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The case of the missing mascots

Fredbird, Louie and Rampage are missing. St. Louis' only hope is #OfficerJalisha [more inside]
posted by Nat "King" Cole Porter Wagoner on May 29, 2014 - 3 comments

Life imitates art.

In 2002, Lalo Alcaraz drew a depressing political cartoon. In 2014, it happened in real life.
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 10, 2014 - 98 comments

A Cub for the Accursed

"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 on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 comments

He looks like he's just eaten a ball-boy and is trying not to get caught

"When I showed Mrs. Sits she said "Shouldn't they take their heads off?" But I explained they're not meant to be people so that would just be silly..." -- Football mascots observing the minute's silence on 11/11, courtesy of the When Saturday Comes forums.
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 25, 2013 - 23 comments

Native peoples have fought these mascots since 1963

There has long been protest about the name of Washington's NFL team - the "Redskins". In September, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell changed his stance from supporting the name, to saying "if one person is offended, we have to listen." Then last week the President of the United States sided with changing the team's name. Shortly afterward, the NFL agreed to have representatives meet with the Oneida Nation about the name in the next month. Then yesterday Washington team owner Dan Snyder wrote a letter to fans and season ticket holders in an attempt to defend the name "Redskins". But one writer tells what Snyder essentially said with his letter. Amid an official campaign and groundswell of support for changing the name, Ray Harbritter of the Oneida Nation professed "This is not going to away this time" [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 10, 2013 - 209 comments

America's Dog. 3/24/2004-8/31/2013

Blue II, the beloved mascot for Butler University, died of Cushing's Syndrome on Saturday. After his show-stopping appearance on the court during March Madness 2008, Blue maintained a high profile on various social platforms. His webcam was one of the most popular sites visited at Butler. He is survived by his owners, the Kaltenmarks, and by his protege, Trip. Blue II's last words.
posted by pxe2000 on Sep 4, 2013 - 11 comments

Mascot Bonanza!

Japan attempts to set the world record for the greatest number of mascots dancing at once. [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 comments

I, for one, welcome our new metallic cyclops overlords

Meet Wenlock and Mandeville - the official London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic mascots... the press are talking them up... but there are some objectors Previous design work for 2012 has not gone down well. Past Olympic mascots.
posted by fearfulsymmetry on May 19, 2010 - 89 comments

Go Purple Pounders!

Thirty-One Unbelievable High School Mascots
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Oct 6, 2009 - 184 comments

The only superhero keeping things safe "down there"

Tough times call for a new kind of super-mascot. Faster than a charging bull, able to scale tall mountains without the need for oxygen tanks, or even during quiet family moments EneMan is there. Still, there are some places he shouldn't go. More lawsuits cake, anyone?
posted by Ogre Lawless on Apr 16, 2009 - 18 comments

2010 Olympic Mascots Unveiled

The official mascots of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics were unveiled today. There are three: a sasquatch, a mythical sea-bear, and a thunderbird-bear spirit, all first-nations inspired. Here's the design firm's website. Previous olympic mascots: Beijing 2008, others.
posted by PercussivePaul on Nov 27, 2007 - 86 comments

Chris Creamer loves logos

Chris Creamer's sportslogos.net is a vast archive of current and historical sports logos from leagues large and small, brand new or defunct. Some of my favorite retro logos involve mascots (often anthropomorphized) performing sports-related activities. Of course, some were retired for good reasons.
posted by kyleg on Aug 30, 2006 - 14 comments

Free Ying Ying

BOCOG announced their official Olympic mascots recently. One of them is based on the Tibetan Antelope. Students for a Free Tibet don't like the idea.
posted by tellurian on Nov 14, 2005 - 56 comments

Drinking Will Crack You Up

Hello to you, my name is Liquor Control Bee (wav). Meet L.C. Bee -- his songs are sure to keep your kids uncrunked. Part of an elite cabal of juvenile moralizers, L.C. Bee is currently collaborating on an album with Daren the D.A.R.E lion (WAV). These kids today, you know.
posted by yonation on Jan 29, 2005 - 28 comments

Annoyed by the oven mitt

Everybody loves to hate the Arby's oven mitt. A slightly crazed version of mitt-hate. An editorial on how the commercials could have been amusing, but instead fell flat. Finally, scary stuff you can buy from Arby's (link on the left nav, can't link directly).
posted by tb0n3 on Dec 1, 2004 - 43 comments

It's the pig! -- Les Nessman

Mascots and other characters, many of which are as famous as this guy. (Flash on intro page. Previous discussion here. Please disinfect and air-dry after use.)
posted by LinusMines on Mar 25, 2004 - 4 comments

Ecce Pneumo!

