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March 5, 2010

Who is that Green Man? Central students mum on mascot's true identity, with video

He has no eyes, no hair, no discernible features, and is covered head to toe in skintight, neon nylon. But this alien-like creature known as the Green Man has become the all-important sixth man for Central Catholic's winning basketball teams.

"Green Man's awesome because he symbolizes the Central pride," senior Dylan Smith, 17, said. "He goes crazy as he gets us all pumped up as he rages to techno and crowd surfs."

Green Man debuted before Central Catholic fans, known as "Central Crazies," at the Feb. 2 boys' bout against rival Andover High School. He became an instant sensation and now students pound the floor in a "Green Man! Green Man!" chant before each game, waiting for him to arrive courtside riding piggyback on a fellow student's shoulders.

Few students know Green Man's true identity, and those that do want to keep it a "mystery to the outside world." But in an exclusive interview Tuesday, Green Man gave clues to who is behind the mask.

"Green Man is only a junior and is an honor roll student. He eats broccoli, spinach and pickles and is always here for a good time," Green Man said.

The suit he wears is similar to one worn by a character in the TV comedy series, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." Green Man said it really bears no significance, just something he decided to put on before a game.

"I decided to wear it and I figured it would inspire the crowd," said Green Man.

Central senior Francis Schaufenbil, 18, is one of the Crazies who goes by the alias Yoshi, the name of the green dinosaur on his T-shirt. He declined to identify his close friend or explain why he prefers to keep the Green Man's identity secret.

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