Represent!: Power Ranking The Mascots Of The SEC

William DeightonCorrespondent IAugust 11, 2010

Represent!: Power Ranking The Mascots Of The SEC

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    If you are a fan of the SEC, you have a little animal in your blood, or for some a big animal. 

    Some are live animals, some are costumed. Whatever the case may be, they fire up every SEC crowd.

    From Dogs to Hogs here are the Power rankings for the mascots of the SEC . 

No. 11: Scratch and Blue, Kentucky

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    Kentucky's mascots named "Scratch and Blue" come in last place at No. 11. 

    These two ugly cats still would have finished dead last if I had included  the recently deceased mascot of Ole Miss, "Colonel Reb" (ate too much cornbread). 

    Who's kidding who? These mascots are the ugliest in the SEC. 

    Reports out of Lexington say that the local animal shelter is overflowing and can't take in any more illegitimate kittens of "Scratch and Blue's".  University of Kentucky officials say, plans are in place for "Scratch" to be spayed next month in Gainesville, Florida.

No. 10: Bully & The Bulldog, Mississippi St.

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    At No. 10 comes Bully the Bulldog, the mascot of Mississippi State.

    The live bulldog version of "Bully" does his best to compete with that other Bulldog in Athens but, is no match for him. 

    The costumed verison of "Bully" was made to emulate and attract female fans to Mississippi State. One MSU co-ed was quoted, "My boyfriend told me I look just like Bully!" as her sorority sister responded, "You lucky dog."

No. 9: Big Red & Tusk, Arkansas

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    "Big Red" and "Tusk" of Arkansas come in at No. 9.

    An untamed razorback hog was a lean, feral animal that was ill-tempered.  It fought and defeated anything that crossed its path, man or beast. The same can't be said about "Tusk" the fat lazy hog who lays on the sidelines every Arkansas home game.  

    "Big Red" is Arkansas' costumed mascot and is a bit leaner than "Tusk". "Big Red" looks tough and intimidating but, he has one big problem, he shares the same name as the more famous "Big Red" from Western Kentucky.

No.8: Mike The Tiger, LSU

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - AUGUST 30:  Mascot Mike the Tiger of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates on the field against the Appalachian State Mountaineers on August 30, 2008 at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty
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    "Mike the Tiger" of LSU comes in at No. 8.

    The State of Louisiana is distinct and full of vibrant culture yet its main University's mascot, is a Tiger, one of the most common nicknames in sports.

    Couldn't "Mike The Tiger" be like "Mike the Cajun", or "Mike the Royal".

    Aside from that, when "Mike the Tiger" is not roaming  the field of LSU's "Death Valley", he is binge drinking, starting fires, and hating on Nick Saban. 

No 7: Cocky & Sir Big Spur, South Carolina

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    ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Cocky, mascot of the South Carolina Gamecocks, watches from the sidelines against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    South Carolina mascots "Cocky" & "Sir Big Spur" come in at No. 7.

    "Cocky" may be the name of USC's costumed mascot, but the fans of USC usually don't feel so cocky when football season comes around. 

    "Sir Big Spur" is South Carolina's live gamecock. He plays the trombone in the marching band and can sing the whole South Carolina fight song..."Cockle-Doodle-Do" 

No. 6: Big Al, Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 29:  Mascot Big Al of the Alabama Crimson Tide crowd surfs from the field to the upper deck while taking on the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Auburn 36-0.  (Ph
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    "Big Al", Alabama's costumed Elephant comes in at No. 6.

    Big Al stomps the sidelines and surfs the student-section for the No. 1 team in the land. 

    But, hey Alabama you are the Crimson Tide, so why an Elephant again?

    Well, some old reporter back in the day nicknamed Alabama's offensive line, "The Red Elephants", after he said that they looked like they had doubled in size since the previous season.

    Not only that, but, if you visit Bryant-Denny Stadium's upper deck, you'll run into many 5-ton circus animals named Big Al.

No. 5: Smokey, Tennessee

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    The Tennessee mascot named "Smokey" comes in at No. 5.

    Smokey is a bluetick coonhound that howls on the sidelines of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium. UT also has a costumed version of Smokey, but the real dog is so much cooler. 

    The 107,000 UT fans that pack Neyland Stadium are not there for just the game each Saturday but, also a weekly family reunion and Smokey, well, he's the family dog.  

No. 4: Albert & Alberta, Florida

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    At No. 4 comes Florida's mascots, Albert & Alberta.

    Appealing to both male and female Florida fans, the two Gators represent the fierce and wild nature of their team. 

    Despite constant suggestions from Florida students and alumni, Albert and Alberta have never hooked up together in the wild. Except for that one time in the bathroom during that party at the Delta Chi House. They were both so hammered!

No. 3: Aubie & War Eagle (Tiger), Auburn

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    Auburn's mascots are named "Aubie" & "War Eagle" and come in at No. 3.

    Auburn's live eagle is named "War Eagle" or "Tiger." But, why an eagle? Aren't they the tigers? Yes, since Auburn fans couldn't hear their QB saying "Bald Eagle" they started chanting "War Eagle." Thus, the eagle.

    The live mascot's pre-game entrance is one-of-a-kind.

    Aubie is the costumed version of the Auburn Mascot. He lives just outside of Auburn in a trailer with a couple of his fraternity brothers. Aubie thinks his short shorts look awesome on him, what a douche.

No. 2: Mr. C, Vanderbilt

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    Vanderbilt's Mr. Commodore otherwise known as "Mr. C" comes in at No. 2.

    Mr. C is a decorated naval commander from the 1800's. The old man is just plain awesome.

    He does a great job of being super creepy too.

    There is a legend in Nashville that says that once you make eye contact with Mr. C...he will haunt your dreams for 7 straight years. 

No. 1: Hairy The Dog & UGA, Georgia

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    "Hairy the Dog" and "UGA" of Georgia finish in the top spot.

    "Hairy the Dog" is the costumed mascot for Georgia. Georgia sure did pick a great name for its mascot. His nickname is synonymous with the male population of Georgia.

    "Hairy" may look cool but, he just doesn't get the crowd going like Georgia's live bulldog named, "UGA." 

    The pup is one of the only mascots to ever attempt to bite a player which is why he is the greatest SEC mascot. Plus, The ladies of Georgia just think he is so darn cute.