Showtime at The Q: The Blog http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/ Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:14:00 GMT Cavs Assign Moondog to Canton for January 31st Game http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_cavs-assign-moondog-canton-january-31st-game Sun, 26 Jan 2014 00:14:00 GMT <p> The Cavaliers Announced today they will be assigning me to Canton for Cleveland Cavaliers Nights on January 31st, 7pm at the Canton Civic Center.</p> <p> I am excited for the opportunity to work with budding mascot star Pozzie and the Charge Girls, and the chance to cheer for our D-League Affliate team.  My running parter Sir CC will also be on-hand pre-game for photographs.</p> <p> You can join me as well, <strong><em><a href="http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/05004B2CA119A5CA" rel="nofollow">great seats are available here</a></em></strong>: </p> <p> And when I say great seats...every seat in the intimate Civic Center is great. </p> <p> Here are all the details. I hope to see you there on Friday.</p> <div class="odd_row"> <div class="games"> <div class="teamlogo"> <img alt="Fort Wayne Mad Ants" border="0" height="50" src="http://www.nba.com/dleague/canton/media/mad_ants_logo_75.gif" width="75" /></div> <div class="info"> <strong><span class="teams">Charge vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants</span></strong><br /> <span class="date">Friday, January 31st at 7:00 PM</span></div> </div> <div class="additional_info"> <ul> <li> <strong>Theme: </strong>Cleveland Cavaliers Night</li> <li> <strong>Giveaway: </strong>Cavs/Charge drawstring bag</li> <li> <strong>Special guests: </strong>Appearances by the Cavalier Girls, Scream Team, Moondog, Sir CC & more!</li> <li> <strong>Promotions: </strong>Postgame free throws</li> <li> <strong>Promotions: </strong>Dollar Dogs presented by Sugardale</li> <li> <strong>Promotions: </strong>Free FirstEnergy Solutions Kids Zone</li> <li> <strong>Ticket promotions: </strong><a href="http://www.nba.com/dleague/canton/tickets/weekday_packages.html" rel="nofollow"><strong>Chick-Fil-A Family 4 Pack</strong></a> available</li> </ul> <p> --dog</p> </div> </div> <p>  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:9cbcee07-0aab-4b34-a207-734476f87309 NBA Team Name Rankings http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-team-name-rankings Wed, 21 Aug 2013 15:48:00 GMT <p> The topic du jour this week is ranking the NBA Team names, thanks to nickname wonk Zach Lowe of Grantland.  Since I am never stray to offer my opinions, I thought I'd better weigh in. </p> <p> Not being a thought-provoking professional writer (in other words, I am not getting paid for lengthy prose) I have more simply grouped the names into several categories. Within each debating the actual ranking probably isn't worth the keystokes, but you'll get the idea.  So my more pithy prose covers the same topic but in a form closer to a tweet than the more biblical epic nature of a Grantland article.</p> <p> I tend to look for local, clever names, that are "athletically ascetically pleasing". Yes, I made that phrase up. Also, please note it is not an excuse that you moved. While the New Orleans Jazz is among the best sports team names of all time, the Utah Jazz is just plain dumb. Same goes for you Laker Nation in the Land of no Lakes. In fact if you moved and didn't fix your previously questionable name, I penalize you more....yes, I am talking to you Brooklyn.</p> <p> For this essay I have excluded the Cavs, since my bias would be clear and likely misconstrued.</p> <p> So here goes:</p> <p> <strong>The Bad </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Washington Wizards</strong> - Unless you absolutely appreciate alliteration above all, this one is more dunce cap than wizards pointed hat. Better Alternative: DC House, Washington Senators, or the Capitol Fighting Squirrels (if you have ever been to DC you know exactly what I am talking about)</li> <li> <strong>Brooklyn Nets</strong> - You had your chance. I like Swamp Dragons better than leaving your sports equipment name intact. Better Alternative: Brooklyn Bums, Brooklyn Nyets, or all other ideas you can come up with.</li> <li> <strong>LA Lakers</strong> - I get the history and pageantry of the name, but it's still dumb. Better Alternative: Showtime of LA</li> <li> <strong>Utah Jazz</strong> - As noted above, really sweet name...But I also like the 76ers name, but not for Albuquerque. Better Alternative - Salt Lake Bearzz</li> <li> <strong>Memphis Grizzlies</strong> - You had your chance. I love their logo and it all kinda works for the team they have at the moment, but the bear population of Memphis will eventually sue to take their name back. Better Alternative: Memphis Sauce, Memphis Blues</li> <li> <strong>Toronto Raptors</strong> - Actually a name I like, but when pressed to think about it (I am not pressed to think about things often), it's pretty dumb. But in simple terms they picked this name for the hottest movie of 1993. If that's the best way to go, then I would offer the Toronto Firm or Canadian Fugitive as Better Alternatives.</li> <li> <strong>Charlotte Bobcats</strong> - Nothing says CBA like this team name and colors. Thrilled they are changing it and hopeful that Hugo the Hornet makes his triumphant return next year. It should be noted that if you are changing your name, and Michael Jordan is your owner, and you are in North Carolina (State Motto : First in Flight)....and you don't pick the North Carolina Airmen as your team name....you will never be forgiven. That name would put them in the top 1 or 2 NBA names. Done.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Fine, but uninspired </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Atlanta Hawks</strong> - Yawn. Better Alternative: Atlanta First Round Exits</li> <li> <strong>Sacramento Kings</strong> - Good lineage for a name....but not much to do with Sac-Town. Better Alternative - Sacramento Cows</li> <li> <strong>Dallas Mavericks </strong>- Right on the fence with this name. Should like it a little more and on a different day it could slide into that top category of names. I think it might be that is has a similar feel as the Spurs, but isn't as unique or clever. Better Alterative - Dallas Cubans.</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Inspired, but not fine </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Indiana Pacers</strong> - I get it, but don't like it. While clever, it's just not a sports team name. Better Alternative - Indiana Farm Aid. It's not a great name, but it would really help Mellencamp's fundraising efforts.</li> <li> <strong>NOLA Pelicans</strong> - Again, I get it. In a year I might really like it, but for now it just seems too much like a bird with a huge throat who eats fish....which doesn't make me think about hoops. Better Alternative - Steal the name of the local AFL team, the New Orleans Voodoo (perhaps the best sports name ever), New Orleans Sinners.</li> <li> <strong>Boston Celtics </strong>- Like the Lakers, it's too entrenched to change...but this isn't a team of Irish Basketballers. If the Chicago NBA team were called the Pollocks, I don't think people would be down for that. Better Alternative Boston Tea, imagine the party possibilities.</li> <li> <strong>NY Knickerbockers</strong> - History would be so different if they had gone with a different piece of clothing for a name, like the Skirts or Capris. Not a fan. Better Alternative: Manhattan Cabs, New York Luxury Tax. (I am running out of steam)</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Connect the Dots, here is a professional sports team name. </strong></p> <p> These are all fine names, but being so unworthy of comment makes them, well....not worthy to comment on. I don't think I change them, the league needs some stock names to make the other ones seem interesting.</p> <ul> <li> <strong>Minnesota Timberwolves </strong></li> <li> <strong>Milwaukee Bucks </strong></li> <li> <strong>LA Clippers </strong></li> <li> <strong>OKC Thunder</strong></li> </ul> <p> <strong>Should be "bad", but they totally work </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Golden State Warriors</strong> - A big part of this is the "Golden State". I just love that they use the descriptive version of the region over the city or state name.</li> <li> <strong>Miami Heat </strong>- The era of unorthodox names spurned the Heat and Magic, made more interesting in contrast to the Hornets and Timberwolves. Also slight intrgue with names that don't end in "s".</li> <li> <strong>Orlando Magic </strong>- As we discussed in a Entertainment Chalk Talk, the Magic is kind of a dumb name...bad, but it still kinda works. Unless you have a clever name for a region that has a 4pm rainstorm every day.<br /> <br /> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/ynKpnTuynXQ" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/ynKpnTuynXQ" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/ynKpnTuynXQ" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object><br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/CavsMoondog/videos" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">See more Puppet videos on YouTube</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li> <strong>Phoenix Suns</strong> - Unless you go with the Phoenix Strip Malls or Snowbirds, not much else defines that area better than the beating Sun. I am not shook by the Gorilla mascot either, I know the backstory and love it.</li> <li> <strong>Denver Nuggets</strong> - There's gold in them there hills! On it's face a dumb name, but it works. Good local connection. Being an euphemism for a bodily waste isn't a positive, but its a testament to the enduring nature of the name that that rarely comes up (outside of my blog).</li> </ul> <p> <strong>Best of the Non-Cavalier Names </strong></p> <ul> <li> <strong>Portland Trailblazers</strong> - Stumptown has another cool sports team name that isn't a stupid pun or contrived reach. Lewis and Clark couldn't have come up with a better name for this squad. Bonus points for overcoming the late 90's adaptation of the "Jailblazers".</li> <li> <strong>Houston Rockets</strong> - It doesn't take a NASA scientist to get this connection. Houston does not have problem with it's name.</li> <li> <strong>Detroit Pistons</strong> - This could easily be put in the Inspired but Not Fine bin, but it pounds its way up the charts lubricated by a tight connection to the local auto industry. And it begs for playful analogies.</li> <li> <strong>San Antonio Spurs</strong> - Local, clever, interesting. ABA had great names. While I am always a bit underwhelmed with the logo and colors, it's still one of the NBA's best.</li> <li> <strong>Chicago Bulls</strong> - Chicago trading, Bulls and Bears, in a city build on meat packing....okay, we get it. Clever, connected, cool....a simple, yet great name.</li> <li> <strong>Philadelphia 76ers</strong> - When the Albuquerque 76ers moved to Philadelphia all became right in the world.</li> </ul> <p> There it is, in just over 1200 words....or 10% of a standard Grantland Column.  I am working up my writing endurance.  You can share your thoughts below.  I have demanded we add a "comment" section to the blogs, so your voice can be heard.</p> <p> --dog</p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:26332b7e-36a0-4ec4-a58e-458aa84156d0 DANCE PARTY/ AUDITIONS!!! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_dance-party-auditions Thu, 01 Aug 2013 01:22:00 GMT <p> The Cleveland Cavaliers are throwing a party to find Northeast Ohio’s hottest hip-hop performers and most enthusiastic entertainers to be members of the 2013-14 Scream Team! On Friday, August 23rd from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., the team will host the Dance Party. The Dance Party is this year’s open-call audition and all interested dancers are encouraged to pre-register.</p> <p>  </p> <p> For more information visit <a href="http://cavs.com/screamteam" rel="nofollow">cavs.com/screamteam</a></p> <p>  </p> <p> We hope to see you there!</p> <p>  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:086fe86a-4250-459c-8f99-a68bc30dd735 Training time!!! