Change– Buster Bronco is an icon. A fun loving WMU goofball. At the sidelines of a football or basketball game, or out in the community, Buster is Kalamazoo’s favorite mascot. But Western Michigan University has changed him, “updated” him to be more lean and athletic. In the process, we’ve lost the very heart and soul of who Buster is. What is wrong with the Buster we’ve had? He’s classic and has a unique look for the university that’s been around for years.
Let’s bring the Buster we know and love back.
Fight on fight on for Buster!
Change for the sake of...well...change, what could possibly go wrong!?! Honestly, I find it fairly amazing that sports organizations - whether they be professional or collegiate - almost exclusively find a way to screw up decisions that don't even need to be made in the first place. It's like they don't realize the sentimental value of tradition or the age old, fool proof concept of leaving well enough alone. If it's not broke then don't fix it, and a fairly dumpy horse named Buster that calls a college campus home was most definitely not in need of a lifestyle makeover.
Obviously it's a non-story that WMU changed their mascot from a potentially stoned Bronco who is as lovable as he is dopey to some high horse, fratty douchebag who cares too much about his appearance. I just can't seem to figure out why they even thought that dosing their mascot with HGH would be met with praise in the first place? I swear, it's like the people whose job it is to relate to fans don't realize that those fans spend the average school night taking years off their life. Why would they want to wake up at 6AM on a Saturday in order to binge drink until they can't see straight just to stumble inside the stadium and get body shamed by a vascular horse who came straight from working out at the stables in a jersey that's two sizes too small for him?
They should bring back the original Buster. Not only because he's relatable to the people he engages with, but because the new Buster is try hard asshole that didn't have the common courtesy to wait until after graduation to better himself. Plus, I'd rather have a mascot that's looking for munchies than one that's prone to mood swings.