This is a guest post from political scientist and mascotologist Tobin Grant.  The image is mine.

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Since I like being part of an NCAA bracket pool but hate to lose money, I’ve often entered a “mascot” bracket because most people let me put in for free. Consider it the worst possible bracket.

Slate put up its own take on whose university would beat whose in a real fight.  The real fun in all this is figuring out what some of the weirder nicknames are. In grad school some friends and I took this a little too seriously. We came up with a general ranking from winner to loser nicknames:

John Sides

John Sides is an associate professor of political science at George Washington University.