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When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

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When fans and mascots go fisticuffs, the Internet wins

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

This past Saturday, an alleged drunken fan jumped Pucky the Whale, the Connecticut Whale AHL team mascot over a bet. Hes now charged with assault and is banned from the XL Center.

Awesome. Hope it was worth it.

Of course, this isnt the first time that a New England hockey mascot had to deal with drunken hockey fan behavior recently. Surely we all remember Kung Fu Lucic Girl who blasted a hole the size of a toddler into a bathroom pillar in the Garden.

Which led to this wonderful commercial.

And it also got us us thinking:

1) How many beers would it take you to be willing to dropkick, say, Wally the Green Monster?

2) What are some other great mascot attacks there were caught on film?

Our lawyers wont allow us to answer question 1, but we can do a quick rundown of question 2.

In no particular order, here are some other great Mascot Attacks.

10. MSU Cheerleader tackles the Wisconsin Mascot

Two things we learned here: 1) Dont steal MSUs flag. 2) If an MSU cheerleader can hit like that, imagine what the linebackers can do.

9. Sean Michaels gives some sweet chin music

This is exactly what most of us probably wants to do to mascots.

8. Dumb high schoolers punch mascot
This is the type of video evidence you dont want to put on the Internet.

7. Ohio University vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Things are bad when your mascot needs to set the tone for your team.

6. Houston Rockets mascot, Airhead Clutch, gobbles a cheerleader
This is the definition of 'WTF?'

5. Two men attack Sporty
What makes this news story is the fact that they interviewed the guy in his mascot outfit.

4. Oregon Ducks mascot beats down the Houston Cougar
Highly immature; highly hilarious. The taunting and pelvic thrusts by the Duck put this one over the top.

3. Kansas City chief mascot gets 15 yard penalty for piling after the whistle

Totally a 15-yarder. Also, why is the mascot a rat?

2. Barney vs. The Chicken
The heavy weight battle weve all dreamed of.

Apparently they had other run-ins. Who knew there was such a fierce rivalry?

Side note: Theres no better mascot than the Chicken. Hands down, The Best Ever.

1. Ace Ventura kicks the Eagles ass
By far, our favorite.

God, we love Ace.

Inconsistent Bruins hope to settle in at home

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Inconsistent Bruins hope to settle in at home

BRIGHTON -- The Bruins' actual 2-3-0 won-loss record isn’t particularly terrible, especially when you consider they were without Patrice Bergeron and David Backes.

But they've been wildly inconsistent within those first five games, playing a couple of very good games against the Predators and Coyotes while suffering three ugly, non-competitive losses to Colorado and Vegas. The Bruins are 20th in goals scored (2.8 goals per game) and 22nd in goals allowed (3.6), and their special teams have been average at best in a soft part of the schedule that should have allowed them to get off to a good start.

The Bruins have looked sloppy much of the time with chaotic breakouts, far too many breakdowns in defensive coverage, and goaltending has been average at best.

As a result they're scuffling in the Atlantic Division as the Lightning and Maple Leafs have sprinted out to strong starts. Clearly it’s still early -- nearly the entire season is in front of them -- but there’s also no illusion about the need for a quick turnaround in what’s going to be a competitive division.

That's why the next four games, all at TD Garden, are so important.

“We’ve been inconsistent in our game. We’ve been good and we’ve been not good, so hopefully being home will allow us to get back into form,” said coach Bruce Cassidy. “We knew going in with a youth movement that we’d had some ups and downs. We’ve had both. We’ve had some really strong games and we’ve had some other games where there’s a learning curve.

“As good as [our] prospects are, it falls on the core group to be solid and consistent every night. Then you lose a bit of your core group [to injuries] and you need your support players that aren’t your core group -- but aren’t kids, either -- to contribute. So we’re battling through all of that, and it’s up to us to put in a game plan that gets us through it. We haven’t achieved the level we’d like. We aren’t hiding behind that. We’d like to be better than we are right now, and we’re facing it head on every day.”

Clearly there are plenty of players in the “support player” category referenced by Cassidy who haven’t performed to date, and that also explains some of the Bruins consistency issues. Matt Beleskey, Ryan Spooner, Frank Vatrano and Riley Nash have a combined two assists and a combined minus-5 rating through those first five games, and are among the players that need to step up and perform if the Bruins are going to start achieving the consistency that Cassidy is actively seeking right now.