We’ve all seen what our players have been up to this summer – whether they’ve been winning gold in London or helping coach at camp. But one question still burns hot as the Oklahoma sun in August: what’s Rumble been doing all summer?
We caught up with the busy bison just long enough to get a few thoughts on what he’s been up to since the end of the Thunder season …
Q: You had a busy winter, Rumble – do bison hibernate during the summer?
Rumble: Nope, no hibernating for this bison … or any bison for that matter. I took a couple weeks off to rest after the season. Other than that, I’ve been running all over the state making appearances at great events and birthday parties, meeting awesome people.
What kind of places/events have you been visiting since the season ended?
Hospitals, wedding receptions, birthdays and corporate events in OKC, Tulsa, Grove, Yukon, Norman, Moore, Edmond, Midwest City, Ada, Alva and Piedmont.
What has been your favorite event/appearance this summer?
My favorite was the trip I took to Salt Lake City for the 2012 NBA Mascot Conference. It’s always a great time hanging out with my “fur-ternity” brothers. During the conference, we vote on all the mascot awards for the past season. There was a tie vote for Mascot of the Year between me and Crunch, the Minnesota Timberwolves mascot. He won after the re-vote. He totally deserved it! I did walk away with “On-court Skit of the Year” for “Red Bison,” my parody of the halftime act “Red Panda.”
What community groups have you been visiting with?
I’ve been stopping by Thunder Youth Basketball Camps, Boy & Girls clubs, churches … Wow, it’s probably easier to say who I haven’t been visiting with.
Oklahoma has set some record temps in the last few months – how does a bison manage to stay cool when it’s 113 degrees?
Two words … air conditioning! Most bison shed in the summer, but I stopped doing that after the lightning strike. It’s really weird … my hair has completely stopped growing. Now I try to stay inside as much as I can.
What are you most looking forward to when the season starts again?
I love doing appearances and going to events, but I really miss the games. It’s great to see all the familiar faces under one roof, cheering at the same time for the same thing. Many things can divide people, but Thunder games seem to unite us like nothing else.
See more of what Rumble has been up to – watch this video!
- Karina Henderson