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