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We love college pride, we love sports, and we especially love alliteration (sorry, nerd status!) so Mascot Monday is our attempt at combining all 3 things! Each week we will feature a different, random college mascot, just because. Maybe because we think it’s weird, maybe we think it’s hilarious, or maybe it’s just totally awesome (or some combination of all three!) Check back every Monday to see if we feature your school! Want us to feature your school’s mascot? Comment, email us, or tweet @SurvivinCollege with the tag #MascotMonday!

This week on Mascot Monday…

Wait, wait. Hold the phone. We interrupt our usual Mascot Monday post to ask: what were you thinking, ASU?!

That’s right. This week’s Mascot Monday is the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Arizona State Sun Devils Mascot Monday

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We actually had this week’s mascot all planned out, but we’re going to have to catch you next week, Wichita State Shockers! Sorry, WuShock. Why? Because, in case you haven’t already heard, Arizona is up in arms over ASU’s mascot redesign, which was (very obviously) done by none other than Disney. Ready for the reveal?

ASU Arizona State Sun Devils New Sparky Mascot Disney

Left: Old Sparky (via) / Right: New Sparky (via)

We would get snarky about Sparky’s new makeover, but actually, we don’t have to. Plenty of people are weighing in, so we figured we’d share and respond to our favorite comments quoted in the Daily Mail:

  • “I just see children running from him! He does not look friendly at all!”

Our thoughts: Okay, we don’t see what is so disturbing about the new Sparky, but we have to admit that (even though we’ve got mad love for ya, Disney!) we like the old Sparky much better.

  • “Sparky looks like he is on meth.”

Our thoughts: We’re not really seeing this, but…sure? He does look a little weird.

And the most accurate description ever:

  • “The new Sparky looks like a cross between Jafar in Aladdin and the Honey Nut Cheerios bee with a bit of Buzz Lightyear thrown in.”

Our thoughts: Yes, yes, and yes. That is exactly what the new Sparky looks like.

According to a poll, 77% of people voted that they did not like the new Sparky. Only a mere 10% of people love the new Arizona State Sun Devils mascot, and 12 percent are undecided (we’re not sure where the other 1% fits in there, but we’ll go with it.) We have to agree with the majority – the new mascot doesn’t look like a mascot. It looks like a Disney villain dressed up for a football game. We’re just left wondering, “WTF?” But (potentially) good news, ASU fans: they may decide to reinstate the old Sparky we all know and love. Thanks Disney, but no thanks.

What are your thoughts on the new Arizona State Sun Devils mascot?