BETWEEN THE FUR

BETWEEN THE FUR

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By Kenn Solomon
The PRO MASCOT PODCAST
Past and present professional mascots from the NBA and other pro sports reveal their crazy, funny, and inspirational stories from behind the mask and give an exclusive insight on what it's like behind the scenes and between the fur.
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Former "G-WIZ & G-MAN" | ZOLI
Zoltan (Zoli) the best chameleon in professional sports! Zoli was the first "G-Wiz" for the Washington Wizards. He has gone on to fill in for Mascots spanning the NBA, NHL, and NFL. He is currently the Senior Production Manager for the world famous Harlem Globetrotters!  We share our stunt work in movies, commercials, and music videos, as well as our brushes with the rich and famous. https://www.facebook.com/BTFmascots/  Sponsors: ALINCO Costumes & GameOps.com
52:15
September 14, 2019
Former "BOOMER" | Paul Linne | Heartwarming Moments
Designing and creating BOOMER, I nearly die in Australia, & the cancer he will die with!  Paul and I go way back to almost the beginning of my career. He talks of his gymnastic background, being involved in creating the character Boomer and performing as such. We share stories of Australia and how I almost died. Paul also shares his story of his current battle with cancer. I love this guy and miss him. https://www.facebook.com/BTFmascots/ Sponsors: ALINCO Costumes & GameOps.com  
1:07:51
September 6, 2019
Former "BENNY" | Barry Anderson | The Effort it Takes
Talk about going deep... Barry, the artist formerly known as "BENNY THE BULL" from the Chicago Bulls, dives deep into the art of being a professional mascot.  Barry reveals how he brought Benny to life and the mental and physical effort it took!  Checkout what Barry is up to now! -Custom Costumes:  orders@chigacocostume.com / ChicagoCostumes.com -JigSaw Entertainment:  barry@jugsawentertainment.com - Mascot design, construction, branding and performance for international & domestic sports teams, sports federations and large corporations.
1:03:04
August 27, 2019
Charlotte Bobcats "RUFUS" | Dave Stogdill
The one and only Rufus from the short-lived Charlotte Bobcats.  Hear him tell of his journey to the NBA, his 9 years with the Bobcats, his book Belayed Gratification, and a starstruck Jessica Simpson and her parents.    CONNECT WITH US ON FACEBOOK @BTFmascots
55:13
August 22, 2019
Former "HOOPER" | Chris Ernest | Shocking Stories
Chris Ernest drops a couple shockers in this episode!  I was totally caught off guard when he spoke of his childhood! It was a true pleasure to speak to the man who worked his way in to the mascot world and the NBA. I learned that there really is a soft heart behind that crazy FUR BALL!! Thank You for listening! CHECK US OUT ON FACEBOOK - @BTFmascots 
1:12:30
August 13, 2019
2019 Mascot Conference P2 | Legendary Stories from Around The League
Eric McMahon ("GRIZZ"),  Jon Absey (former "JAZZ BEAR"),  Barry Anderson (former "BENNY THE BULL"), and I share some memorable and amusing mascot mishaps and stories at the 2019 Mascot Conference in Memphis TN. (Bleeps are added to this episode to cover up language and names keeping current mascots identity private.)  
29:53
August 6, 2019
2019 Mascot Conference | Jerry "THE KING" Lawler
What an honor it was to have THE KING, Jerry Lawler, as the guest speaker at the 2019 NBA Mascot Conference in Memphis, TN! Jerry is in the WWE Hall of Fame and is a Color Commentator, he has also appeared in several movies including MAN ON THE MOON.  In his speech he tells of his experiences with Mascots, the late Hollywood Star ANDY KAUFMAN, and Late Night with DAVID LETTERMAN. We were all riveted... ENJOY!
