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Mackerel Jordan at Va. Tech

Mackerel Jordan.

See, I wish I had known this when I decided to go to U-Conn.-Georgetown instead of Maryland-Va. Tech. Had I known Mackerel Jordan was going to Blacksburg, I might have followed. Who's Mackerel Jordan, you ask? Here's the beginning of Aaron McFarling's MD-VT column from the Roanoke Times:

The past threatened to haunt them. The kids did not allow it.

The pressure could have paralyzed them. The kids didn't let it.
A giant fish named Mackerel Jordan -- not to be confused with Shaquille O'Seal and Whale Gretzky, who were also on hand -- ate a human whole, then spit out the guy's clothes at midcourt of Cassell Coliseum.

The kids were again unfazed.
OK, so maybe that last one was just a bizarre halftime novelty act. I'm about 80 percent confident nobody perished in the incident, but even if somebody had, it wouldn't have rattled the kids. The kids did not blink.

More specifically, Mackerel Jordan is one of the characters offered by ZOOperstars!, whose other offerings include Cow Ripken Jr., Snail Earnhardt, Clammy Sosa and Nomar Garciaparrot. Seriously, had I been there, there's a 94 percent chance I would have followed Mackerel Jordan, pied-piper like, for the rest of the day and missed the dramatic missed-shot ending.

And this is a natural place to mention that Forbes Mag just came out with a photo gallery of America's Top 10 Sports Mascots. The top four (Philly Phanatic, San Diego Chicken, Mr. Met and Racing Sausages) are all baseball, and none of the Top 10 carry a whiff of D.C. Um, hello, Gunston?

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 15, 2008; 12:43 PM ET
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And Teddy loses another race...

Posted by: Chimpanzee Rage | January 15, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

So what's the odds on the Redskins debuting Clinton Porpoise next year?

Posted by: | January 15, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Well, to be accurate it's the Famous Chicken these days. Once he hit free agency, he ditched baseball for the all mighty dollar.

But none of those top mascots have a target painted on them like Gunston has. Is there any kind of groundswell for the Phillies to ditch the Phanatic for anything else?

Posted by: Kim | January 15, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Never choose Big East over ACC b-ball.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | January 15, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

That was an awkward halftime show and then even more awkward when the Mackerel Jordan came out during a timeout, killed the atmosphere and ate a guy. The thought of two guys(at least one naked) stuck in that small suit was slightly disturbing. The crowd didn't get into it because it was strange, we had seen it last season, it appeared as though they actually took stuff out of their act, and we have had an Air Hokie Bird for the past two years that is a better performer.

Posted by: sitruc | January 15, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

This is one of the best entries I have read in like the last two days. Awesome!

Posted by: hithere1 | January 16, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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