Somehow, you get the feeling this isn’t going to end well.

The process to create a new mascot at Ole Miss is drawing to a conclusion and the results are, well, kind of lame.  But, then again, the process itself sounds that way, too.

… Mascot selection committee co-chair Margaret Ann Morgan, a sophomore from McComb, said the committee spent a great deal of time reviewing the potential concepts.

“Since the top five Ole Miss Rebel on-field mascot concepts were identified, the committee has been hard at work with the mascot professionals developing graphic depictions of each,” she said.

“Mascot professionals”?  Now there’s a line of work I bet it’s tough to break into.

But give ‘em credit.  They’ve been weeding down the field.

… A committee eliminated two of the concepts. The Rebel Lion was eliminated because, despite a positive response to the play on the word “Rebellion,” the committee felt that there was not a strong enough Mississippi or Ole Miss connection…

That actually makes sense.  So what did the committee latch onto that does have that strong connection?

… On Oct. 6, the mascot committee will release a poll including artists’ depictions of the Rebel Bear, Rebel Land Shark and Hotty Toddy.

Oh.

WTF is a Rebel Land Shark?

That should make for some fun times in the Grove before games.

Ole Miss faithful, be grateful your committee didn’t come up with a camel.

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12 responses to “Somehow, you get the feeling this isn’t going to end well.

  1. No James Dean?

    Well, let’s see. Who are some other notable rebels in history? Maybe the colonists against the dirty British? This might actually be a viable option. Or maybe the Marquis during WWII? Eh, I have a hard time seeing a French-themed mascot in Mississippi. The Viet Cong? Come to think of it, this probably wouldn’t work because the mascot would be too difficult to differentiate from the regular sideline populace.

    I hope they go with the Land Shark.

  2. Biggus Rickus

    Why not just have a dude dress up as William Faulkner?

  3. Bryant Denny

    Please, please, please let it be the Rebel Land Shark.

  4. JasonC

    I’m hoping Hotty Toddy is a girl in a Hooters-like (or American Pie, since the color scheme would be more like Ole Miss’) outfit with a giant red cup of bourbon & Coke.

    • Reptillicide

      Actually, it’s two muppet-like characters.

      Not even kidding.

      Ole Miss’ new mascot is going to be more embarrassing than not having one at all.

  5. 69Dawg

    I hate to break it to them but I bet Jimmy Buffet has the Land Shark thing copyrighted and Jimmy didn’t go to Ole Miss.

  6. BoWeevil

    39-17 after 2005 season to-date, and this is all you have to discuss Bluto ?

  7. Reptillicide

    What would be cool is if they had a guy dressed up like a confederate soldier on a horse.

    Oh….