Bradley's new mascot receives mixed reaction

By WEEK Producer

February 26, 2014 Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 11:57 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley University students are defending their new mascot, Kaboom! the gargoyle. Well some are, others agree with the blasting he's taking from the national media.

"Kaboom, Braves, makes perfect sense," said Keith Olbermann on his ESPN show Monday night.

Olbermann destroyed Kaboom's first performance in his show's nightly "Worst Persons in the Sports World" segment.

"If you're going to introduce a motionless, frightening mascot called 'Kaboom!,' at the end of his introduction to the community, amid all those fireworks, the least you could do is blow him up," he said.

"It's better than like a Tar Heel," said Atif Ali, a Bradley student.

Bradley students, according to the University, like the mascot more than the name.

"It's kind of weird, a little odd I think. I mean we're the gargoyle named Kaboom!," said Kyle Stone, a student.

"I think it's funny we have the most terrifying mascot, because we do, he's really scary," Rose Biondo.

The gargoyle isn't completely random, they've been found on Bradley's campus since it opened and the mascot is modeled after the gargoyle on top of the Hayden Clark Alumni Center.

The name comes from voice of the Braves Dave Snell, who has used the term Kaboom to describe slam dunks during games.

"In my tunnel vision I think it will be a positive for the kids that come to the game and they'll enjoy it," said men's basketball coach Geno Ford.

So far, the kids are the only ones who seem to unanimously love it.

"I went up at halftime to see if I could get a picture with him and the line was wrapped around, easily, like 200 kids," said student Bobby Hack.

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