Just stumbled across the term “skunkweasel loss” and was about to ask for help in determing its origin.
A quick Google search made clear that it wasn’t a two word construction, but skunkweasel, a noun, used attributively as
as adjective. So, back to Google for whatever I could find about skunkweasel.
The first thing I learned is that, contrary to old-fashioned belief, a skunk is not a weasel.
Next, there were damned few web pages containing skunkweasel.
finally it became apparent that it’s a pejorative term for sports teams from the University of Michigan, the school itself,
fans of those teams, or some combination of the above. Why skunkweasel for U of M?
Wikipedia to the rescue:
“Biff, the Wolverine was a live wolverine who served as a team mascot at University of Michigan Wolverines football games and was later kept in a small zoo at the University of Michigan in the 1920s and 1930s. In the mid-1920s, before the acquisition of a live wolverine, the University of Michigan used a mounted and stuffed wolverine, also named “Biff”, as the team mascot.”
No, the wolverine is not a skunk. It is, however, a mustelid, a family that includes weasels.
If your team and fans hate the Michigan wolverines, it’s logical, in a sophomoric way, to call them weasels. But that’s not insulting enough, so prepend skunk and Bob’s your <s> mustelid</s> uncle.
Two recent examples:
Warning, this next one contains strong language.
The associated universities are Notre Dame for the first link, and Ohio State for the second. Both maintain heated, hate-filled rivalries with Michigan.
The etymology offered above is conjectural. If you have better sources, please share them.