CLutch Speaks

1.26.11

Clutch's 2010 TOP 10
Happy New Year Houston! Like many of you, I recently found myself reflecting upon 2010. I was thinking about all the highs and lows and then I decided to forget about the lows and just focus on the highs! I thought I'd share my top ten moments of 2010 with you. Hope you enjoy remembering some of them, I know I did!

10. World record 30 cakes in the face half time show
9. Opening act for Sting at a private event
8. Launch of my new website along with launch of the Rockets Kids Club
7. Launch of my Green School Show Series sponsored by Republic Services
6. Receiving 2010 NBA Mascot Leadership Award
5. Video shoots of Coyote Diner, You Were Warned Cakes & Rockets Holiday E-card
4. Assuming role of United Way Houston Area Young Leaders Council Chair
3. Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Rockets Affiliate Team) Championship
2. 1st ever Rockets Sponsored Fantasy Mascot Camp
1. Celebrating my 15th anniversary with the Rockets!!!

Clutch's Work Year by the Hours
I am often asked what kind of things Clutch does during the year, how Clutch comes up with so many new ideas, and if being Clutch the Bear is a real job. So I thought long and hard about everything I did over the last year and here's Clutch's 2010… by the hours!

1,250 Hours – Houston-Area Events (that's 250 total appearances!)
-This includes not only appearing at the events but also marketing, scheduling, customizing performances, travel, setup & breakdown, and more…
-Another major component is writing and rehearsing the new Building a Future elementary school shows we produce every year

600 Hours – Rockets Home Game Performances
-This includes planning, rehearsal and production of approximately 25 on-court live skits, 7 or 8 video shorts/skits and special things like sponsored videos with the players, etc…

500 Hours – Office Work
-Yes, I have a desk at Toyota Center! And this is where most of the behind the scenes work happens…
-I manage the people and budgets in the mascot department, develop and take care of props and vehicles, work on ideas for collateral like bobble heads, autograph cards, t-shirts and more, go to a bunch of meetings, brainstorm media stunts, write an annual children's book, and take the lead on web content and social media for all things Clutch
-I'm also the Rockets' Internal United Way Campaign Co-Chair and I love adding a degree of fun, joy and humor to our corporate culture!

300 Hours – Out of Town Shows (About 30 last year!)
-Last year I was a very busy bear, traveling quite a bit to practice & perform at Rio Grande Valley Vipers games (our NBADL Affiliate), select NBA mascot birthday party games, and special events like the NBA All-Star Game and pre-season Rockets games vs. the Nets in China

150 Hours – United Way Volunteer Community Service Hours (3 committees/councils)
-Greater Houston Area Community Building Grants Committee, Community Investment Committee and Young Leaders Council (Chair)

= 2,800 total hours. Whew, I need a nap!

Valentine's Day Clutch-Grams
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for something completely unique for your special someone this year, send them a CLUTCH-GRAM! A Clutch-Gram is a personal appearance from me and along with my trademark antics; I deliver a Rocketized Valentine's Day gift basket that includes lower level tickets to the Rockets vs. Nuggets game on that special night, February 14th. I will be traveling across Houston all day Saturday 2/12, Sunday 2/13 and Monday 2/14 surprising Houstonians on behalf of their loved ones. If you'd like to give the gift of an experience and memory that will last a lifetime, call 713-758-7347 for more information or to schedule your Clutch-Gram. There are only a limited number of Clutch-Grams available so act fast and put Clutch to work as your own personal cupid TODAY!

Clutch's 16th Birthday Party
My 16th Birthday is rapidly approaching and will be celebrated Sunday, March 20th at Toyota Center during the Rockets vs. Jazz game. Tip-off is 6:00 pm and it's Kids Night! As usual, I will have several NBA mascots from around the country to help me celebrate and entertain fans at the game. The visiting mascots will be Boomer from the Indiana Pacers, Blaze from the Portland Trailblazers, Rocky from the Denver Nuggets and Slamson from the Sacramento Kings. Along with the added antics of these furballs, the first 4,000 fans will receive a Clutch/Topper metal lunch box sponsored by Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital. This being my sixteenth birthday, be prepared to watch me get my driver's license and run for cover!

Building A Future School Shows
My sidekick, The Rockets Ranger/Rocketman, is actively filling up the rest of our school show schedule for this school year and beginning to take requests for the 2011-2012 school year now. If you are interested in scheduling one of our Building A Future School Shows, please call 713-758-7347. Your students will be motivated, excited, entertained and educated! We have performed over 1,000 school shows in front of over half a million students. That's more than 300 schools over the past 15+ years! Education is #1!

Until next time,
GO ROCKETS!!!

-CLUTCH

12.20.10

Hey Rockets fans! I know it has been a little bit of a bumpy start, but keep the faith and just remember to still BELIEVE!!! Did you see my new home page at rockets.com? I'm pretty excited about it! Rockets staffers Jonathan Mazzapica, Paul Suarez, and Tavares Davis have done a great job giving my site a fresh new look and fun operation. Make sure you check out my home page to see what the inside of my crib looks like!

Over the past several years Rocketman (my faithful sidekick and assistant) and I have been making more and more trips down to McAllen to perform at our NBADL affiliate team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. Last year we actually performed at ALL of their playoff games and then enjoyed a championship with them. The relationships we've established and friends we've made, both within their organization and throughout their fan base, have become very dear to us. This year we will be down in the Valley even more. In addition to some Rockets training camp appearances, a Rockets preseason game, some Valley area school shows, and the Vipers opening night game, we will also be performing at the following Vipers home games: 12/7, 12/26, 3/19, 4/2 and potentially some playoff games. Thanks for all of the great experiences that the Valley area fans have provided for us and best of luck to the Vipers on a repeat championship!

I've recently had several extremely fun video shoots with other NBA mascots. Both Rumble from the OKC Thunder and the Coyote from the San Antonio Spurs came into town to shoot some footage with me for in-game video skits. Things didn't work out to well for Rumble, as you might have seen during the November 28th game, but Rockets fans got a big kick out of it. You'll have to make sure you are present at the Rockets vs. Spurs March 12, 2011 game to see what happened when the Coyote and I just happened to be eating at Niko Nikos at the same time. Speaking of video shoots, check out the attached photos from a three day video shoot I did with the Launch Crew. The video was a "R-O-C-K-E-T-S around town" video we aired in-arena during the Rockets vs. Lakers game on December 1st. We were everywhere from as far south as Galveston to as far north as Huntsville. We wanted to make sure we ROCKETIZED as many famous Houston land marks with our flags as possible.

I'm the Spokesbear for the newly formed Rockets Kids Club! A Kids Club Membership includes: a Rockets game ticket, an exclusive Clutch Bobble Belly (first one in 7 years), an exclusive Clutch T-Shirt, Clutch Story Book and a monthly Clutch newsletter. It is over a $60 value and is priced at only $25. Only a limited number of memberships are available this year so make sure you sign up here or call 713-758-7298 TODAY!

Since 2006 I have volunteered on a number of committees and councils for the United Way of Greater Houston. This year I am serving as council chair for one of those groups, the Young Leaders Council. Some of you might be surprised to learn some of the challenges, needs, and statistics that Houston faces: 1 in 3 students don't finish high school, 1 in 3 families has trouble buying groceries, 1 in 4 kids is left home alone after school, and 1 million people are without health insurance. The United Way Houston is our community's trust non-profit leader and social safety net. They serve and touch one in two lives in our community. United Way benefits and serves 4 main groups which are children, families, seniors, and people re-building their lives. 211 is funded and operated by the United Way and provides service referrals to people in crisis. Last year, 211 fielded over 732,500 calls. 88% of all donations the United Way receives go directly to services and people in need. We need your 3 Ts (Time, Talent & Treasure). United Way Young Leaders are individuals under 45 years of age who donate $1,000+ per year. In addition to knowing they are making a difference, Young Leaders also enjoy: exclusive invites to social events thanking them and networking opportunities, exclusive invites to career development events like the Luncheon with Leaders speakers series, exclusive volunteer opportunities with other young leaders city wide, and campaign strategy support for internal company leadership campaigns. There are over 2,500 Young Leaders city wide. Please consider joining us in an effort to better our community. Call 713-685-2300 and ask for Holly Rice to become a Young Leader. Every little bit helps, so if you can't be a Young Leader, please still consider giving and do so generously. Thanks!

RED NATION IT'S TIME to GET RED-DY for the RED RISING!!!

-CLUTCH

P.S. I'm approaching 4,000 fans on Facebook.com. If you are not already following me, please do so. I do all kinds of cool things there like let you know where my latest appearances are and even give away some Rockets Prize packs from time to time. I also occasionally post special offers only available to my Facebook fans. Hope to meet you on Facebook!


10.6.10

Hey Houston!

I'm excited and REAL fired up! There I go again using a conjunction to explain something. Sweet Susie refers to it as my constant "double describing!" Anyway, RED RISING is upon us! You would have to be a hermit to not know what I'm talking about at this point. You've seen it on billboards, TV commercials, radio spots, the newspaper, the internet, and heard your friends talking. That's right! Our 2010-2011 Rockets campaign has begun and it is entitled RED RISING. Let's do it together this year and make it the best season yet! Our home opener is Saturday, October 30th, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. against the Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center. Get your tickets now because it is going to ROCK!

For those of you how follow me on Facebook you are aware of many of my happenings. I thought I'd try something different for this installment of Clutch Speaks and show those of you who don't follow me on Facebook what you've been missing. The remainder of this Clutch Speaks will all be various highlighted excerpts from my Facebook posts over the past two months. For those of you, who already follow Clutch, stop reading. JUST KIDDING! There might be some stuff you missed the first go around or just a cool way to see my last month or so recapped. I hope you enjoy!

July 27: Interview from this morning's Mix 96.5 morning show with Maria, Booker, and JP about Clutch's Fantasy Mascot Camp 2010. Check it out here!

July 27: Review Houston Area Community Centers for a United Way meeting in the morning. Let's take a break and give away some Rockets Prize packs. First one goes out to who responds first with the correct answer. What was point guard's last name Maloney's first name from the post championship era?

July 28: 2 awesome video shoots today! Thanks Natalie, Tia, & Deuce. You guys were GREAT! About to get to ESPN Radio to talk about Mascot Camp. Birthday party appearance/show tonight for Pearl's Birthday!

