A mascot is much more than a guy dressed up in a funny suit who is there to entertain kids. Mascots can embody the team identity, fire up the crowd, boost the team’s morale and get under the opponent’s skin. This is what a good mascot can do, and there are many terrific ones across professional and college sports. There are also many not so great mascots, which make you cringe when you see them attempting to entertain the crowd. Sometimes, they even have a terrifying design which is doing the team no favors with the younger fan base.
11. Willie the Wildcat – Kansas State Wildcats
From the neck up, Kansas State’s Willie the Wildcat is a perfectly good mascot. He features a large, fuzzy wildcat head which perfectly embodies the team identity. The problem with Willie the Wildcat is the fact that from the neck down, he is just a human wearing the Kansas State football kit. Not only does this make him incredibly out of proportion which looks very odd, but it also ruins the illusion of the mascot being a character. Willie the Wildcat is therefore 75% human and just your average guy wearing an enormous cat head. It is hard to overlook this, which is a shame, as he has the right personality for a mascot and the potential is clearly there. Perhaps the budget would not stretch for a full body suit, and instead they could only afford the giant cat head.