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Dear Diar E.,
BIIIIGGGGG weekend ahead. First, my big appearance of this weekend is Fall Fan Fest, which is always a lot of fun. Since I don’t get to see our fans all that often anymore, it’s always nice to see a bunch of people come out and enjoy one last afternoon at the ballpark for the year.
Second, Halloween is on Monday, and I always enjoy dressing up. In the past I’ve been Wool E. Potter, Wool E. McFly, MC Wool E. and Wool E. Urkel, among many others. Not sure what I’ll do this year, but I always do my best thinking with my back legs against the wall. Also, Halloween means CANDY. So here, I’m going to rank my Top 10 favorite Halloween candies in order.
10. Mike and Ike
8. Sour Patch Kids
5. Kit Kat
4. Junior Mints
1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
A few quick thoughts. I obviously love chocolate and fruity flavors. Reese’s was always going to be No. 1, but really 2-5 can be arranged in a couple of different ways. For the most part these are your basic choices, nothing too crazy. Stick with what’s tried and true.
Also, a special note on ‘fun size’ candy. Stop calling it that. Nothing is ‘fun’ about a tiny little Twix bar that’s gone after one bite. Stop playing with my feelings and under-delivering, candy marketers.
Also also, candy corn is not good, and didn’t even sniff this list.
Now, on to my weekly NFL picks. Went 8-6-1 last week (thanks Seahawks and Cardinals), upping me to 35-39-1 overall. Need to get back over the .500 mark for the season. This is brutal.
Jaguars @ Titans: Titans
Redskins @ Bengals: Bengals
Chiefs @ Colts: Colts
Raiders @ Bucs: Raiders
Seahawks @ Saints: Seahawks
Lions @ Texans: Texans
Jets @ Browns: Jets
Patriots @ Bills: Patriots
Cardinals @ Panthers: Panthers (I’ll never stop picking Panthers)
Chargers @ Broncos: Broncos
Packers @ Falcons: Falcons
Eagles @ Cowboys: Eagles
Vikings @ Bears: Vikings
Dear Diar E.,
Since I’ve been filling people in on what I’ve been up to in the offseason, a few people have asked what my schedule is like on a game day. After all, the fans really only see me for three or so hours on days we have games. So, I decided to break down what a typical day is like for me during a home game.
6 a.m.: Wake up early, shower, and… Psh, hehehehe, no I can’t say that with a straight face. No chance I’m up at 6 a.m. For real, now.
11 a.m.: Wake up after a long slumber. Crank out some push-ups, check Twitter and eat breakfast. Usually I’ll just go in to my backyard and graze for breakfast. Luckily my backyard is 10 acres big.
12 p.m.: Watch the afternoon edition of SportsCenter. Need to stay up-to-date on the world of sports in case I can incorporate something in to one of my acts. Also, polish my ‘Best Mascot in Minor League Baseball’ plaque.
1 p.m.: Head to the ballpark. Early afternoon is a good time to drive. Since I take my go kart to and from the DBAP, it’s best I avoid rush hour.
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Take a trip to Nap City. Need more slumber.
4 p.m.: Make sure there is enough gas in my go kart and make sure I have enough t-shirts for the t-shirt launch. If it’s windy out I’ll practice shooting a few t-shirts to make sure I don’t shoot any on the roof. Still, there’s no simulation for the in-game experience.
4:30 p.m.: Dance like nobody’s watching because it makes me feel special. Plus I need to rehearse any dance moves I might use that night. Case in point.
5 p.m.: Stop by the clubhouse to go over the game plan with the manager.
5:01 p.m.: Get kicked out of clubhouse by manager.
5:30 p.m.: Eat dinner. Usually try to graze in the outfield, but the grounds crew always catches me.
6 p.m.: GET IN MY ZONE. Listen to my pregame playlist – which will remain private, because it’s MY zone. Get your own playlist.
7 p.m.: Showtime.