July 28: Just finished a 40th birthday party with 12 adults & no kids at all in a living room for an hour... It was AWESOME! Happy Birthday, Pearl! Her family & friends are big kids in the best way & the time flew. MJ routine, brick breaking, magic, games, pictures,& autographs. Wish I could have stayed longer!

July 29: Interview with my alter ego Robert Boudwin from yesterday's visit to ESPN Radio 97.5 FM. Check it out here!

August 3: New article out in Buzz Magazine about high school mascots in which I'm referenced. They talk about some mascot mishaps and how even pro mascots are not immune to "bloopers" and also about my upcoming Fantasy Mascot Camp 2010. Check it out here!

August 8: Article in the latest Houston Business Journal about Clutch's Fantasy Mascot Camp on Saturday, August 14th, 2010. Check it out here!

August 15: Houston Chronicle reports on my Fantasy Mascot Camp 2010. Check it out here!!!

August 15: Story that just aired on Local 2 KPRC (NBC) about Fantasy Mascot Camp. Check it out here!

August 16: Had a great day on Lake Livingston yesterday shooting video skits for this coming season. Check me out on this Jet Ski!

August 18: Houston Press article about Clutch's Fantasy Mascot Camp. Check it out here!

August 23: Rockets internal staff United Way campaign begins tomorrow and runs for the next week. I'm excited! If you or your company want to help the United Way and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, please call 713-685-2300.

August 30: OK. 9:30 am Monday morning in Paris. Craziest thing just happened. I'm in line with my wife waiting for a taxi to leave the Paris airport when the man behind me who I don't know says to me out of nowhere, "Are you Clutch the Bear?" (obviously I was not in costume) It stunned me! Apparently he is a Rockets fan from Houston and recognized Sweet Susie & put 2&2 together knowing we were married. SMALL WORLD!

September 10: Congratulations to the 2010 NBA award winning mascots: video skit--San Antonio Coyote, live skit--Timberwolves Crunch, stunt--Jazz Bear, Leadership--Houston Rockets Clutch, Life time achievement (retired mascot)-Miguel Vargas, MASCOT OF THE YEAR--Milwaukee Bucks BANGO. Great work fellas, I mean Furballs!!! Can't wait to see how you entertain and inspire this year.

September 14: About to perform school show at Nathaniel Q. Henderson Elementary teach kids that READING ROCKS! Edutainment = Education + Entertainment = Fun Learning. By the transitive property, Edutainment = Fun Learning! That is Clutch's math lesson for the day.

September 14: Loving you, Houston! Thanks for connecting with me and getting me well past the 3,000 mark in just a few hours. We jumped over 200 today alone. Cool! Here come the prizes!!! Prize pack mailed to the first to comment with the correct answer. What date is our home opener and who do we play?

September 15: After the marketing roll out yesterday our Rockets CEO, Tad Brown, acknowledged me for 15 years of service. He had some very kind words to say and I just wanted to say thank you to him and to all my co-workers past and present who made it possible. I was touched. NOW let's WIN some games and have some LAUGHS! What else is there!

September 15: Announcing ROCKETS KIDS CLUB with Clutch as Spokesbear!!!
Includes: (with $25 registration fee)
-FREE kids ticket in Clutch's Corner (specially priced tickets for friends) Choice of 7 games
-Exclusive Clutch Bobblehead (only through this program)
-Exclusive Rockets Kids Club t-shirt (only through this program)
-Clutch's Story Book
-Monthly Newsletter from Clutch
-Call Joelle Rosas at 713-758-7459 to register

September 16: Just finished working at Rockets/United Way Days of Caring at The Center Serving Persons with Mental Challenges. Landscaped and painted and got real sweaty! Think we left the place looking better than when we arrived. If you want to help the United Way DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT too, please call 713-685-2300 and tell them Clutch sent you! Thanks Houston!

September 16: RED RISING has arrived! Make sure you get your Rockets tickets NOW to be part of all the action and the RED RISING itself! Call 713-627-DUNK to see my team take on the entire NBA all season long! GO ROCKETS!!!

September 16: In a few weeks I'm headed back to China for 2 pre-season games against the Nets. This will be my 8th trip to China! Looking forward to seeing all the Rockets fans from the East. I love Chinese food, too!!!

September 16: Hey Vipers Fans! I just confirmed my show/appearance for your opening night. I'll see you on Thursday, November 18th. I'll also be in the Valley October 3-5 for training camp appearances and our first pre-season game on October 5th against the Orlando Magic in State Farm Arena. See you then. GO VIPERS!!!

September 16: Promotional pictures sent out by the Utah Jazz to promote Bear's Mascot Bowl benefiting charity happening this coming Tuesday in Salt Lake City. Look at that tough mascot on the far left!!!

Hope you enjoyed and that I'll see you all on Facebook!

RED RISING!!!

Houston's Own CLUTCH "The Rockets Bear"

P.S. Stay tuned for some BIG changes/updates and additions to my web site coming in mid to late October. They are going to be COOL!

7.12.10

Unless you have been without a television, internet, or any other type of communication with the outside world, you know this has been an exciting off season for the NBA. The draft at the end of June was just a precursor to all the free agency action. It is all finally starting to play out and the stories have been an exciting distraction while there are no games being played. I cant wait to see how the Rockets roster ultimately turns out. Stay tuned Rockets fans! The 2010-2011 is sure to be one of our most exciting action packed runs yet. I anxiously look forward to THE RETURN OF YAO!

In case you missed the announcement in my last edition of Clutch Speaks, Im holding a Fantasy Mascot Camp on Saturday, August, 14th 8:30am - 5:30pm at Toyota Center on the official Rockets Practice Court. Whether a beginner in high school, a collegiate performer, corporate mascot, minor league character, seasoned professional, or just an avid Clutch/Rockets fan who always wanted to know what it would be like to be Clutch the Bear, we've got the mascot "how to for you! Cost is only $250 and includes 2 Lower Level Rockets tickets to a 10/11 home game. Camp includes personal mascot Instruction from me (Clutch) for performers of ALL levels. We'll cover non-verbal communication, animation, character development, improvisational techniques & antics, skit generation & execution, mascot magic tricks & stunts (which can be performed in costume), how to get a professional mascot job, behind the scenes look at Rockets entertainment, and much more! Also included in camp is:

-Tour of Clutch's Cave (prop & costume room) and behind the scenes at Toyota Center
-Camp T-shirt, DVD, Clutchs 5 childrens story books, personalized autographed photo
-See what its like to be Air Clutch
-Lunch and refreshments
-2 LOWER LEVEL TICKETS TO A ROCKETS HOME GAME 10-11 SEASON with a post-game meet & greet at mid-court and photos with Clutch!

If youd like to reserve your spot for camp, call 713-758-7347 TODAY or click here to sign up NOW!

At the end of May, my Rockets Childrens Reading Committee met and selected the winners of my Write and Color Your Own Ending Contest from the back page of this past years Clutchs World Tour story book. I am pleased to announce the winners and the prizes they will be receiving.

Place
Name
Hometown
Prize
1st
Corbin Miller
New Caney, TX
Personal Appearance by me, Clutch, at Corbins birthday party
2nd
Pravav Jayaraman
Katy, TX
2 tickets to a Rockets Home Game (10-11 Season)
3rd
Raina
Sugar Land, TX
Autographed Rockets Team Basketball
4th
Kirstie Grubbs
Conroe, TX
Autographed Rockets Player Poster
5th
Dylan Dukes
Anderson, SC
Autographed Clutch Prize Pack

Most of these winners received a copy of my story book at one of my over 80 Building A Future elementary school shows this past year. My sidekick and I are currently starting to fill up our 2010-2011 calendar with shows now, so if you, your parents, your school, your principal, or anyone else would like me to perform at their school, please call my sidekick, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 to schedule your show TODAY!

Thank you to all my Facebook buddies who sent me skit ideas over the past few weeks. If you are not following me on Facebook, please do so via Facebook at Clutch The Rockets Bear. I told my Facebook friends I was beginning my process of writing new material for next season and I asked them to send me their ideas for skits. Especially big bear hugs go out to: Will Morgan, Charles Massey, Ed Cuneo, Josh Washington, Jesse Torres, Zach Helke, Connie Essex, David Marquez, Adrian Gomez, Enrique Guevara, Anthony Grisham, Alvaro Ayala, and Alejandro Andrade who all set me skits! Thanks for all of your ideas and submissions. If I use any of your specific ideas, I promise to contact you with a free pair of my tickets. In case you havent noticed there are new Clutch videos from this past season up on my site at rockets.com. Many of them are also on my Facebook page and on YouTube as well. I hope you enjoy watching them as much as I enjoyed making them.

If you are a Houstonian you might have seen my Clutch van around town over the years as I head to and from school shows and appearances. I just finished making some repairs to this fur and fun on wheels mobile and thought Id share some interesting tidbits with you about my chosen mode of transportation. As of July, 2010 my van has over 125,000 miles on it which have all been put on for appearance and show purposes (no family vacations for the bears family in it) since 1999 when we got it new. Get a new one you say? Not anytime soon. I love that big red ambulance look alike. We have logged a lot of miles together and I plan on logging quite a bit more with it.

If you are like me, you take a little time to relax, reflect, and recharge in the summer. One of my favorite past times during the off season is to read. I dont only read things like fiction for fun; I also read motivational/business/career books which get my creative juices starting to flow for next season. If you are looking for an interesting writer who will challenge some of the norms and you personally, try any of Seth Godins books. My favorites are Purple Cow and Lynchpin, but I have also read The Dip, All Marketers Are Liars, Free Prize Inside, and The Big Moo. Check him out. He has written 12 books in total and is all about remarkable people making remarkable products or providing remarkable services so that costumers feel remarkable when interacting with you (and most importantly telling their friends how remarkable it was just like Im doing now).

I know, I know. I have a lot to say this time around. This past spring I assumed the role of the United Way of Greater Houston Young Leaders Council Chair. United Way Young Leaders are individuals who are under 45 years of age and donate at least $1,000 per year to the United Way. The United Way is an amazing organization which is our communitys non-profit trusted leader and social safety net. They benefit children, families, seniors, and individuals rebuilding their lives. One in two people in our community will be served by the United Way at some point in their life. One in three Houston families report having trouble paying for groceries each month. The reason I got involved with the United Way is simple. I realized I was healthy and relatively intelligent (although some would disagree). I also felt lucky to have been raised in a nurturing environment where my interests were cultivated and encouraged, a fair amount of resources were provided to me, and the value of education was stressed. Simply put, many in our community are not so lucky. Many others run into unforeseen problems and difficulties through no fault of their own.

