Lepre-gone

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Shocking news from the NBA as reports confirm that the World Champion Boston Celtics have parted ways with their acrobatic mascot “Lucky” amidst a swirl of rumour and controversy. Indications are not clear as to whether 33 year old Maine native Damon Lee Blust, who would dress in a garish mockery of a leprechaun costume and perform aerial dunks with the aid of a trampoline at the team’s home games, was outright fired or if it was just a case of “philosophical differences”.

Rumours abound that Mr. Blust was not exactly representing the legendary franchise in a manner management and ownership considered appropriate with sources citing unreliability in his attendance to charity events and a recent citation for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Sources also note him exhibiting a certain arrogance relating to his perceived stature within the organization, all of which suggests a case of a wee fellow with an ego spinning out of control. Apparently, since a well publicized appearance on the Conan O’Brien Show, the erstwhile mascot was increasingly convinced that he was “the face of the franchise” and acted thusly.

A comment released after his departure would certainly suggest a certain amount of complete delusion concerning his role on the team. “…I’m not getting any younger and like most professional athletes there comes a time to step out of the limelight…”

I’m sorry, Lucky me lad, but as hard as I look I can’t find your ppg or rebounding numbers for the 2007-08 season. Have I missed something?

Of course, it’s not the first time a team mascot has gotten a big head. There was the time the Philly Phanatic, in the midst of a savage drug and alcohol binge, was accused of inappropriate suggestions and conduct toward a group of high school cheerleaders during a local homecoming parade. No one in Dallas will soon forget the antics of Rowdy the Cowboy when the internet was flooded with candid photos of him, in full costume, at the 2004 Texas Strippers Convention. Then there was the time The Swinging Friar stole the Padre’s team jet for a lost weekend in Vegas with Bobby Brown, something the franchise’s image has yet to fully recover from.

In the case of Damon Lee Blust, he quite obviously pushed his luck a little too far and his time has clearly passed, as he now fades even further into the obscurity and indignity of a Fallen Mascot for whom there is, most certainly, no pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow.

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