Football Rose Arrangement Ideas: Turn Snack Helmet into a Vase or Planter

November 20, 2014 Leave a reply

nfl and ncaa snack helmets available here

Throughout the year, I’m constantly searching for products that complement our Sports Roses arrangements.

Recently Wincraft introduced the Snack Helmet. The Snack Helmet is licensed for all NFL teams and over 50 NCAA teams. I ordered a few samples to get a closer look at the quality and size of the snack helmet.

I was really impressed with detail of each snack helmet. They are close to the size of a real helmet and feature high-quality team logo graphics and colors to replicate the helmets worn by players. Included with the helmet are 2 plastic bowls to hold snacks. One large bowl placed in the center and a smaller tray with 2 compartments that fits into the face mask.

Although the snack helmet is marketed as a snack & dip holder, I thought it would make a unique vase/planter to display Football Roses. I ordered some samples and put together a couple arrangements as a birthday and wedding gift for a few special friends. They LOVED it!

new england patriots football rose centerpiece display

The snack helmets are available to order right now in our online store. All 32 NFL teams are available along with many popular college teams.

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Don’t see a college team you want on our website? Contact us to request availability of your desired team.

If you would like us to create a custom Football Rose arrangement themed with your team colors, contact us for a custom arrangement quote.

Sports Roses Adventure in the Steel City

October 9, 2013 Leave a reply

baseball roses at 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park

Sports Roses™ make their first appearance at PNC Park and Heinz Field

By Mark Ellingson, Sports Roses Founder & Creator

At the end of September, I had the opportunity to visit Pittsburgh, PA for the first time. A close friend of mine grew up there and has always been very proud to talk about her hometown. She offered to show me what makes the Burgh so special during my visit. I have a personal goal to visit all the major league ballparks and I find it a lot more meaningful when a native provides a local perspective during my sightseeing.

fans walk across the roberto clemente bridge to get to pnc park

The Steel City has a rich sports history filled with 5 World Series titles, 6 Super Bowl championships, and 3 Stanley Cups. The city has been transformed over the past 12 years with the addition of 3 new world-class sporting venues – PNC Park, Heinz Field, and Consol Energy Center. The aesthetic design of these facilities make it appear like the city was built around the ballparks. A strong loyal fan base is required to create this type of environment for sports and Pittsburgh fans are not shy to show their enthusiasm for their favorite teams.

I selected my travel date to Pittsburgh at the end of the baseball season when both the Pirates (also commonly referred to as the Bucs) and Steelers had a home game scheduled on the same day. The day consisted of a Sunday afternoon game for the Bucs on their final home game of the season and a Sunday Night Football game for the Steelers. I never imagined that 2013 would turn into such a special year for the Pirates, playing their best baseball in 21 years. The Bucs concluded their regular season with a winning record and a trip to the postseason for the first time since 1992. The added element of playoff contention made my experience at PNC Park even more exciting. The atmosphere around PNC Park was electric with a sold out crowd.

Pittsburgh Pirate fan looks out over PNC Park as fans raise the Jolly Rogers

I became inspired while watching the Bucs’ postseason run and started work on a new t-shirt design to commemorate the Baseball Rose’s first visit to PNC Park. The Baseball Rose™ Pirate T-Shirt depicts a pirate clenching a Baseball Rose™ in his mouth after raising the Jolly Roger and exclaiming he “Rose It”. If you weren’t aware, ‘Raise the Jolly Roger’ is a popular expression used by by Bucs fans to signify a game win and they accomplished that feat 94 times during the 2013 regular season. This is the first t-shirt design available for purchase that features the Baseball Rose™ on it. I limited the production to only 100 shirts and each one is individually numbered. There are still a few t-shirts left, which you can order here.

giving out baseball roses and pirate t-shirts at pnc park

For extra fun during the Baseball Rose’s first PNC Park visit, I created a dozen gift arrangements that included a Baseball Rose™ and a T-shirt and hid them around the ballpark. The locations were announced on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter using hashtag #PNCHideSeek in a PNC Hide & Seek game. A few of the winners even shared their treasure discovery on Twitter.

It was a beautiful sunny day in the 70’s, perfect baseball weather. Although the Pirates didn’t win that day against the Reds, the Pirates would go on to beat the Reds 3 times in a row to conclude the regular season and secure home field advantage for the 1 game NL Wild Card playoff game. I’ll share more on that Wild Card game in a moment.

