By Graham Henderson and Jeremy Balan
Even if you don’t love sports, there’s always something to keep you interested while you’re stuck at the game — the mascot. Whether it’s high school, college, or professional sports, all mascots share in the brotherhood of getting dressed up in a slightly ridiculous costume and trying to rev up the crowd. Mascots have been punched by athletes, abused by the crowd, even pushed off walls, yet they take it all with their beaming, artificial smiles.
We compiled a list of some of our favorites from around the Bay Area — half are from San Francisco high schools, the other half from college and pro teams. Photos of college and pro mascots were taken from public Flickr streams, while high school photos are from SanFranPreps.com.