Football: Dykes to keep distance from Ralphie

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.

Jeff Faraudo

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    Some CSU East Bay fans wish that Ralph would run over the entire sideline, players included, but it would be more fitting if it dropped a big load.

  • Joey

    USC basketball is looking sweet this year.

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    What’s basketball?

  • Easy Ed

    “The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.” –Victor Hugo

  • Bobsac

    Glad to have MoreNCs back. That number 1 post above was pretty good. Nice to have a bit of humor near the end of the a truly horrible Cal football season. A picture is worth a thousand words & a big load from Ralphie really would say it all Saturday.

  • BlueNGold

    Too bad Dykes is not getting much traction on the live bear on the sidelines idea. He could suit it up and slip it into the game on defense for a few plays here and there.

  • BlueNGold


    11+ years of stalking Cal football fans and still going strong. Daddy must be so proud…

  • MoreNCsarecoming

    BlueNGold – 11+ years of stalking me and still going strong without one single substantive football post.

  • BlueNGold

    moron you would be hilarious if not so woefully pathetic. Its not me who follows Cal fans around every sports blog it manages to infiltrate. Its not me who came back to this blog after being MIA from the end of the 2012 season- I was here all along. And I was posting about football and other sports. Unlike you, moron, who posts nothing but childish insults and trash talk about a program you could never qualify for. Says a lot about your honesty and intellectual capacity, doesn’t it moron? Learn to read and comprehend before you criticize what I post here, idiot.