As I write this, Old Dominion has almost 16 thousand votes for WEEK 7’s match up – and it only JUST STARTED.
So, naturally, you say…this is why they are STILL number ONE in the Capital One Mascot Challenge.
But consider this:
The mascots in the TWO, THREE and FOUR and FIVE spots are not messing around.
Number 2 Paydirt Pete is tallying more than 17 thousand votes.
Number 3 Brutus of OSU fame has more than 14 K …. AND
The DUCK? In the Number 4 slot? Well, he is closing in on 19 thousand.
He’s followed closely by Monte – who’s up closing in on 18 thousand.
Good news for Mike the Tiger Fans – he’s moving up! This week he skipped over Western Kentucky to take the 11 slot. Keep scratching!
And now….a few more of the delightful bloggers out fighting for votes for their mascots!
Why did you apply to represent the University of Idaho for this blogger challenge? I had two options actually when I applied- University of Cincinnati or University of Idaho. I love the Bearcats – went to the Orange Bowl the year before last to watch them play VaTech etc. In fact, in classes I taught at Idaho I made sure the students all knew what a Bearcat was!!! BUT, I am a fresh graduate of University of Idaho and my loyalties to the Vandals really snuck up on me. The Idaho community is just so special and so deserving of national attention. It’s a smaller school and only recently has made some NCAA FB headlines with a bowl win last year and a first round draft pick (Mike Iupati). I felt UC would be well covered but figured Idaho would probably need some help- I was most excited to see that Joe Vandal was even in the mascot challenge! The students at Idaho are also considered Vandals- we make up the Vandal Nation- and we are ready for the rest of the country to recognize us!
Share one memorable experience about your time at your University/time at a game/watching a game? My favorite memory is the Humanitarian Bowl win last year over Bowling Green of Ohio. I watched the game on TV in Virginia- amidst a bunch of east coast football fans. I’d talked the game up all week and made it a “must-watch” bowl game. And, it ended up being (arguably) the BEST bowl game any of us watched! Idaho was down 7 with eight seconds remaining, wide receiver Max Komar (now with NFL Arizona Cardinals) caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from QB Nathan Enderle (still with Vandals). With four seconds left the Vandals were within a point. Head coach Robb Akey decided to go for the win and forego overtime!!! On a two point conversion attempt, QB Nathan Enderle connected with Preston Davis (still with Vandals) in the end zone to give the Vandals the win, 43-42!! I was so excited for them to win in such dramatic fashion on national television! My east-coast football fan friends have started paying a little more attention to Idaho and west coast football in general.
Any unique ways you plan to get votes for your mascot? I’ve attempted to make official contact with school officials but that hasn’t panned out. I would like to do an email interview with the mascot person for the blog- still working on that. It’s harder being out of town!! I use Twitter, Facebook, and the blog to rally people for votes. It would be a lot of help to have the school officially recognize me so maybe more people would follow Joe’s mascot challenge Facebook page and Twitter account (which I try encourage people to join so they get reminders to stay interested). Other secret tactics will have to stay in the bag…..!
Why not?!!!!! I don’t know why somebody wouldn’t want to represent the University of Miami Not only do they have a great mascot and football team, but they also have a great school. Every department at the University of Miami is phenomenal, from the staff to the students. University of Miami has it all, especially now since they have ME representing them in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, lol : )
Can you see where your mascot *might* need a little help? Get voting!