Today is National Dog Day, so time to appreciate George Tirebiter.
Here is the original Tirebiter, in full glory and living color, from the 1947 football season. On Oct. 22, 1947, a 30-car parade was held to crown him USC’s official mascot.
This is not the cute cuddly Tirebiter that followed and became the model for the statue near Exposition Blvd. This is surly George, who bit UCLA’s Joe Bruin on the nose and chased Cal’s mascot, Oski (below). And of course, bit at the tires of passing cars.
“He would just come into classes at Bovard and sometimes if you weren’t careful, he might snap at you,” said a USC student who knew George.
- Here is the successor (George Tirebiter Jr.) from the early 1950’s that is immortalized with a statue on campus off Exposition Blvd.
George Jr. even had his own card stunt in 1952.
It’s a shame USC doesn’t still honor him during games at the Coliseum.