By late in the second half on Saturday, Blaze was a shell of his former self in every sense.
His beloved UAB football team had long since succumbed to East Carolina by that time on Saturday evening. The Blazers’ green dragon mascot made the trip from Birmingham, Ala., in search of a UAB win in what could be the teams’ final meeting, and he’d seemingly been reduced to an empty pile of green fabric lying on the turf surface of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
Presumably, Blaze’s usual occupant had taken the rest of the day off as the Pirates piled up a 63-14 victory. The dragon carcass left lying on the field near the UAB cheerleading team was almost too theatrical in summation of the day’s events.
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