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_training-time Thu, 09 May 2013 18:23:00 GMT <p> <strong>Want to be part of the hottest dance team in the NBA? </strong></p> <p> <strong>Well… We are looking for YOU! </strong></p> <p> <strong>T</strong><strong>he Cleveland Cavalier Girls auditions are coming up and will be announced very soon. </strong></p> <p> <strong>Are you ready??? </strong></p> <p> <strong>Fortunately, we are here to help prepare you for a chance of a lifetime! We are starting our annual Pre-Audition Workshops! </strong></p> <p> <strong>A Pre-Audition workshop is a three hour workshop that focuses on what it takes to be a Professional Dancer! The workshop includes a group warm-up/conditioning, across the floor Jazz technique, choreographed routines, a mock audition and a question/answer session at the end of each workshop. Be the first to know what the judges will be looking for in audition candidates, get advice on the best costume option, and learn what it means to be a professional dancer and all that it entails.  </strong></p> <p> <strong>Again, Pre-Audition Workshops are strongly recommended as preparation for any professional dance team, but are also perfect for anyone just looking to brush up on dance technique/skills. </strong></p> <p> <strong>Dates will be announced soon. Check out cavs.com for more information. </strong></p> <p> <strong>Thanks!</strong></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:0016a885-79ab-4e78-91d9-441975458e8b I can be everywhere! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_can-everywhere Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:52:00 GMT <p> It's hard to believe, but the season is coming to an end.  With only five home games left over the next two weeks, your chance to see everyone's favorite mascot (I'm talking about myself, not Moondog) would look like it's coming to an end.  But fear not, Cavs fans.  Because I'm not going anywhere...actually, I'll be going everywhere.  Let me explain.</p> <p> Throughout the offseason, I will be making my rounds throughout Ohio.  I've already booked visits to the Hunger Walk, the Vision Walk, Family Fun Night at Taft Elelmentary, and much more.  I'm sure most of you reading this are wondering, "How'd they get in touch with you to have you at their event?  We want you to come visit us as well!"  Well here's your answer.  All you have to do is e-mail me at <a href="mailto:sircc@cavs.com" rel="nofollow">sircc@cavs.com</a>.  As I get the millions and millions of requests that I will likely recieve, I will continue to fill my summer calendar with visits around the community (unless I'm on vacation...everyone needs a vacation in the summer).  Dates are filling up fast, so e-mailing me sooner rather than later is probably a good idea. </p> <p> I know Moondog has a fancy name for his summer tour (the uber-famous Moondog's 100k Challenge), and just because I don't have a name for mine, doesn't mean I'm not involved.  Reach out now, and let's see if I will be able to make a stop wherever you are this summer.</p> <p> <img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7214/7186181676_7f6302e951.jpg" /></p> <p> - Sir CC</p> <p>  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:816ef928-5039-4fc2-9d69-467bc049ad1c Super Hero Mascot Night http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_super-hero-mascot-night Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:08:00 GMT <p> All of Cleveland is abuzz about tomorrow night's mascot night, or perhaps it's more accurate to say that my boss had a lot of questions this morning about tomorrow night's mascot night that the Q.  So I thought in the interest of everyone (and to get my boss off my rear) I would post this amazing detail-packed blog post.</p> <p> Game time is 7pm as we take on the hated Boston Celtics.  <a href="http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/superhero/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Get tickets here</a>.</p> <p> We have a ton of super talented mascots in attendance, as well as Sully from the Monsters.  The cavalcade of stars includes:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Rudi</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Moondog</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Sir CC</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Pozzie</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Skipper</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Skippy</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Slider</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Chomps</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Orbit</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Stomper</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Muddy</span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <p dir="ltr" style="margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Spike </span><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> </span></p> </li> <li dir="ltr" style="list-style-type:decimal;font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mike Polk*</span></li> </ol> <p> and Sully from the Lake Erie Monsters will also be in attendence.</p> <p> *Yes, you read that correctly.  Cleveland comedy superhero Mike Polk will also be at the game.  I have no idea what to expect from Mike, so I will make no promises here.</p> <p> Mascots will be taking pictures with fans (posted for free at www.moondogphotos.com) between 6 and 7pm outside of Section 116.  (<strong>Note</strong>: schedule of mascots may vary slightly.)</p> <p> <span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">6:00-6:20 - Moondog, Skipper, Skippy, Stomper, Orbit<br /> 6:20-6:40 - Sir CC, Pozzie, Spike and Muddy<br /> 6:40-7:00 - Sully, Slider, Rudi, Chomps</span></p> <p> At the half we will have an exciting edition of the Mascot Skillz Challenge.  Find out what Mascots have all the skillz it takes to succeed in their dog eat dog world. *</p> <p> <span style="font-size:8px;">* note, no dogs will be consumed, it's just an expression.</span></p> <p> We will also take part in Key Bank's Deal or No Deal, The Sherwin Williams Ball Toss and the First Merit T-Shirt Toss...and the mascots will be dunking during the third quarter break.</p> <p> Good seats remain, which is shocking when you consider you can see all of Ohio's best mascots, Sully, Mike Polk and a Cavaliers game all for the price of admisison.  Oh and perhaps best of all fans 14 and under get this sweet Super Hero Cape.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/296b2c88-f37c-4e64-b15b-72085184f600.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/1/296b2c88-f37c-4e64-b15b-72085184f600.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> Wow.  <a href="http://www.nba.com/cavaliers/superhero/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Get tickets here</a>.</p> <p> See you there.</p> <p> <strong>--Dog</strong></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:f30a4be7-8321-4e4b-8a01-fbee289b3a2f It's Mascot Night http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_its-mascot-night Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:44:00 GMT <p> Once a year, Moondog and I open the floodgates to the Q and welcome all of our local mascot brethren to join us at one of the most fun games of the year.  This year is no different, and on March 27<sup>th</sup>, Mascot Night returns! </p> <p> We have invited 11 of our friends to join us, and some pretty big names will be showing up this year.  Skipper and Skippy from the Lake County Captains, Muddy from the Toledo Mud Hens, Spike from the Toledo Walleye, Orbit from the Akron Aeros, Rudi from the Cleveland Gladiators, Stomper from the Lake Erie Crushers, and Pozzie from the Canton Charge are my personal favorites that we are bringing out.  Lesser known personalities like Slider from the Cleveland Indians, Chomps from the Cleveland Browns, and Sully from the Lake Erie Monsters will be there too (sorry guys, I had too.)  At the game, you can have the chance to catch a shirt or a ball thrown by one of us, get your pictures taken, win up to $500 in or Key Bank Deal or No Deal promotion, and hold on, it’s coming, see your favorite local mascot go up for a Superhero-like slam dunk.</p> <p> Not only is it Mascot Night, but it is also the Cavs Superhero Cape Giveaway Night for kids 14 and under.  Unfortunately, the capes aren’t replicas of my cape, but they are still pretty cool.  Check out this video to see what all the buzz about the capes is about;</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/6kFdT63Fw7E" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6kFdT63Fw7E" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6kFdT63Fw7E" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6kFdT63Fw7E" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="350" quality="high" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/6kFdT63Fw7E" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450" wmode="transparent"></embed></object></p> <p> Making it to the Q on March 27th might be the smartest thing you can do at 7 pm on March 27th.  What more could a kid ask for?  Mascots, capes, and the Cavs.  Maybe I should have pitched that tagline to the Marketing department...</p> <p>  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:c41f1070-3056-4671-809b-30d3ef482ee0 So I NEVER Visit Your Section? http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_never-visit-section Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:46:00 GMT <p> I've heard the complaint before..."<em><strong>Moondog, you NEVER visit my section!</strong></em>"  Heard it multiple times, in both ears.</p> <p> First of all, in my defense....the Q is big.  It takes a lot of time to be everywhere all at once.  You can quote me on that.</p> <p> Also in my defense, I have a lot of places I have to be.  I might playing Banker in Deal or No Deal, dunking, shooting t-shirts, or flirting with a Cavalier Girl (those girls demand attention)...so sometimes I just have to be somewhere.</p> <p> Finally (trying not to sound defensive here), some parts of the Q are hard to get to and still get back to the court if I am on-call for a time out.</p> <p> So, visting every section is hard.  <em>Really hard.</em>  How do I know...because last night <u>I did it</u>.  And it was a grind.</p> <p> In today's Moondog Photo Set I have a photo from every section of the Q during last nights dismantling of the Charlotte Bobcats.  I went to every section and got at least one shot (as proof that would stand up in most courts). </p> <p> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/sets/72157632711930472/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">See over 120 Photos from the February 2, 2013 game at MoondogPhotos.com</a></span></strong>.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/5/f79dd30f-62af-41d4-85d6-c75724854723.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/7/5/f79dd30f-62af-41d4-85d6-c75724854723.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> The blog now debunks your claim that I never visit "your section".  I do.</p> <p> It also debunks that it can't be done.....which might be a bad thing for me next time my boss tells me I need to be everywhere all the time.  In the end, I love nothing more than getting around and interacting with as many passionate and loyal Cavalier fans as I can.</p> <p> You can also shoot me your location in a tweet (just mention @cavsmoondog in the tweet) and I will do what I can to stop by....but know that<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/8452870119/in/set-72157632711930472" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> it's a big building</a>, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/8452915825/in/set-72157632711930472" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">with lots of requests</a>, I get stopped everywhere I go (<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/8452899529/in/set-72157632711930472" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">even by the Scream Team</a>) and sometimes<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/8452837429/in/set-72157632711930472" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> I just have to take the time to capture memories like this</a>.