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!
Day 4 was by far the toughest leg of Emmit’s journey as he narrowly defeated his fellow mountain aficionado, the formidable St. Edward’s University Hilltopper, paying heed to their slogan, but no longer necessarily “fearing the goat” when he won by 33 votes!
All of which led to his latest victory in yesterday’s championship.
Congratulations, Emmit! And thanks to all the participating college and university mascots.
We may very well be back next year with another competition as there are still plenty of Catholic mascots out there including some Rattlers, Muskies, some other Griffins, a few more Hawks, Lions, Monks and Bearcats. (Please submit other suggestions below in the comments section!)
See ya next year!
The winner of Catholic Mascotology 2014:
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.