August 27, 2005 - The WNBA Playoffs tip off Tuesday, but the competition starts a day earlier ... among the mascots.

Maddie the Dog (New York), Freddie Fever (Indiana), Blaze (Connecticut), Scorch the Dragon (Mercury) and Haley (Comets) will celebrate the postseason Monday with a rally in New York. The Mascots also will visit the NBA Cafe from 12:30-1:30.

The Mascots will represent their teams in a “Mascot Marathon” that will lead them to New York City hot spots -- including the Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park -- throughout the day and culminate in a “Fan Festival” at the NBA Store at 4 p.m. Fans who attend the Festival will have the opportunity to win 2005 WNBA Playoffs tickets that the Mascots have collected throughout the day.

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