Furry Fandom: Belle 'The Ballpark Diva'

When it comes to mascots, the Buffalo Bisons have an embarrassment of riches. They have three official furry fan favorites. THREE.

The first is Buster T. Bison, the team's namesake. He is a big bison.

The second is his cousin, Chip. He's another big bison, albeit a sadder one. Makes sense.

The third mascot turns my brain inside out and whispers sweet nothings of dementia into my ears.

Belle "The Ballpark Diva"
Buffalo Bisons
(I thought the plural of "Bison" was "Beeson"?)

From her bio:
Belle, "The Ballpark Diva" is the singing-sensation from Hollywood that has returned to Dunn Tire Park to perform all her smash hits for the fans of the Buffalo Bisons. Known for her fashion sense and sweet dance moves, Belle is 100% girl.

Let's break this down.

  • She is a cow. OK. 
  • Named Belle. I'm with you. 
  • She's a singing-sensation from Hollywood. My sanity is wobbling. 
  • She left her life of fame, returning to Buffalo, NY. You have completely lost me.
  • Known for her fashion sense. No qualms here. I don't claim to be a fashion expert, but homegirl is KILLING it in the fashion department. Just look at her. 
  • Her sweet dance moves? Have you tried dancing with hooves? HAVE YOU???
  • 100% girl. As opposed to what?  

Belle joined the team in 2006, a year filled with Christina Aguilera and Fergie hits. I find it hard to believe that she had any sort of pop breakthrough in a year with so many mainstream chart toppers. Then again, Christina Aguilera and Fergie had hits.

In August of 2007, only a year into knowing each other, Belle and Buster got married. HOLY COW (lol!)! This seems like a really quick dating decision, but I guess when you know, you know.

"Where's the beef?"
-Belle, later in the honeymoon suite

Don't worry about poor lonely sad Chip. Not only was he the best man at the wedding, but he also had the privilege of walking Belle down the aisle.

"Udder? I hardly know her." - Chip

With Chip as the best man, who knows what kinds of debauchery they got into at the bachelor party: Patty "Cake"? Cow tipping? Kobe Beef Cow Strippers? Milking?

To many Buffalo fans, I'm sure Belle is 'the one that got away'. But now she's officially part of the family - a weird family that might produce minotaur offspring, the perfect killing machine super soldiers. And that should help Bisons fans sleep at night.

If you feel like you really know her by now, try the Belle Crossword puzzle. I didn't create it. But I did just ace it.


Sources: All images taken from the Buffalo Bisons site, except for Chip: flickr