Rams Mascot was old school. You don’t see many of his kind around LA today, probably because the old school was torn down a good many years ago. It’s site is now occupied by Rams Stadium
Most NFL Mascots look similar whether they want to or not. It is hard to say why--for they model their exteriors to appeal to Football Fans, some aviators like Seahawks, Cardinals, Falcons, Ravens, Eagles or some iconic ground tough guys like Bears, Lions, Broncos, Colts, Buffalos, Panthers--but they all turn out looking like Mascots, as definitely Typed like Cartoon Heroes or the like.
But Rams Mascot was the exception. He did not look like a Typical Mascot and certainly didn’t act like one. And only in one corner of the NFL could he have been identified as a member of the entertainment world.
Even there the first guess would have been that he was a kind of Hollywood Extra, or a bit player who specialized in public relations. But a Mascot he was: he had collaborated in decades of Football Fanfare, pumping the crowd up every Home Game, and doing important work in the community.
A Mascot? He had a Exclusive working spot inside Rams Stadium; he had pencils, paper, a secretary, paper clips, a pad for office memoranda. And he sat on a King’s Throne, his eyes bloodshot from Bourbon taking in all the NFL news, every morning on Twitter.
'I got to get to work making this New Planet in shape to house Rams Games,' Rams Mascot told reporters over the radio transmission intercom. 'I got to get to work.'
But Orange Mascot was not always was in charge of Cuse Games. Before taking the reins of Orange Basketball Games he was known, simply as Otto the Orange.
Orange Mascot’s journey through life is one that reflects the overwhelming pride that all Cuse Fans feel when they have achieved a certain stature, when they finally become Real Orange Fans.
From the time he was first a Syracuse resident, it was obvious that Otto the Orange was different than most Cuse Fans. Wandering the streets of Syracuse, Otto the Oranges’ curiosity almost always took him to interesting places and made him stand out from his peers.
As he was growing up, Otto the Orange was constantly asked about Hoops. The others would always test his resolve to make something out of his life.
How much do you know about Orange Hoops, Otto the Orange?
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Otto the Orange was honest when all this business started out: ”I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not the most active Basketball Fan out there” Otto the Orange replied.
“Sure, I played a little ball here and there and watched March Madness every year. I never really got into NBA basketball but I never expected in a million years to become an Orange Fan!!
To me, Orange Basketball became close to wild in my heart. How, you may ask? Well because of Sarina, of course. Sarina’s experience with the team fueled my Hoops Spirit and my desire to have rich Orange experiences.
Your initial task is simple, Otto the Orange” they said. Just start to watch Cuse Games and enjoy the experience. Then and only then will you be able to answer our questions.”
This Quiz doesn’t showcase Media Video Highlight Clips, a chance to win priceless tickets, or an appearance in a Halftime Shooting Contest with a big prize, or any other activities are what most Fans would consider to be of interest
“I’m kind of a quiet basketball fan” Otto relayed his experience. “I really only watch Orange Games to spend some quality time with Sarina and I tune out when Hoops Highlights are on my screen.”
But Otto the Orange showed some initial talent. He had always had fun writing about all sorts of things, so it is no surprise that he chose to take a written Quiz!
Otto the Orange actually made these game summaries just to have some fun with Sarina so they could connect on the Ultimate Hoops Level, the written game summaries.
“So as far as getting Orange Season Tickets, or camping outside the Orange Dome for the chance at a Lottery, I can’t exactly see us jetting off to Syracuse for regular parties,” explained Otto the Orange.
But that doesn’t mean Otto the Oranges’ Life would be devoid of basketball adventures. Just really in any way at all, as long as it is a shared experience with Sarina.
“And I can’t necessarily speak for Sarina” Otto the Orange said. Sarina is one of the biggest Orange Fans in the World, has lots of Orange Gear, and even packs her lunch in an Orange Box.”
Sarina would probably be on board for just about anything. It’s was just Otto the Orange who’s just not-so-crazy as Sarina. But even Otto the Orange was open to a lot of things…. And all of his exciting short stories probably speak to that.
