Non intimidating mascots
The official mascot of Delta State University is technically a guy known as the Statesman.
Though, as statesmen go, this one looks like he fell off a St.
Make one of those things walk erect at seven-feet tall in basketball shorts and you're looking at pure pulp horror.
In spite of the Stanford Tree's four-decade reign at the University, he has yet to earn official recognition by college brass. But if we had a category for terrifying, he'd be in that one too.
Neither this, nor the fact that the tree is generally horrible to look at, have prevented it from becoming a beloved institution among both students and alumni. This guy is the stuff of childhood theme-park nightmares.
Indeed, the Stanford Tree has been the source of some controversy over the years, if only for the fact that it routinely finds itself ranked highly on lists of both the best and worst mascots in the business.
Suffice it to say that affections for the Stanford Tree are sharply divided.
Through a series of subsequent appearances, the Northern California fir gradually rose to popularity.