February 27, 2004

Strange Mascot Happenings

POST #    794

Big Red and Gabibbo

In a strange story, Western Kentucky's mascot, Big Red, has apparently been copied. WKU is suing an Italian TV station for copying their mascot. You be the judge. To me, it looks like they are exactly the same. Then again, how creative do you have to be to come up with a big blob as a mascot.

The Italian TV station denies copying Big Red, but they have apparently made some pretty incriminating statements in the past. A manger at the station said in an interview that Gabibbo was based off of Big Red. Of course, he now says that he was joking. Western Kentucky is looking for $250 million in damages.

- NY Times: Are Origins of Italian Star Found in Hills of Kentucky?

In other mascot news, a wolverine was spotted in Michigan. The wolverine, the mascot of my alma mater was last seen in Michigan in the early 1800s. They were even taken off the endangered list for the state because they simply don't live there anymore. Wolverines still inhabit northern Canada, Idaho, and Alaska. The article says that the "best-known Wolverines are athletes at the University of Michigan." Thanks for Justin for sending this my way.

Actually, Justin is very similar to the Wolverine. He's often times at the University of Michigan and is quite ferocious as well - well, at least around steak and wings.

- Yahoo News: 1st Mich. Wolverine Spotted in 200 Years

Posted by tien mao in Sports at 1:50 PM



Don't be knocking Big Red. I went to WKU and Big Red is a fantastic mascot. I mean at least with Big Red there's none of this pretending that he's a real whatever like people do with Wildcats or Wolverines or whatever. He's just a fun big, red, thing.

Posted by: Michelle at February 27, 2004 2:00 PM

er...is big red real? i mean, there is a person behind him, but what's real about him? the only real big red i know is the gum. i don't doubt that he's fun though. i'm a big fan of the mascot. personally, i like the syracuse orange and the orange from the orange bowl.

and wolverines are real. just look at that article.

Posted by: tien at February 27, 2004 2:03 PM

For the record, I am also known to be ferocious in my support for the Michigan Football and Basketball teams, and dangerous to those around me at games!! Anyone who has attended a game with me can attest to that! Now if I start to actually LOOK like a Wolverine too, well then I'll be a little scared!

Posted by: Justin at February 27, 2004 2:27 PM

i don't know justin, i think i've seen you froth at the mouth before.

Posted by: tien at February 27, 2004 2:29 PM

It's Big Red's complete lack of realness that makes him cool I think. There is a man in the big red suit of course but beyond that no one has any idea what Big Red is. To complete the lack of realness, the sports teams at WKU aren't even called Big Red (or would it be Big Reds?). They are Hilltoppers. So Big Red is just a cool thing that just kind of exists.

Posted by: Michelle at February 27, 2004 4:01 PM

$250 million??? How has Western Kentucky suffered $250 million in damages?

Posted by: joe s at February 27, 2004 6:33 PM

I went to WKU and I was going to audition to be big red but I cut my hand before the audition and had to have surgery so I never got my chance. Big Red is awesome. He is not defined by any boundries and can be whatever he wants. If you saw Big Red you'd understand. As far as 250 million in damages...well...they have been using his image for something on the order of 14 years. Thats 14 years of merchandise and you can bet if it wasn't profitable they wouldn't be selling it. It apparently is like any character on TV here that is popular. You profit from it. And to be popular for 14 years...well...you do the math. Go HILLTOPPERS!!!

Posted by: Josh at February 29, 2004 4:28 PM

Why would anyone want to copy our mascot? I mean come on, it's a big red blob. Yeah, BIG RED is real and there is a real person underneath the costume. He knows how to excite the crowd at any game! GO HILLTOPPERS!!!! SHOW US THE MONEY!

Posted by: Kentucky Girl at March 2, 2004 8:27 PM

I'm a student at Western and this "Blob" is the dumbest mascot I've ever seen. A Blob? Something that is evolving? An Ameoba? What the hell IS it? Its a very unintelligent design, sorry to say. I could do better than that, I could make a better mascot, honestly. Couldnt you? Get my point now?

Posted by: Usmaan at September 22, 2004 4:19 PM

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