The bells sound, just like the clock striking midnight. Bulldog Nation rises to their feet to stand as one. In the far corner of the end zone he appears, perched atop theshoulders of four Bulldog players. “BIG BLACK” is taking the field.
Another tradition at Bulldog home games revolves around our canine celebrity known as “BIG BLACK”.
Shortly after the 1973 championship season, a proud Bulldog booster (we have not been able to discover who yet) contacted the Mack Trucking Company based out ofSacramento. Mack Trucks graciously donated “BIG BLACK” to the Vacaville Bulldogs,and he has been attending Bulldog Football games ever since.
Early in his career, “BIG BLACK” attended both home and away games, but with his agehe is now only able to attend home games. Along with his attendance, the tradition ofcarrying “BIG BLACK” onto the field for pre-game warm ups evolved sometime duringthe late 70’s or early 80’s.
“Dog Carrier” captains are elected to carry him atop their shoulders and onto the fieldbefore the team runs out. This is considered a great honor to those who earn this responsibility.