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:
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 of victories:
We’re not sure if the Mountaineer owes the win to his mountain man strength or the devotion of the Mount Maniacs, but whatever it is he will need it today tenfold as he takes on Iggy the Royal Wolf in this year’s Catholic Mascotology Championship. Begin voting now!
May the Best Mascot win!
The University of Scranton Royal is not what you’d expect…that is, it’s not a royal person, i.e. a king or queen, but rather a “Royal Wolf” (who replaced the unofficial mascot, the “Royal Rooster” in 2004.) And like a few other schools in this bracket, it’s based on the wolves found on the family crest of St. Ignatius of Loyola. And like more than a few other (Jesuit) school mascots, it’s thusly named Iggy. So maybe it’s exactly what you expected.
The Mount Saint Mary’s University Mountaineer is the campus mascot of Mount Saint Mary’s University and head of the Mount Maniacs. Hailing from Emmitsburg, Maryland, the Mountaineer is actually named Emmit S. Burg. Always dressed in his coonskin hat, plaid, sleeveless shirt and a scruffy goatee, Emmit could easily be confused with an ironic hipster, however he authentically loves all things hiking and camping.