It's not just the stars on the college basketball or football team that are competitive this time of year; the mascots can get their game on too.
It's not just the stars on the college basketball or football team that are competitive this time of year; the mascots can get their game on too. On December 13 and 14, they came from all over the country to the first annual Steamboat Mascot Stampede to prove just that.
Hook 'Em from University of Texas, BYU's Cosmo, and Xavier University's Blue Blob, went head to head with 13 other mascots including our local hero, Cam the ram from CSU. The Stampede began with a lively parade and only after entertaining and dancing with the crowd for a while, did they engage in their first event, the Mascot Wrangler Tube Slide Race.
After a night of rest and a morning of mascot classes, the competition continued with a T-shirt Gun Slinging. For this section, mascots and their handlers shot rolled up t-shirts from a high powered T- shirt gun into baskets to gain points in hopes of becoming the first Mascot Stampede Champion.
They continued with the Rainbow Balloon Blast and the later held Mascot Snow bowling. The best part of the bowling was who the bowling balls were. Instead of giant snow balls, it was the mascots themselves being hurtled downhill toward six giant bowling pins. The final activity was mascots being divided into teams of eight for the Mascot Team Tug-O War.
The finale was the crowning of BYU's Cosmo as the very first Mascot Stampede Champion, with second place going to University of Wyoming's Pistol Pete. Even though they declared a champion, the event was more about entertaining the crowds and having fun. Kids of all ages in Steamboat smiled wide, delighted with this new event. Our local, Cam the Ram made sure to make the point that the event was about friendly rivalry and the team bonding that went on there.
So let's just hope that there's a second annual Steamboat Mascot Stampede!