The Fighting Pickles
The University of North Carolina School of the Arts maintains an all-intramural sports league where all teams share the same name -- The Fighting Pickles. Perhaps even more amusing than the name itself is the team's mascot, which embraces the school's artistic spirit with its skirt made of piano keys, artist's beret and paint palette in hand. And yes, it's a pickle.
Despite its absurdity, or perhaps because of it, the UNC School of the Arts Fighting Pickle was named the second most loved college mascot in the U.S. in a 2011 poll by Reader's Digest, outranked only by the purple cow at Williams College in Massachusetts.