Most Spurs fans would have difficulty identifying Rob Wicall if he was walking down the street in his normal clothing. But after he puts on his on-the-court uniform as the Spurs Coyote, Wicall’s role for the franchise is one of the most obvious and recognizable members of the organization. Wicall announced Wednesday he will be departing from the franchise at the start of next season. “Of course, it’s bittersweet, but I am excited to spend game nights with my family, explore some creative projects and be open to whatever other opportunities present themselves,” Wicall said in a prepared release. “Three years ago, I was diagnosis with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis, and so I’m passionate about staying fit and speaking on behalf of arthritis sufferers everywhere.”
The Toronto Raptors just won only their second playoff series in franchise history, which is obviously a huge deal. So how did the NBA franchise’s mascot — known simply as The Raptor — celebrate on Tuesday? As Toronto mayor John Tory read a congratulatory note to the Raptors, the big red dinosaur jumped into the session, rubbed a bald guy’s head, did a hand stand and poured some water. It was quite delightful.
Barry Anderson is officially the Bulls’ manager of entertainment. But his actual duties are performed anonymously as Benny the Bull. Until June 30. In a post on his Facebook page Friday, Anderson wrote that he’s stepping down as the popular mascot on June 30.
Chuck the Condor is born. The Clippers’ mascot finally hatched at halftime, and the cartoony condor dropped from the ceiling, flapping his wings and posing with the dance team before slapping five with the boss. It was strange. Chuck’s party was met with a mixture of cheers, boos and a whole lot of confusion, as people struggled to wrap their heads around a human-sized condor in a helmet and elbow and knee pads.
The LA Clippers are seeking a highly motivated, energetic and talented individual to become the new mascot for the team. The ideal candidate has experience performing as a mascot; possesses excellent non-verbal communication skills, is athletically and physically fit, and has a creative and humorous personality. In addition, the preferred candidate has sales and marketing experience, character branding experience and is capable of generating revenue through promotional appearances.