I attended DePaul University for four years, but I never met the Blue Demons mascot. That momentous occasion occurred some 30 years later at a Chicago Bandits game. The Bandits had a "Mascot Day" and it is perfect to lead off my Mascot Week.
Back in my day, 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 edguer, 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.
Enjoy the rest of the week of mascots. I know I enjoyed meeting them all.
Dibs and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2016.