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3 hours ago, SilverBullet1929 said:

Is there a reason for the specific first name of Bernie for Bernie Brewer?

 

As far as I know, it was chosen only for its alliterative quality.

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University of Maine's mascot, Bananas, has gone through a handful of changes over the years. They have a handy little website about it, seen here, and it appears that they even have a little display somewhere on campus, as seen in this photo:

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OMG that little person Mr Met is amazing! How long did that last?

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10 minutes ago, Gothamite said:

 

As far as I know, it was chosen only for its alliterative quality.

Are you from Milwaukee? Honest question because you tend to have all the answers when it comes to the Brewers.

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Sourdough Sam has had a few makeovers

 

 

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All of the NFL teams also had Huddles mascots that were league designed. Some actually stuck around a bit before the teams went to controlling their mascots again. 

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Then a few years ago the NFL tried to do this again with the Rush Zone mascots. Apparently the original Brutus Buckeye had hidden trees in each NFL city.

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Casey the Lion of the Omaha Royals/Golden Spikes/Storm Chasers:

 

Original:

 

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Golden Spikes era:

 

This photo is from the day they unveiled the Golden Spikes name, apparently they didn't have a hat ready yet.

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He finally got the right hat but that jersey was never worn by the Spikes. It's a Royals leftover with the Spikes mark thrown on.

 

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Omaha Royals 2.0:

 

Here's where things go downhill. Horrible color distribution and a red hat Omaha never wore.

 

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For some reason they increased the red toward the end of the Rosenblatt era, despite the team not wearing red.

 

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Storm Chasers:

 

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Recently Casey shed his road uniform in favor of the home uniform after the road uniform was retired by the team.

 

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(I just noticed I'm in the last picture, wearing the powder blue hat.)

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21 minutes ago, SilverBullet1929 said:

OMG that little person Mr Met is amazing! How long did that last?

I think he lasted only few years form 1994-96. 

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2 hours ago, Zeus89725 said:

Not sure if it counts as a full on redesign, but Sparky the Dragon changed colors along with the Islanders when they went from navy to royal blue.

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Sparky went through a more radical redesign when he went from the mascot for the New York Dragons Arena Football team to the Islanders' mascot. 

 

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Syracuse University's Otto the Orange has gone through a number of redesigns since he was introduced in the early '80s.

 

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1 hour ago, SilverBullet1929 said:

 Are you from Milwaukee? Honest question because you tend to have all the answers when it comes to the Brewers.

 

Yep.  Born in Manhattan, grew up splitting my time between Hell's Kitchen and Milwaukee.  I've been back in NYC for two decades now, but damn if sports allegiances aren't hard to shake.  ;) 

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Bucky Badger, mascot of one of my alma maters, has had a bunch of re-designs. 

 

He started in 1949 as a very tall, handmade papier-mâché head.

 

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In 1955, they upgraded the head. to better resemble the logo.

 

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They should have stopped there.  It's much more accurate than the glassy-eyed version they introduced in the 1980s:

 

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And then they made it even worse in the 1990s.

 

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That thing is hideous.  Misshapen and wrong.  Sunken, soulless eyes.  Strangle blobs on his face.  And brown?

 

Hell, even the cheap bobbleheads they sell at the bookstore do a better job of translating the logo into three dimensions.

 

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1 hour ago, eRay said:

University of Maine's mascot, Bananas, has gone through a handful of changes over the years. They have a handy little website about it, seen here, and it appears that they even have a little display somewhere on campus, as seen in this photo:

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That's awesome.  All schools should do that.

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2 hours ago, eRay said:

University of Maine's mascot, Bananas, has gone through a handful of changes over the years. They have a handy little website about it, seen here, and it appears that they even have a little display somewhere on campus, as seen in this photo:

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Aren't Maine the Black Bears?  Why was the mascot blue for awhile?

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3 hours ago, poser said:

Sourdough Sam has had a few makeovers:

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Sadly, this is exactly how a lot of people look in present day San Francisco.

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2 hours ago, insert name said:

I think he lasted only few years form 1994-96. 

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That thing is frightening lol

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TCU's first SuperFrog:

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Original drawing from Gorland Mar:

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Mid-00's version:

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Today:

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First Washington Nationals' "Screech":

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Second version:

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While I was at UW-Milwaukee, our mascot went from this (Victor E. Panther):
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To this (Pounce Panther):
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I'm still upset they didn't choose my suggestion for a name, "Roarin' Dan;" after Roarin' Dan Seevy.  A famous timber pirate from Milwaukee who sailed the Great Lakes.

As a bonus.  This also came up when I was looking for pics.  Apparently it's from 1977:
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The App State Mountaineers have seen a number of 'Yosef' iterations leading up to today.

 

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BYU's Cosmo Cougar went from looking like this:

 

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to this:

 

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Which allows him to do more athletic stuff like this:

 

 

 

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