After a lull in the world of sports, thanks to this pandemic, March Madness finally came back with exciting basketball games featuring the best collegiate players in the country!
But sadly, we’re not interested in their players. We’re here to talk about the dogs who are also the real-life mascots of four teams that make up the 68-team of the NCAA’s Tournament field from Connecticut, Drake, Georgetown, and Tennessee.
And even if your alma mater didn’t make the cut, we’ll try to make your day by highlighting these adorable mascots’ breeds, personalities, histories, and some interesting facts about them.
Chill out, relax and feast your eyes on the cuteness overload that’s about to ensue!
Meet Jonathan XIV from the University of Connecticut! Just after winning their fourth national title in 2014, this seven-year-old Husky became their 14th live mascot. He’s been around to witness the women in their team win two of their most recent championships.
Members of the Alpha Phi Omega are Jonathan’s caretakers on campus. But when he’s just home, he likes chillin’ with his brother, Jonathan XIIV, where they enjoy playing outdoors, particularly when it snows.
Drake University’s bet is none other than Griff II or George. This English bulldog became Drake’s live mascot after he succeeded his brother Griff I last year. This little fellow has a penchant for ‘griffuccinos,’ getting under Griff I’s skin, and of course, hanging out with students from Drake. Like any other pup, he does have some dislikes, which include wearing his boots, and getting a cold bottom–well, don’t we all?
This is Jack, and he proudly represents Georgetown University, which has been showcasing live mascots since the ’60s! He is the most recent English bulldog to embody the Georgetown ideals. This cute little chunky has a rather odd taste bud because his favorite food is none other than an olive-free salad. Jack loves playing with his green water can and hanging out on campus. He also has a Facebook account where you can enjoy looking at him dining his Halloween costumes.
And finally, meet Smokey X, the most recent bluetick coonhound mascot of the University of Tennessee. Blue Smokey was named the Volunteers’ first mascot in 1953, and all of their succeeding canines have been raised by the same Knoxville family since then. Smokey X came to UT back in 2013, and under his sharp eyes, their football team has made a 50-48 pedestrian. This little cutie loves celebrating touchdowns with his fans.
We don’t know about you, but seeing these adorable pups are giving us enough dose of good vibes to last us until the next games of the season!