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The seedier side of fur and fun

If you like getting punched, poked, kicked and groped Page 2's Patrick Hruby has just the job for you -- being a team mascot.

Updated: February 12, 2003, 5:40 PM ET
By Patrick Hruby | Special to Page 2

And you thought base jumpers, coal miners and NFL wedge busters had it rough.

When Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish tore out the tongue of Calgary Flames mascot Harvey the Hound a few weeks ago, it was yet another reminder that the life of a sports mascot is anything but warm 'n' fuzzy -- no matter how warm 'n' fuzzy their costumes happen to be.

To the contrary, our fur-covered clowns inhabit a dog-eat-hound world, a black-and-blue realm of bumps, bruises and taking ...

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