2018 March Madness Mascots South Region - Atlanta, Georgia

South Regional ATL GA 2018The south is full of wildcats - and cats of the wild. Other mascot notes from this region include a dog with a movie title, a mascot who likes a Brady Bunch meal, two wolves that don't match their team nicknames, and a bovine supporting one of his herd who fell ill this season. Look for these smiling, growling, stoic faces in Atlanta. 

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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.