Alma Otter / Champ Mascot

#76
The otter has to go. I'm okay with the www1 concept/general/fighting. A mascot who is stern and strong, with a lot of muscle, grit and determination. Not a playful otter. Something like this, but bigger muscles.
 

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#77
I prefer the Orange Krush mascot of all the suggestions. It has tradition. It communicates strength. Strong history of philanthropy. Something we immediately recognize as a symbol of our athletic teams. And as far as I can tell, it doesn't offend anyone.
 
#80
The otter thing is not going to happen. It was the ISG goofballs mocking those who have a sincere concern about the symbol of the University of Illinois. It wasn’t a serious proposal to begin with, just a sophomoric stunt.

Si that otter won’t fly, especially because too many people don’t like it. Mike Epstein tweeted as much, and you know the rest of the team feels that way as well. (And think about recruiting...) The board of trustees will gag on it. The chancellor does not want to die on a a hill called. The alumni will have apoplexy And the students are likely to feel about it as they did when they last voted Chief or nothing.

Certainly the Orange-faced doughboy and the otter won’t happen. So don’t get riled about either. It’s not worth the effort. Just be patient. Good things will come.
No, but it will swim quite well.
 
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#83
Illinois-
Indiana-
Iowa- Herky the Hawk
Maryland- Testudo the Terrapin
Michigan-
Michigan State- Sparty
Minnesota- Goldie Gopher
Nebraska- Herbie the Husker
Northwestern- Willie the Wildcat
Ohio State- Brutus
Purdue-Purdue Pete
Penn State- Nittany Lion
Rutgers- Scarlet Knight
Wisconsin- Badger

An otter doesn't seem that out of line when we've got a Bager, Gopher and Turtle in the conference. Its been 14 years since the last dance. The only way this was going to happen was organically and if this is what it takes to move on, so be it.
 
#84
Round Lake, Illinois
The I-Beams. The strength of any building; made of steel (or incredibly strong fake wood :)), and ties to the Universities Architecture program and the skyscrapers of Chicago. Not advocating for it, but trying to suggest something...ANYTHING...beside an exhibit at every aquarium in North America.

One of the cadet companies at West Point (I4, I believe) are called the I Beams and have a mascot that looks a bit too much like Purdue Pete. The Steelers also have a mascot that carries around an I-Beam (below).

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#85
Every single mascot listed is tied directly back to the school's nickname. These schools are not reinventing themselves with something completely unrelated to their past traditions. If Illinois went with the otter it would be like the Atlanta Braves having Blooper perform. It may well work great but it's not a Brave. Like Illinois in this age of sensitivity, they can't. It is simply something to distract the people from the game in front of them.

Thats a good point but the Alma Mater is perhaps one of the biggest traditions/symbols the University has. I think tying it there with the name/pun solves the problem of reconciling a mascot with tradition.

Distracting people from the game in front of them does to me sound exactly like the point of a Mascot.

We've had 14 years of no symbol/mascot which have really been 14 years of de facto chief limbo, which has left neither side happy.

On the precipice of what look to be two big seasons, winning games with the introduction of the Alma Otter just might be the best mix for us as a community to move forward.
 
#86
Illinois-
Indiana-
Iowa- Herky the Hawk
Maryland- Testudo the Terrapin
Michigan-
Michigan State- Sparty
Minnesota- Goldie Gopher
Nebraska- Herbie the Husker
Northwestern- Willie the Wildcat
Ohio State- Brutus
Purdue-Purdue Pete
Penn State- Nittany Lion
Rutgers- Scarlet Knight
Wisconsin- Badger

An otter doesn't seem that out of line when we've got a Bager, Gopher and Turtle in the conference. Its been 14 years since the last dance. The only way this was going to happen was organically and if this is what it takes to move on, so be it.
13 years right? The last dance was my freshman year which was 2006/2007. Its just semantics, not trying to cause a big fuss or be super correctional or anything.
 
#87
They have done it Tess!
Wildwood
Is it possible to sneak a live otter into SFC? Surely there is a fraternity on campus capable of such hijinks.
Delta House.

Boon: No! Just gonna be you and me. And Otter and another girl.
Katy: Is this really what you're gonna do for the rest of your life?
Boon: What do you mean?
Katy: Hanging around with a bunch of animals getting drunk every weekend.
Boon: No! After I graduate, I'm gonna get drunk every night.
 
#88
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Who’s to say what is exactly reflected in Chief’s eye. But we know eagles are a powerful symbol for Native Americans signifying courage, wisdom and strength. Could you imagine 3 more appropriate traits for our student athletes? #illini #IlliniNation @KedPrince4 @MarkTupperpic.twitter.com/UnZwkMRJaA


 
#89
Woodridge, IL
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#96
This is 1,000 times dumber than the otter.
I would have liked it if this is what they switched too immediately after the chief. That logo is trash, there's another mock up one floating around with the full bird on it that's much better. And changing to the "flying illini" is also a trash idea.

But they didn't do it, and now that there's an otter on the table instead of being school 1,000 with a generic bird mascot. Alma Otter 4 life
 
#97
This is 1,000 times dumber than the otter.
But eagles live in Illinois, so they're qualified as a possible option!

All seriousness, the more I think about all of this, the more this seems unnecessary and pointless. What's the purpose of the otter? What's the purpose of any "mascot" really? Do we need someone in a costume dancing around on the sidelines to excite fans? No - Illinois basketball and football just need to start winning again.

I think the "ghost" of the Chief is cooler than any otter (or other) mascot. I've actually taken some pride in the fact that Illinois doesn't have a costumed character running around, and while I get the comedic aspect of the Otter proposal and appreciate the pun, the whole idea of a mascot is vastly overrated.