Purdue has announced that the new multi-racial, reworked Purdue Pete mascot has been scrapped and they're going back to the original. Glad they listened to those who care about the university and its athletics image.
OT: New Purdue Pete gets nixed
Hide ya kids... Purdue Pete is back in town.
id this the new one or what they are going back to?
The new one was a prototype only. I don't think the new costume was ever used at any university events.
The new one and the old one:
and wears Frankenstein boots.
Neither of them look all that great to begin with. I guess I don't see where the new one is all that much worse than the original.
So you're saying Johnny Damon's post-baseball plans have been nixed.
The old one looks like just an ordinary child molester.
So, OK I guess.
Who is the guy on the left with the big hat?
Purdue Pete is nightmare fuel, period.
No more than say....
Or this guy...
Pfft. I eat Buckeyes for breakfast.
But Brutus is still pretty scary.
I guess it's different when you grow up in Michigan, but Buckeye hoopla has been all over the place as long as I can remember. Buckeye players and logos are used in TV ads and news broadcasts. Heck, going to class today I saw three different "Beat Michigan" T-shirts. The hot new trend these days is to cover up m's on signs with duct tape so that "Central Campus" on a sign reads "Central Ca=pus," or "Mathematics" reads "=athe=atics." It's frankly embarrasing that the university lets people embellish its signs like that in the name of "school spirit." Maybe after a week or two but come on, campus signs have been taped up like that since at least August.
Not to an Ohio Bobcat...
You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
Sparty and Brutus look like happy, normal mascots. Pete on the other hand looks like he wants to kill you and wear you as a skin suit.
From an ESPN article:
"Why the makeover for Purdue Pete?
He's scaring the children.
"Look, I'm the one who gets the phone calls from parents who say that big face scares their 3-year-old," said Morgan Burke, athletic director."
I think this could be the basis for a dynamite episode on "Criminal Minds."
But isn't the whole point of having a mascot to appeal to children? I don't think adults care that much about people in furry costumes.
Fuck, I hate Brutus the Buckeye. The Ohio cougar is my hero!
So State and PU spend money on research, development, market research, and prototypes only to shit can the whole project when their respective fan base gives them the big FU?
Reminiscent of the GAP logo:
You win some, you lose some. But you live... you live to fight another day.
This is one of the reasons that I am happy Michigan does not have an on field mascot.
I could get behind Michigan having a real wolverine on the sidelines though. Heck, they could have one of the cages like the Raptor cage in Jurassic Park on a shaker table with a sound board.
I read about Fielding Yost arranging to have a live wolverine be wheeled around the big house at games in the early 30's. He was inspired to do that after Wisconsin had made it a habit of wheeling a caged badger at their home games...(most likely the only time we copied Wisconsin in anything).
I believe that little tradition only lasted a couple years because it was too much of a hassle trying to get the wolverine in it's cage without being, you know, mauled to death.
But if they ever want to try it these days, I think those 2 wolverines still live at the Detroit Zoo. An MSU fan who works there named them "Sparty" and "Bucky."
"Bennie" and "Biff" were introduced that year to commemorate the opening of Michigan Stadium. The concept was soon scrapped, as wolverines don't like being caged.
I'm still with the guy that suggested the Jurassic Park-style cage. We can just get one of those big metal moving crates they used on Ilsa Nublar. The only guy that will have to worry about being mauled is the gatekeeper.
Is it just me, or does the old Purdue Pete look like Kevin Mchale?
They should have made PP either with an angry face, or a happy one -- pick one or the other, and go with it. Instead, they opted for some strange hybrid of both with an incredibly disturbing & vacant stare.
Look into PP's eyes; there is nothing there. They are dead. These are the eyes of a serial killer.
They still both remind me of the Murray's Auto Parts guy, in a terrifying, childhood nightmares sort of way.
IIRC the concept of a walkaround costume mascot was proposed ~1990. It was almost as dorky looking as the fake Michigan mascot being pummeled by MSU fans that made it onto that Bryant Gumbel HBO show.
And much dumber than the Willy The Wolverine that prowls the sidelines at Grove City College in PA (red wings/stripes on white helmets btw):
That's not too bad but it doesn't look like a wolverine. Looks more like a wolf who died his hair slightly blonde.
I honestly cant tell the difference? It just looks like the new one ate a shit ton of pizzas and played WoW for a year straight.
So Purdue Pete finally finished freshman year?
no srsly, WTF. ANSWER ME PURDUE!
Purdue has that damn train already, why don't they just get rid of the stupid, creepy head? The body is just some football player, I don't think they make boilers wearing pads...
It's not really even a full-scale mascot. It's like the kid that went out on Halloween with the Spiderman mask and his winter jacket over the rest. Not a full costume - not a real mascot.
So you're saying it's not a mask at all but that dude from that Cher and Sam Elliot movie?