I was originally going to right an outrageous response to a blog entry that many of you may have read. You can find the entire entry HERE. If you don’t want to read the whole thing, basically the guy doesn’t like mascots. Now, the guy puts a disclaimer at the top saying he’s a huge Broncos fan and that sometimes you just need to complain. Duly noted. I’m not saying it didn’t ruffle my feathers and I understand that some people just don’t like mascots. So I was going to tear this guy apart (in a funny way) and maybe create a dialogue between us that people would find entertaining, but I decided that maybe he had some valid questions. So I decided I would answer them. Well, mainly this one:
“Why do we need this?
Is this a ploy to increase sales of mascot-related merchandise? Because I can’t see any respectable parent buying the hard back book “Mile’s Grand Adventure: a chronicle of Mile’s A-to-Z journey around the state of Colorado,” or a serious golfer shelling out $33 for headcovers in the shape of Mile’s head?”
Now, I realize he’s just ranting, but a lot of people probably don’t realize what I do. Running around at the game “(theoretically) entertaining children” is only 10 days out of my year. The author also mentions that we already had a mascot, in Thunder. 100% correct. So why another mascot is his question. Allow me to break it down…
-Let’s say this guy actually procreates. Being a hard core Bronco Fan, he’ll undoubtedly take his child to a game WAY before they can appreciate football. With all the stuff going on during gameday, what’s the kid going to probably take notice of? The horsey? Probably. Now, will Thunder come over and take a picture? Probably not, Thunder is very limited in where he can go on the field. Will Thunder sign an autograph picture that the kid will take home and put up on the wall that will then become their first Bronco fixation, only to grow into another hardcore Bronco Fan (to the delight of daddy)? Most likely not. Will Miles be something the kid can identify with, and be able to take the time to take pictures and sign autographs? YOU BET BABY!
-Will Thunder be able to visit the kids that are stuck in their beds in the Hospitals?
-Will Thunder be able to show up for someone’s birthday party?
-Will Thunder be able to be at your company’s Holiday party that they scheduled at Invesco because all the employees are huge Broncos fans?
-Will Thunder be able to be at your son’s Bar Mitzvah?
-Will Thunder be able to be at the starting line at Race for the Cure?
-Will Thunder be at the wedding of two hardcore Broncos fans?
-Will Thunder be making appearances at the Boys & Girls Clubs over the summer?
-Will Thunder represent the Broncos for Mascot Hockey at the Eagles game?
I could go on, but the point I’m trying to make is that I do a lot more than “act like a complete buffoon” at games. I know there are a lot of you out there who like mascots and understand what we do, but for the people that don’t, maybe this will open their eyes a little.
Each year I do anywhere from 225 to almost 300 appearances. Many of those are to support local charities and community initiatives. I’m not trying to toot my own horn here, I just want people like this guy to realize why teams have mascots. The very last reason we exist is to sell more product. The one thing I love about most Broncos fans is they support the team, the whole team. They love the players, coaches, the cheerleaders, and yes, even the mascots. So the next time you see a mascot and wonder, “What the heck is he doing, and why is he even here?” just think about all the other things they probably do in (and for) the community.