1. The Stanford Tree
Standford Tree - Stanford University
This one might be a bit controversial, because the Stanford Tree is NOT the official mascot of Stanford. And no, the official mascot isn’t a Cardinal, either. The “Cardinal” refers to the color, and not the bird. But we couldn’t leave the Tree off this list.
The Tree was introduced by the band in 1975 and received so much attention that it became the unofficial mascot. When you think about a tree as a mascot it seems weird, but not completely bizarre. But then you look at that costume. Those big doe eyes, that huge grin, and what might be the only mascot without arms.
The other unique part of this mascot is the one who dons the costume is responsible for making the Tree for the next season.
The main thing that is bothersome about the Stanford Tree is that now it seems like a more fitting mascot for rival Cal-Berkeley.
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