Say hello to your official mascots of the 2008 Olympics

If you thought the Mighty Morphing Power Rangers, Voltron or The Planeterers were some incredible teams then you’ll appreciate the collaborative efforts of Fuwa; not to be mistaken with FUPA. In case you didn’t know, Fuwa is a collection of five characters who will be the Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Frankly, we find these guys a little creepy, but we have no sense of culture, so what do we know. Let’s get to know the little critters better.

Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China’s most popular animals — the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow — and the Olympic

Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name — a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.

When you put their names together — Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni — they say “Welcome to Beijing,” offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.

They might be intended to “carry a message of friendship and peace,” but Beibei is standing there with a smile on her face, wearing a hat made of water while Huanhuan is burning to a crisp. That’s just being a straight cold bitch where we come from. We guarantee none of the Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots would pull a stunt like that.

Cool Olympic Mascot #10. Howdy and Hidi
The polar bear siblings were the faces of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. With both names expressing a feeling of welcome and brotherhood, they symbolized the warmth of Canadian hospitality.

Cool Olympic Mascot #9. Hodori
Tigers and marketing seem to go hand in hand and the animal was perfect for the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. Hodori was designed as good-natured tiger and portrayed the friendly and hospitable traditions of the Koreans.

Cool Olympic Mascot #8. Sam
With the Summer Olympics being held in Los Angeles in 1984, Walt Disney decided to design a mascot. His creation: Sam, a cartoon eagle who’s not afraid of showing his true colours.

Cool Olympic Mascot #7. Vuchko
Despite looking a bit stubborn, Vuchko was a cheerful wolf who was the face of the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics. The mascot helped to change the frightening image of the animal which was present in the region.

Cool Olympic Mascot #6. Waldi
The colourful dachshund was claimed to be the first official Olympic mascot at the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. Along with representing athletic qualities such as resistance, tenacity and agility, Waldi’s colours also symbolized the joy of the international event.

Cool Olympic Mascot #5. Hare, Coyote and Bear
Keeping to the country’s heritage, the trio stood for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics’ motto. The snowshoe hare, coyote and American black bear represented “Citius, Altius Fortius” (Faster, Higher and Stronger).

Cool Olympic Mascot #4. Cobi
For some, it can be difficult to figure out what exactly the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics mascot is. But the trick is to not overanalyze because Cobi is simply a dog in a suit.

Cool Olympic Mascot #3. Ollie, Syd and Millie
Whether it’s the names or the animals, the trio was perfect for the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. The kookaburra, platypus and echidna symbolized the event, the host city and the new millennium.

Cool Olympic Mascot #2. Schneeman
Some would find it surprising to see one of the first mascots created to be ranked so high, but the snowman is definitely cooler than most. The 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics mascot stood for the “Games of Simplicity”.

Cool Olympic Mascot #1. Izzy
One of the reasons this particular mascot for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics is at the top of the list is because nobody knew what it was. That was the point; “Izzy” was an abstract fantasy figure derived from “What is it?”.


[Beijing 2008]: The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
[]: The Top 10 Coolest Olympic Mascots

College Basketball

Odds and Ends: Bulldogs dominate March Madness

Now that the NCAA Tournament is set and ready to go (minus the ever popular play-in game of course), it’s time to start filling in all the blank lines of your brackets. But as you do so, you’ll probably notice that there are a whole lotta crazy mascots in this year’s tourney. OK, so maybe you won’t notice, but the hoops junkies at Best Week Ever did and here’s their list of The 10 Most Ridiculous Mascots In This Year’s NCAA Tournament:

10.UBMC Retrievers
9.Kent State Golden Flashes
8.St. Mary’s Gaels
7.Siena Saints
6.Cornell Big Red
5.University of San Diego Toreros
4.Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils
3.Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
2.Austin Peay Governors
1.The Bulldogs of Butler, Drake, Georgia, Gonzaga and Mississippi State

In other news…

[The Power Play]: Don Cherry dresses like a leprechaun for St. Patrick’s Day. We’re not surprised.

[The Big Lead]: Charlie Murphy never told us Prince was a Lakers fan.

[]: April’s Playboy cover girl Maria talks about being a super hot WWE Diva.

[]: All-time “Worst” NCAA Champions.

[Chili Dog Blog]: Scary video of tornado hitting the SEC Tournament.

[YouTube]: Texas’ loss to Kansas was really painful; especially for one assistant coach.

