Brutus Buckeye Needs Your Help Against Herkey the Hawk

By DJ Byrnes on July 29, 2014 at 10:17a

There are facts and opinions when it comes to Big Ten football, and one of the most unassailable facts is Brutus Buckeyes' dominance over any other mascots.

In fact, the only mascot on a higher level of swagger than the current rendition of Brutus is 1979 Brutus. This much is known.

Yet, in The Chicago Tribune's poll, Brutus Buckeye (42%) trails Herkey the Hawk (44%). 

The last time this happened, the rest of the Big Ten ganged up to make sure "Jump Around" defeated the incomparable Script Ohio in a "college football traditions" tournament. 

But on this day? Brutus does not lose on this day.

You know what to do.



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BuckeyeinToledo's picture

Did Script actually end up getting beaten in that poll?

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

Stinson's picture


"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes

+1 HS
Jack Burton's picture

Unfortunately, yes. Wisconsin took to twitter and enlisted TTUN fans to vote for jump around. Pathetic.

It's all in the reflexes - Me

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BuckeyeinToledo's picture


"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

-Woody Hayes

HandsOfSweed's picture

Wow. Just wow. There aren't even words to describe the chasm-like discrepancy between the two traditions. And I'm not hating on Wisconsin at all, as I think Bucky is a GREAT mascot. Sparty is a great one also. But "Jump Around?" Get outta here with that fake-ass bullshit.

+1 HS
airbuckeye's picture

I saw this and was like WTF is a Herky and the first thing that came to mind and i know im going be DV in to the stone age for this but what the hell. I was thinking is Herky something you do when beating the pud and then slip in mid stroke?

+2 HS
BuckeyeSouth's picture

beating the pud

Is that the same as 'Crowning the King"?

Champions.  Undisputed.  

Buckeye1004's picture

If you don't vote, you can't bitch!   I just voted.  Don't let the bird beat us!  Vote!

+4 HS
acBuckeye's picture

Brutus must win, b/c if the Hawk beats him then Kirk Ferentz will win another B1G Coach of the Year award.

+5 HS
Buckeye in Illini country's picture

1. Brutus > ..... Sparty > Goldy > Herbie > Bucky > Lil Red > Herky.  No reason he should be that high.  Who cares about Iowa, honestly?

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

+1 HS
ohiowhitesnake's picture

but we all know Jump Around has such a long history! I mean it's been around since at least the mid-1990's. You guys know nothing about history and tradition! 

I finally got a set of Gold Pants!

+1 HS
toad1204's picture

Brutus 14,827 - Herky 15,018

Things are heating up.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

thatyoungdude's picture

Quickly too. OSU- 14882 Iowa- 15410

10 seconds later: OSU- 14904 Iowa- 15673

Earle's picture

Are these the same people who vote for B1G COY?

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

+4 HS
M Man's picture

You "mascots" people are so amusing.

+1 HS
kyo's picture

You would understand had you read today's Skull Session. We are some proud folks!

Since you are currently amused, you should probably click the link and vote for Brutus. Don't be 'fraid

+3 HS
11UrbzAndSpices's picture

I didn't realize until this very moment that UM doesn't have a mascot

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews

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kyo's picture

This would be a good opportunity for 11W to do a contest on who can create the best hypothetical UM mascot (MS Paint encouraged).

+1 HS
Earle's picture

They don't?  Then who is this guy?

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

+9 HS
Buckeye Knight's picture

I thought it was Taylor Lewan?

+1 HS
buckeyedude's picture

What was Michigan's mascot ranked? Oh wait...



toad1204's picture

Guessing there's a thread over at MGo and wherever IU/ Illinois fans gather saying to go vote for Hearky.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

TheToledoBuckeye's picture

I did my duty however it is not looking good right now. Brutus (37%) and Herky (45%)

"Buckeye, born and bred" - Cris Carter

German Buckeye's picture

Not looking good - 19k to 16k in favor of the bird....

Woodywasking69's picture

Come on vote if you haven't already.

Gametime's picture

I voted 5 times for Brutus, but damn it I can't shake the feeling that Iowa is in some sort of conspiracy against him; much like Denard making the cover of NCAA 14 (really?)

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

airbuckeye's picture

Someone needs to post this over on hineygate because i was over there and i saw nothing on it. I would post if but i have forgotten my password over there.

CTBuckeye's picture

Not sure what happened, but updated results:

Brutus Buckeye (Ohio State) (20944 responses)


Herky the Hawk (Iowa) (25828 responses)


Purdue Pete (Purdue) (48955 responses)


"Because we couldn't go for three"

BuckeyeJosh's picture

Somehow Purdue has 65k votes...what?

toad1204's picture

Sounds like there's a Michigan man at the controls...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

+1 HS
Woodywasking69's picture

I looked at it twice and at one point purdue had 75 and a minute later they had 81 k the fix is in.

AngryWoody's picture

Purdue Pete (Purdue) (437716 responses)

*sigh* Purdue guys are cheating on this poll like the Penn Staters did for Joe Pa on the ESPN greatest B1G coach poll.

At least Purdue will win something this year, even if they did have to cheat to do it...

Our Honor Defend!

808buckeye's picture

Is Purdue Pete really smoking everyone? 

seize the carpe

Floyd Stahl's picture

These polls just go to show that that unscientific ones don't mean jack.

Hovenaut's picture

OK...Purdue has a conference win.

There was much rejoicing from the crowd.

OSUbonobo23's picture

Purdue has to be cheating, I just voted and somehow they have over 1 million votes. Sparty is 2nd with 409,234. Minnesota 3rd with over 107,000. I'm not sure what's going on with this poll, definitely some SEC-style manipulation going on. 

I put the The, in The Ohio State Univeristy.

blocko330's picture

Good thing I voted - Now we're only about 2M behind Purdue, lol - - didn't want to win that poll anyway!

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

- TruthTeller

+1 HS
Squirrel Master's picture

Someone should write the editor and let them know their poll is a joke now.

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

apack614's picture

Purdue doesn't have 2 million fans...

I can't wait to poop in the PL bathroom.

11UrbzAndSpices's picture

I was half asleep, but Good Morning Columbus was talking about this poll and it made me chuckle when they were like "Purdue Pete won with over 4 million votes." Good job channel 28, no one thought that was suspicious

"Quit skipping leg day bro" - Dr James Andrews