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Morning Look: Meet Mason's Mascot

(Courtesy GMU)

George Mason has been spinning Gunston's departure as his "graduation" to bigger and better things, and in some ways it's an apt metaphor. Think maybe of an older sibling going away to college: there's a real fondness, of course, and you know he'll be missed, but you also know that it's time, that the situation just wasn't tenable any more, and that you wanted to move into his room. Or something.

But the arrival of Gunston's replacement was something different, because here there was no fond resignation about the way the things had to be. Here, there was a world of possibility: the new mascot could be a green and gold alligator, or a bankrupt Fairfax County real estate developer, or a Laromega, that legendary combination of Coach Jim Larranaga and a black college fraternity member. That's pretty much my favorite animal.

Around 7 last night, those choices were narrowed down to one: a sprinting green and gold man with puzzled eyebrows, an enormous noggin, an uncertain racial heritage and a business casual attire. His name, for now, is "The Patriot," although he will get his official name following a month-long contest. "Billy Rights" has already been suggested. Some quick reaction from around the Web.

The Reliable Source: So he's different from George Washington University's mascot, The Colonial ... how, exactly? It's that Incredible Hulk jaw and the wicked "Braveheart"-style war paint. "He is distinctively George Mason's," associate athletic director Andy Ruge said. "His green and gold face will say, 'We are Mason.' "

Athletic Department:The 7-foot 240-pound mascot which resembles a Patriot can be described as an athletic, strong and agile and reflects the spirit of the University. (His best friend, the release notes, is Gunston.)

George Mason Basketball Blog: Really a work of art compared to his predecessor. (Featuring video of The Patriot's debut!)

George Mason Message Board:
Isn't it interesting that as soon as Gunston goes bye bye, we come out and win by 37? Just think what we could have done without Gunston all those years! We could have been national champions in 2006! Damn you Gunston!

A comparison of Gunston to the new mascot is like comparing Rosie O'Donnell to Jenna Jameson.

I like the new mascot alot, even though his face looks like the bastard child of adam corolla and ernie from sesame street.

James Madison Message Board: "yikes - the first one might actually be better."

Haters. I, for one, look forward to the day when Testudo officially inducts TP into the local mascot family. Maybe Gunston will come visit.

By Dan Steinberg  |  November 18, 2008; 9:33 AM ET
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7,0" 240? At Mason?

Gary Williams is having a tougher time with local recruiting than I thought.

/Should've saved it for A-11 pith.

Posted by: StetSportsBlog | November 18, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

The shirt says "I go to college and received this nifty free t-shirt." The jacket says "I go to thrift stores, and listen to Vampire Weekend." The face paint says "I wish I had gotten into Duke." And the boots, well, I guess wearing boots year round is not just for women anymore.

Posted by: M__N | November 18, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

He needs Hulk Hands.

Posted by: fitzfacts | November 18, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It's ... a Patriot! Ok, so it's not very imaginative or unique, but if your nickname is the Patriots, then you just gotta have the coat and the hat and the boots. And I agree - he just needs bigger hands!

Posted by: cpwdc | November 18, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but LAME! At least Gunston was original. Now we'll match all the other colonial style mascots on the East Coast so nicely. Seriously- the mascot looks like the Jolly Green Giant made a child with Little George, the old GWU mascot. As a GMU alumni, I'm so upset. Don't expect me to pay for the games with this travesty of a mascot, Mason.

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | November 18, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

The Mason student's comments have typos and references to porn while the Madison student shows him/her -self to actually be reasonable. Good showing Mason.

I think the unbiased test for which mascot is better is this: which one of the two would you rather see doing the Soulja Boy dance during TV timeouts? I think the choice of Gunston is clear. This is a horrible change. My wife is going to be crushed.
- Bob, GMU 1995, mathematics

Posted by: rmontcal | November 18, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

"So he's different from George Washington University's mascot, The Colonial ... how, exactly?"

He's better quality for a fraction of the price. Sound familiar?

Posted by: bryc3 | November 18, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Reader_Glenn | November 18, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

So "graduation" is the new euphamism for "euthanized"?

Posted by: jhorstma | November 18, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I am just oh so devastated that so many of the readers' wives will be disappointed. After all, a mascot is meant for wives. Of course, I am not at all upset that I will never again have to hear a friend ask, "What the hell is that?" when he/she sees my alma mater's mascot.

Gunston was an utter embarassment. It was sheer PC drivel that had nothing to do with our University, and it looked like an absolute joke, to boot.

Lastly, to my fello alum Bob, since you obviously love JMU so passionately, might I suggest that you start following their program instead of ours.

Posted by: pminarik | November 18, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

pminarik - spoken like a true Loundon Co. commuter student. Cheers.

Posted by: rmontcal | November 18, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

I thought the GMU mascot was a car for all the communters that school attends to. Besides, does anyone on campus notice or care? They didn't when I went there, why should they now?

Posted by: dj1123 | November 18, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

Bob, you spelled Loudoun wrong, which makes you look pretty ridiculous with regard to your first post. Just sayin'.

Bryce, GMU MPA '05, BS '00

PS- JMU sux

Posted by: bryc3 | November 18, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse


First of all, Loudoun County is the spelling. I understand that, being in the math program, you probably never got beyond English 101, but we (Loudoun) are the county right next door- you should know this one by now. On behalf of my fellow Loudouners who went to Mason and lived on campus, I say this: a lot has changed since the last time you attended the college- Mason is a competitive school with a great reputation (minus the new mascot). Many students now live on campus, especially ones who live in Loudoun County and cannot afford to drive the hour every day, and take a fair part in campus life. You should either have a little more pride in your alma mater or leave these matters to the people that do.

Class of 2007
BA- Psychology
BA- Government and International Politics

Posted by: MasonPatriot1 | November 18, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Gentlemen and Ladies, so much animosity. You can each have one of our Women's Lacrosse championships, there are more than enough to go around.

Also living or entering Loudo(u)n is kind of a life fail, no? Kind of like living in Fredrick with none of the charm and all of the commute.

Posted by: M__N | November 18, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Duke Dog rules.

Posted by: MDG26 | November 18, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

He looks like Marc Sterne.

Posted by: metatext | November 18, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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