Live Animal Mascots Gone Wild: The College Bowl Season Edition
However, based on the behavior of Texas mascot Bevo XV, we shouldn't have been terribly surprised.
In any other context, that would be considered attempted murder, but this is college football, goddammit.
This whole thing seemed ill-adivised, from the makeshift enclosure that housed the 1600lb beast to the idea of putting the two animals together in the first place.
Perhaps the organizers of this fiasco were lulled into complacency by this adorable photo taken earlier in the week:
Either the two proud mascots had some sorta falling out, or Bevo was simply using the 5-year old English Bulldog to manipulate the media and motivate the Longhorns on the field.
Whatever the case, shit got really dark in the Superdome.
Also not helping matters were the demented Texas fans taking the Hook 'em Horns mantra a bit too literally:
BEVO GOES AFTER UGA: Viewer Shelly Krass captured the moment the Longhorns mascot got out of its pen and went toward Georgia's mascot 😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/M8K2EA7lml— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) January 2, 2019
Fortunately, Uga remains spry for his age.
Hopefully, everyone learned a valuable lesson here today.
Never forget the sedatives.