easy to remember and stands for his event, Big Omaha!

Apr 22, 2009 at 07:59 AM

Sid the Silicon Prairie Dog





Apr 22, 2009 at 08:01 AM

Husker the Prairie Dog.

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:01 AM

I'm going with Zeek.
It's an awesome name .. Zeek is close to Geek but way cooler.

Zeek The Prairie Geek.

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:02 AM


Apr 22, 2009 at 08:03 AM

Macro the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:05 AM

My preschool kids like "P-Dawg" or "P-Diggy"...

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:05 AM

I've got it!

Odin, Omaha's "Divine creative inspiration" Prairie Dog!

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:08 AM

keeping with the Big O theme, I have another...

Omega! Big Omaha and SPN's Big Prairie Dog Mascot!

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:11 AM
Mark Pluta

Peefer the prairie dog.

P for Prairie Dog. It's not a squirrel.

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:13 AM

Productive the Prairie Dog

Jeff Slobotdog the Prairie Dog

Silicon the Prairie Dog

Plains the Prairie Dog

P-Weezy the Prairie Dog

PrairieBlog the Prairie Dog

Justin the Prairie Dog

Dodge the Prairie Dog

David Nabity the Prairie Dog

Team Nabs Nabs the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:20 AM

Spark the Prairie Dog

We all have "sparks" that evolve into larger ideas and collaborative projects. It also reminds me of Sparky, an adorable name for a lovable pet :-)


Apr 22, 2009 at 08:21 AM

Flash the Prairie Dog

Vision the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:25 AM

I like Carl's name, "Odin the Prairie Dog."

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:44 AM

Dakota since he is from the "Prairie"!

Apr 22, 2009 at 08:51 AM

Larry the Prairie Entrepreneurie

Apr 22, 2009 at 09:04 AM

Go the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 09:16 AM

"Blog" the Prarie Dog



Petey / Petie / Pete / P.D. (for Prarie Dog, but pronounced "Petie")

Apr 22, 2009 at 09:22 AM

Scurry the Prairie Dog
Skitter the Prairie Dog
Stout the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 09:32 AM

Bob the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 09:39 AM


Apr 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM
Micah Chilvers

Doug the Prairie Dog
Dugg the Prairie Dog
Dug the Prairie Dog

Mawg the Prairie Dog - (Like John Candy from Spaceballs)

Apr 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM


Apr 22, 2009 at 10:31 AM


Apr 22, 2009 at 10:32 AM

Wouldn't this creative naming "contest" be considered creative Spec Work?

Apr 22, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Analog the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Dicks Magee?


Apr 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM



Odysseus (or O!dysseus perhaps?)




Apr 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM

SPiN the Prairie Dog

SPiNner the Prairie Dog

Chip the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 12:59 PM

Dwyane the Prairie Dog,

Hacker the Prairie Dog,

Or Cy the Prairie Dog

Apr 22, 2009 at 01:32 PM


And let's not forget that old standby: Sparky!
(what else would you call a dog with steel balls?)

Apr 22, 2009 at 02:46 PM

"Max". Not because it is clever. Just because it sounds right.

Apr 22, 2009 at 03:03 PM

SPiNey the Prairie Dog.
Sylar the Pairie Dog.

Apr 22, 2009 at 03:17 PM
Hillary Sinn

Omar (as in o - mar - god, it's a prairie dog!)

Walter (as in Cronkite)

i like Flash, Odin and Webster too

Apr 22, 2009 at 03:42 PM

Omahog the Prairie dog! It just rolls off the tongue!
I am sure we can get a quick chant:

Omahog the Prairie dog,
tweets a post to his blog,
kickin it right in the big O,
Be here or suck my toe!

who's with me?

Apr 22, 2009 at 03:51 PM


Apr 22, 2009 at 05:30 PM


Apr 22, 2009 at 05:33 PM

Keystone the Prairie Dog

Mainly because prairie dogs are a keystone species - "A keystone species is a species that has a disproportionate effect on its environment relative to its abundance. Such species affect many other organisms in an ecosystem and help to determine the types and numbers of various others species in a community." (from Wikipedia ) Hence, the connection to the concepts driving BigOmaha and Silicon Prairie.

Or there is always a variant on the scientific name Cynomys...

Sorry, it's all I've got....nothing witty right now.

Apr 22, 2009 at 06:23 PM

Surly the Prairie Dog - he looks surly
Ender the Prairie Dog - Because it is a great name
Bertrand the Prairie Dog
Pascal the Prairie Dog

Apr 23, 2009 at 12:47 AM

How about Mr. Chips.

Apr 23, 2009 at 01:30 AM

Edgar the Prairie Dog

Apr 23, 2009 at 01:52 AM

.... Steve ... !!!

