John Whipple, a freshman, has been chosen as the new Stanford Tree.
SI On Campus provides a Stanford Tree update.
According to the Stanford Daily, the identity of the new Tree will be announced today. The same article reports that the most recent round of stunts by Tree hopefuls included some good old fashioned USC-bashing:
Kyle Owen ‘10 entered the dining hall around noon, trumpeting “Fight On,” the USC fight song, and dressed like a Trojan. After a brief scuffle with a supporter, Owen was thrown into a black coffin with tree decorations and the lid was nailed down.
After a few minutes inside the casket, Owen rose from the dead and started banging on the lid; he eventually broke through and emerged covered in strands of green and red tape. He then began to dance to the Band’s rendition of “All Right Now.”
Owen was later eliminated from the Tree competition, though I’m guessing the decision was not made out of reverence for USC. :)
Is it really worth all this to become the next Stanford Tree? (Warning: descriptions of disgustingness.)
Here’s the latest on the Tree Selection Process at Stanford.
The Stanford Tree: “WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going 0-12 this season. This is our chance. We could be legends.” Heh.
The Stanford Tree has a blog. Well, I don’t know if it’s the Tree’s blog per se, but in any event, it’s a blog about the Stanford Tree (and Band), and it’s called “Stanford Tree” and is located at stanfordtree.blogspot.com. Heh. I found it because it links to my Stanford Tree category, with the text “Tree coverage by some random guy.” :)
The Stanford band has been banned from Stanford Stadium through at least the end of September.
Mark Bingham, one of the heroes of Flight 93, is a hero for another reason as well: he once tackled the Stanford Tree!
A fit and muscular 6′4″, the 31-year-old Bingham was a fearless athlete who had attended UC Berkeley on a rugby scholarship. Head of his own San Francisco public relations firm, hyping ambitious dot-coms, Bingham boomed down city streets with a huge spirit, lighting up everybody in his wake. He was also the crazy man, the guy who dove off the highest cliff in Maui, who ran with the bulls in Pamplona — and wasn’t happy until he got gored — who grabbed a gun from a mugger one night in San Francisco’s Castro District. Hoglan smiles with chagrin as she relates the time that Mark, three sheets to the wind during a Cal-Stanford football game, ran onto the field and tackled the Stanford mascot, a massively tall and awkward tree. He was handcuffed and carted off to a Berkeley jail.
Heh. He also once tackled the Wisconsin Badger, according to The Advocate.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s “Betting Fool” has had enough of the Stanford Tree:
Until further notice, and I guarantee you it will not come from me, nothing the Stanford band has ever done is newsworthy and no amount of idiotic stuff the band members do to their “Shak” on the Farm is worth noting.
Further (note absence of the word “notice”), nothing the Stanford “Tree” mascot does, in or out of uniform, is worth mentioning in any form of media not named “Stanford Band/Tree Weekly Blog-o-Rama.”
Not even if a dog urinates on that stupid green thing during a game. It’s still not news. Sorry.
Here, Tree, here’s a towel — clean yourself up, you smell bad. Now get outta here.
The Stanford Tree, bless its bark, is in the news again.
The Stanford women’s basketball team — which, as I noted yesterday, misses the Tree — advanced to the Elite Eight with an upset of Oklahoma on Saturday. This is great news, because it extends the opportunity for SportsCenter anchors and pun-happy newspaper columnists everywhere to keep talking about the Tree. :) For instance, AP Sports Writer Jaime Aron reports:
Gone, but not forgotten, the tree was courtside in spirit Saturday for Stanford’s 88-74 victory over Oklahoma in the semifinals of the San Antonio Regional.
Nearly every member of the band was adorned with some sort of shrubbery. There were twigs of various shapes and sizes taped to hats, backs and arms. Several folks used thick tape to fashion trees on their backs. (Most had the zigzag look of the Christmas variety.)
After the game, long after both teams and most fans were gone, the band played on, chanting, “Just three more wins!”
True. But “Three for the Tree!” sure has better ring to it.
Stanford women’s basketball player Jillian Harmon says: “We love the Tree. And we wish the Tree was here with us.”
The Tree: “I think the NCAA’s ‘No Fun Allowed’ attitude is wrong, and I will lobby to have it stopped. If there are cameras on me, I will dance again.”
