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9/02/2008 02:23:00 PM
Top Five College Mascots
Few mascots are as original as the Stanford Tree.
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By Lang Whitaker, SI.com
With the return of college football, this also signals the return of something very important: Mascots. My school, the University of Georgia, recently introduced UGA VII, the latest in a long line of hairy dawgs, causing great celebration and attention. At their best, mascots should inspire and unite. Here are my five favorite college mascots.
1. UGA: UGA VII will have a lot to live up to, considering the bite of some of his predecessors.
2. Ralphie: When Colorado's multi-ton Bison comes barreling out onto the field, it's a pretty intimidating sight. Especially when stuff like this happens.
3. The Hawks: St. Joe's mascot is the epitome of perpetual motion, flapping its arms nonstop as long as it's in view.
4. The Stanford Tree: Since the school's nickname is actually a color, the school uses a person in a tree costume to stand around and ironically represent the university. Still, the Tree backs down from nobody.
5. Chief Osceola: Before every game, Florida State's mascot gallops onto the field atop a horse and chucks a flaming spear into the ground.
What's the best college mascot of all time? Let us know below...
Lang Whitaker is the executive editor of SLAM magazine and writes daily at SLAMonline.com
You forgot a very well known bird from South Florida. As much as I can't stand him, Sebastian the Ibis does a lot for his team. I can't stand this guy either, but Al. E. Gator deserves an honorable mention. Others deserving an honorable mention: a certain steer in Austin, and a well known collie from College Station.
I never thought I would say this about a Lang Whitaker column, but I agree whole-heartedly with number five being on the list, however it should be ranked higher.
The Lion is #1! You guys have got to be kidding me!
-Georgia's isn't even a human and will never know you are ranking it #1.
-Stanford's is a tree. A Tree! Tree's don't move.
-Colorado and St. Joe's are not even on the map. Nobody cares about them. Nobody.
-We beat Florida State in the Orange Bowl in January 2006, so there is no chance that their mascot is better than ours.
The Lion is far and away the best mascot in college sports. He dances better than Michael Jackson, gets carried up hundreds of rows of people every game, does thousands of push-ups a year. Nobody compares. Just ask Tom Verducci.
There is no other school that can match the electrifying run of Texas Tech's Masked Rider perched atop Midnight Matador, the sleek, black quarter horse, as they lead the Red Raiders onto the field. No team has ever made a more sensational entrance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W33KtgYLck4&feature=related
The Air Force Academy has the only true performing mascot in the country. The Falcon flies from a top the press box, flies through the Falcon Stadium crowdjust above the seats and then flies to the 50 yard line t grab the piece of meat being swung around on a string by its handler. This is the real deal
Uga and Ralphie are awesome mascots, but any list that would have a freaking dude in a tree suit as one of the five best mascots in college is, well, moronic. Nova, Auburn's current "War Eagle", and LSU's tiger come immediately to mind as better mascots.
I'm a Michigan fan, but this list is incomplete without Brutus the Buckeye. Sure, he's a nut, but let's be honest, they're all a little nuts to put the costumes on and make fools of themselves for the sake of the crowd.
I'm a PSU alum and I'm not sure how you could argue that the Nittany Lion belongs on the list. Yes, its cool that he does one handed pushups and crowdsurfs through the best student section in the country, but the costume looks like it was made by a seventh grader (you can see the guy's face in the costume!). He's a good mascot for sure, but not one of the Top 5 in college football.
Chief Osceola is not a masket. He is a symbol by which all Seminoles are measured. An animal is a mascot, a guy in spartan costume is a mascot, the Chief is NOT. He is revered and honored.
Do not lump the Chief in with cartoons and clowns...it demeans his spirit----------------------------------------------
If I was a moran like you, I would leave this as anoymons too. People like you, are the reason the True CHIEF..ILLINI will no longer get to be a part of the greatest mascot list.....LONG LIVE THE CHEIF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What does it matter if St. Joe's doesn't have a football team? The post was 'Top Five College Mascots', not 'Top FIve Football Mascots'. The Hawk is the most dedicated mascot in sports and can lose up to 15 pounds of sweat in a game. He can also go after another mascot and continue to flap!
Maybe you need to be demoted back to first grade to learn how to read mascotnet.