Rameses XVII Dethroned

Shakesperean like shenanigans with the UNC ram mascot.

The N&O has an interesting story concerning the rams used as the Tar Heel mascot at football game.  It would seem that Rameses XVII, the mascot for five years at UNC football games had one of his horns broken off when his son Pablo head butted him.

After five seasons as the UNC Chapel Hill mascot, the curly-horned monarch was knocked from the throne by a head-butt from his own son Pablo, who hit the elder ram so fiercely that his horn snapped off.

His crown broken, Rameses will no more hear the roar of 60,000 fans, or see the Chapel Hill sky explode with fireworks.

Instead, he will spend his final years in exile, grazing with a single horn. He will watch, indignant, as his usurping son rides to Kenan Stadium in his place, newly dubbed Rameses XVIII.

“I didn’t think he was going to live,” said Rob Hogan, Rameses’ keeper on a farm outside Carrboro. “He went off food and water for a week.”

The Rameses line dates to 1924, when UNC’s head cheerleader decided the Tar Heels needed a rival to N.C. State’s wolf and Georgia’s bulldog.

Hogan’s family has raised them all save one that was donated in 1996, a replacement for a Rameses that was butchered alive by a 26-year-old man who later claimed to have been hungry and very drunk.

Well at least he fared better than his 1996 predecessor.  And this should be a lesson to all those people who assumed that UNC is not legitmate pick in an NCAA Tournament bracket using the Mascot Theory.


10 Responses to Rameses XVII Dethroned

  1. C. Michael says:

    Shouldn’t the title read, “Dehorned,” instead? 😉

  2. unc/uncwfan says:

    I just ran across this. Glad he is ok. Terry was one of my favorite players.

  3. wcb22 says:

    I guess that is the risk you run when you start butting heads with other rams.

  4. Wadsworth says:

    This is exactly what would happen if we played Rhode Island.

  5. Tar Heel Fan says:

    It did happen the last time we played Rhode Island in the 1993 NCAA Tournament.

    UNC 112 RI 67

  6. Kat says:

    geez………..ouch….taken out by your own kid, that’s pretty bad!

  7. wcb22 says:

    Or Colorado State.

  8. Santiago says:

    Did it occur to anyone that he might have wanted to retire early? Seems like I recall somebody in the know telling me that the mascots didn’t really like game day. Maybe Pablo was only doing what he was told. 😉

    Oh well, so long #17. May you have a long retirement. We’ll always have Butch Davis’ 1st season.

  9. Silent Sam says:

    I certainly don’t claim to know whether mascots don’t really like game day, but a couple of years ago I was walking to my car, heading in the direction of Parker Dorm and saw Rameses with handlers heading toward the truck Rameses is transported in. A couple of times along the way Rameses & handlers stopped for people to pet Rameses, pose with him for snapshots and it surely seemed to me like Rameses was enjoying the attention. Eventually they arrived at the truck & Ramese got into the back & looked like he was having a ball.

    Rameses also spends a good portion of each football game (well, at least the few I attend) nibbling on the hedges. If he doesn’t like being at the football games & Tar Heel Town, he probably hasn’t told anybody . . .

  10. Santiago says:


    I didn’t mean to sound like a PETA wacko. Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad Rameses is around for Tar Heel Town and football games. I should’ve specified game time, not game day. As I recall, past Rameses have not liked all the noises of Kenan, and I would imagine that they have to get acclimated to the pyrotechnics.

    This morning WCHL is reporting that #17 has died as a result of the horn injury.

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