Jock talk with ol’ J.W.
ARE YOU MY DADDY? MOMMY SAYS YOU MIGHT BE. Taken aback by hard
questions from some young fans, J.W. had little recourse but
to cup his jaw in his hands.
Since J.W. is a mascot and he cannot speak, we
felt that these may have been his most likely responses to our
questions. But that’s just us.
Umm, OK. What does being Western’s
mascot mean to you?
It’s been the best part of my Western career. It’s
amazing I get to be a part of Mustang athletics, and in the best
way possible — I get to support the athletes and teams while
having a really great time myself.
How does it feel to be 20 years old?
I feel great — neigh! I am getting up there, though. Pretty
soon I’ll look like Bob Barker.
What is your favourite food?
Grass, carrots and salt-licks to name a few. I also really love
Nutella and white bread, but not just any white bread. It has to
be discount white bread.
Is your hair naturally purple and white?
I never tell beauty secrets.
When you’re not entertaining
fans, what kind of things do you do?
The usual stuff. I like to watch movies, play old-school Nintendo,
maybe study (laughs). I also really enjoy dating; it’s great
to get to know someone a little better, if you know what I mean.
Currently J.W. is working on scoring a date with Minnie Mouse,
but is having problems with the distance thing.
What section of The Gazette do you like the best?
Sports, obviously! Where else can you catch up on stats, read player
profiles, update yourself on Western and pro sports and read
the constantly witty cutlines?
What is your favourite Mustang team?
Uhh, all of them. (J.W. told us “off the record,” that
he is afraid of severe beatings if he names one team specifically).
Do you prefer Pepsi or Coke?
Well, Pepsi’s ad campaigns feature a lot more eye candy,
but Coke is my pick! Rock ’n’ roller cola wars I can’t
take it anymore!
Would you follow the trend of Western ladies and pierce your nose?
And de-purify myself? Never! Although it may look good, what do
you think? (J.W. pulls a mirror out of the drawer to check out
Do you think team mascots are given enough credit for their skills?
Well, I do have a pretty loyal fan base, but I would like to see
a few more awards go to me! For example, at the athletic banquet
I should be honoured for my spirit and enthusiasm. I should get
a Purple Blanket — horses need to stay warm too, you know!
As a mascot, you are asked to embody the spirit of Western. What
is that spirit?
The spirit of Western... well it’s purple and white, and
damn sexy. But it encompasses so much more than that. I think it’s
impossible to describe — it’s just an amazing feeling.