I would like to take a moment and offer a kind and gentle public service announcement, also know as a PSA. As the official blogger for Brutus the Buckeye as part of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, I have sadly noticed quite a few things over the past few weeks. Now I will admit, I am quite in love with Brutus. I love my mascot and am loyal to. the. core. Some people call this crazy intense love plushophilia, I call it an intense love of furries. Capital One must also have a love of furries since they host the Mascot Challenge every year.
I would also like to remind everyone that the Mascot Challenge is all about good fun. I love watching the videos of all the silly antics of the mascots and all the crazy pranks they play on each other. They are not pummeling the crap out of each other, they are not calling each other names, they are not being mean or cruel.
Now, even though some may consider me a crazed fan of a gigantic nut, I would never cross the ‘fan line’. While I do tease my husband, who supports the overgrown rabid rats Badgers, I do so in jest and out of love. I would never belittle him or his team, make crazy accusations or resort to name calling. Do we razz each other about our mascots and which is better – of course!! But that, in my opinion, is what team loyalty is all about and we respect each others right to love their team to the fullest. That my friends, is the core of loyalty.
When you are loyal to your team you take pride in representing them. You voice your love, you cheer them on during sporting events, you deck yourself out in your gear – you become part of the team. As a collegiate athelete I was often reminded that, when out in public, I represented my school. My actions, whether good or bad, reflected back on the my university. So calling other fans lame, weak and even racist, does not bode well with me. And sadly, now every time I about that certain college, my reaction will be negative. How sad that a few people can ruin harmless fun. Oh, and from now on – if you can’t say anything nice, please don’t say anything at all.
Now get on out there and vote Brutus to NUMBER ONE!!! Go Bucks!