Friday, September 14, 2007

Mascots Gone Wild!

When I first saw this video, I howled with laughter. I wasn't sure if it was staged or real, but it literally brought tears to my eyes. Confession? I've now seen it several times and it still makes me chuckle.

In case you haven't heard, the University of Oregon's mascot has been suspended for a game following this brawl with the University of Houston mascot. Apparently, the duck was peeved the cougar imitated one of his trademarks - push-ups for total points after each touchdown. (Sidenote: For many, many years, my college mascot has done this same exact "trademark" at all of our home games, so I'm not so sure it's unique.) Long story short, the duck (who resembles Disney fave, Donald Duck) started throwing punches and body-slamming the cougar, finally shaking his tailfeathers at the cameras.
This example of fowl play (sorry, I couldn't help myself) has quickly become a YouTube favorite. And while the image of big furry animals duking it out is pretty entertaining, I also can't help thinking that the mascot represents the university.
Bucky Badger, for example, is one of Madison's most prominant figures - especially among children - and serves as the school's ambassador, of sorts.
A quick check shows that mascot-related violence seems to be growing, at least in terms of the number of video clips surfacing on-line. So let's try to cut down on the mascot-on-mascot violence. After all, if these rumbles become common, I guarantee any humor value would eventually be lost.
In the meantime, looks to me like the Duck won this round!


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