Less than three weeks left to get-out-the-vote for your favorite
MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 8, 2006--Election Day may be
over - but one of the closest, national races is still yet to be
decided....the race for Capital One's National Mascot of the Year.
Twelve lovable characters were named to the Fifth Annual Capital One
All-American Mascot team last summer, and are currently campaigning
24/7 in a fierce competition to be named Capital One National Mascot
of the Year. Each mascot has shown their campaign savvy by wooing
voters every football game and showing their fans that 'fur is not a
factor' in their 'Fur Factor' campaign spots being aired nationally on
ABC and ESPN.
Since September 12th, fans have got-out-the-vote for best beast at
www.capitalonebowl.com. The top six mascots with the best win/loss
records will move on to the online playoffs, and with a little under
three weeks to go in the regular season, each mascot is trying to claw
and paw their way to the top of the standings. Playoff voting begins
November 27th, 2006 and runs through December 18th, 2006. As the vote
tally approaches almost 5 million, North Carolina State's Mr. Wuf
leads the pack, with Georgia Tech's Buzz, Kentucky's Wildcat and
Wisconsin's Bucky Badger right on his over-sized heels.
This year's contest features a weekly claw-to-paw face-off among
this year's All-Americans:
(1) North Carolina State - Mr. Wuf (7) Air Force Academy - The Bird
(2) Georgia Tech - Buzz (8) Auburn University - Aubie
(3) University of Kentucky - (9) Western Kentucky University -
Wildcat Big Red
(4) University of Wisconsin - (10) Washington State - Butch T.
Bucky Badger Cougar
(5) University of Maryland - (11) University of Tennessee -
(6) Syracuse University - Otto (12) University of Oklahoma -
"This year's race for the Capital One National Mascot of the Year
is one of the closest to date," said Steve Schooff at Capital One.
"With just three weeks to go, its time for alumni, students and fans
to get-out-the-vote for one of the most important national races that
has yet to be decided. Remember, voters are allowed one vote per
day....so vote early, and vote often!"
The fan vote is the sole determinant of the winner; the people
choose. Voting began in September, with 11 weekly match ups between
the All-Americans. The top six mascots with the best win/loss records
face off in online playoffs in December. The winner will be pronounced
Capital One National Mascot of the Year on January 1, 2007 during the
Capital One Bowl.
This year's fuzzy crew was chosen from Division IA and IAA
athletic programs with college football teams. They made the squad
after being ranked on mascot musts such as interaction with fans,
originality and pedigree. The panel of judges included mascot guru and
historian, Dr. Roy Yarbrough, and representatives from ESPN and
Over the past four years, Capital One has helped thrust the
spotlight on these unsung champions of the gridiron. Team members star
in a national advertising campaign, which this year features the
mascots participating in 'Fur Factor', a series of gravity defying
(and fictitious) competitions. In addition to the bragging rights,
each mascot receives $5,000 for its school's mascot program. The
Capital One National Mascot of the Year will receive an additional
$5,000 scholarship to help fund its school's mascot program.
WRITE IN YOUR FAVORITE MASCOT
Didn't see your school's mascot in this year's Mascot Challenge?
Capital One has added an additional fan component to this year's
competition. Fans can log on to www.capitalonebowl.com and nominate
your school's mascot for a chance to win $1000 toward their Mascot
Program and an opportunity to compete in the 2007 Mascot Challenge!
Each voter is allowed one vote per day, so show your school spirit and
vote - vote - vote to see your favorite furry friend in next year's
About Capital One
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a
holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Capital One Bank and
Capital One FSB, offer consumer lending products. Capital One, a
Fortune 500 company headquartered in McLean, Va., is one of the
largest providers of MasterCard and Visa credit cards in the world.
Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol
"COF" and is included in the S&P 500 index. Capital One's affiliation
with college football began with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital
One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Bowl
Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football
Halftime Report and numerous other college football programs.
CONTACT: Steve Schooff, Capital One
SOURCE: Capital One Financial Corporation