Where is Max Griffon?

By Thomas Huitt-Johnson

February 27, 2012

Seconds before a potential no-hitter was thrown by Missouri Western pitcher Brandon Simmons, a mythical creature -- part lion, part eagle -- ruined it. [caption id="attachment_9547" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Max the Griffon should watch out for Griffon pitcher Brandon Simmons after "jinxing" his perfect game. Photo by Jason Brown."][/caption] It's an all-around norm to never talk about a no-hitter. Max Griffon didn't know about this apparently. Seconds before Simmons threw three straight hits to Nebraska-Kearney and ended the opportunity, Max's tweet read that Simmons had a no-hitter. The jinx may have ruined Simmon's chance at finishing out the accomplishment. The mascot has been hiding ever since, and is on the lookout. Before anybody lost sight of him, he had one last tweet to say. "They say don't talk about a no hitter, not don't "tweet" about it!," Max tweeted. Though minutes later, he did send out an apology to Simmons. Nonetheless, the Griffons won the game. But the game was practically in the bag anyway, so Max remains at fault. Let's just agree he's not Steve Bartman. So why is he hiding? "We don't know who's behind Max Griffon," Western coach Buzz Verduzco said. "But we got that when Brandon Simmons has a no-hitter going, that evidently Max tweeted, 'Hey Simmons has a no-hitter.' One pitch later, boom, he gives up the first hit of the game, so he lost the no-hitter." So the baseball team is definitely blaming him. Not everybody is blaming Max. Asst. Director of Athletics for External Relations and good friend Brett Esely is sticking up for Max Griffon. "I actually have a pretty good relationship with Max, him and I talk on a regular basis," Esely said. "I went back and looked at the transcript of that conversation, and that actually was tweeted initially at the top of the fifth inning, and let the record show that the no-hitter was not broken up until the top of the seventh inning." If anybody has info on where Max Griffon could be, please find him and report him back to the athletics office in Looney Complex.

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