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Ole Miss switching from one dumb mascot to another

Seven years ago, Ole Miss replaced Colonel Reb with the Black Bear, and now, they’re changing the mascot once again to something even dumber: the Landshark. Today, the university announced the Landshark will replace the Black Bear as the school’s primary mascot starting with the 2018 season. “Rebels” will remain the athletic teams’ nickname because, well — yeah, not going there today.

Why the switch? Students originally voted for the Black Bear back in 2010, but in a new poll, 81% voted for the Landshark to take its place. (The other option from 2010, the insufferable “Hotty Toddy,” could not be reached for comment.) Oddly, instead of having the Black Bear finish the 2017 season, Ole Miss is retiring him immediately, meaning when the Rebels come to Kroger Field next month, they will have no mascot on the sidelines. Weird.

Why a landshark, which isn’t a real animal, just a beer owned by Jimmy Buffet? The school traces its origin back to 2008, when Ole Miss defenders started doing the shark fin gesture atop their helmets. But come on. Let’s be honest. It’s because of this dude:

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Admiral Ackbar got screwed.


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17 Comments for Ole Miss switching from one dumb mascot to another

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    4:43 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Why not go back to the actual Colonel. As a getting-older white guy, I promise not to be offended.

  2. Reuben Cuban
    4:45 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Prima fascie, and historically, Ole Miss has an identity problem.

    The question is: If formerly, and for years, you were the Rebels – and prided yourselves as the Ole Miss Rebels – which now you’ve shed…..then there’s an obvious choice for a Mascot.


  3. binarysolo
    4:53 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Coming in 2019: Ole Miss Crying Laughing Emojis, influenced by the only response they get from these constant mascot changes.

  4. BigBlueSkyDog
    5:03 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    Political correctness really makes people look stupid.

  5. terwilliger
    5:40 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    This is what happens when liberals get too powerful.

    • InigoMontoya
      5:56 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink


    • BBNDan7
      6:39 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

      And when conservatives get too powerful women lose birth control and white supremacy marches happen without backlash from the president. So take your pick.

    • TBW3011
      7:02 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

      Your employer not having to pay for something for you doesn’t mean you lost the right to it. Of course, you already new that before you blatantly lied in your post.

  6. runningunnin.454
    6:13 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    They say one man’s rebel is another man’s freedom fighter…I think we were the “rebels” in the “Revolutionary” War. Ernesto “Che” Guevara is celebrated the world over…for some reason; I guess for his success at the Battle of Santa Clara that ousted U.S. backed dictator Batista. In Ireland, they are issuing a stamp in his honor…more rebels there.

  7. RealCatsFan
    6:52 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    That could be the dumbest mascot since that big red uterus looking thing that shows up at WKU games. 🙂

    • Reuben Cuban
      7:48 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

      You mean Gloria…All Red?

  8. Rauh Gauh
    8:50 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    So False hahah. Not because of Marshal Henderson at all. They don’t care about basketball down there.

  9. catdaddyd
    10:19 pm October 6, 2017 Permalink

    I think John Bulushi created the land shark back in the 70’s on SNL.

  10. Mathlete
    1:07 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    This mascot brought to you by Jimmy Buffett

  11. TBW3011
    7:04 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

    Here’s a mascot idea: ❄️ ❄️ ❄️

    • MadHatter
      10:25 am October 7, 2017 Permalink

      Hahaha true. Snowflakes will be the end of this country

  12. Cat.Man.Blue
    1:47 pm October 7, 2017 Permalink

    The way they play this year it’s more like the Ole Miss LandGar’s. Just like their game play, ugly, bony and trolling the sidelines hoping for leftovers.