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A Cub for the Accursed
January 16, 2014 3:03 PM   Subscribe

"The Cubs occasionally had human mascots, but, aside from managers' children, their tenures were short-lived. (An exception was the Fat Boy, Paul Dominick, who was given credit for a 21-game winning streak in 1935 and then left for Hollywood.) Instead, they seemed to prefer animals—who, it should be noted, did not demand salaries. The 1908 world champions had Bud, a Boston bull terrier puppy with an adorable curved tail, and a grotesque-looking fake polar bear. The 1913 team had a homicidal gamecock, named Tampa after their spring training home. (Tampa's mascotting career seems to have ended when he murdered another rooster.) In 1915, they had another dog, a terrier named Toy. But mostly they had live cubs."
posted by Iridic (12 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
A post about Cubs mascots and no links to the recent controversy?

(eep, that is in the final link! sorry!)
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 3:09 PM on January 16


the new management team has blown it time and time again. they are driving away their fanbase that hasn't complained that they haven't won a title in a century.

couldn't happen to a nicer team!
posted by Ironmouth at 3:17 PM on January 16


I love this article and I particularly love the fake polar bear.

Related: Comcast SportsNet Airs Our Version Of Cubs Mascot With Cock And Balls
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:30 PM on January 16 [3 favorites]


(oops didn't realize that was what (A)Ha(W)O had also linked to as well)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:30 PM on January 16


I just came in here to link to Deadspin.
posted by maryr at 3:32 PM on January 16


This is an interesting experiment testing how to craft a post that produces the most comments linking to the same article.
posted by (Arsenio) Hall and (Warren) Oates at 3:35 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]


I can't find a link with pictures at the moment, but they had a meet and greet with the actual mascot costumed person and some kids or whatever. If you're curious as to whether the sad desperation in the eyes of the drawn mascot was carried over into the costume... Yes. Yes, it was.
posted by sparkletone at 3:36 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]


If you're curious as to whether the sad desperation in the eyes of the drawn mascot was carried over into the costume... Yes. Yes, it was.

So..Accurately designed to relate to Cubs fans?
posted by Thorzdad at 3:38 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


This is an interesting experiment testing how to craft a post that produces the most comments linking to the same article.


Far kinder than my read, which was "let's get a list of MeFites who just can't wait to show everybody that video with the cartoon bear penis."
posted by MCMikeNamara at 3:57 PM on January 16 [5 favorites]


they should have a real live goat for their mascot
posted by pyramid termite at 4:47 PM on January 16


That does seem like the best way to own the curse.
posted by maryr at 6:43 PM on January 16




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