It’s hard to believe we’ve made it through another off season. This one was especially spicy with all of the allegations of rule breaking many of the big time college football programs notched. Suspensions and forfeits will come, but it is time to get ready for the hot action on the field. What better way to prepare for it than by cooling off with some Shasta? No, not the flavorful soft drink but the last of the off season’s Mascot Monday and mascot for Phil Steele’s #21 team, the Houston Cougars, for his preseason 2011 poll. I ran out of time and did not get to do all of the list, but it just means I will have more critters to choose from.
It’s so amazingly close to the start of a new football season. We’re not there yet, so we have another installment of Mascot Monday to chew through. I don’t think I’ll be able to hit all of the mascots that we have not covered in Phil Steele’s Top 50 preseason poll for 2011. This week it’s number 34 and the Ohio Bobcats’ Rufus the Bobcat. The team that stands in shadows in the Buckeye State looks to be contentious coming into the season. We’ll learn about how they got there as well as discover what fans will go through to jam a rival’s mascot. Continue reading Mascot Monday: Rufus the Bobcat
We are ever so close to the start of the college football season and ever so close to the end of this offseason’s edition of Mascot Mondays. This week, we are at Phil Steele’s number 39 in his preseason Top 50 poll for 2011 and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. There is, of course, another Bulldog team in the SEC and much like the other team, Mississippi State has both a live and a costumed mascot. Bully’s the name, and mascotting is both of their games. I am going to dig deep and find the Bully bone of history buried deep in Mississippi State’s backyard.
Here we are moving on up the list of mascots not yet covered by KCCGD that are in Phil Steele’s Top 50 Preseason for 2011. This week I’m going to take a look at #39 Clemson and the Clemson Tiger. I avoided this guy for awhile because the info is kinda weak out there and there seems to be a ton of tiger mascots out there. Welp, since Phil placed these guys so high it’s the perfect time to talk about the Clemson Tiger, well because it’s unavoidable at this point. So follow me along as I spin the tail of the Clemson Tiger and find out if he’s not just another pretty pussy cat.
Mascot Monday is back and we are still counting down mascots we’ve yet to cover that are in Phil Steele’s Top 50 preseason poll for 2011. We’re in the middle of media days for the college football and the pro guys finally set down their swords and are getting ready for another season as well. This week I will skip over that hype and go straight to #39 and Illinois’ Chief Illiniwek. I believe that this is the first time I will cover a mascot that is actually no longer spreading cheer on the sidelines. Lot’s of controversy behind this one folks, let’s find out what happened
Back again this week for another Mascot Monday and we are slowly but surely counting down our list of mascots not yet covered that are in Phil Steele’s 2001 Top 50 list. This week we’ll look at both versions of Southern Methodist University’s Peruna. Most people know SMU as that one football team that had so many NCAA violations in the 80s that they got what was coined ‘The Death Penalty.’ Some people today may connect the dots between ESPN analyst Craig James and SMU as well. But where we’ll be drawing on is the past and present day Mustangs mascot.
I’m kind of surprised I haven’t done a Pac 12 powerhouse like California yet, but hey here we go. This week I’m counting down Phil Steele’s Pre-Season Top 50 for 2001 and it’s number 48, the California Golden Bears. For some reason I’ve been avoiding Oski because he shows up in the weird mascot lists and he doesn’t look that weird to me. At any rate, I have him in my sights and will learn many things, including how a mascot chugs a beer. Oh boy, I’m already regretting that I waited this long.
Happy Independence Day to everyone here from the KCCGD blog. Even though it says Kansas City, I’m down here in Austin for good but it doesn’t matter because it’s all American baby. More on that change here in a couple of months. In the meantime, I was going through the mascots that I’ve yet to look at from this year’s Phil Steele’s Top 50 list, but since today is a very special day we are going to forgo that and head straight into a patriotic mascot. What I pulled out of my stars and striped hat was the Virginia Cavalier and CavMan.
Mascot Monday is back and we are racing to make it in under the wire. Fortunately for use, we will be looking at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Rowdy the Roadrunner. In celebration of instituting their very first year of football, I’m gonna do a fly over on Rowdy and see if he can stack up well against veteran mascots right out of the gate. I’m going to toss in a preview of some of their opponents for the next couple of years as well as talk about the legendary coach that’s taking his shot at building a program from the ground up.
Phil Steele’s 2011 College Football Preview is hot off the presses and it’s that time of the year to go over mascots in Phil’s Top 40 (or 52 in this case) that have yet to be covered. The list is fairly thin this year but there are a few surprises left. This week is no slouch. I’m going to check out yet another Trojan but this time it’s T-Roy from Troy. With Troy being in Alabama, their football and their tradition is a big deal and T-Roy exemplifies that. There’s a strange wrinkle to this story, however. The tradition of stealing mascots live on as T-Roy is currently missing!
Another week of Mascot Monday and I’m getting into the groove of going over mascots from schools that have been in the news recently. It’s admittedly hard to come up with wacky mascots when you’ve been eyeballing costumed characters for as long as I have. So this week’s big news is the buyout of West Viriginia’s Bill Stewart so coach in waiting Dana Holgorsen can take over. If you remember, Holgorsen was in trouble for some casino incident but it was later found out that Stewart or a Stewart supporter started a smear campaign against him. This week we’ll let the story of The Mountaineer teach us something about competitive respect.
It’s been a bear of a Spring down here, with temperatures being in the steady high 90s. The heat is melting my imagination so for this week’s Mascot Monday we’ll check out another bear at Montana, Monte. Okay, I was a little influenced by last week’s news of Nate Montana getting a DUI there, but I’m sweating my butt off right now. Monte’s been around for a very short time but he has put up some impressive numbers in mascot-dom. This week, we’ll find out just how full Monte is trophy case wise so let’s get cracking.
This week’s Mascot Monday sees us going Hollywood! You know, in all of the years I’ve done this little mascot post, I’ve never hit the big time cities and the college mascots that dwell within them. Welp, I’m starting something new by focusing on the University of California Los Angeles’ Joe and Josephine Bruin. Okay so he’s not explicitly Hollywood, but he does have a weirdo kind of relationship with his female counterpart Josephene. We’ll learn about that among some other tasty historical items for this week’s trip down mascot lane. Get your cheap sunglasses ready and try to avoid TMZ. Here we go.
So yesterday I was hanging out at the pool and was stuck trying to figure out just who should I profile for this week’s Mascot Monday. I figured, “Well, hey, I’m at the pool. I might as well do a mascot that’s water based.” You know what? There’s hardly a college mascot out there that is water based. Sure, pro sports has plenty of Sharks, Dolphins, and Devil Rays but at the college ranks, there’s hardly a mollusk. So for this week, I will talk about the only mollusk mascot and one of the only water based mascots in college, Evergreen State’s Speedy Geoduck.
This week’s Crib Sheet will not leave you blue, in fact it should leave you pretty happy. If you get anything out of this week’s mascot, it’s that it may take almost 100 years for a school to get something right. Utah State’s Big Blue went through many a transformations before landing on the current costumed character we see bouncing down the sidelines today. We’ll learn about how to treat a live animal, and your personal property, along the way. So cheer up, folks, Big Blue’s coming and he’s coming to turn your blues into a warm, happy yellow.