After the Pirates game, my friend Dawn took me on a sight-seeing adventure to the scenic Point State Park before heading to Heinz Field. The park is located at the point where three rivers meet (Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers forming into the Ohio River) and offers a great view of Heinz Field across the Allegheny River. The centerpiece of the park is a beautiful fountain area that provides a great place to relax and take in a 360 degree view around the city.

visiting pittsburgh point state park with heinz field in background

A short walk across the Fort Duquesne Bridge took us to Heinz Field. Tailgating takes on a new experience here with party boats docked along the Allegheny River. I stopped at a grassy knoll to take some photos of a Steelers-themed Football Rose™ arrangement before entering the stadium.
This Steelers started their 2013 season winless through their first 4 games (I would be witness loss #3), but that didn’t stop fans from filling the stadium. It was fun to experience the game from a Pittsburgh fan’s perspective…Terrible Towel and all.

football roses at heinz field to watch the pittsburgh steelers and chicago bears during sunday night football

After I returned back home, the Pirates clinched a playoff spot in the 2013 Wild Card game. PNC Park would host it’s first playoff game ever. I reached out to a few new friends in Pittsburgh to help me bring Baseball Roses™ to this special event. Tiffany and John helped pass out a special commemorative pin to fans before the game.
giving out baseball roses at pnc park for the 2013 NL wild card game
We also gave fans an opportunity to win a Baseball Rose™ if they could answer Pirates trivia correctly. As we were passing out souvenirs, we ran into Sean “The Mayor” Casey and gave him a Baseball Rose. He loved it! It was a very special night for Pittsburgh. The Bucs would win their first playoff game in 21 years and move on to the NL Division Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Buctober would continue in Pittsburgh. I was very proud to see the Baseball Rose™ be a part of Pittsburgh history.

Good luck to the Bucs in the postseason!

Plan Ahead for Homecoming Fundraisers with Sports Roses

August 27, 2013 Leave a reply

Homecoming 2013 Football Rose

Raise money for your school, league, or non-profit organization by selling Sports Roses during homecoming events.

We can help your organization raise essential funds by offering special discounted pricing on bulk orders

football rose boutonniere and corsage for prom and homecoming
School is back in session. It’s time to start looking for ways to generate essential funds for your school, league, or non-profit organization.

During the Fall, the Football Rose™ becomes our top-selling Sports Rose.

The everlasting petals of the Football Rose symbolize the passion that players, coaches, and fans have for a sport that is huge part of their lives.

Parents and faculty purchase Football Roses as gifts, event decor, or accessories to honor that passion for football during the following occasions:

– Homecoming Dance
– Banquets
– Texas Homecoming Mums
– Football Senior Night
– Awards Ceremonies
– Parent’s Night
– Other Football-Themed Events

Homecoming 2013 Football Rose Boutonniere
Homecoming is typically celebrated by schools between late September and early November. It may feel like it’s too early to be thinking about homecoming events, but they will be here before you know it.

Football Roses can be used as boutonnieres and corsages for the homecoming dance. They also make great gifts for returning football alumni and for the homecoming king and queen. In Texas, Football Roses can be used as accessories for homecoming mums.

When the football season draws to an end in late October/early November, Football Roses can be given as special keepsakes for the players and parents on Senior Night. Why spend money on a live rose gift that will die in a few days? Football Roses last forever and preserve the memories created from countless hours of hard work on the field.

Sports Themed Homecoming Mums and Garters Ideas with Sport Roses featuring Baseball Roses, Football Roses, and Softball Roses
There are many different opportunities for your organization to raise money by selling Sports Roses during this time of year. In addition to Football Roses, we can also create Baseball Roses, Softball Roses, and Basketball Roses.

To start your fundraising efforts, you’ll need place an order for Sports Roses. We offer special discounted pricing on bulk orders for schools, sports leagues, and non-profit organizations that will save you up to 50% off Sports Roses. Your organization can earn $6-$10 on each rose sold.
Sports Roses Are Made In The USA in San Diego, CA

Since all Sports Roses are handmade in our San Diego, CA workshop, a production time of 2-4 weeks is required on bulk orders. This means you’ll need to get your bulk order placed ASAP to have your next shipment arrive before the end of September.
Fundraise with Sports Roses

How do I place a discounted bulk order for Sports Roses?

