The Deadspin Awards are in July—keep your eyes on this space to see how you can win tickets to the event—and we need our readers to decide the winners of these prestigious honors. Today, we ask you to vote on one of the most important of all questions: Who is the worst mascot of all?
Bill Shanks’ column in the Macon Telegraph on why the Atlanta Braves should bring back their old mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa—a caricature of an Native American chief with a name that appears to be a baseball pun mashed together with what someone thought sounded like an “Indian name”—begins thusly:
Grizzlies mascot Grizz had a pro wrestling routine last season, and he’s back at it this year as he tormented a poor ersatz Spurs mascot during a timeout in tonight’s game three. It didn’t help Memphis much, but it’s fun to watch:
That ugly-ass Hawks-Celtics game was only made less painful to watch by an unfortunate pratfall from Atlanta’s mascot, who will not be fertilizing eggs anytime soon. Keep an eye on Harry’s tightrope routine at the bottom of the screen:
Wow, this is quite rude. Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell attempted to maim poor Diamondbacks mascot D. Baxter the Bobcat last night by flinging his bat into the stands. Thankfully Baxter is quick as a, uhh, bobcat, and managed to get out of the way. His attempt to threaten Russell in return didn’t go so well.
The rivalry between two Idaho high schools required police to step in when Madison High School students shoved Highland High School’s mascot to the floor at a boys basketball game in Rexburg Tuesday night.
It’s King Cake Baby season again, which means the most terrifying occasional mascot in sports is back to put the fear of god into anyone who locks eyes with it.
The Grizzlies shot 80% on the Nuggets in the first quarter but Rocky and his Nuggets fan cohorts shot 100% on silly string ambushes for the night.
Super Bowl 51 will be in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017, and today, the city’s Super Bowl committee unveiled its mascot. His name is TD, and he’s a football dressed up in a football uniform. He also has a smile, I think. It could be a misplaced lace.
Aggrieved biking viking Ragnar, who was the Vikings mascot since 1993 until this year, turned his back on Minnesota today for good. In a short video, he committed the cardinal sin of backing the Green Bay Packers and drew the ire of fellow former Viking Randy Moss.
Franklin the dog, much like the team he represents, got walloped on by Robin Lopez last night. I can’t feel bad for ole Franklin here, when he asked for the asskicking.
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UNLV recently launched a study into the history of its mascot, Hey Reb!, in order to determine if the mustachioed gentleman is racist or not. The resulting report, which makes for an oddly compelling 60 pages, concludes that no, Hey Reb! is not racist, despite many signs suggesting he is.
Robin Lopez does not like mascots. He has had an ongoing series of beeves with just about every mascot in the NBA, including our friend Clutch the bear here. You may recall the wonderfully cryptic interview he gave about his disdain for the Toronto Raptor, but he is by no means limited to anti-reptile violence.
The University of North Dakota has been engaged in a search for a new nickname for the past year, after they decided to end a decade-long battle with the NCAA and at least one Native American tribe and give up their Fighting Sioux nickname. They solicited suggestions online and received thousands, many of them …
This is the perfect GIF gag. From the setup (Look out! Somebody warn him there’s a human in that blow-up mascot!) to the action (Boo! JESUS CHRIST! Haha! He fell!) to the reaction (Guy quickly recovers, realizes he still has a blunt object in his right hand, uses it as weapon) to the aftermath (Guy coolly walks away…
Bevo XIV, the Texas Longhorns’ mascot, died today. He was 13.
The run-in to this week’s rivalry game against Oklahoma did not go well for Texas. First, Charlie Strong called social media “the downfall of society” in response to Kris Boyd tweeting about transferring during halftime. Then, his team kind of proved him right and got into some public squabbling about commitment.…