A little while ago I was at an Arsenal game.
After the final whistle, I noticed a gaggle of kids and their parents gathering roughly around where the players would eventually emerge. I assumed they were waiting for pictures and autographs from their footballing heroes, but then, instead of a highly-skilled and dedicated athlete, a large, green, furry dinosaur made its way out and was mobbed. It turned out the kids were waiting for Gunnersaurus.
People think watching sport is about, well, watching sport, only paying attention to the period of time these men or women run around and perform. But it’s not really. Or at least not entirely. We love football, but we also love the ephemera. Like mascots, for example.
And I’ve written a book about mascots, a celebration of the worst, the best, the silliest, the most absurd, and everything in between. It’s called Dance Like Everybody’s Watching, and you can buy it here.
Or, even better, you can win a copy. All you need to do is Tweet @TheTotallyShow with the hashtag #DanceLikeEverybodysWatching with a picture of a mascot. Could be the best, the silliest, the worst, the most terrifying: just a mascot doing something mascoty. We’ll pick our favourites and you’ll win a copy of the book. Simple.
Thanks for reading.
Nick Miller, editor, The Totally Football Show.com.
Dance Like Everybody’s Watching: The Weird And Wonderful World Of Sporting Mascots is published by HarperCollins and is out now, RRP £9.99. You can order a copy here.