Poll: Chicago Tribune asks for best Big Ten mascot



Our friends at the Chicago Tribune are running a fun poll that is asking fans to vote for the best Big Ten mascot. Vote here. With the recent addition of Maryland (Testudo) and Rutgers (Scarlet Knight), the Big Ten now features 11 mascots. As of Tuesday morning, it’s a two-mascot race, with Herky the Hawk garnering 51 percent of the votes and Brutus Buckeye 43 percent.

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Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are the only schools without a mascot.


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Big P on 7/29/2014 @ 8:29am EDT Said:

inb4 Sparty inevitably wins again.

Teri on 7/29/2014 @ 8:53am EDT Said:

Bucky Badger!

Janice Love Autullo on 7/29/2014 @ 9:11am EDT Said:

Brutus of course !

Barbara Chakas DeWitt on 7/29/2014 @ 10:00am EDT Said:

Brutus Buckeye!!!!!

justin on 7/29/2014 @ 10:06am EDT Said:

Illinois SHOULD still have their mascot. Hail to the CHIEF!!!

mti on 7/29/2014 @ 10:25am EDT Said:

What nobody ever realizes when they put these polls / surveys together about mascots, is that Purdue University’s Official Mascot is the Boilermaker Special.

Jeff on 7/29/2014 @ 10:30am EDT Said:

I wonder how Purdue would do if they used the actual official mascot, which is the Boilermaker Special train.

Curt on 7/29/2014 @ 10:32am EDT Said:

I always figured that OSU fans had nothing to do everyday but this just proves it.

Rich on 7/29/2014 @ 10:58am EDT Said:

Illinois was robbed of theirs; is a better explanation.

Dominique Devereaux on 7/29/2014 @ 11:00am EDT Said:

Bucky Badger

M. Krupa on 7/29/2014 @ 12:06pm EDT Said:

Sparty for me.

Todd Forsythe on 7/29/2014 @ 12:11pm EDT Said:

Bucky Badger!

George on 7/29/2014 @ 12:28pm EDT Said:

Bucky Badger all the way!

JJ on 7/29/2014 @ 12:54pm EDT Said:


Frank on 7/29/2014 @ 1:28pm EDT Said:

Our most popular is Brutus then Sparty then Bucky. http://www.stonemascots.com

Wendy Vogel on 7/29/2014 @ 1:37pm EDT Said:

Brutus buckeye

lz on 7/29/2014 @ 1:38pm EDT Said:


Larry on 7/29/2014 @ 2:04pm EDT Said:

I Like all of them!!

Richard Cobb on 7/29/2014 @ 2:50pm EDT Said:

Who else but Sparty!

Matthew Johnson on 7/29/2014 @ 2:54pm EDT Said:

Brutus!!!!!!!! O-H!!!

Charlotte Voight on 7/29/2014 @ 3:47pm EDT Said:

It’S the stately Nittany Lion of course!

mark on 7/29/2014 @ 3:55pm EDT Said:

Herky …Go Hawks baby

Susan Zucker on 7/29/2014 @ 4:50pm EDT Said:

Bucky Badger

Mark on 7/29/2014 @ 5:50pm EDT Said:

No mascot should be an option. Mascots are stupid and a distraction from the game.

Big Ten Fan on 7/29/2014 @ 5:56pm EDT Said:

Really? Brutus is cool but not that cool. Sparty. All the way with a dead heat between Bucky Badger and the Nittany Lion for third. Testudo is next and then Brutus.

Herky's Mom on 7/29/2014 @ 6:10pm EDT Said:

Herky – of course!

Lexi on 7/29/2014 @ 6:17pm EDT Said:


Peggy on 7/29/2014 @ 10:00pm EDT Said:

Herky from the Iowa Hawkeyes!

Valerie Malone on 7/30/2014 @ 1:11am EDT Said:

#1 Brutus all the way GO BUCKS OSU RULES🙂

motownwalt on 7/30/2014 @ 1:20am EDT Said:

This isn’t even close. Sparty is the best mascot in the country, not just the B1G.

Leslie Wachel Kofron on 7/30/2014 @ 4:04am EDT Said:

University of Illinois had Chief Illiniwek, and they took him away! Everyone HONORED the Chief but he offended some native Americans and the University decided he had to go. How dumb was that! Hail to the Chief! Bring him back!

