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It’s time for another Catholic bracket, this time around pitting your favorite college mascots against each other. You choose: which Catholic school has the best mascot?

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September 20th, 2014

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After 5 days that consisted of 32 mascots, 16 Jesuit schools, 13 humanoids, 4.5 birds, 4 dogs, 3 wolves, 3 Loyolas, 3 Iggys, 2 rams/goats, and one Johnnie Rat, Catholic Mascotology 2014 has a winner:

Emmit S. Burg, the Mount Saint Mary’s University Mountaineer.

The Mountaineer was ultimately victorious in his last matchup against Iggy the University of Scranton Royal Wolf. Earlier in the day, Iggy had been leading the contest, but the support system of the Mount kicked in and by the afternoon Emmit held a slight lead and was able to keep the momentum going into this morning when voting closed, claiming victory over the Royal and of the entire 2014 bracket:


(However, special kudos go to Iggy the Royal for his gallant success in Day 4 of dispatching with last year’s winner, the Canisius Golden Griffin, who had up until then appeared unstoppable.)

Emmit the Mountaineer’s path to victory began easily enough when in Round 1 he readily beat the Portland Pilot by nearly 1000 votes!


Victory in Day 2 was slightly tougher (winning by 300 votes) when Emmit took on Halo, the Emmanuel College St. Bernard who, being our namesake

September 19th, 2014

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What a crazy 4th day of Catholic Mascotology as Iggy, the Scranton Royal Wolf, took down the defending champion, the Canisius Golden Griffin, thus robbing Petey Griffin of the chance at a second title and the first ever Catholic Mascotology dynasty. Though the Griffin grabbed an early lead and led by 400 votes in the afternoon, by late last night Iggy had surpassed his opponent by almost 500 votes and when voting closed this morning dutifully handed the Golden Griffin a devastating 700 vote defeat:


While fans of the Griffin and of Scottish independence sit in mourning today, the Michael Scotts of the world sing in praise.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s other contest was much, much closer as the St. Edward’s Hilltopper took on the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineer in what many were calling the Mountain Bowl. St. Edwards was on top for most of the day and into last night, but this morning, Emmit S. Burg the Mountaineer had pulled within striking distance and at ten minutes before voting closed had it all tied up. By the time voting had ended, the Mountaineer was able to successfully climb over the goat for the slimmest …

September 18th, 2014

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The defending CM Champion, the Canisius Golden Griffin, was off to a huge start yesterday, leading the Holy Cross Crusader by a couple hundred votes in the morning, but bit by bit the Crusader crept up until it was tied by midafternoon. They exchanged blows for a little while until the Golden Griffin began pulling ahead later in the day and then maintained that lead through this morning, in the end finding itself winning by over a hundred votes and heading to its 2nd consecutive Catholic Mascotology final four.

The Loras Duhawk’s wing power was outmatching the St. Edward Hilltopper’s ability to…climb mountains and eat grass(?) for most of yesterday, but the tide turned last evening when St. Edward’s school spirit kicked into high gear, resulting in the Iowan bird eventually succumbing to the goat/ram/hilltopper’s brute strength.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s other winning competitors all took early leads over their opponents, maintaining them throughout the day and into victory this morning:

Emmit S. Burg, the Mount Saint Mary’s Mountaineer, made mincemeat out of his rival, the La Salle Explorer.

And Iggy, the Scranton Royal Wolf, ended up ruffling the feathers of the St. Peter’s Peacock, claiming victory …

September 17th, 2014

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(Some of) the mighty have fallen and some came very close in yesterday’s Day 2 of Catholic Mascotology 2014 where it was unlucky to be a dog, be named Loyola, or both, as in the case of last year’s runner-up, Loyola Maryland’s Greyhound Iggy, who was felled by the sword of the Holy Cross Crusader (thus robbing us of a replay of last year’s exciting finale).

The Canisius Griffin came very close to being unseated as the undefeated and defending CM Champion by the Providence Friar who ultimately lost to the Griffin by only 78 votes! The Friar maintained an early lead yesterday morning, but by midafternoon was overtaken by the Griffin and could never quite catch up, trailing a consistent 50-60 votes right up until 10am EST this morning when voting closed. Sorry, Friar. You did your best. And now it’s up to the Holy Cross Crusader to try to outmatch and to get the Holy Cross student and alumni body to outvote the seemingly unstoppable Griffin.

