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September 7, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with Cincy's 'Bearcat'

Buzzmaster
  (3:58 PM)

We've got Cincinnati's "Bearcat" ready to go!

Nathan (Kentucky)

What is it like to be the "Bearcat" and to be the reining Mascot of the Year?

'Bearcat'
  (4:00 PM)

Just like everything, we look forward to defending our title. We play sports to win, so that's what we're looking to do here.

Michelle Carroll (Indianapolis)

Bearcat, is there anything you haven't done yet as a mascot that you have been wanting to try? (Without getting hurt, of course!) GO 'CATS!! =^.^=

'Bearcat'
  (4:01 PM)

We want to try scuba diving. We went sky diving and we got tied up on a wire. You can check it out on YouTube.

Mahmoud (Louisiana)

Why should we believe you are capable of winning the Capital One Mascot of the Year campaign for a second consecutive year?

'Bearcat'
  (4:01 PM)

Because all we do is win.

Dave (Cincy)

Why are you unranked after being the back-to-back BE Champs?

'Bearcat'
  (4:02 PM)

We got little respect from voters. That's something that we're going to have to work hard to change over. We have been the underdog before and we've embraced that role. We're looking forward to it.

kevin (ga)

gas or charcoal for tailgating?

'Bearcat'
  (4:03 PM)

Gas, always gas. Natural gas. We want to protect the environment.

daniel (fresno)

so whats it like getting bit by a BULLDOG!! WOOF WOOF!!!

'Bearcat'
  (4:04 PM)

Thanks for the hospitality. We had a good time out there. If we do it again, the outcome will be different. Maybe we will see you in the BCS.

Clay (Charlotte)

I'm amazed that you are typing so well without having opposable thumbs. What's your opinion on pie? Like it or love it?

'Bearcat'
  (4:04 PM)

We love it. We prefer the key lime variety.

Dave (NYC)

Which Cincinnati Bearcats should we look out for in the NFL draft this year?

'Bearcat'
  (4:06 PM)

Armon Binns. All Pitt fans will remember him from last year's game. We're also really pulling for Vidal Hazelton.

Phil (Chicago)

What's your favorite other mascots?

'Bearcat'
  (4:07 PM)

After this weekend, we really don't like Bulldogs and we're not big fans of Panthers either. Our least favorite is Dartanian, the Muskateer.

Yogi Bear (Cave)

What do you expect from the new football coach this year?

'Bearcat'
  (4:07 PM)

We expect great things. We searched long and hard for him. We're excited to see what he can bring to the table. The best part about it is that he knows what to expect from himself as well.

Butch (California)

So how do you rate your chances on winning the Capital One Mascot of the Year this year again?

'Bearcat'
  (4:08 PM)

We feel good about our opportunity. We would like to thank the Capital One committee for putting us back in it. And we're looking to be the first back-to-back champion in Capital One history.

Dave (DC)

Do you think you could beat up the Boise State Bronco? Will you please?

'Bearcat'
  (4:09 PM)

1) Yes. 2) We can't. He didn't make the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

Preston (Omaha)

You excited about the coming loss that Louisville willl inflict on you guys? Itr's a shame your cinderella story is over. Reality- Mediocre Cincy football is back. And it feels oh so good. Enjoy your losing season.

'Bearcat'
  (4:10 PM)

When you win back-to-back Big East championships, I look forward to having that discussion. We look forward to going down there and bringing back the Keg of Nails back again.

HP (Chicago, IL)

If Bearcat were to go out on a date, which other feline would get the pleasure? We got a bunch of wildcats, some tigers, and bobcats somehere.

'Bearcat'
  (4:12 PM)

I'm currently on the market and I have two arms.

Ken H (Cincinnati, Ohio)

What have you been doing in the off season to prepare yourself to defend your title? Special diet? P90X?

'Bearcat'
  (4:12 PM)

We've been doing P90X, yes, with a healthy diet of Cardinals from our friend Preston in Omaha.

John (Florida)

Why has Capital One become the champion of the mascot peoples?

'Bearcat'
  (4:13 PM)

Capital One recognized the true value of what mascots bring to the equation in college sports. They gave us the chance to come to the table and speak our minds.

Big Blue (ODU)

Are you afraid of me?

'Bearcat'
  (4:16 PM)

No. We've had Week 7 of this competition circled on our calendars for months. As defending champions, we get to pick our weakest opponent to play in Week 7 and we picked you.

Ryan (Lake Erie)

Which of the following do you like the least: Cardinals, Panthers, or Mountaineers.

'Bearcat'
  (4:16 PM)

We have equal amounts of disdain for all three. Think of disdain as a key lime pie, each would get a third.

Alfred Bundy (Alabama)

We hear you have a leadership role with the United Coalition of College Mascots (http://unitedmascots.com/). Is this true?

'Bearcat'
  (4:17 PM)

Yes we do. We happen to be running for president at the same time we are starting up the Mascots for Moustache Foundation.

Monte (Montana)

Of all of the other mascots, who has the best chance to dethrone you and why?

'Bearcat'
  (4:19 PM)

Based on his performace last week, Paydirt Pete has proven to be a formidable opponent. But we also like Sebastian from Miami.

Longhorn Musial (Austin, Texas)

Would you ever consider eating a Longhorn, and if so, what kind of sauce would you use?

'Bearcat'
  (4:20 PM)

No, that sounds disgusting. But it would clearly be hot sauce.

'Bearcat'
  (4:21 PM)

Thanks so much for your time. We appreicate all of your love and support from all of the fans from across the nation. Go to <a href="http://www.capitalonebowl.com/vote/main">CapitalOneBowl.com</a> to vote for me!