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The Best of Benny the Bull (Space Jam)
The Best of Benny the Bull (Space Jam)
Published: 2015/03/20
Channel: Dariusz Sobotka
Benny The Bull: Top 5 Moments
Benny The Bull: Top 5 Moments
Published: 2016/04/19
Channel: NBA
Benny the Bull: Master of Dance
Benny the Bull: Master of Dance
Published: 2016/04/12
Channel: Chicago Bulls
BENNY THE BULLS 2017
BENNY THE BULLS 2017
Published: 2017/03/16
Channel: DVL93
Benny the Bull 2013-14
Benny the Bull 2013-14
Published: 2015/01/17
Channel: officialbennythebull
Benny The Bull Kiss Cam Steals Celtic
Benny The Bull Kiss Cam Steals Celtic's Fan Girlfriend - FULL VIDEO
Published: 2015/01/06
Channel: Lewis Bertolucci
Benny the Bull  2014-15
Benny the Bull 2014-15
Published: 2015/06/30
Channel: officialbennythebull
Benny the Bull is Awesome
Benny the Bull is Awesome
Published: 2007/08/30
Channel: Todd
Benny the Bull: Home Alone
Benny the Bull: Home Alone
Published: 2011/02/24
Channel: officialbennythebull
Benny The Bull best compilation
Benny The Bull best compilation
Published: 2017/03/12
Channel: Funny and interesting videos
Benny the Bull Highlights - 2015
Benny the Bull Highlights - 2015
Published: 2015/10/31
Channel: Shane Ekerbicer
:} Benny the Bull photobombs Milwaukee Bucks sideline reporter.
:} Benny the Bull photobombs Milwaukee Bucks sideline reporter.
Published: 2014/04/14
Channel: abloadsgj abload
Benny the Bull on Jerry Springer
Benny the Bull on Jerry Springer
Published: 2008/04/10
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Benny Returns Home
Benny Returns Home
Published: 2012/04/27
Channel: officialbennythebull
BENNY THE BULLS   2016 HD
BENNY THE BULLS 2016 HD
Published: 2016/07/24
Channel: anthony meza
Guy Fights Benny The Bull
Guy Fights Benny The Bull
Published: 2012/02/24
Channel: Gene Zlotnikov
Bulls Fan Sinks Half-Court Shot, Gets Tackled by Benny the Bull
Bulls Fan Sinks Half-Court Shot, Gets Tackled by Benny the Bull
Published: 2015/03/19
Channel: NBA
BENNY THE BULL
BENNY THE BULL'S DAY OFF: A SHORT FILM FUNNY CHICAGO BULLS
Published: 2017/02/09
Channel: Commercials Snapchat Instagram
Benny the Bull 2012-13
Benny the Bull 2012-13
Published: 2013/07/14
Channel: officialbennythebull
Chicago Bulls Snacks
Chicago Bulls Snacks
Published: 2011/03/28
Channel: YouAndMeThisMorning
Benny the Bull wears a GoPro
Benny the Bull wears a GoPro
Published: 2015/04/29
Channel: Chicago Bulls
♈ Los Mejores Momentos de ♈Benny The Bull♈
♈ Los Mejores Momentos de ♈Benny The Bull♈
Published: 2017/05/31
Channel: LiLy Sagellyv
Benny the Bull messes with Kevin Hart at the 2012 All Star Game
Benny the Bull messes with Kevin Hart at the 2012 All Star Game
Published: 2012/05/16
Channel: Ann Jungblut
Benny the Bull Cleared by Bulls
Benny the Bull Cleared by Bulls' Team Physicians for Off-season Training
Published: 2012/06/11
Channel: MidwestOrthopaedics atRush
Chicago
Chicago's Benny the Bull Mascot Compilation!
Published: 2015/03/07
Channel: Worldstarvinecomp
BENNY THE BULL CHICAGO BULLS NBA MASCOT DURING THE 2015 PLAYOFFS
BENNY THE BULL CHICAGO BULLS NBA MASCOT DURING THE 2015 PLAYOFFS
Published: 2016/06/03
Channel: Zoltan Berencsi
Benny The Bull
Benny The Bull
Published: 2015/10/01
Channel: Karla Bessa
Benny the Bull Gives Back in Chicago
Benny the Bull Gives Back in Chicago
Published: 2011/10/21
Channel: NBA
Benny The Bull DANCING
Benny The Bull DANCING
Published: 2009/10/27
Channel: iMagineThis1
Benny the Bull throw the first pitch White sox vs Cleveland
Benny the Bull throw the first pitch White sox vs Cleveland
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: YoDeportes.com
Benny the Bull: Day at the Mall
Benny the Bull: Day at the Mall
Published: 2008/04/10
Channel: Chicago Bulls
Benny the Bull Dancing With Celebrity Guest.....
Benny the Bull Dancing With Celebrity Guest.....
Published: 2010/02/22
Channel: Rick Shinn
Guy comes out of Benny the Bull costume to propose  to Bulls dancer 12-5-13
Guy comes out of Benny the Bull costume to propose to Bulls dancer 12-5-13
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: sky2847
BENNY THE BULL MASCOT BEST MOMENTS (music video)
BENNY THE BULL MASCOT BEST MOMENTS (music video)
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: Varham Sports
Benny the Bull
Benny the Bull
Published: 2017/08/06
Channel: Angely Top
WILL BENNY THE BULL WORK HIS MAGIC ON VALENTINE
WILL BENNY THE BULL WORK HIS MAGIC ON VALENTINE'S DAY?!? (Chicago Auto Show, Chicago Bulls VLOG)
Published: 2017/02/20
Channel: OscarXiii
Benny The Bull
Benny The Bull's Birthday Bash Halftime Mascot Show
Published: 2015/03/22
Channel: joshua819
Benny the Bull!!!! Dancing Gangnam Style!!!!
Benny the Bull!!!! Dancing Gangnam Style!!!!
Published: 2012/11/01
Channel: Monica Blanco
Benny the Bull is a Flight Attendant
Benny the Bull is a Flight Attendant
Published: 2016/12/03
Channel: Andrew Torres
Best of Benny the Bull!
Best of Benny the Bull!
Published: 2008/07/22
Channel: Chicago Bulls
BENNY THE BULL STOLE MY CAMERA! DeMarcus Cousins Going Off! COURTSIDE Experience at The Bulls Game!
BENNY THE BULL STOLE MY CAMERA! DeMarcus Cousins Going Off! COURTSIDE Experience at The Bulls Game!
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: STG
Benny the Bull Skydiving with the Army Golden Knights
Benny the Bull Skydiving with the Army Golden Knights
Published: 2010/12/02
Channel: Golden Knights, US Army Parachute Team
Benny The Bull, Tommy Hawk & Travis Pastrana
Benny The Bull, Tommy Hawk & Travis Pastrana
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: United Center
Benny the Bull Spills Popcorn on Rajon Rondo at Halftime!!
Benny the Bull Spills Popcorn on Rajon Rondo at Halftime!!
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: willie beemin
Benny the Bull gets in fight with Lil
Benny the Bull gets in fight with Lil' Benny
Published: 2006/05/25
Channel: buckytom
Benny the Bull does the Jeremy Evans slam dunk!
Benny the Bull does the Jeremy Evans slam dunk!
Published: 2013/03/09
Channel: NBA
Iowa Energy - Benny the Bull
Iowa Energy - Benny the Bull
Published: 2014/04/24
Channel: Iowa Wolves
Summer of Benny: Episode 4
Summer of Benny: Episode 4
Published: 2011/02/16
Channel: officialbennythebull
Benny The Bull attacking Lakers fans
Benny The Bull attacking Lakers fans
Published: 2016/02/24
Channel: Alex Real
Chicago Bulls Halloween Halftime Show 10/31/14
Chicago Bulls Halloween Halftime Show 10/31/14
Published: 2014/11/01
Channel: joshua819
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Benny the Bull in 2008.

