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SUNY Buffalo State - Benji the Bengal

Benji the Bengal

SUNY Buffalo State

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  1. Where are you from?
    I was born at the San Diego Zoo. I was part of a multi-player trade in the 1970s. When the Buffalo Braves NBA franchise became the San Diego Clippers, I was part of the deal that went back to Buffalo. Looking for work, I went to Buffalo State and fell in love.
  2. How many teams do you represent?
    19 varsity teams
  3. How were you chosen to be school mascot?
    The school colors were black and orange and after a school contest, “Bengals” was the selected moniker. I got the job because I was told I am “easy on the eyes”.
  4. Do you have any friends that are mascots?
    Not really. I have a few that I would consider “rivals”. I occasionally go clubbing with Sabretooth (Buffalo Sabres), but he is a little too big for his britches.
  5. What is your favorite campus event?
    The sport doesn’t matter to me. I just love a Buffalo State victory, especially during a Bengals Supporting Bengals event.
  6. What is your favorite television or movie animal?
    I really liked that “big cat” in that Life of Pi movie. I also think Garfield is hilarious.
  7. What is your favorite food?
    Anything from Tim Hortons!
  8. What do you consider the ideal fan?
    Somebody who supports the team win or lose. I like the fans that cheer loud for our teams and not against the other team. Of course the ideal fan should also wear lots of face paint!
  9. What’s it like to be a mascot?
    Hot! I love making kids smile, but it can be a drag when people always pull on my tail.
  10. What do you like to do for fun?
    I just love catching a game. Nothing beats the excitement of a Buffalo State victory. At the end of the night when everyone has gone home, however, I have been known to have some friends come to Kissinger Pool for some midnight skinny dipping.