Kyle Scott is hoping for some good news early next month that’s wrapped in black and gold.
The former Mountain resident, who now lives near Tim Hortons Field, is one of two finalists for the job of Pigskin Pete, the iconic Hamilton Tiger-Cat cheerleading character who has been revving up the fans up since the 1920s.
“Entertaining’s in my blood,” said the 35-year-old Scott, who has been around football all his life.
He played minor football and went on to play high school football at Sherwood.
“I can remember playing at Ivor Wynne Stadium back when it was just concrete and Astroturf,” he said.
An entertainment company owner and Hamilton booster, Scott said he would love to carry on the Pigskin Pete legacy.
“I get to be an ambassador for my city,” said Scott, who also runs antibullying campaigns and hospital fundraisers. “I love giving back.”
During his high school playing days, Scott said, he often looked up from the field and imagined what it would be like leading the stadium in the Cats’ Oskee Wee Wee cheer.
Dan Black resigned as Pigskin Pete last September and the team announced a search for his replacement in January.
The Tiger-Cats invited applicants to send them videos via email or social media of a minute or less explaining why they would make the best choice as the new Pigskin Pete and to include their best Oskee Wee Wee chant.
Scott said he recorded his video at Tim Hortons Field and submitted it in February.
At the end of March, the Cats informed him that he was one of two finalists for the job and he met with team officials for an interview.
The public will select the new Pigskin Pete via online balloting that is available during April at http://ticats.ca/vote-for-the-next-pigskin-pete-now/
The candidates’ videos are also available there.
Scott said he is campaigning for the job through social media along with billboards and posters.
Geoff Connor is the other finalist and Hamilton Community News will be speaking to him in the coming days.
“We understand the historical significance of the role and the impact on our game experience to have the right person leading the Oskee Wee Wee chant – one of the most defining and symbolic in-game traditions in all of sports,” said Tiger-Cats president and chief operating officer Matt Afinec in a news release about the contest.
The Tiger-Cats will announce the winner on May 2.