March Madness is more than brackets, upsets and Cinderella tales. It's about mascots, the proud, the beautiful and the downright awkward.
Beyond the buzzer-beaters and just past the team of cheerleaders lay a world of mascots just itching to remind fans when it's appropriate to cheer.
Let's doff our caps the Internet way with a breakdown of the 68 crazy characters representing each team in the NCAA tournament. (We hope you like alliterative naming schemes and wildcats.)
Of course, such endeavors like ranking fictional characters is bound to cause the normal kind of outrage you can expect, so feel free to completely annihilate my thoughts in the comments section below.
These are mascots after all, and they mean everything.
For these we are grading on a few things, but most importantly the look and feel of the mascot. Tradition is important, which you will see in time. But we really like nods to originality, style and mascots that don't look creepy.
So to recap:
- Looks: Life is all about looks. I am sure some of these mascots have amazing personalities, but those that tumbled from the ugly tree will fall in the rankings.
- Originality: If you adore wildcats, cats that aren't wild and dogs, boy are you in luck! The only caveat to this is having your mascot as a tree, because that's dumb.
- Style: This might be the most important, and it really separates some of the similar mascots.
- Tradition and Popularity: Some of the more iconic get a bump because when it comes to mascots, we are bandwagon fans.