37 Weird Official and Unofficial College Mascots: Is Your School On the List?
When I started college at George Washington University, I was a little bummed about the school’s mascot — a foam-faced replica of George Washington himself. We were the Colonials. Powdered wigs, breeches, those pilgrim-y buckle shoes…that’s what GW does best. Or so I thought.
Then I found out we had an adopted mascot that was a heck of a lot cuter. Unofficially, we were the hippos. The story goes that one of the deans had gotten drunk and purchased a big hippo statue while on vacation with his wife, and, being a lady with a modicum of taste, she insisted she did not want that ugly statue sitting in her house. Since he was a reasonable man, he decided to display the thing on campus instead, and it still sits there today.
Apparently mine wasn’t the only school to bring on a second-string mascot because the original one was lame. Turns out there are 37 schools that have really awesome unofficial mascots…and some of these places have truly bizarre official ones. The Fighting Pickles? Umm…okay.