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Teams with Mascots that Don't Match Their Nicknames

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Just off the top of my head:

Iowa State Cyclones: mascot is a cardinal bird

New Orleans Saints: dog

Cleveland Browns: an elf, then a dog

Tennessee Titans: raccoon

Kansas City Chiefs: wolf

Auburn Tigers: war eagle

Phoenix Suns: gorilla

Alabama Crimson Tide: elephant

Oakland Athletics: elephant

Detroit Pistons: had a flaming horse head for a while but I don't know if you could call that a mascot

And probably the most famous one of all:

Philadelphia Phillies: The Philly Fanatic (has it ever been explained what kind of creature he is?)

I'm sure there are plenty more.

Which ones am I missing?

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North Carolina Tar Heels with a ram

Stanford Cardinal with a tree (Why couldn't Stanford be the "Redwoods" or "Sequoias"?)

Denver Nuggets with a mountain lion

Cleveland Indians with a Phanatic wannabe

Columbus Blue Jackets with a bee in the early days

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The New England 3-stripes?

Are you sure you're not talking about New England Adidas?

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The NHL has quite a few. Half of the league, in fact.

Detroit, Los Angeles, Colorado, Toronto, Calgary, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Buffalo, the Islanders, Ottawa, Columbus, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Dallas all have mascots that have, at best, a tangential connection to their teams' nicknames.

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New Orleans Saints: dog

Auburn Tigers: war eagle

The Saints' costumed canine mascot that you've referenced - "Gumbo" - is a depiction of a Saint Bernard.

Auburn University's official mascot is "Aubie the Tiger". A live golden eagle - Nova, dubbed "War Eagle VII" - is the living embodiment of Auburn's battle cry, "War Eagle!"

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While there are EPL mascots that match their nicknames, I only need the slightest excuse to post this and bask in how awful European soccer mascots are

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All the teams in Calgary.

Calgary Flames = Harvey the Hound

Calgary Stampeders = Ralph the Dog, though my dad has told me Ralph used to be the mascot of a mall near the stadium years ago who the Stamps "adopted" when the mall closed.

Calgary Hitmen = Farley the Fox

Calgary Roughnecks = Howie the Honey Badger

The Roughnecks used to have a mascot version of the guy in their logo and they made the switch, amid no fanfare as it was widely hated, at around the same time the Flames bought them, so there must be some sort of Flames mascot conspiracy about using animals.

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Minnesota Twins

Seattle Mariners

San Francisco Giants

New York Yankees (snoopy, not sure if still in use)

Philadelphia Phillies

Cincinnati Reds

Boston Red Sox

Arizona Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers (debatable)

Kansas City royals

Cleveland Indians

New York mets

Oakland Athletics

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I think the Sabres' mascot is clever; it's a sabre-toothed tiger. Then the Perds kinda squatted on it, but whatever.

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The NHL has quite a few. Half of the league, in fact.

Detroit, Los Angeles, Colorado, Toronto, Calgary, St. Louis, Winnipeg, Buffalo, the Islanders, Ottawa, Columbus, Carolina, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Dallas all have mascots that have, at best, a tangential connection to their teams' nicknames.

LA, Colorado, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Dallas all have mascots that, while not literally personifying the nickname, all represent them pretty well.

Vancouver, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Carolina, Winnipeg, Columbus, Ottawa, NYI, and St. Louis all have mascots that have absolutely nothing to do with their nicknames.

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Sonics had a Sasquatch & Mariners have a moose.

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Hoyas. Bulldog. This has confused me to no ends especially since Georgetown was one of the big college fashion teams alongside Duke, Notre Dame and the Tar Heels when I was a kid.

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the Milwaukee Admirals' mascot is a dog. Never really got the connection, but Roscoe seems to be well liked. In any event, can't have this thread go on without a mention of Navy's goat or Army's mule.

Then you got Ole Miss' bear because portraying the Confederacy causes people to call you more evil than Hitler nowadays, and Indiana State's blue not-fox and Akron's kangaroo...I'm probably missing some.

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