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2016 First Four: FDU's Knightro, a blue horse, vs. FGCU's Azul, an eagle

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The first game of the tourney* pits a blue horse against an eagle whose name means blue.  

#16 Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (as in chess pieces) vs. #16 Florida Gulf Coast Eagles  (Yep. Two #16s.)

Follow them on Twitter @TheRealKnightro and @AzulTheEagle.

 Farleigh Dickinson Knightro  FGCU Azul Run

*First game depends on if you think the tourney starts on Tuesday or Thursday. I lean towards Thursday, but am such a fan of the tourney I'll blog about Tuesday, like NFL fans who go to training camp. 

2016 March Madness Mascot Lists List

Yep, it's a list of lists. The pros have posted some mascot lists

SB Nation's most delicious mascots. Yes, they talk about eating the mascots, a clever, albeit a bit disturbing, take on the creepiest, weirdest, etc. lists that usually circulate this time of year. 

USA Today ranked the teams by mascot, loosely on how menacing they are. It's a bit sparse on analysis, but does have some good visuals. 

This ESPN list talks about the teams, not so much the mascots, but it's a concise primer for your tourney enjoyment. 

I suspect that over the next few days we'll find one or two mascot brackets with graphics.

Happy dancing!


2016 March Madness Mascot Emojiis and Bracket Machine

  image from img.washingtonpost.comWhile I finalize the 2016 mascot list, take a look at the 2016 March Madness emoji (appropriately made into  campaign buttons) by Julia Heffernan for the Washington Post.

 The Wall Street Journal also has a quick way to fill out your bracket with their Madness Machine. You select the factors to consider (offense, defense, etc.) and the machine generates your bracket. Next year they need to add mascot and team color.  image from