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    Raider Red Rides again

    The Masked Rider is the oldest of Texas Tech's mascots still in existence today. Originally called "Ghost Rider," it was an unofficial mascot starting around 1936 when an unknown student (or students) would circle the field on horseback at home football games, riding into the stadium and away. The Masked Rider became the official mascot with 1954's Gator Bowl and has led the team onto the field at nearly every football game since. The Masked Rider was the nation's first horse ridden mascot used in football games. The Florida State Seminoles and the USC Trojans are the most notable schools that use such a mascot today.
    Tech's other current mascot, Raider Red, is more recent. Around the time of the 1971 football season, the Southwest Conference created a rule that forbade the bringing of live animal mascots to away games unless the host school permitted it. Since the Masked Rider's horse would fall under this rule an alternate mascot was created. Jim Gaspard, a member of the Saddle Tramps student spirit organization, created the original design for the Raider Red costume, basing it on a character created by Lubbock cartoonist and former mayor Dirk West. Though the Masked Rider's identity is public knowledge, it has always been tradition that Raider Red's student alter ego is kept secret until the end of his tenure. The student serving as Raider Red is a member of Saddle Tramps.


    CFH HMagic bball season next year.
    Let my Fred's Four Horsemen ride: Georges, Hogue, Nader, and McKay.

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    Re: Raider Red Rides again

    MASCOTS
    Texas Tech has had several, including the current Masked Rider. The first, a black calf, was donated to the team after Tech's first victory, a 30-0 decision in the third game of 1925. The calf was branded with the winning score and later slaughtered and barbecued for the team with the idea that the hide would be tanned and placed in the trophy room. However, the hide did not retain its hair and thus was lost. One accomplishment the calf made during its one-year reign was that no opposing fan and was ever able to ride it without being thrown. This became a regular performance during halftime at Tech's first games.
    MASKED RIDER
    The Masked Rider is a colorful symbol of Texas Tech school spirit and pride, and also carries with it a certain mystique. Wearing black riding clothes, mask, bolero hat and red cape, the Masked Rider, mounted on a black quarterhorse, leads the football team on to the field. Early Tech students started the tradition on Sept. 26, 1936. Called Ghost Riders because no one knew their identity, the rider wearing a scarlet satin cape and mounted on a palomino stallion, would appear mysteriously during home football games, circle the field at breakneck speed, and disappear for the remainder of the game. Years later, George Tate, a member of the class of 1937, owned up to being the first Ghost Rider. On Jan. 1, 1954, when Tech played in the Gator Bowl, a horse named Blackie was loaned by Jim St. Clair to Joe Kirk Fulton, a student chose to ride him. Wearing Levi's red shirt, red and black cape and a black cowboy hat, Fulton led the team onto the field. The Atlanta Constitution described Fulton as "cowboy in a red cape on a charger" and noted that the event was "typically Texas." The dramatic entry by the horse and rider electrified the crowd as well as the team, which beat Auburn 35-13. Ed Danforth of the Atlanta Constitution wrote: "No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance." In 1997 Fulton reinacted the famous first ride prior to the family day game against Kansas State.
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    Re: Raider Red Rides again

    http://www.houstonarchitecture.info/...showtopic=4199

    By the way. Sagarin has us #83, TT #55, Kansas is 103, Colorado is 104, Toledo is 130, UNLV is 143, and UNI is 86, Texas is 8, Nebraska is 20, Iowa is 26, Missouri is 29, Kansas State is 61, and Okie State is 53.

    Due to home and away 3.5 points differential, we would be favored in 2 of last 5 games at the current moment.


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    Re: Raider Red Rides again

    Congrats on post # 1000 Wesley! I gave you some rep points.



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