POTSDAM - March is here, and as people wait to see how the college basketball season shakes out, the SUNY system already has its brackets set and they could result in a showdown between a local bear and kangaroo.
SUNY is hosting its first mascot tournament, a tournament to determine which campuss costumed representative is the most popular. SUNY Cantons Rudy Roo and SUNY Potsdams Max C. Bear are among the participants.
They seeded the mascots based on the amount of sports teams they had. That is why we ended up as a 15 seed, and Cortland is No. 1, said Daniel H. Bronson, SUNY Potsdam sports information director.
The SUNY system has set up a website where people can vote for their favorite mascots, which have been arranged in a bracket similar to the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament. Each week, mascots will be paired up and will advance until there are only two left.
It has been a lot of fun so far, it has been fun to promote our mascot and see how everyone else is promoting their mascot, said SUNY Canton Athletic Director Randy B. Sieminski. Ive been more surprised at how many people have really voted, were up over 2,000 votes. Were pleased with that; we have the most votes out of anybody in the contest so far.
SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam are on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning they wouldnt meet each other unless both made it to the final.
Were both trying to do the same thing, I think it is a great chance to further our rivalry, Mr. Bronson said. Were in the process of building our programs. It would be great for both north country schools to match up against each other.
The campuses are using a social media campaign to entice votes for Rudy and Max.
It is a good way to grow our social media and our Twitter, Mr. Sieminski said. Weve been pushing out to vote for our mascot through both those outlets and encouraged people to like our Facebook page.
Round One, which pits Rudy Roo against Alfred States Orvis the Pioneer and Max C. Bear against Morrisvilles Mustang, ends Saturday. Currently, both local mascots are winning their pairings by wide margins.
To view the bracket and to cast a vote, visit http://blog.suny.edu/2013/03/suny-mascot-madness-round-1/