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Boston Red Sox Welcoming Tessie Sister of Wally

Wally the Green Monster announced today that there's a new family member joining him at Fenway Park say hello to his sister Tessie. Tessie will be joining him in Home games when the team resumes its normal season however fan's have an early chance to meet her at 2016 Winter Weekend which is happening Jan 22st-24th Click Here for more information. What's even a cooler fact is she's from Florida, where Wally's Parents's currently live at Jetblue Park In Fort Myers, FL. Check out the video below of Wally's Journey to meet his sister and bringing her to Fenway Park. 
 

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NHL Announces East vs. West' Mascot Showdown to Return to NHL All Star Fan Fair in Nashville

Exciting news for those that enjoyed the East vs. West Mascot Showdown last year it's just been announced that it's returning to this years All Star event which is being hosted in Nashville, TN at the Music City Center beginning Thursday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 31. Mascot Showdown is included in Fan Fair admission and there's different challenges once a day for Schedule of Events click here.
 
 
Here's a clip of last year's Mascot Showdown
 

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New Now & Next at IAAPA 2015

Welcome to what's New Now & Next for IAAPA 2015 MascotInsider interviews select manufacturers on what's going on with the Mascot World. Check them out below..
Alinco

JCT Créations

Olympus Group

International Mascot

Mask U.S.

It's been another fantastic year and we hope you've enjoyed these interviews see you all next year! 

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Welcome to MascotInsider 4.0

Hi Mascots & Fans,
You've waited for it and now it's HERE! Welcome to MascotInsider 4.0 the first social community for Mascots & Fans. The all new website has been rebuilt with a new platform and better features. To begin your journey with us you'll need to create an account will allow you to access to all the great features below. 
Access the Community Forums and chat away with Mascot's & Fans. Upload your Favoriate Photos in the new improved gallery.  Add upcoming event's that your local mascot we'll be attending so fans know. And Comment on Articles and Mascot Interviews from our team. On the Go? Download the FREE Tapatalk app and access all the latest news and Topics in the Community Forum with your mobile device. Ready to join in all the Fun? Awesome! Click Here and if you're currently a Mascot and would like Access to a private community where you can chat with others, please Click Here for more information on how to obtain access. Please also be advised fans, we are actively still working on 4.0 so you may encounter bugs or missing content we hope to correct that in a few weeks. 
Thank you for your continued support we hope you enjoy the new 4.0 experience and if you have any questions or feedback please Click Here to tell us.
-The MascotInsider Team
 

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Fourth Annual Favorite Mascot of the Year Final Round (Closed)

Congrats to all the Mascot's who made the finals. Who's ready to see their favorite mascot win the title as the 2015 Favorite Mascot of the Year? We thank all the great mascot's that participated in this year's poll it was another fantastic year and we wish the finalists good luck! The voting rules are the same as Round One you'll be able to vote once a day till July 27th 2015 till 11:59 EST and please only vote on MascotInsider.com to make sure your votes are counted. Cast your vote below..
Voting has now ended. Thank you fans for voting in this year's Poll congratulations to Jazz Bear on winning this year's title! 
2015 Favorite Mascot of the Year Jazz Bear - Utah Jazz   Sluggerrr - Kansas City Royals   Tex Hooper - FC Dallas   Rowdy - Dallas Cowboys   Howler - Arizona Coyotes   Tux The Penguin - Wilkes-Barre Penguins   Willie Wildcat - Kansas State University   Felix Falcon - Utah Falconz Womens Football     pollcode.com free polls

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Mascot Games 2015 Complete Coverage