Since 2006 Ive had the honor of serving not only in a fund raising capacity on the Young Leaders Council, but also on the community benefits side reviewing grants for a Community Building Grants Committee and reviewing community centers for a Community Investment Committee. Please believe me when I tell you that there are people who need our help and the United Way is the best organization you can trust your 3Ts with (time, talent, and treasure) if you want to help. Call the United Way at 713-685-2300 to find out how you can DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! If you can, please give and do so generously. If you are interested in becoming a United Way Young Leader, please call Holly Rice at the United Way and tell her Clutch sent you. If you are someone in need, please call 2-1-1 which is operated and funded by the United Way as a resource to find help. Thank you!

Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear

P.S. An unofficial unscientific study that never really happened reported that I have hugged more Houstonians than anyone on the planet. We here at the Rockets think it is the case. Can any of you think of someone else that could give me a run for the title?

P.P.S The picture is of my buddy Mini-Clutch and his helper Steven.


5.27.10

HEY ROCKETS FANS! I have a BIG announcement!

ANNOUNCING: CLUTCHS FANTASY MASCOT CAMP 2010 being held at Toyota Center on the Rockets Practice Court on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 from 8:30 am 5:30 pm! Whether a beginner in high school, a collegiate performer, corporate mascot, minor league character, seasoned professional, or just an avid Clutch/Rockets fan who always wanted to know what it would be like to be Clutch the Bear, we've got the mascot "how to for you"! Cost is only $250 and includes 2 Lower Level Rockets tickets to a 10/11 home game. Here is what is included:

Camp Includes:
-Personal mascot Instruction from Clutch for performers of ALL levels

-We'll cover everything from non-verbal communication, animation, character development, improvisational techniques & antics, skit generation & execution, mascot magic tricks & stunts (which can be performed in costume), how to get a professional mascot job, behind the scenes look at Rockets entertainment, & much more!

-Tour of Clutch's Cave (prop & costume room) and a behind the scenes look at Toyota Center

-Camp T-shirt, DVD, Clutchs 5 childrens story books, personalized autographed photo

-See what its like to be Air Clutch

-Lunch and refreshments

-2 LOWER LEVEL TICKETS TO A ROCKETS HOME GAME 10-11 SEASON with a post game meet & greet at mid-court and photos with Clutch!

To Schedule: Camp is already starting to fill up so call Mascot Coordinator, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 to reserve your spot TODAY!

Recently my sidekick, The Rockets Ranger, and I surpassed a momentous milestone for our Building A Future with Clutch School shows. In April we performed 23 school shows passing the 1,000 show mark! That means over the past 15 years we have performed in front of over a half million students at almost half of all the Houston and surrounding area elementary schools. Schools, principals, administrators, teachers, and parents, thank you for inviting our brand of edutainment into your schools and allowing us the opportunity to inspire, motivate, and entertain your students! Im actually meeting some of the first generation school show audience members from 15 years ago who have since graduated college and entered the work force. OK, so that also makes me feel a little old Principals, Teachers, and PTO parents, we are starting to schedule school shows for the 2010-2011 school year. You can call 713-758-7347 to schedule and reserve your schools time now. The first 1,000 have been AMAZING for me and Im looking forward to the next 1,000!

This past April was also a very special month for me for a completely different reason. I got to experience a championship drive and win with our NBA-DL affiliate team the Rio Grande Vipers. The Vipers brought me to McAllen to fire the fans up and perform at ALL of their playoff games. In total this past season I performed 10 Vipers games, 2 school shows, and 2 days of launch week events centered around our Rockets training camp down in the valley. My experiences with the Vipers organization and entire city of McAllen have been nothing short of incredible. Id like to personally thank: Alonso, Rene, Coach Finch, Brian, Bert, Jesse, Eric, Tony, Liana, Nora, Anile, Lorenzo, Ben, Armando, and JR. You guys were all great to work with and I appreciate everything you all did to make my shows in the valley a success. To the Vipers fans who have become my home away from home, thank you all for your kindness, warmth, and for being by far and away the 2nd best audience Ive ever had the privilege to perform. Congratulations on your first Championship! I hope there are more to come!

I frequently get asked, Clutch, what do you do in the off-season? Some think that just because there arent any Rockets games going on, that it is simply time for this bear to hibernate. That is not the case. Since I get this question so much, I thought Id give you all a little peek at my off-season to do list. Here it is!

-Appearances (est. 60 June-September)
-Thank you notes and DVD copies of Clutchs Best Of 09-10 to individuals critical to this years success (est. 100)
-Help remind Rockets Season Ticket Holders to renew their seats and other Houstonians to buy theirs for next season
-Staff Reviews (Dont worry, Rocketman/Rockets Ranger and Clutch Crew did a good job!)
-Write and produce 6th childrens book (topic TBA)
-Vipers Scheduling, and Entertainment Planning
-Clutchs Mascot Fantasy Camp Planning and Execution
-Helping Rockets sponsors achieve their goals and developing and furthering relationships
-Write, Film, Edit 3 video skit features for 10-11 season
-United Way Rockets Representative Volunteer (est. 35 summer hours)
-Young Leader Council Chair (plan/facilitate meetings, speak on UW behalf at company meetings city wide)
-Write, schedule, and plan skits for 10-11 season
-Costume and props repair, maintenance, and refurbishing
-Grow social networking (facebook, twitter, and myspace)
-Write school show for 10-11 school year
-School show marketing and bookings for 10-11 school year
-Update Clutch website
-Off season media stunt (TBD)
-Mascot conference and preparation

It is going to be a busy summer, but I really just cant wait until next the Rockets season starts. Hope to see you all this coming October at a game or at an event sooner this summer! Have a great summer and remember kids, pick up a book!

WE ARE RED NATION!!!
CLUTCH

3.25.10

Ive had a few HUGE months lately and have been very busy. Im very excited that we have completed a new series of elementary "GO GREEN" school shows on behalf of the Rockets and Republic Services. Republic Services is one of our new partners at the Rockets and they are a leading provider of solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services. I kicked off a recycling competition between 9 schools across Houston by performing my patented "Building A Future Elementary School" show at each campus. Over 5,000 students were treated to our unique brand of "edutainment" which of course is a blend of education and entertainment. Basically, it's my way of making learning fun - and I mean REALLY FUN! The shows also focuses on how and what to recycle. It all culminated in the winning school receive a second MEGA show with my good friend Aaron Brooks. Im happy to announce the winning school was Crockett Elementary. Aaron, the Rockets Ranger, and myself ROCKED Crockett Elementary on February 25th with an hour-long, healthy dose of FUN. We left them 500 reusable shopping bags, a field trip to a recycling plant, and wait for it - wait for it, 50 Rockets tickets to our March 3rd GREEN GAME. It was a blast and I want to thank all the schools that participated. Remember the 3 Rs brought to you by the 2 Rs - REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE brought to you by the Rockets and Republic Services!!!

On Saturday, March 13th at the Rockets vs. Nets game I celebrated my 15th Birthday. I know. I know. Im getting old. But now I am full tilt into my mischievous teenage years. And you thought I couldnt get any more mischievous. Watch out! You aint seen nothin yet! On hand to entertain at half time, quarter breaks and several time outs, were Rocky from the Denver Nuggets, Boomer from the Indiana Pacers, Blaze from the Portland Trailblazers, and Crunch from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The first 5,000 fans through the doors that night received the brand new Clutch tooth brush holder presented by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital. It makes me want to brush my teeth all the time now. I have also traveled to several of my buddies birthdays around the country. Ive attended Rumbles 1st in OKC, Bears 17th in Salt Lake City, Boomers 19th in Indianapolis, Slys 12th in New Jersey, Slamsons 18th in Sacramento, and Hugos 20th in New Orleans. Im racking up more frequent flyer miles than George Clooney.

On April 2nd Ill be headed down to the valley for the fourth time this year to perform at our National Basketball Development League (NBDL) team affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. This trip Ill be bringing 6 of our Power Dancers along with me to perform at the Vipers night game on Friday, April 2nd at 7:30 pm and their last home game of the season again on Saturday night, April 3rd at 7:30 pm. If you are already in the Valley or would like to make a road trip, come out and see the Vipers and me put on a show! GO ROCKETS and GO VIPERS!!!

Over the next month I will be performing my unique brand of "edutainment" across the city of Houston. My "Building A Future" school show and TAKS rally will come to 23 different elementary in front of over 15,000 students, teachers, and school administrators. I cant wait to see all of you and deliver my message that Education is #1! We will have tons of FUN too! If you or your school would like to schedule one of my shows, please call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 TODAY. SLAM DUNK TAKS!

WE ARE RED NATION!
CLUTCH

12.31.09

Hey Houston! I know. I know. It has been a while since Ive last written. Im sorry. Ive just been so busy with appearances and all these games weve been winning. Thats right! How about it? As of writing to you on this last day of 2009 our Rockets are hovering right around a 60% win average with a record of 19-13. The West is tough and it is a close race with teams changing position in the standings daily, but are boys are looking good. Make sure you come out and support our team by cheering for them at Toyota Center and help create the home court advantage. Three Hundred of my direct friends and family members bought tickets through me to the 12/29/09 Rockets vs. Hornets game which ended up selling out and helping us take down the Hornets 108-100.

Since today is the last day of 2009, I thought Id take a look back at some of my favorite moments of 2009. Here is my TOP 10 of 2009:
10. Being appointed Co-Chair of the United Way Young Leaders council and helping kick-off the 09-10 city wide campaign at Toyota Center.
9. Performing my Slingshot Rollerblade Ramp Super Clutch dunk at the 11/21/09 Rockets vs. Kings game.
8. Receiving the 2009 Mascot Leadership Award at the annual NBA Mascot Conference.
7. Shooting and airing my NO OPPOSING TEAM FAN IS SAFE cake video.
6. Having a short story published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball entitled A Clutch Win.
5. Performing my Michael Jackson Dance Tribute at the 11/4/09 Rockets vs. Lakers game.
4. Publishing my 5th childrens book entitled Clutchs World Tour and sponsored by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital.
3. Taking the L.A. Lakers to a game 7 in the 2nd round of the playoffs despite missing 3 of our superstar players.
2. Watching Sweet Susie become a Mommy.
1. Becoming a father and welcoming my identical twin boys to the world!

