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SUNY Mascot Madness 2014 – Finals


Welcome to Round 4 in the Second Annual SUNY Mascot Madness! This is a competition where YOU can decide who is New York’s favorite campus mascot! This year’s contest includes a record 44 SUNY campuses representing more than 637 athletic teams and 350,000 students!

SUNY has more than 85 NCAA Division I, 290 NCAA Division III, and 385 NJCAA athletics teams, as well as hundreds of non-competitive athletics clubs. Our mascots work so hard cheering on every SUNY student athlete, so why not cheer them on? Last year, 100,000 voters cast their ballot to edge a win for SUNY New Paltz’s “Hugo” over Stony Brook University’s “Wolfie Seawolf” in the championship round. We’ve interviewed each competing mascot to learn a little more about them, like what their favorite New York State destination is and how they became a mascot in the first place. You’ll learn what it is that make these dedicated supporters of SUNY athletic teams, students and alumni tick.

A little recap…

  • Round 1 saw a record 44 mascots compete. Over 100,000 votes were cast from more than 45 countries across the globe–each in the spirit of New York public education.
  • Round 2 brought 16 winners of Round 1 to face off in pursuit of the 2014 title. Through sweat, feathers, and dance, the Elite Eight SUNY Mascot Madness 2014 competitors were crowned.
  • Round 3 saw each of the eight finalists rise to the occasion; more than 70,000 votes were put forth by supporters to select the Final Four!
  • Round 4 introduced social voting, which ended up being the deciding factor for the SUNY New Paltz’s Hugo and College at Brockport’s Ellsworth matchup (Ellsworth flew on top by less than one percentage point) and helped drive Binghamton University’s Baxter to claim his spot against SUNY Cortland’s Blaze.

This round will crown New York’s favorite college mascot in SUNY Mascot Madness 2014!

The Finals begin at noon on Tuesday, April 1 and ends on Thursday, April 3 at 12:00 p.m.

BONUS: Every 1 Facebook or Twitter “share” from this page that brings an additional supporter to SUNY Mascot Madness will add 1 bonus point! Bonus totals will be updated once a day on Tuesday and Wednesday and once every two hours between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 3.

Remember to click over to read all of the interviews with our mascot participants. Each one of them tells us a bit about their personality, how they came to be a mascot at their campus, and some of their more interesting habits. Then, vote for your favorite personality!


Burning time? Check out these 8 Ingeniously Creative Mascot Submission Videos

Voting is now closed.

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Learn more about the mascots:

Binghamton University - BaxterBinghamton University – Baxter

FINAL SCORE: 27,481Baxter Bearcat from Buinghamton University

College at Brockport - Ellsworth EagleCollege at Brockport – Ellsworth Eagle

FINAL SCORE: 27,264Ellsworth Eagle of the COllege at Brockport


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  • BearCat4Life says:


  • Lisa says:

    Go Brockport!

  • Alumni says:

    Honestly, the social media sharing makes complete sense. Yes, they weren’t too specific about the details when they first brought up the “bonus” but now have made it much clear. Might I add, bonuses can be a surprise. It happens in all kinds of games. Anyways, we tend to forget that these colleges and universities are businesses. They still run on money. Thus, with us sharing this game on the internet, they get brand marketing in return. Us marketing them gets their name out and high schoolers looking at college’s become exposed to the “SUNY” name. Also, I see it as more of a school spirit task than just voting. You’re actually sharing your schools name and asking others to vote.

  • Baxter says:

    Go Baxter!

  • LeiLei says:

    Who doesn’t have access to their public library and can’t make a facebook and/or twitter account to help their school get the bonus points?

  • Lexi says:

    I think the whole argument between the schools is getting a little out of control. The point of this was to bring schools together for a friendly competition. Though i do think the bonus points shouldn’t have such an impact of the actual number of votes because it much easier to click a button then continuously tweet or share it on Facebook during school hours , besides not everyone has fb or twitter. I just hope this bonus system wont be around for next year’s competition. All I can say is goodluck to bing and brockport 🙂 ,

  • Just a Game says:

    Has everyone life really changed because of social media being a part of the final four mascots? I’m thinking not. Relax people…it’s not the end of the world.

