The Cal Mascot Alignment Chart
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For some, that might be the latest Cal athletes to make the Olympics, or the latest recruit to commit to play for our Bears.
But some of our readers have been clamoring for hard hitting analysis, which is why I’m here today. The crucial question we face? How might one define an appropriate mascot for the University of California?
Thus, without further delay, we present to you the Cal Mascot Alignment Chart™
Are you a 100% purist, and thus believe that only the sadly extinct subspecies of Grizzly Bear that once roamed California is the one and only true Cal mascot?
Or are you an agent of chaos who would argue that anything that can vaguely be construed as a bear counts for mascot purposes?
And where would Oski, the most enigmatic of bears, fit into the alignment chart?
Note that the examples above are 100% correct, but not comprehensive. Feel free to substitute your favorite international bear in place of the Giant Panda, whether you’re a Sun Bear fan or a Spectacled Bear fan. You can replace Yogi with Fozzie or Smokey, Paddington with Baloo or Winnie the Pooh.
And where do you fall, Cal fans? How broad are you willing to stretch your definition of ‘Golden Bear’ to appropriate Cal rooting avatars?
I am a Bear/Geography rebel. I want to state that Wojtek the Bear is a Cal mascot!
For those who don't know, Wojtek was a bear adopted by the Polish II Corps when they were training in Palestine in WWII (after being released from the Gulags by Stalin after the German invasion of USSR). The bear travelled with the artillery component and once fully grown helped the artillerymen carry munitions to the guns. He served in Italy, notably in the Battle of Monte Cassino! He was given the rank of Corporal and a paybook, the soldiers would feed him Vodka (cause of course).
A mix of types of Bears shown is best, to appeal to a wide variety of tastes, from little kids (a cuddly bear to people who like the bear to be ferocious. Appearling to a wide group of tastes if best.