Bibendum (AKA The Michelin Man), or how an anthropomorphic pile of tires became one of the world's most recognizable corporate symbols.
posted by MrBaliHai on Apr 13, 2003 - 19 comments

Sports Mascots Agonistes

The dark side of being a sports mascot. Assault and battery by opposing coaches and fans. Having to do acrobatics in foul-smelling costumes in 80-degree heat. Lawsuits. Injuries. "I've got really good accidental death and dismemberment insurance," [NBA mascot Kirk] Johnson said with a laugh. "You never know what's going to happen." Behind that frolicsome giant stuffed animal lies a bleak world of terror and pain. [no more inside, wasn't that enough?]
posted by Slithy_Tove on Mar 15, 2003 - 10 comments

Let's make the mall a little more surreal

Shopping Bliss "Selected police officers were tasked to wear mascot costumes as they patrol the shopping malls in the capital to make their presence less obtrusive and more friendly." - welcome to mall security, LSD style.
posted by jdaura on Jan 5, 2003 - 18 comments

Boy's Penis Stitched Back After Donkey Bite.

Boy's Penis Stitched Back After Donkey Bite. "Donkeys in Morocco are used for laborious work on farms and garbage collection and are often subject to harsh treatment". Okay, but this leaves several important questions, such as Why is the Donkey the mascot of the Democratic Party? Are Concrete Donkeys evil? (and why are the capitalisations of the C and D in Concrete Donkey stressed?) Should we fear a pregnate donkey? Would you consider adopting a donkey needing a home? I will.
posted by Mack Twain on Jul 26, 2002 - 27 comments

Meet the Athens Olympics mascots.

Meet the Athens Olympics mascots. I'm not sure when Olympics sites started adopting cartoony mascots, but I'm sure of this much: This pair is the worst I've ever seen. They're supposed to represent Greek gods? Please. They look like they were drawn in about five minutes.
posted by diddlegnome on Apr 4, 2002 - 36 comments

It's the Shperiks!

It's the Shperiks! Those wacky mascots for the upcoming FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan! I can't tell what the heck is going on here, and if it weren't for the upbeat BGM, I'd probably be scared to visit this site again. But it was an interesting little adventure...
posted by Bixby23 on Mar 26, 2002 - 6 comments

People are reduced to cartoons says a Native American activist regarding sports teams with "Indian" mascots. The NFL's Redskins are dropping the Indian head from their helmets. Is this a sign they may one day consider changing the name? Maybe the designers of the Salt Lake City Olympic mascots can teach us Washingtonians something about honoring native traditions while respecting their wishes. (or maybe the SLC designs are just goofy. me, i just wanna be able to wear my team's logo without a crisis of conscience.)
posted by danOstuporStar on Feb 5, 2002 - 39 comments

Who could build the MeFi mascot?

Who could build the MeFi mascot? Mascots Interntational, silly! (via my friend Leslie) Imagine "Pancake Bunny" entertaining your kids during the International MeFi Convention in glitzy Las Vegas. If MI could make "Freddy Combine," "Mr. Crab," "Ripster" and "Mazola Bottle," they apparently could make anything.
posted by schmedeman on Jan 17, 2002 - 16 comments

"From northern Alberta in the days of his cub-hood, a bear went astray and experienced the evils of alcohol and drugs and found it un-"bear"-able." Now you too can become a mascot costumed character! (In this case, Sober Bear.)
posted by kahboom on Dec 28, 2001 - 9 comments

Disney cast members no longer have to wear dirty underwear.

Disney cast members no longer have to wear dirty underwear. Apparently those Mickey and Goofy suits come complete with a set of undergarments that the employee had to wear, and turn in at the end of the day to be laundered -- that was the plan, anyway. Turns out those undergarments weren't being washed thoroughly. "Some workers had complained about getting pubic lice and scabies. 'Things have been passed around,' said Gary Steverson, a stilt walker at Animal Kingdom. 'I know I don't want to share my tights and I don't want to share my underwear.'"
posted by RylandDotNet on Jun 7, 2001 - 13 comments

Forget the Rhode Island spud, it's all about a Waco Cow

Forget the Rhode Island spud, it's all about a Waco Cow Apparently they're even up for sale now.
posted by nomisxid on Nov 29, 2000 - 4 comments

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