[]: Leave it to a foreigner to be miffed about a 52-point victory.

College Basketball

Mascots let their big heads go to their big heads

Mascot misbehavior has been at an all-time high this year. It seems like every time you turn around some dope in a costume is attacking some other dope in a costume. Tuesday night at the Summit League tournament championship the mascots from IUPUI and Oral Roberts got to scraping. Unfortunately, no heads went rolling.

General Sports

Tennessee’s Smokey lifts his leg on the competition

Ever wonder what it would be like to attend the “National Mascot Competition”? We didn’t think so. But the guys over at Best Week Ever did and they sent one of their cronies to Orlando to get the scoop on all the gigantic-headed action. As we expected, it was a total waste of gas.

So, what’s next for ol’ Smokey. Well, like any mascot who is dedicated his craft, it’s the Mascot Hall of Fame or bust. No, seriously; we’re not making this stuff up.


[]: Field Trip: The Secret Society of College Football Mascots

College Football

Hey, Donald, nobody likes a giant duck with a bad attitude

Okay, so what happens when Shasta the Houston Cougar pisses off Donald Duck? Well, Shasta gets his ass handed to him and Donald gets slapped with a one game suspension.

So, was it worth it? When you spend your free time in a sweaty, smelly, hot, heavy, gigantic duck suit, hell yeah it is!


[]: Bad Duck! Oregon Mascot Suspended

Tampa Bay Rays

He sure can move for a big guy

This might be the most amusing thing you see all day. Is that Justin Timberlake in there?

(Hat tip: Larry Brown Sports)

NFL General

Cowboys and Dolphins fans can’t take it any longer

The mid-70’s seems to be the cutoff for anybody who wants to roam the sidelines at professional football games in silly costumes. Wilford `Crazy Ray’ Jones had been the unofficial mascot in the stands for Dallas in a trademark wild west getup with trademark white cowboy hat. Jones, 76, was never paid by the Cowboys for his services (shame on you Jerry Jones) but he was given a special parking spot and an all-access pass to every game at Texas Stadium. The diehard fan will now be buried in one of his traditional uniforms.

But Jones won’t be the only superfan watching his team from the big seat in the sky when this NFL season kicks off in the fall. Dennis Sym, a.k.a. ‘Dolfan Denny,’ died at the age of 72 on Friday after whipping Fins fans into a frenzy for over 34 years. Unfortunately, kidney failure and cancer would take the life of a man who had so bravely withstood every late season Miami meltdown for over three decades. But a disappointing Nick Saban stint proved to more than his old, proud body could take.


[]: Wilford “Crazy Ray” Jones: 1931-2007
[]: `Dolfan Denny,’ unofficial mascot

Indiana Pacers

When mascots attack!

An Indiana Pacers fan is suing the Pacers because he calims that Pacers mascot “Boomer” tackled him during a free throw shooting competition and caused permanent back damage.

In his lawsuit, Jackson says he attended the March 11, 2005, game against Golden State and was asked to participate in a free-throw shooting contest.

He initially declined, citing his recent back surgery, but was assured “there would be no reason for concern or injury,” according to the lawsuit.

After the contest, the lawsuit says, he began to leave the court but was tackled by Boomer. The employee who knew about Jackson’s bad back told the mascot about the surgery, and Boomer responded by kicking at Jackson’s legs, the lawsuit says.

If a guy can get $2.5M out of the Phillies fanatic because he hugged him too hard, imagine how much this guy is going to get from the Pacers for being tackled. As if the Pacers organization isn’t throwing enough money away as it is on Dunleavy and Troy Murphy.

[Indy Star]: Even the mascot is having legal troubles

College Basketball

Stanford Tree banned from 2007 NCAA Womens Tourney

The Stanford Tree first got in trouble when it was played by Erin Lashnits during the Cal-Stanford game in February. Lashnits was drunk off her ass which violated the no-alcohol policy. Then in March, after Tommy Leep replaced Lashnits, the tree got into trouble again for dancing in a undesignated area. The tree was suspended for the rest of the tournament.

Well, now the NCAA has decided to take further action by banning the Tree from the Womens tournament next March.

Leep had a classic quote when asked about the suspension:

I thought this was all settled back in March. I sort of look at the NCAA like an ex-girlfriend trying to come and take the boom box back or something.

What decade is Leep living in? We didn’t think they still made boom boxes.

[SFGate]: NCAA fines Stanford for mascot’s behavior at Tournament