ESPN Premieres STAR WARS Themed ‘Admiral Ackbar for Ole Miss Mascot’ Commercial

     September 7, 2010

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No, it’s not a trap. Admiral Ackbar was very nearly crowned the new mascot at the University of Mississippi. Monday night, ESPN premiered a commercial that makes light of the situation but it is, in fact, a true story. In February, the students of Ole Miss voted to change their mascot from the dated “Coloniel Reb” and Ackbar, the Mon Calamari who leads the Rebel Alliance in their attack against the second Death Star in Return of the Jedi, garnered a lot of support. The talk got so serious that Lucasfilm even released a brief statement embracing the idea:

“Lucasfilm is flattered that our Star Wars fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!”

Ultimately, Ackbar’s nomination spawned a lot of backlash and he wasn’t one of the final nominees. The contest is still ongoing. But the commercial still rocks. Check it out after the jump.

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