February 16, 2006

Stanford Mascot Felled by Alcohol: A student portraying the Stanford Tree has been axed after she was caught with 0.157 blood-alcohol content at halftime of last Thursday's loss to Berkeley in men's basketball. The school paper interviewed Erin Lashnits just three weeks ago. "The bad-ass tongue ring and smell of evergreen and alcohol are unmistakable. She orders a pitcher of half-Bud-half-Bud-Light, and a straw."

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:30 PM - 17 comments

Her Stanford athlete's bio

posted by NoMich at 01:00 PM on February 16, 2006

you would have to be drunk to want to run around in a stupid tree costume. i've never understood that mascot. why not a cardinal. it doesn't make any sense

posted by erkno11 at 01:11 PM on February 16, 2006

Because the Cardinal in the Stanford team name refers to a particular color, not the bird. Although, you may be onto something here. I can see it now: a giant Pantone swatch on the floor, pumping up the crowd.

posted by NoMich at 01:13 PM on February 16, 2006

NoMich: that is a most excellent idea!

posted by insomnyuk at 01:15 PM on February 16, 2006

thank you NoMich, i actually learned something today instead of laying around watching olympic hockey, pga golf, magnum p.i. reruns, and waiting for the next post on spofi

posted by erkno11 at 01:16 PM on February 16, 2006

Yeah- I'd need to slug a few down too, before dressing up like a tree. But at .157, that tree had "timberrrrrr" written all over it.

posted by Bury Bonds at 01:21 PM on February 16, 2006

They do that in all cases whether its some random trumpet player, a Dollie or the Tree. That's the third time I've seen that exact same quote in print in the last five years. Weird. Does anyone know, are halftime breathalyzer tests routinely done on band members? 'Cause that would be new.

posted by BullpenPro at 01:39 PM on February 16, 2006

Maybe she was taking advice from Bode Miller

posted by DOGFOODMAN at 01:59 PM on February 16, 2006

Im so fucking burnt out, Lashnits said. I have shin splints that are killing me and my costume got torn up and destroyed against Washington when Sixth Man stormed the court. Sixth Man assaults drunken Tree? WTF?

posted by chris2sy at 02:23 PM on February 16, 2006

But at .157, that tree had "timberrrrrr" written all over it. How did they catch her? You know that she was WAY invisible...invincible...immortal...and don't forget horny -- all chicks get horny when they're trashed. Hence the big throbbing tree she was wearing...

posted by wingnut4life at 05:11 PM on February 16, 2006

Ah, the old alma mater, in the news. OK erkno, so why a tree? The mascot represents El Palo Alto, an actual local tree after which the university town is named. The tree is reputed to be over 1000 years old. Wikipedia: El Palo Alto Wikipedia: the Stanford Tree

posted by Amateur at 07:20 PM on February 16, 2006

Ah, the old alma mater, in the news. Showoff

posted by wingnut4life at 08:24 PM on February 16, 2006

Yew might want to laugh about this, but I say leaf Lashnits alone. Pine all you like for the more poplar mascots -- I say Foster Brooks in a tree suit could really spruce things up. Sure, she might end up on her aspen occasionally, but the crowd would love it and yell, "Son of a birch-- she's plum great!" Olive you with this thought -- it certainly beats Gonzaga, where you're likely to get called a fig. And if you thought she was drunk then, you shoulda cedar the night before!

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:39 PM on February 16, 2006

groan ...

posted by Amateur at 10:11 PM on February 16, 2006

By gum, that's acacia verbal diarrhea.

posted by owlhouse at 03:01 AM on February 17, 2006

She sounds like a fine, upstanding young aspiring drunk. Of course, everybody forgets what a wildwoman Condi Rice was during her Stanford days.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 08:33 AM on February 17, 2006

wfrazer, you sonofabeech.

posted by worldcup2002 at 08:49 AM on February 17, 2006

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