End of the Line For CU Mascot Ralphie
Nobody has died, but this still seems sad.
The Colorado University mascot, Ralphie, has made his final run with the Buffs.
No, Ralphie isn't dead, but has retired and will not be running in the last two home games for the Buffs.
Every home game since 2008, the Colorado Buffaloes football team has been led on to the field by Ralphie. According to CU, Ralphie is in "great health", but has been so excited to run she has actually been running too fast, which created some safety concerns. In addition, Ralphie has not been consistently responding to cues from handlers, and because of her temperament was not allowed to lead the team for the Buff's last two home games.
So, while Ralphie will not lead the Buffs on to the field for their last two home games, she is still scheduled to be in attendance. After that, Ralphie will continue to live on her ranch and will still make some public appearances until a replacement mascot is ready for the 2020 season.
The next CU mascot will also be named Ralphie, as has been the case since the Ralphie program began back in 1967. It is possible fans wouldn't know the difference between Ralphie V or the next mascot, which will be Ralphie VI, but, still, it feels a little sad to say goodbye to Ralphie V.