Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mascot Week: Sky Guy of the Chicago Sky

The Chicago Sky's Sky Guy debuted with the team in 2006.  From his official bio, I learned that he was at the first WNBA game in 1997.  It also states he has 5 older sisters (how coincidental), who loved playing basketball.  His favorite color is Sky blue (of course)   His favorite food is apples.
Apples?  How does that fit into the character?  There has to be a connection that I am missing, but I can't figure out what it is.  It's not that apples are bad or a weird choice, but all of the other stats somehow tie into the team or the city.  Deep dish pizza, Italian beef sandwiches or even a loaded hotdog (no ketchup, of course) would have made sense (especially the hotdog, now that I think about it).
I first met Sky Guy at O'Hare Airport, when I was on Team Resistance for an airplane pull.  Then I met him a couple times at Chicago bandits games.
I had never met him at the Sky games, until I started covering the team.  That, in itself, is an odd tale.
I wanted to cover the Sky for years.  I actually seemingly was set to do so a few years back, but somehow that never happened.  Last year, while in Las Vegas, I decided to roll the dice again (it seemed to be the place to gamble).  This time, things fell into place and I began covering the team during the 2017 seaqson.
Last season, the Sky finished in 5th place (out of 8) with a record of 12-22.  While that might seem lackluster, it was much more exciting than the record would indicate.  They started slow, but came on strong and just missed the playoffs.
It was a lot of fun and I look forward to doing it again for the 2018 season.  This season will be played at the brand new Wintrust Arena, located just south of downtown Chicago.  It is a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility.
You can follow all of my coverage of the Sky at On the Beat With the Chicago Sky.  I'll also be reporting for the Patch, too.  Of course, you can also check out all of the info at
Sky Guy and me in Rosemont, IL-July 2016.

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