Favorite Sports Mascots
I love college sports mascots.
300+ NCAA Division I and hundreds of Division II and III athletic programs each have their own cleverly created mascot.
With March Madness fast approaching, we’ll have ample opportunity to learn more about the genesis of mascots that embody the pride of their respective schools.
Mascots and their inventive names capture the essence of a team. They also personify a school’s history, geography, tradition or playing style. Sometimes they even represent a school’s religious affiliation.
That’s why unique college mascots find their way into the #2 spot of my new sports comic book Favorite Sports Animals.
Here’s an excerpt…..
…..Religiously themed nicknames cover everything from spirits in the sky to demonic entities of the underworld.
Royalty themed mascots are also plentiful and speak of a school’s power and strength.
There are even NCAA mascots that gain inspiration from the weather. Monikers like the Hurricanes, Tornados, Gaels, Waves, Cyclones and Red Storm are chosen to instill fear into their opponents.
However, the most colorful and entertaining mascots are unquestionably animal related. They include just about every large, scary and obscure species on the planet.
From birds in the air, to carnivorous creatures roaming the jungles and to slithering serpents on the ground, just about every intimidating critter under the sun comprises the list of animal mascots.
For example, colleges claim all kinds of birds. In addition to Cardinals, Falcons, Ospreys, Heron and Egrets, eagles are prominently featured. Clever names like Archibald from the University of Southern Idaho, Baldwin from Boston College and Azul of upstart Florida Gulf Coast University represent this regal and high flying bird.
In the bovine world, none come bigger than Chip the Buffalo of the Colorado Buffaloes. And don’t forget Bevo the Long Horn Steer whose home is the University of Texas.
Equine mascots include Army Mules from West Point, Broncos from Boise State University, Mustangs from Southern Methodist University and the legendary Thundering Herd from Marshall University.
College canine breeds are prolific and bark incessantly at their school rivals. Consider the Boston University Terriers, Uconn Huskies, Southern Illinois Salukis, Albany Great Danes and even Smokey the Coon Dog from the University of Tennessee. These canine mascots possess both bark and bite in scaring off their competition.
A bunch of bull dogs comprise my category of canine favorites. They include Jack at Georgetown, Spike at Gonzaga and Uga from the University of Georgia.
Even animal oddities fall into the eclectic and wide-ranging array of NCAA animal mascots. These Anteaters, Armadillos and Antelopes proudly represent their schools as mascots.
Want an interesting trio of fowl? Consider Hooter the Temple Owl, Herky the Iowa Hawk and Sway the Red Hawk from the Miami University of Ohio.
In addition, there’s a litany of inventively coined mascots inspired by a team’s anticipated win or v-i-c-t-o-r-y. These include the University of Buffalo’s Victor E. Bull, the University of Central Arkansas’s Victor E. Bear, Molloy College’s Victor E. Lion, the University of Milwaukee’s Victor E. Panther and, finally, Victor E. Tiger from Fort Hays State University.
Obviously, never to be missed are these fan favorites: the University of Florida’s Albert E. Gator, Navy’s Bill the Goat, University of Arkansas’ Boss Hogg, Wisconsin’s Bucky the Badgers, University of Santa Cruz’s Sammy the Banana Slug and Venom the Rattler from Florida A&M University.
Whether a school’s mascot prowls, crawls, flies, gallops or swims, fans totally identify with that unique animal representing their favorite NCAA college or university.
So, embrace your lion, bison, rattler, owl, bull dog, eagle, mustang, armadillo, anteater or antelope.
These sports animals tell a compelling story of a schools’ rich history and the spirit behind it to win.
Would love to hear who’s your favorite college mascot. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIKE – thee ultimate talking head on sports!