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Whatever You Do, Don’t Touch His Head” A Review and an Interview With a Former Mr. Met


What would possess an otherwise sane high school or college student (Is there such an animal?) too often leave behind their career ambitions to throw their hats into an ultra-competitive ring for the chance to wear a sweaty and often foul smelling animal suit, only to face the humiliation of their peers as a team mascot? The truth is men as well as women have served for teams in both the pro and amateur ranks for years and often made a name, not to mention a hefty paycheck in the process. Case in point, AJ Mass, who happens to have served a stint as “Mr. Met,” and relates some of his experiences as a mascot in his just released book, Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.
Yes, it’s Hot In Here not only recounts some of his hilarious and sometimes harrowing tales of life as one of baseball’s busiest, and at the time, few mascots, but explores the entertaining history of the mascot, from its jester roots in Renaissance society to the slapstick pantomine of the Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin, all the way up to the mascots of the slam-dunk, rock-and-roll, Jumbotron culture of today. Along the way Mass talks to the pioneers among modern-day mascots like Dave Raymond (Phillie Phanatic), Dan Meers (K.C. Wolf), and Glenn Street (Harvey the Hound) and finds out what it is about being a mascot that simply won’t leave the performer.
What could possess an otherwise educated and intelligent person with so much career promise to abandon it all to take a job with no real promise other than a considerable amount of potential, in order to walk to the center of a sports park and hope to create pandamoniumtotal with so little, even when the team they represent might be losing. It’s not a life that’s full of roses. After all, there are kids that don’t understand the concept that there’s a human being inside, and as a result might give a swift kick to his shins. Otherwise, your usual exhaustive work day includes other promotional feats such as numerous opportunities to bend WAY down for group hugs and let’s not forget a hot and smelly costume.
Mass should know, since he even predates the San Diego Chicken and so many other creatures of record. Despite this, he still has the distinction of being one of the few bright lights in Mets history.

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A Doggone Good Interview With Shell-E

1. What organization do you represent?
Well, I'm my own dog as such. Unlike my big league mascot brothers and sisters, I'm not backed by an organization. However, I represent every shelter pet. My job is to get them as many fans as I can. Just like my big league mascot pals do for their team.Wait a tail waggin' second....Maybe I am like them. BOL! (bark out loud)
2. How long have you been around the mascot business?
In dog years? 35. Ok, I'll stop being a smug Pug. 2015 will be my fifth year.
3. What are some of your fondest memories?
Wow. Since these are made daily, that's a rawhide question. Going to schools and meeting kids who have done wonderful things for the animal shelters in their community is quiet fond to this Fido.
4. Do you look up to any mascots?
Yes, when they drop down from the arena ceiling. BOL! OK, now I'm being as serious as an empty treat jar. Benny the Bull keeps my nose to wind.
5. What are your favorite treats?
The ones that are in an endless supply and I can swallow whole.
6. What are you favorite events to attend?
Pet adoption events are the dog diggity. Parades are pristine. I gotta tell ya though, my goal is TO BE the favorite thing at any event I attend.
7. Do you travel?
Yes, but since I am self funded my budget doesn't allow me to buy a very long leash. However, I am micro-chipped so I'm ready when the opportunity sniffs me out.
8. What is something you would like to say, but can’t out loud?
I like cats.
9. Do you love car rides?
YES YES OOOHHHH YES ARE WE GOING? ARE WE GOING??? Sorry, you said the "R" word. Be warned. When I stick my big, lovable head out of the window, the car will lose about five miles per gallon.
10. Who’s a good doggie?
The one adopted from a shelter. :0)
Thanks so much to Shell-E the Shelter Dog for taking to the time to interview with us. Catch Shell-E on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/shelletheshelterdog.

