The entire sports mascot industry is predicated on the idea that buffoonery is not just acceptable when sheathed in 70 pounds of faux fur, vulcanized rubber or some other godforsaken, heatstroke-inducing material, but encouraged and expected.
So between grown men and women attempting to catapult off a trampoline while decked out like a giant stuffed animal and the inherent hazards of navigating an arena's nacho-slicked steps, it's kind of surprising that we don't hear about weirdo mascot injuries more often.
I mean, those who sweat for hours just to entertain the masses for a few precious minutes during an intermission or television timeout, certainly wouldn't make "being a mascot" their craft if they sucked at it.
But, if you watch a few seconds of footage of Toronto's half-balloon, half-costume Raptor tumble helplessly down a flight of stairs, you can't help but wonder if the major sports leagues are secretly churning through mascots as one goes down after another.
Either way, the end result rules—and when an injured mascot does make headlines, the story is often strange even by the Xavier Blue Blob's standards.