Getting College GameDay to Bloomington is only part of the battle, because once they get here, Lee Corso is going to need something to wear.
Indiana's lack of a mascot may be seen as a hindrance to some, but the way I see things, it gives Corso a blank canvas for which to construct his masterpiece. The options range from the obvious to the abstract, and who is to say what the best one is? We'll leave that decision to Mr. Corso; when he selects the Hoosiers to defeat the Ohio State Buckeyes on College GameDay in Bloomington, Indiana.
If your reaction to this article is "no one would ever pick the Hoosiers to beat Ohio State" remember that questioning that premise alone means you've already tacitly accepted the idea that College GameDay would come to Bloomington in the first place.
LET'S TALK OPTIONS.
- INDIANA'S AWESOME THROWBACK MASCOT
This guy appeared in the late 1960s before disappearing from official Indiana University Athletics usage and taking up a permanent home on anything and everything printed up at Nick's English Hut.
PROS: would look awesome, inarguably badass
CONS: not actually our mascot, could confuse younger fans and damper enthusiasm
- INDIANA'S OTHER THROWBACK MASCOT
In 1965, Indiana utilized an ACTUAL LIVING BULLDOG as their mascot which I'm sure would go over just fine for a certain segment of the Indianapolis population.
PROS: awwwwwwwwwwwww loogit the cute doggy
CONS: Just imagine your co-worker, the Butler graduate, complaining about this for months. He'll use the phrase "cultural appropriation" in reference to a sport mascot. It's going to happen.
- THE CANDY-STRIPED PANTS
I can't possibly articulate how against this idea I am, but I know it'll get discussed so I will include it.
PROS: Indiana has a rich basketball tradition and it would make sense to incorporate that on a national stage and ugh no I can't do this.
CONS: You know when your super successful older sibling / friend / co-worker is always in the limelight? And then one day it's suddenly YOUR GIANT MOMENT and YOUR TIME and everyone is focused on you when, all of the sudden, they show up and start drawing some of the attention and, then, begin ever so subtly taking credit for what you've done? Sometimes it's OK to let someone else be the center of attention; politely watch from the wings, thanks.
- THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET
Indiana has held onto their most important rivalry trophy for two straight seasons and will be the odds-on favorite to retain it for a third year when they meet Purdue later in the year. Rubbing that in our rivals' face while we appear on the most prestigious college football morning show of all-time? COMPELLING.
PROS: Boilermaker fans will get mad online
CONS: Bucket might not fit, has nothing to do with Ohio State
- JUST A BUNCH OF DANG FIREWORKS
I don't know how this works without Lee Corso setting most of the stage on fire and endangering the lives of thousands and that's what makes it one of the more attractive options for me.
PROS: I know a guy that keeps the military-grade stuff near the stadium and has plenty of stock to spare.
CONS: Catastrophic levels of casualties and property damage on a widely-viewed television program.
- THIS. DAMN. SWEATER.
WE'RE DONE HERE.
PROS: I SAID WE'RE DONE HERE.
CONS: Too sexy?