Chip the Buffalo, the mascot for the University of Colorado’s football team, demonstrated the truth of the saying “One man’s pain is another man’s pleasure,” last week, when a T-shirt gun malfunctioned during a game against the University of New Hampshire.
The air cannon sent the tee straight into the mascot’s crotch. The force of the impact can be heard in the video at which point Chip doubled over in pain and fell to the ground.
The wounded party had to be driven off the field but maintained a positive attitude, remaining in character and waving to the crowd along the way.
Watch the scene unfold in these two tweets:
I AM DYING pic.twitter.com/VEX3GVz4ia
— Josh Parcell (@JoshParcell) September 19, 2018
Something you don't see every day: Chip the Buffalo's t-shirt gun malfunctioned and he had to be carted off the field! Never took his head off though… respect the commitment #footballguy pic.twitter.com/qi0lrPM4Dk
— Lindsay Joy (@LindsayJoyTV) September 15, 2018
Commenters were amused by the blooper:
"Give him the $10,000!!!" pic.twitter.com/p5ujyX1302
— Frank Ojeda (@UCLADodgerFrank) September 19, 2018
@ktompkinsii this reply is exactly what I thought when I saw this video ?
— erin alyce (@herooine) September 20, 2018
LOL this needs the “DOINK” sound effect ?
— Kev (@ktompkinsii) September 20, 2018
This is such a mascot thing to have happened. It’s incredibly funny, but I know this guy’s pain.
— jonathan moore (@therealjrmoore) September 20, 2018
And they didn’t go easy on the guy:
"T-shirt gun malfunction" is a strange way of saying "shot himself in the nuts."
— Displaced Sports Guy (@DisplacedSports) September 19, 2018
Malfunction? The gun worked perfectly as intended. User error. 1D10T error.
— Jose Arroyo (@jarr1913) September 20, 2018
Others were impressed:
@_soosh you gotta love the commitment here
— The Salmon Sisters (@CraftAndCopy) September 19, 2018
Though this person had a different take:
Commitment because he didn't take his head off? I figured he didn't take his head off because he didn't want anyone to know he was the super stupid one who shot himself in the nuts with a t-shirt cannon. At least he isn't a complete dumba$$.
— ☠ One Crazy Momma ? (@EvilMeanMom) September 19, 2018
And some took a moment to discuss alternative stadium-worthy projectiles:
This why we throw Po-Boys down here. Less collateral damage.
— Southern Hockey Problems (@HockeyProbSouth) September 19, 2018
Their club hockey team was sponsored by Chipotle at one point, they would chuck burritos into the stands during games. Always a great sight to see one of them explode all over somebody.
— Kyle Jones (@KyleJones85) September 19, 2018
@IceGators used to shoot chicken legs, hot dogs, and fried shrimp poboys into the stands! Great times
— Todd Breaux (@cajunwdwfan) September 19, 2018
And for those of you wondering if Chip recovered, he made it back to the game that day to see the Buffaloes beat New Hampshire 45-14.
And he posted this on Twitter:
I’m good guys! Thanks for all the love ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VK9vKm8xvM
— Chip the Buffalo (@Chipthebuffalo) September 15, 2018
This comment summed it up:
That was nuts!
— Matt Hampton (@Matt__Hampton__) September 19, 2018