</p> <p> Go Cavs.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> <p> --Dog</p> <p> <strong>Note</strong>:  We take photos at nearly every event and game.  All our photos are posted at <strong><a href="http://moondogphotos.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">moondogphotos.com</a></strong> and grouped into sets by the event.  You can always visit moondogphotos to collect those photos for free.  On most days post those photos within 24 hours.  As of Feb 2013 we have over 26,000 photos posted.</p> <p>  </p> <p>  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:a55ff3d8-6d6f-464c-9210-3e12b778b145 Call Security! Behind the Scenes at the Q http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_call-security-behind-scenes-q Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:42:00 GMT <p> My boss (see below) tells me that I need to take people behind the<br /> scenes at the Q in this blog...and who am I to not follow the<br /> direction of my amazingly talented boss?  So today I will take you<br /> behind the scenes at the Q so you can see what I do when I am not in<br /> front of the crowd.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Setting</strong></u><br /> Pre-game at the Q.  Full-time staff arrives a 8am and game night staff<br /> arrive at the Q between 1pm and 4pm.  This story takes place around<br /> 5pm back-stage at the arena.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Characters</strong></u><br /> <strong>Me</strong><br /> Handsome dog mascot who loves to stir-up trouble and create a little<br /> mischief, all while being handsome.  I consider causing problems<br /> before the game a little like a warm-up for the game, where I will<br /> likely get in more trouble...sometimes just for being too handsome.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/3/65a261a3-3f6f-457b-b379-4a1c0bec484b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/5/3/65a261a3-3f6f-457b-b379-4a1c0bec484b.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Animal Control Shannon</strong><br /> Shannon is an arena veteran, and she has been keeping me in line (or<br /> trying to) for over 6 seasons.  Despite being a strict dog<br /> disciplinarian, she likes a good laugh.  Shannon is on headset during<br /> the games connecting me with the Game Director, giving me detailed<br /> instructions from the Director (which I then ignore).</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/78cb8003-cd4c-493e-805d-3f3648bbee15.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/78cb8003-cd4c-493e-805d-3f3648bbee15.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Evan Maxwell</strong><br /> Evan is a new employee this year who was hired after a global search<br /> for the top new Game Director in Sports.  We couldn't find that<br /> person, so we went with Evan.  Evan was hired when our previous<br /> Director Amanda (see below) went on "Maternity Leave".  I have no idea<br /> what that means, but she got a 3 month vacation out of it...so I am<br /> trying to earn one of those sabbaticals.  Amanda also has two<br /> beautiful kids.  Evan is on headset during the game barking out orders<br /> and directing our entertainment show.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/0/69e5ffde-d10d-4eac-9006-342f807fdae5.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/0/69e5ffde-d10d-4eac-9006-342f807fdae5.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Amanda Greco</strong><br /> The aforementioned Mrs. Greco is now a really big head honcho after 8<br /> years of being a regular head honcho.  She used to be on headset and<br /> direct the games, until Evan arrived.   Since returning from that<br /> maternity leave, she occasionally gets back in the director's chair<br /> and is on headset calling the games.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/7/e0a3e081-5747-45a1-9702-0edbf59312e7.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/7/e0a3e081-5747-45a1-9702-0edbf59312e7.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Sir CC</strong><br /> He's the guy with the giant head.  He has no role in the story, I just<br /> like pointing out the girth of his huge melon.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/9/2cf33243-ed81-4bec-896b-94734d24e79b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/9/2cf33243-ed81-4bec-896b-94734d24e79b.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Matt Miller</strong><br /> Matt is another long-time arena veteran.  A big gruff guy he's the guy<br /> who can make anything happen in the arena.  I would say he's my boss,<br /> but when you are a mascot pretty much everyone (except Sir CC) at the<br /> Q is your boss, so I don't think that adds much to this story.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/6/39528b61-494a-4b36-a6e8-ed9b28b3975b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/9/6/39528b61-494a-4b36-a6e8-ed9b28b3975b.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Story</strong></u><br /> The game operations staff (like Sir CC, me, Evan, Amanda and about 15<br /> others) meet on game days around 4pm.  Animal Control Shannon is not<br /> normally at these meetings.  On this day we found out that Amanda was<br /> going to be on headset to give Evan a well-earned break.<br /> <br /> When Shannon arrived we headed to catering to get pre-game dinner.  It<br /> was at this time my impromptu shenanigans started.  I told Shannon<br /> that Evan had been fired and that Amanda would be taking over and<br /> calling the games.  Shannon was busy choosing between a turkey hot dog<br /> and a shrimp pasta concoction, so she just took that news in stride.<br /> <br /> After dinner and several cookies, we returned to our lockerroom to<br /> prep for the game.  The lockerroom is huge and quite fancy (I say that<br /> because you can't really confirm this detail and it makes me look like<br /> a big deal).  There are 3 rooms; a main area, a smaller changing area<br /> and a bathroom.  While I was in the bathroom I heard the room open and<br /> then heard Evan's voice.<br /> <br /> You might think this ruined my stupid lie about Evan's dismissal to<br /> Animal Control Shannon...but you thought wrong.<br /> <br /> I let them talk for a couple minutes, then I sent this text to Shannon.<br /> <br /> <em><strong>"When I come out, go get security.  Evan is not supposed to be in the<br /> building. (I assume that is Evan's voice.)"</strong></em><br /> <br /> Then I joined them, and cooly acted slightly surprised that Evan was<br /> there.  I pointed to Shannon's phone, so she would check and see the<br /> message.  Shannon saw the message and quietly excused herself and left<br /> the lockerroom.<br /> <br /> If driving web traffic was my game (it is not) I would make you come<br /> back next week to find out if Evan was arrested...but instead I will<br /> just finish the story.<br /> <br /> I immediately told Evan about my game and we had a good laugh thinking<br /> of Shannon uncomfortable summoning security and explaining that the<br /> dismissed Evan had breached the confines of the Q Arena.<br /> <br /> Shannon had gone to Matt Miller's office to get his help with a<br /> security detail to escort Evan out.  Matt was on the phone, so Shannon<br /> was stuck anxiously waiting outside his office.  She finally asked two<br /> other Q Arena employees (who aren't listed above, so I won't mention<br /> their names here).  She asked them if Evan had been fired and snuck in<br /> the building.  They both laughed at her.  Shannon they realized she<br /> had been had at the hands of the dog.<br /> <br /> Later that night I amazed and delighted the packed house with a<br /> hilarious skit, hit 3 consecutive half-court shots, and got phone<br /> numbers from a handful of Cavalier Girls*.<br /> <br /> So that's a look behind the scenes at a game at the Q.  I hope you<br /> enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making Animal Control Shannon look<br /> like a knucklehead...it was a rare treat for me.<br /> <br /> Evan remains at large.  If you see him, please notify the police.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/2/8e897038-fd34-4ca1-8281-153a20106506.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/14/2/8e897038-fd34-4ca1-8281-153a20106506.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <br /> <strong>--Moondog</strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:9px;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>*</strong></span>parts of this story were embellished to amaze and delight readers</span></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:f7b030da-c60b-4f7e-afcd-2d30e3f185c7 Love is in the Q! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_love-q Wed, 30 Jan 2013 15:45:00 GMT <p> Are you looking for something to do around Valentine's Day?  Would you like me to deliver a gift to someone special while dressed as cupid?  Do you love the Cavs?  If you answered yes to all of these questions, follow these easy steps;</p> <ol> <li> Come to the game with your sweetheart.</li> <li> Let me know where you are sitting.</li> <li> I'll play Cupid and deliver a basket to your seats.</li> </ol> <p> In 2 short weeks, the Cavs will be taking on the San Antonio Spurs at the Q.  The game is the night before Valentine's Day, and I plan on playing cupid throughout the evening (without the dangerous bow and arrow).  The game is already going to be great, but make it even more special by adding a little Valentine's flavor to your night.</p> <p> - First, make sure you have tickets to the game! (<strong><a href="http://tinyurl.com/b28e5cn" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/b28e5cn</a>) </strong><br />  </p> <p> - Second, send me your seat location.  You can do this a couple of different ways.  Twitter (@cavssircc), Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/cavs.sir.cc" rel="nofollow">www.facebook.com/cavs.sir.cc</a>), or send me an e-mail (<a href="mailto:sircc@cavs.com" rel="nofollow">sircc@cavs.com</a>).  Once I receive your request, I'll reach back out and we can begin planning the special surprise.</p> <p> - I will be putting together small gifts together, nothing over the top, to deliver on behalf of YOU!  If by chance you have another gift or addition you would like to add to the gift, we have a simple process for that.  All you have to do is get the additional gift down to the Q by Feb. 11th so we can make sure it is added to it.  I will be taking requests for the baskets from now until Feb. 11th as well.</p> <p> - The best part about all of this?  It's FREE!</p> <p> I can't think of a better way than to show how much you care for the special basketball fan in your life than to surprise them with an early Valentine's gift as they watch the Cavs.  Let the requests start rolling in!</p> <p>  </p> <p> - C.C.   <img height="274" src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/12/8cf4a1cf-1f17-48a7-ac93-8fa049aec52d.Large.jpg?1" style="width:103px;height:111px;" width="278" /></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:51419952-33c5-444f-80f4-e7594fdec235 Call Security, Evan is in the building! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_call-security-evan-building Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:54:00 GMT <p> My boss (see below) tells me that I need to take people behind the<br /> scenes at the Q in this blog...and who am I to not follow the<br /> direction of my amazingly talented boos?  So today I will take you<br /> behind the scenes at the Q so you can see what I do when I am not in<br /> front of the crowd.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Setting</strong></u><br /> Pre-game at the Q.  Full-time staff arrives a 8am and game night staff<br /> arrive at the Q between 1pm and 4pm.  This story takes place around<br /> 5pm back-stage at the arena.<br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Characters</strong></u><br /> <strong>Me</strong><br /> Handsome dog mascot who loves to stir-up trouble and create a little<br /> mischief, all while being handsome.  I consider causing problems<br /> before the game a little like a warm-up for the game, where I will<br /> likely get in more trouble...sometimes just for being too handsome.