What sport does the USA love more than any other? Football!!!!… Unless it’s arena football, and then we don’t seem to care. But really, why do we not care? It’s pretty much the same sport, just inside, on a field half the size, with higher scores, weaker defenses, and no punting. Plus, they have mascot stories that are much more detailed than anything I’ve ever seen.
Chum is the mascot for the Jacksonville Sharks, but is not a shark himself. He is a… well, whatever you think this is:
Chum was born in New York, where he worked with his father on fishing boats. Working under the hot sun in the boat made Chum very warm, and he would often going swimming to cool off. That’s where he noticed that he can communicate with the sea life, and became good friends with a shark named Bruce. Most fishermen didn’t like Bruce because he would scare people on the beach and wreck fishing boats, so they came up with a plan to kill him. One day, Chum slept in too late, and did not go out with his father on the boat. Unfortunately, that was the one day that the boat never made it back, and legend has it that his father was killed protecting Bruce from the other fishermen.
Chum was heartbroken about it, and decided he needed to start his life over somewhere else, so he made his way down the coast, but Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina did not feel like home. Then he got to Jacksonville, Florida, and found sharks to cheer for, and immediately knew it was the home for him. He has been there ever since, cheering for the Jacksonville Sharks AFL team.
That is the longest, saddest, most intense mascot story I’ve ever seen. And I’m not making this up… it’s all right here: http://www.jaxsharks.com/fanzone/chum/
It looks like he has plenty of happiness in his life again, thankfully, filled with friends and fans, sharks of course, and even getting buff.
I’m glad he has found where he belongs, even if it is with people who are this good at looking angry.