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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: The University of Wisconsin Badgers

Mascot Monday - Wisconsin Badgers

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Let’s talk about badgers for a second. Badgers are freaking fierce. They may look innocent at times but, no. They are far from innocent. Did you know that badgers have been known to hunt with coyotes? We kid you not.  So, you may think, at first glance, that Bucky Badger is a stupid mascot, but that’s far from the truth. You can’t get much more awesome while also staying original.

So how did Wisconsin get their team name? Well, brace yourselves, because their story is badass. Wikipedia says: “Wisconsin was dubbed the “Badger State” because of the lead miners who first settled there in the 1820s and 1830s. Without shelter in the winter, they had to “live like badgers” in tunnels burrowed into hillsides.”

Yeah, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that.

The badgers got their representative mascot, Bucky Badger, in 1949, and have been going strong ever since.

Bucky The Badger - Mascot Monday

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Bucky may be a cute looking badger wearing a Wisconsin sweater, but don’t let that fool you. The Wisconsin Badgers are clearly a force to be reckoned with. Unless of course, they’re going up against a school with a dachshund as their mascot (dachshunds were bred to pull badgers out of their tunnels) but we don’t foresee that being a problem any time soon. Anyway, Wisconsin, we’re impressed. Go Badgers!

What do you think of the Wisconsin Badgers?