It occurs to me not all of you will be familiar with the FC Edmonton Rally Rabbit's tale... so here it is:
Just what is the Rally Rabbit?
The Rally Rabbit is the animal spirit guide of FC Edmonton. As a source of extreme good luck (having, after all, FOUR rabbit's feet at his disposal), he helps FC Edmonton on to victory by his mere presence at home matches.
Sometimes affectionately known as the "Eddie Bunny", he first made his presence known on June 26, 2011 at Foote Field as FC Edmonton faced the Impact Montreal FC - a team that had already beaten the Eddies twice previously, including a 5-0 drubbing in their home opener. Suddenly, from out of nowhere, the Rally Rabbit charged over the south side of Foote Field and onto the pitch, planting himself directly in front of the Impact goal. Despite being a long way offside, and getting repeatedly harassed by IMFC defenders, the Rally Rabbit refused to be chased off the pitch and eventually led FC Edmonton to their first 1-0 victory over the visitors from Montreal.
Given this strange behaviour by a rabbit, an extensive investigation was launched by the Edmonton Supporters Group (ESG), and after careful examination of the evidence, noted scientists concluded that the FC Edmonton Rally Rabbit was, in fact, a Northern Prairie Jackalope!
Long thought to be a mythical beast, the Northern Prairie Jackalope is actually one of the deadliest creatures found in North America. Bigger and more vicious than their short-haired Jackalope cousins (found primarily in Wyoming) a single Northern Prairie Jackalope has been known to send a Silverback Ape running in fear. Although incredibly difficult to spot, during the short summer months they can often be heard howling at the Stars. While they call the Canadian Prairies home, they will range across North America, and have been known to travel as far as islands in the Caribbean in search of prey. As omnivores, they will eat almost anything, including taking bites out of large prey items in Central and Pacific Canada, however Scorpions (such as those found in the South-Western United States) are quickly becoming an important part of their diet.
While their only natural enemy is the American Railhawk, they also have a particular dislike for those displaying Rowdy behaviour, which will cause them to Strike viciously without warning or mercy.
Jackalopes travel in groups (called "marches") and often use social media to coordinate their activities - such as promoting the adoption of bunnies from the Edmonton Humane Society. Although quite elusive, one of the best ways to track their movements is by using the Twitter hashtag #RallyRabbit.
Despite the fact that they can be deadly in the wild, they respond well to enthusiastic singing and chanting, the more off-key the better.
You can follow the FC Edmonton Rally Rabbit on Twitter @FCEdRabbit, and if you'd like to learn more about his history, visit the Edmonton Supporters Group (ESG) website at http://www.edmontonsoccerfans.com
"Bring out the Rabbit!"