DePaul's mascot causes me angst. Back during my days on campus, I think the mascot was named Barney. At some point in the last few years, the mascot got a makeover. The thought was to make him appear edgier, perhaps even fiercer. The result was DIBS.
DIBS actually stands for Demon in a blue suit. I'm not really sold on that acronym. Doesn't stating that it is a blue suit take away from the mascotness of the whole thing? I know, we all know it is someone in a suit, but why announce that? Also, isn't that a bit clunky when explaining it to kids, who are probably the biggest fans of the mascot?
It just seems unnecessarily complicated in an attempt to be clever. I give that part a giant fail.
I do like the look of DIBS though. It is a darker blue than the previous mascot. The face is less goofy, if there is such a comparative among mascots.
The questions becomes, does a bad name take away from a great mascot? Ultimately, I will always side with the mascot. I guess I can give DIBS a pass. I will take my own advice and simply enjoy the mascot for all his furry, goofiness.
Dibs and me in Chicago, IL-March 2019.