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I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - AtlantaFalconPokerPro - 09-21-2010 12:54 PM
Ohio's mascot tackles and humiliates Ohio States mascot before kickoff.
Turns out, the Bobcat had it in for the Buckeye all along.
"It was actually my whole plan to tackle Brutus when I tried out to be mascot," said Brandon Hanning, formerly known as Ohio University's Rufus Bobcat. "I tried out about a year ago, and the whole reason I tried out was so I could come up here to Ohio State and tackle Brutus."
And that's what he did Saturday, wrestling unsuspecting Brutus to the ground before 105,075 screaming college football fans at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State got even in the end, trampling the visiting team, 43-7.
The tussle led to an apology from Ohio University on Monday and the 19-year-old Hanning is banned from further affiliation with the school's athletics department. Actually, he's not even a student there anymore; he now attends nearby Hocking College.
Hanning, of Meigs County in southeast Ohio, not far from Ohio University's campus in Athens, suited up about 15 minutes before the Bobcats faced Ohio State, went on the field near the OU cheerleaders and waited for his chance.
It came as Brutus and an Ohio State cheerleader hoisted an OSU flag, and prepared to lead the Buckeyes players onto the field. With his Bobcat head in place, Hanning ran along the sideline and got in position.
"As soon as they started running onto the field, that's when I went," he said.
The Bobcat sideswiped the Buckeye, who got back to his feet and continued his sprint toward the end zone.
But Rufus, um, Hanning, wasn't done.
He then chased Brutus into the end zone, climbed on his back and rode him to the ground. The two then tussled, with Rufus punching the Buckeye in his oversized head while fans booed.
The Post of Athens was the first to report Hanning's intentions.
Bobcats athletics spokesman Jason Corriher released a statement calling the actions "extremely poor judgment and sportsmanship" and saying that the university regrets the negative effect they may have on the relationship between the two schools.
Bobcats coach Frank Solich summed up it nicely: "Obviously we needed to tackle the guy with the ball, not the mascot."
Hanning said he thinks the reaction to the tackle has been "a little blown out of proportion."
"Either everybody loved it or everybody hated it. It's never been anything in the middle," he said.
"I think I planned it pretty well ... and I definitely would have done it again."
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - BirdsOfPrey - 09-21-2010 01:12 PM
I LOVE it when the mascots fight with each other. For some reason it just cracks me up.
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - Peyton - 09-21-2010 01:19 PM
Wish I could see that but can't on this government computer. Sounds hilarious.
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - AtlantaFalconPokerPro - 09-21-2010 01:42 PM
(09-21-2010 01:12 PM)BirdsOfPrey Wrote: I LOVE it when the mascots fight with each other. For some reason it just cracks me up.
What was so funny was that the kid had been planning this for awhile. Oh, and seeing the other mascot running away like a little girl was epic.
(09-21-2010 01:19 PM)Peyton Wrote: Wish I could see that but can't on this government computer. Sounds hilarious.
Check it out when you get home, definitely worth watching.
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - USAF HART - 09-21-2010 01:53 PM
I smell a small claims lawsuit coming on. Probably charges being pressed as well..
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - Jesus - 09-21-2010 02:25 PM
Mascots are sports now?
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - AtlantaFalconPokerPro - 09-21-2010 02:30 PM
(09-21-2010 01:53 PM)USAF HART Wrote: I smell a small claims lawsuit coming on. Probably charges being pressed as well..
Ohio State's mascot could definitely sue. Hopefully they realize it was a joke, and no one got hurt. Well, maybe Ohio States mascots pride got hurt, but not physically.
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - TomBradyMVP12 - 09-21-2010 02:34 PM
Doh! I don't have Adobe Flash Player........Arghhhh.
RE: I found this hilarious, so I had to post it..... - JKH5785 - 09-21-2010 03:20 PM
The Oregon Duck fight from a year or two ago is my all time favorite!
I do remember another funny one when the Clemson Tiger mascot had this huge life size fly swatter and pounded GT's mascot with it.