Another match we were monitoring closely was the showdown between the Emmanuel St. Bernard (our namesake, Halo) and the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineer. The St. …

September 16th, 2014

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It was an exciting first day of Catholic Mascotology 2014, with some predicted wins as well as a number of upsets.

Top-seed Canisius Golden Griffin easily dispatched the Iona Gael and today faces the Providence Friar which skimmed past the favored Fordham Ram. Oh, what shame, Busted Halo® interns! (All of whom attend Fordham.)

We started with two greyhounds, and now we’re down to just one, as last year’s runner-up, the Loyola Maryland Greyhound beat out the Xavier Blue Blob, while the Emmanuel St. Bernard won over the Assumption Greyhound. The Loyola Greyhound today faces the Holy Cross Crusader, who isn’t the only knight left in the contest: the St. Michael’s Purple Knight remains to face off against the Hilltopper of St. Edwards.

One of our favorite mascots is still in it! The St. John’s Johnnie Rat managed a win over its competition (doing away with the New Rochelle Blue Angel) and goes on to face the Loras College Duhawk, who yesterday destroyed the favored San Francisco Don, and is the only No. 8 seed remaining in the bracket.

Elsewhere, we have some Iggy on Iggy action today as Iggy the Loyola Marymount Lion …

September 15th, 2014

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Welcome back to another school year and another bracket of Busted Halo’s® Catholic Mascotology.

Last year’s contest included the likes of Notre Dame, Boston College, Villanova, Marquette, DePaul, Georgetown, and many others all falling to the big winner, Petey the Canisius Golden Griffin. (Alas, we still mourn you, poor Billiken.)

This year, Petey and the rest of 2013′s top 8 mascots have a chance again as they appear in the “Last Year’s Champs” region, seeded based on how well they placed last year.

The other regions include:

The “Adventurer Region” (which consists of the likes of an Explorer, a Crusader, a Baron, a Warrior, a Pilot, a Mountaineer, and a couple of dogs).

A “What the Heck is it?” region (which is pretty self-explanatory, in that before this contest began we had no idea what a Duhawk, a Johnnie Rat, a Hilltopper, or a Blue Streak were).

And an “All Jesuit Region” featuring, you guessed it, eight different Jesuit schools, (and yes we are well aware there are Jesuit schools included in all three of the other regions as well, but c’mon, those guys founded a lot of schools!)

These three regions …

October 12th, 2013

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After six long days witnessing intense competition between 32 of the most ferocious, yet lovable, school mascots, Catholic Mascotology ends with a clear winner rising in victory above the rest. “Petey,” the Canisius College Golden Griffin, claims the title of Best Catholic Mascot.

round5-final-votes2Cousin of the hippogriff, and two animals in one, we feel the Griffin is a worthy beast and school emblem to hold the mantle of best mascot, while also recognizing Petey’s journey was not an easy one. He began the first round by tearing through St. Bonaventure’s Bona Wolf, and went on to face a long lost relative, the Boston College Eagle. Following that, he beat up on the Iona Gael and then the Fordham Ram, but nothing was more difficult than the challenge he faced yesterday. “Iggy,” the Loyola Maryland Greyhound, had proven to be one of the toughest, and by far most surprising, competitors in the competition when in Round 2, in a complete upset, he beat up on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun and advanced to face off against the Providence Friar and then the Holy Cross Crusader. Yesterday saw a big back and forth between the Greyhound and the …

October 11th, 2013

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We’ve arrived at the final day and at the final two mascots who will go head-to-head for approximately the next 24 hours to see which one is truly the Best Catholic Mascot.

Yesterday, the Loyola Maryland Greyhound’s speed and ferocity allowed it to outrun and outmatch the Holy Cross Crusader, who, burdened under the weight of his armor, could simply not keep up. The Greyhound sprinted to victory and now arrives at Day Five, slightly sweaty and panting for breath. Will this sleek grey canine have the endurance to keep up with its competition in this final match-up?