10:30 p.m.: Review tape of that night’s performance. Most mascots like to wait until the next day. Nope, not me. Figure out what went right, what went wrong, and process all of it before sleepy time.
11:30 p.m.: Eat any leftovers in the clubhouse.
12 a.m.: Arrive home. Fall asleep watching SportsCenter to see if any of my antics made the show that night (they never do, SMH).
So there you have it, a day-in-the-life of Wool E. Now, on to my NFL picks. BRUTAL week last week. Went 5-10, so I’m now 27-33 overall. Quickly finding out I’m not very good at this.
Bears @ Packers: Packers
Giants @ Rams (London): Giants
Saints @ Chiefs: Chiefs
Colts @ Titans: Titans
Vikings @ Eagles: Vikings
Browns @ Bengals: Bengals
Redskins @ Lions: Redskins
Raiders @ Jaguars: Raiders
Bills @ Dolphins: Bills
Ravens @ Jets: Jets
Bucs @ 49ers: 49ers
Chargers @ Falcons: Falcons
Patriots @ Steelers: Patriots
Seahawks @ Cardinals: Seahawks
Texans @ Broncos: Broncos
Dear Diar E.,
My week got off to a tough start when I had my Galaxy Note7 recalled by Samsung, so I was without a phone for a little. Then I wised up and just got an iPhone. Also, shoutout to Samsung for announcing the recall in the middle of Sunday’s presidential debate. Perfect time to announce your top product starts fires. Bury it, and bury it hard.
On a separate note, good luck to my buddy Stormy and the Carolina Hurricanes as they kick off their 2016-17 season today. Expectations are definitely higher than in years past for the Canes, but they’ll back it up. A lot of good, young talent on the squad. Plus, Stormy’s the best ice hog there is, so they’re in good hands on the mascot front.
I got a busy weekend coming up, with a bunch of appearances. On Saturday I’ll be at a 5K and a walk, and Sunday I’ll be at the Bull City Race Fest. Unfortunately, I’m not making my way to the State Fair until the end of next week. Please don’t eat all the good stuff. You know I like my treats.
For my NFL picks, I went 8-6 last week, upping my record to 22-23 overall. Honestly, the Panthers have really hurt me this year. I’ll stick with them though, they’ll turn it around soon.
Broncos @ Chargers: Broncos
Ravens @ Giants: Giants
49ers @ Bills: 49ers
Eagles @ Redskins: Eagles
Browns @ Titans: Titans
Panthers @ Saints: Panthers
Jaguars @ Bears: Bears
Rams @ Lions: Rams
Steelers @ Dolphins: Steelers
Bengals @ Patriots: Patriots
Chiefs @ Raiders: Raiders
Falcons @ Seahawks: Falcons
Cowboys @ Packers: Packers
Colts @ Texans: Texans
Jets @ Cardinals: Cardinals
Dear Diar E.,
A lot to talk about this week in the world of sports. We had the MLB regular season come to an end (and subsequently the Wild Card games), the Ryder Cup, some crazy college football games and of course the NFL. Life is good right now if you’re a sports fan. Life is not so good if you’ve been following the campaign or crazy, creepy clowns.
First, the bad stuff. How are people still talking about the first debate? Trump sniffled, Clinton shimmied. Let’s move on. Of course, moving on means we’re going to talk about clowns. What are earth is the deal with this? I’m (obviously) all for entertainers of all shapes and sizes – mascots, musicians, comedians, and – when used appropriately – clowns. However, clowns patrolling the woods or wandering around towns is terrifying. Seriously, absolutely, unequivocally terrifying. Stay safe from those heathens.
On to the world of sports. The final day of the MLB regular season wasn’t all that exciting. But the AL and NL Wild Card Games? Fire. Now the Blue Jays and Rangers get a rematch (hello Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista!), while Madison Bumgarner continued to show he is not human by shutting down the Mets. (Also, Conor Gillaspie is the big brother of our very own Casey Gillaspie, which is neat.)