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Takes More Than a Great Costume to Make an Outstanding Mascot


Have you noticed that some mascots with the best costumes are about as exciting as watching fresh paint drying? The quality of the costume may help enhance the ambiance and panache of a team mascot, but it cannot work magic.
The bottom line: Great mascots need more than outstanding costumes to entertain and motivate players and fans. They need–personality and bizarre behavior!
Some of the best mascots have the most marginal costumes, but became famous for entertaining all who watched them. Just think for a moment about the iconic San Diego Chicken. The costume was not very cool or funny. Yet the San Diego Chicken became famous for entertaining audiences young and old.
Another example is the Phillie Phanatic. The costume: absurd. The Phanatic: humongously entertaining. From the days the Phanatic outrageously taunted the Boston Red Sox, the Philly Phanatic has been one of the favorite, most entertaining mascots onthe planet.
When the Philadelphia Phillies finally retires the Phanatic, there will be a spot in the mascot Hall of Fame waiting for him. This example is further proof that it’s the mascot’s personality that counts, not the quality of the costume.
Of course, the Phillie Phanatic makes good use of his costume to get laughs. But, it remains the Phanatic’s personality that translates into action and entertainment. There are others, devoid of outstanding costumes, that manage to entertain fans regularly.
For example, Jaxson de Ville, this year’s favorite mascot, but the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars favorite every day, has a cute, but not great costume. In fact, Jaxon’s outfit is neither outrageous nor funny. Yet, Jaxson was more entertaining than the Jaguars team this season. The Jaguars were awful; Jaxson was magnificent. He was the only claim to fame for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2014 season.
See Jaxon’s pic displayed below the title of this article. You be the judge. Was it his costume or his winning personality?

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2014 Favorite Mascot of the Year Finals (CLOSED)

Fans you’ve chosen your favorite mascots now it’s time to have that mascot bring home the prize we are amazed at the response this year brining over 100,000 votes. We give great thanks to all the sports teams that supported this poll now same rules apply as the last round you may vote once a day. This poll, however, is for only going on this week, so you’ll have till 11:59 on Sunday August 10th to vote. Good Luck to all the mascots and we can’t wait to see who win’s this year!
Voting has ended, thank you for joining us this year the whole MascotInsider Wishes a big congrats to Jaxson DeVille. Please be sure to visit “Mascot Hall of Fame” in a few days to see the award and statement from Jaxson.
(POLL HERE COMING SOON)

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2014 Mascot Games Review

We've had a fantastic week at Amway Center with Mascot Games in town. This event is amazing we our proud to present TWO full hours of Mascot Games for you to enjoy meaning you'll be able to view the Full Event below. We began our Mascot Games coverage with a visit to Florida Hospital for Children on Thursday Stormy, Louie Blues, Shades and Sebastian the Ibis all surprised a visit with the children check out the video below..

It's now Friday and it's the first day of Mascot Games excited camps are all here ready for the excitement before the games start all campers were invited to a big fun outside which included fun game to play including from playing the Wii to playing a little game of soccer. Around 12:30 the games officially kicked off with a our national anthem being sung by the amazing singer Gina Maria Incandela it gives you chills how amazing she can sign it was a great way to kick off the 21st Mascot Games now without spoiling anything we now invite you to join us in the first day of the games below this is a FULL video showing you everything we hope you enjoy!

We hope you've enjoyed Friday's coverage, it's now Saturday it's the last day of the Mascot Games. The games begin today at 2:00 but select fans who bought a VIP Meet & Greet package which is new this year around 12:30 got a chance to meet and greet with all the amazing mascots it was madness but fun and everyone had a great time. Around 1:30 we said goodbye to all the mascots as they prepare to get ready for the games and we took our spot on the floor to begin the final days of the games, Again we don't want to spoil anything so we invite you to check out the FULL mascot games below.

That ends the amazing Mascot Games event we thank New Hope for Kids for allowing us to cover this event. We are also proud to announce CEO of MascotInsider was interviewed by Jr. Journalists as soon as that is posted we'll be sure to post it on our social networks. We also invite you to view OVER 400 photos from our Photos page by clicking here. Till then this will be your 2014 Mascot Games coverage thanks for joining us and see you next year!!

