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Buffs Bites: It was a big weekend for Ralphie

The Buffaloes celebrated the 50th anniversary of the best mascot in sports.

Arizona v Colorado Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

No tricks on this Halloween edition of Buff Bites, just treats. Recapping the Buffaloes huge homecoming win over the Golden Bears, a former Buff gets roasted by Conan O’Brien and the women’s cross country team completes the three-peat.

BUFFS DEFEAT GOLDEN BEARS

Rashaan Salaam’s No. 19 was retired, Ralphie celebrated her 50th anniversary, and the Colorado Buffaloes defeated the California Golden Bears 44-28 Saturday night to improve to 5-4 (2-4 Pac-12) this season. Mike MacIntyre’s squad should be proud of this report card. As a result of their homecoming win, the Buffs climbed to seventh in our latest Pac-12 Power Rankings.

HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY RALPHIE!

With Ralphie celebrating her golden anniversary last week, here’s a collection of videos in honor of the greatest mascot in college athletics.

ESPN’s Will Reeve got to experience what it is like to be a Ralphie handler.

Current and former handlers got together for dinner earlier in the week to celebrate the time-honored tradition of running with Ralphie.

50th Anniversary Reunion Dinner

Some highlights from our wonderful Ralphie Handler reunion Dinner this week. We had over 90 Ralphie Handlers in town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the great Ralphie Tradition.

Posted by Ralphie on Friday, October 27, 2017

And from Washington’s husky Dubs to Georgia’s bulldog UGA, mascots from around the nation congratulated Ralphie on her 50th anniversary.

Live Mascot 50th Anniversary Video

A big thank you to all of Ralphie's live mascot friends for sending their well wishes for Ralphie's 50th anniversary!! 9NEWS (KUSA) US Air Force Academy (Official), Tusk, War Eagle VII, CAM the Ram, Drake University, University of Georgia, LSU's Mike the Tiger, The University of Oklahoma, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Texas A&M University, BEVO XV, University of Redlands Mascot, Colonel Rock III "Rocky", WTAMU Herdsmen, University of Wyoming, University of Washington.

Posted by Ralphie on Saturday, October 28, 2017

THAT WAS FAST!

Mere hours after Colorado opened as seven-point underdogs for this weekend’s game at Arizona State, the line has dropped to four according to Vegas Insider. Hmmm? You think bettors were impressed by the Buffs performance against California?

BUFFS IN THE NFL

Seahawks wide receiver Paul Richardson went for over 100 receiving yards and two scores, 49ers rookie Ahkello Witherspoon notched his first career interception, and Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith added another pick-six to his already stellar season. It was a BIG Week 8 for Buffs in the NFL.

BAKHTIARI ROASTED BY CONAN O’BRIEN

Former Buffs offensive lineman David Bakhtiari and his Packers teammates had the week off, but that didn’t stop late night host Conan O’Brien from roasting the left tackle for not protecting his two-time NFL MVP winning quarterback.

EVAN BATTEY’S GREAT ATTITUDE

Despite being ruled ineligible by the NCAA and forced to take an academic redshirt on Thursday, freshman forward Evan Battey had a great attitude about the whole situation.

Tip of the cap to Evan who handled this news admirably. Tad Boyle and company open their season Friday, November 10 against Northern Colorado.

THREE-PEAT

Congrats to CU’s women’s cross country team who captured their third straight Pac-12 Championship Friday in Springfield, Oregon. Junior Dani Jones took home the individual title, becoming the first Buff to do so since Jenny Simpson in 2009.

CU’s men’s cross country team looked to make it seven consecutive Pac-12 team titles but were upset by Stanford. Sophomore Joe Klecker led the Buffs finishing second behind Stanford’s Grant Fisher.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK

What sound does Ralphie make? Current Buffs weighed-in before the mascots big day. Enjoy!