Apr 23, 2009 at 02:15 AM

I actually think Beacon, mentioned earlier, is a great name but a bit impersonal. An addendum:

Kevin Beacon

Because, after all, everybody is 6-degrees of separation from SPN.

Apr 23, 2009 at 02:15 AM

ok, someone else said it first but I do admit I like SPiNner.
Which can be parlayed into TailSPiN. That's fun.
Let's not leave out "Hub", as in the hub of activity.
And last but not least (because I am actually supposed to be doing my real job right now...) Pivot.
Pivot the Prairie Dog.
I think I like it even better than Chuck.
(altho I don't know; I'm still thinking of all all the marketing fun to be had with "Chuck the Prairie Dog")

Ok, gotta go.

Apr 23, 2009 at 02:33 AM


Apr 23, 2009 at 02:42 AM

Name it "Fetch" as that is what you do. You fetch the news before anyone else does.

Apr 23, 2009 at 02:56 AM

Either Rodger the prairie dog, or Sir Chesterton the prairie dog.

Apr 23, 2009 at 03:20 AM

I'd suggest:
Douglas the prairie dog
Washington the prairie dog
Spinder the prairie dog
Cass the prairie dog with class!
Twister the prairie dog
Cyclone the prairie dog
Platticus the prairie dog
Spartacus the prairie dog
Big Poppa the prairie dog
Cruze the prairie dog

I also liked Dodge the prairie dog

Apr 23, 2009 at 04:08 AM
Matt Heller


Apr 23, 2009 at 04:34 AM
Matt Heller

Ah, missed the alternate spelling. Sorry Allyn.

Apr 23, 2009 at 04:35 AM

Edward R. Burrow

Apr 23, 2009 at 07:00 AM

His name should be Butternut after the rich coffee that was a proud product of Omaha for many years.

Apr 23, 2009 at 07:52 AM


'Cause we're keeping the technology companies home in the Midwest, and that's what everybody's trying to hit.

Apr 23, 2009 at 08:23 AM

@Barb - I love buttered stuff!

Apr 23, 2009 at 10:15 AM
Shawna Soltis

Here are my random name suggestions:
Chuck Norris, Jr.
Bob Malooga

Apr 23, 2009 at 12:13 PM

@Micah: John Candy played Barf in Space Balls.
Barf the Prairie Dog.

Apr 23, 2009 at 01:31 PM

Joe Dirt
Billy Badass
LeVar Burton

Apr 23, 2009 at 03:43 PM

Signal the Prairie Dog -- he's signalling the news.

Apr 23, 2009 at 05:28 PM


Apr 23, 2009 at 06:16 PM


Apr 23, 2009 at 06:27 PM

I submit 'Downtown DoUG' the Prairie Dog. These creatures aren't that well liked in sandhill and pasture country for their mass hole digging escapades. However, in a city like Omaha where concrete is king, he has little space to keep digging.
Again Downtown DoUG the Prairie Dog can be the best mascot ever!

Apr 24, 2009 at 03:31 AM


Q. Bill Cull
(cubicle... for 'prairie dogging' at the office...when all the heads pop up over the cubicle walls to see what's going on)

Sniffer, Dinger, Dugger, Octo-Dog, Bot, Widget

Colbert... that will get some national media attention!

Apr 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM


As a virtual homage to all those PDs on the real prairie down by Harlan County Reservoir in south central Nebraska

Apr 25, 2009 at 06:49 AM

Daddy 'O'
Big 'O'
Radar Rad
Harney Hal

Apr 26, 2009 at 07:26 PM

How about SlobberD

Apr 27, 2009 at 03:57 PM

Gravy the Prairie Dog

Apr 27, 2009 at 04:25 PM

"Common Cold the Prairie Dog." Yes, it's a joke. But, hey, it's cool and catchy. Just in all the wrong ways.

Apr 27, 2009 at 04:37 PM

MoBlog the Prairie Dog - as in Mobile Blogging, maybe even shorten it up to "Mo B" or plain "Moby"

...or a little less mobile:
B.Log the Prairie Dog

Apr 27, 2009 at 04:54 PM

Variations on the theme of SPN covering the heart of the US, representing an area which is an up and coming center of all that is tech...

Axis the Prairie Dog (WWII term notwithstanding)
Hart the Prairie Dog (play on "heart," admittedly he looks nothing like a male deer...)
Epicentre the Prairie Dog (nicknamed Ep)

Polestar the Prairie Dog (he's a star, plus everything rotates around him)
Polaris the Prairie Dog (sticking to the polestar idea)

Apr 27, 2009 at 05:04 PM

The polls are open!

Through August 22, help us decide the winners of our inaugural Silicon Prairie Awards, which will recognize 12 companies and individuals. You can vote once per day per category.
Winners will be announced live on stage at
our August 30 event.