Friday, September 17, 2021

Ralphie VI’s CU Buffs debut “Perfect… She is the best buffalo in the world”

Boulder-Ralphi VI hesitated before her historic first run at Folsom Field in CU.

Obviously, the iconic Buffs mascot must first handle the business before it can handle her pre-match business.

“She was in the bathroom for a second,” Ralfie project manager Taylor Stratton recalled with a smile in the first quarter of the season opener against the University of North Carolina Bears on Friday night.

“She is preparing for her important moment, and she wants to do it in the trailer.”

From there, the star of the show did not disappoint.

Once she started acting, Ralphy, 500 pounds, 16 months old, successfully completed her first short trip near Folsom. This is Ralphie’s first run in Boulder since Buffs hosted Arizona on October 5, 2019.

The predecessor of the CU mascot, King Ralphi V, retired in November 2019. He made a farewell and non-running appearance in Folsom during the final against Washington at Buffs’ home court.

“This is history,” CU Sports Director Rick George said as he approached the new Ralphie trailer half an hour before kickoff, applauding the coaching team surrounding CU’s beloved mascot. “Let’s go! It will definitely shine!”

King Ralphi VI was born on May 27, 2020 in a ranch in western Nebraska. She is also an orphan, According to the news released by the CU Sports Department, It stated that she was “partly raised by a beef cow.”

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The new mascot listed by the university weighs 500 pounds, which is much lower than Ralphie V’s waist circumference of 1,300 pounds when he retired.

“I think she will (in Folsom) from time to time,” Stratton’s mother Cindi Allmendinger said of Ralphie V. “She likes this kind of attention. Sometimes when Tyler is working with the little guy, I will go over and catch (Ralphi V) back.”

Stratton stated that King Ralfie VI will be the “race time decision” for running at Empower Field in Mile High next week, when Buffs will play the second game of the season with Texas A&M, ranked sixth.

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But if week 1 is any harbinger, CU’s latest mascot is ready for a bigger stage.

“(She) is perfect,” Stratton gushed. “She is the best buffalo in the world.”

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Ralphie VI's CU Buffs debut "Perfect... She is the best buffalo in the world"
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