For decades, Ralphie has been a beloved member of the University of Colorado athletics community. I guess it took the rest of the country a little longer to appreciate her value.
Last week, the Senate adopted Resolution 300 and declared that this Saturday, Nov. 7, be marked as National Bison Day.
The Senate, in its unanimous decision, listed several criteria for declaring the holiday. Because bison have been depicted on the Department of the Interior’s official seal since 1912, they became a national symbol.
Thanks to the efforts of the Vote Bison movement, whose mission is to provide the country with the “perfect nominee for the coveted position of national mammal,” the Senate recognized the economic, historical, and cultural importance of the large animal. One of the Senate’s main selling points is based on the facts that several universities frame their athletic programs around their buffalo/bison mascots.
This Saturday, the Buffs football team is set to face Stanford at 11 a.m. and, as always, Ralphie will stampede the field to show the world her gloriousness as she leads the team to the field. Through her, the team draws on the crowd energy she creates when she circles the 20-yard line. And everybody knows a Buffalo can trample a tree any day.