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The New Guy on Campus Has Some Fearsome DNA

The Patriot (Courtesy of GMU)

Ever since George Mason University announced last week that its athletic department had parted ways with longtime mascot Gunston -- a shaggy green creature of uncertain species and low student-approval ratings -- our region has breathlessly awaited news of his replacement.

Last night, he was introduced at the basketball home opener against Brown, leading the team out to the court. Ladies and gentlemen ... The Patriot.

Hmm, okay. This might take some getting used to. The Patriot takes his fashion cues from the university's namesake, a Founding Father and one of the architects of the Bill of Rights, with a Colonial-era jacket and pants and a three-cornered hat, but in the school colors of green and gold.

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.' "

All right then. Does he have a bobblehead doll yet? "There is one in the works," Ruge said.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 18, 2008; 1:03 AM ET
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Your photo of Mel Gibson is from Braveheart where he portrayed the Scottish leader, William Wallace. The Patriot also starring Gibson was set in Colonial America. You might want to substitute the correct photo!

Posted by: judithjohnson73 | November 18, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Looks like the NEW ENGLAND Patriots' mascot is moonlighting:

Posted by: Wooden_U_Lykteneau | November 18, 2008 8:13 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe they replaced Gunston.


Posted by: gmusicchic | November 18, 2008 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Gunston was an overrated muppet; I'm glad to see him replaced with a better representation of the George Mason Patriots.

Posted by: SamFelis | November 18, 2008 10:08 AM | Report abuse

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. He just needs bigger hands! And since we're in Virginia, and George Mason was all about rights, he should carry a gun! Openly!!

Posted by: cpwdc | November 18, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

There go my contributions to school

bring back Gunston and give him a street sweeper!

GMU Class of 81

Posted by: omarthetentmaker | November 18, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like Gunston..I don't like this either. It took two years to come up with this? Obviously he needed to be a Patriot but come on this is so cartoonish. The students actually booed when he came out at the basketball game last night.

Posted by: appreciate | November 18, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me?! This was a bad move. Some of my best college memories include Gunston and this new mascot is not even the slightest bit original. Ugh....I'm one disgusted Alumni.

GMU Class of '05

Posted by: virginia82 | November 18, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

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