Since everything is a top 10 lists this time of year, here is my TOP 10 of what is on tap for 2010 so far:
10. Visiting many of my NBA mascot buddies around the league and performing at their birthday party games.
9. Airing my Clutchs Top Ten Bloopers video.
8. Playing with my Brand New Clutch Tooth Brush holder being given to the first 5,000 fans on March 13th at the Rockets vs. Nets game.
7. Growing my Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace network of friends.
6. Celebrating my 15th birthday with Boomer, Blaze, Rumble, and Crunch on March 13th at the Rockets vs. Nets game.
5. Visiting Rockets fans and delivering Clutch-Grams for Valentines Day.
4. Writing and performing my GREEN elementary school show sponsored by Republic Services.
3. Performing at the 2010 NBA ALL-STAR Game in Dallas.
2. Shooting and airing my Make It Take It video.
1. Celebrating my sons 1st birthday!

I know Valentines Day is a ways off, but if you are looking for a unique gift and experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression on your special someone this year, give us a call at 713-758-7347 and schedule a CLUTCH-GRAM! All day February 12th I will be surprising Rockets fans and making visits around the city on behalf of their loved ones. Along with my off the wall antics and usual hyjinks I will be delivering a Rocketize Valentines Day gift basket filled with Rockets memorabilia including a player autographed item and many Valentines treats. Call 713-758-7347 and give your loved one a memory that will last a life time for this Valentines Day!

If any of you Rockets fans would like to follow me via social media out lets please link to me by clicking below:

Until next time RED NATION!
BEST SWISHES and GO ROCKETS!

Houston's Own CLUTCH "The Rockets Bear"


Schedule Clutch at your next special event by calling
(713) 758-7347 or visiting rockets.com

10.5.09

With the preseason starting on 10/6 and opening night at home just around the corner, WE ARE RED NATION is taking the city by storm. WE ARE RED NATION is our battle cry this season. GET RED really activated Houston last year and rallied fans behind our team. This year we take it event further by forming a more perfect union. Can you feel the excitement building? I know I can and I can't wait. Halloween will take on a special meaning this year for RED NATION with opening night in Houston taking place at Toyota Center against the Portland Trailblazers tip-off time 7:30 pm unless of course that is we SCARE the Trailblazers back to Portland before we even get the chance to beat them like we did in the playoffs last year.

How am I embracing RED NATION you ask? Well, Im looking for RED NATION ELEMENTARY! Im looking for the Houston area elementary school with the most red headed students and when I find it Im going to give the students there a FREE Building A Future School Show as RED CLUTCH and a Rockets Rally featuring other Rockets entertainers. If you think your elementary school has lots of red heads, have the Principal mail me a photo of himself or herself with all the red headed kids from his/her school with contact information. Click here for more information and details.

On the morning of Thursday, September 10th, we at the Rockets were fortunate enough to help the United Way by hosting their city wide kick-off. Over 1,500 United Way campaign leaders from across the city joined Rockets and United Way staff in launching this years campaign. The Rockets Power Dancers, Launch Crew and I had the pleasure of entertaining at this event and adding a little of our Rockets brand of excitement and entertainment. After showing up on my motorcycle, I performed my Dance Mess Skit along with my trusty Mascot NOISE Meter to get things started. Thanks to Ward and Ames for organizing a great event. You were very easy to work with and professional. We had a blast! If you would like to help the United Way with either your time or a donation, please call 713-685-2300 and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

On Saturday, October 3rd Ill be traveling to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to entertain and perform during Rockets open practices and make some school show appearances at local elementary schools. All this is leading up to our game verse the Celtics being hosted by the Vipers on Wednesday, October 7th. If you are down in the valley, come see me and our boys get ready for the season and take on the Celtics.

With over 50 Houston area Building A Future school shows already booked for the 09-10 season and over 5 already performed, our school show season has begun. We are well on our way to performing in front of more than 40,000 Houston elementary students this year at over 70 schools. If youd like to have me perform at your elementary school, have your principal call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 to schedule. Remember, just like I say in my show, EDUCATION IS #1! By the way, every student attending one of our shows will receive a copy of my brand new story book, CLUTCHS WORLD TOUR! It is the fifth book in a series of books I have written brought to you by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital and tells a story about celebrating cultural diversity.

So much to tell! Our video skit are in the can and ready to be edited for your viewing pleasure at home game this season. I had a great time shooting Rookie Hazing with Chase Budinger, No Opposing Team Fan Is Safe Anywhere in Houston, and Clutch Finds A Girlfriend and I cant wait for you to see them. Chase was such a good sport and great guy. You are going to like him Houston.

Thanks to Houston Lifestyles and Homes for the wonderful spread they did on me this past issue. Thanks Sandra! You are the best. Next time you are at a Rockets game let me know. Ill come dump a cake on you. Just kidding, well, at least maybe Ill shoot you with a little silly string. That is how I show people that I like them. By the way, I want to thank all of my fellow NBA mascot performers for presenting me with the 2009 Mascot Leadership award at our annual conference. I appreciate the acknowledgement and wish you all the best this season. If any of you Rockets fans would like to follow me via social media out lets please link to me by clicking below:

Until next time RED NATION!
BEST SWISHES and GO ROCKETS!
CLUTCH

8.13.09

Hey Houston!

WOW! It is HOT this summer. Im ready for a little rain and heat relief. It is especially hot for a bear like me. It is like getting hit with the double whammy. I am having basketball withdraw and sweating in this sauna of a summer. Dont worry, we will be back soon, and hey, there is always some summer league action.

I will be heading to another HOT city in a few weeks for the annual NBA mascot conference taking place in sunny Las Vegas. I will be meeting with all of my NBA furball counter parts to share some of our best skits and bits from this past season and also to write some new material for new season. We are always trying to keep it fresh and innovative so that you are excited, entertained, pumped up, and having FUN! If you want to join the fun, please call our main line at 713-627-DUNK to inquire about season tickets and partial plans TODAY!

My last book, Clutchs When I Grow Up had a write and color your own ending contest at the end of the book. Children across the city tried their hand at authoring the ending and coloring the drawing of Clutch standing at a podium receiving his diploma. After reviewing hundreds of entries, five winners were selected. Im happy to announce the following top five winners and the prizes they received:

1st Place- Melanie ---- Hicks Personal Appearance by Clutch at her Birthday Party
2nd Place- Kelly Allen ---- 2 Tickets to a Rockets Home Game (09-10 Season)
3rd Place- Ahmed Megahed ---- Autographed Rockets Team Basketball
4th Place Sarah Lathrop ---- Autographed Rockets Player Poster
5th Place Mathis Owhadi ---- Autographed Clutch Prize Pack

Please stay tuned for my 5th childrens book brought to you by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital, entitled Clutchs World Tour! It will be out September 2009. These books will be distributed at all of my Building a Future School shows city wide this year. Schools, make sure to call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 to schedule me for a Building A Future with Clutch school show today!

Until next time,
Stay RED and stay tuned for our 09-10 game schedule and Exciting Marketing Campaign yet to be unveiled!!!

Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear

P.S. Check out this photo someone took of me trying to get an opposing team player miss his free throw. What? I like pink.

6.8.09

Hey Rockets fans!

Thanks for all your support this season. It was a GREAT season. Im sure like me you are all very proud of our guys and how much they accomplished in the face of such adversity. We were such a resilient team this season. We have all heard it many times lately, but it is so true. Despite being down our two superstars and our back up center, we still made it to a game 7 against the Los Angels Lakers. I cant wait to see what we do next season once everyone is healthy again. With such a young and talented team of rising stars and the super-stars that we already have, we should be unstoppable!

As far as I go Ill be here in Houston making appearances all summer long. In fact right now Im scheduling events for this summer and next year like: summer camps, company retreats, company meetings, company picnics, 09-10 Building A Future school shows, and 2009 holiday parties. If youd like me to come out and Rocketize your next event whatever it is, call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347 and book me TODAY! You can see some of my antics and action from the 08-09 season by visiting my page on rockets.com (click here). Also, connect with me on twitter (click here) at , on facebook via my best friend Robert Boudwin, or on myspace.com (click here).

I was taking a look back at this season and thought Id share some interesting facts and figures. So here is Clutchs story for the 2008-2009 season by the numbers.

  • 1,000+ cans of silly string discharged
  • 55 Houston Area Building A Future Elementary School Shows
  • 35,750 Elementary school students at school shows
  • 4th childrens book published (CLUTCHS When I Grow Up)
  • 60,000 childrens books distributed for FREE
  • 10,000+ autographs signed
  • 300+ appearances
  • 4 behind the back no look half court shots made on the first attempt
  • 3 different color furs that Clutch sported (original GRAY, Go GREEN for the environment, and Get
  • RED for playoffs)
  • 9 cakes dropped, spilled, thrown, and unleashed
  • 1,000,000+ fans performed in front of LIVE

Hope to see you at event this summer Houston, maybe YOUR EVENT!!!

BEST SWISHES and GO ROCKETS!

CLUTCH

4.16.09

HEY, want to connect with me on a more regular basis and find out what Im up to? Check me out on Twitter.com at clutchthebear, myspace.com at clutchrocketsmascot, or via my best friend Robert Boudwin on facebook.

It is PLAYOFF time HOUSTON!!! GET RED-DY FOR THE RUN!!! It has been a long time since I can remember being this excited about playoffs and our chances. I just feel like that between the buzz around the city concerning the team and the way that the team itself has truly come together and started to gel, we are really going to do something BIG here in the next couple of months. I hope to see all of you at Toyota Center for all the fun, entertainment, and excitement.

Whats been going on with me? Well, I recently had fun with former President George Bush Sr. at a Rockets game. President Bush was present to accept a check for $100,000 from our owner, Les Alexander, the Clutch City Foundation, and the entire Rockets organization for the Bush/Clinton fund to aid in Gulf coast relief and rebuilding needed from damage caused by hurricane IKE. The funds were raise from our annual Tux and Tennies charity gala held at Toyota Center on February, 18th. If you or anyone you know would like more information about Tux and Tennies, would like to attend next years gala, or would simply like to make a donation to the Clutch City Foundation, please contact Houston Rockets Director of Community Relations, Sarah Joseph, at 713-758-7302. Anyway, back to the Pres! After President Bush returned to his seat after accepted the check, I sprung into action by running to protect and guard him courtside dress in my secret service outfit. I had to make sure no Power Dancers tried to rush him for an autograph. At the end of the time out President Bush signed a basketball which I tossed out to the crowd. Some lucky Rockets fan went home with an autographed George Bush basketball that night!

