From the never-thought-we'd-write-this file: Sparty's golf cart has gone missing. That's right, somebody stole the sculpted Michigan State mascot's ride from the MSU Union on Sunday, according to the Michigan State University Police Department.
I can’t speak for any trick-or-treaters, but Goldy the Gopher sure followed Jim Harbaugh’s tip for children to get the most candy on Halloween. [ MORE: Like Halloween? Check out these Big Ten football costumes ] “I advised them to get two costumes, to be go-getters,” Harbaugh said last week. “You can hit the neighborhood in one costume — and better to jog and run from house to house, then you can get more candy than anybody else. Then come home make a quick change into the second costume and go hit those same houses again.” Goldy the Gopher put
We’re approaching the summer, folks, which means the rankings are out in full force. [ MORE: Get all of our Big Ten mascots coverage ] There are even lists that rank college mascots. As part of its 15 for ’15 series, NFL.com posted its ranking of college football’s best mascots Wednesday afternoon. Only two Big Ten mascots made the cut, believe it or not. The good news? Brutus the Buckeye did come in at No. 2. Here’s what the publication says about Ohio State’s iconic mascot: “Brutus is one of the more recognizable mascots in the country, and for good
Big Ten mascots, you've done it again! And, you'll want to check out their "Shake It Off" parody.
As we posted Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune conducted a poll on the Big Ten’s best mascot. At the time, Herky and Brutus were well ahead of the competition and involved in a two-mascot race. Then, something crazy happened. Let’s just say, Purdue fans hijacked the poll, to the point that it went from last to the runaway winner, finishing with 5,422,716 votes (74 percent). Like mascots? Get our latest mascot coverage! Regardless of what happened (bot), the poll is proof Big Ten fans are as passionate as any fan base. Check out this stat: The typical Chicago Sports poll generates
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. [ MORE: Big Ten mascots visit D.C. | And Chicago, too! ] Illinois, Indiana and Michigan are the only schools without a mascot.
Like traveling? You might want to check into becoming a Big Ten mascot. In the last month alone, the mascots have been in New York, Washington D.C. and, finally, Chicago. Everybody’s favorite furry friends are in our home city to help promote the BTN Big 10K on Saturday. Speaking of the race, you can watch a live stream of the finish line. Find out how. Anyway, check out some of the best photos from the mascots’ tour of Chicago. Ever been to the Skydeck? You should. @TheIowaHawkeyes #Herky must have felt right at home up on #TheLedge with the other
The Big Ten mascots always seem to have the best time when they come to Chicago for the Big Ten Football Media Day and Kickoff Luncheon, and this year was no exception. Bucky, Brutus, Herky, Sparty, Herbie, and Purdue Pete stopped by “Good Day Chicago” and took over the local Fox affiliate’s TV newsroom during BTN’s appearance to promote Saturday’s BTN Big10K race downtown. This comes on the heels of a recent music video back-and-forth over the summer. Read all of the details over here. Also, way back in 2009, a few mascots mingled at the reception as only they
You may recall a few weeks ago when a band of Big Ten Conference mascots made a spoof video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video, the latest in a long line of spoofs. It was funny, it drew plenty of attention, and it all seemed innocent enough. That is, until someone noticed the video didn’t include Purdue Pete and Northwestern’s Willie the Wildcat. And now Pete and the ‘Cat have responded. Subsequent news coverage of the mascots’ initial viral video revealed that the omission of those two mascots was an unfortunate miscommunication between the mascot programs. Honestly, we
The video view counter on YouTube suggests that many of you have seen the variety of video spoofs of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” video. There was the Harvard baseball team, the SMU rowing team, and the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders. Even Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster got in on the act with his own distinct cookie-related twist. You can now count a handful of Big Ten mascots as inspired fans of the song, too. A sharp-eyed reader spotted this video posted on the YouTube channel for The Real Sparty, which is run by the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation. If