A beloved Ralphie tradition could return to Boulder this season
Ralphie the Buffalo's first run of the season broke with one major tradition for the Colorado Buffaloes: The live mascot didn't lead the football team onto Folsom Field.
- She still ran out, but the team wasn't following in her footsteps.
State of play: The reason for the change was simply due to scheduling, University of Colorado spokesperson Steve Hurlbert tells us, and not a specific decision not to have players run behind her.
- During the Buffs' game against Colorado State, Lil Wayne led the charge instead of Ralphie, Hurlbert says.
The intrigue: He says it's possible Ralphie will lead the team onto the field for the remaining two home games, and during games next season.
Between the lines: Her runs this year have been shorter than usual. Her handlers often guided her nearly the length of the entire football field.
- Hurlbert said that's partly due to Ralphie — who's only 3 1/2 years old but at 850 pounds "wants to do what she wants to do" — though her handlers are working to get her to run longer distances.
What's next: Ralphie will be at Folsom Field as the Buffs play Oregon State Saturday at 8pm.
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