Ah, yes, another proud moment for this Ohio University alum. Not only did my Bobcats get annihilated by Ohio State on Saturday, but today our nation is learning that OU school mascot Rufus Bobcat (awful, awful name for a mascot) fought Brutus Buckeye before kickoff. A play-by-play of the action, with video below:
:18 Rufus Bobcat runs onto the field, an act made more hilarious by the fact that he is doing so with size 32 paws. He runs like a drunk guy who knows he is drunk and should not be running, but is running anyway.
:25 Rufus Bobcat tries to tackle Brutus Buckeye and FAILS. In the process, Rufus’s head comes off, which is the ultimate mascot disgrace. Brutus Buckeye, it should be noted, showed excellent form in dodging the tackle. Rufus’s failure, on the other hand, was a sign of things to come for the Bobcats, as they would go on to lose 43-7.
:32 Props to the Ohio State football team for not tearing Rufus limb from limb. Maybe they didn’t see what happened. Maybe they didn’t care. Either way, it could have gotten ugly. Well, uglier than it was about to get.
:36 The cameraman inexplicably fails to film the start of the Rufus-Brutus fight. Come on, man. You just saw the OU mascot try to tackle the Ohio State mascot at mid-field. Did you think this was over? No way it’s over. Follow the action, junior. You’ve got YouTube gold on your hands.
:43 Our mascot Rufus has employed the classic “girl who jumps on a guy’s back during the fight” strategy. The only way this would have been wussier is if he stood behind our female cheerleaders while he pretended they were holding him back.
:51 Rufus punches Brutus, who is a nut, in his nuts. Stay classy, Rufus.
:59 Rufus is escorted from the field by security and, I can only assume, taken to a subterranean holding area where he is gut-punched and face-slapped repeatedly by OSU president E. Gordon Gee.
Today Ohio University apologized to Ohio State and its fans and banned the Hocking College student from Ohio athletics. That’s right, he’s not a Bobcat.
The story gets better. The Post reports that the student’s name is Brandon Hanning and that the sole reason he went out for mascot this year was to tackle Brutus.
“It was the whole reason I tried out (to be Rufus) last year,” Henning told The Post. “I knew we were going back to OSU this year, and I wanted to tackle Brutus.”
From The Post: Hanning, 19, is a student at Hocking College. He enrolled at OU last year but dropped out, he said. He added that he still hadn’t been informed of his firing, but didn’t care. Ohio coach Frank Solich said he did not know much about the situation. “Obviously we needed to tackle the guy with the ball, not the mascot,” he said.
Stand up and Cheer….