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March 20, 2006

A sports legend passes: Only 60 in Doggie years Smoky the VIII lived a glorious, yet tragically short life.

posted by everett to football at 03:42 PM - 12 comments

As an animal lover and Dog keeper (Bo-Chocolate Lab) it's sad to hear that Smokey VIII past. What a trooper!

posted by livedawhile at 04:04 PM on March 20

sorry to hear about smokey VIII has passed. If somthing were to happen to my Jerry (lab-mix) i don't know what i'd do. our prayer are with you. kathy&Jerry.

posted by kathy ramos at 06:33 PM on March 20

sorry to hear about smokey VIII has passed. If somthing were to happen to my Jerry (lab-mix) i don't know what i'd do. our prayer are with you. kathy&Jerry.

posted by kathy ramos at 06:34 PM on March 20

As a life long dog owner (currently two Shi-tzu's named Harry and Sally) it's always sad to see a good dog go. IMHO most dogs are better then most people.

posted by commander cody at 12:51 AM on March 21

I really did not expect any legit responses to this thread... go figure.

posted by everett at 01:47 AM on March 21

Sorry to hear about Smoky the 8th. I have a dog and know what it means for anyone to lose one. But I have to raise a question here and I raise this in no offense intended. I ask this in true sincerity. Why does the University of Tennessee have a dog mascot? They are the Volunteers/ the Vols/ the Lady Vols et al. I know that Georgia has a live bulldog roaming the sidelines but that's probably because they are known officially as the Bulldogs in NCAA sports, Texas has the Bevo the Bull, Colorado has some buffalo but nary a wolverine has ever been present on the Michigan 50 yard line. Is this a cultural thing popular in the SEC, the South, Texas? I am not stereotyping as I recognize FSU has the native american and Miami has some sort of toucan Sam "hurricane" pelican bird gawking away. Please advise. And while were at it: what is the Philly Phanatic? Thanks in advance.

posted by 1651 Naismith at 09:37 AM on March 21

If I'm not mistaken, the Philly Phanatic is a play on the spelling for a fanatic Phillies fan. The name "Phillies" is a take-off on the city of Philadelphia's nickname, Philly. Now why the Philly Phanatic is costumed as a big chicken is another issue...

posted by yzelda4045 at 11:15 AM on March 21

I really did not expect any legit responses to this thread... go figure. As I see it we Americans may bash pro players, college players, coaches, chearleaders, ice skaters, even our relatives. But dont mess with our PETS.

posted by Folkways at 11:29 AM on March 21

Now why the Philly Phanatic is costumed as a big chicken is another issue... Remind me to never eat chicken at your house.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 11:49 AM on March 21

so somkey passed away, ok , fine, dont get me wrong im a dog owner myself (cocker spanial, bulldog, and greyhound) but seriously mascots are usually treated better than some of the athletes. it not llike he had a hard life

posted by canes09 at 01:32 PM on March 21

Remind me to never eat chicken at your house Bring the Phanatic over, I'll show you how to smoke him. I've got just the right beer to shove up his... ps. This story is a cover up. He was eaten by a Gator.

posted by tselson at 01:36 PM on March 21

to 1651 maismith: the toucan sam you refered to at miami is actually called an "ibis". its a local seabird that original inhabitants to the area would always watch for. if the birds disappeared and went inland then the locals knew a hurricane was immanent.

posted by canes09 at 01:36 PM on March 21

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