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When You Think Of Smashmouth Football, Think Of A Giant Fruit

For the first time since the days of Donovan McNabb, it's conceivable that someone from SU could grace the cover of a football video game. Although, it's probably more apt to say that someTHING has that chance. You see, the cover of EA's "NCAA Football 09" for Wii will feature a mascot instead of an athlete this time around. And that mascot could be Otto the Orange.

I say could be because its up to a public vote. You can do so by clicking here and following the directions to Vote Now. The opportunity to effect the overall sales goals of EA and possibly bankrupt them due to lack of interest in a football game which showcases a giant, smiling orange on its cover is too much to pass up.

And, are they going to use the image that they use on their website? Is there a reason Otto has to be the dandiest of all the mascots? Couldn't he just stand normally like a civilized orange with arms and legs? Is that too much to ask?

And while we're at it, what's up with the Mountaineer's helmet? Is he a Vietnam Mountaineer? I didn't realize they were updating the mascot to a modern warfare veteran, theoretically to attract the all-too-fiscally important M55-75 Vietnam vet demo.

If you look closely in the Big East section you'll also notice someone is missing. Where oh where is the UConn Husky? Did the university decide it didn't want the opportunity to represent all of college football in a branding and marketing coup or did the people at EA realize that while a giant fruit might be suitable for their bottom line an effeminate dog would not? I'd like to think so.