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Mascot Challenge Interview

A quick Friday update about our intense battle this week against UTEP’s Paydirt Pete. We came within 1700 votes or so last night (AWESOME JOB VOTERS!) but this morning we’re behind about 5000 again. Last night’s voting effort was PROOF that we can snap their lead FAST! So, whatever you did last night to vote for Joe Vandal- do it again (and again!)





This week Joe is beating EVERYONE in the challenge (except UTEP) in number of votes- this is phenomenal- we have OVER 60K votes so far! The Vandal Nation is NOT to be underestimated! Ohio State has also become vocal about their support of Joe Vandal- so don’t forget to repay the favor in weeks to come! We’ll also be looking for their support in the future as well. I don’t know how many votes such alliances are actually bringing us- but ANY LITTLE BIT HELPS! So- I encourage you to tell everyone to vote- your neighbors, your parents, your siblings, your housemates, your professors…EVERYONE needs to be voting Joe Vandal!

Now, in preparation for Saturday’s homecoming game, I’m going to ask that you not forget our lovable Joe and his votes! Take your phones to the game and text during the game! Make signs that read “VOTE FOR JOE- Text JOEVANDAL to 69866” – seriously! We need to get some attention of those who still aren’t voting!

Yesterday I had the chance to do an interview (over Skype so the video is a little sluggish) with the woman who Capital One asked to run the female blogger contest for the Mascot Challenge. Her name is Danielle Smith (http://www.extraordinarymommy.com) and we sat down to talk a little bit about Idaho and the Mascot Challenge. Following my portion is an interview with the Ohio State blogger, who kindly mentions the voting alliance and their support of Joe Vandal!! 🙂 Love it!

Here’s the link to the interview on YouTube:

Capital One Mascot Challenge Interview





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The Vandal Nation is Ready to Defeat Pete!

This is a VERY exciting week for Joe Vandal! It’s Homecoming, he’s coming off a 3 week winning streak, and he is now sitting at #7 in the Mascot rankings! His goal this week? FIND MORE TEXT VOTES!!

This week Joe is head to head with voting powerhouse, UTEP. PayDirt Pete sits at #2 in the Mascot rankings and is currently undefeated. He pulled in over 100K votes last week to beat Ohio State. He may be feeling confident, but let’s take him by surprise and show him who the best mascot really is- LET’S HAND HIM HIS FIRST LOSS!!

We hung close all day Monday in the votes and we’ve started Tuesday off about 3,000 behind- which can be made up QUICKLY. The important thing this week is that we are TEXTING OUR VOTES IN!! This is much quicker and you can get more votes sent off. Let’s review the texting rules- you can send up to 250 text votes per hour. Once you reach that number your phone number is restricted from voting for 12 hours- SO, don’t hit 250- do 249!!! If you know anyone with unlimited texting plans ask to borrow their phone and send in some extra votes! It’s simple- TEXT the word JOEVANDAL to 69866!!!

In other voting news, an alliance was formed last week with the Ohio State Buckeye voters. They also want to see UTEP lose and they have A LOT of voters. We do not go head to head with Brutus (we already lost to him earlier) so it is a safe alliance to build. We can really benefit from any extra votes the Buckeyes can send us- so, from now until the end of the regular season VANDALS VOTE FOR BRUTUS and BUCKEYES VOTE FOR JOE! I’ll be sharing OSU blog posts and Tweets supporting Joe as I receive them.

We can do this, Vandals! Do whatever you need to do to keep the heat on Pete! You must hate to lose more than you love to win- he’s a big opponent but he underestimates us! I’ve managed to make contact with WAC groups this week and have seen Tweets on Twitter from them asking for votes! Tell everyone you can and spread the word! Follow Joe on Twitter – @Vote4JoeVandal and RT to all your friends, local businesses, football fans, alumni, professors, clubs, etc.

REMEMBER- Tell everyone how to vote by text! This is the fastest and easiest way to rack up votes and send Pete home with a LOSS this week!!! 🙂  Text JOEVANDAL to 69866!!

Joe’s Strategy for a Playoff Spot!

Joe is on a winning streak- thanks to all his faithful voters! After knocking off Big Red from WKU last week, Joe enters week 7 at #9. Joe has slowly been moving up the past couple weeks and now is as determined as ever to secure a playoff spot!

Remember, to qualify for the playoffs Joe must be in the top 8 after week 12. We’re more than halfway there- but we’ve got some work ahead of us! This week Joe is taking on Sebastian the Ibis from Miami. Do NOT underestimate Sebastian! Sebastian is bringing some votes this week, and despite being in 15th place with no Wins, there are a lot of loyal Miami fans and alumni that might just wake up and vote!!! Throw in an extra vote or two for Joe each time you vote- and keep telling more and more people about it.

Joe’s Voting Strategy This Week:

Ok- so what can we do to help Joe move up in the standings? A number of things- but this week, let’s focus on our voting strategy. If we look at those mascots ranked just above Joe, we see UC at #8, Tennessee at #7, and Vanderbilt at #6. UC is up against a fierce ODU (#1) this week. We probably don’t have to worry much about helping in that contest. Next, Tennessee is up against Minnesota- we want Tennessee to take a loss this week and end up with more Losses than Joe- thus boosting Joe ahead of Tennessee (pending a Win for Joe this week!) SO- vote for GOLDY of Minnesota this week. In addition, we also want to work on moving Vanderbilt’s Mr.C down in the ranks. If Mr. C. loses this week to WKU he will have the same Win/Loss record as Joe (pending a Win this week for Joe)- but Joe will place ahead of Mr. C since Joe has more total votes accumulated. So- also vote for BIG RED of WKU this week.

Looking Ahead

Now, voters- Joe has enjoyed his recent boost in the standings and string of victories…but he has some TOUGH weeks coming up. We have to gear up to really get some votes in the coming weeks. Next week Joe takes on UTEP’s Pay Dirt Pete (#2) and week 10 puts us against Monte of Montana who also has been known to bring a TON of votes, week 11 it’s Joe vs Bearcat of UC who is always close to us in the standings, and week 12 we butt heads with Smokey of Tennessee. Do what you can to find more voters and get people excited about it! Reach out to alumni, make “Vote for Joe” shirts, write articles about it, post fliers on campus- anything! Joe loves and appreciates all the support!