The 17 Worst Mascots of March Madness

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Mascots are supposed to bring luck and rouse competitive energy for the team that they represent—usually, they range from ferocious animals to warriors who embody the spirit of the school. How hard can that be?  Still, some schools insist on keeping mascots who remain uninspiring, nonsensical and downright insulting. From oranges to blobs to animals who are better suited for a petting zoo, here are the most absurd mascots of the top 68 teams vying for the NCAA Championship this Year.

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12 comments
dshedd41
dshedd41

This article was pointless. These are not the worst mascots. 

vtmama3
vtmama3

Syracuse used to be the Orangemen when my daughter went there in the early 2000's. The school somehow decided that they were offending native Americans. They LOVED their Orangemen...but for political correctness changed to Otto....so lame. Someone is offended by everything!!!!

MaryMitch
MaryMitch

What a grumpy article. You think mascots should be serious?

nickcicero
nickcicero

This is BS. Otto is a great mascot.

ms_pandamonium
ms_pandamonium

Indiana doesn't have a mascot.  Hoosiers is a nickname.  A nickname and a mascot are not the same thing.  Nicknames are about pride, and ours reflects our history and our state; it's not some random animal picked because it sounds ferocious.


h.massengill
h.massengill

Your ignorance of the value and beauty of the Oregon Duck is appalling. College sports is about fun and rounding up the fans for an afternoon or evening of rooting and cheering. Oregon fans love the Duck.

Go Ducks!

Hugh Massengill

JasonFrost11
JasonFrost11

How am I expected to trust an article on worst mascot when they can't even get the schools correct? It's Oklahoma State... Maybe the title should be "Worst Mascots as Reported by Worse Journalism"

jspepper
jspepper

Arizona is Wilbur, and we hold the distinct honor for having the only mascot marriage when Wilbur married Wilma.

AshleyJesscica
AshleyJesscica

The number one seeds in the March Madness Tournament also look like they have the number 1 cheerleaders. Take a look at these beautiful cheerleaders from the March Madness #1 Seeds....http://bit.ly/14jaX3N

Mr.Wallingford
Mr.Wallingford

Looking forward to tomorrow's contest between The Stanford Cardinal vs. The Alabama Crimson Tide, also known as The Battle of the Singular Tense Mascots.

LittleMissCan'tBeWrong
LittleMissCan'tBeWrong

@vtmama3 You are confused about the timeline. Otto was already the official SU mascot before your daughter arrived, way back in 1995. He had been the unofficial mascot in the 80s and early 90s. The SU mascot used to be the Saltine Warrior, which was a Native American mascot. The local tribes protested (for good reason, wtf is a "saltine warrior" anyway?), and so that mascot was dropped. What changed during your daughter's tenure was the team names- the men's teams were called the Orangemen, the women's teams were called the Orangewomen. Now they're all just the Orange.

You can whine and pout about political correctness all you want. The fact remains that most SU students prefer Otto to a NA mascot or a boring wolf. Silly conservatives, always offended by everything!


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