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October 19, 4:00 PM ET
Chat with WKU's 'Big Red'

Big Red
  (3:58 PM)

Howdy Kids. I'm here and ready to roll. And remember -- I'm an All-American Team member fighting for the Capital One Mascot of the Year. So go vote for me at CapitalOneBowl.com Sure I'm cocky, borderline schizophrenic, I might look a bit like the Kool Aid guy...Maybe a bit like my cousin Grimace. But so it goes. Let's talk some Hilltoppers talk!

Dan (CA)

You are the worst mascot in history.

Big Red
  (3:59 PM)

Dan, I would disagree with that but I appreciate your bravery as I'm feared throughout the South. While the Bleacher Report said it was the Stanford Tree in this blog post (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/154086-10-worst-mascots-of-all-time), I'd have to say it's "Lightening" from Middle Tennessee State Univ.

Matt (IN)

Mike the Tiger from LSU seems really arrogant. I think you should swallow him.

Big Red
  (4:00 PM)

Matt, you are correct. But I'd need some chipotle mustard to compliment the Tiger meat.

Garrett (Richmond, VA)

When you talk, does any sound come out other than random jibberish?

Big Red
  (4:01 PM)

Good question Garrett. I can only speak through a special mascot interpreter or via panamine.

Nathan (Kentucky)

Which of the other mascots would you want to "eat" the most?

Big Red
  (4:02 PM)

I'm big fan of Wildcat. I often hitchhike down to Lexington for a taste and generally salivate when we I see my Kentucky Wildcat foe.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Which College Football Players who play for Western Kentucky will play in the NFL?

Big Red
  (4:04 PM)

Running back Bobby Rainey is one of our more accomplished players and is considering starting for the Saints next year....but that's up to him. Here's his bio: http://www.wkusports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=5400&ATCLID=1566163

James (Little Rock)

Why do I love you so much?

Big Red
  (4:04 PM)

Why not James? Why not? I'm a lot of mascot to love. Have at it. Enjoy. Soak it all up.

Mitch R. (East Lansing, MI)

Big Red, here at MSU Sparty has been talking some trash about you. He says he's bigger, stronger, and could take you in any competition. How do you respond to that.

Big Red
  (4:05 PM)

Look Mitch, there's a reason your boy Sparty is wearing body armor. I told him I was coming to town a few years back and he's never taken it off. Yes, I'm that much man....

Big Red
  (4:05 PM)

Check that....that much mascot.....

Matt (IN)

Surely I'm not the only one that has noticed how McDonald's has phased your boy Grimace out, right? How's he handling it?

Big Red
  (4:06 PM)

Grimace has been very, very depressed and has talked to Ronald about getting back into the swing of things....along with Hamburgler. Did I mention I really enjoy hamburgers?

Jacob (Hendersonville TN)

Big Red, What is your biggest Fear?

Big Red
  (4:07 PM)

Waking up blue.....but of course. That'll never happen, but it still haunts me.

Lindsay (ODU)

Are you scared of going up against Big Blue?

Big Red
  (4:08 PM)

Oh come on Lindsay. What's there to be scared about? Blue's a tiger. I'm larger than life. I'm an unstoppable force of nature. Blue is just blue.

Nathan (Kentucky)

Is there any way that you could suit up for the football team and go out there and get a win for them?

Big Red
  (4:09 PM)

I've talked to coach Willie Taggert about suiting up at linebacker, but now's not the right time. Things are looking up and this week's game against Louisiana Lafayette is promising.

Mike (Ohio)

Is the reason you're currently 12th in the standings a reflection of how poor the WKU football team is? Will they win a game this year? (The magic 8 ball I just shook said.."It doesn't look good")

Big Red
  (4:11 PM)

We see a glass half full with much opportunity ahead of both our football program and for my ability to win the Capital One Mascot of the Year. Why don't you go vote for me -- as a gesture of goodwill -- at CapitalOneBowl.com. You're welcome.

Robbi (Clinton, Ky)

What makes Big Red so great?

Big Red
  (4:11 PM)

First, I'm big. Second, I'm red. Not communist Red. But Hilltopper Red. I'm kind of a big deal. Case closed.

Big Blue (Norfolk, VA)

Thank you for the Bulletin Board material... See you in Week 11... Best of Luck

Big Red
  (4:12 PM)

Pu-leeeeeezzzzz Big Blue. Bring it on. Front-runners should not be talking smack in my house. See you Week 11.

Jacob (Hendersonville TN)

What's your favorite thing to do outside of going to sporting events?

Big Red
  (4:14 PM)

I'm a cultured mascot. I enjoy art, modern dance, juggling chipmunks, and stacking copies of The New Yorker around my basement.

Jacob (Hendersonville TN)

Big Red, are you ever going to reproduce... Can you? if so is there a lil red in the future?

Big Red
  (4:14 PM)

Sadly, I'm concentrating on my studies and not even thinking about family at this time. But that could change as medical science improves.

Matt (IN)

What did you think of Brutus from OSU getting stomped by the bobcat from Ohio U? I thought it was hilarious.

Big Red
  (4:15 PM)

Mascot-on-mascot violence is never funny. Just ask my friends at the United Coalition of College Mascots (UnitedMascots.com). That being said, it was kind of, well, hilarious.

Billy (Lexington, KY)

Is it true?? Do you eat babies?

Big Red
  (4:16 PM)

Occasionally, but not in some time. Since the issue with the then-Olsen triplets.

Mike (Ohio)

So, when you were a little red, how did you know you would grow up to be Big Red? I mean, what would you be doing if you were just another Big Red and not THE Big Red?

Big Red
  (4:17 PM)

Despite my parents being of normal size, I was born BIG RED....I don't even know what little is. One of my favorite books, however, is "Little Red Riding Hood."

Big Red
  (4:19 PM)

Thanks to all of you for participating. I appreciate any of your votes for the Capital one Mascot of the Year, on par with the Nobel Prize for Peace. Please go vote and vote often at CapitalOneBowl.com. Thank you!