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Mascot Snapshot: #14 Valparasio Crusaders vs #3 Michigan State Spartans

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Valparasio Crusader

Website -  ValpoAthletics.com/Crusader

Twitter - @ValpoUCrusader

Facebook -  Facebook.com/ValpoCrusader

 

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Michigan-State-University-Traditions-Sparty-Struts-169x225 Sparty the Spartan

Website - Sparty's page MSU Student Alumni Foudantion

Twitter - @TheRealSparty

Facebook - Facebook.com/MSUSparty (Doesn't say official, but look likes it is.)

 

 

Affiliate link - What self-respecting MSU fan doesn't have some MSU Duck Brand Duct Tape?

 

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Sparty probably keeps a roll on hand for emergencies.

 


5 Tips for Picking Your Bracket by Mascot

This post is for all you deep thinking lightweight bracketeers who choose your winners based on mascot. (Don't confuse that with team name.) It's a little food for thought to give you something to chew on as your bracket deadline nears. 

 

1. Aggies aren't what they seem. 

North Carolina A&T's mascot is a bulldog, not a farmer. It's an odd-colored yellow bulldog. Could it be an animal husbandry class project gone awry? 

The mascot of the other Aggie team, New Mexico State, is human. Pistol Pete is a cowboy, based on Frank "Pistol Pete" Eaton, an actual person.

2. Don't take severe whether too seriously. 

As a Texan, I'm used to tornado warnings. I take those seriously. Not so much with the severe whether monikers in this year's tourney bracket. Why? A closer inspection of the Iowa State Cylcones and the Miami Hurricanes reveal they are nothing more than birds.

The Cyclones mascot is a cardinal. Granted, it's a cardinal with teeth, so that's a little weird, but it's still a bird. The Hurricanes mascot is an ibis. (Punnage: the ibis of the hurricane.) An ibis does have a long beak that could poke your eye out. An eye-kabob would be awful, but doesn't have the widespread destructive potential of a hurricane. 

3. Consider your imagination. Do you believe in unicorns? 

You obviously have some imagination if you're reading this, a blog about costumed characters. But when it comes time to pick a winner, you may want to choose fantasy over reality or vice versa.

I know it may be shocking, but some of the mascots aren't even real! What?

Kansas Jayhawks are mythical birds. The St. Louis Billiken is inspired by a good-luck charm. (Okay, that's borderline real, but the little tchotchke wasn't actually walking around.)

What about the Notre Dame Leprechaun? Real or note real? If the mascot matched the team nickname, there would be no question. 

Middle Tennessee State's mascot is a winged horse. (Though their First Four loss saved you having to think about that.) Probably not real. 

 4. Consider your spirituality, or theology. 

What do you do with the Duke Blue Devil or Northwestern State's Vic the Demon? Do you refer back to tip #3 or do you look for the Providence Friar in the bracket? (Providence didn't make the tourney this year, by the way.) 

5. No mascot, no win. 

If you're using mascot merit only as the criteria for advancing in the bracket, a team with no mascot is out of luck. (Kind of funny since the word mascot used to simply mean something that brought a household luck.)

Nevermind that Indiana is a #1 seed. They have no mascot so out they go. Michigan and Illinois will be joining them. 

This is some serious mascotology. Will it help your bracket? I doubt it, but it's a nice break from the usual pre-tourney analysis. 

If you're looking for a lighter mascotolgy with graphics, check out the Mascotology: 7 Rules at InsideHook.com. 

 Slate.com also has cool printable brackets you can pick by team colors or mascot logo. (I could be jealous, but I'll just admire them instead. They are cool.)


2013 March Madness Mascot Names, Schools, Team Nicknames

Need another way to pick a bracket? How about by mascot. You've done that already? Are you sure? Did you use the mascot or the team nickname?

The team nickname will not always be the same as the mascot. For example, North Carolina's team nickname is the Tarheels, but their mascot is a ram.

So, if you're prone to overthinkng your brackets, here's more information to fuel your brain exertion - the actual mascot match-ups by region. I included the team nicknames just for fun. (I know the tables aren't pretty, but they do the job. This Google Doc has three lists with the mascot names, school names and team nicknames. Thanks for reading! 

