Milwaukee’s Pounce Panther
Name (5): Yeah, Panthers are cats, and cats pounce. They pounce their prey, but doesn’t it sound a little feminine to you? Shouldn’t this son-of-a-bitch be mauling people? Pouncing makes it sound like he’s gonna start dancing on you at a nightclub. When the name suggestions came about with the new costume a few years ago, I preferred Wauky (I believe came from forum stalwart “fan,” but could be someone else) because it furthered the Milwaukee connection and sounded original. Pounce sounds like a stripper.
In a fight (10): Bird vs. Panther? Panther. Dog vs. Panther? Panther. Only the world’s most dangerous game, humans, could take on Pounce in a fight. And this angry feline would probably rip out a few throats before he’s taken down.
Relevance (8): While Pounce is a panther, I’ve heard arguments that he looks more like a bear or a rodent, so we’ll dock him a point for each species confusion.
Love-ability (2): Victor E. Panther looked like a Chuck E. Cheese character (hmmm) and was very approachable. Pounce looks like he’ll give you a Weidabach curb stomp if you so much as look at him wrong. Although, maybe a baby Pounce would hit the cuteness factor.
Style (10): Soccer is historically the Panthers’ best sport, and the uniforms are pretty badass. In fact, I want one of Pounce’s jerseys pretty bad myself. Docked one point for having the Student Association logo on the back of his shirt neck.
This was a very scientific study that I’ve been putting together for years. In no way did I spend just one hour on a Monday night in August building my rankings. Mascots are rated in five sections, and in each of those sections they can score anywhere from 1 to 10. The points, added up in the end, set their ranking. I was helped by high ranking members from each Horizon League university in this highly scientific process. These should not be viewed as my own ideas but those of a collective group of non-biased, PhD-holding scholars.
The categories are: Name, In a Fight, Relevance, Love-ability and Style. The name is self-explanatory, In a Fight is how they would fare in combat, Relevance is how they fit their institution, Love-ability is the capacity for love kids and fans have for their mascot, and Style is all about trying to dress the best (which would be Villanova’s mascot, Jay Wright).