In the Ryder Cup the U.S. showed the Europeans who’s boss (USA! USA!), and college football had some CRAZY games. Luckily I finished my appearances early on Saturday to get back to the DBAP and veg out to watch them. (Shoutout to UNC for their ‘walk-off’ win over the ‘Noles.)
And that brings us to our weekly NFL picks. Last week I guaranteed at least a .500 mark, and I finished 8-7. Boo ya. Now I’m 14-17 on the year, which frankly isn’t very good, but I’ll turn it around.
Cardinals @ 49ers: Cardinals
Patriots @ Browns: Patriots
Eagles @ Lions: Eagles
Bears @ Colts: Colts
Titans @ Dolphins: Dolphins
Redskins @ Ravens: Redskins
Texans @ Vikings: Vikings
Jets @ Steelers: Steelers
Falcons @ Broncos: Broncos
Bengals @ Cowboys: Bengals
Bills @ Rams: Rams
Chargers @ Raiders: Raiders
Giants @ Packers: Packers
Bucs @ Panthers: Panthers
Finally, with Hurricane Matthew coming up the east coast this weekend, everybody please stay safe. Catch you next week.
Dear Diar E.,
The offseason is in full swing, as the Minor League year came to an end Tuesday night when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beat El Paso in the Triple-A National Championship Game. We here at the DBAP have been quiet for the last two weeks or so, after the fellas’ season ended back on Labor Day. While some people think I just disappear in the offseason, I’m actually a very busy bull – I do appearances, I sleep, I eat and I wreak havoc on the front office. A lot of times I’ll go cruising in my go kart, but I wasn’t allowed to this week (thanks gas crisis). I want to keep track of everything I do, so I think I’ll write in you once a week (plus it’s a nice way to express my feelings freely).
The last couple of weeks have been quiet. I took some ‘me’ time, grazing in a local park since the grounds crew won’t let me use the outfield. I don’t understand. We don’t have any more games this year, so why can’t they just let the grass grow and I can eat it? It seems stupid to me. Oh well.
I’ve also done quite a few appearances already, as I had seven(!!) this past weekend alone. People in the front office get annoyed when I’m asleep at my desk, but they just don’t understand being a celebrity.
Also, I’m a huge football fan. People don’t really know that about me, but I am. So I’m gonna start picking all the NFL games every week, just to see how I do.
Texans @ Patriots: Patriots
Redskins @ Giants: Giants
Cardinals @ Bills: Cardinals
Raiders @ Titans: Titans
Browns @ Dolphins: Dolphins
Ravens @ Jaguars: Jaguars
Lions @ Packers: Packers
Broncos @ Bengals: Bengals
Vikings @ Panthers: Panthers
Rams @ Bucs: Bucs
49ers @ Seahawks: Seahawks
Jets @ Chiefs: Jets
Chargers @ Colts: Colts
Steelers @ Eagles: Steelers
Bears @ Cowboys: Cowboys
Falcons @ Saints: Saints
Until next week Diar E.
This weekend fans can return to their Durham Baseball promised land, when the Durham Bulls Fan Fest is going on from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, at the DBAP. This season’s Fan Fest has so many great activities around the DBAP, we wanted to be sure you got the best Fan Fest experience possible. Here are five of the can’t-miss events at Fan Fest.
1. Merchandise Mark Downs
Everybody loves a bargain, right? During Fan Fest, the DBAP has some of the best sale prices you will see on Durham Bulls merch. Select merchandise will be marked down as much as 50 percent, and other selected items will be sold for $5 or less. You’ll have more than enough left over for tickets to a game where you can show off your new swag, and who doesn’t love the feeling of new clothes?
2. Free* food!
*When you buy a ticket
That’s right, fans can get free food at Fan Fest (when you buy a ticket to any game). Single-game tickets will be on sale for any game, including each of our top date night suggestions. And when you buy a ticket, you get a voucher for a free hot dog and soda at Fan Fest. Your offseason dreams of ballpark hot dogs dancing with Pepsi products can finally be realized.
