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Unrelated, But Awesome: Toledo Has a Rocket Aimed At Bowling Green

This has nothing to do with ASU, Cal, or anything Pac-10. But I came across this gem after reading a reference to it by Over The Pylon.

From all reports I could gather Toledo doesn't have an official mascot, though there is scuttlebutt of a certain Rocky the Rocket. However, they do have an actual rocket pointed at the football stadium of Bowling Green. That's hardcore. Insane. But hardcore.

Upon reading this, I had to do a little research. This is what I found:

In 1961, The University of Toledo procured a genuine rocket from the U.S. Army missile program, which was placed behind the crossbar of the north end goalpost, where the Larimer Athletic Complex resides today. The University of Toledo's prideful piece of artillery was donated partially because of the university's affiliation with the Ordnance Corps of the U.S. Department of Army.

During the renovation in 1989-90, the rocket was moved to its present day position on the northeast corner of the Glass Bowl just outside of the wall. The one-ton rocket carries two sets of fins and a propellant boost capable of guiding the missile to supersonic velocity.

The trajectory of the rocket is pointed 25 miles south towards Bowling Green State University. If the rocket were to be lit, it would blast-off and land directly on the 50-yard line of the Falcon's Doyt Perry football stadium.

Holy crap!

I like how there is a church in the background. If this rocket is coming at you, there is no God.

Anyway, this just made me sad that ASU doesn't have a massive pitchfork on a crossbow or something that is aimed right at Lute Olson's house.

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