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MASCOT Q&A WITH EIGHT BALL THE TIGER

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NCAA Football: South Carolina at Clemson Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

WELCOME FRIENDS. We have a special guest this week. It’s not often that we get to interview a mascot, but this week’s an exception. Welcome to the site EIGHT BALL THE TIGER!

{You can familiarize yourself with the lore of 8Ball The Tiger here. Eight Ball is not actually the person inside the tiger suit, and is not officially affiliated with Clemson University. Probably. Mr. Ball could be considered one of the four or five “parody” accounts in the universe worth following. Unless he’s real.}

Good Bull Hunting: How did you become 8Ball? Is there an origin story?

8BALL: HEY HEY MY POPS HIGHBALL THE TIGER JUST RAISED ME RIGHT I SUPPOSE

How long have you been inside the tiger costume, and do you have plans to emerge anytime soon?

HEY HEY WHAT COSTUME

Who or what inspires you, as a mascot?

HEY HEY THE SPURS COYOTE IS AN INSPIRING FIGURE BECAUSE HE WENT PRO BUT I JUST LOVE THE COLLEGE GAME TOO MUCH

Walk us through a typical game day for 8Ball: how do you prepare? What are some of your rituals or superstitions?

HEY HEY NO REAL RITUALS OTHER THAN DOING WHAT IT TAKES TO GET HYPED UP BUT I DO HAVE A SUPERSTITION WHERE I HAVE TO ASK EVERY PERSON I DON’T KNOW IF THEY’RE A COP ‘CAUSE THEY GOTTA TELL ME IF THEY ARE

Is it true that Dabo had to file a restraining order, or were those just rumors?

HEY HEY PURE FICTION WE KEPT EVERYTHING OUT OF THE COURTS SYSTEM

How much sleep do you average per week?

HEY HEY I’VE SCHEDULED A QUICK NAP FOR MID APRIL

Who is your favorite collegiate mascot (besides yourself)?

HEY HEY I GOTTA GO WITH DARTMOUTH’S UNOFFICIAL MASCOT KEGGY BUT IF WE’RE LIMITED TO OFFICIAL MASCOTS I GUESS SAMMY THE SLUG THE MASCOT FOR UC SANTA CRUZ

What do you think of Texas A&M’s mascot Reveille?

HEY HEY SHE’S GREAT LOVE ME SOME REVEILLE ESPECIALLY WHEN SHE BARKS IN CLASS

How do you think Saturday’s game shakes out?

HEY HEY I THINK THAT IT WILL BE A TIGHT AFFAIR AND OUR DEFENSE WILL GIVE UP MORE THAN I’D LIKE BUT IN THE END WE PULL IT OUT 77-14.

-8B

Thank you, Mr. Ball. Be sure to follow Eight Ball the Tiger for the latest updates.