December 04, 2010
Fellow citizens! I implore you: What is this country coming to when an ordinary college mascot isn't even able to lob a few snowballs at the crowd in the course of his mediocre team's miserable season finale without getting hassled by The Man?
From the Associated Press:
Heavy snow covered the field and stands for the Big East game on Saturday afternoon. When Pitt's Dion Lewis scored the second of his three touchdowns in the half, students pelted him with snowballs and were told to stop.
A school spokesman says the mascot also was told to stop throwing snowballs in the stands and pushed a security guard, knocking both of them to the ground. The mascot was detained and cited. He was not identified.
The offending Bearcat was replaced at halftime by a backup. (Of course there's a backup.) No word on whether Bearcat was placed in a cell with the notorious Rufus Bobcat, but we probably can assume his bid to become Capital One's Mascot of the Year is at a scandalous end.
Let this be a lesson to all the young, up-and-coming mascots out there: If you're going to hurl projectiles at the spectators, don't do it from a parapet. If only he'd been blasting the snow out of a t-shirt cannon instead, they might have let it slide.