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Where's Waldo? 2014 NCAA Tourney List Edition

The 2014 List of March Madness Mascots will be posted soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Know what's crazy? How the NCAA site buries the list of teams for the tournament. A few hours after the selectinos were announced I went looking for a list of teams at NCAA.com/march-madness.

Amidst all the ads for apps and gear, in the Latest Headlines section, there was link the article "Florida earns top billing." Buried at the end of theis aritcle was a link to the brackets. At the bottom of this page was a static menu banner with a link to the interactive bracket at NCAA.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-men/d1

Why did they make it so hard to find?

I'll post my list of the teams and the mascots ASAP. Though I don't know all the mascots yet, I do know that there is a Geoffrey Chaucer related mascot and a school with a mascot program that could be considered a farm team for professional mascots. Nice. If you like the mascot spin on the bracket, check out the Fat Pastor's take.


2014 - The First Five Teams to Punch Their Dance Cards

JohnHarvardThe Harvard Crimson was the first team in this year. There's not much info to be found about mascot John Harvard, except this handsome picture. 

Has anyone seen him at the basketball games this year? The football games? A Thanksgiving parade? I'd love to know if he's still around. 

 

 

EKUcolonel300x242The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will have The Colonel on the sidelines, though some would like him to be permanently ejected. 

 

 

CoastalCarolinaChaunceyChanticleerThe Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (SHON-ti-clears) and Chauncey Chanticleer are celebrating their first tourney bid since 1993. FYI, Chauncey is a rooster. The chanticleer mascot comes from a character in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The Chanticleer is a proud and fierce rooster who dominates the barnyard. 

 

WUShockMVCChamp2014smallThe Wichita State Shockers and WuShock enter the tournament with an unblemished 34-0 record, which hasn't been done since 1991's UNLV team. Indiana's 1975-76 team was the last undefeated national champion, and that was before the tournament expanded to 64 teams.(Thanks to USA Today for the info.)

 

 

MercerTobyTheBearThe Mercer Bears with Toby, and perhaps his lady Tot, are one of the tiny dancers this year. 

 

 

 

So far, WuShock and Chauncey are the most unique in the field. We'll see what rest of the 68 teams brings.