You might have noticed I hit my no look behind the back half court shot on the first try two games in a row. You heard me right! I was hot! I have actually made it for the last 6 games now, but those 2 in the middle where on the first try. Bill Worrell (our TV announcer), Jonathan Kornblith (our game entertainment manager), and John Paul Stevenson (our in-arena PA) had to pay me some money those nights. We kind of have a one sided bet going on. They pay me when I hit it on the first and I pay them nothing when I dont. That is how I like to gamble! I like to write using exclamation points a lot!!!

Im glad to be back in Houston to stay for a while. Ive been on the road quite a bit lately. Ive had 6 out of town trips in just 4 weeks. Ive performed in: San Antonio, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, McAllen, and twice in Milwaukee. Hello to all my buddies in those cities that I got to have a good time with. Thanks for the laughs and hope to see you again soon.

Finally, I know it has been a while since Ive last written to all of you, but Ive had my hands full with two new additions to my family. Thats right. My wife and I had twin Cubs! It is easily the greatest and coolest thing to ever happen to me. Thanks to the Rockets for all their support and acknowledgement of their birth. Not only were they nice enough to surprise me by announcing it live at the February 11th, 2009 game against the Kings at Toyota Center which was the night they were born, but Bill and Matt also talked about it on the TV broadcast of the game. The attached picture is what they showed on air thanks to my boss Ken. What a bunch of jokers! Thank you to Ken and the rest of the crew for the announcement. Also, I need to say thanks to all the fans who have congratulated my wife and I at the many games and appearances Ive seen you at. As for being a Papa Bear: eating, sleeping, peeing, pooping, and crying is my life now. Oh, and the boys are well too! HAHA! I think I actually just heard a rim shot in my own head. Seriously, I love every minute, even the ones at 4 am By the way, you might have noticed that Sweet Susie didnt stay away from the Rockets and Toyota Center for too long. Her first day/game back was the last regular season home game against the Hornets on Monday, April 14th. She must have brought us luck because we won by 20! At the risk of sounding boastful of my own wife, it is great to see her back in action. We missed you!

Lets all come together and GET RED-DY FOR THE RUN!

CLUTCH

2.05.09

Ive got a lot of information to share with you. Im excited to announce that I have a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball which is due in book stores February 10th. Make sure to pick up your copy and read A Clutch Win. There are also stories from many great NBA players, coaches, and fans! If you love basketball, youll love this book!

Check out these Rockets staffers who have really taken this years GET RED slogan to heart. Yes, that hair color is permanent and does not wash out. Now that is what I call getting Red and Rowdy! I thought I was the only one who actually got red when I turned my fur red for opening night, but I guess I was wrong. Thanks for GETTING RED Chrislord, Mike, and Robert! And look at this other picture of Rockets GM Daryl Morey post cake in the face. I was delivering a birthday cake to his son Scott, but accidentally trip and well Listen, I not the most coordinated bear and when you put a cake in my hands anything can happen as evident here. Dont worry, Daryl was a good sport about it and let me keep my job as long as I bought a years supply of Girl Scout cookies from his daughter. I love cookies. I think I could even give the Cookie Monster a run for his money.

We are currently booking appearances for the summer so if you have an event this summer and would like me to come out and entertain, please call my trainer, Dominic, at 713-758-7347 to schedule or for more information about the shows and packages I offer. I make appearances at just about any kind of event including but not limited to: school shows, camps, parades, birthday parties, store openings, community events, carnivals, weddings, Valentines Day deliveries, college basketball games, high school basketball games, Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs, and company meetings. If you put on a summer camp, give us a call now to schedule an appearance. I will make sure that your camp is the one that all the kids are talking about!

My 14th birthday party is coming up very soon. Ill be celebrating it on Sunday, February 22nd at the Rockets vs. Bobcats game tipping off at 4:00 pm at Toyota Center. Click here for tickets! It is also kids night at that game and we have plenty of extra fun stuff planned for family fun. The first 5,000 fans will receive a copy of my Greatest Hits DVD. There is over an hour of all your favorite live skits and video skits with a few of your favorite compilations as well. Make sure you get to the game early to get your copy. From 3:15 pm to 3:45 pm there will a pre-game autograph session with all the visiting NBA mascot on the Memorial Hermann Skycourt on the upper concourse. At half time I will host my second annual dunk-off contest between the Rockets Dunking Dancers and NBA Mascots. Whos coming? Ill tell you. Bear from the Utah Jazz, Rocky from the Denver Nuggets, Champ from the Dallas Mavericks, Grizz from the Memphis Grizzlies, and Hugo from the New Orleans Hornets will all be in attendance to help me go crazy for my big day. I hope to see you there too!

There are several new ways that you can connect with me. You can now follow me on Twitter at Clutchthebear. If you are not on Twitter sign up and start following me. I post updates about what Im doing almost everyday and it is free. You can also friend me at myspace.com/clutchrocketsmascot or on facebook via my best friend Robert Boudwin. Speaking of facebook, dont you find it uncomfortable to see people every time you log on suggested as friends some of which you really dont like. There are a few that keep popping up as suggests that I wish would just go away. Ha Ha! Watch they will probably request me now and Ill have to be nice and accept. If you are a Rockets fan, please friend me. I like all Rockets fans!

Did any of you see me beat my old MASCOT WORLD RECORD this past month? For the second year in a row I ran a complete 5K in full gear at Memorial Park on Thursday, January 29th at 10 am to promote sign ups for the Rockets Run. You might have seen it covered on ABC 13 or FOX 26 that evening. I broke my old record of 44:00 with a time of 39:29! Hey, it isnt easy to run over 3 miles as a fat bear. Over 3,000 people participated in the Rockets Run this year on January 31st and it was a huge success. If you like to run and love basketball, well see you at the Rockets Run next year in 2010!

Until next time,

GET RED!

Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear

1.05.09

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2009! This will be the magical year we all remember as the year the NBA World Championship came back to Houston. Thats right. You have to think positively to have positive things happen and yes, I think this is also realistic. Nothing great ever happened unless someone first thought that great thing was possible and I think we can win a championship in 2009! Who is with me?!?!

This is starting out as a great year so far. Congratulations to Houston Rockets Les Alexander, who at the end of 2008 was named sports best owner by Forbes magazine. That is quite an honor especially from such a prestigious periodical. You all didnt think that I knew another word for magazine, did you? CONGRATS Mr. A and thanks for letting me run around and do my thing to be part of it all for the last 14 years. Thank you to all the Rockets fans who have called and e-mailed complimenting the feature story done by Winston Dunston and Allen Reid from NBCs KPRC Houston Channel 2. The story aired on Sports Sunday on/off all day, Sunday, January 4th, 2009. If you missed it you can click here to see it on YouTube.com or click here to watch the full interview on Channel 2. I want to say thank you to both Winston and Allen for one of the nicest pieces Ive ever had done on me. You guys ROCK and dont worry, I will get you that ten bucks I promised both of you.

OK, now for the commercial segment of this edition to Clutch speaks. Rockets fans are you looking for something unique to get for your special someone this Valentines Day? Does that person love big furry over-enthusiastic teddy bears? If so, you should send them a Clutch-Gram. A Clutch-Gram is a personalized visit from everyones favorite mascot, Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear, thats me! Throughout the day on February 13th and 14th this furry Rockets fanatic will be traveling all over the Houston area to offices, homes, and restaurants delivering Rocketized Valentines Day gift baskets to unsuspecting Rockets fans. In addition to delivering autographed Rockets memorabilia and Valentines Day treats, Clutch will entertain your sweetheart and fellow coworkers or friends and family with his trademark antics and shenanigans. Give the gift that will provide life-long memories and will be what everyone is talking about. Click here for more information or call (713) 758-7347 to schedule your Clutch-Gram TODAY! Hey, a bears got to eat too.

For those of you who might not have noticed, we have a new superlative in the Rockets show this year. It comes in the form of the Worlds Largest Hand Held Flag measuring a whopping 17 feet by 14 feet for a total square footage of 238 feet. Thank you to Lee, Scott, and the rest of the crew at Signs and Shapes International for constructing and engineering the monster so it is as huge as possible by still manageable. I wave it at center court during the count down to lift off during our lights out introductions. It is pretty big and pretty AWESOME! How else would you have it in Texas? Next time you come to the game, make sure you are in your seats early so you can see the Worlds Largest Hand Held Flag in action! The other really cool bit that I was really excited to do in 2008 happened at the Rockets vs. Jazz game at Toyota Center on December 27th, 2008. Here is how the routine went. At the first quarter break I entered the court and preceded to the center with a double sided 3 x 5 sign on a stick that read HOUSTON WAIT FOR MY CUE TO READ ALOUD. The famous Rockets techno song from the championship seasons, Capella, played over the sound system. The Clutch Crew (Dominic Rocketman Davila, Mike Gonzales, and Mike Trussell) along with help from our trusty game night operations staff rolled out a 100 x 4 sign that spanned the length of the entire court from basket to basket. The sign was BIG! Once the sign was completely unrolled I put down the sign I was holding and positioned myself in front of the first word. One by one I cued the sold out crowd at Toyota Center to read a declaration by all Rockets fans. Here is what the entire crowd chanted in unison, THIS IS OUR HOUSE THIS IS OUR CITY THIS IS STILL CLUTCH CITY. After the unanimous statement was chanted aloud, I ended with our tried and true HOUSTON ROCKETS chant followed by a video clip of Hakeem the Dream asking the audience to make NOISE. We won in double over time.

THANKS HOUSTON!
Until Next Time, GET RED!

CLUTCH

11.20.08

HEY HEY HEY! Sorry it has been so long since Ive last written - Ive been caught up with the start of the season with some exciting games and a whole bunch of appearances. It is official. Houstonians listened to the Rockets ask them to GET RED and they did exactly that. On opening night October 29th, 2008 at the Rockets vs. Grizzlies game we set a new world record for most painted faces at a sporting event with over 1,000 faces that got red. It was really cool to look out and see all the red and silver faces looking back at me ready to cheer our favorite team onto victory (which they did, by the way). We WON! By the way, I helped let Houston know to GET RED by going on the Channel 13 morning news show and painting one of their newcasters, Casey Currys, face red live on air. She is such a good sport. Thanks Casey!

