It’s not easy being a mascot. Just ask this guy. But still, you never expect your team’s mascot to be attacked while entertaining children at an amusment park.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times: “[Benny the Bull] was attacked Wednesday as he was escorting a group of kids to the go-kart area at Odyssey Fun World, 19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, police said. As the group crossed a foot bridge leading to the go-kart area, a man and woman approached from the opposite direction. The mascot began dancing in front of the couple, according to a police report. The man became agitated and made threatening remarks to Benny. The report said the man then pushed Benny, causing the mascot to lose his balance and fall into a railing and to the ground, police said.”
Don’t worry. Benny hurt his wrist but refused medical treatment, so I’m guessing he’s okay.
This is just the latest incident in The Benny Saga. Here are a few of Benny’s greatest hits:
A Taste of the Law: On July 2, 2006, Benny (portrayed by Barry Anderson) was arrested by an off-duty police officer while performing at the Taste of Chicago. Dressed in full mascot regalia, Anderson zoomed his miniature motorcycle through the festival — be prepared to gasp — without the required permit. (The city of Chicago takes its miniature motorcycling very seriously.) When the officer, who was providing security at the event, identified himself as a Po-Po and ordered Anderson to stop, Anderson beat a very brave retreat. The officer pursued on foot and (amazingly) caught up to Anderson, who punched him in the face, knocking off the officer’s glasses and breaking his watch. (Apparently he was wearing the watch on his face.) According to Anderson, he was just acting “in character.” (Because, as everyone knows, Benny the Bull is a notorious cop-puncher.) Anderson was charged with two offenses: Misdemeanor battery and driving within the parkway. Those charges were later dropped.
When Mascots Attack: On February 12, 2008, Benny slapped palm with the wrong oral surgeon. Dr. Don Kalant, who must be made out of stained glass and peanut brittle, suffered a hyperextended arm and a ruptured bicep muscle when Benny high-fived him during a Bulls home game against the New Orleans Hornets. Kalant bravely stayed for the rest of the game but later had surgery and had to miss about four months of work. Naturally, Kalant sued the Bulls — who as Benny’s employer are legally responsible for his actions — and is seeking unspecified damages for medical bills, physical pain and lost earnings. The lawsuit claims that Benny was negligent in either “falling forward while grabbing a fan’s hand” or “running out of control” through the crowd. And I think you’ll agree that out-of-control crowd running is a menace that must be stopped. After all, our country’s greatest oral surgeons are in grave danger.
Dirty Secrets: In March of 2008, the mascot got into a fight on The Jerry Springer Show. No, really.
Benny versus Kevin Garnett: On April 1, 2008, Benny sniped Kevin Garnett and James Posey from behind with a t-shirt cannon during the closing minutes of the Celtics/Bulls game. According to the Boston Herald report: “Garnett initially had to be restrained by a member of the officiating crew as Benny stood a safe distance away.” Huh. What happens when a mascot pees themselves in terror? I guess we’d have to ask Benny that question. Kudos to Posey for finding some humor in the situation. “I don’t know. I feel threatened. I don’t feel safe. They really have tough love here, but it was definitely an inside job. They made the mascot do it. I got hit in the back walking away. That spot on my back is sore. I might have to get treatment on it.” Of course, I’m only assuming he’s kidding.
OHHH HELL NO Our legend THE ONE AND ONLY MIKE totally dissed lebron james by saying that JORDAN himself was always totally interested in beating down larry bird and magic johnson down to the wire instead of joining forces with them, now look at this fool whom will totally destroy his legacy, especially when he fails to win an NBA title in south beach because lebron james should have signed with the Bulls if he was totally serious about winning NBA titles or he should have stayed in cleveland if he was a true baller whom could have totally embraced a challenge by trying to win NBA titles with cleveland whether he won titles or not.I can guarantee anyone D’Rose and Noah won’t ever at all be interested in leaving the Windy City because they will win NBA titles year after year in Chicago like JORDAN and PIPPEN once did in Chicago.Rose and Noah will totally embrace a warrior’s death by both winning NBA titles year after year and losing in Chicago like JORDAN and PIPPEN once went through winning and losing in the Windy City. GO BULLS.
