Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Mascot Week: DIBS of DePaul Blue Demons

This is Mascot Week.  All week. I am featuring some of my favorite fuzzy creatures.

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.

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