Don’t Mess With George Tirebiter

Here is George Tirebiter, being restrained in 1947, from attacking Oski, the Cal mascot at the USC-Cal game in Memorial Stadium.

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  • Michael Guarino

    Question: Why was George restrained?

  • TireBiter

    You cannot restrain me!

  • Peaceful Warrior

    PLEASE, the statue awaits. Hecuba rises in the ashes of the confederacy.

    • Alvarado

      Just as Hillary aka ‘la bruja’ has in the trashcan of the comintern….

  • UCLA Dynasty

    I know the Cal mascot costume looks shabby but I had no idea they’ve been using the same one since the 40s. It must smell horrible.

    • peter

      Patchouli oil maintains its Berkley charm.

    • WESTWOOD UNDEFEATED

      How long before the budget axe swingeth for Oski?

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    You’d have to restrain me too.

  • SCgrad12

    God, country, and the Tirebiter!

  • Robert

    Speaking of mascots, is Traveler truly named after Robert E. Lee’s horse?

    • Old Trojans never die

      Oh goodness no. That was a gray horse. Ours is pure white. How politically incorrect is that?

      • schammer47

        A gray American Saddle bred of 16 hands, known for speed, strength, and courage in combat. A historical American Tea Party Legend.

    • gotroy22

      You are correct, sir:

      Saukko, Rider of Traveler, Dies at 72
      March 06, 1992
      Los angeles Times

      Richard Saukko, who for 28 years rode the familiar white horse Traveler at USC football games, has died in Sepulveda. The cause of death was not immediately known. He was 72.

      Saukko made his first appearance on Traveler I in 1961, wearing a costume worn by Charlton Heston in the movie “Ben-Hur.” That costume proved to be too heavy, though, and Saukko made his own distinctive leather outfit, modeled after the one depicted on the Tommy Trojan statue on USC’s campus.

      Saukko rode at almost 200 football games over 28 years, until his retirement in 1988. He began the custom of riding around the Coliseum track after each Trojan score.

      Saukko’s first horse was half Arabian, half Tennessee walker and was named Traveler I, after the horse of Civil War general Robert E. Lee.

  • David Keeling

    The Tirebiter gave it his all when chasing cars around campus. And he was the 12th man on the sidelines of the games.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Look, Cal actually had fans in the stands that day !

    • NextUp

      Cal was 9-1 that year, the only loss being to SC that day 39-14. SC went on to lose the ’48 Rose Bowl to Michigan, 49-7. Ouch.

  • Brutus Beefcake

    Scotty, remember when UCLA dog-napped George and shaved U-C-L-A into his hind quarters??? then dropped him off at the local police Dept unharmed but in a “doped up stupor”????

    when are you going to wax nostalgic about THAT??

    #GoodTimes

  • Old Trojans never die

    I think that’s tirebiter 2. There were a few as I recall. This picture shows a larger dog than the original.

    • Old Trojans never die

      Nope I’m wrong this the original according the internet.

  • John Grey

    The Commies have gone way overboard now. Calling a horse racist. SMH