Are you part of a school, sports league, or non-profit organization? Download our Free Fundraising Guide to learn more about fundraising with Sports Roses. You’ll receive helpful information to kick off your Sports Roses fundraiser.

how to create a successful fundraiser with Sports Roses

Plan a Football Wedding

May 24, 2013 Leave a reply

Your wedding is your day and everything about it should reflect YOU. Many brides and grooms feel boxed in by traditional wedding ideas but modern weddings are much more creative than the ones you remember from your childhood. Case in point? A Football themed wedding.

Keep in mind choosing a theme doesn’t mean going overboard. Farm themed weddings don’t have cows as the best men and a football wedding doesn’t mean your groom gets to wear a dirty old Cowboys cap or that your bridesmaids have to wear Broncos orange and blue (though you can if you want!). It simply means including elements of your passion in the wedding mainstays, like the bride’s bouquet, the groom’s boutonniere, and centerpieces.

Take, for example, our men’s boutonniere. The dark, genuine football leather we use in our Football Roses is an excellent offset to other traditional flowers like roses or baby’s breath. This choice gives your groom the opportunity to showcase a part of himself and have something he loves on display at the wedding.

Other elements that can add football fun and flare to your big day:

  • Have guests sign a personalized jersey instead of a guestbook
  • Serve specialty hot dogs, nachos, beer and other stadium-inspired foods
  • Have a football themed photo booth for guests to play around in
  • Send guests home with their own mini football as a wedding favor
  • Incorporate your favorite teams’ colors into the floral designs and table décor
  • Get a football theme cake topper
  • Order a Heisman trophy style cake for the groom’s cake
  • Consider writing your own vows and compiling them with other people’s advice into an “Our Wedding Playbook”
  • Consider holding the ceremony or reception at a football related area
  • Use Football Roses generously in your decorations

Spend some time really thinking about what you love about football. Is it the spectacle? Is the rush of a touchdown? Is it the athleticism of the players? Whatever you love most about the game is what you to share with your friends and family on your special day.

If you know you want a football themed wedding but you aren’t sure where to start there are a few website and even specialized wedding planners that can take your event to the next level. Whatever you do, make your passion a part of your special day!

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Super Bowl Weddings: Lovers Unite Football Style

How to Get Football Roses for Your Football Wedding

May 22, 2013 Leave a reply

Sports-themed weddings are becoming more popular these days, and if you’re a football fan, you’ll want your wedding to be extra special.  How can you be sure your football-themed wedding will be especially memorable?  Football Roses are the answer.  Here is what you can do to get Football Roses for your football wedding:

  1. Go Online.  The best way to get Football Roses is to go online at sportsroses.com.  Sports Roses creates unique and unforgettable rose petals out of the actual leather covers of real footballs.  The football-loving couple is sure to adore the football-themed arrangement and boutonnieres we provide, and finding us online is as simple and quick as the click of a button.
  1. Give Us a Call.  If you don’t have internet access, give us a call at 619-423-1200.  We’ll be happy to take your order and give you just what you need for your football wedding.

Getting Football Roses for your football wedding is no sweat.  Whether you contact Sports Roses online or by phone, we’ll make it fast and convenient for you football lovers to have the wedding of your dreams.

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Super Bowl Party Ideas

January 10, 2013 Leave a reply
superbowl XLVII in new orleans

Photo credit: Molly Malone’s Irish Pub

On Sunday, February 3rd, the Super Bowl returns to the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome!  Coaches, players and party-givers are already in full-swing strategy sessions to make it a winning day.  The whole Super Bowl experience starts hours before the actual game.  Each player must be status-updated for health, fitness and season history; each team must be cussed and discussed; every broadcaster demands attention and attracts comments in their turn.  That takes a lot of food and beverage for the spectators on the couches at home!  And some passion-inspiring décor.

Many websites offer Super Bowl Party ideas and amazing recipes … so we’ll start out with something a little different.  Here are some ideas to help out with the basics of a successful party for less-experienced and first-time party-givers, and perhaps some thoughts for everyone contemplating a Super Bowl party.  With luck someone will be inspired to take the plunge with their first Super Bowl party, or to enlarge their planned festivities.

