Mascot Bracket: Aubie the Tiger versus Bucky Badger
The official mascot of Auburn University is Aubie the Tiger, and all Auburn athletic teams, men’s and women’s, are nicknamed the Tigers. Auburn has never referred to any of its athletic teams as the “Eagles” or “War Eagles.” The university’s official response to the confusion between the Tigers mascot and the War Eagle battle cry is, “We are the Tigers who say ‘War Eagle.'” “Nova”, officially named “War Eagle VII”, ready to fly untethered above the stadium before Auburn’s game versus South Carolina in 2010. Since 1930, and continuously since 1960, Auburn has kept an actual eagle as a live, untethered mascot flying over the football stadium at athletic events. War Eagle VII, a golden eagle named Nova, along with Spirit, a bald eagle, perform the War Eagle Flight before all Auburn home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium.
Buckingham U. “Bucky” Badger is the official mascot of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He attends all major sporting events for the Wisconsin Badgers as well as hundreds of other events around Wisconsin every year. Bucky wears a cardinal red and white Wisconsin sweater along with a gruff look on his face (the costumed-mascot version is decidedly cheerier, with a beaming smile). During sporting events, he is generally seen interacting with the crowd, especially the rambunctious student section. For example, during football games Bucky often directs sections N, O, and P to dance along with the band’s music or pretends to pick fights with certain students. He also has a history of playfully fighting other team’s mascots like theUniversity of Minnesota’s Goldy Gopher or Purdue University’s Purdue Pete. Although fighting is no longer allowed by NCAA mascots, Bucky still frequently interacts with other mascots through skits. Bucky also does pushups to match the score after each touchdown, field goal, or safety. At the Indiana game on November 13, 2010 Bucky did 83 consecutive pushups for the winning score of 83–20.