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I think they're missing the real story here: That's the dumbest looking mascot in sports.
I'm left with so many questions...
How have I not noticed this before??
Can you blame the guy for needing some of Grandpa's Pennsyltucky Cough Medicine before putting on that dopey thing?
Did someone's mom make it? Packed up the Dodge Caravan and headed to Michael's to grab the supplies?
The only thing it's missing are googly eyes. It looks like a cheap halloween costume or something for a third grade performance of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. And come on! Give the guy a scarf or something to cover up the ridiculous neck opening. Wait! He does have a scarf! COMING RIGHT OUT OF HIS CREEPY NECK HOLE!
Since I had so many questions, I went on a quest for answers. From Wikipedia, king of all primary sources:
"The mascot was the creation of Penn State senior H. D. "Joe" Mason in 1907. While on a 1904 trip to Princeton University, Mason had been embarrassed that Penn State did not have a mascot."
Thanks, "Joe." Now you can be embarrassed that you do have a mascot. And it's been traumatizing small children for 101 years.