June, 10, 2014
By Matt Fortuna | ESPN.com
There are wedding gifts, and then there are wedding gifts, as Miami superfan Pedro Lopez learned Saturday.
Awesome night with the newly married couple. Congrats, Pedro and Susana! pic.twitter.com/chz5QJQAAA— Hurricanes Football (@CanesFootball) June 8, 2014
Lopez's wife, Susana, arranged for Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis to show up at the couple's wedding party. He even got dressed up for the occasion, wearing a blazer.
And then he brought a surprise guest, none other than star running back Duke Johnson, the couple's favorite player.
From the Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter:
According to UM spokesman Chris Yandle, the bride paid to have Sebastian appear -- he commands $250-300 for a few hours -- and the Hurricanes thought they’d throw in a special bonus.
“We said, ‘What if we brought Duke, too?” said Yandle, who added that although the groom knew Sebastian would be there, “he definitely didn’t know Duke would be there.”
Yandle said the idea sprang from UM’s initiative to “[do] more in the community,” which is part of its “RENEWED” marketing campaign.
Of course, athletic department staff members were on hand to ensure that no NCAA rules were violated. Miami released a video Monday featuring Sebastian giving his best try on the dance floor.
There is out-kicking your coverage, and then there is marrying someone who goes to great lengths to appease your college football fandom. Bravo to all for making this happen.
Here are some additional tweets and pictures from all of the weekend fun:
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State