Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Sad Day

Well, Wednesday was a sad day for all us University of Memphis Tigers fans. Their beloved mascot, Tom II, died Wednesday morning. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer. When my Kiddo saw the headline, he just shook his little head and murmured, "I just can't believe it..." He had his picture taken a few times next to this huge cat.

Tom (which stands for Tigers of Memphis) was the second Bengal tiger mascot, preceded by the original Tom who died in 1992. Tom II was 17 years old, and for those who may think that keeping a live mascot is cruel, fret not. This cat lived better than anyone I know.

Memphis is only one of two Universities who have a live tiger mascot. The other school is some little school in Louisiana. Who can't seem to spell the word "Go" correctly. Kudos to the first person to tell me what in the world I'm talking about. Susie? : )

While we'll miss Tom II, we will wait patiently to see when Tom III will take the stage. Plans are already being made for his (maybe her?) arrival. My Husband works with someone very close to the operations with the Tigers, so maybe he'll get the inside scoop really soon.

7 comments:

Darlene said...

Awww that is sad. It is always sad when a beloved animal passes away.

Shannon said...

Awwww, that is sad.

Kat said...

When I saw this on the news the other evening, I started saying in my Sandra Bullock "While You Were Sleeping" Voice, "Kitty, Kitty, Kitty." I know that really doesn't sound very...oh, I don't know...sad on my part? Anyway, he really, really was a beauty! And would that be that little school in Louisiana be the LSU Tigers? Those sound like fightin' words between you and Susie! ;)

HeathahLee said...

Kat gets the Kudos! Kat gets the kudos!

Sarah Mae said...

That's the one downfall with real mascots. Of course the PSU nittany lion is real...but he'll live forever! :)

Suzanne said...

That is so sad, I find it amazing that they have a tiger for a live mascot, he looked so beautiful. My daughters favourite animal is a tiger.

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

That last picture is the best.

CVS didn't have the advertised things? If they were out of stock, you can get a raincheck for any of the things...make sure that they put on there...free because by the time they get them in, you will want them for free and they can't credit you with the extra bucks? Is that clear as mud? Also, the sales go from Sunday-Saturday, so going at the beginning of the week is always the best before crazies like me show up. :)
Try the other one. We have 2 really nice ones and one kind of yucky one.