Oh Ole Miss. Oh no.
The Rebels unveiled their new “Landshark” mascot on Saturday and named him Tony. Cool, right? Well, maybe in a vacuum but the new costume for the mascot is, well… kind of terrifying and completely ugly.
I can’t be the only one who thinks Tony looks a bit like a stranger, costumed version of Bruce, the shark from Finding Nemo, right? Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer also noted another uncanny resemblance too…
Either way, Tony is here to stay in Oxford and beyond for football games and more as the new mascot.
Per the school release:
A family with the passion of Ole Miss deserves a mascot with that same zeal. The Associated Student Body agreed, and in October 2017, initiated a campus vote to make the Landshark the official on-field mascot of the Ole Miss Rebels. Needless to say, the polls were nearly unanimous and overwhelming endorsed the proposal. For the 10 months that followed, university leaders teamed up with Hollywood’s most creative costume designers to bring a vision to life, and in August 2018, Tony burst onto the scene as the new spirit animal of Ole Miss. Named in honor of the first Rebel to throw “Fins Up,” Tony Fein, the new Landshark mascot exhibits the ferocity of a true Ole Miss Rebel while connecting with kids with his energetic and fun-loving character. There’s no place like Ole Miss, so shouldn’t the mascot be just as unique?
Ok then. We’re not convinced about him being fun-loving given how strange Tony looks but we’re sure opposing crowds in the SEC will welcome him with open arms this season and given him a, well, interesting introduction to the league this season.