Benny the Bull, commonly known as Benny, is the mascot of the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association, a role he has filled since 1969.[1]

Biography / retired versions[edit]

Benjamin The "Benny" Bull, has been the mascot of the Chicago Bulls for more than 45 years, first at Chicago Stadium (1969–1994), and now at the United Center (1994–present). He had become just as popular as some of the franchise's most notable figures, such as players Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and head coach Phil Jackson. Benny is one of the longest-tenured mascots in the NBA and in all of professional sports. Benny was named after Ben Bentley, the Bulls first Public Relations Manager and Stadium Announcer. Benny was one of the promotional tools general manager Pat Williams employed to boost the Bulls' arena entertainment and attendance.[2]

The current and most popular Benny has had many "relatives" or family members over the years. His great-grandfather, in the late 60s, was the first NBA mascot. Many other variations/family members of the bull where passed on to different ones, including Benny's chubby predecessor (or father) in the 90s. A slim, dunking bull mascot named "Da Bull" was added at the time. According to an article on the Bull's website: "Da Bull is Benny the Bull's cousin, and he made his first appearance at a Bulls game during the 1995–96 season. That is why his uniform number is 95. Among Da Bull's many talents are tumbling, gymnastics, playing basketball, break dancing, reading, officiating basketball games, and most importantly, performing his signature slam dunks. Da Bull does not have a tail like other Bulls. He lost his tail while practicing his amazing dunks at the United Center. By not having a tail, Da Bull has been able to perform even more slam dunks and tumbling because his long, skinny tail no longer gets in the way. An injury to his hoof during the 1999–2000 Bulls season sidelined Da Bull briefly, but he returned to the trampoline after a short recovery period." [3][4] His performer, Chester Brewer, was arrested in 2004 for illegally selling marijuana from his car, therefore retiring the mascot.[5]