 

Midwest Region  West Region  South Region  East Region

 

 MIDWEST REGION - Indianapolis, IN
   
1 Cardinal Bird (Louisville Cardinals)
16 Bulldog, Nameless? NCAT alum help! (North Carolina A&T Aggies)
   
8 Rodney the Ram (Colorado State Rams)
9 Truman the Tiger (Missouri Tigers)
   
5 Pistol Pete, with mascot head (Oklahoma St. Cowboys)
12 The Duck (Oregon Ducks)
   
4 The Billiken (St. Louis)
13 Pistol Pete, no mascot head (New Mexico St, Aggies)
   
6 Pounce the Tiger (Memphis Tigers)
11 Rnd 1 Winner
   
3 Sparty, Spartan warrior (Michigan State Spartans)
14 The Crusader (Valparaiso Crusaders)
   
7 Billy Bluejay (Creighton Bluejays)
10 The Bearkat (Cincinnati Bearkats)
   
2 The Blue Devil (Duke Blue Devils)
15 Damien & Lil'D, Great Danes (Albany Great Danes)
  

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WEST REGION -Los Angeles, CA

   
1 Spike the Bulldog (Gonzaga Bulldogs)
16 ? the Jaguar (Southern U. Jaguars)
   
8 Roc the Panther (Pittsburgh Panthers)
9 WuShock the Wheat Sheaf (Wichita State Shockers)
   
5 Buckingham "Bucky" U. Badger (Wisconsin Badgers)
12 Rebel Black Bear (Mississippi "Ole Miss" Rebels)
   
4 Willie the Wildcat (Kansas State Wildcats)
13 Rnd 1 Winner
   
6 Wilbur and Wilma T. Wildcat (Arizona Wildcats)
11 Bruiser the Bruin (Belmont Bruins)
   
3 Lobo Louie and Lobo Lucy, wolves (New Mexico Lobos)
14 John Harvard the 17th Century Clergyman ? (Harvard Crimson)
   
7 The Leprechaun (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)
10 Cy the Cardinal (Iowa State Cyclones)
   
2 Brutus the Buckeye Nut (Ohio State Buckeyes)
15 Killian the Gael (Iona Gaels)

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 SOUTH REGION - Arlington, TX
   
1 Big Jay & Lil' Jay (Kansas Jayhawks)
16 Big Red the Blob (Western Kentucky HIlltoppers)
   
8 Rameses the Ram (North Carolina Tarheels)
9 Will D. Cat (Villanova Wildcats)
   
5 Rodney the Ram (Virginia Commonwealth Univ. Rams)
12 Zippy the Kangaroo (Akron Zips)
   
4 No Mascot (Michigan Wolverines)
13 Jack the Jack Rabbit (South Dakota State Jackrabbits)
   
6 Joe & Josephine Bruin, brown bears (UCLA Bruins)
11 Goldy the Gopher (Minnesota Golden Gophers)
   
3 Albert and Alberta Gator (Florida Gators)
14 Vic the Demon (Northwestern State Demons)
   
7 The Aztec Warrior (San Diego State Aztecs)
10 Boomer and Soooner, horses (Oklahoma Sooners)
   
2 Jack the Bulldog (Georgetown Hoyas)
15 Azul the Eagle (Florida Gulf Coast Eagles)

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EAST REGION - Washington, D.C.

   
1 No Mascot (Indiana Hoosiers)
16 Round 1 Winner
   
8 Mr. and Mrs. Wuf (NC State Wolfpack)
9 Hooter the Owl (Temple Owls)
   
5 Hey Reb! & Lil' Reb, mountain men (UNLV Rebels)
12 Oski the Golden Bear (California Golden Bears)
   
4 Otto the Orange (Syracuse Orange)
13 Montana "Monte" the Grizzly Bear (Montana Grizzlies)
   
6 Hink the Bulldog (Butler Bulldogs)
11 Bucky the Bison (Bucknell Bison)
   
3 The Golden Eagles (Marquette Golden Eagles)
14 Mr. Cat or Will E. Wildcat (Davidson Wildcats)
   
7 No Mascot (Illinois Fighting Illini)
10 Chip the Buffalo (Colorado Buffaloes)
   
2 Sebastian the Ibis (Miami Hurricanes)
15 Power Cat the Tiger (Pacific Tigers)

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