Utah Colleges Are Missing The World’s Most Popular Mascot
Dave, my wise mascot oracle, convinced me that picking game winners based on mascots is the secret to success. You've probably heard us chat about it on air, declaring victories until, well, the mascot magic wore off, and losses started raining down like confetti at a clown convention.
This whole mascot-picking craze got me pondering the mascot universe. I asked, "What's the most common mascot worldwide?" Brace yourselves – it's the bulldog! Yes, the tenacious, slobbery, and, apparently, omnipresent bulldog.
But hold on to your oversized animal costume head, because when it comes to the great state of Utah, our mascots are playing hide and seek, and they're hiding better than Waldo at a camouflage convention. In the world's mascot jackpot, Utah is like the kid who brought a rock to the candy store.
Pro and college teams in Utah must've missed the bulldog memo, or maybe we're all cat people. What happened? Did the bulldogs get lost on their way to the ball game, or did they just decide that the mountains were more suited to cats, bears, and bees?
I know if we dig down to the High school level you start seeing them, but among the Utah Jazz Bear, Buster The Bear for Salt Lake City Stars, Leo the Lion representing Real Salt Lake (RSL), Cleo the Lioness associated with Utah Royals FC, Theo the Lion of Real Monarchs, Bumble from Salt Lake Bees, Grizzbee of Utah Grizzlies, Oggie for Ogden Raptors, Hootz & Holly representing Orem Owlz, Cosmo the Cougar for BYU, Swoop representing the University of Utah, Big Blue at Utah State
Waldo the Wildcat from Weber State University, Thor the Thunderbird from Southern Utah University, Willy the Wolverine representing Utah Valley University, and Brooks the Bison for Dixie State University where is our Bulldog? Yes, that is a comprehensive list of our pro and college mascots and yes, I am sorry if I missed some, especially if they were your favorite.
Maybe it's time to unleash the power of the bulldog. I'm thinking of you Brigham City, Bountiful, Brianhead. Anyone else? Beaver? No, that wouldn't work. Bluffdale? Well, Whoever gets it might be in for some slobbery victories.
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