Our new mascot is...Mike Tyson?

Submitted by Sparkle Motion on June 28th, 2011 at 1:37 AM

Stumbled across this interview with Mike Tyson in New York Magazine:

 

Other than his pigeons, he’s had pet tigers over the years. I ask Tyson if he were an animal, what animal would he be?

He looks up at the tinseled ceiling. He scratches his thick neck. “I’d like to be a lion, but I think I’m a wolverine,” he says.

Wolverines: “They’re like big giant rats. They’re about 50 pounds and fearless. They fight to the death. They don’t move fast. They walk slow because they’re not afraid of nothing. That’s how I think. And they can be a little reckless.” 

http://nymag.com/news/intelligencer/encounter/mike-tyson-2011-3/

If DB can get Iron MIke on the sideline taking pictures with the kiddos I would support that...

Comments

Shoelaces_Pfft

June 28th, 2011 at 3:07 AM ^

"I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there's ever been. There's no one can stop me. Brutus is a conquerer? No, I'm Alexander, he's no Alexander. I'm the best ever! There is no one who can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Denard!"
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Desmonlon Edwoodson

June 28th, 2011 at 8:38 AM ^

I've got to go with Amadou Ba as my favorite mascot.  The day he threw MSU's mascot across the court still holds a special place in my heart.  We may have split the series on the basketball court that year, but Ba DOMINATED the mascot challenge.

mikoyan

June 28th, 2011 at 9:51 AM ^

They are not that slow.  The loping gait that they use is acutally quite efficient in the snow covered areas that they tend to live in.  And that's only about 3rd gear for them.  They can go into a full out run if they have to.  I'm not sure about reckless...although I guess climbing a mountain because one can would be that.....

MichiganPhotoRod

June 28th, 2011 at 11:29 AM ^

Credit: TheAnimalFiles.com

 

Main Characteristics

Wolverines are the largest member of the weasel family and they are the second largest mustelid, giant otters being the largest. They have a body length of 65 - 105 cms (26 - 41 inches), a tail length between 17 and 26 cms (6.5 - 10 inches) and they weigh between 8 and 14 Kgs (18 - 31 lbs). Male Wolverines are generally approximately one third larger than females.

Wolverines are strong, stocky, bear like animals with extremely powerful jaws that can crunch through frozen meat and bone. It has long, dense fur that doesn't retain much water making it very resistant to frost in the Wolverine's cold habitat.

They are black/brown in colour with a pale brown band down each side, a long tail and they have been known to give off an extremely strong and unpleasant odour.

Habitat

Wolverines are found in isolated areas of Canada, North West USA, Northern Europe and Northern & Eastern Asia. They live in dens amongst roots and rocks or sometimes they dig one into a snow drift.

They are solitary animals and they have a very large range. Males defend a territory up to 620 Kms (385 miles) while females have territories between 130 and 260 Kms (81 - 162 miles). The territory of a male will overlap several female territories.

Wolverines roam around a lot and they can travel up to 24 Kms (15 miles) per day.

Diet

Wolverines are omnivores but their diet mainly consists of meat. They are known to eat deer, hares, rodents, birds, eggs, carrion and seasonal fruits.

Breeding

After a gestation period of 30 - 50 days, 2 - 3 kits are born between January and March. They are born covered in white fur and with their eyes closed. At birth they weigh approximately 84g
(3 oz) and they will remain with their mother until they are weaned at approximately 9 - 10 weeks old.

By late May the young will move around with their mother and they are usually fully grown by the winter. After their first winter they may venture out on their own or they could remain in the same areas as their parents or siblings. Wolverines become sexually mature at approximately 2 years of age.

Predators

Predators of the Wolverine are humans, mountain lions, wolves and bears.

Subspecies

There are two subspecies of Wolverine:

Gulo gulo gulo
Gulo gulo luscus

Interesting Facts

Wolverines are also known as:
Glutton
Caracjou
Skunk Bear
Nasty Cat

The Norwegian municipality of Bardu has a Wolverine in its coat-of-arms.

The US state of Michigan is known as the Wolverine state.

tbeindit

June 28th, 2011 at 11:37 AM ^

The Annual battles of Mike Tyson v. Brutus and Sparty would make me laugh every year.  Mainly because those mascots would be destroyed and well...nobody's going to stop Mike Tyson