Im settling back to my comfort zone now that the season has resumed. I dont really like the off-season that much. It is nice to take a break, but after 3 weeks or so I start to really miss the games and the fans. Appearances are fun, but nothing compares to the thrill of entertaining and being part of the Rockets game experience. I hope you can join the team and me at a game this year. Call 713-627-DUNK if you want ticket information. We have some great season ticket options as well as partial season ticket plans available. Ive got some exciting things planned for the show this year that I dont want you to miss. Look for some really funny video skits with some of your favorite Olympians and some others using your favorite movies of all time. And every pre-game we run part of a series of green videos about Clutch and the Toyota Center going green. Remember reduce, reuse, recycle! You can see me go completely green live on March 3rd at the Rockets vs. Raptors game. More details to follow later! You can also look forward to some hilarious in-game video clips promoting upcoming games. Our video guys rule shout outs to Joe, Jim, Terrance and Paul. And dont worry, Ill still be up to my same old mischief in the stands.

In case you missed it, there are a few new things that Im doing this year that are new and you can participate. I have my own section now in the upper level. It is aptly named CLUTCHS CORNER. It is a pretty cool place and a great deal. If you are a kid or just a kid at heart (or a crazy mascot fan) and you want to guarantee interaction with me when you are at the game then buy tickets in section 422. Here is how it works. I promise to visit the section each and every game and spend more time there than any other one place in the Toyota Center. That means more silly string, more streamers, more free stuff, more pictures, and of course more hijinks and hilarity. You can buy tickets there as a group or even season tickets by calling 713-758-7298. Hope to see you in CLUTCHS CORNER soon! Another thing Im doing is that I created my own myspace page. If you are on myspace, visit me and friend me at myspace.com/clutchrocketsmascot. If you dont have a myspace page, then get one so we can be friends. See you in cyberspace soon.

Thanks to all the Houston area schools who invited my sidekick the Rockets Ranger and me out to your school for Red Ribbon Week (which is drug awareness week). We had a great time entertaining and teaching you about all the harmful effects on drugs and alcohol. Remember to JUST SAY NO! If you want me to come your school, I can be scheduled by calling 713-758-7347 for pricing and availability. Join the over 270 Houston area schools to have benefited from our Building A Future edutainment elementary school shows.

Until next time or if I see you at a home game or event, GET RED!
CLUTCH

9.10.08

I miss you Houston! I know I've seen some of you at various appearances over the off-season and exchanged e-mails with many of you via rockets.com and my myspace page, but it just isn't the same without seeing you at games at Toyota Center. That reminds me, if you haven't already made me one of your friends on myspace, then get with it and add me at myspace.com/clutchrocketsmascot. I just started my page a few months ago and I'm trying to reach as many Rockets fans as possible. I've already hooked up with about 600 of you, but I'm trying to get a few thousand of you in the click by the start of the season. This season is going to ROCK. We are coming off a season with a franchise record 22 game winning streak and now we have Ron Artest to add to the mix. I can't wait to see what happens. I'm ready to GET RED!!! Are You? When I say red, I mean it. That's right, be on the look out for Red and Rowdy Clutch on opening night on October 29th at 7:30 pm against the Memphis Grizzlies.

I addition to running around Houston over the summer, I've been writing my 4th children's book with new illustrator Stephanie de Ybarrondo . Thanks to Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital 60,000 new books entitled CLUTCH When I Grow Up will be distributed at my Building A Future school shows across Houston and at my pre-game autograph sessions. The story is about studying and working hard now so that when I grow up I can be prepared for all the great career opportunities out there many of which are professions at the hospital. By the way, if you are interested in scheduling a school show or any other appearance for the 2008-2009 season, call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347. Hurry, because my schedule is filling up. I entertain at all types of events like store openings, birthday parties, wedding receptions, anniversaries, bar mitzvahs, parades, community festivals, retirement communities, and corporate meetings. Shoot, I'll even come a mow your lawn if you want. Just kidding, that is unless you want me to.

I've done some traveling this summer as well. I just got back from a week on the road back east. I attended an event promoting the ballot for this years Mascot Hall of Fame class at Six Flags Great Adventure. It was kind of crazy to run around a theme park with 30 mascots. You should have seen us all ride the rides together. After that I performed at a Philadelphia Eagles games where the Eagles mascot Swoop, myself, and about 10 other fur balls took on an entire team of 12 year old football players in a full contact game of tackle football at half time. I was a little sore after that to say the least, but dont worry muscle bound Clutch got some good shots in there too. Lastly, the Utah Jazz Bear, Raymond Entertainments Reggie, and I all traveled to Florida to perform at a Tampa Bay Rays game for their mascot Raymonds birthday party. Air Head Clutch ate one of there interactive crew members. What?! He was hungry! Dont tell anyone, but I made a brief appearance in my infamous THONG! You know Im not shy. Back in July all the NBA mascots met in Toronto for our annual mascot conference which was hosted this year by the Toronto Raptors mascot, The Raptor, and the Utah Jazz Bear. It was another WILD time! We all shared some of our best skits and ideas from last season and wrote some new materials to entertain you with for this season. I think you are going to like it. Oh yeah, and I got to go to the circus again this summer like I always do. I know what you are thinking. My life is already a circus. Why do I have to go? You can never get enough of the circus whether it is the real one of the one we call life. Thanks to my good buddy Bello Knok for the back stage tour and VIP treatment. He acted like he was read my childrens book on camera for part of the show. That was really cool.

One last thing before I go. The Rockets and I have been getting very involved with the United Way and I wanted to encourage all of you who can find the space in your heart and your wallets to do what you can to help this great organization out via a monetary donation or a financial one. I am currently serving of three separate boards for the United Way and personally donate at the Leadership level. I would like to ensure you that your time and money will be well spent helping the people in need in our community. Houston dollars and volunteer time stay in Houston. By donating you are making a very wide footprint with your charitable dollars by helping people from all walks of life at all ages who are in need of all kinds of assistant. Please, support this organization any way you can. You can reach them by phone at 713-685-2300.

Until next time Houston, GET RED!
CLUTCH

6.16.08

I know. I know. It has been a while since Ive last written, but Ive been REALLY busy. We were in the middle of the second longest winning streak in league history. We won 22 in a row. Can you believe it! It was awesome. Our playoff run was a little disappointing, but what do you expect without the NBA's best center. I can't wait to see Yao play in the Olympics in August. We really missed Yao in the playoffs, but know that we are going to be an awesome team next season. If you are a true fan, you know that we have a REAL team to cheer for. Preposition ending, I know. So what.

Here is what I'm doing with my off season if you want to call it that. I am writing new and funny (I hope) skits for you all to laugh at and cheer for next season. Along with Jimmy A, Joe A, and TD, I'm writing, shooting, and editing new video skit to bring down the house. If you see us out and about in Houston, NO it is not Johnny Knockville and crew, it is CLUTCH and crew. In July I'll be seeing a whole bunch of my FURtunity brothers at the annual mascot convention to dream up new ways to make you scream. Our convention will be held in Toronto this year. Yes we have a conference to talk about how not to stink literally and figuratively. No, no one is going over Niagara Falls. I have about 40 appearance already scheduled around town this summer so keep your eyes out for me. (Get ready for shameless act of self promotion.) If you want me to entertain at your next event, call Dominic Davila at 713-758-7347 and he'll over charge you, I mean book me. HA HA. We will do everything in our power (very limited) to make your next event ROCKETIZED and AWESOME! We like to think of ourselves in the AWESOME business. By the way, here is a random tip, if you need something done around your house and are not personally skilled to do yourself.....read....learn.....and do it yourself...... I promise you, it will be less painful even if you mess it up the first time. Disclaimer--Only painting I've ever done well is finger painting. Investment advice from Clutch for Houstonians--Invest in mosquitoe deterrent installation companies locally when the market goes back up. Yes, I'm writing to you from outside right now. Ouch, you little ?#!>. I don't know why those keys were designated as an expletive, but you get the point. I'm building my cyber space friends on myspace.com (apparantly REAL friends aren't enough anymore in today's world). Pathetic plea--Be my friend by visiting me at myspace.com/clutchrocketsmascot. I am taking a week's vacation with Sweet Susie, other mascot buddies, and friends. We are keeping it in Houston because TEXAS RULES or Galveston as it may be. If you are taking a big expensive vacation outside of the country at some amazing island, DON'T. Sand is sand. Down time is down time. Water is water. Use the money to buy Rockets season tickets by calling Jerry Burke today. The experience is that good. It will be like vacation for the rest of the year only 44+ times per year. Check it out. I promise. You can trust me. I'm a bear. I have not learned to lie yet. I will be the next President of the United States of America. I'm dong a whole bunch of other stuff, but that is as much as I can think of that is mildly entertaining.

Oh by the way, congratulations go out to Shane Battier and his wife who just had a baby a few days ago. He is already in college. I mean it. That is how smart those jeans are. Nice Jordash.

What are all you Rockets fans doing while we have no Rockets to cheer for. I want to know. E-mail me at clutch@rocketball.com and tell me.

Yours,

Houston's Own CLUTCH "The Rockets Bear"

3.11.08

Hey, check it out. Im GREEN! Thats right Houston, Its TIME to GO GREEN and that is exactly what Ive done. In case you havent heard, Rockets Red is going green for a game. On Monday, March 24th, 2008 at the Rockets vs. Kings game tip off time 7:30 pm at Toyota Center we are having a GREEN game to raise awareness for conservation, recycling, new environmentally friendly emerging technologies, and all things related to doing what is right for mother Earth. All hybrid cars will receive free parking at the Toyota Tundra garage. The first 8,500 fans to arrive that night will receive a free green T-shirt brought to you by Waste Management. There will be some surprises from our entertainers and game presentation that you dont want to miss. Probably most shockingly of all (at least to me) is that I will be complete green the whole night just like you see in this picture where Shane, Aaron, and I are planting trees. You might have seen us all over the news doing it. We are very famous dont ya know? So come on Houston, GO GREEN with me and come to the March 24th game against the Kings and watch my favorite team open a can of..woah, slow down there Clutch. Sorry I was getting a little excited thinking about the whole thing.