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/3/807e52f7-098b-4a65-939a-e110d7fcdb2b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/0/3/807e52f7-098b-4a65-939a-e110d7fcdb2b.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Animal Control Shannon</strong><br /> Shannon is an arena veteran, and she has been keeping me in line (or<br /> trying to) for over 6 seasons.  Despite being a strict dog<br /> disciplinarian, she likes a good laugh.  Shannon is on headset during<br /> the games connecting me with the Game Director, giving me detailed<br /> instructions from the Director (which I then ignore).</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/13/06bd5e94-4981-4570-ad53-93472daf72d2.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/6/13/06bd5e94-4981-4570-ad53-93472daf72d2.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Evan Maxwell</strong><br /> Evan is a new employee this year who was hired after a global search<br /> for the top new Game Director in Sports.  We couldn't find that<br /> person, so we went with Evan.  Evan was hired when our previous<br /> Director Amanda (see below) went on "Maternity Leave".  I have no idea<br /> what that means, but she got a 3 month vacation out of it...so I am<br /> trying to earn one of those sabbaticals.  Amanda also has two<br /> beautiful kids.  Evan is on headset during the game barking out orders<br /> and directing our entertainment show.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/11/7c417d83-0cb4-4549-bbf5-e7192f57fa0b.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/12/11/7c417d83-0cb4-4549-bbf5-e7192f57fa0b.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Amanda Greco</strong><br /> The aforementioned Mrs. Greco is now a really big head honcho after 8<br /> years of being a regular head honcho.  She used to be on headset and<br /> direct the games, until Evan arrived.   Since returning from that<br /> maternity leave, she occasionally gets back in the director's chair<br /> and is on headset calling the games.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/0/1f7364f4-d4e8-43b2-90c0-e09708a9d8f9.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/15/0/1f7364f4-d4e8-43b2-90c0-e09708a9d8f9.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Sir CC</strong><br /> He's the guy with the giant head.  He has no role in the story, I just<br /> like pointing out the girth of his huge melon.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/6/48f09a01-4fa6-4aea-b6d6-341bdccdbd65.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/6/48f09a01-4fa6-4aea-b6d6-341bdccdbd65.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <strong>Matt Miller</strong><br /> Matt is another long-time arena veteran.  A big gruff guy he's the guy<br /> who can make anything happen in the arena.  I would say he's my boss,<br /> but when you are a mascot pretty much everyone (except Sir CC) at the<br /> Q is your boss, so I don't think that adds much to this story.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/2/a4dac73b-cc8c-4aa8-b273-4cac500c13b6.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/2/a4dac73b-cc8c-4aa8-b273-4cac500c13b6.Large.jpg?1" /></a><br /> <br /> <u><strong>The Story</strong></u><br /> The game operations staff (like Sir CC, me, Evan, Amanda and about 15<br /> others) meet on game days around 4pm.  Animal Control Shannon is not<br /> normally at these meetings.  On this day we found out that Amanda was<br /> going to be on headset to give Evan a well-earned break.<br /> <br /> When Shannon arrived we headed to catering to get pre-game dinner.  It<br /> was at this time my impromptu shenanigans started.  I told Shannon<br /> that Evan had been fired and that Amanda would be taking over and<br /> calling the games.  Shannon was busy choosing between a turkey hot dog<br /> and a shrimp pasta concoction, so she just took that news in stride.<br /> <br /> After dinner and several cookies, we returned to our lockerroom to<br /> prep for the game.  The lockerroom is huge and quite fancy (I say that<br /> because you can't really confirm this detail and it makes me look like<br /> a big deal).  There are 3 rooms; a main area, a smaller changing area<br /> and a bathroom.  While I was in the bathroom I heard the room open and<br /> then heard Evan's voice.<br /> <br /> You might think this ruined my stupid lie about Evan's dismissal to<br /> Animal Control Shannon...but you thought wrong.<br /> <br /> I let them talk for a couple minutes, then I sent this text to Shannon.<br /> <br /> "When I come out, go get security.  Evan is not supposed to be in the<br /> building. (I assume that is Evan's voice.)"<br /> <br /> Then I joined them, and cooly acted slightly surprised that Evan was<br /> there.  I pointed to Shannon's phone, so she would check and see the<br /> message.  Shannon saw the message and quietly excused herself and left<br /> the lockerroom.<br /> <br /> If driving web traffic was my game (it is not) I would make you come<br /> back next week to find out if Evan was arrested...but instead I will<br /> just finish the story.<br /> <br /> I immediately told Evan about my game and we had a good laugh thinking<br /> of Shannon uncomfortable summoning security and explaining that the<br /> dismissed Evan had breached the confines of the Q Arena.<br /> <br /> Shannon had gone to Matt Miller's office to get his help with a<br /> security detail to escort Evan out.  Matt was on the phone, so Shannon<br /> was stuck anxiously waiting outside his office.  She finally asked two<br /> other Q Arena employees (who aren't listed above, so I won't mention<br /> their names here).  She asked them if Evan had been fired and snuck in<br /> the building.  They both laughed at her.  Shannon they realized she<br /> had been had at the hands of the dog.<br /> <br /> Later that night I amazed and delighted the packed house with a<br /> hilarious skit, hit 3 consecutive half-court shots, and got phone<br /> numbers from a handful of Cavalier Girls<strong>*</strong>.<br /> <br /> So that's a look behind the scenes at a game at the Q.  I hope you<br /> enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making Animal Control Shannon look<br /> like a knucklehead...it was a rare treat for me.<br /> <br /> Evan remains at large.  If you see him, please notify the police.</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/1/9209b785-ab74-4a2b-9122-18431a58d40c.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/2/1/9209b785-ab74-4a2b-9122-18431a58d40c.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> <br /> <strong>--Moondog</strong><br /> <br /> <span style="font-size:9px;"><span style="font-size:12px;"><strong>*</strong></span>parts of this story were embellished to amaze and delight readers</span></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:8e8f0bd8-16f9-408d-9091-80e8ccb40601 Mall Santas, Mascots and Rock Stars http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_mall-santas-mascots-rock-stars Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:43:00 GMT <p> Upon the expert recommendation of my favorite teacher Gigi I read an e-book called <strong><em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008R98TKO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gameopscom&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008R98TKO" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diary of a Mall Santa (Stewart Scott)</a></em></strong> which chronicles a month in the life of a Mall Santa.  It's a sweet book full of real life ups and downs through the eyes of a jolly, yet not plump, Mall Santa.</p> <p> While Mall Santas and I don't have a ton in common, there were a lot of stories from the book that really hit home for me. This excerpt in particular.</p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> <em>"...When I spotted the kids, I rang my jingle bells vigorously to capture their attention.  They ran full speed toward me, and I dropped down on both kneeds to receive their generous hugs.  The father looked on approvingly.  After talking to the childrebn and telling them how happy I was to see them, I rose slowly to shake hands with their father.</em></p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> <em>"I feel like a rock star," I said.</em></p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> <em>"You ARE a rock star," he replied.</em></p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> <em>"I take this job seriously," I told the father.</em></p> <p style="margin-left:40px;"> <em>When children demonstrate such amazing love for a jolly fat man in bright red suite with and oversized, scratchy beard, you better not take your responsibility lightly.  When innocent children put their complete trust in a total stranger, you better not violate their faith."</em>  [From <em><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008R98TKO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=gameopscom&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B008R98TKO" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Diary of a Mall Santa - Stewart Scott</a></strong></em>]</p> <p> Not to say I am a rock star, or that my beard itches, but I do feel that same responsibilty and share the same joy ol' Saint Nick of the Mall does when I meet young fans.  It's awesome, powerful, and a large part of what makes being a mascot so amazing.</p> <p> And, of course, I <em>am </em>a rock star.</p> <p> When reading this I recalled this photo in particular.  It was taken at the 76ers' game in Novevber.  I received a tweet request to visit a seat location and take a photo with a fan's son.  I remember that night downloading photos and being struck by the great smile captured in the photo...it was a fan who was having as much fun as I was at the game. </p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/13/24fbdf7c-7c38-4e5d-8d04-254abe854420.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/4/13/24fbdf7c-7c38-4e5d-8d04-254abe854420.Large.jpg?1" /></a></p> <p> So in summary: </p> <ul> <li> Mall Santas and I do indeed have some things in common (just don't call Animal Control an elf),</li> <li> I actually look at the photos we take in game (and post them all at <a href="http://moondogphotos.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">moondogphotos.com</a>)</li> <li> Gigi is an excellent book recommender</li> <li> I am a rock star (of sorts)</li> </ul> <p> Thanks fans....Happy Holidays.</p> <p>  </p> <p> --Moondog<br /> <strong><em>Passionate. Loyal. Paper-Trained.</em></strong></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:55e15d41-6bde-4097-84c2-dddb663e9076 New Year's Resolutions http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_new-years-resolutions Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:23:00 GMT <p> Welcome to the Game Ops Blog Central where you’ll be hearing from a bunch of us on many different topics of interest and some funny stuff too!  I personally like the funny stuff, which kind of leads me into my first blog topic of the year…</p> <p> EVER WORK WITH A GUY WHO HAS A REALLY BIG HEAD?  (Cough cough) <br /> <br /> Well, I do and he’s a hoot to be around!  His name is Sir CC and you all know him as the one and only Cavalier!  I know him in a very different way…he’s actually a really funny guy who always finds a way to make me laugh.  He actually makes our entire Game Entertainment team laugh all the time, The Scream Team, Cavalier Girls, Ahmaad & Nicole too…not sure if Moondog is laughing with Sir CC or at him…Hmmmm, but either way it’s a rocking good time working alongside a guy like<br /> Sir CC.</p> <p> Now I’m kicking off my first Game Ops Blog talking about Sir CC because of one of the things I challenged myself to do even more this New Year, <strong>LAUGH!</strong>  Now that the New Year is finally here it seems like many choose to make New Year’s resolution and I’m not a BIG resolution kind of a guy but, who doesn’t want to laugh more and be around great, inspiring, funny people every day like my man Sir CC?! <br /> It’s contagious too!