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Battle Royale! Brutus VS. Rufus — A Look Back on an Outrageous Mascot Fight

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It’s time to take a trip to the past—a faraway time when Harambe the Gorilla was still alive, Donald Trump was a reality TV star and Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Yes, we’re going all the way back to 2010, a nightmarish time before instagram ever existed.

Why then, and for what possible reason would I ask you to put yourself in the mindset of six years ago? Because something incredible happened. Something truly spectacular and for a brief moment in time, we as human beings were connected to each other in something bigger, something more meaningful —we had purpose.

What happened? Brutus Buckeye was viciously attacked by a bobcat. Not any ol’ bobcat either, his name was Rufus Bobcat and he came from OU.

The brawl-for-all happened as Brutus and another Cheerleader ran flag, leading the team out onto the field. This is a relatively normal event that takes place during all home games. To witness Brutus lead the Buckeyes out onto the field is a legit joy, and is part of the ritual of going to a game. Brutus represents us and like a shining light he guides our team to their battlefield.

Only now for this strange moment in time their battlefield was his as well. In an instant, a challenger appeared from the team, as if he emerged from the shadows. He begins sprinting at Brutus. Brutus, with a warrior’s spirit understands what’s about to happen, that this madman is going to go for a tackle. Instinctively, he lowers his shoulders and sends Rufus Bobcat hurtling towards the ground. Rufus loses his head in the aftermath, a shameful affair for any mascot.

Rufus recovers though, not letting the fact that he just made a giant ass out of himself deter his rage. Brutus, thinking this ordeal has finished, that the better man has come out ahead, moves towards the in-zone in an attempt to rally the crowd and the team.

BOOM! Rufus lands right on Brutus’s back. In a 2010 reddit account of the situation, the masked individual playing Brutus at the time had this to say, “all of a sudden I feel someone jump on my back…it was the bobcat.”

The goddamn bobcat was at it again, and this time he was hungry for blood. Buckeye Blood. In a last ditch effort to throw off this would-be assaulter, Brutus falls square on his back, forcing Rufus Bobcat to take the impact. Ouch! The shots keep coming until Rufus goes for a last minute, Hail Mary nutshot.  That’s a foul!

The security intervenes at this point, separating the two blood lusted warriors, leading Rufus Bobcat off the field and nearly out of the game.

“A lot of people asked why I didn’t wail on him and my response is that not only did I not want that to be my last game (Big 10 has very strict rules in regards to mascot fights) but I didn’t want the bobcat and OU to make headlines off of Brutus’s name and fame.”

Finally, Brutus got his revenge as the game played on, “After the first two OSU touchdowns, I decided to exact my revenge with a little more class by waving the flag directly in his face and repeatedly pointing to the scoreboard. And that’s all I have to say about that.”

While we may never know what transpired on the field that day, Brutus vs. Rufus has gone down in the annals of history as one of the truly great mascot fights of our time. You can watch various angles of it on Youtube, but sometimes the written word is the only thing that can immortalize such monumental events.


Written by Matthew Erman, Originally in 1870 Magazine
Illustration by Lisa Sterle

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Ohio animator creates tribute, parody video of DeWine & Acton

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About three weeks ago, when the world was starting to fall apart, Dave Stofka was looking for something to take his mind off the stream of daily bad news. A freelance web developer and animator since 2007, Stofka had just the idea.

"I watched Governor DeWine and Dr. Acton's press conferences, and all the Facebook comments I was reading conveyed a sense of great appreciation of their leadership. At some point I jokingly thought to myself that all they need is a theme song. Growing up in the days when every show had a theme song, the "Laverne & Shirley" theme popped into my head for some reason, said Stofka.

With some encouragement from his wife, he dug into the project putting to work his previous experience making animated parodies. Stofka says he put about 100 hours over 2.5 weeks into the video project.

"I knew technically how to pull it off. The jokes started flowing the more I worked on it and bounced ideas off my family and a couple friends. It snowballed from there," said Stofka.