The first planning tip – order now!  Providers become notoriously busy closer to the game.  From Football Rose centerpieces to deli trays, make sure your first choices will be ready when you want them.

This Super Bowl is held in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, so have some fun liberally draping Mardi Gras beads around your décor.  Beads can be obtained at party stores, and will drape in unexpected places from mantelpieces to beer glasses, to add color and energy.  Of course you’ll want beads in your favorite team colors – perhaps both team colors for competing guests.  And some purple, green and gold beads for classic Mardi Gras colors.

Order Football Roses for your Super Bowl PartyOrder your Football Rose centerpiece now to have it in time with regular shipping.  As a conversation-starter it is priceless, welcoming your guests with a football passion!  The blooms, made of the leather of real football covers, will long outlast the party, and don’t need the care of real flowers.

Some first basics of a Super Bowl party are space and seating – it is surprising how these two fundamentals affect your choices of food and décor, as well as furniture arrangement! 

Eating is a big part of a Super Bowl party as the pre-game and game last for hours.  Will everyone have not only a place to sit, but a surface to set their plates and beverages?  Floor-sitting and lap-eating are perfectly acceptable for a younger, physically-flexible crowd – but not so much for creaky-kneed veteran fans.  But, if eating from laps and eating while standing is the plan, avoid food with loose ingredients, such as tacos and build-your-owns, because stray bits of veggies will end up sprinkled on your floor!

Chips and dip NOLA style.


You can add both seating and table surfaces by borrowing or buying some deck chairs and t.v. trays.  Even camp chairs can be comfortable, and they offer a spot to hold a beverage.  Foldable chairs are also handy because they can easily be moved as needed.

Extra tip – have your guests write their names on anything they lend you or bring, from deck chairs to serving dishes.  After the party it all becomes part of an indistinguishable pile of detritus, especially if they forget it when they leave!

A well-attended Super Bowl party attracts all food preferences, in addition to the usual burger-and-hot-dog lovers.  Everyone from vegetarians to all-protein diets can be expected, with both heavy and light eaters.  In addition to your main course, offering dishes that are filling and avoid both meat and cheese are a great help to a successful party.

Stuffed peppers or mushrooms with no cheese or meat, in addition to those that are fully loaded, come in handy.   Mixed-bean salads are popular, as are baked potatoes with an abundance of toppings.  A bowl of meat-less pasta, with sauces on the side, can be a good side dish, but isn’t usually sufficient on its own.  Plan ahead that everyone will want to enjoy these dishes, not just the vegetarians.

A note that bar-be-que can be problematic indoors, as many people consider it a finger food.  Their fingers will inevitable smear a tad of sauce on many other surfaces.  The same is true of fried chicken.  Save any hand-held greasy food for the 4th of July picnic outdoors.

On another subject … is there another subject on Super Bowl Sunday?  Well, actually … just a thought that now is the time to plan your Valentine’s Day fundraising campaign through Sportsroses.com.  Early arrangements are essential, so check the Sportsroses.com site for “fundraising,” both through order referrals and through wholesale sales.  It does take time to hand-craft Sports Roses in bulk, so don’t delay!

Please let us know – What have you done for a Super Bowl party that made it special and fun?

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Sports Fan Holiday Gift Ideas

November 29, 2012 Leave a reply

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas for your resident sports fan?

Here are some of our favorites…

1. An HDTV. If there is one thing a sports fan loves almost as much seeing a game in person, it is seeing the game on a giant, crystal clear screen.  And this year, you might even be able to buy an HDTV without too big a hit to your pocketbook.   You can find quality LCD screens for as little as $300.

2. Sporting Equipment.  What’s your fan’s favorite sport?  Maybe it’s time for an upgrade in their equipment!  From shoes to tennis rackets to basketballs and more, giving the sports fan in your life some new, high-quality equipment is sure to go over well on Christmas morning.

3. Sports books and movies.  Sports fans love reading and watching about…well…sports!  Great sports books include The Boys of Summer, Friday Night Lights, and A River Runs Through it.  Or try the film classics Rudy, Field of Dreams, Moneyball, Rocky, Hoosiers, and Jerry Macguire.