</p> <p> I actually found some “interesting” resolutions online and thought it might be fun to share… and laugh at a few of them:</p> <p> <u>General Funny New Years Resolutions</u></p> <ol> <li> Start washing my hands after I use the restroom.  (you know who you are, Gross)</li> <li> Stop drinking orange juice after I just brushed my teeth.  (OUCH)</li> <li> Stop licking frozen flag poles.  (Sound Familiar?  FragileJ)</li> <li> Watch more movie remakes.  (Can’t wait for Rocky 17)</li> <li> Only eat white snow (I don’t get it….ohhhhhhhhh…ohhhh nooooo, YUCK!)</li> </ol> <p> <br /> It is said that laughter is the best medicine and I am true believer of that.  Not sure if it’s medically proven but it sure works for me AND I’m sure it can work for you too!  So, on the first Blog of 2013 I say thank you to Sir CC and my entire Game Entertainment team and the great fans that join us here at The Q for all the laughs and I look forward to even more throughout the year!</p> <p> Happy New Year!  AND KEEP LAUGHING!</p> <p> <a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/10/a3e8cd5f-c44f-4897-8a72-290a6d0acf96.Full.jpg?1" target="_blank"><img height="237" src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/3/10/a3e8cd5f-c44f-4897-8a72-290a6d0acf96.Large.jpg?1" style="width:322px;height:216px;" width="353" /></a></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:50d209e9-a0df-4c35-9f6c-fced58169921 Let's Go Cavs! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_lets-cavs Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:01:00 GMT <p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="font-size:16px;">Hey Cavs fans, Cavalier Girl Kellyn here! </span></p> <p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="font-size:16px;">I hope you all have been enjoying the New Year so far, especially with the fantastic win last night against the Atlanta Hawks! It was definitely a great way to bring excitement to Cleveland before the Cavs head off for five straight away games. The Cavalier Girls couldn't have been more proud to cheer on our team last night & hopefully you will all join us in cheering them on at the next home game on Jan 22nd vs. the Boston Celtics. We are looking forward to being back on the court & seeing you all soon! </span></p> <p> <span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>GO CAVS!!!</strong></span><br /> <br /> <br />  </p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:63d83950-32e2-4b99-b569-b304b582bada Super Fun Cavs Game!!! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_super-fun-cavs-game Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:53:00 GMT <p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="font-size:16px;">Wednesday night's game versus the Hawks was a blast! During the <strong>Scream Team's</strong> pregame dance party (at gate 108) we were joined by some pretty talented and energetic dancing fans. Since we love it when the fans come and get down with us, we really had a ball! Secondly, for the first time this entire season, the Cavaliers Dunk Team, the <strong>C Town Throw Downs</strong>, graced the court! They really brought down the house with some huge acrobatic dunks that kept the fans on their feet and begging for more! As if all of this wasn't good enough, the Cavs ended the night with a solid victory and a huge lead over the Hawks! What a game and what a night to be a Cavs fan! Go Cavs!</span></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:b5fe9a6f-fd7d-4d2d-8c78-b2df4c436aae Cleveland's Biggest Star with the Puppets http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_clevelands-biggest-star-puppets Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:09:00 GMT <p> Earlier this year Sir CC and I had the chance to work with local celebrity and comedy icon Mike Polk. </p> <p> Icon? Celebrity?  You ask sarcastically?  Frankly, yes.  Mike is a big deal.  He told me all about it in the green room before we shot this puppet video.  With popular YouTube videos amassing well over 25 million views on YouTube, Mike Polk's comedy is big.</p> <p> Actually I was a lot of fun to shoot with Mike, who is as funny off camera as he is on the camera.  He is a huge lifelong Cavs fan, so he can talk hoops for hours....and he knows his Cavaliers. </p> <p> While our video (which was a fun way to promote the popular Anderson Varejao wig night) doesn't have millions of hits <em><strong>yet</strong></em> (I mostly blame CC for that), it stands out as my favorite episode so far.</p> <p> I can admit that we plotted out the script before-hand, none of us were expecting a shirtless Polk for the final "He'll do anything!" kicker....that's just what he does. </p> <p> Actually he forgot his shirt after the shoot and drove home like that too.  That's so "<em>Mike</em>".</p> <p> Don't be surprised to see Mike back with the puppets, he has agreed to stop back in again sometime...which would be great.  It never hurts to work with a huge talented star....just ask Sir CC.</p> <p> <object data="http://www.youtube.com/v/9F6gvO_dElg" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9F6gvO_dElg" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="450"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/9F6gvO_dElg" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#ffffff" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /></object></p> <p> --Moondog</p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:c1159c86-19e8-47f4-ab23-d0c59cab5605 Ask a Puppet http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_ask-puppet-1 Tue, 22 May 2012 15:27:00 GMT <p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">With the offseason upon us, Moondog and I are realizing that we miss the constant interaction we have with you, the fans.<span>  </span>We believe we have found a way around this problem, though, and it starts with you.<span>  </span>Starting today, we are asking our beloved Cavs fans to send us their questions, ranging from “How do you think the Cavs will be next year?”, to “If you had to pick one item to have with you on a deserted island, what would it be?” (I’d bring duct tape by the way).<span>  One request, please no questions about Scully the Seagull; I don't know what that bird is up to now a days. </span></font></font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font size="3"><font face="Calibri">Some of you may be thinking, “What’s in it for me?”<span>  </span>Well let me answer that for you; T-SHIRTS!!!<span>  </span>You read that correctly, if your question is chosen and answered by the wonderful puppets, we will send you a t-shirt for your hard work.<span>  </span></font></font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">We will be accepting questions for the next week, so start sending them now!<span>   </span>To reach me, you can send questions to any of the following:</font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">E-mail - </font><a href="mailto:sircc@cavs.com" rel="nofollow"><font face="Calibri" size="3">sircc@cavs.com</font></a></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Twitter - @cavssircc</font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">Facebook – </font><a href="http://www.facebook.com/Cavs.Sir.CC" rel="nofollow"><font face="Calibri" size="3" color="#800080">http://www.facebook.com/Cavs.Sir.CC</font></a><font face="Calibri" size="3"> </font></p><p style="margin:0in 0in 10pt;" class="MsoNormal"><font face="Calibri" size="3">We look forward to hearing from the best fans in the NBA.<span>  </span>Take care!</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:d5fe8b72-1158-4020-9fe0-0b948f8a8883 Ask a Puppet? http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_ask-puppet Tue, 22 May 2012 01:08:00 GMT <font size="2">Ask a puppet?  Yep...ask them anything.<br /><br />As any serious Cavalier fan knows, Moondog and Sir CC are not only handsome fun mascots....we are handsome fun puppets.  Like this....<br /><br /></font><object src="http://www.youtube.com/v/I34AKN3zLEA" width="450" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/I34AKN3zLEA"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/I34AKN3zLEA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAcess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/I34AKN3zLEA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="450" height="350" /></object><br /><font size="2"><br />With the off-season upon us Sir CC and I have time to dig deep in the mailbag and answer some of the more interesting questions we have recieved and unleash the puppet wisdom.<br /><br />The main problem is that we have never really asked for questions....so the mailbag currently sits empty.  I have been using it to tote some laundry back and forth to the Q....but I digress.<br /><br />So what do you <em><strong>need </strong></em>to know?  Because this, yes this, is your Golden Ticket to the infinite wisdom from the brain of a world-class mascot or from CC.  <br /><br />So ask away.....We are waiting.<br /><br />Actually in our production meeting today, we got our first question.<br /><br />"What do you want people to ask you!!!"<br />Ahmaad C., Cleveland Heights<br /><br />Well Ahmaad, we don't "want" peole to ask anything....we just feel a duty.  We want to impart our impressive mascot insight to others.  <br /><br />We need to be asked something, anything.<br /><br />For example, we might be asked:<br /><br />"Who was your Canton Charge MVP last year", or "What's the best way to make a grilled cheese sandwich."  Someone might want some relationship tips or the best place to buy dog food.  And still others will want to know if they shoud hit a soft 17 if the dealer has a seven showing.  Some fans will want to know who we like in the late 2nd round of the 2012 draft or "Where does Dan Gilbert shop for pumpkins?"<br /><br />We will answer <strong>anything</strong>....especially if the mailbag is as empty as it is now.<br /><br />So ask away Cavalier Fans....<br /><br />Oh, did we mention that we are sending out<em><strong> t-shirts and Gladiator tickets</strong></em> for the June 8th game (including Mascot Football at Halftime) if we use your questions?  I might not have mentioned it already....but we are.  <br /><br />So enter a comment here, send me a note on twitter (<a rel="nofollow" href="http://twitter.com/cavsmoondog" target="_blank">@cavsmoondog</a>), or even email me at moondog @ Cavs.com, or post on my Facebook (www.facebook.com/moondog).  Or contact Sir CC via fax.<br /><br />We are shooting around May 28th, so send your questions NOW!<br /><br />Thanks!<br /><br />--Moondog<br /><br /><u><strong>Updated (June 3, 2012):</strong></u><br /><br />Here are the answers to all your questions (actually to some of them).</font><br /><br /><object src="http://www.youtube.com/v/M09unv-e1U4" width="450" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/M09unv-e1U4"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/M09unv-e1U4" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAcess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/M09unv-e1U4" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="450" height="350" /></object><br /><a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/1/12/5163147a-6147-4f52-bc8a-9cf42e1be200.Full.gif" target="_blank" title="Click here to view this image at full size in another window..."></a><br /><br /><font size="2"><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /></font><font size="2"> </font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:7bed1673-64ba-46ec-b00e-537a66c2bb6b Moondog wins! I was everywhere Friday Night. http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_moondog-wins-everywhere-friday-night Sat, 21 Apr 2012 04:08:00 GMT <font face="verdana,geneva" size="2">So Sir CC and I had a contest the last 2 games, and the indication that I won it would be that I am telling you about it.  Actually it was kinda fun, althought it was totally exhausting.<br /><br />In the game against Philly Sir CC tried to be involved with every time out in the game and I did the same in tonight's game against the hated Knicks.  <br /><br />Final score was 10 out of 13 for Sir CC....and 11 of 13 for me. [Note there are 10 time outs, 2 quarter breaks and halftime].