Welcome to MascotInsider.com LARGEST coverage of Mascot Games 2015. It's another fantastic week in Orlando, Fla., as many great mascot's from many sports leagues came down to compete in this year's competition. The games started with a visit to Florida Hospital For Children on the evening of Thursday, June 18, with Shades (Orlando Solar Bears), Tommy Hawk (Chicago Blackhawks), Orbit (Houston Astros), Champ (Dallas Mavericks) and Captain Fear (Tampa Bay Buccaneers). Check out the great video below.
But our night didn't stop there. We had a chance to attend a press conference and meet and greet with the New Hope for Kids family members. During this event, each team captain (Fin - Blue Team) (Stormy - Red Team) (Stuff - Green Team) and (Stanley C Panther - Yellow Team) selected which mascots would join their team for the games. Check out that fun below. Be sure to be on the lookout for bonus GoPro footage featuring Stuff and Fin!
It's now Friday morning and it's day one of Mascot Games, and this is the biggest turn out day as many camps are ready to attend today's event. The games officially kicked off  at 12:30 p.m., and once again the wonderful Gina Marie Incandela had the honor of singing the National Anthem, which is always a great way to get the mascots excited about the event. Now without further ado, we invite you to check out the video of Friday's event below.
Don't want to watch Friday's full event? Click Here to see Round by Round!
Spoiler Alert: This year's Mascot Games introduced team coaches and we had a chance to interview two from 740 The Game. Check it out below. But be warned, this video does let you know which team won so be sure to see Friday's games first!
Wasn't Friday amazing? It's now Saturday afternoon and it's the last day of the Mascot Games. Today's games started about 2 p.m. But just like last year, fans who bought a VIP Meet & Greet package were invited to enter the arena early and get photos and autographs with their favorite mascots. The doors opened to the public about 1:30 p.m., and we said goodbye so  all the mascots could get ready for the final day of the Mascot Games. Ready to experience the final day of Mascot Games of 2015? Check out the FULL games below.
Don't want to see the Full Event? Click Here to see Round by Round.
On behalf of the MascotInsider Team, thank you for watching our 2015 coverage of Mascot Games, our largest collection we've done to date. We can't wait to see what we can bring you next year! 
Check out the event photo below:
http://www.mascotinsider.com/gallery/category/13-22st-mascot-games/

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Fourth Annual Favorite Mascot of the Year Round One (Closed)