4. Sports Roses. Sports roses are unique products available in 3 different sports styles.  Choose from Football Roses, Baseball Roses, or Softball Roses. They are handcrafted in the USA with careful attention to detail so outstanding quality is assured.  Your sports fan will have a long lasting memento to cherish.

5. Team merchandise. What’s your fan’s favorite player or team?  Try jerseys, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats…or for something more creative, go for pajama pants, socks, or even underwear.

What other great gift ideas do you have for the sports fans in your life?

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Black Friday Savings Tips

November 22, 2012 Leave a reply

It’s just around the corner…Black Friday!

Whether or not you wake up at the crack of dawn to take advantage of doorbuster deals, Black Friday is a unique day that allows you to find outstanding savings on all kinds of merchandise and holiday gifts.

To take full advantage, you just need to plan ahead.

Here’s how to do it right so that you reduce stress and get the best bargains…

1. Study the ads in your local Thanksgiving Day newspaper thoroughly. The local paper will be your best source for Black Friday savings with all the ads, coupons, and circulars you need to make your plan.  It will also serve as a guide when you are making your schedule for the day since certain stores offer discounts at different times of the day.

2. Watch for Early Bird Shopper Discounts. Certain stores offer discounts from 5am-11am, so know if you need to be up early to get the steeply discounted merchandise.  Hit the most important stores first.

3. Know Store Policies. Learning store return policies will help you decide where to buy. In the past, stores extended the number of return days to include holidays, but now many stores are cutting back, so be careful.  Some stores are strict about requiring receipts for returns and exchanges, so be sure to save receipts — even if you’re buying gifts.

4. Bring the Ads. Many stores offer a lowest price guarantee that means they are willing to match competitors!  Bring copies of ads and see what you can get.  Note that website ads are often NOT considered to be valid, since they’re so easily forged.

5. Avoid crowds with Night Owl Thanksgiving Discounts. The past couple of years, some stores have opted to stay open all night on Thanksgiving instead of opening early on Black Friday.  Watch the ads to see where you might be able to score some night owl Thanksgiving deals.

6. Shop Cyber Monday.  Want to avoid whole thing?  Shop cyber Monday.  You can often find deep discounts on online shopping sites the Monday after Black Friday.  Sports roses is participating in Cyber Monday this year, with $10 Sports Roses!  Get 33% off our standard long stem Baseball Roses, Football Roses, and Softball Roses.  Plus spend at least $25 and receive Free Economy Shipping!

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How to Celebrate Your Senior Football Players Who Are Graduating

November 6, 2012 Leave a reply

Every graduating senior football player deserves a special celebration to remember their years playing in high school or college. As a parent, administrator, or coach, it’s important to take time to plan thoughtful ways to celebrate the end.

So, what are some great ways to celebrate your graduating senior football players?

1. A banquet. At the end of the season, host a banquet that honors the accomplishments of the year and brings everyone together for one last hoorah.

2. Give Football Roses to graduating players. Football Roses are made in Chula Vista, California from real footballs, so they are perfect mementos to give the team.  They last forever and so that players can always remember their special time together.

3. Framed photos. Take photos of individual players and the team as a whole. Give each senior a framed version of their photo and the team photo.  This is a wonderful keepsake that the players can cherish for years to come.

 4. Don’t forget Mom!  It’s a tradition in many schools for the player to give their mom a rose.  Moms play a major role in their son get to all his practices and showing support at all his games  Instead of a regular rose that dies, give their mom a Football Rose that lasts forever and commemorate their son’s athletic career.

 

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How Sports Roses Make Every Homecoming Spectacular

September 27, 2012 Leave a reply

Are you in charge of planning the big homecoming dance for you or your child’s school, and you’re looking for some finishing touches?

Dances are a central part of the high school experience and everyone wants something unique that shows school spirit.

Small choices make a big difference in enriching students’ appearance and homecoming experience. If you’re planning homecoming activities, Sports Roses might be just the detail you need to make homecoming a success.

Here are four ways you can use Sports Roses to spice up this year’s homecoming…

1. Make homecoming fun with a little reality TV flare. Popular TV shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette involve the main contestants giving roses to the guys or girls they want to keep dating. Why don’t you do something similar at your homecoming dance? Give Sports Roses to homecoming royalty, or to recognize the accomplishments of distinguished alumni who come back for homecoming.

