Editor’s Note: This is in response to Bill Tamburrino’s comments in his “TimeOut with Tambo” column in last week’s Ramona Sentinel.
To Bill Tamburrino:
My name is Dan Jauregui, aka Boltman. I have played the role of the unofficial mascot for the Chargers for over a decade. That being said, I think I know a thing or two about mascots and the role they play in the sports arena venue.
I’d like to respond to your quote in the paper about phony mascots. Bill, old friend, I have to say that there is a lot of truth to your statements about those goofy mascots roaming around out there not having a clue on how to entertain people. However, there are some key points that I disagree with.
For starters, Boltman is not made of cheap rubber, but of fiberglass with real sunglasses. I believe that for any sports team, professional or not, the mascots can play a very important role. Of course, a successful mascot program requires a very talented, motivated, high spirited personality in the performer, as well as the support of the teams they represent.
Mascots are not for everyone, but let’s remember that at any sporting event there are many spectators of all ages and sensibilities. Mascots in general play a big role and can add a lot of fun to the game setting. I personally have been complimented by adults many times for the way I played Boltman at Chargers home games and entertained the fans during commercials or along the sidelines. It’s a great way to fill in the voids between breaks. The cheerleaders, of course, are nice to watch, but they are not for everyone. The kids and other adults want a variety of sideline entertainment.
Mr. Tambo, old friend, we are going to have to agree to disagree on this one. Although I have the highest respect for you as a sports columnist, teacher, coach, community supporter, and friend, you’re still at the top of my list of Ramona’s top dogs. And as Boltman, I have never judged you for being a Raiders fan. I invite you to view the YouTube video under the key words Predator vs. Boltman. This is an example of mascots entertaining fans all in fun.
This “tune-up” is for the San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders game scheduled for Nov. 11, 2011! Boltman shows what the Raiders can expect when they journey to Qualcomm to play the hometown Chargers in November. It’s all in good fun and entertaining to the die-hard fans.
Bill, your Raiders are going down, and I’m willing to wager on it. My Chargers win and you agree to wear my Boltman Chargers football jersey in your next sports column. And smile for the camera. In the unlikely event you win this bet, I will wear your Raiders jersey and pose for a glamour shot with full armor.
Hope to hear back from you, Bill. Good luck, because it’s on!
Dan Jauregui is a Ramona resident.