The Ole Miss football team now has a new mascot -- that many fans consider bizarre.
Since 2010, the official mascot of the Ole Miss Rebels has been Rebel Black Bear, which was pretty much a black bear in an Ole Miss football uniform.
Well, they replaced Rebel Black Bear with Landshark Tony -- a shark in an Ole Miss football uniform.
Tony was inspired by -- and named after -- late former Ole Miss linebacker Tony Fein, who is credited with starting the defense’s “Fins Up” celebration tradition.
The problem is that Tony is totally scary-looking, not because he’s a shark, but instead because he looks weird and creepy, more like a monster than something you’d see on Shark Week.
And of course, the Twitter-verse exploded with opinions, with some comparing Tony to an iron and a “1990s kid's drink mascot” -- while others suggested that kids are going to have nightmares after seeing this thing.
Tony the Landshark out here cheesing harder than Bruce from Finding Nemo pic.twitter.com/HSQLzq2ypi— Vann Crawford (@vann_crawford) August 11, 2018