The 1:20 video offers a light-hearted take on the state government's efforts - led by DeWine and Acton - in combating the coronavirus pandemic. The video is based on a hilarious take on the "Laverne & Shirley" theme song, performed by Stofka's friend, Elisa Grecar.

"My goal in this was to bring smiles to people's faces. It's so easy to focus on the negative and difficult to focus on the positive -- not just in times like this but in life in general. I love that Ohio's motto is "With God, all things are possible" -- it made a perfect tagline at the end -- and personally it has given me a lot of hope to get through this," added Stofka.

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CCAD Spring Art Fair goes virtual

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The COVID-19 outbreak has all but canceled every event slated for April, but that isn't stopping the Columbus College of Art and Design from finding ways to safely move forward. Though there won't be an in-person Spring Art Fair this year, folks can still support these students and their artwork through the first ever virtual installment of the showcase.

Spanning April 10 to April 12, the CCAD Spring Art Fair will have its students projects, designs, and creations available for purchase online. The day kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m. and ends Sunday at midnight. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the artists, makers, and designers.

CCAD is also running a giveaway for anyone who makes a purchase during the Art Fair. If a visitor spends $50 or more and posts their receipt (without their personal information visible) to Instagram with the hashtag #CCADArtFair, they will be entered in to win a $50 gift certificate to CCAD’s Continuing & Professional Studies classes. Three winners will be selected randomly on April 13.

To find out more about the Art Fair, visit ccad.edu/experience-art/art-fair.

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Now Streaming: Columbus entertainers find virtual ways to perform

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As Columbus entertainers prepared for warm weather and folks returning to the bars, COVID-19 came in and put it to a halt. The bars being closed indefinitely not only impacts owners, servers, and bartenders, it impacts the performers who rely on these places as a platform to showcase their talents. When folks can't come support local entertainers, what can they do?

What if they bring their talents to them? That's what many Columbus entertainers are doing during social distancing. While "work from home" wasn't much an option before this, comedians such as Amber Falter and Ian Miller are taking to Instagram Live and other streaming platforms to perform.

The first virtual show the two did was with Alexis Nelson of BarkBox, and admittedly, they were a little nervous about not having an audience for feedback.

"I was actually scared to start," Miller said. "Jokes don’t have what I call 'standalone timing.' You need a give and take with the audience, you build it into your jokes. The thought of telling jokes without immediate feedback was terrifying."

The two said the show went great and it didn't take long for both of them to enjoy streaming their comedy. Falter quickly did another virtual show, A Hamantha and Brisket Comedy Hours, with Samantha Sizemore and Bridjet Mendy themed around dating stories via Zoom. Miller, on the other hand, started a weekly story telling show on his Twitch channel Glass Cannon Comedy.

Falter, co-host of ACLU Stand-Up For Choice, says there's even been some silver linings to streaming her comedy.

"I was joking with one of my friends that is always like, 'Hey, I'm going to make it to the show! Can't wait to see you at the show!' and then they never make it out," Falter laughed. "Now you have no excuse, honey!"

As for the future ACLU Stand-Up For Choice comedy events, Falter said she and others involved, such as co-host Pat Deering, are figuring out how to do so through streaming.

Miller said he has seen many of his shows canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. He had six shows slated across 13 days, all of which have been canceled. Additionally, his monthly story telling show as well as Glass Cannon's quarterly-themed shows are suspended.

"It’s been rough. There may not have been of ton of Columbus comics “paying the bills” with comedy, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t felt the impact," Miller said "Times are tough, and it’s really hard to have a side hustle of any kind when you know leaving your house could put yourself and other in danger."

And that's why he believes it's so important to support entertainers in anyway you can. Whether that be through a share or follow on social media, every little bit helps grow their platform.

Falter echoed this sentiment, too.

"I want this to become a source of income and I've been extremely, extremely grateful for the people that have even sent like $2," she said. "Or not even that, if they just followed me on Instagram or told me I had a good set. [By just] saying, "Hey that was really fun, thanks so much," that alone is making me super emotional."

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