Aug. 16, 2004
LAS VEGAS -
As the campaign for the West Wing heats up, 12 other candidates have already put their best foot - or wing or paw or claw - forward in a very different election - the honor of being named to the Capital One All-America Mascot team. From this battle, UNLV's very own Hey Reb has emerged from the campaign trail as one of the 12 members of the glamorous Capital One All-America Mascot Team.
"Mascots are the heart and soul of every team," said Diana Don Colby at Capital One. "We are thrilled to give Hey Reb the recognition he deserves as a member of the 2004 Capital One All-America Team. Not only does Hey Reb have bragging rights as part of this elite team, he will be featured in a national TV ad campaign."
Now the competition really heats up as Hey Reb embarks on an 11-week national campaign to be named the supreme Capital One Mascot of the Year. Check out Hey Reb's worthy competition:
The 2004 Capital One All-America Mascot Team
Air Force - The Bird
Auburn - Aubie
Georgia - Hairy Dawg
James Madison - Duke Dog
Kentucky - Scratch
Maryland - Testudo
Minnesota - Goldy Gopher
Montana - Monte
UNLV - Hey Reb
South Carolina - Cocky
Virginia Tech - Hokie Bird
Western Kentucky - Big Red
This year's fuzzy crew was chosen from Division IA and IAA athletic programs with college football teams. A panel of judges -- including mascot guru and historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough; former college mascot and current sports marketer from Richmond Sports Backers Scott Schricker; and representatives from ESPN and Capital One -- carefully analyzed each contender and scored them based on their (1) interaction with fans, (2) sportsmanship and (3) community service.
HELP ELECT HEY REB AS KING OF MASCOTS
Hey Reb will compete in 11 weekly grueling match-ups with the other finalists. From October 11-December 26, fans can vote for Hey Reb at www.capitalonebowl.com. The Mascot with the best win/lost record will win the online portion of the contest. This online "popular" vote will be combined with a judges' ranking (50/50 weighting) to determine who gets the ultimate title. With your help, Hey Reb will be pronounced National Mascot of the Year on January 1, 2005 during the nationally televised Capital One Bowl on ABC.