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Another New Local Mascot Search

The former Colonel Ebirt.

I'm chatting. Submit copious questions about mascots, our lack of Orioles coverage, my insistence that Georgetown deserves an NCAA tournament bid, my two recent interviews with Canadian media outlets in which I accidentally suggested Caps fans have an inferiority complex, and my ranking of the Caps' six first-round playoff opponents. (Florida is last.)

In the meantime, it's been a fruitful time for local mascot changes. Just within the past two years, Georgetown got a new Jack, GW got a new George, Mason offed Gunston and introduced this, and Screech happened.

And the changes aren't done. William & Mary is searching for a new mascot, and the Tribe isn't doing this lightly. Hence, the Web site, Facebook group, blog, Twitter feed, committee (chaired by AD Terry Driscoll) and message from President Taylor Reveley:

"We have the 'Tribe,' which will continue to unite us," Reveley said, "but the College has lacked a mascot ever since the feathers bit the dust. We need a mascot for all purposes at William & Mary, athletic and other. It's time to find one and have fun in the process."

Don't want to know for what "other" purposes the mascot will be used, but here here. An open and honest mascot process can heal many wounds. Some students have advocated for a return of Colonel Ebirt, an execrable green blog whose career mercifully ended in '05. Others have spoken up for the Phoenix, which "captures the timelessness of this institution and its character, which has kept the College thriving for centuries." Others have suggested a Wren, a Colonist, a Beefeater, a yellow-striped Coward, and a Native American. Oh, and an Ampersand.

The official blog says the new mascot can be animal, vegetable, mineral, or ?, must be attractively presented in green, gold and silver, cannot be the same as another CAA mascot (does Gunston still count?), and be compatible with the official marks of William & Mary, whatever that means. The Tribe nickname will remain, but, as the blog points out, "Navy's mascot is a Goat and their nickname is the Midshipmen."

The goal is fall of '09. And no doubt dozens of wiseacres have already suggested a bejeweled drag queen named William in the day and Mary at night, so don't even bother with that one.

(More Screech fallout can be found at NBC Washington, National News Network, Deadspin, Stet Sports Blog and elsewhere. Also, Reader Bob believes Teenaged Screech looks like this guy from Oh Brother Where Art Thou. And to the e-mailer who suggested more sports coverage and less mascot coverage, this is pretty much my answer.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 3, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Atlantic 11 , College Basketball  
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As an alumnus, I think the most appropriate mascot would be... none. That's about as much interest as sports ever garnered at the College.

Posted by: Section506 | March 3, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

As another W&M alumnus, I'm on board with the bring back Ebirt.

He's embarrassing, but he is ours.

Posted by: mbhowa | March 3, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Ebirt was a character from local Busch Gardens and was never actually a W&M mascot...weird huh!

Posted by: bigpunn04 | March 3, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Mascot proposal: The William & Mary Revolution

Posted by: HBroaddus | March 4, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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