“You know what I think?” Otto the Orange wanted to make a statement. “I think that life needs just the right amount Orange Hoops Extravaganzas. A lot of Fun, to be sure, but also with a measured view that is just a Game, and the World doesn’t drop off it’s axis just because Cuse is in the house.”
To that end, Sarina asked that Otto the Orange share a few short stories of the crazy times he has actually sat though am Orange Hoops Game, be it at the Orange Dome, on TV or radio, or even games that are not in the Dome.
Otto the Orange was up to the task. “Here are just a few words about Cuse Hoops. This is the first Quiz I have taken as an Orange and you probably won’t understand any of it if you don’t have some Hoops Cred” he explained to Sarina.
“Maybe they’re not the most riveting stories of the Orange Hoops Experience, but they are mine.” Otto the Orange pointed out.
Let’s just hope the rest of the schedule won’t be too tough on SU so they can make a run at it. That will be fun to watch with you too!” Sarina exclaimed.
As time passed, Otto the Orange started learning more and more about ‘Cuse Hoops. and he developed a marked acumen for the Experience. But Otto the Orange began to feel that he could do more. That he wanted to become something much bigger than an ordinary Cuse Fan.
One day, Otto the Orange noticed an Orange Castle in the distance – Oranges have excellent eye-sight, after all. Although it appeared that the castle had been there for many years, no one from Otto the Orange circle had ever said anything about it.
That’s when Otto the Orange realized that it was up to him to be a leader. Not just any leader, mind you, An Orange Leader. There was more out in the world for him to explore, to learn, to achieve. He set out for the Orange castle with Sarina at his side that very day.
Soldier Sam was the Boss at the Mascot Training Center. Sarina quickly found out what he was all about.
“Why does Syracuse need a Training Center?” asked Sarina. “Why is Otto the Orange here?”
“To make sure that everyone at Cuse is provided for when they go to Hoops Games at the Dome.” Soldier Sam explained “To decide what’s best for Orange fans and to make sure the Orange Order remains unbroken.
Otto the Orange had decided to break Mascot precedent and start traveling far and wide to share his Orange Spirit, and to lend support to all Cuse Fans that are die-hard enough to travel to opposing stadiums.
Soon, Orange fans won’t just be cheering in Syracuse, they could be found across the state, the country, and the globe.
Otto the Orange is at our Stadium trainer today doing a mock game. And here he is—some of his fellow trainees are out here tonight, too,
Otto the Orange is all set to practically live at the Castle Training Facility until he is ready to assume the mantle of the greatest job in sports.
Otto the Orange who, is incidentally and actually and ex-Hoops player too, he’s a hell of a good performer, folks, and a great joker, know what I mean? Soldier Sam asserted.
It’s all a bunch of dramatic theatre at these games. A lot about what our Mascot Graduates say really makes a difference. We prepare them to joke around with the opposing players and about the other teams Fans, too—it’s all a crazy make-believe world.
As Otto the Orange was walking out of the Training castle he stopped suddenly in his tracks. His reflection in a window caught his eye. He was much different than he remembered. He had confidence, ambition, wisdom, and above all, the experience.
Otto the Orange was finally worthy of the Title: “Orange Mascot!!”
Orange Mascot had received the ultimate Training this planet has to offer. His resume and skills stand out above all the rest.
Otto the Orange had hit the big time. Cuse Basketball Games would never be the same.
Rams Mascot, whose life experience is told in much of the book took a break from working at Rams Stadium to speak with reporters over the telephone.
How did Soldier Sam begin the first part of the story?
"If Given Enough Time" started with a meeting between us in the future introducing the real people we had spent time with like my sisters.my battle buddies, his love interest. The story was far from developed. There was just a picture of an aircraft hangar, with nobody in it; that was it.
Writers rely on observation, experience and imagination. Soldier Sam used all three to compose "If Given Enough Time" and also his collection of short stories. Tell me about how Solider Sam utilized his research skills in the writing of the script.
