Late in October, the Big Ten got together and made a ... well, it's not a lip-sync video, but it's a video of the various mascots dancing along with the Taylor Swift hit, Shake It Off. It goes a little something like this:
Did you notice what I noticed there? Bucky Badger makes 11 appearances in the video, and in almost every single one, he's either by himself or being completely ignored by anyone else in the shot. It leads one to wonder if that was the case for the other mascots or if it just sticks out when I see Bucky because I expect people to ignore that pantsless freak.
I slowed things down and started keeping track. As it turns out, Bucky has more appearances (10) without anyone else interacting with him than anyone else in the video. Purdue Pete is the only other mascot with five solo appearances, but all of his are completely alone. Bucky has spots where he is around other people who are blatantly trying to avoid making eye contact with the rodent with the oversized head. Pete at least has four appearances where he's doing something with other people, while Bucky has only one, and even in that case, they appear to be the least enthusiastic participants in the entire video.
I am left with one final conclusion: Bucky Badger has no friends, thus, there's no one available to hang out with him to make this video. Even in the one shot where people are interacting with Bucky, they're 1) dancing AROUND him, not with him and 2) given their lack of enthusiasm, I suspect that they were financially compensated for their participation.
Perhaps all of the students at UW-Madison have found out about Bucky's Facebook stalking and text messaging behavior, and they know better than to hang out with him.
(h/t: The Sporting News)