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2014 Favorite Mascot of The Year Poll Round One (CLOSED)

Thank you fans for taking the time to nominate your favorite mascots, it’s very exciting to begin this for the Third year in a row! Who’s going to make it to the final round and take home this year’s award? Begin by voting below, we wish all mascots best of luck.. Just as a reminder, you may vote ONCE a Day. It may be possible to vote on another device that’s OK, however, we only guarantee one vote a DAY. Poll Ends TWO weeks from today (July 26th 2014 8 AM EST).
POLL is now CLOSED thank you to everyone who voted to stay tuned for more details regarding finals to be posted soon.
(Polls Placed Here Shortly)

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Participating Mascots Announced for the 21st Annual MASCOT GAMES


Participating Mascots Announced for the 21st Annual MASCOT GAMES
Coming to the Amway Center July 25 & 26
Orlando, FL – New Hope for Kids has announced the mascots that will compete in the 21st Annual Mascot Games, playing the Amway Center on Friday, July 25, at 12:30 p.m., and Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m., following a one-year hiatus.  Participating mascots include Stuff from the Orlando Magic, Albert and Alberta from the University of Florida, Burnie from the Miami Heat and fan favorite Lil Red from the University of Nebraska.  The complete list is below.  
The Mascot Games feature mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games.  Fans of all ages will enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition, as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA battle through gladiator-themed games to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
All proceeds from the Mascot Games 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.
Tickets are on sale now.  General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  On Saturday only, all-access tickets –which include a Mascot meet and greet and reserved seating –are available for $25, and reserved seating is available for $20.  Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the Mascot Games website at www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need.  It brings hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses.  Find out about New Hope for Kids by visiting www.newhopeforkids.org.
21st Annual Mascot Games Participating Mascots
Ace – Toronto Blue Jays  
Burnie – Miami Heat
Fin the Whale – Vancouver Canucks  
Harry the Hawk – Atlanta Hawks
Lil Red – U of N
N.J. Devil – New Jersey Devils  
Raymond – Tampa Bay Rays  
Rowdy – Dallas Cowboys  
Sebastian – University of Miami  
Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes  
Stuff the Magic Dragon – Orlando Magic
Thunderbug – Tampa Bay Lightning  
Albert + Alberta – University of Florida
Moondog – Cleveland Cavaliers
Knightro – University of Central Florida
Tommy Hawk – Chicago Blackhawks
D. Baxter the Bobcat – Arizona Diamondbacks
Louie – St. Louis Blues
Slamson the Lion – Sacramento Kings
Stormy – Carolina Hurricanes

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Third Annual Most Favorite Mascot of the Year Nominations (CLOSED)

It’s finally HERE again MascotInsider Presents the Most Favorite Mascot of the Year voted by you Fans! Last year, after another amazing response, Marty took home the prize! Who will it be this year? As always you begin the poll’s by nominating your favorite mascot. You’ll have two week’s from today’s post (Saturday, June 21st, 2014) to submit your nominations! Begin below..
Thank you for your submissions, please stay tuned on Saturday for Polls to begin.

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New Hope for Kids Announces The 21st Annual MASCOT GAMES To Play Amway Center July 25 & 26


Orlando, FL – After a one year hiatus, the Mascot Games are back by popular demand, playing the Amway Center on Friday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m. And Saturday, July 26 at 2 p.m. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m.
The Mascot Games feature approximately 30 mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games. Fans of all ages will enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition, as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and NCAA battle through gladiator-themed games, to determine the true champions of the mascot world.
“We are extremely thrilled to be bringing the Mascot Games back to the Amway Center this summer,” said Dave Joswick, Executive Director of New Hope for Kids. “This event has been always been a fun summer tradition for kids and families, and we’re thrilled to bring the excitement back once again.”
All proceeds from the Mascot Games benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one, and to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, May 9 at 10 a.m. General admission tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  On Saturday only, all-access tickets, which include a mascot meet and greet and premium seating, are available for $25 and premium seating is available for $20. Group seating for Summer Camps is available by downloading a form from the Mascot Games website at www.mascotgames.org under the “Summer Camps” tab.
Since 1996, New Hope for Kids has been helping Central Florida children in need.  It brings hope, healing and happiness to children and families suffering from grief, loss or life-threatening illnesses.  Find out about New Hope for Kids by clicking HERE.