Fans who are considering season tickets or mini plans get a chance to test drive seats around the DBAP and pick the ones they want for their ticket package. How else can you find that seat that isn’t too far from the field, but is just close enough to the nearest concession stand?
3. Relive your baseball/softball glory days
Fans can take batting practice and play catch on the field during Fan Fest, too. Have your friend throw you some good fly balls you can dive for to show off your Kevin Kiermaier impressions in the DBAP outfield. Try to hit the Bull atop the Blue Monster during BP and live up to those seven home runs and 1.200 OPS you keep telling your friends you had for your high school squad (hey, if they aren’t there to see it, we’ll back up whatever you say happened).
Just remember to take it easy on your Jose Bautista bat flips.
4. Bull Durham Brewery Tours
Once you’re done getting grass stains from showing off your 80 grade defense in the outfield, check out the brewery tour at Bull Durham Brewery in the DBAP. You might be surprised what you find inside the brewery.
Don’t ask how all that would fit inside the DBAP. Source: tvrage.com
5. Pictures with Wool E. Bull
Practice your best selfie face, because Wool E. Bull is ready for his glamor shot with you. And if you’re taking selfies elsewhere around the DBAP, keep an eye out for his photobombing skills.
On Tuesday afternoon the Lehigh Valley IronPigs reported an agreement had been reached with the Durham Bulls, to trade one of the IronPigs’ mascots, Hambone, to Durham in exchange for Wool E. Bull.
Roughly 30 minutes later the Durham Bulls addressed the report, citing anonymous sources Wool E. Bull would not waive his no-trade clause.
On Tuesday evening, Wool E. Bull passed along a letter to the Durham Bulls PR department citing his desire to stay in Durham. The full text of the letter is below:
Earlier today it was reported that I had been involved in a trade to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in exchange for one of their mascots, Hambone. There were reports the only reason the deal fell through is because of a failed physical exam, which negated the trade.
I’d like to set the record straight, and inform you that those reports were inaccurate. Since I first signed with the Bulls, a no-trade clause has always been a part of my contract. The DBAP is my home. You, our amazing fans, have cared for me as one of your own, inviting me to birthday parties and festivals and parades. For reasons such as these, I would never want to leave this city.
I’ve spent my entire career with the Durham Bulls, and this is where I intend to end my career, whenever that day may come. Know that I have no aspirations to leave Durham, and I have no desire to perform for any crowd other than the DBAP’s. You, the fans, are the reason I wake up in the morning.
Thanks, and go Bulls.
Wool E. Bull
Wool E. Bull, a Durham staple, signed a 13-year contract extension with the Bulls in November of 2014, just days after the Marlins inked slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a contract of the same length.
With Minor League Baseball kicking off #MascotMania this week, it’s time to once again re-examine why Wool E. Bull is the not only the best mascot in the minors, but perhaps the world. So remember, #VoteWoolEBull, and vote often. You can vote an unlimited amount of times right here, and up to 25 times a day on Twitter by following @MiLB and using the two hashtags listed above.
1. Little known fact, the “E” in Wool E. Bull stands for “Education.” A Bull that walks exclusively on its hind legs that’s also a huge advocate of learning? Simply amazing.
2. No one can drive a go kart like Wool E. No one.
3. He comes in like a Wrecking Ball.
4. He has no problem giving the opponent a hard time.
5. Just like most people, he loves Rita’s (even if most people don’t scavenge for it).
6. Despite one of the biggest snow storms in recent history, he made sure to deliver people their Wool E. Grams while dressed to the nines.
7. He loves the Hot Dog Gun, and the Hot Dog Gun loves him. A match made in heaven.
8. Even umpires, who don’t like anybody, like Wool E. Bull. “I’m flying, Wool E!!!!”
9. He’s got heart. Despite losing every single base race, he still goes out there every day. He’s like the Cubs.
10. He’s the most popular guy in The Triangle.