Dancing Mascot Gifs for 2018 March Madness! Thanks, Washington Post!

TCU gif SuperFrog
TCU SuperFrog

Stop the presses! Or the texting. Or whatever you're doing on an electronic communication device. Take a minute to grab some giffy mascot goodness, courtesy of the Washing Post. All 68 mascots are there waiting for a partner. Saunter over and fill up your dance card, or your sim card (Do phones still have those?), and add some even more fun to this fabulous time of year.  Thanks to WaPo for this and previous social media madness nuggets. Check those out and get you some. 

2015 NCAA Tournament Emoji   

2016 NCAA Tournament Campaign Buttons See what they did there? 

2017 RPI Interactive Graph to Visualize the NCAA March Madness Bubble   Wow. 2017 was a different kind of fun. It is cool how you can look at the different teams, but not nearly as cute as emojis. Is there a world where they can coexist? 

Side notes:

*The gifs have a Beavis-Hank Hill feel to them. Creator connection? 

*Skill need: learn the html to make the gif to do it's thing.

*I was so excited when I saw these. Really. It's a little concerning. 

 

 


What about the 2015 list?

I'm resuscitating my March Madness mascot life this year, but can just manage the list starting with the Sweet Sixteen in a timely manner. I'll retroactively post the entire list at some point, or not. 

A few things that caught my attention this year:

  • Three Pistol Petes made the tourney this year: Oklahoma State, New Mexico State, and Wyoming. (Though New Mexico State is the Aggies, their mascot is a cowboy. Guess that's more intimidating than a farmer.) Not surprisingly, in this era of marketing, OSU filed a lawsuit against NMS about the use of their "Classic Aggie" image. 
  • Blaze, the UAB dragon, is quite cute.
  • There is a mascot and a nickname inspired by  non-newspaper texts: UC Irvine's Peter the Anteater, inspired by Johhny Hart's B.C. comic strip, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers honor a proud bird in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
  • Does Harvard have a mascot or not? I see online pictures of him, but have found nothing official online, nor have I seen him at the games. Granted, he probably wouldn't get much airtime, based on the pictures I've seen.
  • The WaPo mascot emjoi's created by Juila Herfernan made me smile. 

I leave you with the mascot emoji mentioned in this post, plus one.

          


Sixers hire fan behind mascots' Twitter

Sixers hire fan behind mascots' Twitter

A hobby for a recent college grad became a full-time social media job.

Jerry Rizzo started unofficial Twitter account for two mascots competing to become the next Philadelphia 76ers mascot. In a clever PR move, the 76ers offered game tickets in exchange of control of the Twitter accounts. Rizzo agreed.

Now Rizzo is the social media coordinator for the team. Score!

Next question, will Phil E Moose (@PhilEMoose), B. Franklin Dogg (@BFranklinDogg) or Big Ben (@BigBen_76ers) be the next 76ers' mascot? 

Cast your vote at NBA.com