Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Quick Pic: Bucks' mascot Bango has interesting dunks, back story

This is the Milwaukee Bucks' mascot, Bango, dunking during a timeout in the Heat-Bucks game Wednesday.

Bango is a sad looking deer, isn't he? He looks like he's contemplating all of his life's great achievements and regrets while also dunking a basketball, furry hands and all. And why is Milwaukee's mascot named Bango? Funny you should ask. Here's the answer from
Bango was a phrase coined by Eddie Doucette, the original "Voice of the Bucks," whenever a player connected on a long-range basket. When the club held a contest to name their new mascot, a few thousand entries were received. The most popular of which was "Bango."

With the name in place, on October 18, 1977, Bango was born. That date signified the home opener of the 1977-78 season for the Bucks. The game pitted Milwaukee against the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar-led Los Angeles Lakers in the Milwaukee Arena.
31 years old? Wow, that's pretty old for a deer. Apparently Bango is the Jack LaLanne of all Bucks, which makes this even more impressive.

Photo Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)

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