AUTHOR'S NOTE: I apologize, in advance, to any law-abiding and funny mascots (aka "entertainers") who may be offended by the following personal opinion. While I have never met you - and personally doubt your existence - I respect your right to strap on a giant furry head and prance around stadiums and / or arenas. Just please leave me alone.
I have previously stated my very strong opinion about the appearance of mascots at sporting (and other) events. My personal disdain results from the incessant distraction these creatures generate by their very presence. I'm not there to see the Ballapeño. I'm there to watch a ballgame, consume some beverages and snacks and perhaps purchase merchandise from the gift shop.
Part of my frustration stems from the fact that many times you can't tell what it's supposed to be.
Then, of course, many mascots don't even have the decency to wear pants. Why put a jersey on if you're going commando down below? It's senseless. Senseless, and a mockery of all that is wholesome and pure about sports.
Now I come across this article about how mascots are disrespected in today's society. If it's that difficult, I say we practice some natural selection and get rid of the species completely.
Who's with me?
P.S. I am a little concerned about this guy.