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Half of the 2015 Sweet Sixteen in Mascot Emoji

Listed in order from lowest seed to highest:

   Rameses the Ram, UNC Tar Heels

  Mr. Wuf, NC State Wolfpack

  The Leprechaun, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

  Joe Bruin, UCLA Bruins

   Swoop the red-tailed hawk, Utah Utes

   D'Artagnan, Xavier Muskeeters

  Wilbur T. Wildcat, Arizona Wildcats

  Wildcat, Kentucky Wildcats

Some  Most of these primary mascots have secondary mascots that usually don't travel with them.  Mr. Wuf has Mrs. Wuf. Joe Bruin has Josephine Bruin. D'Argagnan has the Blue Blob. Wilbur T. Wildcat has Wilma T. Wildcat. The Kentucky Wildcat has a child-friendly counterpart named Scratch.  Maybe they'll make an exception for this special occasion.

(The awesome emjois are courtesy of The Washington Post sharing the talents of Julia Heffernan with readers.)


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.