<br /><br />Here are the highlights of tonight's efforts:<br /><br />First I was waiting for the Kia Diff Maker promo in Section 125 and this woman insisted on scratching my belly...so, off to a good start:<br /><br /> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/7097996485/" title="She asked for my number by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7225/7097996485_000f6207b6_n.jpg" alt="She asked for my number" width="320" height="240" /></a> <br /><br />Then I took the court for a t-shirt sling shot:<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/7097975435/" title="First Merit T-Shirt Toss by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7230/7097975435_382ac32aa7_n.jpg" alt="First Merit T-Shirt Toss" width="320" height="240" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />Made a mad dash to Section 206 for a special visit....turns out he was a Knicks fan!  Outrageous, but I played nice.<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/7097976457/" title="A KNICK FAN!??! by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7198/7097976457_f35da1ea08_n.jpg" alt="A KNICK FAN!??!" width="320" height="240" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />I was back down to ref a couple contests on the court, including one where three season ticket holders were shooting for $10,000.<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/7097979791/" title="Totally unbiased by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5340/7097979791_70a2bff4b8_n.jpg" alt="Totally unbiased " width="320" height="240" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />More visits, this one to a giant fan in 103.<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/6951908156/" title="Knicks (19) by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/6951908156_b0a5b47f1f_n.jpg" alt="Knicks (19)" width="320" height="240" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />Then I had the honor to be a Key Bank Deal of No Deal model.  I was super hot with that case.<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/6951918590/" title="Deal or No Deal Model by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5443/6951918590_0c256c173b.jpg" alt="Deal or No Deal Model" width="500" height="375" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />I wrapped up the big night shooting balls in the Sherwin Williams Ball Toss, making sure Sir CC knew who came out on top of this contenst (this was my 11th apperance of the night.)<br /><br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"> <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/6951923610/" title="I'm Number 1 (11th time out) by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5116/6951923610_46d92c2514.jpg" alt="I'm Number 1 (11th time out)" width="500" height="375" /></a> </font><font size="2"><br /><br />Of course this side bet with CC didn't stop me from spilling drinks, <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/sets/72157629499662878/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">taking photos</a> and spending time with the best fans in the NBA.  <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/sets/72157629499662878/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">To see the entire night in photos be sure to check out the game photos on Flickr here</a>.<br /><br />Better luck next time CC!<br /><br />--Moondog<br /></font><font face="verdana,geneva" size="2"><br /><br /></font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:1e618dde-9f28-4ef0-8b26-1fd4a05d7767 Better than a Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Stick http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_better-poke-eye-sharp-stick Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:59:00 GMT <font size="2">Just wanted to give an update from last nights game.</font><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">As you may have heard on </font><a href="http://www.foxsportsohio.com/04/12/12/Cavs-mascot-injured-in-pretend-fight/landing.html?blockID=707914&feedID=3725" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><font size="2"><strong><em>Fox Sports Ohio</em></strong></font></a><font size="2"> or other reputable sites I was injured in last nights game against the hated Pacers.</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><span style="font-size:small;">Just after the anthem was played one of the Pacers gave me a playful love tap that landed just right and sent me on an rather uneventful and non-exciting trip the ER (uneventful and non-excitting compared to the overtime game at the Q).</span></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">After getting my eye flushed by the capible hands of the Q EMT, then given a exam by the excellent team doctor (wait your turn Semih), I was encouraged to go to the ER to have an additional look at my eye. (and when I said encouraged I mean ordered).</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">The Cleveland Clinic has same day appointments and when you get poked in the eye by a Pacer they also admit you to the ER without a lot of questions.</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">Of course I received World-Class care and was sent on my way with some fine advice, red flags to look for and some cream for my eye.</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">Upon my discharge the doctor noted that lessor competitors would be in intensive care for 3-4 days.  While my status is technically Day-to-Day (whose isn't) I will be back in action on Sunday when the Cavs take on the hated Orlando Magic.</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><span style="font-size:small;">Thank you to everyone who took care of me last night and the millions who have sent well wishes today.  I will see you Sunday.</span></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2">--dog</font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div><div><font size="2"><br /></font></div> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:f0bf5c2a-77c2-42ff-9c5b-668960f5ca49 Full Recovery http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_full-recovery Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:36:00 GMT <font face="verdana,geneva" size="3">Just wanted to thank everyone for the flowers, cards, candy-grams, tweets and prayers after this clip of me at a recent game was passed around.  Appearantly over 4000 people have seen this tragedy on YouTube.<br /><br /><object src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y1zUBJUsxA" width="450" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y1zUBJUsxA"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y1zUBJUsxA" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAcess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/8Y1zUBJUsxA" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="450" height="350" /></object><br /><br />I can confirm I have made a full recovery and learned a valuable lesson.<br /><br />That is not to say that sending more candy is a bad idea.<br /><br />--dog<br /></font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:0ccf6265-d516-44f0-9680-7c168f283ba3 Excitement Floating! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_excitement-floating Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:14:00 GMT <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoPlainText"><font face="Consolas" size="3">Hey fans Cavalier Girl Jordyn here, <br />I hope all of you are enjoying this amazing weather, its been a beautiful couple of days in Cleveland. There has been a lot of excitement floating throughout the Q lately, so make sure to get your tickets to see your Cavaliers take on the Mavericks this Saturday. We are looking forward to putting on another amazing show for you!</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:d2d15024-8ffc-4eab-a50e-398668b587f3 Return of Tackle the Tower http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_return-of-tackle-tower Sun, 22 Jan 2012 02:53:00 GMT <font size="2">February 4th will be a busy day.  We host the hated </font><font size="2"> (World Champion) </font><font size="2">Dallas Mavericks at night, but in the wee hours of the morning (for me at least) I will be at Erieview Towers for the 10th Annual Tackle the Tower.  <br /><br />The numbers are slightly confusing, so get out some scratch paper.  This is the 10th annual Tackle the Tower.  I believe it is the 8th time I have appeared at the event.  It will mark the third time I actually race up the 37 flights of stairs, and it is the second annual Mascot Race.  There will be no quiz regarding those dates and historical footnotes, however it would make for scintillating dinner conversation if you choose to commit it to memory.<br /><br />This year (as noted) is the second time Hermes Cleveland is hosting a Mascot Competition as part of the event.  Last year Sully (from the Lake Erie Monsters) flew up the 37 flights to best all the mascots and will return to defend his title this year.  <br /><br /><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/5419572564/" title="All the Mascots (and Shelley), part 2 by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5056/5419572564_e6e84ac56c.jpg" alt="All the Mascots (and Shelley), part 2" width="500" height="375" /></a><br /><br />Many of the mascots also participate to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland, including me.  If you can support my efforts I would certainly be grateful...and I promise to give it my best shot to win the 2nd Annual Mascot Competition.  Here are the links that you crave.<br /></font><ul><li><font size="2"><a href="http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/moondog/10th-annual-tackle-the-tower" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Donate to Moondog's effort to support the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland</a></font></li><li><font size="2"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/30016021@N05/tags/tacklethetower" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">See Moondog's Tackle the Tower Photos</a></font></li><li><font size="2"><a href="http://youtu.be/hX0qEAyNIX0" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">See Moondog's Tackle the Tower YouTube Video</a></font></li><li><font size="2"><a href="http://www.twitter.com/cavsmoondog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Follow Moondog on Twitter</a> (for more Tackle the Tower info and snarky commentary) - <a href="http://www.twitter.com/cavsmoondog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@cavsmoondog</a></font></li></ul><p><font size="2">Thank you for your support. <br /></font></p><p><font size="2">--dog</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:dd3388f9-f097-429d-a3cc-16cd59f0d9e2 Amazing Cavs! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_amazing-cavs Wed, 04 Jan 2012 23:18:00 GMT Hey it's Anna Marie! The Cavaliers played an amazing game yesterday against the Bobcats! Come check us out at our next home game on January 17th against Golden State! Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:feab5c9b-2769-4dc5-80f3-7e0a5fc1b0b7 Feels good! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_feels-good Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:54:00 GMT <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoPlainText"><font face="Consolas" size="3">Hello ALL!! Home Opener was amazing! Great to see the Cavs play again! It was so awesome to perform for all the loyal fans again!!! Feels good to be back. Go CAVS!!!</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:19b456cc-93f7-48f5-9429-572d987c4f22 Still Whistling Sweet Georgia Brown http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_dreams-come-true Wed, 28 Dec 2011 14:15:00 GMT <font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2">While some Harlem Globetrotters dream of making it in the NBA, this NBA dog has always dreamed of joining the World Famous Harlem Globetrotters.  So this year when one of our PR mavens reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in being a guest at the Trotters show on December 27th, of course I had to respectfully decline.<br /><br />Wait.  What?  <br /><br />Did she really just ask me if I would be a part of their show?  Um, yeah....I WOULD <font size="4"><strong>LOVE </strong></font>TO!  <br /><br />Yesterday the Trotters were gracious hosts and allowed me to join them for a big t-shirt toss and the signing of our national anthem (actually for the performance of the YMCA).  It was really a thrill to be on the court with them...it's literally not everyday you spell out YMCA next to the Clown Prince of Basketball (Special K) and a 7'8" giant named "Tiny" but there I was.<br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/6583648287/" title="globetrotters (13) by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7004/6583648287_7ca99ed57f.jpg" alt="globetrotters (13)" width="450" height="337" /></a> <br /><br />As always the Globetrotters put on a tremendous show filled with laughs, pudgy referees, the occasional fart noises and great memories for everyone...including me.  <br /><br />I am still whistling Sweet Georgia Brown this morning.<br /><br /></font> <br /><font face="tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif" size="2"><br />--Dog<br /></font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:cbe90759-b062-43c3-bf59-9d9a66d4903e Counting Down! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_counting-down Wed, 14 Dec 2011 18:41:00 GMT <div align="center"><br /><p>Hey you crazy Cavfanatics, it's the Scream Team transformer himself, Cyclonus <br />here! I know you are all like me counting down the days we will all be back in <br />the Q, cheering our Cavs on once again. I hope to see you at the Home <br />Opener. Don't forget Moondog, Sir CC, the Cavalier Girls, and of course, the <br />Scream Team will be in the house!  See you soon!</p></div> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:2af75038-baa8-4c9f-9814-4afecb4cf454 Q! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_q Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:08:00 GMT <span style="font-family:'Calibri','sans-serif';font-size:11pt;">Hey it's Britt! This Cavs Girl is anticipating seeing all of your beautful faces at the Q! On another note, the rainy mist today isn't so bad, it's just tickling your face.<span>  </span>It can be exhilarating!</span> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:5caa9b31-e121-4342-9fed-07e78d79846f O'Jays Tribute! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_ojays-tribute Thu, 24 Nov 2011 02:40:00 GMT Hey Cavalier Fans! Its Cavalier Girl Brittany here. <span class="yshortcuts">Friday night</span> will be our first big opening night for the <span class="yshortcuts">Canton</span> Charge! Im so excited to perform, and also do the collaboration the Cavalier girls have with Scream team. The performance is a tribute to the O'Jays, a famous R&B group from our very own <span class="yshortcuts">Canton, Ohio!</span> So jump on the "Love Train" and come see us at <span class="yshortcuts">7:30</span> at the Canton Civic Center!       Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:f857e634-b3f6-4ba2-86f9-b1c773836bef Charge! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_charge Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:56:00 GMT Hey fans, its your boy BZ looking forward to the Canton Charge game on the 25th. If you want to see us get down, B there or B square! Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:cc1e6053-3ce9-4429-9e54-da7cc85bea69 Skills Challenge in Canton (an explanation) http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_skills-challenge-canton-explanation Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:14:00 GMT Well fans, by now I'm sure you've seen the video of Moondog and me competing against each other in a friendly skills competition at the Canton Civic Center, the new home of the Charge.  I will say that yes, Moondog beat me on this day, but that in know way, shape, or form does this mean he is the superior mascot.  A skills challenge such as this is meant to test one's agility, footwork, and speed.  I am not trying to make excuses, but let me enlighten you on some facts.  First, Moondog is the size of an average NBA point guard (around 6 ft.).  I, on the other hand, look more like an all-star power forward (think Karl Malone if he decided to lift weights).  I'm sure many of you have watched all-star weekend and the festivities that go along with it.  Have you ever seen someone my size compete in a skills challenge? <br /><a href="http://null/photos/cavs_sircc/6345862516/" title="Canton 11-12 046" rel="nofollow"><img class="pc_img" src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6215/6345862516_2d01dabd2f_m.jpg" border="0" alt="Canton 11-12 046" width="240" height="180" /></a><br /><br />Also, take a look at the basketball gear Moondog came prepared in.  Basketball shoes, shorts, jersey, the works.  I didn't even have time to change out of my boots or remove my hat.  That alone caused resistance that even the fleetest of foot wouldn't be able to overcome.  <br />Like I said before, I am not here to downplay Moondog beating me on the 12th.  But know this; there will be a rematch, and next time, The bigger man (literally and figuratively) will come out on top.  Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:5df17c36-3983-4b45-81d8-063745e6c7e3 Skills Challenge in Canton http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_skills-challenge-canton Sat, 12 Nov 2011 20:36:00 GMT <font size="2">Sir CC and I were in Canton today for a Canton Charge FanFest.  The Charge have opened camp and things are ramping up for the Charge, powered by the Cavaliers (and me).  <br /><br />While there Sir CC and I competed in the Skills Challenge to see who was mascot grand champion of the world at all things involving skill.  <br /><br />It might be more suspenseful if<span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"> I didn't tell you who won...but do you really think I would post a video and then blog about it unless it clearly showed that I was the most skilled at being skillful at a skills challenge?  Me thinks not.</span><br /><br /><object src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUjOR7T2ZYk" width="450" height="350" id="ltVideoYouTube" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUjOR7T2ZYk"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUjOR7T2ZYk" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAcess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XUjOR7T2ZYk" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="450" height="350" /></object></font> <font size="2"><br /><br /></font><font size="2"><span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/6338517728/" title="Canton_Charge_Fanfest (95) by Moondog Mascot, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6035/6338517728_db2385537f_m.jpg" alt="Canton_Charge_Fanfest (95)" hspace="6" width="240" height="180" align="right" /></a></span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Sorry for the lack of drama, but not every blog is a mystery novel.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">Join us for opening night in Canton.  Me, Ahmaad, the Cavalier Girls, Scream Team and the less-skilled-at-hoops-than-me Sir CC will all be there to power the Charge to a great start.</span><br /><br /><a style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.nba.com/dleague/canton/schedule/promotions.html" target="_blank">Tickets are here</a><span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family:tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;">--Dog</span><br /></font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:9787fbd2-c405-4ba0-8d6d-fd4a93557384 CG Ginny at FanFest in Canton! http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_cg-ginny-fanfest-canton Wed, 09 Nov 2011 19:06:00 GMT <span style="font-family:'Verdana','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><span style="color:black;"><font size="3"><font face="Times New Roman">Hey Cavs Fans! This is Cavalier Girl Ginny!  On behalf of the whole Cavalier Girl team, I just want to say how excited we are to be starting the Canton Charge games soon!  We have been practicing really hard every week to make sure we look our best! A few of my Cavalier Girl friends and I will be at the Canton Civic Center this Saturday for the Canton Fanfest from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. The fanfest is free to the pubic so make you come on down for some good family fun! Can't wait to see you all there!</font></font></span> </span> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:19b87a7b-4e88-4d76-be1b-98503b8b461b Top 10 Reasons to Join Me on November 19th http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_top-10-reasons-join-november-19th Thu, 03 Nov 2011 21:36:00 GMT <font size="2">Top <strong><font size="3">TEN </font></strong>Reasons to join me in the Moondog Section for the Nov 19th Lake Erie Monsters Game<br /></font><ol><li><a rel="nofollow" href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/5/1d2e7402-902e-4289-a592-1911446a748f.Full.jpg" target="_blank" title="Click here to view this image at full size in another window..."><img id="1d2e7402-902e-4289-a592-1911446a748f" src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/13/5/1d2e7402-902e-4289-a592-1911446a748f.Large.jpg" alt="blog post photo" width="300" height="301" align="right" /></a><font size="2">$22 Ticket for just $12!<br /></font></li><li><font size="2">Be one of the first 5,000 fans and get a Monsters Paper Goalie Mask Giveaway courtesy of Sugardale.  </font></li><li><font size="2">It's Hunger & Homeless Awareness Night, including a special food drive. </font></li><li><font size="2">It is also Face Off Against Diabetes Night.<br /></font></li><li><font size="2">The Monsters are on a roll, winning 4 of the last 5 in front of the home crowd.</font></li><li><font size="2">Noise Bones for all my peeps.</font></li><li><font size="2">Pre-game Photo Shoot Opportunity with Moondog.<br /></font></li><li><font size="2"> It's a "Sully-free" Zone (actually he'll probably stop by too).</font></li><li><font size="2">I'll be hanging out in our section all night (and you know how fun I am).</font></li><li><font size="2">It's called the MOONDOG SECTION, what more do you need people!</font></li></ol><p><font size="2"><strong>BONUS:  Just announced....the B-Spot will be open Saturday Night.</strong></font></p><div><font size="2"><font size="4"><a rel="nofollow" href="http://groups.theqarena.com/moondog" target="_blank">Click here to purchase your seats for the big night</a>.</font></font><br /></div><font size="2"><br />I look forward to seeing you at the Q.<br /><br /><strong>--dog</strong><br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/sets/72157626041290692/with/5441956819/" target="_blank">Click here to see photos from last year's Moondog section at the Monster's Game</a></font><br /><br /><font size="2"><br /></font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:c2ec8a4e-5f4b-498f-89a1-bee06021f27a NBA Jam Festival - Jenna http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-jam-festival-jenna Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:16:00 GMT <p><font size="2">Our time spent in Guadalajara, Mexico was a time to remember to say the least. It was my first time being beyond US territory and I could not have felt more welcomed and comfortable. From the people that we were working with to the people that we met on the street, everyone was so nice and excited for us to be a part of this event. This atmosphere alone made the trip wonderful. Being granted the opportunity to share our love of dance with the people of another country was another aspect that was worthwhile. I could tell that the locals were excited by our performance and enjoyed it. This made me feel accomplished and lucky. We were privileged to meet a fellow NBA team; the Rim Rockers dunk team from Milwaukee. It was so interesting to see how other teams run their performances and interact with the crowd. It was nice to  share our various experiences with each other.  