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The Crowd at Pitt: More Gorillas?


The Oakland Zoo.


I'm going to do a book of photo essays on people in gorilla suits at sporting events. Really.

Anyhow, Georgetown fans brought the Pikachu, the Zoot Suit Army, the Fred From Scooby and so on, but Pitt fans are known for their gorillas. And now they want more:

I'm really proud of our student who dresses in a gorilla suit BUT we need even more to be featured before the tip and during game. I would love to see the following in the zoo.

-Planet of the Ape masks. Male and Female
-Wigs that resemble Wendys commercials with pigtails pointing outwards. Blonde is always funny but Red may catch the attention of cameras.
-Chewbaka [sic] suit or just the head if cost is an issue
-Green Alien Head with huge bulging eyes.
-Conehead
-Flesh Tone Unitards !

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes, please, and I'd especially enjoy a cost-conscious Chewie head atop a flesh-toned unitard alien body.

And while we're on the subject of costumes, take a look at this fascinating mascot story from Colorado:

An official at the University of Colorado apologized Saturday for an "insensitive, unfortunate and thoughtless" display from a CU mascot during a promotional appearance Friday.

The incident happened when Chip, CU's costumed buffalo mascot, showed up Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver for a "kid's night" Nuggets basketball game dressed in "gangster-themed" attire.

The fuzzy, cartoon-like buffalo replaced his trademark CU clothing with a white T-shirt and baggy pants, a do-rag and fake gold teeth. The costume also had a graphic of a teardrop tattoo below one eye.

Luckily, Chip has a chance to make amends this weekend, when the Nuggets will hold their Beach Party themed night. I'm guessing Chip uses this occasion to tastefully pay homage to the Mariel Boatlift.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 14, 2008; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball  
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