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Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 25, 2006 09:59AM
For the second time this year the infamous tree has been canned. This time for "not following proper decorum", first for being drunk.

[www.mercurynews.com]

I think it is subscription so here is article:

Free to be Stanford's tree
Rules for a mighty redwood? No way, fired mascots say
By Lisa M. Krieger
Mercury News

Athletic officials have strict rules about what is appropriate tackling, tripping, pounding and pushing on the field or court.

They also have standards of decorum for Trees.

That may shock longtime watchers of Stanford's unofficial mascot, which is pretty much rowdiness dressed up in a homemade redwood suit. But it's why the Trees keep getting axed.

Stanford suspended its second Tree since February this week and, because there is no emergency backup tree, will be Treeless when its women's basketball team plays the University of Oklahoma today in San Antonio.

``The Tree did not follow proper protocol. And this includes common sense and common courtesy,'' said Stanford assistant athletic director Gary Migdol. ``There needs to be respect for the game.''

Tommy Leep, the most recent Tree to be cut, sees it differently. ``I broke the `No Fun Allowed' Rule,'' said the 21-year-old economics major from Menlo Park, who was suspended after the women's second-round victory in Denver, amid complaints he failed to play ball with security.

Officials said Leep was doing his Tree thing in all the wrong places; he said they failed to appreciate his dance moves. (Leep doesn't lack in confidence: When asked during a phone interview if being a Tree helps him get dates, he said, ``Well, you haven't met me, but let me say this: I don't need help getting dates.'')

In any event, it turns out there are strict NCAA and campus rules about what is an acceptable way to stir fans while wearing a 70-pound costume made of Styrofoam and wood. For instance, Trees may not do their famous booty dance on the visiting team's side of the field. They may not taunt opponents or use dirty words. They're confined to certain places at certain times.

Drinking? While some would argue it's a longstanding Tree tradition, it is now totally off-limits, because of the Band's zero-tolerance policy. (Erin Lashnits, who preceded Leep as Tree, was booted after being drunk at a game.) And while the Tree has been known to brawl with Oski the Cal Bear, physical contact between mascots -- and cheerleaders, for that matter -- is verboten.

It is simply the latest adversity to strike Stanford's Trees.

The job, which requires 10 days of outlandish tryouts, has other drawbacks.

Lashnits is recovering from shin splints. Other Trees have suffered heat stroke and fatigue.

But the role grows on you, Lashnits said. ``The Tree is adored, feared, loathed, banned, canonized, recognized and idolized by everyone,'' she said.

``The Tree is more of an anti-mascot than a mascot in the traditional sense,'' she said.

``It is a symbol of the unique, creative vibe of Stanford -- and that, by definition, should not be at odds with the university's `protocol.'


You gotta pinkslip a drunken tree or one that does not "follow protocol."
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: davester
Date: March 25, 2006 10:01AM
Go Bears!



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 25, 2006 10:19AM
Oski the Cal Bear as described in the story got booted from a game along with Tree in a basketball game. Mascot Wars!
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: steve_
Date: March 25, 2006 10:44AM
LOL, great story to go with my Saturday morning coffee.


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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 25, 2006 10:53AM
steve, great story to go with your Sat. Morn. Bloody Mary! What do you think the ex-Trees are drinking? Coffee? I think not.
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: Silencio
Date: March 25, 2006 03:34PM
More importantly, the Stanford women smoked the Sooners today.
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: spearmint
Date: March 25, 2006 04:36PM
If I were an high school athlete stud I would pick Stanford. Fantastic academically and maybe the most beautiful campus in the wonderful climate of the Peninsula. The coeds alone would be an incentive. Same for the women except those rich guys are pretty neat.




Da Good Life
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: Silencio
Date: March 25, 2006 08:05PM
The high school athlete stud would also have to be a stud in the classroom. Stanford admissions does not cut athletes much slack at all. Some pretty good athletes have wanted to go to Stanford, but didn't have the grades or test scores to get through the door: Reggie Bush is probably the highest-profile example.

I'd think an athlete strictly interested in the coeds would pick U$C every time.
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: Chris Y
Date: March 25, 2006 10:54PM
I was at the game in 1995 where the Bear and the Tree were wrestling. A good game and the good guys won.
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Re: Stanford Tree mascot Fired!
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: March 26, 2006 09:02AM
He probably took the bear's threat to wedge him over, delimb him and grind down his stump too seriously.
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