Hey, we almost played, "Who's got the cutest point guard?" But it's hot in those costumes, so let's show the fuzzy guys some love! Read on for fun facts on five mascots (it makes for great water-cooler conversation), then tell us which is most deserving of a hug.
Testudo the Diamondback Turtle
Where:College Park, MD
Mascot: Maryland Terrapins (Terps for short.) Theories abound as to how Testudo got his name. Perhaps from the scientific classification for turtles. Maybe adapted from Latin. Maybe they're one and the same. But he officially became the school’s symbol in 1932, when the then university president, who, legend has it, did battle with snapping turtles in his youth, offered the species up in response to a mascot search by the school paper.
Pro: Cute story.
Con: Fuzzy-shelled turtle? Testudo is clearly not a metrosexual reptile.
Buzz, theYellow Jacket
Where: Atlanta, GA
Mascot: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Jackets actually have more than one mascot. In addition to Buzz, the Jackets are also known as the Ramblin’ Wreck, and represented by a 1930 Ford Model A. The first two students to don the Yellow Jacket costume were just enthusiastic fans; then, in 1980, Buzz became the Jackets' official mascot.
Pro: Will flip for you. Literally. (He's renowned for his forward somersaults performed in mid-air.)
Con: Buzz the toxic bachelor!?