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Mascot Madness 2015: Final Four

Mascot Madness final four

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Mascot Madness competition, the chance for YOU, the students, alumni, and fans to decide who SUNY’s favorite campus mascot is! We started with a total of 40 mascots from across New York State in the running to win the coveted title. They were each randomly placed into 4 SUNY regions and ranked by the number of athletic teams each mascot represents, which determined which mascots competed against each other in each round.

2015 mascot madness round 2 bracket thumbnailWe are down to the Final Four, which begins at 12:00 on Monday, March 30, and ends at 4:00 on Wednesday, April 1. The contests in round three were extremely close, some separated by a two percent margin of victory. After all votes were reviewed and verified, we find that we are left with Baxter Bearcat of Binghamton University, Hugo the Hawk of SUNY New Paltz, Ram-bo of Farmingdale State College, and Red the Dragon of SUNY Oneonta. There’s still some serious competition here, with the last 2 champions competing against each other for a trip to the finals. Who will see their way into the finals this year? Will a new mascot claim the championship trophy? Only you can decide. Vote below!

* Voting for the 2015 Mascot Madness tournament will be conducted with additional verification this year. Each voter will need to supply an email address with which they will be sent a confirmation email to submit their votes. This will allow the voting to be reviewed for consistency in a much more direct way. All votes will be limited to one per day, after which a user can resubmit a new vote in the same game again. At the end of each round, a an email will be selected as a winner of a prize from their school as thanks for participation. Email addresses will not be used for marketing or addition to any mailing lists and will be deleted at the conclusion of the tournament.

Mascot Madness 2015, Final Four:

Voting is now closed. The results will undergo verification and repeat votes will be removed from tallies before two finalists are announced. Stay tuned.


Final Four, Game 29:

Meet the Mascots:
Binghamton University - Baxter [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Binghamton University – Baxter[/popup]
SUNY New Paltz - Hugo [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY New Paltz – Hugo[/popup]


Final Four, Game 30:

Meet the Mascots:
Farmingdale State College Rams [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]Farmingdale State College – Ram-bo[/popup]
SUNY Oneonta Red Dragons [popup url=”” height=”600″ width=”800″ scrollbars=”yes” alt=”popup”]SUNY Oneonta – Red the Dragon[/popup]

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There are 17 comments

  • Craig says:

    Best to have the poll on an .edu domain address rather than using third-party Gmail sent all of my confirmation emails to Spam. Gmail displayed, “Why is this message in Spam? We’ve found that lots of messages from are spam.
    Voters may have missed the confirmation email due to spam filtering and believing they did not receive the email for confirmation.

  • NP says:

    The email issue is not just with Binghampton! I am a New Paltz voter and also experienced placing a vote and having different email popping up for where the confirmation would be sent.

  • Cris says:

    It’s 3:50p and the same voting issue Kenneth Homer had is happening again for Binghamton for the past 30 minutes. The deadline should be extended to ensure a fair vote and compensate for this glitch.

  • Judy Pizza says:

    The voting e-mail confirmation is NOT WORKING!

  • Cris says:

    It’s 3:40p and the voting problem Kenneth Homer had is happening again for Binghamton. I’ve been trying to vote for the past 20 minutes, but it’s saying a confirmation is being sent to various different email addresses. The deadline should be extended for a fair vote.

  • Kaitlyn Niznik says:

    Voting for New Paltz is NOT WORKING. The confirmation is being sent to other email addresses!

  • Kenneth S. Homer says:

    Follow up: At 1:57 PM 4/1 I tried again and was working and finally got my own email confirmation to register my vote for Baxter.

  • Ash says:

    Voting for New Paltz isn’t working!

  • Kenneth S. Homer says:

    The voting email confirmation is not working. When Binghamton vote is placed and email is asked for, the next notice is that an email has been sent to an totally different email than has been registered. I have tried my email three times and three different email notifications came back. some thing is going on with the voting confirmation.!!! Please investigate or invalidate that race.

  • Josh says:

    Woohooo Go Oneonta!

  • kevfagan15 says:

    New Paltz voting isn’t working? Also David raises a good point…

  • David says:

    Why is Red the dragon in the final four? According to the Round 3 page, Geneseo won!!

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