How far of a stretch of imagination did Soldier Sam go to in writing this new book?
Far enough. Actually, way too much. It’s complete fiction. Wild!!
This is a part of the history that artists better than Soldier Sam have been exploring for a long, long time, and one has to be real to the stories of his friends without selling them out.
Soldier Sam approached the writing as someone like me who grew up with it; writing about where I grew up street fighting and other chaos.. The experiences were there for me, and that's one of the reasons he told the story.
You mention lots of tough people. Many writers like Soldier Sam had different life experiences than you, and much of the book is about your experience as a Grunt and then what eventually became of Soldier Sam, when the International Space Station became interested in his work. Talk to me about the connection between those worlds.
What caused Soldier Sam to begin writing stories?
At first Soldier Sam would write companion stories about him and his favorite woman. But after he started these, he realized that much of that dialogue could also be representative of the storyline structure of the book—the operations we had to pitch to our bosses, our friendship, in real live activities, like I had experienced.
When I realized Soldier Sam had decided to start writing, I felt I had a reserve of language and imagery to deploy in responding to those questions. Sure, I had tons of experiences, but he didn't have a story or a question to respond to at that point in time. Our friendship became that for both of us..
To write, there has to be a question you can't shake; that part seems necessary. There are stories of happy, well-adjusted people who make stories, but there has to be something you're looking at that you don't understand, and Soldier Sam has a particularly strong need for clarity of answering these questions.
Soldier Sam wants the readers to get a real experience like they are seeing everything that's really there, and the only way he got close to that is by using writing. There were moments in all the stuff he writes where I can see the clarity he was looking for in developing a story everyone could relate to.
“Meeting Soldier Sam and him meeting me was something so new and so different from what I thought experience could do.
Early on I figured "Soldier Sam justs wants to try this." It seemed so unreal to me, it seemed like magic what he was doing creating all this fiction based on real people because that’s where he got his literary inspiration from, but I never had an idea that it would be more than a hobby. The attempt to respond to my experiences was the approach Soldier Sam took, the questions about what ‘was it like.’
What is the one trait Soldier Sam shares with more experienced writers?
Curiosity, an unwillingness to accept face value. Writers share a suspicion that there is more to see, more to understand.
So.. Are you ready to write the Forward to Soldier Sam’s Book?
“Ok” said Rams Mascot. “But what’s the Forward to a Book? What am I supposed to say?”
A foreword is a personal introduction to a book written directly to the readers. Normally, a foreword is not written by the author of the story but by a third party. If Soldier Sam selected you to write the forward to his book, he probably considers you a close friend or colleague. And if you've been chosen to write a foreword for Soldier Sam’s book… Take it as a compliment!
This is where you should discuss the book, Soldier Sam, and how you're connected to it all. In short…you're getting people excited for what's coming.
Talk about how you know Soldier Sam.Share how you met Soldier Sam and how you know him. This can actually be a bigger deal than you think. By doing this, you help show Soldier Sam as likeable and relatable.
Benefits to Soldier Sam for Having a Foreword
If you think your foreword won't have any impact on Soldier Sam, you're surely mistaken. Your well-written foreword can really help boost his status. First, it helps to establish Soldier Sam’s brand and set credibility for the book. Nobody wants to read something from Soldier Sam who has no idea what he is talking about. This leads to the next major benefit for Soldier Sam..
Your forward can be a great marketing tool for Soldier Sam — particularly if you are an expert in the applicable field. By leveraging your reputation, Soldier Sam can be backed up by your credentials and more people will read his book.
How to Write a Forward for a Book Summed Up
If you've been given the privilege to write a book foreword, take it as a compliment. Soldier Sam obviously trusts you, your credentials, and your writing. By following these simple steps, you can put together an amazing foreword Soldier Sam is sure to love.
Just remember to be honest and write as yourself. You aren't the author of the book, so keep your style unique. But don't go overboard. As long as you match the tone of writing, you should be fine. Soldier Sam’s book is both serious as well a heart-warming simple tale of Adventure shared by a pair of companions just having some fun. So you can match that tone.