Welcome to MascotInsider.com Fourth Annual Favorite Mascot of the Year Round One Poll! Who is going to take home this year's prize? Good Luck to all Mascots nominated and begin voting below.. Just as a reminder, you may vote ONCE a Day. It may be possible to vote on aother device that’s OK, however, we only guarantee one vote a DAY. So be sure to come back the next day and keep voting for your Favorite Mascot till July 6th 2015 11:59 EST.
How to Vote? You may vote on One Poll at a time once presented with the Results page, simply click the "BACK" button to return to this page. Make sure to ONLY use MascotInsider.com for voting this is the only place votes are counted.
Voting in Round One has now CLOSED. To view results simply click the View button on one of the categories. 
Favorite NBA Mascot
Slamson - Sacramento Kings   Clutch - Houston Rockets   MoonDog & Sir CC - Cleveland Cavaliers   Stuff - Orlando Magic   Benny the Bull - Chicago Bulls   Jazz Bear - Utah Jazz   Bango - Milwaukee Bucks   Gorilla - Phoenix Suns   Harry the Hawk - Atlanta Hawks   Hugo the Hornet - Charlotte Hornets   Burnie - Miami Heat   Grizz - Memphis Grizzlies     pollcode.com free polls This Polls contained an error in it and had to be reissued, no worries to all original votes are still counted and as seen at: http://poll.pollcode.com/68449613
Favorite MLB Mascot Sluggerrr - Kansas City Royals   Mr. Met - New York Mets   Ace - Toronto Blue Jays   Slider - Cleveland Indians   Oriole Bird - Baltimore Orioles   Stomper - Oakland A's   Lou Seal - San Francisco Giants   Philly Phanatic - Philadelphia Phillies   Raymond - Tampa Bay Rays   Mr. Red - Cincinnati Reds   Screech - Washington Nationals   Orbit - Houston Astros   Wally the Green Monster - Boston Red Sox   T.C. Bear - Minnesota Twins   The Swinging Friar - San Diego Padres   The Pirate Parrot - Pittsburgh Pirates   FredBird - St. Louis Cardinals   D. Baxter the Bobcat - Arizona Diamondbacks   Clark the Cub - Chicago Cubs     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite MLS Mascot Blue - Sporting KC   Kingston - Orlando City   Diesel - Houston   Brad Beach - Milwaukee Wave   Leo the Lion - Real Salt Lake   Tac-Tik - Montreal Impact   Crew Cat - Columbus Crew   Tex Hooper - FC Dallas   Cosmo - LA Galaxy     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite NFL Mascot Swoop - Philadelphia Eagles   Pat Patriot - New England Patriots   KC Wolf - Kansas City   Chomps - Cleveland Browns   Poe - Baltimore Ravens   Blue - Indy Colts   Freddie Falcon - Atlanta Falcons   T.D. - Miami Dolphins   Toro - Houston Texans   Blitz - Seattle Seahawks   Roary - Detroit Lions   Sour Dough Sam - San Francisco 49ers   Viktor the Viking - Minnesota Vikings   Rowdy - Dallas Cowboys   Sir Purr - Carolina Panthers   Steely McBean - Pittsburgh Steelers   Brownie the elf - Cleveland Browns   Who Dey - Cincinnati Bengals   Captain Fear - Tampa Bay Buccaneers   Miles - Denver Broncos     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite NHL Mascot Nordy - Minnesota Wild   Slapshot - Washington Capitals   NJ Devil - New Jersey Devils   Stanley C. Panther - Florida Panthers   SJ Sharkie - San Jose Sharks   Victor E Green - Dallas Stars   Tommy Hawk - Blackhawks   Wild Wing - Anahiem Ducks   Sparky The Dragon - New York Islanders   Thunderbug - Tampa Bay Lightning   Stormy - Carolina Hurricanes   Iceburg - Pittsburg Penguins   Stinger - Columbus Blue Jackets   Howler - Arizona Coyotes   Gnash - Nashville Predators     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite Minor League Barley - Hillsboro Hops   Sonar Wolfpack - Wolf Pack's   Scrappy - Mahoning Valley Scrappers   Dinger - Sacramento River Cats   Sandy The Seagull - Brooklyn Cyclones   Hornsby - Tulsa Drillers   Bumble - Salt Lake Bees   Tux The Penguin - Wilkes-Barre Penguins   Chopper - Gwinnett Braves Chopper   Twister = Cincinnati Cyclones   Swatson - Sugarland Skeeters   Finz - Worcester Sharks   Crash - Iowa Wild   Ballepeno - San Antonio Missions   Wool E. Bull - Durham Bulls baseball   Muddy - Toledo   Phinley - Clearwater Threshers   Champ SWB RailRiders   Belle - Florence Freedom   Otto the Spokanasaurus   Deuce - Frisco RoughRiders   Mac - Missouri Mavericks   Looie the Lookout - Chattanooga Lookouts     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite College Mascot Sparky Flames - Liberty Flames   Benny the Beaver - Oregon State Beavers   Albert & Alberta - Florida Gators   Flash- Kent State University   Pete the Penguin - YSU   Monte - Unversity of Montana   Smokey - University of TN   Boko the Bobcat - Texas State University   Avalanche - Kutztown University   Willy Wolverine - Utah Valley University   Bucky Badger - Wisconsin Badgers   Jayhawk and Lil Jay - University of Kansas   Swoop - University of Utah   Hairy Dawg - University of Georgia Bulldog   Shasta - University of Houston   Rufus Bobcat - Ohio University   Buster Bronco - Boise State University   Sammy Bearkat - Sam Houston   Knightro - University of Central Florida   Ramses - University of North Carolina   Roc the Panther - Pittsburgh Panthers   Nitany Lion - Penn State   Bearcat - Cincinnati   Big Al - Alabama Crimson Tide   Nittyany Lion - Penn State   Cosmo - Brigham Young University   Wolfie - NC State   Willie the Wildcat - Kansas State University   Scrappy - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga - Chattanooga Mocs     pollcode.com free polls  
Favorite Not Listed Category Mascot Matty the Mattress - Mattress Mania   Champion - Remparts de Québec (CHL)   Munchie - Royal Sask. Museum   Chick Fil A Cow - Chick-fil-A   Rowdy the Red Devil - Bradford High School   Felix Falcon – Utah Falconz Womens Football   Rocky - Rocky Mountain Raceway   R. Thunder - Rochester Knighthawks   Striker Highlander - Victoria Highlanders   Spuddy Buddy - Idaho Potato Commission     The Tiger - Gilbert High   Bully the Brahma - Bellville ISD   Thunder - Lake Elsinore Storm   Soulman - Philadelphia Soul   Kodiak - Mascot Miracles Foundation   T-Bone - Mascot Miracles Foundation   Tank - Law Tigers     pollcode.com free polls  

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Mascot And Talent Announced For Mascot Games Presented by WAWA


