In the realm of misbehaving mascots, there is one that rises to the top of the heap year in and year out. That is the Tree, the mascot of Stanford University. The coniferous creation shows up in Facebook photos frequently passed out at frat parties or participating in hijinks of dubious legality.
When it comes to on-the-field roughhousing, I think the top contender may now be the Oregon Duck. This guy seems to have an attitude problem that can only come from spending hours a day in a hot sweaty uniform that would strike fear into any self-preserving minnow. The “mighty” Duck was suspended after their game against Houston for picking a fight with the Cougar mascot. After the Cougar supposedly mocked one of the Duck’s trademark moves, our fine-feathered friend flew in for an attack that in nature would be woefully one-sided. However, in the world of bobbly-head mascots, it may have been more even.
This is at least the second time I can remember the Duck being in hot water. During the NCAA tournament in Nashville several years ago, he got into a fistfight with Utah’s Ute mascot (some sort of bird on stilts I believe) that ended with a mascot head rolling across the basketball court. The pair apparently received some strong words in the locker room, because they came back out and hugged at mid-court after halftime. At least that time had a happy ending!
If this sort of activity keeps up for the next few years, perhaps schools will come to be afraid of Oregon, or at least hide their mascots until the team leaves town.