If you missed one of the most interesting aspects of the 2019 New Year’s Day Sugar Bowl game, here’s the story. Apparently, someone thought it would be a good idea to do a photo shoot with the team’s mascots. The 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs squared off against the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns. The schools own two of the most iconic mascots in college sports.
The University of Texas mascot Bevo is a longhorn steer. First introduced in 1916 he is one of the most recognized college sports mascots. Technically its Bevo XV as the title is passed down from each previous holder of the honorable moniker. While appearing at Texas football games is Bevo’s primary responsibility. He has represented the university at graduations, Presidential Inaugurations, parades, and other high-profile events.
Georgia Bulldog’ mascot Uga can’t match Bevo’s tenure. First appearing in 1956 there have been 10 English Bulldogs to hold the name. He is a little easier to dress, wearing a black varsity letter G on his traditional red sweater. The ever present spike collar completes the classic look.
Sugar Bowl Brawl
There are no definitive reports as to who started the melee between Bevo and Uga. But, it quickly got out of hand.
Fortunately no one was seriously injured and Bevo’s handlers restored order to the scene.
Needless to say, social media memes contain numerous references to the incident. Most quite comical.
Clearly the Texas football team received some inspiration from Bevo. They defeated Georgia 28-21.
Mascot battles, maybe there’s something to it. Think of all the wild match-ups that would be very entertaining to watch.