Most Searched Mascots In Ohio

Most Searched Mascots In Ohio
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Sporting events are about speed, skill, strength, stamina and strategy. Sometimes they also are about people wearing oversized, fuzzy costumes.

When people watch games, sometimes they are curious about a particular team’s mascot. National Mascot Day is June 17, leading us to wonder which mascots Ohioans are looking up on the web. So took a break from reviewing Ohio sports betting apps and used Google Trends to look at the search volume of the term “mascot” over 12 months (June 2023 to June 2024) to find the most searched mascots in Ohio.

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Most Searched Mascots In Ohio



Search Interest (vs. Other Topics)

Rufus the Bobcat

Ohio Bobcats


Brownie the Elf

Cleveland Browns


Brutus Buckeye

Ohio State Buckeyes


Mr. Red

Cincinnati Reds


Who Dey (Tiger)

Cincinnati Bengals


Bobcats Mascot Raises The Rufus

Some folks – mostly those who boast about having attended or cheered for “The” Ohio State University – might be stunned at the top mascot on our list. Had this been a prop bet available at Ohio sportsbooks, the odds on the winner might have been +500 or more.

That’s because Rufus the Bobcat, the mascot roaming the sidelines for Ohio University, was No. 1. Rufus drew a search interest score of 13 (compared to other topics, with a maximum score of 100) in the 12-month period we measured. Ohio Bobcats athletics had a decent 2023-24 season. The football team put together a 10-win season (capped by a victory over Georgia Southern in the Myrtle Beach Bowl), the men’s basketball team went 20-13 and the women’s soccer program won its first Mid-American Conference title.

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Other Top Ohio Mascots

In second on our list of the state’s most searched mascots with 10 points is Brownie the Elf, who represents northeast Ohio’s NFL team. See our Cleveland Browns playoff chances page to stay updated on the odds that they’ll make back-to-back postseason appearances.

In third place is Brutus Buckeye, the Ohio State mascot with one of the most oversized heads in sports – and a search interest score of eight. Two pro sports mascots, Mr. Red (of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds) and Who Dey (representing the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals) round out our top five with search interest scores of three points and two points, respectively.

As the 2024 NFL and college football seasons get underway in the summer heat, spare a thought for the folks wearing hot mascot costumes and running around for hours, all in the name of entertaining fans. In the meantime, check out the best Ohio sportsbook promo codes that you can take advantage of before football season.

USA Today photo by Mark J. Rebilas



Ohio native Jim Tomlin has 30 years of experience in journalism, mostly in sports. He lends his expertise to as a writer and editor after previous experience at the Tampa Bay Times, FanRag, Saturday Down South and Saturday Tradition.

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