Well, if you dont know what has been going on with my team lately, you must live in a cave. Wait, Im supposed to live in a cave. Scratch that. If you dont know what has been going on with the Rockets lately, you must be sleeping for months straight. Wait, I hibernate for part of the year. Scratch that. Oh well, you should know what is happening. We are on an amazing record breaking winning streak that is turning the NBA and the city of Houston on it side. Everyone is getting Rockets fever. Im writing to you just after our game against the Nets on Monday, March 10th where we just won again taking the streak to 19-0. WOW! Unbelievable! This is great and certainly an indication of what we have to look forward to in the playoffs! Our last ten victories were double digit win margins setting a NBA record. So we are not just beating teams, we are killing teams. We led by as many as 27 points tonight. These arent squeakers. We are in commanding leads almost the entire game. Ive simply never seen the team play so well and Ive been with the Rockets for 13 years. Im happy to report my giant mascot noise meter and a conductor skit where I played the role of maestro helped put fans in the mood for some of these past wins and helped with home court advantage. Lets keep it up Houston. Keep watching, keep hoping, and most of all KEEP CHEERING!

Over the past month many of you might have seen a marriage proposal that didnt go so well from a recent Rockets game. You probably saw it on the internet because someone forwarded it to you or you might have even witnessed it in person if you were at the Rockets vs. Kings game the day before Valentines Day. It has gotten quite a bit of attention. Literally millions of people have logged onto to sites like break.com, youtube.com, digg.com, espn.com, and si.com all to see this poor guys heart get crushed in front of 18,000 Houstonians. The whole thing unfolded during a supposed skit/contest I was doing where I blindfold a woman and with the help of the audience play the hot and cold game with her in an effort to direct her to an autographed team Rockets basketball within a minute. As she is walking towards the ball the crowd upon my prompting makes noise and when she is walking away from the ball the crowd quiets down. Well, once I had her blindfolded, I switched the ball out for her then current boyfriend who was waiting with a live microphone and an engagement ring. I steered her into position with the help of Rockets fans and then un-blindfolded her. To her surprise instead of a Rockets autographed ball she found her boyfriend was on one knee in front of her with ring in hand. He began to make the proposal of his life with 18,000 on lookers. The long and the unfortunately short of it was that she said no. Can you believe that, NO in front of all those people? You should have seen my reaction. She briskly walked off the court to loud throngs of boos leaving him stunned on his knee. I did the only thing I could do. I helped him up, put my arm around him patting him on the back, walked him off the court, and took someones beer and gave it to him. If you havent seen it yet, check it out. Just go to break.com and type in the search word proposal. Some people have questioned and wondered whether this was in fact a real proposal or another one of my pranks. To that all I have to say is, ILL NEVER TELL!

Speaking of the internet, Im on myspace.com now. Check me out and become one of my myspace friends. I like friends and need all of them that I can get. Im located at myspace.com/clutchrocketsmascot. Im new to myspace so I still only have less than a 100 friends, but want to get several thousand as soon as possible. Help me out!

My 13th birthday is this Friday at the Rockets vs. Bobcats game tipping off at 7:30 pm at Toyota Center. I cant wait. It is going to be a blast. I have five friends from around the league coming in for the celebration. Bear from the Utah Jazz, Blaze from the Portland Trailblazers, Bango from the Milwaukee Bucks, Boomer from the Indiana Pacers, and Stuff from the Orlando Magic will all be in attendance. At half time you are challenging the Rockets Dunking Dancers to a dunk-off. It is going to be quite a show down. Whose dunks do you think will bring the house down more? Make sure you are there to catch all the action and show up early to make the pre-game autograph session from 6:30 7:00 pm at the Memorial Hermann Sky Court on the upper concourse. The first 5,000 will receive a Clutch soap dispenser at the doors. AHHHH, my dreams are all coming true. I will be able to wash my hands by myself with myself and so will you. Watch out now, Im going to be a teenagers and Im probably going to start getting into even more trouble than before because of it. See you Friday!

Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear
Has personally discharged, sprayed, and unleashed over 15,000 cans of silly string (life time)
For Houston Rockets Tickets or Sponsorship/Partner Opportunities, Please Call 713-758-7200 or visit rockets.com

1.23.08

Im writing to you after two home wins the first of which was probably my favorite Rockets win and game of my career. Beating the Spurs was just what we needed right now. With T-Mac back for his first game since going out with a knee injury and a sold out crowd, the Toyota Center was ROCKIN! In addition to the teams amazing performance it was a great game for me personally for several reasons. First and foremost, the moment was finally right to pull off a new crowd prompt Ive been waiting to use to fire Rockets fans up late in the 4th quarter when the game is on the line. It came in the form of a giant elevating tower that grew from floor level just off the corner of the court. I stood on top of the tower as it rose and unfolded a giant vertical sign that eventually revealed the message of ROCKETS FANS N-O-I-S-E! The giant human/mascot noise meter rose to a height of 23.5 feet and exploded with streamer cannon once it was fully extended. Rockets fans that were in the building, you went nuts and our boys went on to win a big one for us with your support. THANK YOU! I cant wait for the right moment to pull that baby out again and get Toyota Center ROCKIN!

The rest of the game from my end went really well too. During the first time out of the game I got to present Hakeem the Dream to Toyota Center. He got a standing ovation of course. Then I got him to sign a basketball and threw it out to the audience after making them cheer and salivate over the precious collectors item. During the first quarter break Air Clutch and Air Head Clutch brought the house down with a surprise ending skit. Air Head Clutch came to Air Clutchs rescue by eating a Spurs fan whole. I know it sounds crazy and it was. You really just have to see this bit to believe it. Ask someone who was there. By the way, the cherry on top of the night was the fact that I sunk my behind the back half court shot in only 4 tries. COUNT IT! The mascot planets must have been in line and the basketball gods must have been happy that night.

A shout out of support goes out to Eric McMann who is the Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizzs best friend and knows Grizz inside and out. Just before the holidays Eric was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and has just recently begun chemotherapy treatments. As a sign of support all the best friends of the NBA mascots got together and shaved their heads on January 4th, 2008 as a sign of support and hope for Eric. Eric lost his hair as a result of the chemotherapy. We are thinking about you Eric and pulling for you. There are a lot of knuckleheads with cue ball heads in your corner. GET WELL SOON!

Valentines Day is right around the corner and you had better be ready with something special for your loved one. If you are still looking for a unique idea, I have the perfect thing for you! Not to sound too much like a commercial, but--role love song, and cue voice over.Rockets fans are you looking for something unique to get for your special someone this Valentines Day? Does that person love big furry over-enthusiastic teddy bears? If so, you should send them a Clutch-Gram. A Clutch-Gram is a personalized visit from everyones favorite mascot, Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear. Throughout the day on February 14th this furry Rockets fanatic will be traveling all over the Houston area to offices, homes, and restaurants delivering Rocketized Valentines Day gift baskets to unsuspecting Rockets fans. In addition to delivering autographed Rockets memorabilia and Valentines Day treats, Clutch will entertain your sweetheart and fellow coworkers or friends and family with his trademark antics and shenanigans. Give the gift that will provide life long memories and will be what everyone is talking about. For more information or to schedule your Clutch-Gram today, call (713) 758-7347.

Who saw me on Channel 13 or Channel 55 last week? You might also have heard my best friend who knows me inside and out, Robert Boudwin, on MIX 96.5 or 97.5 THE TICKET talking up my big run? Better yet, did any of you see me in person last Thursday night at Memorial Park running a 5K? Thats right, I said a 5K! I ran a full 3.2 miles in full mascot gear (What else would a bear run in?) to promote awareness for the 2008 Rockets Run on January 27th, 2008 at 8 am benefiting the United Health Care Childrens Foundation. It was not easy to say the least. My finish time of 44 minutes didnt set any human records. However, I do believe it is a mascot record. If you are a Rockets fan, a runner, a philanthropist, or just someone looking to have some fun, you can sign up for the 2008 Rockets Run right here at rockets.com under the promotions page. It really is a great deal. For just $25 you get entry into the race and a ticket to the game that night. Hope to see you all there!

In the random observations from the last month department:

-In the flower district in Houston by the medical center why does the following business math exist? A dozen roses cost me $12.95. A vase cost me $5. Babys breath cost me $2. If I want to purchase all three of these things at once, they wont sell it to me for less than $40! Im talking the exact same items. They call it an arrangement fee, but Im not asking for an arrangement. Im just asking for the three items that I have selected myself and for which you have identified individual prices. Come on guys. What is that? Business gives a discount for quantity purchases not a penalty compared to the ala cart pricing.

-Rock Band for PS2 finally came out and it does ROCK, but how many times are you going to push back a release date that you have already publicly announced and told thousands of customers both in person by store personal and by mass media advertising. Not to mention, you shot yourself in the foot by missing the holiday sales boom by not getting it to stores until December 28th. Wow, did that annoy me. That said, now that Im through that, I love it. Shane Battier and I have talked about how much fun it is several times. Yes, when he is not playing ball he does normal things like the rest of us like pretending to be a rock star by playing a video game in our living room. That is normal, right? However, he can actually play the real guitar where as I need this game to feel like I can. I dont care. Once you try it once, youll be hooked.

-If you are flossing your teeth right after a meal and you get a piece of food on the dental floss, do you snatch it up with your mouth and eat it like it was meant to be the first time or do you discard it. Im talking about right after eating and not hours later once the food has started to digest or decompose. Uhh, yea, me neither.

-Did you ever notice that you cant look into someones eyes. Really, you cant. You know how they say, two people in love were looking into each others eyes on Valentines Day (By the way, did I tell you about Clutch-Grams???). Try it. You cant look into someones eyes. You can only look into one of their eyes at a time. Im not kidding. I just tried it again and couldnt do it. You can only focus on one of their eyes at a time.

Last months caption naming winner is Anna Amatruda with the caption of, On the road to Victory with power and accuracy! Anna goes on to elaborate that her caption represents the V that the sparks seem to be making around Clutch. Congratulations Anna. Rockets fans, take a crack at this months picture and e-mail me what you think the caption should be at clutch@rocketball.com.

Until next time, ITS TIME,
Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear

12.10.07

HO HO! Its Time. It is that time of year again. Im definitely in the holiday spirit. At the November 21st game against the Mavericks which was the night before Thanksgiving I came onto the court dressed as Indian Clutch and tossed out ears of corn instead of T-Shirts. At the December 5th game against the Grizzlies dressed as Santa Clutch I brought 6 children from the audience to mid court and asked them what they wanted as gifts for the holidays. Wow, did I get some interesting answers. The holiday fun at Rockets games is not over yet. During the 3rd quarter of the December 19th game against the Orlando Magic, Santa Clutch will be available for pictures, autographs, and handing out candy canes in the Rockets Team shop. Come sit on my lap and tell me what you want for the holidays. Ill let you know whether you are on my naughty or nice list. Make sure you come out and see my and the fellas at a game soon to catch all the excitement and laughs.

