View Full Version : Wanna help out St. Joe's ???

08-05-2008, 05:05 AM
For secret admirers of the other little Jesuit college that sometimes makes noise in hoops ... :)

their mascot is being pimped in a contest for "best mascot" but their voting weight as a smaller non-BCS institution might use a little "assist" ... :D

From an e-mail forwarded by a local friend and St. Joe's alum:

Online voting runs from August 11 through September

Cast vote here:

Aug. 4, 2008

PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's Hawk, which has been flapping its wings for over 50 years, has been chosen as one of 11 nominees for induction into the 2008 Class of the Mascot Hall of Fame.

Online voting for the Hall of Fame will begin on August 11 and run through September 12

The mascots are divided into two categories for Professional and Collegiate. Among the other Collegiate candidates are Otto from Syracuse University; Sebastian the Ibis from the University of Miami and the Stanford Tree from Stanford University.

The Hawk is one of the most renowned mascots in all of college athletics, as it flaps its wings continuously through every game, signifying the Saint Joseph's motto of "The Hawk Will Never Die".

Started in 2005, the Mascot Hall of Fame was created to recognize the art and skill of great characters, who have entertained many and inspired their teams and communities. Past inductees include the Phillie Phanatic, the Famous Chicken, and the Suns Gorilla.

08-05-2008, 11:55 AM
As much as I dislike Stanford's bball coach and like St. Joseph's as a whole, the tree is probably my second favorite mascot behind Spike...

08-08-2008, 06:19 AM
As much as I dislike Stanford's bball coach and like St. Joseph's as a whole, the tree is probably my second favorite mascot behind Spike...
What?! A freakin' tree? I'd take George Mason's green blob over a freakin' tree! What the heck does a tree have to do with cardinal anyway?

08-08-2008, 06:35 AM
What?! A freakin' tree? I'd take George Mason's green blob over a freakin' tree! What the heck does a tree have to do with cardinal anyway?

It's not just the fact that it's a tree. The tree represents all that college basketball fandom should be about. It gets tossed out of games for drunken debauchery, for Christ sake.

I got the following from the Stanford Daily Online:

That, of course, brought on another issue: How do you represent a color when choosing a mascot? The student body allegedly rejected the idea of letting a guy run up and down the sidelines with a 5 inch-by-5 inch Cardinal-colored card. Then, a group of students (namely, the Stanford Band) turned their backs on the administrationís choice, rejected the stilted convention that a mascot has to have something, anything, to do with the school's actual nickname. Also rejected was the notion that the mascot had to be animate.

Thus was born the Tree, the result of a tongue-in-cheek halftime show by the Band.

If you havenít seen the band, you should know that it can hardly be called a marching band. If you have ever been to a USC game, you will know thatís a good thing. Members run onto the field in scatter formation and usually present a skit of some sort. In recent years, this format has gotten them banned from Notre Dame, after they imitated the Irish Potato Famine, as well as BYU, after they imitated Mormons by performing a ceremony in which five Dollies all dressed up as brides and married one of the band members.

Because the band is not sanctioned by the University, there are no official statistics on exactly how many places it is not allowed to go. But word is the band was forbidden from riding on several major airlines after band members tried to make a plane do a barrel roll by running from side to side, all at once. There is also a rumor that the band is not allowed to enter the Peopleís Republic of China and is also barred from (nearly?) every hotel in Los Angeles.

The Tree, for its part, is known to dance around wildly while the band play and is the all-but-official mascot so you can go ahead and tell grandma to use it to replace that silly-looking bird on your quilt. If for some crazy reason you want to actually be the Tree, ehow.com has a great 13-step guide that focuses mainly on the use of duct tape.

So if sometime during Orientation you saw spaceships, a guy with a prosthetic penis and / or naked, paint-clad women (youíre guaranteed to have run into at least two of the three), you can blame Richard Lyman ó or send him your thanks.

But even if the moniker Cardinal leaves a little something to be desired, rejoice that youíre cheering on a real mascot, instead of a horse that isnít really from Troy or a bear named Oski whose lameness has to be seen to be believed ó for starters, he wears a sweater.

08-08-2008, 07:17 AM
Great, so you like a drunk tree.

08-08-2008, 07:55 AM
Great, so you like a drunk tree.

In a word, yes.

Is there anything wrong with that?

08-12-2008, 06:29 AM
Drunken trees.
Outrageous scatter bands trying (too hard) to mimic a tradition started by the East Coast schools.

Current voting results show St. Joe's with 2,095 votes out of 6,388 total cast. Tennessee is in the lead.

2008 Collegiate Ballot

1599: Cocky (University of South Carolina)

396: Otto the Orange (Syracuse University)

106: Sebastian the Ibis (University of Miami)

2137: Smokey (University of Tennessee)

55: Stanford Tree (Stanford University)

2095: Saint Joseph's Hawk (Saint Joseph's University)

6388 total votes.

Smokey version VII had his fierce moments.


The costume worn by student mascots raises the question: "Has anyone ever seen Smokey and McGruff the Crime Dog in the same room?"


The now-reigning Smokey version IX shows how a blue tick coonhound is gonna do what such hounds do ...


He's still flappin' and not snoozing on the sidelines.


08-12-2008, 07:53 AM
At least this site was smart enough to do the whole image text verification thing so Rub can't stuff the ballot box...or at least hasn't found a way to yet. :o