That’s hard to say, because when it gets tired of traversing the land on it’s lionesque hindquarters, the Canisius Golden Griffin, the other half of today’s championship contest, has the staggering ability to stretch its great golden eagle’s wings and soar away, possibly to triumph. That’s exactly what it did in yesterday’s match-up against the Fordham Ram, who despite its strength and stubbornness, ultimately lost a super close fight by only 17 votes!

round4-results2One thing’s for sure: all four schools’ backers showed great support for their mascots as more than 18,000 total votes came in. As of today we …

October 10th, 2013

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Down to the big round and no one could have seen these last two match-ups coming. When we started, we figured by this point in the contest it’d be between a drunk leprechaun, a bird, and a couple of dogs; but here we have a motley crue of a final four: a lean, mean, green greyhound; a pillaging crusader; an infinitely reincarnatable ram; and a terrifying, golden-winged, mythological hybrid creature. Oh well, to paraphrase Donnie Rumsfeld, you go to the Final Four with the mascots you have, not the mascots you predicted.

Yesterday, the Loyola Maryland Greyhound continued racing towards the top prize by devouring the Providence Friar (which is too bad, because we were really pulling for a Friar to win a Catholic mascot competition.) With the Friar’s defeat and retreat into what we can only imagine as some kind of lovely mascot solitude, the Holy Cross Crusader is now the only true religious figure remaining amongst the surviving monsters and mongrels. But, is a crusader, one willing to spill blood for religion, really what we want as the winning face of Catholic Mascotology? That doesn’t seem like Pope Francis‘ vision of the Church — …

October 9th, 2013

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Major upset in yesterday’s Day Two of Catholic Mascotology as No. 1 seed, The Notre Dame Fighting Irish Leprechaun, went down under the paws and snarls of the Loyola Maryland Greyhound. Ouch! This could have something to do with the speed and prowess of the Greyhound, but the more likely scenario has Loyola’s win linked to friend of Busted Halo® and former blogger (and Loyola MD alum), Fr. Tom Gibbons, CSP, who has launched his own social media firestorm to bring in votes for the Greyhound. Either way, well done, Greyhound, for bringing down the most famous and recognized Catholic school mascot of the competition. Now, the Greyhound, (and Tom and friends) must face the formidable Providence Friar, whose profile image makes him look more like a dark lord of the Sith, rather than the friendly, Dominican friar he surely must be.

It was a back and forth all day long between the Fordham Ram and the energetic St. Joseph’s Hawk, trading leading position as the day progressed. In the end, the Hawk’s incessant flapping of its wings was no match for the Ram’s brute strength, and the Hawk finally stopped flapping. Now the Ram faces …

October 8th, 2013

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It’s only Day Two and Catholic Mascotology might already have a scandal on its hands. It turns out a non-Catholic college not only made it into the tournament, but absolutely crushed its competition on day one, slyly advancing into today’s Round 2. The Marist Red Fox outsmarted (not only us, but also) Sacred Heart’s “Big Red” the Pioneer and is now the only non-religiously affiliated school out of the sixteen remaining. Though Marist was established by the Marist Brothers in 1929, it transferred ownership in 1969 and is now non-affiliated, though several Marist brothers remain on campus. It looks like we may have a new underdog in this contest…

Speaking of dogs, they didn’t do too hot yesterday. Over half of the canines competing headed to a farm upstate, leaving only 3 remaining with us: the Loyola Maryland Greyhound (which goes head to head against the Notre Dame Leprechaun today); the Gonzaga Bulldog (the only remaining bulldog); and the aforementioned fox.

Meanwhile, the two and a half eagles that began in this tournament are still represented. The Boston College Eagle, the Marquette Golden Eagle and the Canisius Griffin (remember, he’s half an eagle, and apparently named “Petey”) all …

October 7th, 2013

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Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot. This bracket features a total of 32 school mascots all competing for the top prize. Though it’s a little Jesuit-heavy with 17 S.J. schools featured (c’mon, they founded a lot!), Catholic Mascotology also includes diocesan, Dominican, Franciscan, Vincentian, Augustinian, Marianist, Marist, and many other types of colleges and universities, as well as a variety of different animal and creature representations. There are 10 humanoids, 7 canines, 5 birds, 1 feline, and an assortment of others including a stag, a storm, a blob, and a biliken, a demon, a badger, a ram and a griffin. Oh, and one dolphin.

Obviously, everyone knows of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish Leprechaun, but we challenge you to look a little deeper at the artistry and imagination (and history) that have gone into many of these mascots. If this tournament proves not to be a mere popularity contest, but rather a compelling competition where you, the voter, takes in the creativity and drama of these iconic figures, then Notre Dame (who is top-seeded, btw) may not …

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