Mackerel Jordan at Va. Tech
See, I wish I had known this when I decided to go to U-Conn.-Georgetown instead of Maryland-Va. Tech. Had I known Mackerel Jordan was going to Blacksburg, I might have followed. Who's Mackerel Jordan, you ask? Here's the beginning of Aaron McFarling's MD-VT column from the Roanoke Times:
The past threatened to haunt them. The kids did not allow it.
The pressure could have paralyzed them. The kids didn't let it.
A giant fish named Mackerel Jordan -- not to be confused with Shaquille O'Seal and Whale Gretzky, who were also on hand -- ate a human whole, then spit out the guy's clothes at midcourt of Cassell Coliseum.
The kids were again unfazed.
OK, so maybe that last one was just a bizarre halftime novelty act. I'm about 80 percent confident nobody perished in the incident, but even if somebody had, it wouldn't have rattled the kids. The kids did not blink.
More specifically, Mackerel Jordan is one of the characters offered by ZOOperstars!, whose other offerings include Cow Ripken Jr., Snail Earnhardt, Clammy Sosa and Nomar Garciaparrot. Seriously, had I been there, there's a 94 percent chance I would have followed Mackerel Jordan, pied-piper like, for the rest of the day and missed the dramatic missed-shot ending.
And this is a natural place to mention that Forbes Mag just came out with a photo gallery of America's Top 10 Sports Mascots. The top four (Philly Phanatic, San Diego Chicken, Mr. Met and Racing Sausages) are all baseball, and none of the Top 10 carry a whiff of D.C. Um, hello, Gunston?
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