Mascots in sports–especially animal mascots–create a vision that fans imagine as reality until it becomes tradition. A mascot is a stand-in for how we see ourselves, if only for three or four hours on a Saturday.
Tommy Tomlinson has written for ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Esquire, Forbes, and many other publications. He is writing a book, The Elephant In the Room, about living as a fat man in a growing America. He believes Herschel Walker is the greatest player in college football history and there is no point arguing with him about this. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.