The dinners that they set up for us were amazing! We got to see a Mariachi band and traditional Mexican dancers at dinner our first night. Every restaurant we went to was top of the line and had amazing food that we don't get the opportunity to try in the states. This opportunity helped me grow and learn so much. I could go on for an hour about how even the little things that happened in Guadalajara were wonderful. Overall, I feel blessed. </font></p><p><br /><font size="2">-Jenna<br /></font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:f1e7bc4b-689e-412c-a5a5-64382bc6c5b5 NBA Jam Festival - Kori http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-jam-festival-kori Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:14:00 GMT <p><font size="2">My experience during the Cavalier Girls trip to Guadalajara was one that will always be etched in my mind and my heart for numerous reasons. Outside of the fact that I was given  the honor to dance and perform like I love to do, I was given the honor to represent my country, my dance team and the Cavaliers organization. During our short stay, I got to know and meet the most amazing people. Not only were the people of Guadalajara so welcoming and nice, but all of the peopl from the NBA were more than wonderful to work with. They made me feel like I was special. Everyone knew me by my name, and they protected & watched over me as if I was a part of their very own family. I had no worries and felt nothing but happiness my entire trip. This was an experience of a lifetime. Getting this small taste of the Mexican culture has made me want to learn more about the language, food & even visit on my own time as soon as I get the opportunity to. Words can't express how truly thankful I am to have been blessed with this opportunity. I thank everyone who made this possible, I would have never done any of this without you all! The entire trip was more then I could've ever imagined or dreamed of!</font></p><br /><p><font size="2">Thank you again,</font></p><p><font size="2">Kori!</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:e4d5a7c2-59a6-4d75-b327-f8fcbc7e0d84 NBA Jam Festival - Elise http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-jam-festival-elise Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:12:00 GMT <p><font size="2">Hey Cavalier fans!<br /><br />Last weekend I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for the Sprite NBA Jam Fest with 5  teammates and my coach. We were up and at'em early Saturday morning heading to Dallas and then to Mexico.</font></p><p><font size="2">When we arrived to Mexico, we were greeted by our wonderful translator, Lorana, and our security guards. After a long day of traveling we had an amazing meal and got ready to do some interviews with local media. When we were done with that we went out to a true Mexican restaurant where they had mariachi bands and performers!</font></p><p><font size="2">The next morning, after less than 3 hours of sleep, we were up practicing and fueling up on my favorite, Starbucks, for our performances later in the day. As we arrived at the Jam Fest we instantly felt like celebrities. The fans were so excited to see us, get our autographs and take pictures with us. We performed several times and met with a lot of fans. It was such an amazing experience that words truly cannot describe.</font></p><p><font size="2">After the Jam fest we went out to eat with the Milwaukee "Rim Rockers", Cedric Ceballos, and some of the employees of the NBA international. It was a great way to end our quick trip to Mexico.</font></p><p><font size="2">I am still so excited about the experience and opportunity I had by going to Mexico. It truly was beautiful and amazing and I am so incredibly blessed and thankful for the invaluable experience I had while in Guadalajara last weekend.    </font></p><p><br /><font size="2">-Elise</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:abc99f25-b697-4dd3-bdda-578b92cdbbf3 NBA Jam Festival - Virginia http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-jam-festival-virginia Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:10:00 GMT <p><font size="2">The time I spent in Guadalajara, Mexico, although short, is something I am going to cherish for the rest of my life. This was the first time I have ever been to Mexico and I had a tremendous time. I'll start off by saying that everyone we met in Guadalajara, including our wonderful translator and security, was extremely kind and welcoming. Not to mention they were extremely fun to be around! From the moment we got off the plane the staff that accompanied us wanted to make sure we were as comfortable and safe as possible. The people of Guadalajara seemed like they genuinely wanted to know about us and were very excited to have us there. That excitement made us even more excited than we already were to perform and represent the NBA and our city for the people of Guadalajara. </font></p><p><font size="2">    Second only to the amazing people we met was the amazing food that we got to experience. This was the first time I got to eat true, authentic Mexican food and it was awesome! Everything was so fresh and flavorful, I wished I could bring a little of it home with me! I ate the hottest pepper I've ever had in my life that made my eyes and nose tear! I guess it's all part of the experience, though! </font></p><p><font size="2">    The city of Guadalajara itself was beautiful place full of different types of shops, restaurants, artwork, and architecture. Since we were so busy, most of the sights we saw were from a bus window. I only wish we would have been able to spend a more time there to really take in all the sights and sounds that Guadalajara has to offer. If I ever get the opportunity, I would love to revisit Guadalajara to experience more of this great place that has given me so many great experiences. The trip was truly invaluable to me and I will never forget it! It was an honor to represent my city, my country, and the NBA as a Cleveland Cavalier girl and I cannot thank everyone involved enough for making that possible for me!</font></p><p><font size="2"><br />-Virginia</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:fc595ca7-516d-456f-abd1-3a36a7a78360 NBA Jam Festival - Kaela http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_nba-jam-festival-kaela Wed, 26 Oct 2011 20:08:00 GMT <p><font size="2">My experience in Mexico was unbelievable. From the food to the people, everything was great. When we first got there we were welcomed by security, who were amazing and were with us at all times. We also met with our translator,Lorania, who did a great job and was as sweet as could be. The people of Guadalajara were great! They loved our performances and loved the autographed pictures! We received an authentic doll called a Maria for coming and performing. They are amazing!. All in all the trip was a chance of a lifetime, and I was so greatful I got to go. Hopefully I'll have more opportunities to have more great experiences.    </font></p><p><font size="2"><br />-Kaela</font></p> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:e5dfa01e-55f2-4f6e-8eeb-3a1a2225de3f Moondog Section at the Lake Erie Monsters Game http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_moondog-section-lake-erie-monsters-game Wed, 19 Oct 2011 20:34:00 GMT <font size="2">Can't wait any longer?  Me neither.<br /><br />I am busting at the seems to get back under the bright lights and loud noises at the Q, so I have reserved a special section at an upcoming Lake Erie Monsters Game...and you can join me.  As you can see from this photo from last year, I am kind of a big deal at the Monster's games.<br /><br /><a href="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/98236edd-5527-4c09-90fe-3da9437a377a.Full.jpg" target="_blank" title="Click here to view this image at full size in another window..."><img id="98236edd-5527-4c09-90fe-3da9437a377a" src="http://pluck.cavfanatic.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/0/98236edd-5527-4c09-90fe-3da9437a377a.Large.jpg" alt="blog post photo" /></a><br />  <br />Saturday Night November 19th, 2011, puck drops at 7:30 against the hated Peoria Rivermen and I will be there cheering for the Monsters in my own special section.<br /><br />Join me for a great night of hockey in a special section with an <em><strong>AWESOME </strong></em>price.<br /><br />The fun will be in section 111 for just $12 a ticket (regular price is $22). It's a full night of Monster's hockey hosted by the Q's most famous dog.<br /><br />More details forthcoming, but if last year's Moondog section was any indication of future fun </font><font size="2">(and it is) </font><font size="2"> then you won't want to miss this.<br /><br /></font><font size="2"><font size="4"><a href="http://groups.theqarena.com/moondog" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here to purchase your seats for the big night</a>.<br /></font><br />I look forward to seeing you at the Q.<br /><br /><strong>--dog</strong><br /><br /><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/moondogmascot/sets/72157626041290692/with/5441956819/" target="_blank">Click here to see photos from last year's Moondog section at the Monster's Game</a>.</font> Blog:048e63df-7257-42aa-ad0e-2dcfd88e857cPost:55346334-5c31-4407-b25f-89b7c66b940d Great Moments In Cleveland Sports History http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/showtime/_great-moments-cleveland-sports-history Wed, 05 Oct 2011 18:09:00 GMT Welcome to "Showtime at the Q: The Blog".  First of all, that's quite a name.  Whoever thought that up deserves a day off, a free lunch, and a long tender scratch behind the ear....but I digress.<br /><br />This blog is for the entire entertainment crew of the Cavs and Sir CC to give you backstage access and thoughts about what's happening at the Q in our big show.  Again....the title of this blog really nails it.  I think that's the story here (again, props to whoever came up with that...wow.)<br /><br />To start it off I thought I'd share one of my favorite bits...which is made up of one of my favorite moments.  And to ensure this blog isn't only cleverly titled, but chock full of insightful nuggets I am going to give you a little more insight into how this video skirts the strict rules of the NBA to bring you the finest in entertainment available.<br /><br />First of all here's the video.  Maybe you've seen it on the scoreboard at the Q:<br /><br /> <object src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIwfYxZU0lc?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" width="480" height="360" id="ltVideoYouTube" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIwfYxZU0lc?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIwfYxZU0lc?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" /><param name="quality" value="best" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAcess" value="always" /><param name="flashvars" value="playerMode=embedded" /><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GIwfYxZU0lc?version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" wmode="transparent" width="480" height="360" /></object> <br /><br />It was a great moment (in my mind) and one of my favorite dog moments ever.<br /><br />Now for the amazing behind the scenes insights, served up in nugget format.<br /><br />NBA League Rules prohibit making fun of players at games [except for one guy on the Chicago Bulls.  They don't care if you make fun of him...more on that in another blog].<br /><br />Anyway...because this video sort of makes one Celtic look a little foolish (I would content he makes himself look foolish) we use this video to promote upcoming games against the Celtics.  Thus we aren't making fun on him when he's actually there...we do it the game before.  It's the kind of clever loophole we are always looking to exploit to bring you the finest in entertainment at the Q.<br /><br />There you have it.  It's Showtime at the Q.  And we can't wait to see you there.<br /><br />If you need your Q Arena fix, you might also consider checking out the Lake Erie Monsters, who kick off their 5th Season this Friday night.  More at <a rel="nofollow" href="http://lakeeriemonsters.com/" target="_blank">lakeeriemonsters.com.</a><br /><br />See you at the Q.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />--Dog<br /><br />Also <a href="http://www.cavfanatic.com/blogs/moondog100k/">see my new blog about my 100k Challenge</a>. 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