Something I do admire about rugby is, the players wear little protective equipment. This means that tackles are less like bone crunching collisions, and more like pure brawn wrestling. The fitness level of these guys! Whoa!
Incidentally, the city of Parramatta sits on the banks of the Parramatta river. Loosely translated from the original Aboriginal name for this region, Parramatta means "where the eels are". Thus the team's name. And Mascot!
Sparky the Eel ought to win an award of some kind. Ive done this sort of work myself, so I know how physically demanding it is just lugging the suit around. But he was fantastic with the crowd, and never quit being highly entertaining.
In addition to all the sideline antics one hopes for in a mascot, he also patiently held babies for photos, shook hands with every kid in the stadium, and most importantly, flirted heavily with me!