Calling All Mascot Hopefuls

New Mascot

We at 4E like to keep up with the Georgetown-themed social media pages. Georgetown University rocks an official Facebook page, Twitter profile and it racks up the likes on perfectly filtered Instagrams. Georgetown Hoyas, the athletic program’s social media moniker, does the same. You couldn’t believe the excitement the 4E bloggers exhibited while reading this tweet just a few days ago:

NEW JACK THE BULLDOG MASCOTS! Obviously, people are going to jump at the chance to represent the coolest college canine around. However will the athletic program choose? Well, we have a few ideas on how to get a Jack the Bulldog worthy enough to represent the Hoya community.

1. Cheddar Cheese and Carrot Eating Contest

Anybody who knows anything knows that Jack the Bulldog LOVES cheddar cheese and carrots. For a new Jack the Bulldog mascot, they should definitely be able to eat their fair share of this underrated delicacy. We will accept all forms of the food. (Bonus points if cooked in an Epi quesadilla.)

2. Georgetown History Trivia 

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Jack the Bulldog is a smart animal. Many a time he can be seen lounging on Healy Lawn amongst the frantically studying Hoyas. Any mascot should be able to have half of this dog’s intelligence. We think a Jeopardy!-style game show would separate the true Jacks from the phonies. 99% of the questions should be about Patrick Ewing’s cameo in Space Jam.

3. Race Around the John Carroll Statue

Jack likes to hang out around Healy Circle. He struts his stuff around our founder John Carroll for hours on end. All prospective Jack mascots should race around Healy Circle to see who can separate themselves from the pack. To make it more of a challenge, the mascots need to navigate the crowd of freshman girls waiting for a Valencia-filtered Instagram on John Carroll’s lap.

4. Trash Carrying Contest

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As pictured above, Jack knows how to take out the trash. To test general strength and determination, I propose a hardcore weightlifting competition. Participants should lift trash bags full of half-eaten Verizon Center chicken tenders and the tears of our opposition after a Hoya victory.

5. General Cuteness

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I don’t think any explanation is needed.

6. Dance Dance Revolution Throwdown

We propose bringing this nerd-learns-to-dance-in-arcade game back, just as Justin brought sexy back. DDR would test the prospective mascots’ stamina and flair for the art of dance. We want to see you get down with your bad selves in the student section during basketball games.

As this post should show you, if you want to be the next Jack the Bulldog rallying the student body, you better be on your A game. Not just any person can strut their stuff in a bulldog costume. So break out your running shoes and your obscure Georgetown facts. Good luck to all hopefuls!

Photos: georgetown.edu, brookhollowbulldogs.com, zimbio.com

Eat That Box: Jack is Back

It’s been three months since Jack the Elder went under for surgery on his ACL, and he’s already back in the game, tearing up boxes like a young pup.

Jack has been benched since last March, when he injured himself while jumping on a couch. A surgeon confirmed that he had torn the dog version of an ACL, and would have to take it easy while he prepared for surgery on April 23rd.

But Jack wasn’t alone while he was limping around outside the Jes Res and taking tours of campus in his personal golf cart. A few weeks after his injury, the pending arrival of a new mascot-in-training was announced. Jack Junior was a gift to the university from Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, parents of Nathan (COL ’12) and Rachel (COL ’13). Once J.J. is done with his training, he’ll take over as the sixth bulldog to serve as Georgetown’s mascot.

Jack the Elder will resume his mascot duties for the fall sports season, with J.J. serving as his apprentice.

While nobody loves Jack Junior  more than  us (we haven’t even taken him off our logo since J.J. Day), it’s nice to see his big buddy back in action. Besides, who else would teach J.J. how to properly devour a box?

Meet Our Future Mascot

A new bulldog puppy is headed to the Hilltop to begin training to become our university’s most beloved mascot. The new Jack, known as Jack Jr., or J.J., will arrive on campus the afternoon of April 13 to begin his training to eat boxes on the floor of the Verizon Center, among other things.

J.J. is a gift to the university from from Georgetown parents Janice and Marcus Hochstetler, whose children Nathan (COL ’12) and Rachel (COL ’13) are Georgetown students, according to the University.

The university’s website has a bevy of information about little J.J. — including his journey, several adorable videos, a photo gallery and information about current Jack.

J.J. will be the sixth bulldog to serve as the university’s bulldog mascot, and will be replacing our current 9-year-old bulldog, who, if you’ll remember is suffering from a torn doggy-ACL. Current Jack will undergo surgery in April, but will return to his work during the fall sports seasons.

Keep following 4E for more updates on J.J.’s journey to the Hilltop from L.A. and for updates on his training!

Update: Now with adorable footage of 2-month-old Jack mugging for the camera.

Another Heartbreaking Early Tournament Loss

Holly Morris – Annual Mascot Madness 2012 with Dave Ross: MyFoxDC.com

 Fox 5 hosted the 4th Annual Mascot Madness this morning, featuring our own Jack the Bulldog (no, not the injured one) and 14 other local mascots from the Capitals, the Nationals, American University, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and more. The tournament pitted us against Louie, the mascot of the Bowie Baysox, a Minor League baseball team in Maryland (and Mayor of LouieVille, Maryland, no less).

While Jack won the tipoff and put up the first shot, Louie made the first basket, and advanced to the second round of the tournament. Jack seemed to be a good sport, and stuck around to cheer on the other mascots in the tournament.

We could have done without the reporter’s comment about NC State though — too soon.

American University’s Clawed the Eagle (2011 Mascot Madness Champion) played the Nationals’ Screech in the championship game, with Screech taking home the trophy.