For the second time in two years, the young man inside the PSU Nittany Lion mascot uniform has been arrested on charges related to the over comsuption of alcohol. Back in 2008, then mascot James Sheep was suspended following a DUI arrest. This season, freshman Clint “I’ll Have Another” Gyory was found passed out in the back of a pick-up truck after allegedly breaking a mirror off another vehicle, following a night of celebrating his 21st–oops, sorry make that his 20th–birthday, and blew and impressive .187% BAC. (Not enough to get him into the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings, but more than twice the legal limit.) As if JoePa didn’t have enough to worry about!
Gyory was suspended the first month or so of the season, replaced by his understudy who will no doubt start drinking heavily now that he has the burden of wearing that costume.
There, we had to say it, didn’t we? But really: who thinks their going to get away with arson in broad daylight wearing a mascot costume? Especially when you are dressed up as a giant bearded god of fire (not the Star Trek kind). No, it was not a great day for one James Shaffer of Johnstown, PA who, after allegedly setting the fire during the California University of Pennsylvania parade, also suffered some kind of personal medical condition.
University spokeswoman Christine Kindl said 20-year-old James Shaffer, of Johnstown, told the (Uniontown) Herald-Standard that he was undergoing “an evaluation at a medical facility” on Monday, a day after he was charged with setting the fire.
California borough police said Shaffer set fire to the float Sunday afternoon. It was parked on a street after breaking down Saturday during the university’s homecoming parade.
Shaffer dresses as the shaggy-haired, muscular Cal U. Vulcan at sports events and other functions.
He’ll face a preliminary hearing on arson, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct charges.
At BadJocks, we can’t get enough of sports mascots. Even when they’re being good, they can be bad, and when they’re bad they can be even worse. We’ve been covering the British mascot race called the Mascot Grand National for years now. It features guys in giant mascot heads and foam animal feet running over a cross-country course similar to a steeplechase event. A hoot, really, because in the costumes everyone usually falls, stumbles, or both.
That is, until a few years ago when “ringer” mascots (thought you’d never see those words together, did you?) started entering the race wearing little more than track suits and masks. These non-mascot, mascots are now the subject of–wait for it–a boycott of the event by the traditional mascots.
Keep in mind kids, this is a charity event that raises money for Special Olympics and really requires no actual skills to win . . . just slightly better balance.
Here are the sad details from This Is Lincolnshire. Below that is a first for the race and BadJocks: Video from inside the head of one of the mascots. If watching that doesn’t make you want to lose your breakfast, we don’t know what will.
DISGRUNTLED Lincoln City football mascot Poacher the Imp is involved in boycott plans threatening to disrupt this weekend’s Mascot Grand National. The friendly face of football at Sincil Bank is part of the rebel group who say they are fed up with the increasing number of “ringers” spoiling the annual charity event. Football mascots say these competitors are not people who appear week in, week out at football grounds.
Preston North End’s Deepdale Duck, Captain Blade of Sheffield United and AFC Wimbledon’s Haydon the Womble are expected to be included in the non-runners on Sunday. Crisis talks with officials at Huntingdon Racecourse, the host of the one-furlong race, have failed to resolve the issue. But event organisers say the event will still go ahead in an attempt to raise cash for the Special Olympics.
Lincoln-based training adviser Gary Hutchinson has played Poacher since 1998 and raised hundreds of pounds for charity by competing in the event. The 31-year-old from Newtoft, near Lincoln, said the fun had been lost from the race. e said: “Recent winners include Finedon Volta’s Graham the Gorilla, and Saffron Walden’s Wacky Macky Bear.
“Basically, these are guys who are coming just for the win. We asked for football mascots to be given a fair race but weren’t accommodated.”
It’s been a while since we’ve had some actual “Mascot Madness” here at BadJocks, but this case truly fits the bill.
For some reason, the joker inside the University of Ohio Bobcat mascot uniform decided it was a good idea to attack Brutus, the Ohio State Buckeye’s mascot before last Saturday’s match-up. And not in the good-natured, “let’s pretend to fight to amuse the fans” way that some sports mascots do.
No, this seems to be a completely unprovoked attack that left Brutus a little dazed and confused, but appears to have cost the man behind the bobcat mascot uniform, Brandon Hanning, his job. The real irony? Hanning isn’t even a student at OU anymore, and actually admits he only tried out for the mascot role so he could tackle Brutus in front of all of those OSU fans. We’re not lawyers, but that’s starting to sound like pre-meditated assault to us and wonder if someone in Columbus could bring this jerk up on charges, given his admission he did it on purpose?
Video of the incident is below, but here’s some details on this idiot’s plans from the Ohio U student newspaper:
Jason Corriher, assistant athletic director for Media Relations, announced in a statement that the person involved in the stunt has been banned from any further affiliation with Ohio Athletics.
“The department does not condone this behavior and apologizes for the negative effects that this had on an intercollegiate event between two proud institutions,” Corriher said in the statement. “This is not indicative of the quality partnership between the universities and reflected extremely poor judgment and sportsmanship.”
Brandon Hanning, the person in the Rufus costume, said he was not upset with the aftermath. “It was the whole reason I tried out (to be Rufus) last year,” he said. “I knew we were going back to OSU this year, and I wanted to tackle Brutus.”
Hanning, 19, is a student at Hocking College. He enrolled at OU last year but dropped out, he said. He added that he still hadn’t been informed of his firing, but didn’t care. Ohio coach Frank Solich said he did not know much about the situation. “Obviously we needed to tackle the guy with the ball, not the mascot.”
Oh, the humanity! First weekend of NFL football and we already have a mascot/cheerleader incident of epic proportions! You know, you never expect to see things like this on the field, especially in such a family-friendly environment like the NFL.
We’re waiting to hear if criminal charges will be filed.
This is not the first time at BadJocks that we’ve seen mascots attacked, although usually it’s done physically, and by someone who”s drunk. In fact, we have seen parents attack a school’s mascot: the last time they were The Devils and this time they are The Demons. But this time someone was willing to go so far as to get arrested for his belief.
A pastor who wants to get rid of the Demons mascot at Warner Robins High was arrested while picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday. Donald Crosby, pastor of God’s Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, was charged with disorderly conduct and picketing without a permit, both misdemeanors, after he refused to comply with officers requests to leave, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.
Crosby, 36, was free on $650 bond. Officers were dispatched to the school at 401 S. Davis Drive shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to the picketing, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Pugh said Crosby was among a group of about 30 people picketing against the school’s use of Demons as its mascot. The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, and officers offered to help him with the process of obtaining a permit but Crosby declined and would not leave, Pugh said. Crosby was arrested and the rest of the group disbanded without incident.
Crosby said he plans to contest the charges when his case goes to Warner Robins Municipal Court in October. “I didn’t know you had to get permission to voice your opinion,” Crosby said. Crosby said officers did not initially make it clear to him why the group could not picket peacefully. Crosby said he was handcuffed aggressively and tightly, held for 30 to 45 minutes before he was told what he was being charged with, and that he was never read his rights.