Current Benny[edit]

In 2004, the current version of Benny The Bull was introduced. He has been acclaimed as one of the most popular mascots of all time, including being named the most popular mascot in sports by Forbes in 2013 [6]

The modern version of Benny is famous for his impressive dancing, aerobic flips and jumps, multiple dunking tricks, giant popcorn spilling, rappelling from the United Center rafters, shooting backwards halfcourt shots, banging on his drum, using multiple cans of silly string, interacting with crowds, instances of taunting opposing players (most notably his act of tearing off the pants of others' pre-game warm up outfits), driving his bike down stairs, throwing cakes, shooting T-shirts out of his "Bullzooka", and more. He usually performs trampoline dunks alongside his team "Benny and the Elevators" [7] His current "family" consists of two inflatable mascots named "Big Ben" and "Benji".[8] (Benji has a similar appearance to "Lil' Benny", who used to appear alongside Benny on the court and in videos. Lil' Benny's overall design was based on the 1990s Benny) Benny's antics have gotten him worldwide attention and recognition. He's also been seen alongside multiple celebrities, from messing with Justin Bieber or performing the "Single Ladies" dance in front of Jay-Z [9] In addition to performing stunts and entertaining the crowd at Bulls games, Benny also makes public appearances around the Chicago area on behalf of the team. Benny made approximately 250 appearances per year. As a member of the Bulls' All-Star Reading Team, he appeared at schools to promote literacy and the importance of a good education. He could also be booked for private events. Benny had also worked as a mascot on individual dates for other professional sports franchises, such as the Billings Outlaws. He usually travels around in his van, 'Benny's Bull Ride™' and is almost always with his assistant, Todd Abbott.

Barry Anderson, after 12 years of taking on the role of Benny, announced that he will be retiring on June 30, 2016, to take on other interests, although Benny won't disappear entirely.[10]

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The Bulls redesigned the Benny character in 2004 just for him after his impressive talents were awarded twice in the Capital One Mascot Challenge for his previous role, Monte from the University of Montana.[11]

Appearance[edit]

Benny has bright red fur with large eyes, a tan snout, horns with red tips, orange and pink hair, a long red tail and black gloves with red fur on the back. Benny wears an authentic uniform (road red/black and home whites) and team-appointed athletic shoes. His jersey bore the name "Benny" above the number "1" on the back. From 2004 to modern times, the pupils of his eyes have gotten larger. Benny sports several different costumes based on the theme of the game as well as his overall "mood". His collection consists of a traditional Santa suit, an Latin/salsa suit, a black and a white tuxedo for classy events, a grim reaper hood, multiple plaid jackets, a green version of the regular uniform along with a leprechaun outfit for St. Patrick's day (that also comes with his red fur switched to green, or for a recycling campaign), Elvis Presley garb, and a large amount of other appearances.

In other media[edit]

Benny was one of the many secret characters featured in the video game NBA Jam Tournament Edition. Along with him, three other NBA mascots appear in the game: the Phoenix Suns Gorilla, Charlotte Hornets' Hugo and Minnesota Timberwolves' Crunch.

The late punk musician Wesley Willis did a song about him called "Benny the Bull".

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Benny the Bull Bio", NBA.com, accessed July 5, 2006.
  2. ^ What`s All The Roobarb?
  3. ^ "BULLS: Da Bull Bio". Nba.com. 2011-05-02. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  4. ^ "USATODAY.com – Bulls mascot arrested for selling marijuana". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. 2004-01-21. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  5. ^ Da Bull arrested on drug charge Chicago Tribune, January 21, 2004.
  6. ^ Freeman, Eric. "Benny the Bull is the most popular mascot in America, says Forbes". Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Benny™ and the Elevators". iWantBenny.com. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  8. ^ "Who's Benny the Bull?". iWantBenny.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  9. ^ "Photos of Benny the Bull". iWantBenny.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  10. ^ Tribune, Chicago. "First Bulls change: Man who plays Benny the Bull is leaving". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2016-04-17. 
  11. ^ "Barry Anderson, formerly known as Monte, now entertains Chicago basketball fans | Montana & Regional". Missoulian.com. 2005-01-16. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 

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