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Inside Keystone Mascot Camp

If you have ever been to a summer camp, you know how crazy it can get, but have you ever been to a Mascot camp? Now that is a completely different level of crazy! Keystone Mascot Company offers a camp for mascots to develop their skills, whether it is costume care, crowd interactions, or simply body language. The 3-day camp is full of fun, furry action. 3 days of non-stop fun sounds pretty awesome! On the 3rd day, the camp has a graduation game, where the campers perform a skit and then run wild! The graduation game usually takes place at minor league baseball game, but can change, depending on what is available.
I, myself, have been to the camp and experience the “awesomeness” of it. The counselors, or coaches, are hilarious and even get in suit to join in on the fun! The coaches still help me to this day, very nice people and they will teach you a lot about the great “art of mascotting.” I loved my experience at the camp and I am also planning on going back this following summer!
I would recommend the camp to anyone planning on going on as a college/professional mascot or if you just simply want to have some fun in a furry suit! Keystone Mascot camp is the camp to go with, if you are looking to have some awesome fun!

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MascotInsider Attends IAAPA 2013

MascotInsider once again attendant IAAPA 2013 an expo designed for company's that work or own Theme Park Businesses. This year newer Mascot Company's joined IAAPA this year and we are pleased to bring you video interviews and a great photo recap of IAAPA 2013. And to make it even more amazing IAAPA brought in some HUGE records this year with just under 30,000 people attended the expo this year!
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We wanted to thank IAAPA for another amazing year as well as the great company's that we interviewed at this amazing expo we can't wait to show you what's new mascot stuff arrives in November 2014 see you next time.

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High on Controversy for the Bongy

A few months ago we covered a story regarding a mascot that a Town didn’t like we were able to get a hold of to interview him check it out below!
1. You were featured on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. What are you thoughts on that? I am pretty excited about being on the Colbert Report. I have all kinds of cute girl mascots calling me now. Even Minnie Mouse called me. I’m famous now….and I love it.
2. How has this media exposure changed your life? My life is changing by the minute. Like I said…. Minnie mouse even wants a date…. I even have some movie deals I am discussing.
3. Why do you think Esquimalt City Councillor Tim Morrison is trying to run you out of town? You just would not believe it… You just never think you would see that political corruption you see on TV in your own back yard…. If you Google Bongy the bong warehouse esquimalt bc than you will see some pictures of me out in the neighborhood having a good time. The one picture I am referring to is of me up on a cube van doing the jig promoting a sale at ” The Bong Warehouse” across the street. Well….low and behold….. Good old Timmy Boy and his sister have financial ties to the condominium project you see in the picture behind me. I guess they feel we are lowering the property values. We used to have a liquor store next door and right next to this condominium project the other liquor store was mysteriously burned to the ground. It was called ” The Tudor House Pub” I can’t believe that monster would have that place run out of town too…. All I am trying to do is offer the lovely residents of this neighborhood a convenient place to purchase discount medical devices for their natural pain management. More of our clients are over fifty than under. Sometimes I really get scared that he is gonna hurt me but people need me and I am there for them. We aren’t going anywhere. They will have to burn us out too.
4. Tim Morrison has proposed legislation that would require mascots on public property to have a permit. Your thoughts? I think having to have a permit to walk down the street is an outrageous display of racism. Do mascots have no rights? What is this world coming too. I will stand tall and walk the streets when and how I feel like it. I am a mascot with pride.
5. When people see you what are their immediate reactions? When people see me I am welcomed with smiles and open arms. This Tim Morrison character has small man syndrome and is really mad that he is so short. Short in many ways the girls tell me.
Thank you to Bongy for taking the time to interview with us.

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