The Florida Panthers have made the decision to bench their mascot, Stanley C. Panther, indefinitely after he hurt himself during a game on Dec. 17.
Stanley tried to jump over a chair and suffered an “undisclosed injury” and will be in a wheelchair while he recovers. (A Panther employee says he tore his MCL and ACL and will be out for a while)
Now you might think that the team would just put another person in that costume and keep it moving, but the Panthers aren’t going to do that.
At first I thought that this could be one big publicity stunt to allow the team no one really pays attention to the chance to steal a headline or two or perhaps they are too cheap to hire someone else. But a Panther employee confirmed to me that the team has no other option because no one else is insured to be a mascot in the organization. Apparently Mascoting is a pretty hard thing to do and obviously, from this incident, very dangerous. So the Panthers can’t just find someone else to be Stanley.
But Panther home games will not be mascot-less. Bernie from the Heat will pitch in, Billy the Marlin is free and is used to no one caring about the sport he is rooting for. To be honest I thought that Bernie did a better job rallying the crowd and was more entertaining than Stanley, he was throwing popcorn at Boston fans and playing air guitar….but that’s just my opinion.
All in all I hope that we see Stanley come back sooner rather than later…who else is going to spray silly string all over opposing fans and repel down from the ceiling?
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