If you have made it to some games this season you might have seen some pretty hysterical video shorts during some of the breaks in the action. If not make sure you come to a game soon. You dont want to miss Time Out Training with Yao, Golfing with Mike James, and Clutch, or Clutch getting dared to wrestle superstar Booker T. I cant believe Im still alive after wrestling him. Needless to say, I wont be returning to the ring any time soon. He threw me around like a stuffed animal. Wait, I kind of am a stuffed animal

Dane Cook just came to the Toyota Center so I decided to take in the show. He is one funny guy. I actually attended with all my fellow Rockets employees. The organization was generous enough to give us all tickets as a gift to see the comedian. Just 3 days before hand I saw one of the greats, Stevie Wonder at Toyota Center as well. He was amazing. I didnt realize just how many Stevie songs I actually know until I found myself at the show loving song after song and singing along. If you havent been to a concert or any other shows at Toyota Center besides and Rockets game, you really need to come check one out. They ROCK!

I am starting a new feature here on Clutch Speaks. Each month I will post one of my favorite photos of me in action. You will all have the opportunity to e-mail me with your suggested caption. So check out the photo below and e-mail me at clutch@rocketball.com with your proposed caption. The funniest caption, as long as it is not more than a PG-13 rating, will get posted along with the photo as part of the following edition of Clutch Speaks and the winner will get mailed a free Clutch T-Shirt, autographed childrens book, and autographed 8x10 personalized Clutch photo. Have fun, be creative, and I look forward to your submissions.


Now for some minor annoyance/observations I need to make from the last month or so.

-I hate when valet parking services use the spaces closest to the business that I am actually going to patronize where I could park myself. Arent valet services meant as a convenience / luxury so that customers dont have to walk far or waist time looking for a spot and not as a way of extorting money for spots already there and accessible if not for a orange cone?

-Why are some high school class presidents outsourcing the job of planning the class reunion at a greatly increased cost to their fellow alumni? Isnt that the job they agreed to do as part of running for class president back when they were in school? I dont think it was intended for them to just shuffle the responsibility off to a party planner making it so that the cost sores in many cases to $90 per head just for light appetizers with a cash bar. Wow, you want to be class President, you better be prepared to get your hands a little more dirty 10 and 20 years down the line than just making one call to a party planner.

-In the movie Awake out in theaters now, I wish the Mother didn't discover the bad guys plan. Rather, I wish the movie focused on her sacrifice for her son and had the son figure out what she had done for him when coming our of surgery. Then he could have exacted revenge on the bad guys himself making the whole fact that he could hear and feel everything while under the effects of anesthesia more relevant and pertinent to the story. What climax that would have been. The bad guys would have really been shocked. If you havent seen the movie, check it out and let me know if you think Im right.

-Why do you always here people refer to the American dream as having a house with a white picket fence, kids, and a dog when we all know the real American dream is to make enough money to leave the country and retire to the islands in luxury?

Dont worry, Im only partly serious. Hope you had a laugh.

Until next time remember, ITS TIME!

Houstons Own CLUTCH The Rockets Bear"

10.17.07

ITS DEFINITELY TIME HOUSTON!

Ive been waiting all summer just like you and now I cant wait any longer. Our home opener is just around the corner on Saturday, November 3rd against the Portland, Trailblazers with a tip-off time of 7:30 at Toyota Center. It is going to ROCK! I cant remember being this excited for a Rockets season to start. There are so many new things to be fired up about. We have a new coach with an exciting, fast paced, offensive minded strategy that is sure to dazzle. We have Stevie Francis back in the saddle. Welcome back Steve. We missed you. We have Battier. We have Bonzi. We have James. We have Luther. We have Hayes. We have Scola. Did you see him win the MVP of the FIBA Americas this summer? Dont forget, we have two of the biggest superstars in basketball bringing the whole thing together and leading the charge. Yao Ming and T-Mac are going to clean up this year. I really think eight months from now well all be celebrating a 3rd NBA Championship for Houston. Wait until you see some of the funny footage we got of our players promoting upcoming Toyota Center events like the Harlem Globetrotters coming February 8th and 9th and Walking With Dinosaurs April 2nd through the 6th.

In addition to action packed Rockets basketball, Ive got plenty of new material set to make you laugh, make you cheer, and make you go, WOW! There will also be many hugs to dole out for those of you who would like a cuddly teddy bear hug. For those of you who like my video skits and shorts look for the following this season: a hysterical vignette where I make a golf bet with Mike James, a game entertainment training session for the Power Dancers and myself led by Yao Ming, a famous MP3 player commercial spoof, a Dare Clutch with wrestling superstar Booker T., and a special Mission Impossible to distract the opposing team. I guarantee they will have you splitting a gut laughing so hard. Stay tuned at the game. There is plenty of new live entertainment planned as well. Look for the giant mascot NOISE meter to get you going when the game is on the line.

I took a little time recently to return to my roots and kick it with YoUDee The Fightin Blue Hen from the University of Delaware. I attended a Presidential Awards Ceremony and a Football game to watch the bird in action. I got a lot of ideas to fire up Houstonians from watching that chicken foul around. Keep up the good work YoUDee. You the Bird!

My upper level yell leaders, Clutchs Crowd -Out Of- Control, are back for a second season of cheerleading and all around mayhem. These guys are crazy Rockets fans who help unify the upper bowl at Toyota Center during Rockets games. In addition to creating an overall fun and exciting atmosphere upstairs, they start chants and pass out free noise makers to loud die hard Rockets fans. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, please e-mail Tamara Lupo at tamaral@rocketball.com. She is amassing a team for me to train and unleash against our opponents.

Over the next few weeks my side kick, the Rockets Ranger, and I will be visiting over 15 Houston area elementary schools spreading our message of a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. Our Building a Future school show, now in its 11th year, will deliver a unique brand of edutainment intended to both delight and teach. Over 10,000 students will be informed of the harmful effects of illegal substances and be inspired to make future oriented decisions. Whether we see you in the next few weeks or not, just remember to JUST SAY NO! At these shows we will also be distributing our brand new childrens book, Clutch Shapes Up, sponsored by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital. This is the 3rd book in the series which tracks my efforts to make healthier choices. If you are interested in having me come to your school to deliver one of several messages covered by my Building a Future school show, please call my trainer, Dominic Davila, at 713-758-7347.

With a talented mix of players on the verge of a potential championship season and a variety of new entertainment elements to entertain and inspire you with, let me say it again. ITS TIME!

BEST SWISHES and GO ROCKETS!
CLUTCH

P.S. NOW ITS REALLY TIME!

08.01.07

My summer is going great and I hope yours is too. There is a lot to talk about. How about Stevie Francis coming back to H Town!! With Yao, T-Mac, Francis, a great supporting cast, and Adelman at the helm we cant be stopped. Check it out Houston. This is our year. Mark my words, Championship #3 coming to Houston in June of 2008! I cant wait for the season to start.

Besides all the exciting off season moves we have been making, I have also been hard at work shooting and preparing many new video skits and shorts for the upcoming season that I think you all are going to really enjoy. Look for hilarious new game entertainment bits where I team up with Yao Ming and Steve Frances. Lets just say that Yao can be quite the mascot Coach and that Steve is quite the golfer. Youre going to laugh your heads off.

Some good news in the awards and trophy department was received since we last spoke. For the 3rd time in 4 years one of my Video Skits took home the first place trophy at the Idea Conference. Our House Sitting with T-Mac skit which many of you have seen either at a game or on my home page at rockets.com under game night won first place out of all the submissions. The Idea Conference is the largest video and score board operations conference in sports entertainment with attendees from all four major sports and many large college and Universities. Big thanks goes to Tracy McGrady and his family for their graciousness as our host and Jim Adessa, Brandon Meier, and Joe Abercrombie for their amazing talent, dedication, creativeness, and hard work as the cameramen and editing crew. The whole video takes place at T-Macs home, I mean palace where I was entrusted to house sit for him while he and his family went on vacation. Lets just say I did some things I wasnt supposed to do and leave it at that. If you havent seen the video yet, go to my home page and take a look.

I just got back from vacation last week where I did nothing but sit in the sand, read books, and snorkel. Ill bet you didnt know bears could snorkel. This one can. Kids I read 5 books last week alone. I hope you are reading this summer too. My summer reading list includes: 6th Target, Maximum Ride Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, and The Quickie all by James Patterson as well as Bridge To Teribithia by Katherine Patterson (unrelated to James) and The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John Bougle, Predator by Patricia Cornwell, All Marketers Are Liars by Seth Godin, and Hi Mom Send Sheep by Tim Derk. If you havent picked up a good book this summer, what are you waiting for? Nothing gets my creative energy and imagination going quite like a good book. READ ON!

In addition to my off-season preparation, appearances, and reading, I also like movies, a little TV, and especially music so I thought Id compile a list of my favorite of all time. I listed them below. Let me know what you think and what yours are.

Top 10 Movies of All Time Top 10 Albums of All Time
Forrest Gump
Pink Floyd The Wall
The Sting
The Beatles White Album
Seven
Led Zepplin 4
Usual Suspects
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
Love Actually
Guns & Roses Appetite for Destruction
The Prestige
U2 Joshua Tree
The Shawshank Redemption
Billy Joel Piano Man
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
Caddy Shack
Michael Jackson Thriller
Crash
Beach Boys Pet Sounds
Top 10 TV Shows of All Time
Top 10 Favorite Books
(These can't really be considered as "best of all time")
Curb Your Enthusiasm Freakonomics
Saturday Night Live Blink
Party of Five Tipping Point
Sopranos Tuesdays with Morrie
The Simpsons 5 People You Meet in Heaven
Studio 60 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
30 Rock Cradle and All
24 Purple Cow
Cheers The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe
Arrested Development Fun Is Good


Top 20 Songs (I just couldn't narrow it to only 10) Of All Time

Wonderful World
Wish You Were Here
Let It Be
Stairway to Heaven
You Can't Always Get What You Want
With Or Without YOu
Like A Rolling Stone
Tiny Dancer
Piano Man
Imagine
Suspicious Minds
Ode To Joy
Take It Easy
God Only Knows
The Entertainer
Under Pressure
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Comfortably Numb
Over The Hills and Far Away Blinded By The Light

Until next time.....

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