It's time once again to take look behind the stuffing, through the fur and find out who mascots are on the inside. What are their hobbies? What do they do in their spare time and, most importantly, why do they like to eat children? This time, New York's Sparky the Dragon is in the spotlight.
(C) New York Islanders
Enslaved by: the New York Islanders and New York Dragons (AFL)
Height: 7-3 3/4
Weight: Big enough to eat youHatchdate: March 18th, 1814
Hatched: At Nassau Coliseum Hospital, which didn't exist in 1814 and still doesn't exist today.
Welcome to BMR, Sparky. It's a pleasure to have you with us.
'Ey it's great ta be heah. Fuggedaboutit.
So tell me, what's with the Jekyll and Hyde thing that you've got going on. You're orange and blue at Islander games and turn red and black when you go to Arena football games.
It's simple ya know. Super powers. I can change my coat whenever I like. And hey, when ya are a seven-foot tall dragon it never hurts to blend in a little, ya know?
Tell me a little bit about the things you do outside of the arena. They do let you leave the Coliseum, right?
Oh yeah. Tons of stuff. Every Sunday afternoon I try and disguise myself as a teenage human and play street hockey with a bunch of kids. I think they caught on pretty quickly but decided to let me stay anyway because I had yet to eat any of them.
So you don't eat people?
Only if they piss me off like the jagoff who was doing 45 on the LIE on the way here.
Remind me never to drive in front of you. I hear you're also down with the Jews.
Oh yeah. I do bah and bat mitzvahs all the time. They really know how to party out here on Lawnguyland.
OK, so I have to ask, what's going on in this photo?
Ha! That's a great story. One day I was a guest instructor at a learn to skate class. I showed the kids how to fend off dragon attacks -- fail their arms up in the air and sing ABBA. Total bull, you know but they bought every second of it. Priceless!
Alright, that's all we have time for today. I'd like to thank Sparky for taking the time to talk to us today and special thanks for not eating me.
All pictures (C) New York Islanders and SparkyTheDragon.com