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McGruff: Taking It on the Chin

Poor McGruff. It's bad enough that he can't talk--no mascots can--and that he looks like he stepped out of the 1970s (Columbo called; he wants his trench coat back), now he's getting punched.

Over the weekend a Metro bus driver was charged with socking a patrol officer who had his McGruff head on. Worse, it was in front of a group of kids.

Allegedly, the driver, Shawn Brim, did it to be funny. It is--sort of. But, please, not in front of the children. Perhaps Brim could have pretended to punch McGruff and then turned around and put his hands behind his back.

Then the kids would have gotten the right lesson: Do the crime, do the time.

I fear for Woodsy Owl. And as for the Nationals' reworked mascot, Screech, I think he should travel with a bodyguard.

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By John Kelly  |  March 4, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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I, personally, think that if we tolerate Mascot Attackers, then society will be Doomed To Socialism. Which is why I think this guy ( should have gotten Hard Time.

Posted by: wiredog | March 4, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The driver obviously has a few anger retention issues. Anyone who thinks they can just walk up to someone and punch them needs some therapy.

Posted by: justhere | March 4, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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