BREAKING NEWS: The latest incarnation of Stanford’s embattled Tree has been suspended:
Stanford’s mascot will not be in San Antonio [for the women’s NCAA Sweet 16]. Whether it’s headed for the wood chipper remains to be seen.
The Tree was suspended for the rest of the NCAA women’s tournament Tuesday, a day after it was forced to make like itself and leave during the Cardinal’s second-round victory over Florida State in Denver.
“Make like itself and leave.” Heh. Of course, that reminds me of Back to the Future 2 and Biff saying the nonsensical “Make like a tree and get outta here!” Anyway, moving on…
This is not the same Tree, mind you, that was ousted for having too much drunk in the trunk at the Cal game last month. So that’s good. Or not so good, considering the pattern of rising sociopathic behavior on the part of Peninsula-area lumber-based beings.
“Athletic events are meant to be fun, and we want everyone to have a good time,” said Gary Migdol, Stanford’s senior assistant athletic director. “But we also demand that we respect the opponent, we respect the game and we respect the facility that’s putting on the event.”
NCAA officials thought Tommy Leep was out on a limb in that regard. As the halftime period ended and players returned to warm-ups, the band’s mascot was grooving with the Dollies — the five-woman dance team — when he was banished to the tunnel. (Officials said they had warned him repeatedly to make way for the players.)
Leep disputes the allegations that he was uncooperative, stating, “There were a bunch of little steps involved and a bunch of little requests. I had no problem honoring the requests, but they weren’t very clear.” Leep’s account seems to jive with that of a commenter, apparently from Stanford, on my previous post. Anyway, the article goes on:
So will he be the most short-leaved Tree in history? Leep said as far as he knows, he’ll be reinstated once the tournament ends. Migdol said that matter could come up for review within the athletic department, which sets ground rules for The Band but doesn’t provide funding.
Leep said he regrets the silliness detracting from the team’s success and that he can’t be there to cheer on his friends.
As for others who might be miffed by his antics? “As far as I can tell, I’m a mascot. Adding value to a spectator sport seems to be my job.”
Incidentally, in case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve created a Stanford Tree category, since this seems to have become a frequently recurring topic here on the blog!
P.S. If you’re wondering how I keep abreast of all the latest Tree-related news… I set up a Google News e-mail alert. :)
The Stanford Tree is in trouble again. The latest incident occurred at Monday night’s NCAA second-round game in Denver between the Stanford and Florida State women, in which Stanford advanced to the Sweet Sixteen:
[T]he Stanford Tree was once again involved in some controversy. According to Sports Information director Jessica Raber, Pepsi Center officials warned the BandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s mascot multiple times to not be on the floor when both teams returned from halftime. After he refused to leave and danced along the baseline, he was escorted off the court and was only allowed to return to watch without the Tree costume.
UPDATE: More from the Mercury-News:
It says something about the lack of tension in Stanford’s victory Monday night in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament that its fans seemed far more preoccupied with the fate of the Tree than with the state of the game.
Maybe the Cardinal fans assume that the Sweet 16 is their birthright. And maybe it is.
By beating Florida State 88-70, No. 3 seed Stanford advanced to the Sweet 16 for the 13th time under Coach Tara VanDerveer. That’s about as many times as the Tree has been banned this school year alone.
But on Monday, the ejection of the Tree seemed more fascinating than the evisceration of the sixth-seeded Seminoles. Tommy Leep, a 21-year old from Menlo Park, Calif., encased in the green, triangle-shaped mascot’s costume, irritated NCAA officials at the Pepsi Center first by crossing the midcourt line, then by dancing in a hallway. He was ordered to cease and desist, to remove his costume and dance no longer.
The fans broke out in a “Bring back the Tree” chant. …
“Tell the NCAA I’m coming to San Antonio,” said Leep, the wayward Tree.
Well, that remains to be seen, pending a decision by the athletic department. But VanDerveer’s team will definitely be there.
UPDATE 2: According to a commenter, ESPN reported that “dancing in an unspecified dancing area…might not be the real reason” for the Tree’s ejection. “Apparently the Tree was repeatedly performed an obscene gesture.” Sticking up his middle, uh, branch?
UPDATE 3: Deadspin has more.