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TV cart breaks leg of Miss. St. mascot

Mississippi State Mascot AP

(Yes, it’s a slow news day thus far.  Bear with us.)

The Egg Bowl proved costly for a non-playing member of the Mississippi State football program.

By way of SBNation.com, it’s being reported that MSU’s “Bully” mascot suffered a compound fracture during the fourth quarter of the Bulldogs’ overtime win over archrival Ole Miss.  The cause of the injury?  One of ESPN’s camera carts.

The mascot, who by day is a MSU student, underwent surgery last night to repair the damage after being taken off the sidelines on a stretcher.

On Twitter, MSU athletic director Scott Stricklin offered his thoughts on the young lady involved in the accident:

You may now resume your regularly-scheduled consumption of leftovers, already in progress…

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9 Responses to “TV cart breaks leg of Miss. St. mascot”
  1. be4bama says: Nov 29, 2013 11:59 AM

    Dog gone it!!

  2. bigdinla says: Nov 29, 2013 12:28 PM

    Even when they win they find a way to be a joke! #FailState!

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 29, 2013 1:39 PM

    I wonder about the details. That could be bad for espn

  4. Deb says: Nov 29, 2013 2:39 PM

    I wonder about the details, too, sportsguy. What did ESPN do to the girl?? How do you maul a mascot with a camera cart?

  5. vincentbojackson says: Nov 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    I worked for ESPN as part of the sideline crew for several years. Near misses with carts are common. We typically had a person that’s sole job was to clear a path for the cart. They were told to physically move cheerleaders, mascots and sideline personnel if necessary.

    In my opinion there are far too many people on sidelines than need to be there. Put the mascots and cheerleaders behind the end zones or in the corners where they’re safer.

    Thoughts and prayers for this young lady. Mascots typically walk with a handler due to their limited visibility in the costume. A handler could have helped protect her in this situation.

  6. be4bama says: Nov 29, 2013 5:14 PM

    Are you the real BO Jackson, Vincent?

  7. florida727 says: Nov 29, 2013 5:42 PM

    Okay, so I know I’m a twisted individual; I can live with that; but I thought the first post saying “dog gone it” was pretty darn funny. Of course sympathies to the young lady, hope she heals quickly and fully with no lasting repercussions. I’ve also working in television quite a bit and I can tell you firsthand, the equipment used is highly sophisticated, but it’s also highly dangerous. A lot of those things are big, bulky and not “mobile-friendly” unfortunately. Combine that with mascot costumes that are hard to see out of, let alone navigate around in, and it surprises me some that more of them don’t get hurt, especially when one of them tackles another one of them. They really weren’t designed for that. Anyway, best of luck healing Michaela Mills.

  8. be4bama says: Nov 29, 2013 5:47 PM

    Guess I’m twisted too 727. I meant no harm…it was just the first thing that popped into my head.

  9. cometkazie says: Nov 29, 2013 6:38 PM

    All the best for a speedy recovery, Michaela.

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