The point of having mascots at football, or any sporting event for that matter, is for the kids, right?
At least that's what I've always thought. I think of them as the Ronald McDonald's of the sporting world, that keep the kids entertained and leave them wanting to come back for more.
But some mascots don't exactly act like child entertainers at times and either get caught up in the emotions that football can stir up in many of us, or are just completely batshit crazy and shouldn't have ever been allowed to put a fuzzy mask on in the first place.
Here are a few of my favourite instances of Mascot Hijinks:
Friar Tuck is Off!
What the Hell Vinnie? He's Just a Kid!
Hardman Vinnie Jones scythes down a young Leeds United mascot in 1990 who foolishly wandered onto the pitch. That'll teach the little rascal!
Where's the Drummer? You Bunch of C**ts!
When the Wolf Finally Got the Three Little Pigs
Wolfie, Wolverhampton Wanderers mascot, is no stranger to controversy as the Midlands club's costume wearing mad dog has several times been accused of taunting other mascots and fans. The big bad wolf's antics reached a climax against Bristol City in November 2001 when he got into an on-pitch fight with three little pigs. "Have some of that, you little swine!"