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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

VIDEO: Fan Slapped By Mascot, Proceeds To Bleed Profusely

(By Brad Cohen, SportsGrid) - There’s nothing fun about getting punched in the face. But when a giant-headed, white-haired old man gives you a right hook to the nose, it has to be especially demoralizing. The unlucky fan who received a beating (jokingly or not) at the hands of the Vanderbilt mascot, “Mr. C,” knows all about it.

Though there’s nothing new about mascot fights, they usually occur between a couple of people wearing animal costumes. It’s a rare that one of these giant-headed creatures goes after an actual…human, but that’s what happened last night when Mr. C landed a vicious hit on a home fan. It appears this was simply a case of an over-excited mascot trying to rev up the crowd with a mock fight, but the Commodores mascot pummeled the fan hard enough to start a gushing nose bleed before the fan used newspaper to stop the mess.

Apparently Mr. C has some serious guns under that muscle suit. The mascot did seem remorseful as he tried to help the fan clean up the damage, but that wry grin on his face never changed.

To add insult to injury, the fan stuck around to watch Tennessee rally back from a double-digit deficit to pull off a 60-51 upset over No. 18 Vanderbilt. Talk about a rough night.


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