January 29, 2009
There are weird mascot antics, and then there's this. During Rice's game vs. Tulane Wednesday night, Rice mascot Sammy the Owl was camped out on the baseline. Apparently, referee Curtis Shaw asked him to move, and, to paraphrase the Joker, Sammy didn't like that. Not ... one ... bit.
So Sammy did what any self-respecting mascot would do. (No, he didn't grab a t-shirt cannon and go to town.) He used his giant foam head to bump the referee. You can view it about the 1:40 mark. It almost looks like a head butt, except the head doesn't move quite fast enough -- it just sort of rubs up against Shaw. A prompt ejection soon followed. Farewell, Sammy. Your passion for your team is unrivaled. You're also sort of an embarrassment. I guess you take the good with the bad.