As we navigate our way through the endless Mountain West offseason, I have been forced to tackle some interesting subjects on “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” This week will be no different, as I will be analyzing the mascots of the Mountain West. Boy, I hope we get news on when the football season is going to start. Let’s take a look at the good, bad, and ugly mascots of the Mountain Division. This week they are listed in order of my favorite mascots.
The Falcon of Air Force
There is nothing cooler than watching the Falcon fly around the stadium on a Saturday afternoon. The Falcon represents the school in such an accurate way. There isn’t a mascot that fits their program better. Not sure how anyone could argue with Air Force getting the top spot.
The Cowboy of Wyoming
There is absolutely no way that Wyoming should have another mascot. The mascot has the tough cowboy look down, and the cowboy logo is a classic. The Cowboys are a solid fit for the #2 spot. Plus, their live mascot, Cowboy Joe, is pretty cool.
The Bronco of Boise State
Cool name and great live mascot at football games. The Logo on the helmet is one of the best in the country. Hard to argue with this one. Boise State brands their mascot, Buster Bronco, as well as anyone in the country. The Bronco is a natural fit in Idaho where horses play a big part in the history of the state and there are still plenty of wild horses around the state.
The Ram of Colorado State
I’ve always thought that Colorado State has one of the coolest logos in the Mountain West and utilizes the Ram to perfection. Colorado is known for their towering mountains, a terrain that Rams love. With Colorado already taking the buffalo, the Rams is a great fit. Plus, Cam the Ram is a great name and a super cool live mascot. The Rams and Broncos come in at a tie for me.
The Aggie of Utah State
I remember doing research on this years ago. An Aggie refers to the student, not the mascot. The actual mascot is “Big Blue.” Big Blue looks tough and intimidating, but I’m not really sure how I feel about a blue bull. Honestly, it is reminiscent of Babe the Blue Ox from folklore of Minnesota. The school does do a great job of utilizing the mascot at basketball games.
The Lobo of New Mexico
For those of you that don’t know, a Lobo is a form of a timber wolf. Wolves once regularly roamed through the New Mexico deserts. Those wolves are not as numerous as they once were. From my research, it looks like a Lobo is different from the Mexican Wolves that can be found in some parts of New Mexico. This might seem silly, but that is why I put the Lobos in this category. Lucy and Louie are the costumed mascots that can be found roaming the sidelines of football games. Also, finding decent videos of the New Mexico mascot was more challenging than I expected.
That is it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” Next week, I will be focusing on the mascots of the West Division.