Mascot Bracket Round 2: Otto the Orange versus The Horned Frog
Otto the Orange is the mascot for the Syracuse Orange, the athletic teams of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, USA. Otto is an anthropomorphic orange, wearing a large blue hat and blue pants. Otto can usually be seen at Syracuse sporting events in the Carrier Dome and other university sporting events. In the summer of 1980, the cheerleaders and mascots were at a UCA Cheerleading Camp in Tennessee and the students who were chosen to suit up in the costume narrowed the field down to two potential names — “Opie” and “Otto”—as a new orange costume was made. It was concluded that the name “Opie” would lead to the inevitable rhyme with ‘dopey’, and settled on “Otto.” Later that fall, word got out that the cheerleaders were calling the latest mascot costume Otto, and the name stuck. For 17 years the university did not settle on an “official” mascot until the chancellor appointed a group of students and faculty to create a mascot and logo. University administration considered introducing a new mascot (a wolf or lion were likely candidates), but the student body supported Otto. He was recognized as the official mascot of Syracuse University by 1995. Watch the Syracuse college video tour here!
The Horned Frog first appeared in 1897 on the cover of the first AddRan yearbook. By 1915, the mascot made its way onto the first TCU seal. During the post-WWII years, the Horned Frog Mascot was embraced in costume, on stationery, class rings and the band’s bass drum. In 1979 the mascot was renamed from Addy the All-American Frog to Super Frog. TCU has capitalized on its mascot by marketing a bumper sticker (in a role reversal of where a frog, once kissed, turns into a prince) stating “My Princess Turned into a Frog”. Watch the TCU college video tour here!