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Shortly after, the crumpled heap that had become Chip was scooped up and placed on the back of a medical cart; he was wheeled off the field, giving a thumbs up to his fans as his two legs dangled off the end of the cart, lifeless, swinging in the wind, likely confused by the sudden empty space where once there had been a mighty buffalo’s calf-maker.

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“Chip” later returned to the sidelines to cheer on the football team during its 45-14 win over New Hampshire.

The real Chip is currently residing at a farm upstate, happily romping around in a field with other ill-fated mascots that, like him, just have the hardest time figuring out high-speed apparel weapons. He’s better off this way, really.