"Hey, I'm LU Wolf, Loyola's mascot. Let's get ready to ramblllllllllllllle!" In case you're wondering, or wandering, here's the mascot match-ups for the 2018 Sweet Sixteen. And even if you aren't, it's here.
"Oh, Sweet Sixteen, it wasn't long ago you were 68,' said no greeting card ever. Read on to see the mascot match-ups for this year's teenagers.
I"ll update this list of Sweet 16 games with mascots as the teams are eliminated. (You can follow my list of 2015Sweet16Mascots twitter list to keep up with the 12 tweeters .) The final scores are to the right. (As long as the web page lines up.)
3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Leprechaun @NDTheLeprechaun 81
7 Wichita State Shockers
WuShock, a shock of wheat @Wu_Shock 70
1 Wisconsin Badgers
Bucky @UWBuckyBadger 79
4 North Carolina Tar Heels
Ramses the Ram @Rameses_UNC 71
1 Kentucky Wildcats
The Wildcat twitterless 78
5 West Virginia Mountaineers
The Mountaineer @WVUMascot 39 (ouch!)
2 Arizona Wildcats
Wilbur T. Wildcat @OfficialWilbur 68
6 Xavier Muskeeters
D'Artagnan twitterless 60
2 Gonzaga Bulldogs ('Zags)
Spike twitterless 74
11 UCLA Bruins
Joe Bruin @UCLAJoeBruin 62
4 Louisville Cardinals
Louie the Cardinal @LouieTheCard 75
8 NC State Wolfpack
Mr. Wuf @Mr_Wuf_GoPack 65
1 Duke Blue Devils
The Blue Devil @The1BlueDevil 64
5 Utah Utes
Swoop the Red-Tailed Hawk @SwoopHawk 57 (So close!)
3 Oklahoma Sooners
Boomer, pony twitterless 58 (Another close one.)
7 Michigan State Spartans
Sparty @TheRealSparty 62
Break it down now...
Using the costumed mascots, not team nicknames, the 2015 Sweet Sixteen has:
10 animals - 2 birds, 2 wildcats, 1 badger, 1 bear, 1 dog, 1 horse, 1 ram, and 1 wolf
3 people - 1 mountaineer, 1 musketeer, 1 Spartan (or 1 armed dude and 2 soldiers)
1 mythical person - The Leprechaun
1 plant - WuShock is a shock of wheat
1 spirit - You may want to group the Blue Devil with the Leprechaun, or put both of them with the people. Not sure when you'd need to do that, but you never know.
Using the team nicknames to parse the group is easier, with just two categories - people and animals.
3 soldiers (2 French - Blue Devils & Musketeers, 1 ancient - Spartans)
1 Native American, 1 national resident, 1 illegal settler, 1 state resident, 1 mountain resident, 1 field worker
2 wildcats, 1 badger, 1 bear, 1 bird, 1 dog, 1 wolf
Just think, without this blog, all that pondering about this issue would have nowhere to go - for better or worse.
No time to make this fit here, but I created a handy GoogleDoc of the 2015 Sweet 16 mascot emoji pairings. It's not exactly a bracket, but if you cross off the losers, you can use it as a wannabe bracket. (If you're a mascot fan with some web skills to contribute, let me know.)
Select landscape and print background graphics.
Zoom in or out (Ctrl + or Ctrl -) when the document is open to make sure all the parts are viewable on screen. When I printed from Chrome, it would only print what was showing on the screen.
If you have any other printing tips, please leave a comment to help others. Thanks!