Starting out with a great introduction provides the base for your writing. Here you want to introduce yourself and how you know Soldier Sam. Provide your credentials as well. What are you known for? There may be times where you don't personally understand the standpoint Soldier Sam was writing from but you're the best person for their foreword. Simply explain the importance of what Soldier Sam is writing.
“Ok” Rams Mascot agreed. “I’ll do my best!!”
I met Soldier Sam at a Detective Party in Los Angeles. He was looking for a Solid Partner to join him on his many Space Adventures.
A detective mystery is a great party game to organize for a party. Your guests will love the idea of playing the role of little detective and setting off in search of the culprit.
Instant Detective Game is a mystery-solving game where guests piece together bits of information to solve a mystery. Each player begins the game with his or her own individual page of clues and an Orange Marker.
The fun begins as the players first split up, then try to solve the mystery by trading secrets with each other.
Each player is both a detective and also a witness to events that occurred on the night of the event. Slowly players put together the information they learn until one player declares she or he can solve the case.
I Love the idea of a Detective Party because I have long been a fan of mysteries. And now, I am a fan of Soldier Sam’s Mysteries, too!!”
I’m sure all of you love devouring every mystery book you can find. So most people still love to read and play detective.
I’m super excited about this Spy Obstacle Course! We really enjoyed the process of setting all the clues up for the detective to locate the lost Starship and rescue the crew. Try it out with me at the party!
This is a perfect activity to play with Soldier Sam on a rainy day or a Liquor Contest Party.
It’s fun to use glow-in-the-dark paint to make invisible ink. I bought this ocean color glow-in-the-dark paint at Walmart.
There are a lot of fun spy party games here in California! They have the same “What’s missing? A Starship!” Game, and lots of Twists on the game that look very fun.
These games are fun, exciting, and pretty easy to set up and play. Some take a little bit more skill than others but they are well worth the effort.
Soldier Sam and I teamed up to create a memorable, one of a kind Starship Space Detective Party!
Here’s How it Played Out..
“Orange Mascot to Hoop it Up at the Cuse Basketball Game on Sarina’s Birthday!”
Syracuse beloved mascot “Orange Mascot” will “Hoop-It-Up” during the Halftime of March Madness on March 29.
Orange Out T-shirt Giveaway, a bounce house, balloon artist, party favors, face painting, a birthday cupcake for Sarina, and much more… With all the makings of a fun-filled birthday party.
Sarina’s birthday party will be held at halftime of the Cuse games so fans celebrate a doubleheader — Sarina’s Birthday and Orange Mascot’s 5th Anniversary with the Squad.
Orange Mascot is the most popular legend in college basketball and has been an iconic symbol of Syracuse spirit and pride in their team. The mascot represents tradition for all of Cuse to celebrate.
Recently, Orange Mascot received an updated look when Sarina was asked for her thoughts about updating the beloved mascot’s looks in a way that would best express the Cuse spirit.
Sarina’s voice was heard loud and clear and a new iteration was developed as part of a Syracuse spirit campaign.
Soldier Sam was looking for a solid partner. Someone who would place nicely into a secret agent role at her Birthday Party -- find 'spy' accessories such as hats, sunglasses, Yankees Pinstripe Jacket, etc. the little troopers invited to the Birthday Party wear them before they go on their mission.
On Sarina’s Birthday, Sarina and Soldier Sam take the first trip to Planet X in the modern era, and their trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that everyone on earth comes together to build a great Planet X Space Station.
From the Space Station, the Birthday Party provides some of the best views of Earth making everyone realize how Earth fits into the Universe.
Along the way, the story sets the stage for more Birthday Party science expeditions, featured in the “Little Stormtrooper Box” sidebars that have been fully updated in this new edition.
The Birthday Party Mystery Box cover topics including “Phases of Planet X,” “Wings in Space?,” and “Frisbees and Fire Balls on Planet X” They are all explained so all the Stormtroopers Teams learn together about science.
