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As Mascots Go, A Definite Featherweight

Tuesday, April 19, 2005; Page C01

The Nationals' new mascot -- an overweight "eagle" named Screech -- hatched at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium over the weekend. We wondered what poor creature laid this egg and what message it sends to fans and opposing teams. Some theories:

A Peep -- Other teams are going to eat us for lunch.

(Toni L. Sandys -- The Washington Post)

Big Bird -- Some teams get the Green Monster. We get a friend of Cookie Monster.

Samuel "Screech" Powers of "Saved by the Bell" -- Our games should be broadcast on Nickleodeon.

A Chunky Chicken -- Other teams are going to eat us for lunch.

Perhaps Screech could nest at the National Zoo. That would guarantee a quick demise and the chance to select a new mascot such as:

Filla Buster -- Talks through the entire game.

Talking Point -- The Lovable Little Memo.

Pink Ticket Pete -- Stand still for three minutes, he gives you a $30 parking ticket.

-- Style staff

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