Friend Encounters is a weekly series featuring friends who have met celebrities.
Today's feature goes back to the glory days of the Chicago Bliss. Playing in the Legends Football League, the Bliss had won consecutive league championships. Players Jess Price and DiA'ndra Frye were rookies in 2014.
Similarly, the Schaumburg Boomers had won championships in 2013 and '14. Founded in 2011, the Boomers gained a lot of success and fans early on. Brining in Jess and DiA'dra to toss a first pitch had to help. Had I known, I would have been there. I love my Bliss athletes!
The mascot of the Schaumburg Boomers is Coop, a prairie chicken. Legend states Coop was born in the shadows of Mt. Rushmore. Coop's ancestors are a variety of birds that used to live on prairies throughout the midwest. Greater Prairie Chickens are known for their dances. Coop took his dancing all over, eventually landing in Schaumburg, because he was attracted to the baseball hats featuring Greater Prairie Chickens.
While they weren't chickens, Coop seemed very happy to be surrounded by Jess and DiA'dra. I'm not sure how the pitch went, but I would bet the players did great. I know they wouldn't be afraid. If you've seen them on the football field, you know they were never chicken.
The Boomers open their season May 13. Go to BoomersBaseball.com for more info. Check back here for more recurring mascot fun.