38:54
July 31, 2019
KC WOLF | Dan Meers
A chat with the legendary and current Kansas City Chiefs Mascot KC WOLF!  Dan Meers is the first NFL Mascot featured on Between the Fur.  Dan talks of his work in the community, philanthropy, 30 year career, and how his near death injury has been a blessing overall.  As we chatted about his 70 ft. fall, I get the opportunity to clear the air about the time I got hung from the catwalk in front of 19k people!  ENJOY!! FOLLOW:  Facebook @BTFmascots 
1:02:47
July 16, 2019
MASCOT Designer & Former ATLANTA HAWK | Tom Sapp & Wayne Jordan
In a way these two gentlemen "Brought me into this world!"  Tom Sapp is the Designer and Creator of hundreds of mascots and characters around the globe. Wayne and Tom have worked together developing characters like the Denver Nuggets mascot ROCKY and the Pistons HOOPER to name a few.  It was a ton of fun chatting with these two geniuses and sharing stories of successes and me almost dying while skydiving in costume! ENJOY!!
46:50
June 28, 2019
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES "GRIZZ" | Eric McMahon
An unbelievable story of a man behind a mask cheating death.  Eric McMahon shares his eerie, jaw dropping story of his battle with cancer and how his team, town and fellow mascots rallied around him.  You will be saddened, angry, and inspired as Eric takes you on this personal journey. FOLLOW: Facebook @BTFmascots
1:07:16
June 18, 2019
BACKYARD GYMNAST | Mom & Dad Tell All
It seems like most Mascots have an uncommon childhood. Ned and Georgia (Mom & Dad) are my biggest supporters and always have been! In this episode we talk about my hero's, and influencers, and how I was a Mascot from DAY ONE! They tell of my early childhood, gymnastics in the backyard, how a couple of professional mimes helped shape my future, and some bonus stories about Shaq and Magic Johnson. For a closer look into my background and "Mascot in the making" antics, listen to this up close and personal episode.    
51:01
May 15, 2019
Mindset of a Successful Entertainer | Rob Boudwin
Former NBA mascot "CLUTCH" for the Houston Rockets talks about "Mascot University", the mindset of a successful mascot, key elements of entertainment and more.  This is a high energy, information packed, conversation with one of the best entertainers in the business. A MUST listen for any and all pro sports entertainers, managers and fans!    
25:17
April 30, 2019
Boston Celtics "LUCKY" | Kit Ackermann
Kit Ackermann is currently LUCKY in more ways than one!  He tells of his journey to the pros and how a baseball player turned into a dunking mascot that speaks. The Boston Celtics thought outside the box when they decided to create a character who's face is the face of the mascot. Apparently Kit has a face for mascoting! It was fun to hear the different experiences he has opposed to those of masked characters.   
1:01:30
April 24, 2019
Former "PHILLIE PHANATIC" | David Raymond
The living legend himself!! Dave tells of his ground breaking time with the Philadelphia Phillies as the famous Philly Phanatic.  His stories of how his father inspired him, the relationships he built with fans, the Mascot Hall of Fame and more, will no doubt entertain and inspire you!  One of my favorite stories involves one of my childhood heros, Tommy Lasorda.  Dave also gives me a glimpse of life after the mascot world.  I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did recording it!
1:01:29
April 9, 2019
Hornets "HUGO" | Michael Zerrillo - "Bug on the Windshield"
A chat with the man who made HUGO/SUPER HUGO the Charolette Hornets mascots an international icon.  Mike takes us through his journey sharing stories of his start, Mascot Dunk Contests at All Star, celebrities, international travel, playing two characters at once, and more!  Mike is a great  example of what commitment to a character and brand is all about! He explains how he pushed through several serious injuries and 14 surgeries to perform and keep his character at 100%!  Of course we share similar stories as you will hear.  ENJOY!
54:37
April 2, 2019
Former New Jersey Nets "SLY" | Miguel Vargus
Miguel Vargas, truly a "Jack of all trades" tells of his time as the New Jersey Nets mascot SLY and more!  Stories of international travel, spontaneous crowd work, and what goes on inside the fur, etc.  Miguel has not only been an NBA mascot but has done TV and Movie work.  He worked his way up through the ranks of NASCAR, and is currently the game presentation director for the Carolina Panthers!  A funny, talented, hard working guy that isn't afraid to take chances! ENJOY! BTW, in the interest of time, I unfortunately had to cut out a lot of his stories of delivering mail, putting in the time and work to learn, becoming the production manager of NASCAR,  his garage being on a home show, and pre-mascotting, if thats a word.
