Emotional apologies from sports celebrities have overwhelmed the country for the last 24 hours. In an exclusive letter to¬†The Fizz, Syracuse’s beloved mascot expresses remorse for his recent transgressions.
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I, Otto the Orange, must admit to Orange Nation that I have had several shortcomings over the last few years that I have not been completely upfront about.
I have tried to deal with my issues behind closed doors for too long. I am merely an Orange… with legs. I am by no means a perfect mascot and I have let some things slide that the Syracuse fan base is not deserving of.
I apologize for letting the basketball team miss the NCAA tournament in 2007 and 2008. I nearly cried tears of orange juice all over the Dome when we lost to UMass twice in the 2007-2008 season. The only other team to ever do that to us was Penn State back in the 1922-1923 season when Jim Boeheim was born.
Although I am very well known and I have made my career as a professional mascot, it is very difficult to share some of these mistakes with you.
I am also constantly reminded of the football uniforms I approved with Otto’s Army to start the 2007 season. All orange? What was I thinking? Then someone even had the audacity to start a¬†Facebook group trying to get the field in the Dome painted orange. Do you know how many donations I had to solicit just to get an orange “44” on the sidelines! And you can’t even see that during games.
I can’t believe I’m admitting this all to you. It’s just that, after all the debate lately over some decisions that have been made – I felt I had to say something.
I can’t begin to tell you how distraught I was when Oklahoma beat us in the Sweet 16 in March. I lost so much Vitamin C after that game – but at least I wasn’t the only one in the arena with no teeth. Oklahoma brought a lot of fans too.
And then there was more football:
Losing to Louisville is one of those moments I wish I could erase. I was so happy getting on the plane to go to Kentucky because even if I called the plays, we would still win.
And then Rob Spence got fired! We used to have lunch in the Manley cafeteria and then go¬†powerlift in the weight room together.
Am I ashamed of myself? Yes.
I will strive to be a better mascot and the leader that Orange Nation deserves. For all of those who have supported me over the years, I promise you we will never re-hire Greg Robinson as long as I am ripe.
Which leads me to my last note. I wanted to share with you, before anyone dug it up, this voicemail below that I left for Groobers last month:
Please Forgive Me.
Otto the Orange