LBJ is a buster clear and simple. A legend as an MJ, Bird, Magic ect. he will NEVER be that is clear. Those guys were competitors and wanted to prove that they could beat the other great players. LBJ went to Wade’s team, a legend would never ever do such a thing. I didn’t like LBJ before and I am glad that most can now see that he is a wanna be legend. He may win rings this way but still I think most will now put to rest that he can be considered one of the greats. He is a coward and I am glad he made a poor decision and hurt his overall marketability.
BULL4EVER…i respect the message you’re saying, but please don’t use whom like you are. ‘Whom’ is not simply a fancier way of ‘who’, there’s a way to use it correctly.
Nice roundup of Benny antics. Seriously, the guy(s) who portray him or come up with his stunts seem to be pretty crazy. I remember a Bulls game I was at last season when he was driving that mini-motorcycle down the aisle onto the court during a timeout. Just so incredibly dangerous. I was there with my father and brother, and my father, who is a lawyer, was nervously shifting in his seat, just thinking about all the potential liability for the Bulls. At the same time, we all agreed that it was completely awesome.
Wasn’t there some ESPN poll last year where Benny ranked as the best mascot in sports or something?
did anyone hear the d wade comments on the world trade refrence? has LBJOB said anything since his broadcast? i know the guy is really sick on the court but the dude is puss, and what is d wade ex wife tellin his kids ” that’s right Boys your daddy don’t give a damn about you” worthless! Bosh got his and that kool but the other two i hope they break their legs, i used to like wade but after the 2 meetings with bulls saying his kids were going to be a factor in his decision, i hate em both now, i feel better now later
We have a point guard.
“The Warriors have agreed to send point guard C.J. Watson to the Chicago Bulls for a 2011 second-round pick, multiple team sources told the Bay Area News Group on Tuesday.”
Hell yAh! the Bulls got C.J Watson! great move! Now we have another guy that can hit 3 point shots at a high percentage and he can play defense! all we need now is another big guy who can backup J. Noah or C. Boozer in case they get hurt. Someone like: Etan Thomas, Kwame Brown, Kurt Thomas, Steven Hunter or Nazr Mohammed.
@dj, CJ Watson shot 31% from 3pt line last season and is a 35% 3pt shooter for his career. On the other hand he does D-up. Were you being sarcastic? I think CJ is a good back-up for DRose.
Now it is time to focus on the front line again. I like the looks of Louis Amundson, Josh Boone, Joe Alexander or Kwame Brown or even 2 of those guys to bolster the front line.
I was not being sarcastic, I think CJ Watson is a really good 3 point shooter. Did u not see his high light videos? most of his shots came from behind the 3 point line! U are also forgetting that C.J Watson had a good season in 08-09 shooting 40% from the 3 point line! I think this is a great pickup for the Bulls to have CJ Watson as a backup PG behind D. Rose, that can score and play defense like Hinrich but, cheaper. =)
Like I said before, me personally I think the Bulls need to focus on getting another big guy that can play both positions PF and C. Someone like: Etan Thomas, Kwame Brown, Kurt Thomas, Steven Hunter, Nazr Mohammed or Josh Boone I guess. lol
Then we can add our summer league players like: John Lucas III and Morris Almond to complete our 13 man roster.
PG: D. Rose
SG: R. Brewer
SF: L. Deng
PF: C. Boozer
C: J. Noah
PG: C.J. Watson
SG: K. Korver
SF: James Johnson
PF: Taj Gibson
C: Omer Asik
PF-C: Etan Thomas (hopefully)
G-F: Morris Almond (hopefully
PG: John Lucas III (hopefully)
Take Boone hes the best deal for the money
We need to grab a big guy and quick. I prefer someone who can pick and pop like Kurt Thomas. I like Etan Thomas but Kurt has better range on his jumper and will be cheaper.
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