VG on 7/30/2014 @ 8:13am EDT Said:

herky the hawk

Dave on 7/30/2014 @ 8:19am EDT Said:


Cindy Brenner on 7/30/2014 @ 8:21am EDT Said:

Brutus without a doubt

Teri C from CO on 7/30/2014 @ 8:27am EDT Said:

Herky wins!!

Chris Murray on 7/30/2014 @ 8:45am EDT Said:

Herky is the BEST!

Jay on 7/30/2014 @ 9:18am EDT Said:


Amy Tipton on 7/30/2014 @ 9:24am EDT Said:

Iowa’s Herky!!!

Jeanne on 7/30/2014 @ 10:03am EDT Said:

Herky!! Go Hawks!

jORDAN on 7/30/2014 @ 10:19am EDT Said:

Herky!!! GO HAWKS!

Karen on 7/30/2014 @ 10:26am EDT Said:


Janet on 7/30/2014 @ 11:04am EDT Said:

Herky the Hawk should be the big winner!

McKenzie Snyder Gilbert on 7/30/2014 @ 11:24am EDT Said:


TMan on 7/30/2014 @ 11:35am EDT Said:

Purdue Pete is winning because the intelligent university students and alumni of Purdue figured out how to cheat the system. Bow before your Big 10 overlord!!

Brandy Manders Rausch on 7/30/2014 @ 11:41am EDT Said:

Herky The Hawk for sure!!!

Hans Guter on 7/30/2014 @ 11:58am EDT Said:

Brutus Buckeye!!

jane rutledge on 7/30/2014 @ 12:28pm EDT Said:

Hawkeyes, of course!!!

Lien Kathy on 7/30/2014 @ 1:06pm EDT Said:


BadAsBuckeye on 7/30/2014 @ 1:24pm EDT Said:

purdue is cheating, they are getting 100 votes per second LOL. Shame on you guys for cheating, I thought it was only done down south.

Shari Brunner on 7/30/2014 @ 2:05pm EDT Said:

Bucky Badger is the very best!!

Shelly Pottebaum on 7/30/2014 @ 3:36pm EDT Said:

Herky, he’s the coolest!!!!!

jbq123 on 7/30/2014 @ 3:57pm EDT Said:


Tom Sepic on 7/30/2014 @ 4:17pm EDT Said:

Herky the Hawk without a doubt!

Sharon Artman on 7/30/2014 @ 5:04pm EDT Said:

Herky for sure!

Kipp on 7/30/2014 @ 5:20pm EDT Said:

Something is up with the poll. Right now it says that Purdue is in the lead at 75%. There is no way that is correct.

Susan Winegarden on 7/30/2014 @ 5:36pm EDT Said:

Herky the Hawk, of course!!!

chris g. on 7/30/2014 @ 5:46pm EDT Said:

Herky the Hawk!!!

Kay on 7/30/2014 @ 5:52pm EDT Said:

Bucky Badger!

Beth on 7/30/2014 @ 7:39pm EDT Said:

Herky- go Hawks!

Mary on 7/30/2014 @ 7:58pm EDT Said:


Kurt on 7/30/2014 @ 8:41pm EDT Said:

I think someone hacked the poll. Purdue has over 3 million votes

Jason Tyma on 7/30/2014 @ 9:09pm EDT Said:

Herbie Husker

Amy on 7/30/2014 @ 9:13pm EDT Said:

Herky the Hawk!

rusty on 7/30/2014 @ 9:35pm EDT Said:

Herky the great, Baby!!!!!!

Barbara Fackel on 7/30/2014 @ 9:39pm EDT Said:

Herky, for sure!

Janann Schiele on 7/30/2014 @ 10:19pm EDT Said:

Herky of course. Who else?

Joe Snyder on 7/30/2014 @ 11:00pm EDT Said:

Herky is the greatest!

ilaSibley on 7/31/2014 @ 6:55am EDT Said:


Ann on 7/31/2014 @ 10:11am EDT Said:


Amy on 7/31/2014 @ 10:37am EDT Said:

definitely Herky!! He’s the best!!

Chris on 7/31/2014 @ 3:38pm EDT Said:

No offense Purdue, but 4 million more votes than any other school? Smells like a hack to me!

Angie on 7/31/2014 @ 7:53pm EDT Said:


PKap on 7/31/2014 @ 9:16pm EDT Said:

Herky. Go Hawks!

JOANN SAMPSON on 7/31/2014 @ 10:35pm EDT Said:

Herky – go Iowa Hawks!

Steve on 8/1/2014 @ 12:03am EDT Said:

Buckingham U. badger since 1940. Hall of Fame too