Tag:Ole Miss Admiral Ackbar
Posted on: October 14, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 10:59 pm

Reactions from the Ole Miss mascot announcement

Posted by Chip Patterson, Illustrated by Tom Fornelli

Well, it is official: Ole Miss has selected their new sideline mascot.  After seven years of debate, the "Rebel Black Bear" won 62 percent of the vote in a poll of more than 13,000 students, faculty, alumni, and fans.  The "Rebel Black Bear" beat out the other two finalists, the "Rebel Land Shark" and "Hotty Toddy."   

When we first told you about the three finalists for the new Ole Miss sideline prowler, we openly admitted that we were hoping that by some miracle Admiral Ackbar would somehow work a way into the new mascot.  It was a longshot dream, with chances not much bigger than womp rats I used to bullseye in my T-16 back home.  Admiral Ackbar is a strong and steadfast leader, but has a tendency to kind of freak out from time to time .

Here was the initial prediction of Ackbar's sentiments towards the Rebel Black Bear.

Now, I realize that your first thought is, "Wait a second, Ackbar couldn't shoot lasers out of his eyes!" Or maybe, "Holy crap Chip, you are a nerd."  Regardless, Ackbar never was never documented shooting lasers out of his eyes; but his time on screen was limited and much of his private life is untouched by Star Wars lore.  Still, we do know that Ackbar has an entire fleet of Calamari cruisers at his dispense, and they are all well equipped with lasers.

But thanks to the tweet of Ramzy Nasrallah , the conspiracy theorists of the mascot world (all seven of us) can remain hopeful that there is a master plan in place.  Hopefully the selection of the bear has very little to do with the actual characteristics, but instead is a hint for the ultimate reveal.

Ah ha! Now we finally understand what is going on down in Oxford.  After getting their cover blown by ESPN, the true Admiral Ackbar movement had to go underground and disguise itself as the Rebel Black Bear.  He may wear slacks in the Grove, but do not be shocked if the furry mammal is a cover up for one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance.  

The only member of the SEC truly enraged by the announcement is UGA VIII, who's arrival on the Georgia sidelines has now been upstaged by this fishy business in Oxford.

So what does UGA VIII think of the new Ole Miss mascot?


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Posted on: October 6, 2010 10:15 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 10:40 am

Ole Miss releases mascot designs for vote

Posted by Chip Patterson

Sadly, the movement for Admiral Ackbar as Ole Miss' new sideline prowler was shut down after a powerful student movement, and now we must look at other options that will not be trademarked by Lucasfilm.  It's true that the leader of the Calamari star fleet would have served as an intimidating figure for the Rebels, lurking on the sideline carefully watching the game through his oversized squid-eyes.  Just imagine how useful he could be for fake punts and other trick plays, with the ability to inform head coach Houston Nutt that "It's A Trap!"

But the voting opens today for the Ole Miss community to voice their preferences on the new mascot.  The vote will not ultimately determine the selection, though this is the most democratic step in the decision process.  The student-run mascot selection committee has narrowed it down to these three candidates.

(Images via: Clarion-Ledger)  

What are your thoughts on the new mascot choices in Oxford?  Let us know in the comments below.

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