Orlando, FL (June 2, 2015) – New Hope for Kids has announced the mascots that will compete in the 22nd Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa, taking place at Amway Center on Friday, June 19, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m.  Twenty-four of the best and most popular mascots from across North America will join the Orlando Magic's STUFF, the event's host mascot, for the annual competition. Mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, and the NCAA will be divided into four teams as they compete against each other in wild and wacky games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
The complete list of participating mascots is below.
"The collection of Mascots that will be showcased at Amway Center will be unrivaled anywhere in the world," said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. "Our ambassador, Orlando Magic's STUFF, has invited top notch talents, all who love to compete, and who also love knowing they're helping kids."
The Mascot Games Presented by Wawa will once again be emceed by the energetic, amusing and amazing front man for Fired Up Entertainment, Scotty B. Adding to the craziness on the field, each Mascot team will have a "celebrity coach" that will help manage the team and push them to victory. Coaches for the June 19 show include: WFTV sportscaster Christian Bruey, Orlando Sentinel sports columnist George Diaz, and 740 The Game radio personalities Ditti and Doc. Coaching duties for the June 20 show will be entrusted to the Monsters from Real Radio 104.1: Russ, Dirty Jim, Angel and Carlos. Each show will feature a halftime act highlighting local talent, with the June 19 performance by Gina Incadela and the June 20 performance by Project DJ Slam, featuring Blake Guyre.
Tickets for the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa are now on sale.  General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through http://mascotgames.org/tickets/ or http://www.amwaycenter.com/events/detail/mascot-games-1" Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=mascot+games&q=mascot+games On Saturday only, a limited number of VIP "Mascot Huddle" tickets, which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating, are available for $30, and reserved seating is available for $20.  Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the event website at http://www.mascotgames.org under the "Summer Camps" tab. In addition, discounted corporate tickets are available, offering local companies the ability to reward and entertain their employees and/or customers.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games Presented by Wawa benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. Since its inception, the event has raised more than $300,000 for New Hope for Kids.
22nd Annual Mascot Games Presented by Wawa Participating Mascots:
Albert & Alberta – University of Florida Bango – Milwaukee Bucks Billy the Marlin – Miami Marlins Captain Fear – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Carlton – Toronto Maple Leafs Champ – Dallas Mavericks Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks Harry the Hawk – Atlanta Hawks Kingston – Orland City Soccer Club Knightro – UCF Lil' Red – University of Nebraska Louie – St. Louis Blues N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils Orbit – Houston Astros Rangers Captain – Texas Rangers Raymond – Tampa Bay Rays Sebastian – University of Miami Shades – Orlando Solar Bears Slamson the Lion – Sacramento Kings Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes STUFF – Orlando Magic ThunderBug – Tampa Bay Lightning Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks Stanley C. Panther - Florida Panthers Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys
About New Hope for Kids
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need. Our purpose is to bring hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses. New Hope for Kids achieves this through two programs: The Center for Grieving Children helps children and families cope with the feelings of grief and loss after the death of a loved one. Wishes for Kids grants wishes to children up to the age 19, diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For more information, visit http://www.newhopeforkids.org/.

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Fourth Annual Favorite Mascot of the Year Nominations (CLOSED)


You’ve waited and it’s back again MascotInsider Presents the Most Favorite Mascot of the Year 2015 voted by you Fans! Last year, we had another amazing response, Jaxson De Ville took home the prize! Who will it be this year? As always you begin the poll’s by nominating your favorite mascot. The deadline to submit your nominations is June 15 2015 11:59 EST! Please check some of the Rules before you begin below..
RULES:
All previous winners can’t be reentered at this time we want to give all mascot’s a chance to win this title. Only one Nomination Entry will be allowed, please choose carefully. All Mascots can be nominated in this poll, while yes, we don’t have their team category listed, you can put them in the “Not Listed Category”. Please nominate your mascot by the end of the Deadline we are not able to add anymore mascot’s once the nominations close to be fair to all nominated mascots. Thank You for nominating your favorite Mascots nomination are now closed. Please stay tuned as we announce the mascots and launch round one of the Poll!

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Houston Rockets "Clutch" Comes Through in a Pinch

Robert Boudwin has been "Clutch" the mascot of the Houston Rockets for more than 20 years. And it's easy tell.
"I love doing this," he said in a recent interview with Mascotinsider.com. "A lot of people diss being a mascot, but I consider it an important role. There probably aren't many kids out there who say 'I'd like to grow up to be a mascot, but for me it's the ultimate."
Boudwin started as a mascot for his high school, eventually moving on in the same role for his college, the University of Delaware. Finally, as a senior in college, he tried out for a mascot role for the Houston Rockets, which he started more than 20 seasons ago, and hasn't looked back yet.
It's a good thing that he enjoys it since there's almost never a Rockets even of any sort that Clutch doesn't make an appearance. He calls it more than a job, it's a calling. And that calling has taken him across the country and around the world many times, entertaining for practically every kind of group, from the homeless to military troops.
Boudwin is so serious about his craft that he teaches the "art" of mascoting every year at a "boot camp" for potential mascots from schools across the country, even though he calls it a means of paying back. "I've had a lot of great mentors in my time, and that inspires me," he added. "A lot of people have helped me along the way, so I think I owe them. I guess you could call it 'paying forward.'"
"I hate to make it sound like it's a religious thing, but in a way it is," he explained. "In fact, if you think about it, it has to be since it's not easy to put on a character's suit, walk out onto a basketball court, and try to be funny or otherwise get an keep the fans attention. You have to be devoted to it or it doesn't work."
Needless to say, Clutch does it, to the tune of hundreds of appearances every year. It doesn't matter whether it's an event for the city, parties, and anything else, Boudwin says that nobody gets shortchanged when it comes to his work. "I consider it an important job since when I'm out there, wherever there might happen to be, I'm representing the Rockets, and I consider that an important responsiblity."
Boudwin explained that he doesn't see how he feels as a mascot much differently than with others. "I think that most mascots feel the same way I do," he said. "A mascot has to go out there and there's a mutual dependence between him and the crowd, and the team also. When I can get the crowd going, it gets the team going also. Everybody feels it, and that's a great feeling for me too. When I can get that mutual excitement going, everybody wins, and I can say I did my job."