  • Alex says:

    The Bonus points were not explained in how much they were worth or how to obtain them. If sharing on Facebook or Twitter was the methods to gain these bonus points, then it is still unfair for those who do not have a Facebook or Twitter. Also, the amount that these points would add to the votes was unclear and so it gave a false sense of assured victory to the New Paltz students who saw that SUNY New Paltz had a lead of 8%, almost 2,000 votes. This was an unfair round in this competition and it did not allow SUNY New Paltz to fully show their school spirit due to the fact that we, here at SUNY New Paltz, believed that we were in the lead and successfully defending our title. I hope that at the least, this issue won’t be present next year, to make the competition more fair.

    • Every 1 Facebook or Twitter “share” from this page that brings an additional supporter to SUNY Mascot Madness will add 1 bonus point! … You only get a bonus point if someone votes from the post that you tweet or share on FB, not that you tweet or post it on FB. So if I post it on my FB wall and one of my friends clicks it and votes, it counts 1 vote and 1 bonus…that is how I interpret the rules.

  • bronte says:

    Is the Facebook share not working for any other b port students?

  • Small Schools Rock! says:

    I wish SUNY would come up with a way to make this competition more equal among schools of all sizes. This sends a message of the biggest are the best and have the most spirit, which is many cases, is not the fact. Just because you have the highest enrollment doesn’t mean you have the most spirit!

    • lunchtkts says:

      Buffalo and Stony Brook were knocked out pretty early. Think people were counter voting or those big schools just didnt mobilize early on?

  • Ellsworth is #1 says:


  • Jerry says:

    NO WAY! TOTAL BS! New Paltz did not lose…. MORE votes… STUPID Bonus scoring??? FIXED!!!! New Paltz… had the most votes last year and this year… and you found a way to knock us out… It started in the first round with the stupid ranking system…. and you knock us out so we could not defend the TITLE. Whatever… New Paltz Hawks!!! PROTEST!!!!!

    • gr says:

      Anyone else embarassed for Jerry?

      • Katheen says:

        Definitely not, he has every right to be angry. New Paltz got more votes, those bonus points are stupid. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it on purpose to keep New Paltz from winning two years in a row….

        • gr says:

          Or this is just a game and it’s rediculous to be that upset. Also, the bonus points make perfect sense… the idea is to build engagement amongst campuses and so they are rewarding interaction, not just clicks. Sharing goes beyond voting and shows participation, community, etc. He really just sounds like a sore loser… if New Paltz had fans as willing to engage in more than a vote, then they would have won. But they were not as willing.

    • Concerned Competitor says:

      It was very unclear and not explained what these shares were and how they would count, especially being implemented in the middle of the tournament, not to mention during a set of key games. Also, people were already sharing beforehand, which gave them the votes aka I saw no point in adding this component to the competition; its hard enough getting people to go on and push that button.

      Generation SUNY has a lot on their plate and it must be remembered that it is hard enough to keep track of regular votes. Who would be in the finals was not clear until within minutes of the next round. the whole situation is awkward and a decision needed to be made. Whether or not it was valid, nobody knows. but for you, Jerry, it might help to remember New Paltz to this day has never been bested when it comes to votes, which is the real point of this competition. Until next year… GL to these two schools!

      • Sarah says:

        The bonus points weren’t really explained in the last round so I don’t think it was fair. Nobody knew where or how the bonus points were being calculated. BrockPort got more bonus points than actual points. It was suppose to be whatever team got the most votes wins not the most bonus points. If the bonus points were better explained I wouldn’t have such an issue.

    • EaglesWin says:

      Calm down Jerry….if that is your real name….Golden Eagles won fair and square through the contest rules, which includes bonus votes. We will not argue, we will just continue to soar!

      • lunchtkts says:

        I feel you Jerry! I thought New Paltz had it to! @eaglewin to tell jerry to “calm down” may spark some revenge votes for Binghamton!

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