Before Cal and Colorado kick off Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field, Ralphie, the Buffaloes’ real-life mascot, leads the CU team onto the field, tethered (sort of) by several handlers hanging on to long leashes.
“Pretty cool tradition. That’s one of the cool things about college football,” Cal coach Sonny Sykes said after practice Wednesday. “I’m just going to make sure I’m a long way away.”
Ralphie V is the program’s current active mascot. Born in October 2006 and donated to CU by Ted Turner, Ralphie V took over game day duties in 2008.
Asked about having a live bear on the sidelines at Memorial Stadium, Dykes said, “I’ve been trying to get that done. I haven’t gotten much traction.”
Cal used a live bear as a sideline mascot until 1941, when “Oski” took over the assignment.
Dykes said linebacker Khairi Fortt, who missed the USC game with a biceps injury, remains uncertain for Saturday’s game.
“Waiting to see.,” Dykes said. “He’s pretty sore today. We’ll see what he can do tomorrow.”
Dykes was more optimistic about the prospects of receiver Richard Rodgers (thumb) and running backs Daniel Lasco (shoulder) and Darren Ervin (shoulder), listing them all as probable to face Colorado.