What are the best college sports mascot fights ever? We rank the top five (or at least the top five available on YouTube).
5. Ohio’s Rufus vs. Ohio State’s Brutus (2010)
This was a total cheap shot last fall as Rufus sneaked up behind Brutus and tackled him without instigation. “It was actually my whole plan to tackle Brutus when I tried out to be mascot,” said Brandon Hanning afterward. Brutus got the last laugh, as Ohio State pummeled OU, 43-7.
4. JMU’s Duke Dog vs. Coastal Carolina’s Chauncey (2007)
We love this one because it’s like a cartoon. Duke Dog went up and kicked Chauncey in the behind, who turned around and dished out some pain. It’s all fun and games until a mascot gets hurt…
3. MSU Cheerleader vs. Bucky Badger (1999)
Yes, there was only one mascot involved but there’s just too much comedy to pass on this one.
You don’t steal Michigan State’s flag and expect to get away with it. That was the message sent by this MSU cheerleader when he tackled Bucky Badger for stealing Sparty’s flag in 1999. This is great because the hit’s so unexpected it’s almost like “Terry Tate: Office Linebacker.” Maybe if the cheerleader was so tough, he should have tried out for football instead of, you know, cheerleading.
2. St. Joe’s Hawk vs. Rhode Island’s Rhody the Ram (1998)
As we all know, the St. Joe’s Hawk mascot never stops flapping its wings in a symbolic representation that “The hawk will never die.” Well, when Rhody the Ram tried to stop the flapping by putting an inner tube over the hawk’s head, things turned ugly. Even when the hawk’s head was knocked off, he kept flappin’, folks!
1. Oregon’s Puddles vs. Houston’s Shasta (2007)
Probably the most known college mascot fight ever, the Oregon Duck annihilated the Houston Cougar in 2007. The Duck became enraged when the Cougar started doing pushups after Houston scored points. Yes, it’s the Ducks’ trademark move but Shasta has been doing it for decades. Puddles didn’t get the memo and went HAM.
The fight has been viewed over 1.5M times on YouTube and in terms of mascot fights, this is like The Fight of the Century, Ali-Frazier II and the Thrilla in Manila all rolled into one.