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Mike the Tiger Voted One of Nation's Best Mascots
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Published: July 06, 2006, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:21 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- LSU mascot Mike the Tiger was named the fifth best mascot in the nation in an article by ESPN.com this week.

Bruce Feldman, a senior writer for ESPN the Magazine, chose the Top 10 Division I-A mascots in the nation, including both live and costumed varieties.

In his article, Feldman described the fascination LSU fans have with Mike V and the brand new state-of-the art home the school had built for the live Tiger.

“In the past year,” he wrote, “the 400-pound Bengal has moved into a new $3 million, 15,000-square foot habitat and just had a book published about him.”

He continued by talking about the large amount of people who come to visit the beloved LSU mascot, whose habitat is located in the midst of LSU’s athletic facilities.

“He draws some 100,000 visitors a year to the enclosure tucked between the Pete Maravich Assembly Center and the Bernie Moore Track Stadium,” Feldman added.

Mike the Tiger made the list with two other Southeastern Conference mascots, including South Carolina’s Cocky at No. 8 and Georgia’s Uga as the best mascot in the nation.

Sparty from Michigan State, Ralphie of Colorado and Purdue Pete from Purdue round out the top five.

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