OK, I am COMPLETELY recovered from my previous skepticism of Facebook and now embrace it wholeheartedly, and here's why: a discussion of tractors, gila monsters and criminals.
In a discussion of hair in high school yearbook photos, one of my friends gloated over the truly huge hair sported at his high school, adding, "Go Tractors!"
Tractors? Did I read that right, I wondered? Tractors? I had to make sure. "Your mascot was the tractor?" I asked.
Turns out my friend went to Fordson High School in Dearborn, Michigan. FHS was started with a generous gift from Fordson Tractor Company--hence the name. But apparently the unique, interesting mascot has been a source of embarrassment rather than pride. I couldn't find an image of the mascot on my own, though someone was good enough to provide a link to this picture.
I'm a fan of funky mascots. Everyone knows about the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slug, and yeah, that's cool, but there are even BETTER mascots out there.
One of my favorites is Gila Hank, mascot of Eastern Arizona College, alma mater of my father and my siblings. (My mom and I are the only two in our family who never attended full-time, though even she and I took the occasional writing or quilting class there.) Who wouldn't love a purple and gold gila monster, brandishing six-shooters and sporting a ten-gallon hat? Especially since he is unique enough to be copyrighted; no other sports team in the entire world can have a gila monster as its mascot. Some minor league something in Arizona tried, and they got sued.
Another cool AZ mascot is the Fighting Artichoke (scroll down for image) of Scottsdale Community College, whose colors are purple and green. As I remember, SCC was started in the last 60s/early 70s, when things like mascots were seen as a joke, so a joke mascot was chosen on purpose. But they've gone with it and made it work.
And thanks to this discussion on Facebook, I just now learned about THE COOLEST MASCOT EVER, which also happens to represent an Arizona school: The Yuma High School Criminals.
That's right: the criminals. You have to check out the school's home page: there's a ball and chain and a big ring of jailer's keys and a cell door and all sorts of fun stuff. The history of how the school got its mascot is found here.
I am still giggling over that. It has made my day. I hope it helps to cheer yours. And if you know of a cool or unusual mascot, please share!