Friday September 25th, 2015

As it turns out, being a mascot is a contact sport.

Earlier this month, a youth football player was completely leveled by Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky. In June, AFL mascot Shox the Fox was upended while minding his own business, walking in the end zone during a pass play.

Now, we have yet another mascot-related injury.

Tempe City Councilman David Schapira is resting at home after Sparky, Arizona State’s mascot, leaped on him and tore a muscle in his back. Schapira was recovering from back surgery, which will now take another four to six weeks.

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“Sparky came over and tried to console me and was shaking his head side-to-side in an apologetic manner, since he’s not allowed to say anything,” Schapira told “He was still in character. He didn’t stab me with a pitchfork, but he might as well have. It hurt like that.”

Schapira posted a frame-by-frame account of the incident on Twitter.

The city coucilman said he felt bad for Sparky.

“I’ve known someone who has played Sparky and I know it’s typically an undergraduate,” he said. “I know he felt terrible and I felt bad for him feeling bad for me.”

Let this be a lesson: if you are anywhere near a sports venue, you are at risk of a mascot attack. Mascots are dangerous. Be on the lookout for mascots.

- Kenny Ducey

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