Thursday, July 24, 2008

Ranking the ACC Mascots

The ACC helmets were ranked earlier this week. When they came out, someone E-mailed asking me to rank the mascots. So, here'tis. I've tried to rank them based solely on the physical mascot. I tried not to let the teams' nicknames factor in. If your team has a boring or over-done nickname, it's tough to have a good or creative mascot. So, for the most part, they're ranked strictly by the costume. However, personal biases did factor in heavily.

1. Virginia Tech - Hokie Bird
- Hokie Bird is the greatest mascot ever. Period.

2. Clemson - The Tiger
- Yes, "Tigers" is extremely overdone and no, it's not the best-looking mascot ever. But I've seen The Tiger in person a number of times and he's an excellent mascot. Very good at getting the crowd involved.

3. Georgia Tech - Buzz
- Buzz is a pretty cool-looking mascot, both in logo and foam.

4. Florida State - Chief Osceola and Renegade
- I hate human mascots. Willie the Wildcat at K-State is the worst mascot ever and for the most part, I think all human mascots are lame. But a Seminole warrior with a flaming spear riding a horse? That's something I can get behind. It's all about intimidation, people.

5. Boston College - Baldwin
- Would be better as an actual eagle, which BC used to have. But Baldwin is a solid alternative.

6. NC State - Mr. Wuf
- Not a very intimidating name, but Mr. Wuf is a good-looking mascot. And, he's currently the only ACC mascot that's getting some.

7. North Carolina - Rameses
- This mascot has come a long way. It used to be atrociously ugly. After this, it's all downhill. And yes, it was difficult to not make a dead mascot joke here (10 hell points).

8. Maryland - Testudo
- Lame.

9. Duke - The Blue Devil
- Little known fact: The Blue Devil and Cavman were the inspiration for The Ambiguously Gay Duo.

10. Miami - Sebastian the Ibis
- "But our shenanigans are cheeky and fun. And his shenanigans are cruel and tragic."

11. Wake Forest - The Demon Deacon
- Old men don't work too well as mascots.

12. Virginia - Cavman
- Even UVa fans hate Cavman. Terrible mascot.

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