Did Oregon Fan Steal Lee Corso’s Head?

Saturday’s show in Corvallis marked College GameDay’s final edition of the college football season. Keeping that in mind, one fan decided he would go home with a souvenir from the set. As ESPN host/reporter Erin Andrews tweeted via Sports by Brooks Live, Lee Corso’s costume head was stolen, so she was asking for some help finding it. SB Nation Detroit shared this picture that they found on a message board of someone with an Oregon sweatshirt wearing Corso’s head:

That is one sick souvenir if you ask me. I don’t condone stealing but let’s just say the person who took it has really good taste. Hopefully they’ll give it back. If not, this Oregon fan should hang that head on his wall.

UPDATE: The head has been recovered, via SbB Live

Cincinnati Bearcat Mascot Arrested for Throwing Snowballs (Video)

If you think the Oregon Duck doing The Dougie was unique, you’ll love what the Cincinnati Bearcats mascot had in store for fans on Saturday during the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati game.  At first glance, you might think this is a joke.  Why wouldn’t you?  A mascot — in costume — being restrained and arrested?  It’s pretty hard to believe, but it happened.  Check out the Cincinnati Bearcat mascot arrest video via YouTube user wingedhelmet13:

According to an AP report, the mascot was cited for disorderly conduct after throwing snowballs into the stands.  He was allegedly told to stop throwing snowballs before pushing a security guard and knocking him over.  The mascot was then arrested and cited and a backup mascot took over his duties for the second half.  Yes, seriously.

P.S. — How about the girl with the “you guys should stop recording this it’s not that funny.” Is she serious? Apparently she has no appreciation for capturing a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Stanford Tree and Oregon Duck Preparing for Throwdown

The matchup between Stanford and Oregon Saturday in Eugene will likely be for the Pac-10 title. As we inch closer to the game, more and more side stories are emerging. Aside from the clash on the field, keep on the lookout for a throwdown between the mascots.

Last week Andy Staples wrote a mascot column on SI after the Ohio Bobcat jumped Brutus the Buckeye in a fight. “When we go to Oregon, I’ll have to round up a bunch of homies,” the Stanford Tree told Staples. In response, the Duck issued a warning “Don’t come into my house and push me around” he told The Oregonian.

Of course, if the Tree has ever seen video of the Duck’s fight with the Houston Cougar, he knows he’ll need some back up. As for the game, I have no reason to switch away from my pick that Stanford will win. They’re a physical team with a stellar defense and I think we’ll see that.

One thing Oregon has going for it this is that they’re prepared for the game this time. Oregon Coach Chip Kelly told Jim Rome Friday that his team wasn’t ready for the Stanford game last year and that Stanford played harder than they did. He believes it won’t be the same outcome this time around because they’ll be ready for it.

Hey, even if you know what’s coming, sometimes you still can’t stop it. I think that will be the issue.

Ohio Bobcat Busted for Rumbling with Brutus the Buckeye

We love our mascot fights here at LBS. Whether it’s the James Madison Duke picking a fight with the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer or the New Mexico State and Utah State mascots fighting, nothing tops a couple of furry costumed creatures going after each other. The best fights are the ones where the action is all one way. Such was the case for Brutus the Buckeye Saturday, who was attacked by the Ohio U. Bobcat mascot while he was entering the field. Check out this sweet video courtesy of Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks:

As you could imagine, the Ohio’s administrators came down pretty hard on the Bobcat for that attack. He can no longer have any affiliation with the school’s athletic department. That’s just a shame. If he was going to get in trouble over the fight, he should have at least gotten his money’s worth like the Oregon Duck on the Houston Cougar. Nothing tops that legendary beatdown!

Bucks Mascot Bango Returns from Knee Injury for Killer Dunk

Last year at All-Star weekend in Phoenix, several mascots got together on the floor to entertain the crowd. Bucks mascot Bango was setting up for some sort of stunt when he slipped on the rim and fell through the hoop. Naturally Bango knocked himself out with a serious knee injury. This year, Milwaukee’s basketball team is greatly improved and so is there mascot. Trying to pump his team up for their playoff game with the Hawks, Bango unleashed this incredible reverse dunk off a ladder. And he didn’t even hurt his knee! Check it out via Jimmy Traina at SI’s Hot Clicks who also shared last year’s Bango blunder:

That is a broken neck waiting to happen. Way to kill it, Bango. Don’t try it again, either.

Bucks Mascot Stunt [SI Hot Clicks]

Oregon Coach Chip Kelly Sported the Duck Costume Before the USC Game

The Oregon duck mascot has quite the history here at LBS. A few years ago, the Duck was suspended after getting in a fight with the Houston Cougar mascot. That may have marked the greatest moment in the history of mascot moments. This time around it was Oregon coach Chip Kelly trying to pump up the home crowd at Autzen Stadium by donning the costume before the USC game. Check it out:

Kelly has quickly become one of the coaches I respect the most in college football. First off, I think he handled the LeGarrette Blount situation quite well, handing down a harsh penalty but maintaining an interest in seeing Blount overcome the incident. Then, Kelly reimbursed a dissatisfied fan who traveled to the Boise State game. And now he’s wearing the Duck suit. Here’s what he said about it, “I take my job seriously, I don’t take myself seriously. It was more of a chance to see our fans. I think they’re the best fans in college football.” Talk about a BMOC … he better savor these days while he can because you can bet your butt the fans will be calling for his head when they have a 6-6 season.

Mascot Fight: New Mexico State’s Pistol Pete Rumbles with Utah State’s Big Blue

As you all have come to know pretty well, any time there’s an incident involving mascots, it’s going to end up here on LBS. Something about grown men being upset that they dress up in fury costumes for a living and taking it out by fighting must really pique my interest. The last college basketball mascot incident was when the Rice owl got ejected at a game for harassing a referee. This one was probably better than that. From The Sporting Blog:

During a timeout with 7 seconds left and New Mexico State leading 70-69, Utah State’s mascot, “Big Blue” the bull, confronted New Mexico State’s “Pistol Pete” cowboy mascot and ripped off his fake mustache. The cowboy then chased the bull to halfcourt, jumped on his back and tried unsuccessfully to pull him to the floor. “Pistol Pete” then started to try to choke his rival before retreating to his end of the court.

Several newspaper photographers covering the game said they heard a man in a Nevada shirt offer the Utah State mascot $100 to go grab the mustache.

ESPN does have a short video clip of the fight, but then you’d have to endure a segment of Michele LaFountain, something I try to avoid whenever possible. As for the fan that would pay $100 to see a mustache ripped off another mascot, he must hate ‘em more than me. That’s pretty funny.