I have long wanted to be a team mascot.
Imagine getting to run around and act like a fool, while being a bit of a menace and have everybody love you for it. What could be greater than that?
Well, sometimes dreams do come true.
Where better to live out this dream of mine than here in Logansport, where we have the most awesome mascot in the world? So, I made a phone call to Felix’s keeper: Matt Jones, principal of Logansport High School.
The conversation had to be a first for him. “Hey, can I be Felix?” isn’t something you hear every day. Shockingly, he was not only on board but was an enthusiastic partner in crime. A quick look at the calendar and it was decided Feb. 21 would be the greatest night of my life — and also the boys basketball team’s home matchup against Huntington.
IT’S NOT EASY BEING FELIX
I thought that I’d throw on the suit and hit the gym floor ready to live it up ... I was quickly proved wrong. I was so wrong, in fact, that I learned the sheer act of suiting up is a two-man job. It seems Felix is a complicated fella. First, I needed help zipping up the back of the body suit. The extra set of hands came in handy later when trying to tuck his head piece into the body suit. As for putting on the feet, I was on my own not to fall over and injure myself.
After finally suiting up and making a couple rounds in the hallway, trying to get a feel for the getup I was wearing, it was time to head to the gym floor. That’s when I learned there were stairs involved. Again, a two-man job.