1:03:39
March 28, 2019
Miami Heat's original mascot "BURNIE" | Wes Lockard (NBA 1988-2001)
"A lot of people would give anything to get in these suites." - Wes Lockard This episode features one of the all time funniest guys in and out of a costume. Wes Lockard shares some stories of being a mascot in the NBA during the early days. Everything from being a mascot with no name to several court cases. He reveals heart felt experiences with his community, purposing to his wife, stories of Pat Riley, and how his unique humor bled through the fur and feathers.
50:52
March 14, 2019
Former "HARRY THE HAWK" | Wayne Jordan
Formerly with the Atlanta Hawks, one of my favorite people and podcasts so far!  Stories from the 80's and 90's, how Wayne played a key role in my career, Harry the Hawk stories and more! FOLLOW: Facebook @BTFmascots
57:30
February 27, 2019
Houston Rockets | Dominic The "CLUTCH" Assistant
Every great mascot has a great assistant. Dominic is "The Rocket Man" for the Houston Rockets and is the Assistant / Baby Sitter / Sidekick / Body Guard for "Clutch". Dominic has had the opportunity to become one of the best in the league and put himself in the spotlight around the NBA. 
47:46
February 5, 2019
Former MIL. Buck "BANGO" | Kevin Vanderkolk
This episode features retired Kevin Vanderkolk, the man who put the Milwaukee Bucks mascot Bango on the map. Kevin gives insight on Hulu's "Behind The Mask", the NBA All-Star Game, how he pulled off the Ladder Back-flip Dunk, and what he's up to now.
1:00:30
January 31, 2019
Memphis Grizzlies "GRIZZ," | ****RS Mascot | X NBA Mascot ZOLI
In this Episode the current mascot for the Memphis Grizzlies "GRIZZ" tells his story along with Zoli who was the Mascot for the Wizards and other NBA mascots. We also get to hear a little bit from another current mascot from the ****RS. This interview to place at the NBA Mascot Conference 2018 in the weight room in the hotel the conference was held in, in SLC. The interview was filmed as well so look for that on YouTube soon! Enjoy!
33:51
October 9, 2018
Former Jazz "BEAR" | Jon Absey (1993-2018)
In this Episode the former mascot for the Utah Jazz the "Bear" tells his story of his rise to fame! A great story of hard work, philanthropy, influence! "THE BEAR" is known for his big stunts, big props, sledding down the steps of his arena, blowing stuff up, and caring for the community. He is of the best for a reason... Enjoy!
27:59
June 10, 2018
Former "RUMBLE"/"SQUATCH" | Marc Taylor
Marc Taylor, retired mascot for the OKC THUNDER, Seattle SONICS and the Seattle STORM tells his TALE of his rise to NBA Stardom, shares some great stories about his time with these teams, and what he's up to now! 
1:07:37
March 31, 2018
Former Rockets "CLUTCH" | Robert Boudwin
Current NBA mascot, Kenn talks with ROBERT BOUDWIN, former Houston Rockets mascot, "Clutch". An inspirational journey to becoming an NBA mascot, success in the community, and beyond the fur. Robert is the definition of wild and crazy!
1:14:42
March 19, 2018
Former "STUFF"/"HOOPER" | Scott Hesington
Former NBA mascot for the Orlando MAGIC and Detroit PISTONS tells his story and his tales with DWIGHT HOWARD. Scott Hesington, a man of FUR and more!
45:37
March 5, 2018
Spurs Former "COYOTE" | Rob Wicall
Rob Wicall, former San Antonio Spurs Mascot, "The Coyote", shares his story of before, during, and after being one of the NBA's premier mascots, for one of the NBA's best teams. Hosted by KENN- current professional NBA mascot.
54:51
February 23, 2018
Cavs Former "MOONDOG" | John Cudo
John Cudo, former mascot for the Cleveland Cavaliers known as "MOONDOG" and "CRUNCH" for the Timberwolves. One of my good friends from the beginning of my professional career. John is one of a kind, a great performer, father, and friend.    
58:12
February 14, 2018
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