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SUNY Plattsburgh - Burghy Cardinal

Burghy Cardinal

SUNY Plattsburgh

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  1. Where are you from?
    I was hatched the oldest of five siblings in a nest not far from campus. Pushed out at an early age, I was adopted by an RA at Macdonough Hall and cut my beak, so to speak, on campus activities, especially hockey games.
  2. How many teams do you represent?
    Officially, I represent 15 teams, but I like to think of myself as a mascot of many feathers, cheering on club sports and activities across campus such as women’s and men’s rugby, slack line and the Zombie Defense League.
  3. How were you chosen to be school mascot?
    I was the only six-foot-tall bird who had ice skates that fit.
  4. Do you have any friends that are mascots?
    No, most of my friends are cartoon characters. I tried to befriend a few fellow mascots during home games, but most of them had it out for me, for some reason. Could be that our sports teams dominate the competition. But I might be wrong about that.
  5. What is your favorite campus event?
    The Plattsburgh vs. Oswego hockey games. I have a closet full of tennis balls.
  6. What is your favorite television or movie animal?
    Foghorn Leghorn.
  7. What is your favorite food?
    I enjoy the occasional cold-cheese pizza slice or michigan.
  8. What do you consider the ideal fan?
    Well, it has to keep me cool without being so powerful that it blows my feathers around. Oh, you mean sports fan? Kids, hands down. They take you at face value, and if you’ve seen my face, you’ll understand why that means a lot to me. They hug me, they want their pictures taken with me. They skate with me during Skate with Burghy afternoons at the Stafford Ice Arena. And they view our student-athletes as sports heroes.
  9. What’s it like to be a mascot?
    It’s like being in a “Where’s Waldo” book, because everywhere I go I hear people shout out, “There’s Burghy!” It’s not for the introvert, that’s for sure, because — let’s face it — you can’t easily hide being a six-foot-tall red bird with a gigantic head. You’re always “on,” and that makes me a star. And alumni love me.
  10. What do you like to do for fun?
    Most of what I do is fun, but I really enjoy that Zamboni, and I enjoy meeting the alumni who didn’t know me as undergrads back in their day long before I was a fledgling. I think they think I’m a guy in a red suit. But then they pull my feather …