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Old Apr 17, 2012, 03:35 PM   #1
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Campus Spirit Revival, a registered student organization, is giving students more time to contribute their ideas for a new mascot. While the original art contest deadline was April 15, the group has decided to extend the deadline to Oct. 14 in order to allow for more submissions to.

Some mascot ideas that have been submitted include Colonel Kernel; Lean Mean Mr. Soybean; Trouble, the tractor, and a currently unnamed white-tailed deer.





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This could get interesting. :laugh:
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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BRING BACK THE CHIEF ! !

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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I wanna know how much money we'd lose out on if we don't host postseason games... Surely not much.

PS Horny, the white tailed deer FTW.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 03:57 PM   #4
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This could get interesting. :laugh:
Combine: Drunken Abe Lincoln driving an angry tractor in a tornado.

The corn....eh. Looks like he tripped over his primary bong on his way to his secondary bong. Not appropriate for a mascot, college or otherwise. I do like corn, though.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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I wanna know how much money we'd lose out on if we don't host postseason games... Surely not much.

PS Horny, the white tailed deer FTW.
Could end up being a lot of money if football gets a playoff with the semi finals on campus.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:20 PM   #6
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They should just combine two of them-




Also, whoever drew those needs to come up with a new method of drawing crossed arms.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:29 PM   #7
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BRING BACK THE CHIEF ! !
I don't think he's ever coming back in an official capacity. Let him remain a mystical, underground figure for the students. The best choice, IMO, is some variation on Lincoln. The sinewy, rail splitter motif could be good. The drawing in the upper left corner isn't noble enough, and lose the beer stein, for crying out loud. . .

I wish we could have a stern looking Lincoln with a slogan like, "We will emancipate you!". Far to non-PC. There are lots of possibilities. No silly or cartoonish faces. In his latter years, especially, there was an air of nobility around the Chief. That would continue in spades with a Lincoln symbol (again, more symbol than "mascot"--how could we treat the memory and image of the consensus greatest President in the nation's history like a circus figure?)

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:45 PM   #8
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Those are all horrible.

We should use a doughboy, since that's where the term "Fighting Illini" came from.

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 04:53 PM   #9
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I like Lincoln. But put him in a full chief war gear.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:12 PM   #10
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1. Drunk Lincoln, bad idea as it not only degrades the closest thing Illinois has to a patron saint but we don't need a drunken mascot
2. Tornado, Iowa State is already the Cyclones and we don't need to be too
3. Corn Guy, I agree with "dontlikepants" he looks like he is super stoned, just a bad idea
4. Tractor, not only a rip on my major (Ag Engineering/Crop Sci) and 90% of the UI students wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a corn or bean field (see Blago's ~2006 Pro-Ethanol commercial, he was knee deep in a bean field)
5. Deer, eh not really against but we can do so much better
6. Squirrel, PASS

My personal choice is to bring back the Chief but if we REALLY have to go down this road I have a feeling we can get something better than these. Why not the Piasa (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piasa)? Or the Eagle idea someone had a while back? Have the mascot meet the crowd, do tricks, ... and he/she will take a knee during the 3-in-1 while the Chief dances.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:43 PM   #11
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I like Lincoln. But put him in a full chief war gear.
Best idea yet! Definitely not a squirrel. I live near Terre Haute and Indiana State had a vote for new mascot. They actually were in the same position we are, they had to replace Chief Ouabachi, and they did so with Sycamore Sam, a nonspecific woodland creature. Kinda looks like a sqirrel though.

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:47 PM   #12
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I'm going to assume that Lincoln is enjoying a frosty root beer or sasparilla. Can't understand why he would be holding a mug of beer.:laugh:

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 06:56 PM   #13
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If these are the choices lets just not have a mascot
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:09 PM   #14
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:20 PM   #15
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If these are the choices lets just not have a mascot
+1 It will be difficult to replace the chief's tradition with a new mascot and perhaps shouldn't even be attempted.

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 07:20 PM   #16
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 08:07 PM   #17
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Why not go with Orange Krush as a mascot. A character that looks like the hulk only orange
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 08:10 PM   #18
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I don't think a mascot is necessary, but if we do get something I think an Eagle like Boston College's would be ok...

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 08:57 PM   #19
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This could get interesting. :laugh:
none of these, The Chief or nothing for me.

BTW the corn guy, the tractor and soybean dude remind me of this, the worst trophy ever

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:15 PM   #20
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If it'd decided that we NEED something, gimme Abe Lincoln. He can be Fightin' Abe, fireworks can come out of his top hat, and he can dance the 3-in-1 since it's not a "real" Native American dance with any meaning. So, in theory, there should be no issue with him doing the same tumbling "stunts" to the same music.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:25 PM   #21
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none of these, The Chief or nothing for me.
I think I'm going to be sick. I know $$$ drives all things Illini, but what ever happened to honor and dignity? Bring back our revered symbol who was NEVER a mascot. NOTHING should ever replace him.

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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:27 PM   #22
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Leave it as is with no mascot, or...

how about something completely original that has absolutely no ability to be lambasted by the NCAA, and is only known from IL????

The Tully Monster http://www.museum.state.il.us/exhibi...ls/fossil.html
Yes its weird, but no one else has it as a mascot!



Or how about making it a corrupt politician???
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:40 PM   #23
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No. Just Stop. Please, please No.
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 09:50 PM   #24
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I find that Abraham Lincoln drawing to be "hostile and abusive"
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Old Apr 17, 2012, 10:32 PM   #25
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If we are shooting for original.... the Illinois Fighting Bluegill....... the Blagojevich..... the Fighting Polish.... or the Ethanol Storm

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