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Articles tagged: Mascots

Video: Indianapolis Colts mascot completes viral milk crate challenge

Colts Mascot Blue Crate Challenge

There is a viral trend going around social media in which people attempt the “Milk Crate Challenge.” The challenge involves trying to successfully climb over a pyramid of crates without falling. More people fail at it than not, risking serious injury. But the Indianapolis Colts’ mascot has it locked down.

The Colts’ mascot, Blue, shared a video on Twitter promoting its success with the challenge. Take a look:

Well done, Blue. There has to be some extra credit for getting that done in a mascot suit.

So what’s the fascination with the challenge? It seems to be popular for the same reason people love blooper reels. Here’s one:

Mascots will be allowed for MLB season

Astros Mascot Orbit

MLB will have numerous health and safety-related precautions in place for the shortened 2020 season. But fear not, mascots will still be part of the games even if there won’t be fans.

Wall Street Journal baseball reporter Jared Diamond says that mascots will be allowed at ballparks during games this year, but not on the field or in other restricted areas.

It’s difficult to imagine what exactly the mascots will be doing if they can’t be on the field and there won’t be fans, but they’re creative enough to come up with some form of entertainment. TV cameras shouldn’t have any issue locating them.

On Tuesday, the MLB Players Association agreed to report by July 1 for a shortened 2020 MLB season featuring 60 regular season games.

Browns held a viewing service for late mascot dog Swagger

Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns dealt with a significant loss within their organization this month when Swagger, their first ever live mascot, died suddenly at the age of 6. On Saturday, the team held a memorial service for the bullmastiff.

A two-hour visitation service was open to the public from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday. Swagger’s owners, Fred and Debby McLaughlin, greeted Browns fans and the like at the memorial, which featured an open casket. The fact that the team and the McLaughlins chose to have an open casket for a dog was met with some controversy, and added to the awkwardness by live streaming the event and showing Swagger’s body. As a warning, some may find the photo below disturbing.

Swagger’s 14-month old son SJ, who will now take over as the Browns’ official mascot, guarded the casket throughout much of the service. Fans didn’t seem to mind the open casket, as Hannah Drown of noted that many of them were seen kissing and petting Swagger to pay their respects.

Having an open casket memorial service for a dog seems a bit unusual, but the Browns were treating Swagger like a member of their family rather than a pet. It’s hard to fault them for that.

Watch: Cincinnati mascot wipes out a bunch of kids during Bengals halftime game

Halftime shows tend to provide some light entertainment for fans who haven’t run to the concession stand or bathrooms, but the Cincinnati Bengals inadvertently took things up a notch on Sunday.

The Bengals staged a game between numerous mascots and some kids. Obviously, this is for fun and not usually highlight worthy. Don’t tell that to the Cincinnati Bearcats’ mascot, who absolutely wrecked a bunch of kids trying to tackle them.

The close-up reveals just how one-sided this was.

There’s some strong Marshawn Lynch energy with this one. Maybe they saw what happened to the New England Patriots’ mascot last year and wanted to exact some revenge on the human race. Either way, this is just brutal, and also extremely hilarious.

Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner mascot flips over in brutal mishap

Oklahoma got off to another fantastic start in its game against West Virginia on Saturday, but unfortunately the Sooners mascot did not have the same type of success.

The Sooner Schooner, which is the horse-drawn wagon that is the official mascot of the Oklahoma football team, had a terrifying accident during the first half. The carriage flipped, sending those riding in it flying onto the field.

At least one person appeared to need assistance getting back to the locker room, so we can only hope there were no serious injuries. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have seen a frightening incident like that when horses are mascots.

Watch: Spurs mascot captures flying bat

Spurs logo

The San Antonio Spurs mascot played hero and captured a bat that caused the team’s game to be temporarily delayed.

Earlier in the week, the Spurs’ game against the Brooklyn Nets was temporarily delayed due to a bat invasion. On Saturday, another bat appeared, this time during the game between the Spurs and New Orleans Pelicans.

Early in the first quarter, the creature made its way around the arena. While flying near the court, the bat was corralled by the Spurs mascot, who caught it when a giant net.

If this is going to be a regular occurrence, perhaps the Spurs can take advantage of it. Here’s one suggestion.

The Spurs might need to bring Manu Ginobili back just to serve as the bat regulator.

Watch: Bevo freaks out on Georgia mascot UGA

Bevo Uga

There was a spicy situation before the Sugar Bowl on Tuesday night when the two mascots came together for a meeting.

Someone had the bright idea of getting Texas Longhorns mascot “Bevo,” a real steer, together with Georgia Bulldogs mascot “UGA,” a small bulldog. Things almost got ugly when Bevo freaked out and nearly put a horn through the dog.

Thankfully neither mascot was injured. Perhaps that’s a preview of a physical contest that will ensue between Texas and Georgia.

Washington Huskies new puppy mascot makes debut at practice

The Washington Huskies are welcoming a brand new face this year, and he has already been spotted on the practice field more than four months before the start of the regular season.

On Monday, the University of Washington introduced its 3-month-old mascot-in-waiting, who goes by the name “Dubs II.” UW’s current mascot, “Dubs,” will be retiring after the upcoming season, at which point his younger Alaskan Malamute replacement will take over. Davina Gruenstein, a Washington alum who will be taking care of Dubs II along with her family, says the pup has a long way to go before he’s inserted into the starting lineup.

“He has a lot training ahead of him. If we have fireworks (at an event), we need to get him used to fireworks,” Gruenstein told Ryan Clark of The News Tribune. “To be able to that run out of the tunnel, there’s a lot of training involved in that. Being used to the sound of a 70,000-person stadium, that’s a hard thing to train him thing for.

“So we he won’t have full-on commitments this year. He’ll be in training. He’ll be at the games, doing things along with Dubs I just to get used to it.”

For now, Dubs II will continue to watch from the sideline and draw huge crowds at practice. With a face like this, what else would you expect?

Marlins reportedly fire man who plays team mascot

Billy Marlins mascot

The housecleaning among the Miami Marlins is apparently continuing.

SiriusXM MLB Network Radio’s Craig Mish reports that the Marlins have fired the man who plays their mascot, Billy the Marlin.

The horror! Hopefully he didn’t do anything like the Mets mascot once did.

No word on whether Derek Jeter will be taking over the job.

Mets mascot captured on video flipping fan the bird

Mr Met middle finger

One mascot is about to find itself in a world of problems.

A fan shared video on Twitter Wednesday of the New York Mets’ mascot — “Mr. Met” — flipping the bird.

The Mets were getting crushed 7-0 by the Milwaukee Brewers at the time the video was shared. The team lost the game 7-1, keeping them from having a chance to sweep the series after they took the first two of four.

The Mets have been disappointing this season. They’re now 23-28, a year after making the playoffs, and two years removed from a World Series berth. Perhaps Mr. Met is frustrated by it all. The fan who took the video says he just reached over for a high-five, and that was the reaction.

Whatever the case, this is unacceptable behavior from a mascot. The Mets know that and sent the following statement:

The Mets later issued this statement about the incident.