There are mascots that we have all seen but haven't really appreciated from the college sports scene: you've seen them in a cutaway shot, as if added on to the hip of a cheerleader to accessorize her outfit. Under-appreciated is the word I'd use like the lovable but ignored Richmond Spider from the University of Richmond...I use the word ignorant to generally describe the way television broadcasters slight the hard-working campus heroes that we all instantly identify with.
In the category of slighted campus heroes is the startling and muscle-bound Rodney Ram of Virginia Commonwealth University: he is obviously a trained and focused aficionado of campus intelligentsia and he deserves more merit than just his good looks would get him. He's offering his soul for your consideration: it shouldn't be soul-shattering to be owner of school and team spirit.
Here are the two Richmond, Virginia big-school mascots and some of their lesser known and, certainly, under-appreciated school animals--mostly animals--who have also offered their souls for your consideration. They deserve this straightforward glance!
In support of school success and in the spirit of unity we have cowboys, dogs, rams, spiders, tigers, trees and various Midwestern varmints who have donned the costume of their respective school.
Consider for a second the humble varmints--those burrowing dirt-diggers--who we have elevated to center stage. They were chosen, picked from the landscape of our neighborhoods that were once the edge of the frontier. Consider the charming varmint.
Consider your school's mascot and what it represents as a symbol.
Gotta' support the team!