2. Offer Sports Roses as door prizes. Not everyone gets to be homecoming king or queen and not everyone will get recognized for all their talents. But that does not mean they can’t receive a great gift. Give Sports Roses as door prizes for couples who attend homecoming.

3. Host a pre-homecoming poetry slam. Who said homecoming had to be only for jocks? Not us. After the big game, host a poetry slam where students and teachers can share their talents with the entire community. Give Sports Roses to the participants. It’s a fun way to get everyone involved.

4. Use Sports Roses as a fundraiser for homecoming or for charity. Hosting homecoming requires money. Consider selling Sports Roses as a fundraiser and use part of the money for the dance or for a worthy charity. You can learn more about our unique fundraising packages here. (link to Fundraising/Affiliates page)

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5 Ways to Show School Spirit At Football Games

September 20, 2012 Leave a reply

Are you looking for ways to show school spirit at football games?
A quick look at most football games shows the majority of fans doing what the majority often do—nothing. Many people behind the first few rows wear regular clothes and only raise their hands in the air for an undeniably good play.

Your football game attitude, dress, and corresponding school spirit have an effect on how the football players and coaches perform. By going all out with school spirit, you’ll not only have more fun…but you’ll increase your team’s chances at winning.
Here are some fun tips for being the most spirited fan at the games this year…

1. Wear something bright and funky that matches your school colors. A stop at your local thrift store is in order. Grab anything that bedazzles or emanates cool. Retro is a funky fresh look that you might want to try out. Grab some shades, an oversized foam hand, suit jackets, and/or exotic ties. Be creative and have fun with your new look!

2. Bring out the body paint. Add some artistry to your colors! Paint yourself up with a group and add your school’s logo or lettering so you can get the crowd ready for some serious chanting. Working with a group creates a sense of solidarity that enriches and enlivens the crowd, the players, and your school.

3.Lead loud and cheery chants. Noise has always been an essential part of the football experience, so be loud and proud of what your school and players can do out there on the field. Start chants that are simple and repetitive but catchy. Have different chants for a touchdown or an interception. Have playful taunts for the other team at kickoffs, field goals, and after the snap. You don’t have to wait for the cheerleaders — take charge!

4. Move Your Body. Stand up! Clap your hands! Get everyone stomping in the bleachers. Do the wave. Get some spirit fingers going for the key plays. Dance to the music. Have fun and show it in the way you move.

5. Bring out the Sports RosesFootball Roses. Present parents or players with sports roses before important games like Homecoming or Senior Day. Sports rosesFootball Roses are made from actual football materials so your team will appreciate the thoughtful and unique gift. It’s a great way to be creative and show your school pride!

Whatever you do, get wild this football season and bring out the school spirit! What are your favorite ways to show school spirit?
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College Sports: 5 Zany Mascots

September 18, 2012 Leave a reply

Every college football game needs a sideline character to rally the crowd and team in tough moments. But some are a little bit crazier than others.

What are our top 5 zaniest college mascots?

1. Brutus Buckeye. This colorful character for Ohio State University is actually…a nut. No, as in a real nut. He’s a Buckeye but, which happens to be Ohio’s official state tree. Despite the oddity, it seems to work. Crowds go nuts when they see him. (We’re sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

2. The Billiken. St. Louis University’s mascot, “the Billiken,” is actually a made-up creature that has no known counterpart in the real world. It looks a little like Yoda dressed up as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Saint Louis University students and faculty seem to agree, though, that the Billiken is a good-luck figure. The force is definitely with this one.

3. The Tree. Stanford University has the Cardinal as its official mascot, but the Stanford tree, a big smiling tree with red lips has become the unofficial mascot. It is an inspiring and zany sight to behold.

4. Otto the Orange. Otto the Orange embraces the bright colors of Syracuse University with a big smile. This oversized citrus fruit confuses opponents and inspires players, faculty, and students to get plenty of Vitamin C.

5. Zippy the Kangaroo. This unique mascot hops into the hearts and minds of the students at the University of Akron. Zippy wears a cap, scarf, mittens and an embroidered vest. What do kangaroos have to do with Akron, Ohio? Nobody knows. But he’s cute anyway.

What other zany mascots did we miss? Tell us in the comments below

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