When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

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When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

This past Saturday, an alleged drunken fan jumped Pucky the Whale, the Connecticut Whale AHL team mascot over a bet. Hes now charged with assault and is banned from the XL Center.

Awesome. Hope it was worth it.

Of course, this isnt the first time that a New England hockey mascot had to deal with drunken hockey fan behavior recently. Surely we all remember Kung Fu Lucic Girl who blasted a hole the size of a toddler into a bathroom pillar in the Garden.

Which led to this wonderful commercial.

And it also got us us thinking:

1) How many beers would it take you to be willing to dropkick, say, Wally the Green Monster?

2) What are some other great mascot attacks there were caught on film?

Our lawyers wont allow us to answer question 1, but we can do a quick rundown of question 2.

In no particular order, here are some other great Mascot Attacks.

10. MSU Cheerleader tackles the Wisconsin Mascot

Two things we learned here: 1) Dont steal MSUs flag. 2) If an MSU cheerleader can hit like that, imagine what the linebackers can do.

9. Sean Michaels gives some sweet chin music

This is exactly what most of us probably wants to do to mascots.

8. Dumb high schoolers punch mascot
This is the type of video evidence you dont want to put on the Internet.

7. Ohio University vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Things are bad when your mascot needs to set the tone for your team.

6. Houston Rockets mascot, Airhead Clutch, gobbles a cheerleader
This is the definition of 'WTF?'

5. Two men attack Sporty
What makes this news story is the fact that they interviewed the guy in his mascot outfit.

4. Oregon Ducks mascot beats down the Houston Cougar
Highly immature; highly hilarious. The taunting and pelvic thrusts by the Duck put this one over the top.

3. Kansas City chief mascot gets 15 yard penalty for piling after the whistle

Totally a 15-yarder. Also, why is the mascot a rat?

2. Barney vs. The Chicken
The heavy weight battle weve all dreamed of.

Apparently they had other run-ins. Who knew there was such a fierce rivalry?

Side note: Theres no better mascot than the Chicken. Hands down, The Best Ever.

1. Ace Ventura kicks the Eagles ass
By far, our favorite.

God, we love Ace.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.

First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

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First impressions: Red Sox implode in 6th inning, lose to Royals, 10-4

BOSTON -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

 

Boston’s bullpen continues to be a roll of the dice every night.

This time Matt Barnes was the latest reliever to suffer from the plague that’s filled this bullpen all season.

Part of it was bad luck on two perfectly placed balls, the other part was Raul Mondesi lacing a triple, and Lorenzo Cain smacking a single.

Robbie Ross was better, but not by much.

No lead seems safe in the hands of any Boston reliever.

 

David Ortiz keeps putting himself in the same breath as legendary Hall of Famers.

This time it was former Red Sox great Jimmie Foxx, who Ortiz is now tied with at 534 home runs, 18th all time.

Early in the season he’d match a legendary player every so often, it was impressive. Now it’s almost to be expected every night he plays.

Next on the all-time home run list is Yankee Legend Mickey Mantle with 536.

 

The bottom of the order continues to play an important role in Boston’s run production.

Chris Young got things started in the fifth, then Sandy Leon and Jackie Bradley Jr. kept it rolling so both Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts could cash in all three runners.

Moving JBJ back to ninth Saturday proved to be a good move, and moving Leon back down with his recent scuffles seems to be the best move, too.

Not only can they knock each other in any given instance, but they also put Dustin Pedroia (or Holt) and Bogaerts in run-producing situations, as opposed to just setting the table.

 

Chris Young’s hamstring shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

He was able to leg out the soft grounder to third base in the first inning.

Young has lost a step or two with age, but it seemed like he opened it up on the play.

Hopefully that’s a sign of the end of the injuries in left field this season.

 

Junichi Tazawa looked strong.

That’s more so an observation of his fastball reaching 94 mph.

Tazawa has a long way to go before he’s back to where he was, but the righty took a step in the right direction Sunday night. He retired Kansas City’s 2-3-4 hitters in his first inning and working past a leadoff single in his second inning of work.