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Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Posted on: January 25, 2012 7:43 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2012 7:44 pm
 


By: Adam Gretz

Your bizarre NHL story of the day comes from an incident that took place during a Bruins-Lightning game in Tampa Bay last week.

Video surfaced of the Lightning mascot, Thunderbug, getting tackled from behind by a fired up Bruins fan after he was covered in silly string by said mascot.

Of course, the whole thing was as absurd as you would expect a hockey fan covered in silly string tackling a giant bug to be.

The fan was seen being escorted out of the seating area by arena security and according to WTSP in Tampa Bay, was eventually allowed to return to his seat.

The person that won't be returning to the arena, however, at least in the same capacity, is the woman that was inside the Thunderbug costume, as she will not work another game for the team according to the Lightning. While the silly string incident reportedly played a role in the dismisal, "it wasn't the only factor."

Not surprisingly, there is already a Facebook page dedicated to saving Thunderbug's job, and it's already passed 1,000 fans. So go fight the good fight, if you choose.

Personally, I find almost all mascots to be more trouble than they're worth most of the time, especially if I'm paying good money for a seat only to have a giant sideshow blocking my view of the field/court/ice for any amount of time. But that's just me.

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Comments

Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:03 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Lightening Bug vs Bruin Thug.  This guy, the cheap shot artist, can be in my arena anytime!  Love how he tackled the mutant bug from behind.  Lesson to be learned here:  Never turn your back on a bruin fan!  What do you expect from a team that chooses to promote controversy when their emo goal keeper decides not to show up to be honored by the President of the United States.   



Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Its sad that someone doing their job gets fired because a person cannot take a joke. Really you got that upet over silly string. Dude, get a life. 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Ah, another classy fan from Boston.  And the guy is twice the size of the mascot. Lighten up, pal.  At least he restrained himself enough, unlike those wonderful Flyers fans beating on the Ranger fan after the Winter Classic.

LET'S GO RANGERS!
GO GIANTS!!



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:28 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

The Bruins fan physically assaulted someone (turns out it was a woman) for a little silly string. The mascot may have been out of line, but the Bruins fan was WAY out of line. He should've been ejected from the arena.

If you can't take a little teasing and ribbing, especially from a mascot, when you go into the enemy's arena, then you shouldn't go into the enemy's arena. If that's the way he reacts to mascot's silly stringing, I'd hate to see his reaction if a Tampa fan had spilled beer on him.



Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:25 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

I hate mascots but the guy seemed to over-react a little. It's not like the bug spilled his beer like Dinger did to me.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 7:25 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

So if a thousand fans have joined the page to save this mascot that means it's about 900 more fans then the Lightning have in Tampa period. That is until the playoffs start (which they won't be a part of this year.)




Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:43 am
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Yea, Jeff, I am well aware of that. I told him that (he didn't say anything of course!) when he presented me with my electric guitar 3 years ago.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:23 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Ark Razor, also remember that our LA Kings' Bailey is also named in honor of Ace Bailey.  It was Ace and Mark Bavis that were on one of the ill fated flights on 9/11, that were flown into the World Trade Center.  Yeah, our mascot, can be a tad of an over-homer, but that's okay.  He was created as a reminder and as honor to a former Kings' employee who happened to be part of one of the worst days in American history.  Bless their souls and all the nearly 3000 souls that lost their lives that day.

Jeff



Since: Mar 26, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:54 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

Amen. I don't like it when Bailey gets in my way and pounds that drum in my ears. Other than that, I think he's a plus; but he's had to hone his act over the years. At first, he made fun of everyone- including children. That change fortunately. I think people realize now that if they a part of an intermission event on the ice, Bailey will bother them.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:42 pm
 

Tampa mascot let go after silly string incident

First, the "he" is a "she", as stated in the article. Second, the incident was sparked by the mascot spraying some guy with silly string who was watching the game and didn't appear to indicate that he wanted to take part in any sort of goofy interaction or have something sprayed in his eye. If anything, I'd think the fan could sue for technically being "assaulted" with silly string.


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