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Lake Elsinore's Thunder: It's What The Storm is All About

There's a very special dog who lives in a community east of Los Angeles called Lake Elsinore. He is one of only a few members of the genus Canis Thunderous family. He is generally known for his ability to stand upright, walk on the tops of chairs, dance, drive quads, and act like a fool, much to the delight of Storm fans, who fill the stadium with uproarious laughter every time he makes an appearance. "Thunder," as he is known, can further be noted for his thick coat of mint-green fur, oversized eyes, bright pink nose, and one of the largest pairs of shoes to ever grace the feet of a dog. And if anyone should wonder about his capacity to put away the food, all they would need to do is to check the size of his overabundant belly.
Thunder is the alter ego of the team's director of mascot operations, Stephen Webster, who started working for the team several years ago after he worked for other teams in Utah, where he originally resided.
"I belong to the LDS church, and after I finished school and did my mission, I got a job working for a team in Utah," Webster explained. "It was great fun, and that's when I discovered that I loved working in baseball, especially from the promotional perspective."
It doesn't take long to watch Webster in action before he could convince anyone of his love for the game. Like many good mascots, he is in perpetual motion, whether he's on the field or off. Not only does he appear as Thunder at every game, but he makes more than 300 appearances at local birthday parties, holiday parades, grand openings, school assemblies, and many other events.
Wherever he is and whatever he is doing, Thunder admits that his greatest accomplishment thus far is the publication of his book, "Be Nice, Play Nice! CHARACTER COUNTS! You Know," which he distributes wherever he goes. Thunder also sponsors the Storm Reading for Rewards assembly, where he shares the importance of the Six Pillars of Character to more than 45,000 children in 15 cities and 60 elementary schools this year.
"I love doing this," Webster said, "and I'll do it as long as I can."
Photo provided by Thunder's Facebook page you can "Like" his page by Clicking Here

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What is a Bruin?


The word “bruin” comes from the Dutch language, which means brown and describes the color of a bear. UCLA has the official school colors of blue and gold. UCLA has a bruin (or a brown bear) as a mascot. How did this happen?
The history comes from the early part of the 20th century, when UCLA was not very well recognized. The bigger brother was the football team known as the California Bears from northern California, the team representing Berkeley University.
When the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was first established, the football team became the “cubs” because of being the baby brothers of the team that came before them in northern California. Because the name of the “cubs” seemed weaker and inferior, the team of UCLA wanted to change their name to the “grizzlies.”
Alas, this was not possible because a prior claim to the “grizzlies” came from the University of Montana. Because of this, the team from UCLA opted for the name and mascot of “bruins,” which is a type of brown bears. This was chosen in 1928 and has been the mascot ever since.
The school colors of UCLA are blue, representing the ocean, and gold, representing the state flower of the golden poppy, which are supported by the mascot of the bruin bear, since the bear is California’s state animal and appears on the state flag. The bruin bear had the overwhelming support of the student body of UCLA, because in the 1930s a live bear with his trainer appeared at each home game.
Imagine the possible confrontation today between a real live brown bear, which on its hind legs stands over six feet tall and a person in a mascot suit pretending to be a mascot from the opposing team! Wow! Nevertheless, this is no longer possible. During the 1930s, it became very apparent that having a live animal of such size on the sidelines of a football game, even when under the command of a skilled trainer was no longer feasible. Even though the crowds from the UCLA side loved the real animal, it was clear that it was becoming much too dangerous.
The modern day mascot of the UCLA Bruins is like all the others, a person in a suit that represents the mascot. However, there was a time for UCLA during the 1920s to the 1930s, when their mascot was a real, live, gigantic brown bear.
Sources: 1) Bruin 2) UCLA Bruins | Image provided from Surviving College

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