This is a pretty big weekend for sports across the country. No, not because of the Super Bowl, but because the Connecticut Huskies have revealed their new real-life Husky puppy mascot — finally — and it’s pretty darn adorable.
The new mascot was chosen — after extensive searching, of course — and Jonathan XIV was chosen as the next in the long line of Jonathan mascots at UConn. The school has had a real Husky mascot dating all the way back to 1935 and the newest Jon has a lot to live up to.
Take a look at the new guy and all of his flat-out cuteness:
Yes, this new three-month-old puppy gets to watch his Connecticut basketball team play mediocre teams in the American Athletic Conference. He is one of the cutest mascots in college basketball, but can he ignite a mediocre football program during the fall? Who the heck cares, it’s basketball season and the Husky puppy is sure to fill the seats more than the half-full arena that it has been during mediocre AAC play.
The old puppy mascot, Jonathan XIII, served as the mascot since 2008 before his retirement this year. The retired Jonathan was known to be skittish in front of big crowds with his older age.
Let’s hope this mascot can lead the Huskies to a deep NCAA Tournament run and the talented Huskies and Shabazz Napier can be thankful the university thought about the team’s well-being with the introduction of the new Jonathan XIV mascot.
Everyone take a second and take it the ridiculous cuteness of the Husky puppy that is sure to be hyper on the sidelines.
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