Just when things couldn’t get any any worse for Ithaca College’s botched attempt at determining a new mascot, its rival school down the road wants to join the debate.
State University of New York at Cortland students and alumni are curious to know what the outcome of the Ithaca College mascot search will be. On one hand, a lame mascot offers more ammunition for Cortland fans to taunt Ithaca College supporters. Lets face it, a squirrel or phoenix is out of its league when pitted against a dragon. Only a courageous and skilled bomber pilot might possess the aerial maneuvers to take out a fire breathing dragon in a battle for the ages.
But hold up just a second. The Cortland verses Ithaca rivalry goes much deeper than name-calling. There is an immense amount of pride for the Cortland student body to defeat the Ithaca BOMBERS. Defeating a bad ass name like the Bombers is a legitimate “W”. Winning a competition against a school represented by a flying squirrel? Well, that isn’t exactly the type of bragging rights Red Dragon fans would hope for. The fact of the matter is a tradition exists. Red Dragons beat Bombers or vice versa. When your rival has a vested interest in the survival of your school’s mascot, you know it’s serious.
A former Cortland graduate currently working in the SUNY education system may have said it best:
“Bring on the Bombers! We don’t compete against rodents.”