If you predicted that Notre Dame would play Texas on a Sunday in prime time and that Texas would use the occasion to roll out the newest iteration of Bevo, their longhorn mascot, come collect your money.
Yesterday, Texas announced that “Bevo XV” would make his debut against the Irish. He is evidently in training right now and the event is apparently the one hundredth year of Bevo-ness. Texas’ television network, the Longhorn Network, “will commemorate the 100th anniversary and welcome Bevo XV with related content.” I am not making that up.
I didn’t know this, and maybe you did, so sorry, but Bevo XIV died in October of last season. Among his many career/life highlights is listed the inauguration of George W. Bush. Bevo XIV was lauded as having been “the most charitable mascot in the country” and for having done “more for his community and university than any other live mascot. Bevo XIV provided more than $300,000 to Neighborhood Longhorns.”
I guess Bevo XIII was a selfish prick or lacked the fundraising hustle of his successor. Who knows. We’re talking about cattle. Maybe. I don’t know what it is, really. I just think it’s hard for a cattle to raise money on his own. I mean, aren’t there tax ramifications? Does he become a booster?
Regardless of the answer to those questions, if you travel to Austin, you might remember that should you chose to give money to a longhorn, you might just be getting a bum steer.