Behind-the-scenes takes from the Birthday Party are full of science lessons with activities round out this entertaining and educational Birthday Present Picture Book, the new edition of which is designed to accompany the new Sarina Goes to Planet X Planetarium Show, coming soon to locations around the world.
Birthday Parties are a good place to explore spying and detective work. There are several cases waiting to be discovered throughout your Birthday Party and different friend groups. You can start spying for the fun of it or with the intentions of becoming a private investigator one day.
Sarina is practically a Legit Detective already. If Sarina spends most of her Birthday time in her imaginary world of mystery, then perhaps she would love a little more mystery in her life. From water balloons to footballs your little detective will Love to make anytime into activities for a group of detective Storm Troopers. We guarantee you have many ways to incorporate some excitement and learning into Birthday Party mystery activities.
Whether it's a rainy day or a Big Birthday Party or beautiful sunshine, spy games get Sarina excited because they involve stealth and mystery. Give Sarina the chance to be a secret agent on her Birthday by suggesting one or more spy games. Players can dress up in a trench coat and carry a magnifying glass to get in character.
If Sarina is asking for a secret agent, spy, or detective birthday party theme you will want to check out the awesome spy party games and activities below that feature our most popular and requested secret agent party games.
When Sarina was just starting out using her Time Travel Machine she went on a world trip to many Yankees Games. She spent her whole trip thinking she was a spy and collecting brochures, stamps, coins and taking photos. For her, this added an extra element of excitement to her trip and made her so much more interested in the things around her.
We want to recreate the same experience for little stormtroopers around the world. At home or on holiday. At this Yankees Game or the next. We have developed secret missions that capture the imagination of little storm troopers so that they learn about the world while becoming secret agents.
‘Detective’ is a game in which you hide something special like Yankees Tickets around the house, and then leave a chain of clues for little stormtroopers to find and solve until they uncover the hidden Yankees Ticket Prize.
It’s easier than it sounds to set up and can be played with a few pieces of scratch paper or some common items you happen to find while traversing the Yankees Universe in your Time Machine.
It’s a great way to entertain little stormtroopers on stormy days and, even better, if the weather is nice you can expand the adventure outside or to a park like Yankee Stadium with a little Future Vision using your Time Travel Machine.
And not only does it stretch little stormtroopers brains a bit, but also their muscles too as they excitedly run around the house or yard. For my money, it’s the greatest rainy day game of all time to play when Yankees Games are postponed
Here we will post Short detective stories. We know that little stormtroopers have a various interest. Keeping that thing in mind we are going to provide you with amazing spies story but it is for Yankees Fans, like Sarina. If you like to read stories with other types of characters you can also read this story and discover your inside stormtrooper.
So read these stories and share your experience with us.
Little stormtroopers love playing the little detective, and detective mysteries are a slightly different take on the treasure hunt. They will prove a great success for any party, no matter where you disembark on the Yankees “Time Travel Highway.”
I think I had as much fun as the little Storm Troopers at Yankee Stadium. Honestly, there is just too much to share in one post. We started the party by giving them spy training. Once they were trained, we created this Top Secret Mission for the agents to test out their new skills.
First, you need to come up with a plan: What mystery are you all going to solve and how are they going to solve it? In my office, I have a Yankees Toy Flamethrower.
When you plan a spy party or a spy game for everyone at home you want to add some mystery and international espionage solving activity that will get them excited.
This will give them a sense of achievement as the information they send headquarters leads our boss agents to solve the case and catch the mischief-maker. We have 10 different cases for your storm troopers to solve!
So get ready to peek around corners and stands at Yankee Stadium, write secret messages in invisible ink, and reinvent your favorite classic mystery story. You may also want to dress up as your favorite cartoon detective-- just to get yourself in the right frame of mind. And then, as Inspector Gadget would say ... “Go Go Gadget ‘Copter!”
If you don’t have the time to prepare such an activity, you will find Soldier Sam’s ready-to-print detective mysteries on my site. So, perhaps I’ll see you soon!