Under the Shady Tree: social media trolls the Clemson Tigers mascot during National Championship against LSU

“Clemson’s mascot looks like a throw from the truck parade.”

Monday night, we caught an up-close look at Clemson’s Tiger mascot costume:

His yellow emotionless eyes stare into my soul. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Both LSU and Clemson have tigers as their mascots. Looking at both, one can’t help remember the chargrin of pre-op Pierre the Pelican … and the cheers that followed of post-op Pierre. However, it didn’t take long for social media users to start throwing the shade at Clemson, because, let’s be honest, this mascot looks like he’s straight from Party City’s clearance rack.

The Throw Back

Change of Allegiances 

The Weeping

They’re Grrrrooooss!

The Swipe Left

Gaze of Despair

Top Shelf vs Bottom Shelf

Nightmare on Clemson Street

Always Find A Designated Driver

There was even a GoFundMe started for a new costume, and it exceeded expectations, surpassing it’s goal of $1,000 with more than $1,400 in just a few hours.

“It seems that the University purchased their mascot costume from the clearance rack from TG&Y in 1981,” the GoFundMe description said. “All proceeds will be mailed to the Clemson University Athletic Department.”

Welp! There’s no shade at the top! 😎💜💛