|(above) ESPN2 featured Boone prominently on Saturday's telecast|
Denver Boone's last game on Saturday was a success on all levels except for the final score of the lacrosse game.
Children flocked to Boone between periods for photographs, the mascot led cheers in the DU section and ESPN2 cameramen worked with the mascot's assistant for cutaway shots. Boone signs, sold before the game at the DU tailgate, were seen in the stadium and on TV. The Mega-Boone sign was hoisted after key DU goals.
Every effort has been made to resurrect Boone as the official university mascot.
When those efforts failed, we tried to work with DU's Mascot Steering Committee to incorporate Boone's features into the new mascot. Those ideas were rejected out of hand. Petitions, letters and emails to DU have largely been ignored.
Boone's presence on social media remains stronger than ever. And as we saw on Saturday, the mascot put on quite a final show.
Thanks go out to the four students who managed the Boone program since 2009. No one can deny that thepast five years have been the stongest mascot era in university history. Each year the program expanded and in many ways is better than ever.
To all the students, alumni, fans, children and DU staffers who supported Boone, we say, "Thank You."
The Boone costume has arrived in Houston where it will be cleaned, repaired and stored.